Friday, October 13, 2017

Argentina Greatest All-Time Team before 1978

Argentina in 1966

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Argentina All-Time Team 
Argentina All-Time Team After Maradona
Argentina World Cup 1946
Angels with Dirty Faces with Di Stefano at the World Cup 1958 
Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina All-Time Team
Provincia de Santa  Fe, Argentina All-Time Team
Argentine born players capped by other national team
The City of Buenos Aires
Provincia de Buenos Aires 

Argentina finished second in the first ever World Cup Finals in 1930.  Three Argentine-born players – Luis Monti, Raimundo Orsi and Enrique Guaita played for Italy as Italy won the 1934 World Cup Finals.  Argentina's turn to win the World Cup did nit come until 1978.  However,  from 48 years between the first World Cup to 1978, Argentina produced many stars such as Alfredo di Stefano, Amadeo Carrizo, Omar Sivori, Silvio Marzolini, etc.  This is my selection of Argentina All-Time Team before 1978.
Argentina South American Champion 1957

GK: Amadeo Carrizo
Amadeo Carrizo was the young goalkeeper for River Plate's "La Máquina" in 1940's.  He won five Championship trophies in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957.  He was considered one of the greatest keeper from South America. Despite his greatness, Argentina constantly refused to select him.  He only earned 20 caps. He went to the WC Finals in 1958.

GK: Rogelio Dominguez
Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Amadeo Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas players.  He was Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.

GK: Antonio Roma 
Nicknamed Tarzan for the way of throwing himself for the ball, he started his professional career with Ferrocarril Oeste in 1955. Together with teammate Silvio Marzolini, he moved to Boca Juniors in 1959. He stayed with Boca until his retirement in 1972.  He won the Argentine League of 1962, 1964, 1965, and the Campeonato Nacional 1969 and 1970. In 1969 he kept his goal clear for 783 minutes.  With 42 caps, he went to the WC Finals in 1962 and 1966.

RB: Carlos Sosa 
Carlos Sosa started his career with Atlanta in 1939.  He joined Boca Juniors in the 1941, wherhestablished as one of the best defenders of his generation.  He won two Argentine Primera División. He went to play in France in 1952.  He played for Racing Paris and Red Stars in Paris.  With Argentina, he was capped 12 times. He won two Copa Americas(1945 and 1946).

RB: Enrique Wolff
Enrique Wolff began his career with Racing Club in 1967. He played for the club until he was transferred to River Plate in 1972. In 1974, Wolff was transferred to UD Las Palmas in Spain, and 3 years later he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid where he was part of the championship winning sides of 1977-1978 and 1978-1979.  He also played for Argentinos Juniors and Tigre. He was capped 27 times.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1974.
Enrique Wolff

CB: Roberto Perfumo
Nicknamed El Mariscal, Perfumo is considered as one of the best Argentine defenders ever. At club level, Perfumo played for Racing, River Plate and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. He was a legend with Racing Club in Argentina winning the Primera title, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.  He was considered their greatest player. He had 37 caps.  He played in 1966 and 1974 WC Finals. 

CB: Federico Sacchi  
Sacchi started his career with Tiro Federal. With Racing Club de Avellanedae was part of the team that won the Argentine Primera in his first season with the club. He joined Boca Juniors in 1965 and won another league title in his debut season with the club. In 1967, he joined Sporting Cristal of Peru. Sacchi played 15 times for the Argentina. He was a member of the Argentina squad for the 1962 World Cup.

CB: Ludovico Bidoglio 
Ludovico Bidoglio was an early player for Boca Juniors.  He made his debut with the club before the club was officially named as Boca Juniors.  The club in his first match was listed as "Juventud de Boca".  He was capped 27 times, winning two Copa America in 1925 and 1927 for Argentina.

CB: José Ramos Delgado 
Born in Argentina of the Cape Verdean ancestry, he started his playing career in 1956 with Lanús. He moved to River Plate where he played 172 games in 7 seasons with the club. After a short spell with Banfield, he moved to Brazil's Santos, where he played alongside Pelé. He continued playing for Santos until the age of 38, making a total of 324 appearances and scoring one goal.  Capped 25 times.  He went to the 1958 and 1962 WC Finals.

LB:  Silvio Marzolini
In 1959, Silvio Marzolini started his career with Ferro Carril Oeste. A year later, he joined Boca Juniors where he played until 1972 and became an idol. He was considered one of the greatest leftbacks in Latin American football history.  For Argentina, he had 28 caps between 1960 and 1969.  He went to the 1962 and the 1966 World Cup Finals.

