Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Greatest All-Time Team under Carlos Ancelotti

Champions' League title in 2014 with Real Madrid

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

Real Madrid
AC MilanJuventus,
All-Time Team Under Jose Mourinho 
All-Time Team under Bobby Robson(Club only)
All-Time Team Under Helenio Herrera
All-Time Team Under Bela Gutmann
All-Time Team Under Giovanni Trappattoni
All-Time Team Under Fabio Capello (Club only)
All-Time Team under Marcello Lippi (Club only)
All-Time Team under Carlos Ancelotti

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Carlos Ancelotti (club only).  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Carlos Ancelotti is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League three times (twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid), and one of only two to have managed teams in four finals. He has won the FIFA Club World Cup twice, managing Milan and Real Madrid. Ancelotti is also one of seven people to have won the European Cup or Champions League as both a player and a manager. He is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.

AC Milan winning 2002-2003 Champions' League
GK: Edwin Van Der Sar (Netherlands/Juventus)
Van Der Sar is the most capped player in Dutch history with 130 caps.  He went to 1994, 1998 and 2006 World Cup and Euro 1996, 2000 and 2004.  He was best remembered for being the Ajax keeper in 1995 that won the Champions' League and then, later for Manchester United for 6 seasons.  He won the Champions' League in 2007-2008. In between, he also played with Fulham and Juventus.

GK: Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)
Neuer established as Germany's number 1 before the World Cup Finals in 2010.  Since then, he has been considered one of the best keeper in the world. He helped Germany winning their 4th World Cup in 2014. In 2014, Neuer finished third in the voting, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award.  He started with Schalke 04, but moved to rival Bayern Munich in 2010. He is the second most expensive keeper of all-time.
Manuel Neuer 
GK: Dida (Brazil/AC Milan)
Remembered for his 8 seasons with AC Milan, Dida was the hero of the 2003 Champions' League Final when he helped Milan to win the penalty shootout against Juventus.  He became the first Brazilian keeper to be nominated for Ballon d' Or that year.  He had 91 caps for Brazil.  He went to three World Cup Finals and started in 2006 for the Seleção.

RB: Cafu (Brazil/AC Milan
Cafu is the all-time cap record holder for Brazil and considered one of Brazil's greatest fullbacks.  He is the only man to play in three World Cup Finals, winning in 1994 and 2002.  He was the captain of the national team as they won the World Cup in 2002.  He played with Sao Paulo, Roma and AC Milan. He was South American Player of the Year in 1994. 

RB/LB/DM: Philipp Lahm (Germany/Bayern Munich)
Lahm was the captain of the 2014 World Cup winning team. He had 113 capos for Germany from 2004 to 2014.  For club football, he played his entire career with Bayern Munich, except for a loan spell with VfB Stuttgart. He also won the treble in 2013 when Bayern Munich won the Champions' League, the German Cup and the Bundesliga on the same year.  He was included in the World Cup team of the tournament in 2006 and 2010.  
Philipp Lahm 

CB: John Terry (England/Chelsea)
John 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.

CB: Alessandro Nesta (Italy/AC Milan)
Nesta  is considered one of the best defender of his generation.  He was the Serie A defender of the Year for 4 times.  He had over 70 caps for Italy.  He played in the 2006 World Cup winning team, but injured in the third game of the tournament.  He won two Champions' league with AC Milan.  He started his career with Lazio before joining AC Milan in 2002.  He also played in the MLS before retiring.

CB/RB: Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos is a part of the all-conquering Spanish team that won the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is the youngest player ever to receive his 100th caps. He joined Real Madrid as a teenager from Sevilla. He scored the tying goal as Real Madrid won their 10th European Cup in 2014.  He also won his second Champions' League title by scoring a goal in the 2016 Final.  In 2018, he won his fourth Champions League Cup with Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos

CB: Pepe (Portugal/Real Madrid)
Born in Brazil, Pepe moved to Portugal playing for Maritimo.  In 2004, he moved to Porto while he established himself as one of the best defender in Portugal.  In 2007, he earned a dream move to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he won two Champions' league with them.  Although born in Brazil, he chose to represent Portugal.  At Euro 2016, he emerged as one of Portugal's best player as Portugal won their first ever international trophy.  He earned the Man of the Match in the Final against France.

