Thursday, March 21, 2019

Valencia All-Time Team for Foreign Players.

Rainer Bonhof and Mario Kempes
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Real MadridBarcelonaValencia,
Atletico MadridSevillaAtletic Bilbao, 
Deportivo La Coruna  Real Sociedad,
Real BetisReal ZaragozaEspanyol

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


Valencia is among the most successful clubs in Spain.  In 1980, they won a Cup Winners' Cup.  Then, in the 2000's, the team reached its Golden period.  They won two La Liga titles.  In 2003-2004 season, they won the Double: La Liga and the UEFA Cup.  They also reached the Champions' league two years in a row. They won back-to-back Fairs Cup in 1962 and 1963.
Kurt Jara and Salif Keita 
Team  
GK: Diego Alves  (Brazil)
At the time of writing, Diego Alves earned 10 caps for Brazil.  He was a backup keeper at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.  He started his career with Clube Atlético Mineiro. He moved to UD Almería in Spain on 24 July 2007, as the Andalusians had just achieved a first ever promotion to La Liga. From 2011 to 2017, he played for Valencia.

GK:  Renan (Brazil)
Renan made his professional debut for Internacional before joining Valencia in Spain.  He was a starter briefly in the 2008-2009 season until an injury sent him to the bench. He also played for Xerez.  He returned to Internacional, where he was the starting goalkeeper in their 2010 Copa Libertadores victory.  He later played for Goias.  He represented Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

GK: Neto (Brazil)
Neto began his career with Atlético Paranaense.  From 2011 to 2015, he played for Fiorentina. He joined Juventus in 2015, mainly as a back-up to starter Gianluigi Buffon, but appearing in all of the club's games in both of their victorious Coppa Italia campaigns.   In 2017 he joined Valencia.  Since 2010, he was a part of Brazil's player pool, but he never made his international debut until 2018.  At the time of writing, he has a single cap.

RB: Jocelyn Angloma (France
Jocelyn Angloma was a member of the great Marseille team of the early 1990's.  He won the UEFA European Cup in 1993, the first ever for a French club.  He later played for Valencia and reached the Champions' League Final twice. He was a member of the French team at both Euro 1992 and 1996.  In 2006, Angloma came out of retirement to play for his native région, Guadeloupe, and help them qualify for the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.
Jocelyn Angloma

RB: Miguel (Portugal)
Miguel started his career with local C.F. Estrela da Amadora as a winger in 1999.  He then spent 5 seasons playing for Benfica from 2000 to 2005.  He was switched from the winger position to a rightback. From 2005 to 2012, he played for Valencia.  Last the international level, he was capped 59 times.  He went to Euro 2004 and 2008, ands then the 2006 and 2010 World Cup Finals.

CB: Emiliano Moretti (Italy)
Moretti began his career at Lodigiani and was signed by Fiorentina in 1998. In 2004, he joined Valencia, where he won the Copa del Rey in 2007–08. In 2009, he returned to Italy where he spent four seasons with Genoa. In 2013, he joined Torino. Internationally, Moretti represented Italy at the youth levels. On 18 November 2014, at the age of 33, he became the oldest player to debut for the Italy national football team, playing as a starter in a friendly against Albania.

CB: Miroslav Djukic (Yugoslavia)
Miroslav Djukic spent 14 years of his professional career in Spain, notably for Deportivo de La Coruña and Valencia, winning six major titles for the two clubs combined. In 1994, while playing for Deportivo, Đukić missed a penalty kick in the game's last minute (eventual 0–0 draw). As a result FC Barcelona were crowned champions instead of Deportivo La Coruna. He had 48 caps and  played at Euro 2000 for Yugoslavia.

CB: Mauricio Pellegrino (Argentina)
Pellegrino played for Vélez Sarsfield from 1990 to 1999, winning four Primeira División championships and the 1994 Intercontinental and Libertadores Cups. From 1999 tom 2005, he played for Valencia. He played in both Champions' League Finals in 2000 and 2001 while winning the UEFA Cup winning team in 2004.  He later played for Liverpool and Alves.  Internationally, he earned two caps.

CB: Roberto Ayala (Argentina)
Roberto Ayala captained Argentina for 63 times, a record.  He is also the second cap record holder for Argentina with 115 caps.  He went to three World Cup Finals: 1998, 2002 and 2006. He was best remembered for winning the UEFA Cup with Valencia. He also played for Real Zaragoza in Spain, Milan and Napoli in Italy and River Plate in his native Argentina.

LB: Amedeo Carboni (Italy)
Amedeo Carboni played for a number of Italian clubs before joining Roma in 1990. He stayed there for 7 seasons mainly as a starter before he went to Valencia in 1997.  With Valencia, his team made it to the Champions' League Finals twice and won the UEFA Cup/League Double in 2003/2004.  He played 9 seasons with them.  He represented Italy at the Euro 1996, where he earned two of his 18 caps for Italy. 
Amedeo Carboni

LB: Fábio Aurélio (Brazil)
Fábio Aurélio started with Sao Paulo in Brazil before heading to Europe.  He started with Valencia in 2000He was a part of the great side that won two La Liga and the 2003-2004 UEFA Cup.  He moved to Liverpool in 2006 where he played until 2012. He returned to Brazil after his stint with Liverpool. He was called up to play for Brazil's senior team, but never made a single appearance due to injuries.