LB: Jorge Carrascosa

El Lobo started his career in 1967 with Banfield. He made his debut for Argentina in 1970 and was signed by Rosario Central, where he won the Nacional 1971. In 1973, he joined Huracán where he won a second Argentine championship in his first season, the Metropolitano was the clubs first championship since the professionalisation of Argentine football. He was capped 30 times. He was a member of the 1974 World Cup squad.

DM: Luis Monti
Luis Monti led Argentina to the WC Final in 1930 where they lost to Uruguay.  Four years later, he became an Oriundo and won the World Cup with Italy.  He was also remembered for getting injured at the Battle of Highbury in 1934 when England played Italy.  Monti started his career in 1921 with Huracán. The following year he signed with Boca Juniors but left without playing a game. He joined San Lorenzo. In 1930, he joined Juventus in Italy, where he played until 1939.

Luis Monti

DM: Nestor Rossi
Nestor Rossi is one of Argentina's greatest defensive midfielders.  Nicknamed "Pipo", he started his career at River Plate, playing from 1945 to 1949, and then again from 1955 to 1958, winning a total of 5 Argentine leagues. He played with La Maquina, but at the end of their peak.  He also won 6 more with Millonarios in Colombia. He played in the 1958 World Cup Finals and was a part of their 1957 Copa America winning team.

CM/DM: Antonio Rattin 
Antonio Rattin played his entire career with Boca Juniors between 1956 and 1970.  He was remembered for getting send-off against England at the World Cup Finals in 1966, in which he refused to leave the field.  This incident, and others surrounding the same game, arguably started the long-lasting rivalry between the national teams of Argentina and England.  He earned 34 caps and also went to the World Cup Finals in 1962. 
Antonio Rattin 

Corbatta is one of Argentina's greatest right wingers.  He played mainly for Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. He lost the Copa Libertadores to Pele's Santos in 1963. Capped over 40 times. He was part of the Copa América-winning team in 1957 and 1959. Corbatta also played in the 1958 World Cup, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.

LW:  Félix Loustau 
A member of River Plate's "La Máquina, he won eight national titles during his time at the club. He usually played as an outside left and he is considered to be one of Argentina's greatest wingers. His international career was very limited because of the war. Nevertheless, he played 28 times for Argentina scoring ten goals.  He won three straight Copa America in 1945, 1946, and 1947. 

SS/FW: Adolfo Pedernera 
He was a member of  "La Máquina".  He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest Argentine players of all-time. He was elected the 12th best South american footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2000. He moved to Atlanta in 1947 and Millonarios in Colombia.  Because of the Second World War, he did not play many games for Argentina. He still won the Copa America 1941 and 1945.

FW: Bernabe Ferreyra 
He was one of the first professional players in Argentine football to reach great stardom, to the point that he had a movie biography. In 1932, Ferreyra was transferred from Tigre to River Plate for a record transfer fee of 23,000 pounds. He kept this record for a total of 17 years – the longest unbroken time period for this record.  For River Plate, his scoring ratio was more than one goal per match.  He was only capped 4 times. 

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori
Omar Sivori is remembered one of the greatest ever player from Argentina. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961. After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  In Argentina, he played for River Plate.  After Juventus, he joined Napoli. He also represented Italy 9 times in the early 1960's.
Omar Sivori (R)

AM/FW: José Manuel Moreno 
José Manuel Moreno was the star of  "La Máquina" of River Plate in the 1940's.  Some older fans in Argentina considered him better than Maradona and Di Stefano. He never played in the World Cup Finals due to the World War II, but won the South American Championships of 1941, 1942 and 1947. He also played club football in Mexico and Colombia.

CM/AM/FW:   Alfredo Di Stefano
Alfredo Di Stefano was considered the best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

Artime was better known for his career with River Plate where he became the top scorer in Argentina on 3 occasions and Independiente where he helped the team to win the Nacional 1967. With Nacional of Uruguay, he won the Copa Libertadores in 1971. He also played in Brazil.  For Argentina, he scored 24 goals in 25 games. He played at the 1966 World Cup and at the South American Championship 1967, where he was the top goalscorer.

ST/FW: Ángel Labruna 

Ángel Labruna is the second top scorer of the Argentine First Division with 293 goals. He was also part of River Plate's La Máquina (The Machine), and he was considered one of the best South-American footballers of his generation.  He played 37 matches for Argentina, scoring 17 goals. He also won two South American Championships (1946 and 1955) and as a nearly 40-year-old he played in the final phase of 1958 World Cup held in Sweden.