CB: Thiago Silva (Brazil/PSG)
Thiago Silva  became the most expensive defender in history when he moved from Milan to Paris St. Germain.  Before moving to play in Europe, he played for Juventude and Fluminense in Brazil. He was a key player as Fluminense to the Final of VCopa Libertadores in 2008.  For the national team, he was the captain of Brazil ill-fated team in World Cup 2014, but did not play against Germany in the semifinal. He was an unused sub at the WC Finals in 2010.

CB/LB: Paolo Maldini (Italy/AC Milan)
Paolo Maldini was considered the greatest leftback of all-time.  He won 26 trophies in his 25 year career with AC Milan, including 5 Champions' league trophies. With the Azzurri, Maldini took part in three European Championships, and four World Cups. He reached the finals of the 1994 World Cup in the US and Euro 2000, and the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988. He was capped 126 times for Italy. 
Paolo Maldini 
LB: Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid)
Marcelo started his career with Fluminense before making a dream move to Real Madrid in 2007.  He spent several years in and out of the lineup before establishing himself as one of the star of the team.  With them, he won three Champions' League titles in from 2014 to 2017.  At the time of writing, he has over 50 caps for Brazil and played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

DM/CM: Xabi Alonso (Spain/Real Madrid/Bayern Munich)
Xabi Alonso started with Real Sociedad.  He joined Liverpool in 2004 winning the Champions' League trophy in his first season.  In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid, winning the Champions' League again in 2014.  In 2014, he joined Bayern Munich. He was a key member of the Spanish team that won the WC and two European Championships.  His 114 caps make him the fifth most capped player in the nation's history.

CM: Frank Lampard  (England/Chelsea)
Lampard was the all-time leading scorer for Chelsea.  he started his career with West Ham before joining Chelsea in 2001.  He won the Champions' League in 2012 and 3 Preimership with Chelsea.  He was runner-up at FIFA Player of the Year in 2015.  In 2014, he made a controversial move to Manchester City through a loan deal from NY City FC.  For England, he was a key player from 1999 and 2014.  The Lampard-Gerrard debate was a hot topic  throughout his career with England.

CM: Andrea Pirlo (Italy/AC Milan)
Pirlo started as an attack midfielder with Inter Milan without success before becoming a regista.  He redefined the regista role in recent years.  He won the World Cup in 2006 and took Italy to the Final of Euro 2012.  He played over 280 matches for AC Milan, winning two Champions' League titles.  He switched to Juventus late in his career.  Then, he played in New York City FC of the MLS.

CM/LM: Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands/AC Milan)
Clarence Seedorf is the first player to win three Champion League titles with 3 different clubs. He was a member of the Golden Generation from Ajax that won Champions League in 1995.  In 1996, he moved to Real Madrid, where he quickly established himself as a star.  He would win two Champions League title there.  He later played for both AC Milan and Inter Milan.  He was a key player for the Dutch national team.
Clarence Seedorf 

AM/CM: Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid)
Luka Modric is one of the greatest playmakers of his generation.  He earned more 90 caps for Croatia.  He currently plays for Real Madrid and won the Champions' League for the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 season.  He also played for  Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspurs.  He played in the World Cup Finals of 2006 and 2014.  In 2018, he led Croatia to finish 2nd at the World Cup Finals.  He was voted the best player at the Finals.
Luka Modric
AM: Zinedine Zidane (France/Juventus)
Zinedine Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times.  He led France to victory at  the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  With Real Madrid, he also won the Champions League in 2002, where he scored one of the greatest goals in history at the Final. 

RW/LW:  Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)
Bale began his professional career at Southampton. Bale moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. In 2011 and 2013, he was named PFA Players' Player of the Year.  His transfer to Real Madrid in 2013 was believed to be the most expensive in history.  He won three Champions League title with Real Madrid.  He scored the winning goal in the 2014 version. In 2016, he led Wales to reach the semifinal of Euro 2016.

AM/CM: Kaka (Brazil/AC Milan)
Kaka started his career with Sao Paulo in Brazil before moving to AC Milan in 2003.  He was the star player who helped Milan to win the Champions' League in 2007 and he himself won he Ballon d'or the same year.  In 2009, he left Milan for Real Madrid.  For Brazil, he was capped 92 times.  He was a young and seldom used player at the World Cup in 2002.  He was a key player after the World Cup Finals in 2002.