DM/RB: Rainer Bonhof (Germany)
Rainer Bonhof was the youngest member of the World Cup winning team in 1974.  He assisted in Gerd Muller's winning goal at the Final.  He also played at Argentina 1978 and a part of Euro 1980 winning team.  He played with Borussia Mönchengladbach.  He joined Valencia in 1978, which prompted the DFB to remove their ban on selecting foreign based players for the national team.

DM/CM: Éver Banega (Argentina)
Banega started his career with Boca Juniors, and signed with Valencia in 2008 where he remained for several years, appearing in 162 official games and winning the 2008 Copa del Rey. After joining Sevilla in 2014, he conquered consecutive Europa League trophies. He got his first cap in 2008, but was not selected for both 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals.

AM: Pablo Aimar (Argentina)
Aimar started his senior career at River Plate in 1996.  From 2001 to 2006, he starred for Valencia, helping the club to reach the 2001 Champions' League.  Then, he played Real Zaragoza for two seasons before joining Benfica. He played for them between 2008 and 2013.  For Argentina, he earned 52 caps. He represented Argentina at the 1999 and 2007 editions of the Copa América, at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, and at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Pablo Aimar
AM: Kurt Jara (Austria)
Jara started his career with FC Wacker Innsbruck before moving to Valencia CF in 1973. After two seasons in La Liga he joined MSV Duisburg where he spent five seasons and reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1979. After another season in Germany with FC Schalke 04, he finished his career with Grasshopper. He earned 59 caps. He was a participant at the 1978 and 1982 World Cups.

AM: Zlatko Zahovič (Slovenia)
Zahovic had 80 caps between 1992 and 2004. He is the all-time goal scorer for Slovenia. He was a key player for Slovenia when they qualified for Euro 2000 and the World Cup Finals in 2002.  The best part of his club career was spent in Portugal where he played for both Porto and Benfica. He also played for Valencia, but not so successful.  Nevertheless, he played in the Final of 2001 Champions League against Bayern Munich.

LW: Kily Gonzalez (Argentina)
Kily started his career with Rosario Central which he would represent in three different spells.  He played for Boca Juniors before moving to Spain in 1996 where he appeared for Zaragoza and Valencia. Valencia reached the final in 2000 and 2001,He also spent three years in Italy with Inter Milan. For Argentina, he was capped 56 times.  He went to the 2002 World Cup Finals.

FW/RW: Faas Wilkes (Holland)
Faas Wilkes was one of the first Dutch player to play aboard.  In 1949, he joined Inter Milan, where he had the best of his career.  He also had a great career with Valencia..  He was considered to Holland's best player until the emerge of the Golden Generation of the 1970's. He was capped 38 times scoring 35 goals.  He was banned from the national team between 1949 and 1955 because KNVB did not select professional players. He was Holland's all-time leading scorer until 1998.
Faas Wilkes
LW/FW:  Adrian Ilie (Romania)
Adrian Ilie won 55 caps for Romania, scoring 13 goals.  He played at the 1996 European Championship, 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship.  During his 3 years with Steaua, Ilie helped the club to 3 consecutive Romanian league titles and the 1995–96 Cupa României. In 1996, Ilie was purchased by Galatasaray. Two years later, he joined Valencia. At Valencia, he was part of a great team that went to the European Cup Final in 2000.

FW: Mario Kempes (Argentina)
Mario Kempes was the hero of Argentina's 1978 World Cup victory.  He was the Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner in that Finals. He was also the South American Footballer of the Year: 1978. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1974 and 1982. He played for many clubs in his career.  Before his European career began, he played with Rosario Centrel.  In 1976, he moved to Valencia.  With Valencia, he was the league's top scorer twice, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1980.
Mario Kempes

ST: Waldo Machado (Brazil)
Waldo was best known for his time at Fluminense, being top scorer in the former club's history by scoring 314 goals in 401 matches.In 1961, he joined Valencia, winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1962 and 1963. He won the Pochochi Trophy in 1967. He also played one season with Hércules CF.  He was capped 5 times.

ST: Claudio Lopez (Argentina)
Claudio Lopez started with Racing Club and started his European career with Valencia. He helped the club to reach the Final of the Champions' league in 2000. In 2004, Lazio paid 35 million for him, but injuries limited his career there.  He also played for America in Mexico, Kansas City Wizards and Colorado Rapids in MLS.  He earned 55 caps for Argentina.  He played in both 1998 and 2002 World Cup Finals.
Claudio Lopez 
ST: Predrag Mijatović (Montenegro)
At club level, Mijatović played for six different clubs: Budućnost Podgorica, Partizan, Valencia, Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Levante. He is best remembered for scoring the winning goal against Juventus as Real Madrid won the 1998 Champions' league, its first title since 1966.  He played 73 times for Yugoslavia.  In 1997, Mijatović was runner-up for the Ballon d'Or, behind Ronaldo and ahead of Zinedine Zidane. He played in the 1998 World Cup Finals.

