Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What if United Kingdom went to the World Cup 1994

Paul Gascoigne in 1992 against Norway but he would have missed the World Cup Finals

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

England
United Kingdom
Sweden World Cup1950
Austria-Hungary 1954
Argentina World Cup 1958
Scotland World Cup 1970
United Kingdom World Cup 1970
England World Cup 1974
United Kingdom World Cup 1982
Yugoslavia World Cup 1994
France World Cup 1994
Germany World Cup 2002
Holland World Cup 2002
USA World Cup 2010
Brazil 1982 with Careca, etc
Netherlands Euro 1984

In 1993, all four of United Kingdom's national teams failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup Finals in the United States.  At the time of writing, it is the only time in history since the British teams first entered the World Cup tournament where none of the British teams qualified for the World Cup Finals. I have create imaginary World Cup teams for United Kingdom in 1970 and 1982 Finals.  I do believe United Kingdom could have won the World Cup in 1970 and made a good run in the 1982 World Cup Finals.  However, the idea of this United Kingdom's 1994 World Cup team was born out of the weakness from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. For the 1970 and 1982 United Kingdom team, I was looking at a "Dream Team" that could win it all.  For this 1994 team, I was trying to see if this United Kingdom could do better than their original separated national teams.  
England at the end of the World Cup Qualifier

Prediction for the World Cup Qualifying
On paper, this United Kingdom can field the likes of Neville Southall, John Barnes, Alan Shearer, Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs, etc on the same field.  Basically, England could reinforce with Wales' greatest players.  However, none of them in 1994 were in their prime.  Southall, Barnes and Rush were over 30 years old.  Alan Shearer was 22 years while Giggs was only 19 years old at the time of the qualifying rounds.  Giggs probably had to wait for his turn to play. 

Formation
Paul Gascoigne was injured in April of 1994, but he would still be healthy during the World Cup Qualifying Rounds. Peter Beardsley just joined Newcastle United in the summer of 1993 after disappointing in Everton.  He had not played himself in consideration throughout the World Cup Qualifying rounds.  Paul Parker or Rob Jones might start ahead of Lee Dixon.  David Seaman had not established as England's number one until the summer of 1993.  The United Kingdom would probably go with Neville Southall.  Colin Hendry made his national debut in May, 1993 for Scotland.  So basically, this United Kingdom would only have two additional starters to the original England.  So it was not a big upgrade.


The First question: Would they even qualified for the World Cup Finals? When I first started this blog team, I never imagined the possibility of this UK team not qualifying.  After doing some research, I still think the UK team could qualify, but not as dominating as I anticipated. 

Group 1: 
In real life, Scotland finished 4th behind Italy, Switzerland and Portugal.  Italy would reach the Final in the World Cup Finals with the likes of Roberto Baggio, Franco Baresi, Paulo Maldini, Giuseppe Signori, Roberto Donadoni, etc.  Swizterland was having their best team in years with Stéphane Chapuisat and Ciriaco Sforza on their lineup.  Portugal had a young team that included two future stars, namely Rui Costa and Luis Figo.  They also had Paulo Futre. I do not think the United Kingdom could beat Italy, but beating Switzerland and Portugal were very possible.

Group 2
This group had a clearer indication of the United Kingdom's chance because the majority of the players were from England. England finished third behind Netherlands and Norway.  Norway who was considered a minnow before the start of the World Cup Qualifiers was in confortable position throughout the group games.  The reinforcement of just a few non-English players might not be able to overcome them.  Netherlands was having their rebuilding years.  They still had Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Rijkaard.  Ruud Gullit had problems with manager Dick Advocaat.  He did not play much in the World Cup Qualifiers.  Marco Van Basten was out for an entire season.  People did not know at the time that he would not be back again.  However, England was only two points behind Netherlands. In real life, England drew 2-2 with Netherlands at home.  They surrendered a 85th minute penalty after going up 2-0.  England might be able to take all the points.  They also could produce a better result against other opponents such as 1-1 away tie with Poland.

Gorup 3:
Northern Ireland stood no chance against Spain, Ireland and Denmark.  Spain was not a bad team.  They probably have enough to beat this United Kingdom. Denmark was the reigning European Champion with Michael Laudrup back in the team. On paper, Denmark would be difficult for the United Kingdom, but they could not overcome Ireland in real life.  Ireland used a lot of English born players under manager Jack Charlton.  So on paper, this United Kingdom could handle this "English-based" team easily, but manager Jack Charlton was able to create a team that could beat anybody in 1993 and 1994.  