FW/LW: Cristano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)
Ronaldo is one of the greatest forward of his generation.  He is the most expensive players in history from 2009-2013 when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he won the Ballon d'Or winner three times and won Champions' League titles with both Manchester United and Real Madrid.  In 2016, he helped Portugal to win the European Championship, a month after winning the Champions' League with Real Madrid.  In 2018, he joined Juventus after playing the 2018 World Cup Finals.
ST: Andrei Shevchenko (Ukraine/AC Milan)
Andrei Shevchenko is considered one of the greatest Ukrainian player in history.  He won the Ballon D'Or in 2004 and came 3rd on the World Player of the Year.  He was best remembered for his stint with AC Milan, winning the Champions' League in 2003.  He also played for Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea.  At the international level, he won 111 caps and scored 48 goals for the Ukraine. He captained them to the quarterfinal of the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Andrei Shevchenko
ST: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea) 
Didier Drogba was voted African Footballer of the Year twice; 2006 and 2009.  He is probably Ivory Coast's greatest ever player. The best part of his career was spent with Chelsea.  He won the Champions' League for 20011-12. He also finished the top scorer in the Premiership twice.  He also played in France, MLS and China. For his country, he led Ivory Coast to the World Cup Finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He was also their all-time leading scorer.

ST: Filippo Inzaghi (Italy/AC Milan)
Filippo Inzaghi is one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time, fifth in Italy, with 313 goals scored in official matches. He is currently the fourth-highest goal scorer in European club competitions with 70 goals.  With AC Milan, he won  two Champions League titles (2003, 2007). For Italy, he went to all major tournaments from 1998 to 2006.  He won the World Cup in 2006, but only played in one match.

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/PSG)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born in Sweden of Bosnian-Croat origin.  He won Sweden Player of the Year 11 times.  He was the Serie A Player of the Year for 5 times.   He played with Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St.Germain and Manchester United.  He is currently the second-most decorated active footballer in the world, having won 32 trophies in his career. At the time of writing, he has over 116 caps.  He is the all-time leading scorer for Sweden.  
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

Honorable Mention
Alessandro Costacurta (AC Milan), Rui Costa (AC Milan), Jaap Stam (AC Milan), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Diego Lopez (Real Madrid), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich), Robert Lewandoski (Bayern Munich), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Paolo Montero (Juventus), Fabio Cannavaro (Parma), Gianluigi Buffon (Parma), Lilian Thuram (Parma).

Squad Explanation
-- The team heavily geared toward Carlos Ancelotti's Champions' League winning teams with AC Milan and Real Madrid. I took 9 players from AC Milan and another 7 from Real Madrid.
-- Some of the obvious players are Cristano Ronaldo, Kaka, Andrei Shevchenko and Paolo Maldini.  
-- Edwin Van Der Sar, Manuel Neuer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Didier Drogba, Zinedine Zidane, Frank Lampard, Thiago Silva, Philipp Lahm and John Terry did not won the Champions' league with Ancelotti.  
-- Gareth Bale scored two winning goals in both Finals for Carlos Ancelotti's "Double"(Copa del Rey and Champions League) in the 2013-2014 season. He helped to define Ancelotti's career in Madrid.
-- Angel Di Maria was a key player as Real Madrid won the 2014 Champions' league. He made the honourable mention.
-- Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon were very young when he played for Ancelotti with Parma.  I selected more seasoned players who played for Ancelotti at their prime and won something for him.  Gianluigi Buffon joined Juventus after Ancelotti left the club. All three only made honorable mention.
-- Iker Casillas only played for him in the Champions' League in 2013-2014.  Diego Lopez started for him in La Liga games.  Iker Casillas won the Champions' League in 2014, but his performance in the Final was poor.  He was a shadow of himself when he started again the season after.  I only put him on honourable mention.
-- I also took Dida (AC Milan) over Petr Cech because he won the Champions' league for Ancelotti. 
-- His tenure with Bayern Munich was not very successful.  Thus, most of his key players did not make the all-time team.  Nevertheless,  I decided to take  Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm.  I also felt the same way for his players at PSG, Chelsea and Juventus. Nevertheless, I selected Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane, Thiago Silva, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didiner Drogba because they were simply among the best of their generation.

I put the best possible players into the lineup, but it is not necessarily a working formation. I am not sure if Xavi Alonso and Pirlo will work in the midfield. Kaka won a Champions League and the Ballon d'or while playing under Ancelotti, but I am not sure if he can play on the right.  He might get into the way of Zidane.  Ronaldo would have prefer playing with a false 9 rather than with Shevchenko.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Greatest All-Time Team under Marcello Lippi (club only)

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

Juventus All-Time Team for Italian Players 
Juventus All-Time Team for Foreign Players
All-Time Team Under Jose Mourinho 
All-Time Team under Bobby Robson(Club only)
All-Time Team Under Helenio Herrera
All-Time Team Under Bela Gutmann
All-Time Team Under Giovanni Trappattoni
All-Time Team Under Fabio Capello (Club only)
All-Time Team under Marcello Lippi (Club only)
All-Time Team under Carlos Ancelotti

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Marcello Lippi (club only).  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League. 