ST: Lyuboslav Penev (Bulgaria)
Penev's first professional team was CSKA Sofia.  In 1989, he joined Valencia,w here he spent 6 seasons.  He played a season with Atletico Madrid, where he won the Double in 1996.  Later, he played with SD Compostela and Celta Vigo. Penev represented Bulgaria in 1996 European Championship in England and in the 1998 World Cup Finals. He could not take part in the 1994 World Cup, as he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

ST:  Salif Keita (Mali) 
Salif Keita was voted African Footballer of the Year in 1970.  He found stardom almost everywhere he played.  His best stints were with Saint-Étienne, Marseille, Valencia and Sporting Portugal.  With AS Saint-Étienne, he won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, including the double in 1968 and 1970. He was selected by the Confederation of African Football as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.
Salif Keita 
Honorable Mention
John Carew (Norway), Johnny Rep (Holland), Lyuboslav Penev (Bulgaria),  Héctor Núñez (Uruguay).

Squad Explanation
-- Timo Hildebrand was very well-known during his spell with Stuttgart.  His decline began with Valencia.
--  Renan (Brazil) was mainly used as a backup, but he took over from Timo Hildebrand.  Diego Alves was among the best in La Liga during his prime.  He was definitely underrated.
-- Jocelyn Angloma, Roberto Ayala, Rainer Bonhof, Amedeo Carboni, Fabio Aurelio, Mario Kempes, Fass Wilkes, Claudio Lopez and Waldo were on my Valencia All-Time team.
-- The players not on my all-time team are Miguel, Miroslav Djukic, Mauricio Pellegrino, Predrag Mijatović, Pablo Aimar, Zlatko Zahovic, Kurt Jara, Kily Gonzalez, Adrian Ilie . Of course, we have all three goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Brazil) and Renan (Brazil) and Neto (Brazil)
-- Predrag Mijatović won the Spanish Player of the Year while playing for Valencia.
-- Aimar was playing liked the next big superstar from Argentina while with Valencia.  He gradually lost his spot to David Silva.
-- Wilkes was the first foreign star player for the club. 
-- Ariel Ortega and Romario did not do much in their career at the club.
-- Adrian Ilie formed a great attacking partnership with Argentine Claudio López.  They were the top duo in Europe during their time here.  
-- Salif Keita  broke the racial barrier.  He was not only the first Black player who played for Valencia.  He was the only Black player playing in La Liga after it reopened to foreign players.  He was also a fan favourite. He was known as  "La perla negra de Malí (The black pearl of Mali)" there.
-- Penev played 6 seasons with the club.
-- The team lacks a good wide right attacker.  However, Aimar and Wilkes have played on the right side before. Johnny Rep was a famous name, but the other strikers have done more than him for the club.
-- Waldo is Valencia 's second highest leading scorer while Mario Kempes is at third.  Mario Kempes was the league's top scorer twice, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1980.

Formation


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sevilla All-Time Team for Spanish players

Álvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas

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

Sevilla All-Time team for Foreign Players
Real MadridBarcelonaValencia,
Atletico MadridSevillaAtletic Bilbao, 
Deportivo La Coruna  Real Sociedad,
Real BetisReal ZaragozaEspanyol

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Sevilla FC's Spanish players.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Historically, Sevilla FC has its up and down.  They won the league title in 1945-1946, but they were mainly a mid-table team throughout the the 20th Century.  Then, the millennium came.  From 2005 to 2015, Sevilla won 5 of the 10 UEFA Cups/Europa Cups.  They won back-to-back UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007, and then, three straight Europa Cups in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  They own the record of the most successful team in the tournament. Prior to their first UEFA Cup, they have never reached the Final of any European major tournament.
Andreas Palop and Javi Navarro 
Team
GK: Andreas Palop 
Andreas Palop played with Valencia and Villarreal before going Sevilla.  As a backup keeper, he won the UEFA Cup with Valencia. As a starter, he won it twice with Sevilla in 2006 and 2007.  He moved aborad to play for Bayer Leverkusen at the end of his career in 2013. Despite being called up by Spain numerous times, he never took the field for the national team, but he was a part of the team that won European Championshp in 2008 as the third goalkeeper.
Andreas Palop 
GK: José María Busto 
José María Busto started his career with the youth rank of Athlete Bilbao, but he spent 16 seasons with Sevilla. He won the league title in 1946.  He retired in 1958.  His career with the national team was limited due to Ignacio Eizaguirre, Antonio Ramallets and Carmelo Cedrún playing at the same era.

GK: Guillermo Eizaguirre 
Born in Seville and played his entire career with Sevilla FC. He made his ebut with the club before he turned 16. He represented Spain 3 times from 1935 to 1936. His chance with the team was limited because he was playing at the same time as Ricardo Zamora.  He was injured before the World Cup Finals in 1934, where he was ruled of consideration. 