Group 4
Wales finished 4th, but just 3 points away from the top qualifying teams, Romania and Belgium (only two points were awarded for a win in 1993).  Romania was having their Golden generation.  They would beat England in the 1998 World Cup Finals and the 2000 European Championship.  And those two English teams might be better than this UK team.  Of course, Romania was also a much more inexperience team in 1993.  Belgium and the Czech Republic (finished 3rd in the group) were beatable.  The Czechs did not have the same players as their team  that reached the Final in Euro 1996. 
Ian Rush scored against Romania in the qualifying round


Team in the WC Finals (only 22 allowed in 1994)
GK: Neville Southall  (Wales/Everton)
Neville Southall was the FWA Football of the Year in 1985 and one of the few keepers to win the award.  He was regarded as one of the best British keeper of his generation in a generation filled with great keepers.  He started with Bury, but played most of his career with Everton, where the club was enjoying its most successful period. He won two First Divison title and two FA Cup with them.  He had 92 caps for Wales.
Ian Rush and Neville Southall 
GK: David Seaman (England/Arsenal)
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.


GK: Tim Flowers (England/Blackburn Rovers)
Flowers began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1984.  He was Peter Shilton's unberstudy with Southampton before becoming their starter in the 1989–90 season. He was notably part of the Blackburn Rovers side that won the Premier League in 1995. He also played for  Swindon Town, Leicester City, Stockport County, Coventry City and Manchester City.  He had 11 caps.  He went to both Euro 96 in England and the 1998 World Cup.

RB: Lee Dixon (England/Arsenal)
Lee Dixon played as a right-back for Arsenal, Burnley, Bury, Chester City and Stoke City.  He was a part of Arsenal's famous back four along with Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn. Dixon is also one of the only players in English football history to have won a league title in three different decades with the same club. 

CB: Tony Adams (England/Arsenal)
Tony Adams is a club legend and one club man with Arsenal who became the club captain at the age of 21.  A stature of him is erected at the Emirates Stadium. He formed the legendary backline with Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould with club.  He was a fixture for England from 1987 to 2000.  For England, he had 66 caps and served as its captain at one point. He played in the World Cup Finals in 1998 and went to three European Championship.

CB: Des Walker (England/Sheffield Wednesday)
Walker played 59 times for England.  He started in all of England;'s games at the World Cup Finals in 1990. He was rated as one of the best defender at that Finals.  For club football, he mainly played for Nottingham Forrest and Sheffield Wednesday.  He played one season at Sampdoria in then 1992-1993 season.   He was Forest's player of the year three times. On four straight occasions at Forest he was selected for the PFA Team of the Year.
Des Walker in the World Cup Qualifers
CB: Gary Pallister (England/Manchester United)
Pallister played for Middlesbrough before he moved to Manchester United in 1989.  His transfer broke the national record for a fee paid for a defender, as well as being the highest fee between British clubs. By the time of his departure from Old Trafford after nine years, he was the only player to have collected winner's medals in all of the club's successes under Alex Ferguson's management.  He was capped 22 times.

CB: Colin Hendry (Scotland/Blackburn Rovers)
Hendry started his career with Dundee in 1983. and spent spells at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Rangers, Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool. He was part of the Blackburn squad that won the English Premiership in 1995 and the Rangers squad that won the Scottish domestic treble in 1998–99.  He played 51 caps for Scotland. He captained Scotland in the 1998 World Cup.

LB: Stuart Pearce (England/Nottingham Forrest)
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.

LB: Tony Dorigo (England/Leeds United)
Born in Australia, Tony Dorigo chose to represent England.  He had 15 caps.  He went to the European Championship in 1988 and 1992 as well as the 1990 World Cup Finals.  For his club career, he played for He played for Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United, Torino, Derby County and Stoke City.  He had lengthy spells with Aston Villa, Chelsea and Leeds United.

DM: Paul Ince (England/Manchester United)
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: David Batty (England/Blackburn Rovers)
David Batty is most famous for playing for Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.  He won league titles with both Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers, but his role with Blackburn Riovers was limited by an injury.  He was capped for the England national football team, and representing the nation at UEFA Euro 1992 and the 1998 World Cup.

