Tuesday, May 29, 2018

England after 1966 Greatest all-time Team

Euro 1996
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

EnglandScotlandWales,
Ireland/Northern Ireland combined team,
IrelandNorthern Ireland,
United Kingdom
England 1974
Greater London
North East EnglandNorthWest England.
Black English players
United Kingdom World Cup 1970
United Kingdom World Cup 1982
England World Cup 1974


The British invented associated football.  However, winning the World Cup in 1966 is the only major international success for the English national team.  After 1966, England's international record is relatively poor for a former World Cup winner.  They only managed to reach the semi-final of the European Championship in 1968 and 1994, while their only success at the WC Finals was a single semi-final appearance in 1990.  However, England is probably the unluckiest team in the history of the sport.  They eliminated by penalty shootout in the World Cup Finals of 1990, 1998 and 2006, and the European Championship in 1996, 2004 and 2012.  They were undefeated in the World Cup Finals of 1982 and 2006, and in the European Championship of 1996, 2004 and 2012.
2002 World Cup

Team
GK: Peter Shilton
Peter Shilton is considered one of the greatest keepers ever.  He is England's all-time cap record-holder with 125.  He earned his first cap in 1970 and his last 20 years later in 1990.  He took England to 4th place in the 1990 World Cup.  He played for 11 different clubs in his career, all in England.  He won two straight European Cups in 1979 and 1980 with Nottingham Forrest. He was PFA Players' Player of the Year: 1977–78, an award rarely won by a goalkeeper.
Peter Shilton

GK: Ray Clemence
Clemence was considered one of England's greatest keepers. He won 3 European Cups and 2 UEFA Cups in the 1970's with Liverpool and a UEFA Cup with Tottenham Hotspurs.  He was voted as Liverpool's greatest keeper.  For the national team, he was locked in a battle of number 1 with Peter Shilton.  He made 61 appearances for England.

GK: David Seaman 
The peak of Seaman's career was during his period as Arsenal and England goalkeeper in the 1990s and early 2000s. At Arsenal, he won three league championships, four FA Cups, the League Cup in 1993 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1994.  He also played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, and Euro 96 and Euro 2000, and is England's second-most capped goalkeeper with 75 caps.

RB: Phil Neal
Neal was the great right back from Liverpool between 1974 and 1985. He was one of England's most decorated club player: 4 First Divisions, 4 League Cups, 5 FA Charity Shields, 4 European Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He also played for Northampton Town and Bolton Wanderers as a full back. Neal also had a long career with England winning 50 caps and playing in the 1982 World Cup and the 1980 European Championship.

RB: Gary Neville 
Along with his brother Philip, David Beckham, Paul Scoles, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt, Gary Neville captained the Manchester United academy team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1991.  They all became fixtures for the senior team throughout the 1990's.  Gary Neville remained the team until 2011 and was the second, longest serving player.  For England, he was the most capped rightback in history.

CB: Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand became the youngest defender to play for the Three Lions at the time in 1997.   He played 81 times for England  between 1997 and 2011, and was a member of three World Cup squads.  At one point, he was the most expensive British footballer and also broke the world's record transfer fees for a defender twice. He won the Champions' League with Manchester United in 2008. He also played for Leeds United and West Ham.
Rio Ferdinand

CB: Sol Campbell
Sol Campbell was a member of Arsenal's "Invincibles" that went undefeated in 2003-2004 season.  He spent 9 seasons for Tottenham Hotspurs and served as its captain before moving to its rival Arsenal on a free transfer that sparked a controversy.  He later played for Portsmouth. For England, he earned 73 caps in 11 years.  He went to three World Cup Finals: 1998, 2002 and 2006.

CB: Terry Butcher 
Butcher won 77 caps in a ten-year international career that featured three World Cups. Butcher also enjoyed success in his club career, particularly with Ipswich Town and Rangers. With Ipswich, he was a part of Bobby Robson's team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981. In 1986, he joined Rangers as one of the first wave of English players playing for Graeme Souness' Rangers in the 1980's.

CB: John Terry 
Terry is a top centre-back of his generation and was the captain for Chelsea during most of his Chelsea's rise to the top of English football starting in the season 2004-2005.  He won 4 Premiership titles and the Champions League in 2012.  For England, he earned 78 caps for England.  However, his career was overshadowed by several controversies.