RB: Coke 
Coke began his career at Rayo Vallecano, who he helped rise from Segunda División B into La Liga, totalling 204 official appearances. In 2011 he joined Sevilla, with whom he won the Europa League three times.  He captained the side that won the 2016 Europa Cup, scoring twice in the Final against Liverpool FC. In 2016, he joined Schalke 04, and then, Levante in 2018.

CB: Marcelo Campanal 
Marcelo Campanal was known as "Campanal II" because his uncle Guillermo Campanal was better known as "Campanal I", who was the manager of Sevilla. He played for sixteen seasons at Sevilla FC between 1950 and 1966.  He later played two seasons with Deportivo La Coruna , CD Iliturgi and his final season as a professional in the Real Aviles CF.  He earned 11 caps with the national team between 1952 and 1957.
Campanula II
CB: Gallego
During his club career, Gallego played for Sevilla FC  from 1961 to 1965, and from 1975 to 1980.  In between his two stints with Sevilla, he played for FC Barcelona between 1965 and 1975. With Barcelona, he won two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1966 and 1971. Gallego earned 36 caps for Spain.  He was a part of the team that won 1964 European Nations' Cup on home soil. He also played in the 1966 World Cup Finals in England.

CB: Antonio Álvarez Giráldez 
Antonio Álvarez Giráldez played with Sevilla between 1974 to 1988. He played nearly 350 matches for them. He was one of the club's most committed players.  He ranked 9th in all-time appearance record. He later played with Malaga and Granada at the end of his career. He represented Spain B team twice in 1981.

CB: Javi Navarro 
Javi Navarro played with Valencia and Elche before joining Sevilla in 2001.  He was a part of the side that won 5 major titles, including back-to-back UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007.  He was the undisputed starter. For Spain, he made his debut at age of 32 years old in 2006 against Romania, the third oldest debutante for Spain. He was capped 4 times between 2006 and 2007. He retired in 2009 after a lengthy injury.
Javi Navarro at UEFA Cup Final
CB: Pablo Blanco 
Born in 1951, Pablo Blanco was a native of Sevilla, He played 13 seasons with Sevilla FC, including spells in Segunda Division when Sevilla gained promotion.  He made his debut in the 1971-1972 season. He retired in 1984 after playing over 400 games for the club. He helped to qualify for UEFA Cup twice in the 1980's.  He was considered one of Sevilla's greatest ever and most loyal defenders.

LB: Manolo Jiménez 
Manolo Jiménez played his entire career with Sevilla FC.  He played over 400 games.  He retired in June 1998 at the age of 34, after one year with neighbours Real Jaén in the second division.  He had a total of 15 caps for Spain.  He represented Spain at the World Cup Finals in 1990, playing two matches in the Finals.

LB: Antonio Puerta 
Antonio Puerta was a highly talented left-sided player for Sevilla. He came from their academy playing with his friend Sergio Ramos. He spent 3 years with Sevilla's first team and was a key player for their victories at the UEFA Cup.  Sadly, he died in 2007 at the age of 22 after collaping in a match against Getafe.  He earned a single cap for Spain in 2006. His number 16 has been retired by the club, but the number was used under controversial circumtance.

DM: Marcos
Marcos started with RCD Mallorca in 1988. He joined Sevilla FC in the summer of 1991, where he played until 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Marcos represented CP Mérida, being relegated twice in three years. Aged 32, he then returned to his first club RCD Mallorca competing a further five seasons in the Spanish top tier. He was a part of that team that won the 2003 Copa del Rey. He retired in June 2005. 

CM: Francisco López Alfaro 
Better known as Francisco, he first played with his hometown club Sevilla FC for 9 seasons between 1981 and 1990, and another 6 seasons with Espanyol between 1990 and 1997.  Espanyol went down to the second division for a single season during his time there. For Spain, he had 20 caps between 1982 and 1986. He went to the European Championship in 1984 and the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico for Spain. He scored his only international goal against Greece in September, 1986.
Francisco
CM: Enrique Lora Millan 
Enrique Lora Millan played 11 seasons with Sevilla, debuting in 1966 and retiring in 1978.  He was at one point the team's captain.  He played a single season with Recreativo de Huelva before retiring in 1979. He was capped 14 times for Spain between 1970 and 1972, including while he was playing in the second division.

CM: Enrique Montero 
At the club level, Enrique Montero Rodríguez played more 19 years in La Liga from 1973 to 1992. He mainly played for Sevilla and Cadiz in Spain.  He started in 1973 playing for Sevilla in the second division.  He left Sevilla and joined Cadiz in 1986, where he played until 1990.  He finsihed his career with Racing Club Portuense. At the international level, he earned 3 caps for Spain from 1980 to 1981.  He was born in Andalusia.
Enrique Montero 
CM: Pedro Alconero  
Pedro Alconero was an renowned player for Sevilla FC in the late 1940's and early 1950's.  He only missed 3 games in 9 seasons with Sevilla.  He won one league title in 1946, and came second twice.  At the time of his retirement, he held the record of the most appearance for Sevilla FC.  He also played for Baracaldo CF, Guadix CF and Lasesarre, He earned 3 caps.