CM: David Platt (England/Sampdoria)
Platt began his career as an apprentice at Manchester United but later moved to Crewe Alexandra where he began building a reputation as a goal scoring midfield player. In 1988, he signed for Aston Villa and made his debut for England a year later. At the 1990 World Cup, his performances in Italy earned him a move to Bari in 1991. In 1992, Platt moved to Juventus, where he spent one season. In 1993, he moved to Sampdoria where he stayed for two seasons before returning to England with Arsenal.  Capped 75 times.
David Platt
CM/RM: Gary McAllister (Scotland/Liverpool)
Garry McAllister started with Motherwell before heading to play in England. He had a lengthy career with Leicester City, Leeds United and Coventry between 1985 and 2000.  Then, he played two seasons with Liverpool, winning the 2000 UEFA Cup.  In the final, he scored one, and had a hand in three, of the five Liverpool goals in a memorable 5–4 victory.  He was awarded the Man of the Match.  He had over 50 caps, appearing a single World Cup Finals and two European Championship.
Gary McAllister 
RW/RB: Darren Anderton (England/Tottenham Hotspurs)
From 1990 to 1992, Anderton played for Portsmouth. 
From 1992 to 2004, he played for Tottenham Hotspurs. He later played for Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth. From 1994 to 2001, he was capped 30 times for England.  He played an important part in the Euro 96 England team that reached the semi-finals.  At France 1998, he shared and sometimes played with David Beckham on the right wing.

LW: Ryan Giggs (Wales/Manchester United)
Giggs was Sir Alex's longest serving player at Manchester United, where he played from 1990 to 2014.  He also holds the club record for competitive appearances. During his time at United, he won 13 Premier League winner's medals, four FA Cup winner's medals, three League Cup winner's medals and two Champions League winner's medals. He is widely considered one of the greatest British wingers in modern history. He played 64 times for Wales.  He led Great Britain at the London Olypmpics in 2012.
Ryan Giggs scored against Belgium in 1993

LW: John Barnes (England/Liverpool)
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 in 1993
FW/SS: Peter Beardsley (England/Liverpool)
Peter Beardsley was one of the few players i history to have played for Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City. His first successes came in the early 1980's while playing for Newcastle United.  In 1987, he joined Liverpool as the most expensive player in England's history.  Together with John Barnes, they formed one of the best English sides of the later 1980's.

ST: Ian Rush (Wales/Liverpool)
Ian Rush was voted as the third greatest Liverpool player by fans in 2013. He is the Liverpool's all-time leading goalscorer, with 346 goals. He won both the PFA Player of the year and FWA Player of the Year in 1984.  he was European Golden Boot winner in the same year.  He also had short spells with Chester City, Juventus, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Wrexham and Sydney Olympic. Rush made 73 appearances for Wales between 1980 and 1996.

ST: Ian Wright (England/Arsenal)
Wright was a legendary striker with Arsenal.  Before joining Arsenal, he was a hero with Crystal Palace.  At the time of writing, he was their highest goal scorer since the War.  In 1991, he joined Arsenal.  He spent 7 seasons with them, winning all three domestic trophies and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1994.  Despite being a top scorer in the domestic league(he scored over 20 goals every season from 1991 to 1998), he only played 33 times for England and was never selected for any of the major tournaments.
Ian Wright
ST: Mark Hughes  (Wales/Manchester United)
Mark Hughes was best remembered for his spells with Manchester United. He won two Premier League title medals, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two European Cup Winners' Cups. He was the first player to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award twice, in 1989 and 1991.  He also played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as the English clubs Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and finally Blackburn Rovers.

ST: Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)
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 against Norway in 1992 WCQer.