Ángel Labruna 

Honorable Mention
Américo Tesoriere, Carlos Peucelle, Rinaldo Martino, Rene Pontoni, Ermindo Onega, Enrique Garcia, Jose Sanfillppo, Antonio Sastre, Juan Carlos Muñoz, Manuel Seoane, Ernesto Lazzatti, Manuel Ferreira, Humberto Maschio, Antonio Angelillo, Ernesto Grillo, José Salomón, Osvaldo Cruz, Antonio Sastre, Guillermo Stábile, Enrique Guaita.

Squad Explanation 
-- Omar Sivori, Alfredo Di Stefano, Amadeo Carrizo, Rogelio Dominguez, Carlos Sosa, Luis Monti, Nestor Rossi, Félix Loustau , Roberto Perfumo, Silvio Marzolini, Adolfo Pedernera and Ángel Labruna are on on my Argentina All-Time Team.
-- Antonio Rattin, Luis Artime, Bernabe Ferreyra, and Omar Corbatta were not on my Argentina All-Time Team, but they could easily be considered for it.
-- Both Omar Sivori and Alfredo Di Stefano are former winners of the Ballon d'Or.  
-- The 1930 World Cup team was overlooked.  Luis Monti made the team, but I took players from La Máquina over Guillermo Stábile.  Guillermo Stábile made honorable mention.  
-- Guillermo Stábile was considered to be the Golden Ball winner of the 1930 World Cup and then, the Silver Ball winner in 1934.  Even wth such honors, he still could not get into this team.  Luis Artime, Alfredo Di Stefano, José Manuel Moreno, Bernabe Ferreyra, Adolfo Pedernera, Ángel Labruna, and Félix Loustau are ahead of him. Argentina just had too many great forwards.
-- Luis Monti, Attilio Demaría and Enrique Guaita helped Italy to win the World Cup in 1934.  Only Monti made the team.
-- La Máquina (Spanish for "the Machine") is a nickname given to the River Plate football team from 1941 to 1947.  They are considered one of South American greatest club sides. José Manuel Moreno, Adolfo Pedernera, Ángel Labruna, and Félix Loustau are selected for this all-time team. Juan Carlos Muñoz also made honorable mention. Alfredo Di Stefano is sometimes considered a part of the team.  He was a young player on the team.  José Manuel Moreno is sometimes considered to be a greater footballer than Alfredo Di Stefano and Diego Maradona by the older fans.
-- I tried to select as many players as possible from La Maquina. I overlooked Antonio Angelillo, Humberto Maschio and Ernesto Grillo. 
-- Osmar Oreste Corbatta, Humberto Maschio, Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Osvaldo Cruz were members of the forward line known as "The Angels with Dirty Faces".   They were sometimes considered Argentina's best-ever forward line.  Together, they won the 1957 Copa America. Unfortunately, I could only find spaces for Osmar Oreste Corbatta, Humberto Maschio and Omar Sivori.  Omar Oreste Corbatta was often overlooked by Argentina all-time team.  He is one of the greatest wingers from Argentina.  Nestor Rossi also played with them.
-- Argentina had many talented footballers in the 1950's.  I always thought that they had a good chance of winning the 1958 World Cup if they brought their best players to the Finals in Sweden.  Many players on this team are also on my blog 1958 World Cup Team.  
-- Amadeo Carrizo was considered to be Argentine's greatest goalkeeper.  Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Carrizo who was considered to be as good as Carrizo.
-- I took Antonio Roma as the third keeper over Américo Tesoriere. Roma was also my first choice for my Boca Juniors All-Time Team.
-- I brought three new centerbacks who were not on my all-time team: Federico Sacchi, Ludovico Bidoglio and José Ramos Delgado.  Delgado was well-known because of his club career with Pele. José Salomón should get a spot too, but I cannot find space for him.
-- Antonio Rattin's name recognition in the English speaking world came from his incident in 1966.  He was actually a very good midfielder.  That incident might or might not help his career since every soccer history buff knows him. 
-- Antonio Sastre was seriously considered, but I have too many attack midfielders.  Omar Sivori, José Manuel Moreno and Alfredo Di Stefano are ahead of him.
-- José Sanfilippo made honorable mention. He was a largely forgiven footballer.  His club career was spent San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Banfield in Argentina, Nacional in Uruguay, and Bangu and SC Bahia in Brazil.  His stint with Boca Juniors did not go well which limited his exposure. 
-- Hector Rial was well-known because he played with Alfredo Di Stefano and was a part of Real Madrid's glorious era in the 1950's.  But Argentina has many attackers ahead of him.
-- Bernabe Ferreyra was considered one of Argentina's first football megastar.  

I am using the older 4-2-4 formation.

1 comment:

  1. great formation!maybe albretch instead of delgado, corbatta or orsi for labruna or even sastre for labruna for more balance, for more attacking team maybe corbatta for rossi, but very good choices hard to i take sastre and corbatta for rossi and labruna