RW: Jesus Navas 
Jesus Navas played from 2003 to 2013 for his mother club, Sevilla FC. He won two UEFA Cup.  In 2013, he moved to Manchester City.  He returned to Seville in 2017. He earned 35 caps for Spain at the time of writing.  He was used as a sub during the World Cup Finals in 2010 and the European Champions in 2012, where Spain won both tournaments. Early in his career, he suffered from homesickness that limited his career playing outside of his hometown.

RM: Rafa Paz 
From 1984 to 1997, Rafa Paz played for Sevilla.  He went to play inn Mexico at the end of his career where he played for Club Celaya, teaming up with ex-La Liga stars Michel, Emilio Butragueno and Hugo Sanchez.  For the Spanish national team, he had 7 caps all in 1990. He went to the 1990 World Cup Finals held in Italy, appearing in two matches.

LW: Jose Antonio Reyes 
Jose Antonio Reyes graduated from Sevilla's academy, where he made his professional debut in 2000.  He also played for Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Espanyol and Cordoba.  He won two UEFA Europa Cup with Atletico Madrid.  He returned to Sevilla in 2012 and won three straight Europa Cup with them between 2013 and 2016.  Reyes earned 21 caps for Spain between 2003 and 2006, and represented the nation at the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Jose Antonio Reyes
LW/FW: Vitolo 
Vitolo began his career with Las Palmas before joining Sevilla in 2013, where he won three straight Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  He signed with Atlético Madrid in 2017, but joined the side in January, 2018.  He won the Europa League in his first season and adding the subsequent Super Cup.  At the international level, he made his debut for Spain in 2015.

FW: Juan Arza 
Juan Arza Started with Alvas and Malaga before joining Sevilla in 1943.  He spent 16 seasons with Sevilla and became their all-time leading scoring with 207 goals.  He won the league in 1946, and a cup in 1948.  He was also the league's top scorer in the 1954-53 season with 29 goals.  He ended his career with Almeria. He earned 2 caps for Spain.

FW: José López Martínez
Born in 1914 in Seville, José López Martínez was a one club man for his hometown club Sevilla FC.  He was the first member of the famous front known as "Stuka", where he played with Guillermo Campanal, Rafael Berrocal, Pepillo and Raimundo.  He started his career in 1934 and left the club in 1948.

ST: Álvaro Negredo
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.
Álvaro Negredo
ST: Guillermo Campanal I 
Campanal I was considered one of the greatest player fors Sevilla FC.  He started his career with Sporting de Gijon in 1929, but joined Sevilla soon after.  With Sevilla, he started on a line called "Stuka". He played with the club from 1929 to 1946.  It was briefly interrupted by the Spanish Civil War.  He represented Spain at the World Cup Finals in 1934.  His nephew was known as "Campanal II". 

ST: Juan Araujo 
Born in 1920, Juan Araujo was a club legend with Sevilla.  He wasa youth product of Sevilla FC, but he began his career with Xerez in 1943, where he was a top scorer in the second divsion.  He retunred to Sevilla FC in 1946, where he won the league in the 1945-1946 season and the Cup in 1948(then known as the Copa del Generalisimo).  He layd over 200 games and scored over a 100 goals for Sevilla. He left Sevilla after 11 seasons and joined Cordoba in 1956. He played a single season with Xerez before retiring.

Juan Araujo


Honorable Mention
David Castedo, Juan López Hita, Pablo Alfaro, Ailtor Ocio, Francisco Sanjosé, Antonio Valero, Juan Carlos Álvarez, Pedro Alconero, Rafael Berrocal, Raimundo Blanco.

Squad Explanation
-- Nineteen players made my all-time team for Sevilla.
-- José López Martínez, Coke, Vitolo, Alvaro Negredo, Marcos and Gallego are players who are not on my all-time Sevilla team.  
-- Dani Alves was the only defensive players on my all-time team who was not Spanish.  So I only needed to find a rightback for this team.  Unfortunately, most of Sevilla's all-time greatest fullbacks played on the left.  
-- Aleix Vidal actually started ahead of Coke.  However, I chose Coke over him.  Coke was the captain of the Europa League winning team in 2016.  He also scored two goals playing as a right winger.  Vidal only spent a single season here, but winning the Europa Cup that season.  At the time of writing, he has returned to a second stint with the club,  Sergio Ramos also played as a rightback here, but he was very young when he left.  
-- Andreas Palop was a part of the Euro 2008 winning team, but he was never capped by Spain. 
-- Sevilla has many great centerbacks.  So I took five centerbacks.  David Castedo, Juan López Hita, Pablo Alfaro, Ailtor Ocio, Francisco Sanjosé and Antonio Valero all played in the same position.
-- The team under Unai Emeryt hat won three straight Europa Cups (2014, 2015, 2016) is under represented. They were actually three different teams with different players because Sevilla was unable to hold onto their players after each victory. Jose Antonio Reyes, Coke and Vitolo were on all three teams.
-- Jose Antonio Reyes was selected because of his three straight Europa League titles.  Moreover, he was a product of the Academy.  
-- Sevilla under Juande Ramos also won two UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007. Andreas Palop, Javi Navarro, Jesus Navas and Antonio Puerta are on both of those teams.
-- Javi Navarro captained both of those winning teams.
-- Carlos Marchena played his best football elsewhere.
-- I honored Antonio Puerta here.  His career was very short, but he contributed to Sevilla's victory at the UEFA Cup.  He is among the best in Sevilla's history.  
-- Negredo won two Zarra Trophy(2010–11, 2012–13) while playing for Sevilla.