LB: Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole was considered one of the finest leftbacks of his generation.  He was voted the England Player of the Year in 2010. He played in 3 World Cup Finals.  He played 107 caps between 2001 and 2014.  He is also England's most-capped full-back in history.  He played with Arsenal, but moved to its rival Chelsea in 2006.  In 2014, he moved to AS Roma.  He won the Champions' League in 2012 with Chelsea.  He is playing in the MLS since 2016.
Ashely Cole
LB: Stuart Pearce
Stuart Pearce was a club legend with Nottingham Forrest.  He was the club's most capped international player with 78 caps between 1987 and 1999.  He played at the World Cup Finals in 1990 and the European championship in 1996 at home, where England had the best two results since the World Cup win in 1966. He also played for Wealdstone, Coventry City, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Manchester City.

CB/DM/LB: Emlyn Hughes 
Emlyn Hughes was at one point thcaptain of England and Liverpool.  He was considered to be one of Liverpool's most important defenders.  He played under Bill Shankly in the 1970's where he won two European Cups, four League titles and a single FA Cup. He was FWA Football of the Year in 1977.  He earned 62 English caps. 

DM: Paul Ince
From 1992 to 2000, Paul Ince was capped 53 times.  He was a key player for England at Euro 1996, WC 1998 and Euro 2000.  For his club career, he started with West Ham, but his best known stints were with Liverpool, Inter Milan and Manchester United.  He is one of the few players who played and starred for both Liverpool and Manchester United.

CM: Bryan Robson
Robson was at one point the most expensive British player when he joined Manchester United.  He is considered to be one of England's best ever box-to-box midfielders.  He earned 90 caps for England. He went to three World Cup Finals, but he only played a major role in 1982.  He was injured in both 1986 and 1990.  He spent 13 years with Manchester United.

CM: Steve Gerrard
Steve Gerrard represented his country at the 2000, 2004 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championships, as well as the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups – captaining the team at the latter two tournaments.  He led Liverpool in winning the Champions' League in 2005. He is the third highest cap holder for the Three Lions.  He won the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2006 and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009.

RW: David Beckham
Beckham is the greatest ever pop icon to play the game. He started his career with Manchester United where he was a part of the famous team that won the 1992 FA Youth Cup. For the senior side, he won 6 Premiership titles and the 1999 Champions' League.  In 2003, he joined Real Madrid for the well-publicized "Galacticos" signing.  In 2007, he moved to LA Galaxy, where he kickstarted a soccer fever in the United States.  For England, he earned 115 caps and was a key part of the national team throughout his career.
David Beckham

LW: John Barnes 
John Barnes was widely considered to be one of the greatest Liverpool players, where he formed one of their greatest team playing alongside Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge and Ray Houghton.  Before joining Liverpool, he played for Watford.  At Watford, he also helped them to the Final of the FA Cup in 1984. He was voted PFA Player of the Year in 1988 and FWA Player of the Year in both 1988 and 1990.
John Barnes

AM: Paul Gascoigne
Gazza was the most gifted player of his generation, but his career was marked controversy and injuries.  He made his debut with Newcastle United before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.  After impressing at Italia 1990, he moved to Lazio.  In 1995, he joined Rangers with a club record fee. He had a successful career at Rangers.  He had 57 caps.  He was remembered for the tears in his eyes as he received his yellow card against West Germany in the semi-final of Italian 1990.
Paul Gascoigne
AM/CM: Paul Scholas 
Paul Scholas was a member of Manchester United's Class of 1992.  He spent 20 years with Manchester United's first team.  He won 11 Premier League, three FA Cup and two UEFA Champions League winners medals.  He earned 66 caps for England before he retired from the Three Lions in 2004.  His cap number was limited by playing at the same generation with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