Marcello Lippi's career was best remembered for his time with Juventus.  He won UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup in 1996.  He then took over Italy in 2004, winning the World Cup in 2006.  In China, he won three Chinese Super League titles and the AFC Champions League with Guangzhou Evergrande.  He is the first and to date the only coach to win both the UEFA Champions League and the AFC Champions League.

Intercontinental Cup + European Cup in 1996

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Gianluigi Buffon is considered to be one of the greatest keeper ever.  He made his Serie A debut at the age of 17 in 1995 with Parma.  He earned his first cap when he was only 19.  He had a total of 175 caps. His biggest achievement must be winning the World Cup in 2006.  He has been named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record eight time. He became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time following his transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001.  He moved to PSG in 2019.
Gianluigi Buffon

GK: Angelo Peruzzi (Italy/Juventus)
Peruzzi was both Juventus and Italy's starting keeper before Gianluigi Buffon emerged on the scene.  He also played for Roma, Inter Milan and Lazio. He only earned 31 caps, largely because of playing with Buffon at the same time He missed both France 1998 and Euro 2000 through injuries. He was the backup keeper at World Cup 2006.

GK: Michelangelo Rampulla (Italy/Juventus)
Rampulla played for smaller clubs in Italy before joining Juventus in 1992.  He played there until his retirement in 2002.  While with Cremonese, he became the first Italian keeper to score from opened play. With Juventus, he was mainly a backup, but was the starting keeper as they won the UEFA Cup in 1993.

RB/CB:  Lilian Thuram (Italy/Juventus)
Thuram is France's most capped player.  He was known for his strength, pace and stamina.  He played at the top flight in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons, including ten in the Serie A with both Parma and Juventus. With France, Thuram won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and was in the runner-up squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.  He scored two goals vs Croatia in the semifinal of the WC in 1998. 

RB: Moreno Torricelli (Italy/Juventus)
Moreno Torricelli started with amateur club U.S. Caratese.  In 1992, he was signed by Juventus after a friendly match after he played against them. With Juventus, he won the 1993 UEFA Cup as well as Serie A titles. From 1998 to 2002, he played for Fiorentina and transferred to Espanyol in 2002.  He played 10 times for Italy.  He was a part of Italy's team at Euro 1996 and World Cup 1998.

SW: Ciro Ferrara (Italy/Juventus)
Ciro Ferrara was considered one of the best defenders in the world during his prime.  However, his career with the Azzurri was limited by the same period with some of the greatest defenders in history. He only had 49 caps between 1987 and 2000. For club football, he played nearly a decade for Napoli during Duego Maradona's years before moving to Juvnetus.  At Juventus, he won 6 scudettis and the Champions' League in the 1995-1996 season.
Ciro Ferrara 
CB: Mark Iuliano (Italy/Juventus)
Mark Iuliano spent the bulk of his playing career from 1996 to 2005 with, Juventus, in the Serie A, a club with which he won several domestic and international trophies. He later played briefly in Spain. At international level, he had 19 caps. He represented the Italy at UEFA Euro 2000 with Italy reaching the final, and at the 2002 World Cup.

CB: Igor Tudor (Croatia/Napoli/Juventus)
Igor Tudor was most notably a member of the Croatian national side that reached the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup Finals in France, eventually finishing in third place. He also represented his country at European Championship of  2004, and the 2006 World Cup Finals.  For his club career, he started with Hajduk Split and spent 9 seasons with Juventus.

CB: Paolo Montero (Uruguay)
Paolo Montero began his career in Uruguay with Peñarol in 1990, before moving to Italian side Atalanta in 1992. He joined Juventus in 1996, spending 9 seasons there.  He won 4 scudetti titles, but failed to win a Champions League despite playing in 3 Finals.  He also played for San Lorenzo. With La Celeste, he was capped 61 times.  He went to 2002 World Cup Finals in Korea/Japan. His father is former Uruguay international Julio Montero Castillo. 
Paolo Montero
LB: Gianluca Pessotto (Italy/Juventus)
Pessotto was given the nickname "Il Professorino" ("The Little Professor") by the fans, due to his glasses, his interest in philosophy and literature. He played most of his career with Juventus between 1995 to 2006. He represented his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and at UEFA Euro 2000, reaching the final of the latter tournament.