Formation

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Seviila All-Time Team for foreigner players

Frederic Kanoute and Luis Fabiano 
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Sevilla All-Time Team for Spanish players Real MadridBarcelonaValencia,
Atletico MadridSevillaAtletic Bilbao, 
Deportivo La Coruna  Real Sociedad,
Real BetisReal ZaragozaEspanyol

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Sevilla FC foreign players only.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.


Historically, Sevilla FC has its up and down.  They won the league title in 1945-1946, but they were mainly a mid-table team throughout the the 20th Century.  Then, the millennium came.  From 2005 to 2015, Sevilla won 5 of the 10 UEFA Cups/Europa Cups.  They won back-to-back UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007, and then, three straight Europa Cups in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  They own the record of the most successful team in the tournament. Prior to their first UEFA Cup, they have never reached the Final of any European major tournament.
Rinat Dasaev and Toni Polster 
Team
GK: Tomáš Vaclík (Czech Republic)
Vaclík started out with FC Vítkovice before transferring to Viktoria Žižkov.  From 2012 to 2014, he played for Sparta Prague.  From 2014 to 2018 he played for Basel in Switzerland.  In 2018, he moved to play with Sevilla.  At the international level, he made his senior debut for the Czech Republic in 2012 in a 3–0 friendly victory against Slovakia. 

GK: Beto (Portugal)
Beto started his career with Sporting CP.  He made his name with Leixões before transferring to Porto in 2009.  He was better known for his career with Sevilla.  He was the hero of their 2014 Europa League victory, where he saved two penalties in the shootout against Benfica. He was a backup in the 2015 Final as well as the one he won with Porto. From 2009 onward, he represented Portugal. He was an unused sub at the 2014 and 2018 World Cup Finals as well as the Euro 2012.
Beto
GK: Rinat Dasaev (Soviet Union)
Rinat Dasaev  was considered one of the best keepers in the world during the 1980's.  He was capped 91 times from 1979 to 1990, being the second-most capped player ever for the Soviet Union. He appeared in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1988, where the Soviets finished second. He spent most of his career with Spartak Moscow.  In the West, he played for Seville in Spain between 1988 and 1990.

RB: Dani Alves (Brazil)
Dani Alves spent 6 years with Sevilla, winning two UEFA Cup's before joining Barcelona.  He only played 109 times for Brazil at the time of writing, largely because Maicon was the regular starter during his early career.  In 2016, he joined Juventus, where he played a single season.   He appeared in his fourth Champions League final as Juventus were defeated 4–1 by Real Madrid. In 2017, he joined PSG.

DF: Ignacio Achúcarro (Paraguay)
Achucarro started his career in Olimpia Asunción of Paraguay, where he won two national championships before being transferred to Europe in 1958 to play for Sevilla FC. At Sevilla, he would spend 10 years before returning to Paraguay to play for Olimpia for the 1969 and 1970 seasons. Achucarro was part of the Paraguay national football team that qualified and played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he played all three games for Paraguay.
Ignacio Achúcarro 
CB/DM: Daniel Carriço (Portugal)
From 2007 to 2012, Daniel Carriço played for Sporting CP in Portugal, where he served as the team captain.  After a brief career with Reading, he moved to Sevilla in 2013.  He was a part of Sevilla's team that won three straight Europa Cup.  At the international level, he was only capped once at the time of writing.

CB: Nicolás Pareja (Argentina)
Pareja started his career with Argentinos Juniors before playing in Europe for Anderlecht, Spatak Moscow and Espanyol.  From 2014 to 2018, he played for Sevilla, winning two Europa League titles.  He was named as a member of the Europa League Team of the Season in 2014.  In 2018, he joined Atlas in Mexico.  For Argentina, he played once against Brazil in 2010.  He was an unused sub at the 2011 Copa America.

CB: Adi Rami (France)
Rami played amateur football in France before joining Lille in 2006.  He played there until 2011, where he later played for Valencia, AC Milan, Sevilla and Marseille.  He was named as a member f UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2015–16 after Sevilla won the title.  From 2010 to 2018, he has represented France over 35 times.  He was a member of the 2018 World Cup winning team.