Players considered
Barry Horne (Wales/Everton), Steve Morrow (Northern Ireland/Arsenal), Andy Sinton (England/Sheffield Wednesday), Stuart Ripley (England/Blackburn Rovers), Dean Saunders (Wales/Aston Villa), Paul Merson (England/Arsenal),  Paul Gascoigne (England/Lazio),  Les Ferdinand (England/QPR), Paul Parker(England/Manchester Unied), Rob Jones(England/Liverpool), Stuart Ripley (England/Blackburn Rovers), Andy Cole (England/Newcastle)

Squad Explanation
-- The team is dominated with 16 English players.  With exception of Peter Beardsley, all English players considered were based upon the numbers of caps earned during the World Cup Qualifiers.  Basically, this is England's team with reinforcement from other British players. The non-English selections are Neville Southall (Wales), Ryan Giggs (Wales), Mark Hughes (Wales), Ian Rush (Wales), Gary McAllister (Scotland) and Colin Hendry (Scotland).
-- Most of the players from Norther Ireland were not as well known as their counterparts from the other teams.  Steve Morrow was the only player considered.  For United Kingdom 1970 team, I took Mike England because he was the only player from Wales.  I did not do that for Morrow for this team.
-- Chris Wood was blamed for the 2-0 loss against the USA in the summer of 1993.  He was never called up again by England.  David Seaman played in the most critical games of the World Cup Qualifiers later that year.  Between June 1993 to June 1994, Tim Flowers was the only goalkeeper used by England. He was also the goalkeeper on the PFA Team of the Year.  Under Graham Taylor, Nigel Martyn (Crystal Palace) was the only other goalkeeper played.  Neville Southall was 35 at the time of the World Cup Finals, but still highly regarded.  Scotland's Andy Goram was the starting goalkeeper for Scotland at Euro 1992, but he suffered a serious injury in 1993.  He did not return to action until the Spring of 1994.  While Goram was injured, Jimmy Leighton's club career was revitalised with Hibernian, but between 1991 and 1993, he was not playing much club football.  The United Kingdom probably would take David Seaman, Tim Flowers and Neville Southall.
-- Tony Adams and Gary Pallister were PFA Team of the Year.  Colin Hendry (Scotland) made his Scotland debut at the age of 27 in May, 1993.  Martin Keown and Steve Bould were fighting for a spot at the club level, but Bould was overlooked by England. Bould remained an uncapped player until the summer of 1994.   In the end, I took Des Walker for his experience who also started on the England's last match of the WCQers against San Marino.
-- Stuart Pearce was an easy selection for the leftback position.  England also used Lee Dixon, Paul Parker and Rob Jones as rightbacks.  I took Dixon who was probably the most famous of the lot.  He also started the last game of the World Cup Qualifers against San Marino.  Leftback Tony Dorigo was used in the early matches of the World Cup Qualifiers.  Graeme Le Saux made his debut in early 1994 under new England manager Terry Venables. 
-- Ryan Giggs has became a key player for Manchester United by the 1993-1994 season.  John Barnes played regularly in the World Cup Qualifiers, but was dropped after the USA Cup in 1993.  He was booed off by the English fans in one of the matches largely because his loyalty to England was questioned.   In the 1993-1994, Lee Sharpe was still considered one of the best young players in England.  He played more than Barnes during the World Cup Qualifiers. At the club level, Giggs had taken over his left wing position with Manchester United, but Sharpe still played 30 games and had 11 goals that season, which was his career best.  Graham Taylor had played both Barnes and Sharpe on the same field, but I won't do that. In the end, I took John Barnes who had more experience than Lee Sharpe.  At the time, I probably would receive a lot of criticism from the fans, the pundits, etc for doing that.  At the same time, some fans would want me to reunite Barnes and Peter Beardsley who had regained his form that season.
-- Peter Beardsley joined Newcastle United in the summer of 1993.  He helped Andy Cole to become the top scorer of the Preimership in the 1993-1994.  Peter Beardsley was on the PFA Team of the Year. However, he was uncapped during the World Cup Qualifier, but I would bring him back.
-- Graham Taylor also used rightwing Darren Anderton regularly.  
-- The midfield consisted of David Batty and Gary McAllister who were from the PFA Team of the Year.
-- In April, 1994. Paul Gascoigne was injured by club mate Alessandro Nest during training in Italy.  He would not be available for the World Cup Finals.  I have taken injured players on some of my imaginary blog teams before so that the team became more fantastic.  However, since this team was not about a "Dream Team" that set to conquer the world, I decided not to take him.  This blog team was about the survival of the team against all odds.  The injury of Gazza will be the one of the odds.
-- Paul Merson's lifestyle was an issue.  He played under Graham Taylor throughout the period, but new manager Terry Venables did not want him.  For this imaginary United Kingdom team, I am the manager.  I decided not to risk his inclusion to the team.
-- David Platt led England in goal scoring during the World Cup Qualifiers with 7 goals.  Ian Wright was in second with 5 goals.
-- Andy Cole was Preimer League Golden Boot winner in the 1993-1994 season. He was not selected into the PFA Team of the Year.  he did not make his England debut until 1995. So I went with Ian Rush, Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Mark Hughes.  They were all big names in 1994.
-- Alan Shearer was FWA Player of the Year that season. 

