Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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



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

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

Team
GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Considered to be one of the greatest keeper ever.  He made his Serie A debut at the age of 17.  He earned his first cap when he was 19.  His biggest achievement must be winning the WC 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.
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)

SW: Ciro Ferrara (Italy/Juventus)
Ferrara's career with the Azzurri was limited by playing in the same period with Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Pietro Vierchowod, Riccardo Ferri, Giuseppe Bergomi, etc.  For club football, he played nearly a decade for Napoli during Diego Maradona's years before moving to Juvnetus.  At Juventus, he won 6 scudettis and a single Champions' League.
Ciro Ferrara 
CB: Paolo Montero (Uruguay)
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 Korea/Japan 2002.
Paolo Montero
CB: Mark Iuliano (Italy/Juventus)
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, reaching the final, and at the 2002 World Cup.


CB: Igor Tudor (Croatia/Napoli/Juventus)
Tudor was most notably a member of the  national side that reached the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup Finals, 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.

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 had 98 caps between 1999 and 2010.  He was a member of the 2006 World Cup winning team.  He was selected to the team of the tournament.  He played mainly with Juventus, but also Barcelona in Spain. 

DM:  Didier Deschamps (France/Juventus)
Didier Deschamps was only the second captain in history to lift the three big trophies: the Champions League trophy, the World Cup trophy and the European Championship trophy.  The prime of his career was spent with Marseille and Juventus, where he won a Champions League for each club.
Didier Deschamps and Zidane
RM/CM: Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus)
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 (Holland/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 Holland 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)
He 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 them 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)
He 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.  He played with Atalanta, Juventus and AC Milan. With AC Milan, he won  two UEFA 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)
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.

Squad Explanation
-- This is mainly about Lippi's time with Juventus. Outside of his career with Juventus, he only won trophies with Guangzhou Evergrande in China.  None of his players was chosen for playing under him at a different club.
-- 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.
-- Ciro Ferrara followed Lippi from Napoli to Juventus.
-- Pietro Vierchowod only played with Lippi before his retirement.
-- 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.
-- 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. Alessio Tacchinardi was selected of them because he had played in both of Lippi's stints with the club.
-- Paulinho was symbolic selection for Lippi's time with Guangzhou Evergrande in China. Lippi's most successful career outside Juventus was over there.

Formation



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