CB/LB: Ivica Dragutinović (Serbia)
Dragutinović started playing football with FK Polimlje, FK Bor and FK Borac Čačak before heading to Belgium in 1996 and spending the following nine years there with K.A.A. Gent and Standard Liège. From 2005 and 2011, he played with Sevilla, where he won two UEFA Cups.  At the international level, he was a part of Yugoslavia's Famous Four  with Goran Gavrančić, Nemanja Vidić and Mladen Krstajić in the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers.  He played in the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Ivica Dragutinović 
CB/LB: Julien Escude (France)
Escudé began his professional career at AS Cannes in 1998. Then, he , played Stade Rennais FC and Ajax before making a name with Sevilla.  From 2006 to 2012, he won six major titles with the Soanish side, including two UEFA Cups.  He later played for Beşiktaş J.K.  Internationally, he was capped 13 times, but never played in a major tournament.

DM: Christian Poulsen (Denmark)
Poulsen played for a number of clubs, winning the Danish Superliga championship with F.C. Copenhagen, the German DFB-Ligapokal trophy with FC Schalke 04, and the UEFA Cup with Spanish team Sevilla, later also playing for Juventus, as well as Liverpool, Evian, and Ajax. He was Danish Football Player of the Year: 2005, 2006.  He has played 92 matches for Denmark.  He went 2002 and 2010 World Cup, and 2004 European Championship.

DM: Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland)
Grzegorz Krychowiak started his career in France with Bordeaux, but played mainly with Stade de Reims.  From 2014 and 2016, he played for Sevilla, where he won Europa League each of his two seasons. In 2016, he joined Paris St Germain, but spent his time on loan. Since 2008, he was capped by Poland.  He played in the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup Finals.
Grzegorz Krychowiak 
CM: Pintinho (Brazil)
In his career, Pintinho played for Fluminense and Vasco da Gama in Brazil, Sevilla and Cádiz in Spain, and Farense in Portugal.  For Fluminense, he played in 381 matches and scored 23 goals between 1972 and 1980.  His second longest career was with Sevilla in Spain, which lasted from 1980 to 1984. At the international level, he earned 3 caps with the Seleção.

CM: Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
Born in Switzerland of Croatian background, Rakitic started his career with FC Basel. He played with Schalke 04 from 2007 and 2011.  Then, he moved to Sevilla in 2011.  At Sevilla, he won the Europa Cup in 2014.  He moved to Barcelona.  For Croatia, he earned 100 caps at the time of writing. He played in the midfield with Luka Modric as Croatia reached the Final of the 2018 World Cup Finals.

AM/CM/DM: Renato (Brazil)
Renato started with Guarani before moving to santos in 2000. He won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in  2002 and 2004. In 2004, he joined Sevilla in Spain, where he played until 2011.  With Sevilla, he won back-to-back UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007.  He later played for Botafogo before rejoining Santos in 2014.  From 2003 to 2005, he played 27 times for Brazil.  He  was a part of the team that won the 2004 Copa América and the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Renato 
AM/CM: Ever Banega (Argentina)
Ever Banega started his career with Boca Juniors, and signed with Valencia in 2008 where he remained for several years, appearing in 162 official games and winning the 2008 Copa del Rey. After joining Sevilla in 2014, he conquered consecutive Europa League trophies.  He was an Argentine international since 2008, but only went to his first World Cup Finals in 2018.

RW: Biri Biri (Gambia)
Biri Biri is considered the greatest ever player for Gambia. He played for Black Diamonds, Phomtoms and Augustines in Gambia as well as Mighty Blackpool of Sierra Leone before he earned a trial with Brian Clough's Derby County, but did not stay.  He was better known for his stints with Sevilla FC between 1973 and 1978, where he was the first Black player to play for the club.  In Denmark, he played with Herfølge Boldklub.  From 1963 to 1987, he represented Gambia.
Bri Bri
LW: Daniel Bertoni (Argentina)
Daniel Bertoni started playing in Argentine's second division for Quilmes in 1972. After one year he was transferred to first division's team Independiente where he played alongside Ricardo Bochini and won one national and 3 Copa Libertadores. In Europe, Betoni also played for Sevilla, Fiorentina and Napoli. At the international level, he was capped 31 times.  He scored one of the goals at the Final in the 1978 World Cup Finals against Holland.

AM: Vassilios Tsiartas (Greece)
In Greece, Vassilios Tsiartas played for Naoussa FC and AEK Athens before becoming a star with Sevilla FC.  He was known in Sevilla as 'El Mago'.  He also played for Koln and  Ethnikos Piraeus.  From 1994 to 2005, he was capped 70 times by Greece. During the Euro 2004 he was used mainly as a substitute by Otto Rehhagel, but managed to claim two vital assists, one against Spain and the other against the Czech Republic. 