FW: Wayne Rooney
In 2002, Rooney made his professional debut as a 16 years old with  Everton.  Less than a year later, he became England's youngest international when he played against Australia.  He is England's key player for every major tournament in his prime.  As for Manchester United, he has won 5 Preimer League titles.  In 2008, he formed a partnership with Cristano Ronaldo and won the Champions' League. 
Wayne Rooney
ST/SS: Kevin Keegan 
Kevin Keegan was a two-time European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979. He won the European Cup in 1977 with Liverpool. He also found successes in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV.  He later played for Southampton and Newcastle United. He had 63 caps for England. However, his World Cup appearance was limited to 20 minutes against Spain at the World Cup Finals in 1982. He was injured most of that tournament.
Kevin Keegan 
ST: Alan Shearer 
Shearer is the all-time leading top-scorer for the Premiership.  In 1992, he joined Blackburn Rovers from Southampton in a record transfer. He won the Premiership for 1994-1995 season.  In 1996, he joined his home town club, Newcastle United for a world record transfer fees. He was FWA Player of the Year in 1994, and PFA Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997.  For England, he earned 63 caps. In 1996, he led England to the semi-final of Euro 1996 at home, himself winning the Golden boot award. 
Alan Shearer

ST: Gary Lineker 
Gary Lineker was one of England's best goal poachers.  He scored 48 goals for England(second overall) and won the Golden Boot with 6 goals at Mexico 1986.  He also played in the 1990 World Cup Finals. He was the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1985–86 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1985–86 and 1991–92.  In England, he played with Leicester Town, Everton and Tottenham Hotspurs. He also played for Barcelona FC in Spain.
Gary Lineker

Honorable Mention
Tony Adams, Glen Hoddle, Chris Waddle, Colin Bell, Alan Shearer, David Platt, Trevor Brooking, Steve Coppell, Viv Anderson, Michael Owen, Terry Sheringham, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Frank Lampard.

Squad Explanation
-- Peter Shilton, Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Steve Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson, Kevin Keegan and Gary Lineker were on my England All-Time Team.
-- Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence are among the greatst ever goalkeepers.  David Seaman got the third keeper position.  Peter Bonetti should be the 4th.  The position gets weaker after this four.
-- Gary Neville has a number of critics, but he locked down England's starting rightback position for a long time.  He deserved some credit for his long time service.  Liked Neville, Phil Neal got a lot of exposure because he played for Liverpool in its greatest period.
-- The centerbacks considered after Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell were Tony Adams, Terry Butcher, John Terry and Emlyn Hughes. I took Butcher as he was my personal favourite.  John Terry was probably as good as Rio Ferdinand. Then, I took Hughes as a defensive midfielder. So I took five players from this list.
-- Both leftbacks are among the greatest ever from England.
-- I picked Paul Ince because he was more defensive than Colin Bell, Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard.  Both of them deserved a spot.  Unfortunately,  I have Bryan Robson ahead of them.
-- During their careers, Steve Gerard and Frank Lampard were locked into a debate of who was the better box-to-box midfielder.  I just happened to prefer Gerrard over Lampard.  Paul Scholas was actually overshadowed by Gerrard and Lampard, but was a different type of midfielders.  
-- David Beckham is both overrated and underrated.  His status as a pop icon turned him into a superstar beyond football.  His fans might have overrated him.  At the same time, some football fans forgot that he was one of the greatest crossers and free kick artists of his time.
-- At his peak, Paul Gascoigne could easily become the greatest of all-time, but his injuries and other things destroyed his career.  He did not make my all-time team, but made this team (England after 1966 team). Gazza kept Glen Hoddle out of the team.
-- Wayne Rooney is the most underrated striker in England's history.  His hype as a youngster while playing for Everton might create a false expectation. He is still the all-time leading scorer for England and Manchester United. At times, he carried the national team, but the media has not always been kind to him.  They did not appreciate his contribution.  At the same time, he made some critical mistakes while playing for England.  I am referring to the red card vs Portugal in 2006 and his reaction to the fans in 2010.  That led to a lot of unfair criticisms.  He narrowly missed out on my original my England All-Time Team.
-- Up until 2001, Michael Owens appeared to be an all-time great, but he did not live up expectation. 
-- Harry Kane and Dele Alli were added to the honourable mention after the 2018 World Cup Finals.  The team reached the semi-final fo a World Cup Finals and England has not done so since 1986. At the time of writing, Kane has the potential to become bigger. He has not done enough to unseat Rooney, Keegan, Shearer and Lineker for a spot on the team.
-- Kevin Keegan was two-time European Player of the Year and Alan Shearer is the all-time leading scorer for the Premiership.  Harry Kane needs to do more to unseat them.