RB/LB: Gianluca Zambrotta  (Italy)
Gianluca Zambrotta was one of the best fullbacks in his prime.  He could play both rightback and leftback. He earned 98 caps or Italy   He was a member of the 2006 World Cup winning team.  He was selected to the Team of the Tournament. He also played in 2002 and 2010 World Cup Finals.  He played mainly with Juventus. He also played with Como, Barcelona, AC Milan and Bari.

DM:  Didier Deschamps (France/Juventus)
Didier Deschamps was only the second player in history to captain his team to lift the three big trophies: the Champions League trophy, the World Cup trophy and the European Championship trophy.  At the club level, he started his career with Nantes. The prime of his career was spent with Marseille and Juventus, where he won a single Champions League for both club.  He earned 103 caps between 1989 and 2000 for France.
Didier Deschamps and Zidane
RM/CM: Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus)
Antonio Conte started with Lecce in 1985. In 1991, he moved to Juventus where he played until his retirement in 2004.  He was a part of the Champions' League winning team in the 1995-1996 season. Eventually, he became the captain of the team in 1996.  Capped 20 times.  He was a member of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000 team.

CM: Alessio Tacchinardi (Italy/Juventus)
Tachinardi began his career with Atalanta. In 1994, he moved to Juventus, where he spent the majority of his career, winning 17 trophies. He was one of the 50 Juventus players to have their names written inside the club's new home ground, the Juventus Stadium. He also played for Villarreal and Brescia.  Between 1995 and 2003, he played 13 times for Italy.

CM: Paulo Sousa (Portugal/Juventus/Inter Milan)
Sousa started his career with Benfica and Sporting SP at home.  He is best remembered for winning back-to-back Champions' League with two different clubs(Juventus in 1996 and Borussia Dortmund in 1997).  He was a member of the Portugal squad that won the 1989 World Youth Championship.  At the senior level, he earned 51 caps. He went to 1996 and 2000 European Championship as well as the World Cup in 2002.

CM/DM: Edgar Davids (Netherlands/Juventus)
Nicknamed "the Pitbull", Edgar Davids was one of the greatest defensive midfielders in the world.  He won the European Champions' League with Ajax in 1995.  He earned over 70 caps for Holland.  He was an important player at the World Cup Finals in 1998 when Netherlands reached the semi-final. He also spent 7 seasons with Juventus at the height of his career. 

RM/CM: Angelo Di Livio (Italy/Juventus)
Di Livio began his career with Roma in 1984. He later played for Reggiana, Nocerina, Perugia, Padova, Juventus and Fiorentina.  With Juventus, he won three scudetti (Italian A League; 1995, 1997, 1998) and one Champions League title (1996). He played for Italy at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 (where Italy finished in 2nd place), and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

RM/RW: Mauro Camoranesi (Italy/Juventus)
From 1996 to 2000, he played for 4 clubs in three different countries.  At Cruz Azul, he scored 20 goals and earned a move to Verona in Italy.  He stayed there for 2 seasons and moved to Juventus, where he reached stardom.  bBorn in Argentina, he earned his first cap for Italy in 2003.  He was a regular member of Italy from 2003 and 2010.  He played a major part as Italy won the World Cup in 2006.

AM: Zinedine Zidane (France/Juventus)
Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times.  He led France to victory at  the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  With Real Madrid, he also won the Champions League in 2002, where he scored one of the greatest goals in history at the Final.
Zinedine Zidane
AM: Alessandro Del Piero (Italy/Juventus)
Alessandro Del Piero played with Juventus for 19 years (11 years as captain), and holds the club records for most goals (289) and appearances (705).  For the national team, he played 91 times for them, despite the fact that Italy had many players fighting for his position.  He was on the 2006 team that won the World Cup in Germany. He also went to the World Cup Finals of 1998 and 2002, as well as the European Championship of 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Alessandro Del Piero
LW/AM: Pavel Nedved (the Czech Republic/Juventus)
Nedved was a key player as the Czech Republic finished second at Euro 1996, and reached the semi-final at Euro 2004.  For club football, he is best remembered for playing for Lazio and Juvnetus.  At Lazio, he won the Scudetti in 1999-2000, only the second league title in Lazio's history.  With Juventus, he led the team to the Final of the 2002-2003 Champions' League final, but he sat out of the game due to suspension.  He won the European Footballer of the Year that year.