FW: José Carlos Diéguez (Argentina)
José Carlos Diéguez was born in 1935. At age 18, he was signed by San Lorenzo in Argentina.  In 1957, he joined Sevilla, where he played 10 seasons until 1967.  He is considered to be one of Sevilla' greatest foreign player.  He represented the club in 1962 Cup Winners' Cup and 1968 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. He also won the prestigious Teresa Herrera Trophy in 1960. He later played with Gymnastics of Torrelavega, Oviedo and Saint Andreas.
José Carlos Diéguez 
ST: Toni Polster (Austria)
Toni Polster is the all-leading scorer for Austria. He was capped 92 times between 1982 and 2000.  He went to the World Cup Finals of 1990 and 1998. He started his career with Austria Wien in 1982. He played a season with Torino.  He then played in Spain between 1988 and 1993 for Sevilla, Logroñés and Rayo Vallecano. In 1993, he moved to Germany to play for Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach. In 1999, Polster returned to Austria to play a final season at Austria Salzburg.

ST: Frederic Kanoute (Mali)
Frederic Kanoute's longest domestic club spell was with Sevilla in Spain, where he played from 2005 to 2012.  He won two UEFA Cups with them.  He was the African Player of the Year in 2007.  He was born in France.  He was capped by French youth team, but he did not received any senior callup from France. He represented Mali internationally in the senior level.  At the club level, he also played in France for Lyon, in England for West Ham and Tottenham, and in China for Beijing Guoan.
Frederic Kanoute

ST: Hector Scotta (Argentina)
Scotta played with Unión de Santa Fe but he moved to San Lorenzo in 1971. In 1975 Scotta was the topscorer of the Nacional championship with 28 goals and Metropolitano champion with 32 goals, this made him the topscorer in South America and in world football for 1975. Scotta was awarded the Olimpia de Plata as the Argentine sports writer's footballer of the year.  He also played for Grêmio, Ferro Carril Oeste, Boca Juniors and Sevilla FC.

ST: Luis Fabiano (Brazil)
Luis Fabiano started his career with Ponte Preta in Brazil.  He was disappointed in his first European adventure with Rennes.  He returned to Sao Paulo in Brazil and then another disappointing stint with Porto FC.  Finally, he joined Sevilla FC in 2005.  He established himself as a star and won two UEFA Cups.  He also played in China. Internationally, he played for Brazil 45 times, and he was a starter at the World Cup Finals in 2010.  

ST: Davor Suker  (Croatia)
Davoe Suker was a part of Yugoslavia's Golden Generation in the 1990's.  He was capped twice for Yugoslavia.  He later played for Croatia, where he earned 69 caps.  He is their all-time leading scorer.  He is best remembered for finishing as the top scorer at the World Cup Finals in 1998, where Croatia reached the semifinal.  He also played with Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, West Ham and 1860 Munich.  He was a top scorer in La Liga while playing for both Seville and Real Madrid.
Davor Suker

Honorable Mention
Ivan Zamorano (Chile), Bernardo Acosta Miranda (Paraguay), Diego Simeone, Carlos Bacca. Julio Baptista (Brazil), Timothée Kolodziejczak (France), Adriano (Brazil), Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon), Kevin Gameiro (France).

Squad Explanation
-- Rinat Dasaev's career over here was considered a failure, but he was selected because the lack of a better alternative goalkeeper. Beto was the hero of the 2014 Europa League. At the time of writing, Tomáš Vaclík is still on his first season, but I do not know of any suitable alternative.
-- Ivan Rakitic, Ever Banega, Dani Alves, Frederic Kanoute, Luis Fabiano and Davor Suker are on my all-time Sevilla team.
-- I am not familar with Sevilla's foreign defenders.  So I took Julien Escude, Ivica Dragutinović, Daniel Carriço, Nicolás Pareja and Adi Rami who were key players as Sevilla won 5 UEFA Cup/Europa League.  Timothée Kolodziejczak made honourable mention.
-- I decided not to select a second rightback.  Mariano would have been my second rightback.
-- Ever Banega is fundamental in two of Sevilla's victories, but he has been inconsistent in his career.  His status with Sevilla is also harmed by his transfer to Inter Milan.  However, the team lacked great playmakers.  Julio Baptista was probably better than Benega, but he did not win any major trophy with Sevilla. In end, I felt that Benega contributred more to the club.  Adriano was also left off.
-- Vassilios Tsiartas was relatively unknown outside of La Liga, but he was considered one of the greatest ever players for Sevilla.
-- José Carlos Diéguez (Argentina) was chosen because I wanted to split the team into different eras. He also appeared in several all-time list.
-- Grzegorz Krychowiak also contributed to two of the Europa Cup victories.
-- I do not know Ignacio Achúcarro's extra position. So I listed him as a defender.
-- Both Bri Bri and Daniel Bertoni was selected because the team needed wide players to play on the wing.  
-- Bri Bri is the first Black player to play for Sevilla. He was a cult hero with the club. 
-- Davor Suker was La Liga second Top Scorer while playing for Sevilla.
-- Diego Maradona also played briefly here. His career here was remembered for his conflict with Carlos Bilardo. He was not considered.
-- I carried too many strikers as usual.  It lacked a suitable right winger. 
-- Kevin Gameiro only made honourable mention, despite winning three straight Europa League.


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