Formation




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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Real Madrid Castilla Greatest All-Time Team

Real Madrid reached the Copa del Rey's final in 1980
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Florentina Perez
Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Miguel Munoz
Real Madrid Argentine Bext XI
Castile Greatest All-time 23 member team

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the alumni of Real Madrid reserve team(Real Madrid Castilla)  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  Players were chosen for their career outside of the youth system. Some players never made it to the senior team of Real Madrid.

Real Madrid Castilla or also known as Real Madrid B is the reserve team of  Real Madrid.  It is one of the best academy in Europe. Reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. Reserve teams, however, cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, Real Madrid B are ineligible for promotion to the Primera División.  In 1980, Real Madrid Castilla made history when it reached the Final of Copa del rey playing against Real Madrid senior team in the Final.

Julio Iglesias played for Real Madrid Castilla
Team
GK: Iker Casillas (Spain)
Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper. He started with Real Madrid's academy and made his professional debut in 1999.  He won three Champions' League with them.  With 725 appearances for the club, Casillas is Madrid's second most capped player of all-time. For Spain, he earned 167 caps.  He captained Spain into winning the WC in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  
Santiago Canizares and Iker Casillas
GK: Santiago Canizares (Spain) 
Santiago Canizares was a youth product of Real Madrid. He went to Valencia in 1998, where he led them to two Champions' league Final.  He won Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1992–93 (shared), 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04. He received 46 caps. He went to six major international tournaments, but was mainly used as a backup, except at Euro 2000.

GK: García Remón (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Garcia Remón was best known for his spells with Real Madrid. He then began an interesting battle for first-choice status with Miguel Ángel González which would last for the vast majority of his stay in Madrid. Remón would start from 1971 to 1973 and 1979 to 1981.  At the international level, he earned two caps for Spain.

RB: Chendo (Spain)
Chendo was a product of Real Madrid academy.  He played his entire career with Real Madrid.  He was a part of the team that won back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in the mid-1980's.  He retired after the 1998 European Champions' League Final.  He was capped 26 times.  He represented Spain at both World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990.

RB: Dani Carvajal (Spain)
Dani Carvajal went through Real Madrid's academy.  In 2012, he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen. In his only season there, he established himself among the best fullback in Bundesliga.  He returned to Real Madrid in a buyback clause. He was a contributor as Real Madrid won three Champions' League in his first 4 seasons.  At the time of writing, he is a member of the national team. He took part in the World Cup Finals in 2014.

RB: Alvaro Arbeloa (Spain)
Alvaro Arbeloa started his career with Real Madrid, but he made a name with Liverpool in England before making a return to his mother club in 2009.  He helped Real Madrid to win their 10th European Cup in 2014.  For Spain, he was mainly used as a sub during Spain's glorious run at Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, but he was their starting rightback at the 2012 European Championship.

CB: Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo (Spain)
Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo is the son of Manuel Sanchez Martinez, he was was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid.  He spent his entire career with Real Madrid and played over 700 matches.  He won back-to-back UEFA in the mid-1980's, and then, two Champions' league title at the end of his career in the late 1990's.  For Spain, he was capped 48 times, appearing at both Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Manuel Sanchis Jr
CB: Gregorio Benito (Spain)
Benito started as a track and field star. He signed for Real Madrid in the 1963. After two years on loan to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, he returned to his main club, remaining there for the following 14 seasons and winning six leagues and five Spanish Cups.  He was capped 22 times between 1971 and 1978.  Span failed to qualify for any major tournament during his time.

CB: Nacho (Spain)
Nacho is a youth product of Real Madrid Castilla.  At the time of writing, he plays his entire senior career with Real Madrid.  He is mainly used as a backup centerback, but can be used in all across the defensive line.  He is largely known as unsung hero of the club.  He made his Spanish debut in 2013. He was a part of the team at the World Cup Finals in 2018.  He scored a beautiful against Portugal.