Formation
As mentioned, Paul Gascoigne was injured and missed the tournament.  Instead, I put the 20 years old Ryan Giggs into the starting lineup.  His youthfulness would benefit the team.  I still stayed with Southall in goal.  Peter Beardsley or Gary McAllister  might start ahead of David Batty.

Prediction at the World Cup  Finals
It is impossible to make a prediction or assessment of this team in the 1994 World Cup Finals without knowing the teams in their groups.  The seedings were based upon the FIFA rankings at the time and results of the previous three World Cup Finals. If I based my United Kingdom team on England. they probably would be a seeded team as England was ranked 8th in November, 1993 and 11th a month later.  Their ranking must be lowered, given England's poor result in the actual situation.  Furthermore, England were the semifinalist in the previous World Cup Finals.  England probably would take Belgium's place as a seeded team, but I am not going to put the United Kingdom in Group F, where Belgium was placed in the World Cup Finals.

This United Kingdom could probably progress to the knockout rounds, given some of the three ranked teams also progressed in 1994.  So only eight teams were eliminated in the Group Stage.  

Beyond that, I am unsure if the United Kingdom could do much.  Brazil the eventual winner had a forward line consisted of Romario and Bebeto.  Italy had Roberto Baggio and Pablo Maldini, but Franco Baresi was injured throughout the Finals.  I don't think that the UK team could beat Sweden, Bulgaria, Germany and Netherlands.  The Americans had beaten England in June, 1993.  They were not to be underestimated. Nigeria, Romania and even Ireland could beat this team.  Argentina had one of the best teams in 1994 when they still had Diego Maradona.  With Maradona's suspension, Argentina was hard to predict.




Saturday, November 16, 2019

Germany All-Time Team without Bayern Munich players

Oliver Bierhoff and Matthaus Sammer

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

Germany
German-born Players Capped by Other National Teams
Germany All-Time Team After Beckenbauer

Germany All-Time Team before 1972
Bayern Munich All-Time Team
Bayern Munich All-Time Team for Foreign Players

Germany is the most successful European footballing country.  They won the World Cup in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.  They finished second in 1966, 1982 and 1986.  They also have the best record at the European Championship.  They won the tournament a record 3 times in 1972, 1980 and 1996, and finished second in 1976 and 2008.  

Bayern Munich is the most successful, German clubs.  They won more European Cups and Bundesliga than any other German teams.   They are known to buy the best players from their domestic rivals.  As a result, some of the greatest ever German footballers came played for them.

This is my selection of a 23 member all-time German team without players from Bayern Munich. The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.  
Guido Buchwald and Rudi Voller
Team  
GK: Bert Trautmann 
Trautmann was a former POW who decided to remain in England after the war.  He signed for Manchester City in 1949, where he replaced the popular Frank Swift.  He turned from the most hated player in England to a fan favourite.  He was the hero of 1956 FA Cup winning team. In his prime, he was known as one of the best keeper in the world.  He was credited for healing the German-British relations after the War.

GK: Hans Tilkowski 
Hans Tilkowski  played mainly for Westfalia Herne and Borussia Dortmund. With Borussia Dortmund, he won the Cup Winners' Cup.  For West Germany, he was a member of the World Cup teams of 1962 and 1966.  In 1966, Tilkowski was the No. 1 goalkeeper of the West German team which lost the World Cup Final against England. He was the German Player of the Year in 1965.
Hans Tilkowski 
GK: Andreas Köpke
Köpke began his club career at Holstein Kiel in 1979, he retired  at 1. FC Nürnberg at the end of the 2000–01 2. Bundesliga season. He also played at Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin, Charlottenburg and Olympique Marseille.  He earned 59 caps for Germany, winning the Euro 1996 as the starting keeper.  He also went to both 1990 and 1994 World Cup Finals. He was German Player of the Year in 1993.