ST: David Trezeguet (France/Juventus)
Trezeguet started his career in Argentina, but was snapped up by Monaco after a few games.  At Monaco, he was known for his partnership with Thierry Henry.  In 2000, he joined Juventus, where he stayed until 2010.  For the national team, he was selected to play in France 1998.  He was a key player throughout his career with France.  He won the World Cup in 1998 and then, the European Championship in 2000.

ST: Filippo Inzaghi (Italy/Juventus)
Inzaghi is one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time. He is currently the fourth-highest goal scorer in European club competitions with 70 goals.  He played with Atalanta, Juventus and AC Milan. With AC Milan, he won two Champions League titles (2003, 2007).  He made his national team debut in 1997.  He went to all major tournaments from 1998 to 2006.  He won the World Cup in 2006, but only played in one match.

ST:  Fabrizio Ravanelli (Italy/Juventus)
Ravanelli started and ended his playing career at hometown club Perugia Calcio, and also played for Middlesbrough, Juventus and Marseille. He won five titles with Juventus, including a Serie A championship in 1995 and a Champions League title in 1996 where he scored in the final. In all, during his career he played with twelve clubs from four countries. Nicknamed 'The White Feather', he earned 22 caps for Italy and took part at Euro 1996.

CF/FW: Gianluca Vialli (Italy/Juventus)
With Sampdoria, Vialli won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1990.  In 1992, he made a world record breaking transfer to Juventus.  In 1996, he helped Juventus to win their first ever Champions' League.  He went to Euro 1988.  However, at Italia 1990, he was unimpressive and lost his starting spot to Roberto Baggio and Salvatore Schillaci.  After the WC Finals, he had a feud with manager Sacchi that forced him out of the national team.
Gianluca Vialli
Honorable Mention
Christian Vieri, Roberto Baggio, Paulo Sousa, Alessandro Birindelli, Marco Di Vaio, Vladimir Jugović, Alen Boksic, Paulinho, Pietro Vierchowod.

Squad Explanation
-- This meant to be the all-time team for Marcello Lippi's entire club career, but outside of his career with Juventus, he only won trophies with Guangzhou Evergrande in China. It turned out that every players selected here played for him at Juventus.  This team actually became Marcello Lippi's  All-Time Team with Juventus.  
-- Lippi's greatest achievement was perhaps winning the World Cup in 2006.  This blog is not about his national team players. However, a number of his players on the World Cup winning team also played under him at the club level (Juventus).  They are Angelo Peruzzi, Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Del Piero, Mauro Camoranesi, Gianluca Zambrotta and Angelo Peruzzi. Their World Cup performance was not considered for this blog.
-- Lippi only had two starting goalkeepers while at Juventus so the third keeper selection was difficult to select. Michelangelo Rampulla was a long-term backup keeper who was a part of many winning teams in Turin. He also followed Lippi as his coaching staff after he retired from playing. I took him based upon his relationship with Lippi.
-- Moreno Torricelli was one of my favourite players.  He was a player who played with his heart.  I took him ahead Javier Zanetti who played for Lippi with Inter Milan.  Lippi only spent a season there.
-- Ciro Ferrara followed Lippi from Napoli to Juventus. He was also one of Lippi's best defenders.  He was the only player selected who played for Lippi outside of Juventus.
-- By reputation, Pietro Vierchowod is better than some of the players selected, but he only played one season with Lippi. He won the Champions League in 1996, but I preferred other backs who played longer with Lippi.  Instead, I took Igor Tudor and Mark Iuliano.
-- Roberto Baggio spent one season playing with Lippi, and Lippi started to phrase out Baggio.  The pair would later reunite at Inter Milan.  I only put him on the Honorable Mention.
-- Christian Vieri only played a single season with him.
-- Ronaldo also played for him with Inter Milan during the 1999-2000 season.  That season, Ronaldo ruptured a tendon in his knee in the first half of the season.  And then, he suffered his infamous and serious injury in his comeback during the Final of Coppa Italia in April, 2000.  So he did not play much under him.
-- The last spot was between Paulo Sousa and Vladimir Jugović.  Both players played at the same time for two seasons.  Each started in a Champions League Final. Sousa seemed to be rated higher at Juventus. So I took him.
-- Alessio Tacchinardi was selected ahead of both Paulo Sousa and Vladimir Jugović because he had played in both of Lippi's stints with Juventus.
-- Paulinho was symbolic selection for Lippi's time with Guangzhou Evergrande in China. Lippi's most successful career outside Juventus was over there. He made my honourable mention.