LB/CB: Raúl Bravo (Spain)
Raul Bravo spent 6 seasons with Real Madrid during the first "Galactico" years after graduating from Real Madrid's academy.  In 2007, he left for Olympiakos in Greece, where he played another 4 seasons. He was capped 14 times for the Spanish national team.  He played every game at the 2004 European Championship in Portugal.

LB:  Jose Antonio Camacho (Spain)
Jose Camacho is widely considered to be Spain's greatest left back.  At the international level, he earned 81 caps for Spain.  He played at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1984 and 1988. Spain reached the Euro Final in 1984.  He spent 15 seasons with Real Madrid. He played with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's.  He won 19 titles with Real Madrid, including two back-to-back UEFA Cups: 1984–85, 1985–86.
Camacho
DM/SW: Ricardo Gallego (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Ricardo Gallego was a member of La Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid.  He spent most of his career with Real Madrid.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He also played in Italy with Udinese.  He was capped 45 times for Spain.  He featured at the 1986 WC Finals and the Euro 1984, where Spain finished second.

DM: Casemiro (Brazil)
Casemiro started with Sao Paulo, where he played for three seasons.  In 2013, he joined Real Madrid B team(Castilla), where he would be eventually called to the first team.  For the 2014-2015, he was sent to Porto on a loan.  After a year, he returned to Real Madrid and quickly established as a major contributor as the club won three Champions' League.  At the time of writing, he earned 11 caps.

DM: Vicente del Bosque (Spain)
Vicente del Bosque almost played his entire career with Real Madrid, except with some loan spells at the beginning of his career.  He won five league titles (1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80) and four Copa del Rey titles.  He was a part of Spain's team at the European Championship in 1980.  He later became a successful manager.

CM: Juan Mata (Spain)
Juan Mata was a youth academy player for Real Madrid, but he started with Valencia in 2007.  From 2011 to 2014, he played for Chelsea, where he was a major star for the team.  After a fallout with Jose Mourinho, he moved to Manchester United.  Ironically, they would reunite again at Old Trafford. For Spain, he was a part of the team that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later.

CM: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina)
Esteban Cambiasso has won 23 official titles, being the Argentine footballer with most honours in history. The majority of his titles were won during his ten seasons at Internazionale, including five Scudetti and the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. He also played for River Plate, Independiente, Real Madrid, Leicester City and Olympiacos. Cambiasso won 52 caps for Argentina, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup.
Esteban Cambiasso
RM: Michel (Spain)
Michel was one of the best right wings in Spain's history.  He was a member of Real Madrid's La Quinta del Buitre.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He was a fixture for the national team in that period.  He won 66 caps.  He played in both 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals. At the end of his career, he played with Celaya F.C. in Mexico alongside ex-teammates Emilio Butragueño and Hugo Sánchez .

LW/FW: Lucas Vázquez (Spain)
Lucas spent a season with Espanyol on lan before returning to Real Madrid in 2015.  Since 2015, he is mainly used as a bench player, but still became a contributor to the club's successes.  At the time of writing, he won two Champions' league titles.  Vázquez also represented Spain at Euro 2016.  He also went to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.

AM: Manuel Velzaquez (Spain)
Except three seasons on loan with Rayo Vallecano and CD Málaga, Manuel Velázquez spent all of his 12 years in La Liga with Real Madrid.  He was a part of the Ye Ye team of the 1960's.  He won six La Liga, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup. He was capped 10 times between 1967 and 1975.  He also spent time with Toronto Metros-Croatia in the NASL.

AM: Rafael Martin Vazquez (Spain)
Rafael Martin Vazquez was one of the most underrated attack midfielders in Spanish football.  He was a member of Real Madrid's La Quinta del Buitre, winning 5 straight La Liga title and back-to-back UEFA Cup with Real Madrid.  In 1990, he joined Torino in Italy and then, Marseille in 1992.  At the international level, he had 38 caps between 1987 and 1992, including the European Championship of 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Rafael Martin Vazquez
AM: Jose Luis Caminero (Spain)
Jose Luis Caminero was a product of Real Madrid'as academy.  He played for Real Valladolid from 1989 to 1993.  Then, he moved to Atletico Madrid, winning the Double in the 1995-1996 season.  He was the Spanish Player of the Year that season.  He returend to Valladolid at the end of his career.  For Spain, he went to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA. 

AM/CM: Guti (Spain)
During his professional career, Guti played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in 542 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to win 15 trophies, most notably three Champions League (1998, 2000 and 2002) and five La Liga titles. In 2010, he joined Beşiktaş, where he played a single season. Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.

FW: Ramon Grosso (Spain)
Grosso was home grown player from Real Madrid.  Except for  a four-month spell with Atlético Madrid, he played his entire career with Real Madrid. Even though he shared teams with the likes of Amancio Amaro, Francisco Gento or Ferenc Puskás, Grosso was team top scorer in his first two seasons. In the following years, Grosso played in several positions for Real Madrid, even being placed as goalkeeper in the Ramón de Carranza Trophy match with Boca Juniors.  Earned 14 caps.
Ramon Grosso
ST: Samuel E'too (Cameroon)
Samuel E'too started his career with the academy of Real Madrid.  He later played with Mallorca. He was a part of the famous REM line at Barcelona where he won two Champions' league titles.   He moved to Inter Milan in 2009 and won a third Champions' league in 2009-2010.  He won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.  

ST: Emilio Butragueño (Spain)
Nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), Emilio Butragueño was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid, along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza. That team won 5 straight La Liga and two UEFA Cups from 1985 to 1990.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990.  He scored 4 goals against the great Danish side in 1986 quarter-final.
Emilio Butragueño

ST: Álvaro Negredo (Spain)
Nicknamed La fiera de Vallecas (The beast of Vallecas), Negredo started with Real Madrid, but spending most of his early career playing for a various of clubs. From 2009 to 2013, he played for Sevilla, where he made his name. He later played for Manchester City, Valencia, Middlesbrough and Beşiktaş J.K. At the international level, Negredo earned 21 caps for Spain, scoring ten goals and was part of the team that won Euro 2012.

ST: Raul (Spain)
Raul was probably the best Spanish player in the late 1990's.  He made his debut with Real Madrid as a 17 years old.  He won 3 Champions' League trophies with Real Madrid in 1998, 2000 and 2002.  He moved Schalke 04 in 2010.  He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals.  For Spain, he scored a then-record 44 goals in 102 appearances, appearing in three World Cups and two European championships. He was their captaincy between 2002 and 2006.
Raul and Guti
Honorable Mention 
Enrique Mateos, Pedro Casado, Juan Manuel Villa, José María Vidal, Juan Santisteban, Fernando Serena, Negredo, Juanfran, Roberto Soldado, Miguel Pardeza, Borja Valero, Francisco Pineda, Agustín, Diego Lopez.

Squad Explanation
-- These players were selected for their achievements after graduating from Real Madrid Castilla.
-- Julio Iglesias played for Real Madrid Castilla before he injured himself in a car accident.  He became a singer after he recovered.
-- No everyone starred for the senior team of Real Madrid.
-- Santiago Canizares played a handful games for Real Madrid.  He is probably Valencia's greatest keeper.
-- Jose Luis Caminero is an all-time great with Atletico Madrid. Samuel E'too served for Barcelona FC.
-- The centerback position is very weak.  
-- The rightback position has a strong depth. I took an extra player because Alvaro Arbeloa contributed to the club's successes. and Juanfranc is left off.
-- García Remón was chosen as the third keeper.  Diego Lopez and Agustin were the alternatives.  When choosing the three, I took Remon because of his contributions to the senior squad.
--  Alvaro Morata was selected over Negredo on the original team.  After Morata's failure to live up to expectation with Chelsea, I replaced him with Negredo(April, 2019).
-- Casemiro was brought into Castilla as a senior reinforcement, I believed. However, he played for Castilla.  So he qualified for this selection as an ex-player of Castilla.
-- Although Casemiro, Lucas Vázquez and Dani Cavajal are still young, they contributed to the recent successes of the club.  This period, I considered, is one of the greatest in the history of the club.  
-- Juan Mata was the last player selected. 

Formation
-- Vicente Del Bosque and Chendo started ahead of Casemiro and Carvajal based upon seniority.  Rafael Martin Vazquez and Guti are of similar level, I think. Cambiasso has done many things outside Real Madrid.