RB: Berti Vogts
Nicknamed “Der Terrier”, Vogts was one of the greatest rightback in German history.  He won 5 Bundesliga titles and two UEFA Cups with the great Borussia Mönchengladbach of the 1970's.  He had 95 caps, winning both the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championshipmin 1972. He famously marked Johan Cruyff out of the World Cup Final in 1974. 

RB: Paul Janes
The DFB listed Paul Janes in the top 20 best German footballers of all time.  He is known as one of the best fullback in the world before the War. He went to two World Cup Finals in 1934 and 1938. He was a member of the Breslau Eleven that beat Denmark 8:0 in Breslau in 1937. Janes played 71 times for Germany. He held Germany's all-time cap record until it was broken in 1970. His longest club stint was with Fortuna Düsseldorf.  He broke his foot after the restart of football after the War and had to retire.

SW: Matthias Sammer
With Borussia Dortmund as a player, Sammer won the Bundesliga and DFL-Supercup in 1995, the Bundesliga, DFL-Supercup, and European Footballer of the Year in 1996, and the UEFA Champions League and Intercontinental Cup in 1997. He also played for Inter Milan and Dynamo Dresden. With Die Mannschaft  as a player, Sammer won the UEFA Euro 1996, where he was named the tournament's best player, and was subsequently awarded the Ballon d'Or later that year. Sammer retired with 74 total caps, 23 for East Germany and 51 for the unified side.  

CB: Karl-Heinz Forster
With West Germany, Karl-Heinz Forster earned 81 caps. He won the European Championship in 1980, and came 2nd at the World Cup in both 1982 and 1986.  He was regarded one of the best defenders in the 1980's.  He played with VFB Stuttgart between 1977 and 1986. and Marseille between 1986 and 1990.  With Stuttgart, he won a Bundesliga in the 1983–84 season.  He won two league titles in France.
Karl-Heinz Forster
CB: Willi Schulz 
Willi Schulz was one of the best center-backs in the world during the 1960's.  He played 66 times for West Germany. He was the starting sweeper in the 1966 World Cup Finals, where Franz Beckenbauer played in the midfield.  He also went to the World Cup Finals 4 years later in Mexico, but was injured.  He started Schalke 04 in 1960.  From 1965 to 1973, he played for Hamburger SV.

CB/CM: Guido Buchwald 
The best game of Buchwald's career was probably the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup where he effectively marked the skilled footballer Diego Maradona, earning him the nickname "Diego". He was also part of Germany's disappointing 1994 FIFA World Cup squad and collected in his career 76 caps. he spent most of his career with Stuttgart, winning two league titles.  At the end of his career, he played in Japan.

CB/LB: Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
In his prime, Karl-Heinz Schnellingerwas considered one of the best leftbacks in the world.  He participated in 4 World Cup Finals, unfortunaitely sandwiched between West Germany's two World Cup winning tournaments.  He was remembered one of the first German footballer to star in Italy.  He had a remarkable stint with AC Milan and As Roma.  He won the European Cup in 1969 with AC Milan. He was awarded the (German Footballer of the Year) in 1962. 

LB/CB/DM: Hans Peter Briegel 
Briegel's original sport was Decathlon.  From 1975 to 1984, he played with FC Kaiserslautern before he moved on to Hellas Verona in Italy, capturing the Serie A title in 1985. The same year Briegel was named German Footballer of the Year, being the first foreign-based winner.  With West Germany, he won the European Championship in 1980.  He played in the WC Finals of both 1982 and 1986.


Bernd Schuster was the star of West Germany's Euro 1980 winning team, but disagreed with the German Football Association and seldom played for West Germany after the tournament.  He started with FC Koln in 1978. He was a star at La Liga in the 1980's, playing for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. He was the first player to have won the Spanish Cup for the big three in Spain. He later played for Bayer Leverkusen.
Bernd Schuster 
CM: Horst Szymaniak 
Horst Szymaniak was one of West Germany's greatest midfielders.  He played 43 times for the national team. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1958 and 1962, but was omitted by Helmut Schön from his 1966 squad.  He played for SpVgg Erkenschwick, Wuppertaler SV, Karlsruher SC, Calcio Catania, F.C. Internazionale Milano, A.S. Varese 1910, and Tasmania 1900 Berlin. He joined Inter Milan in 1962 at a time when Serie A clubs seldom signed German players.


CM: Fritz Szepan
Szepan is one of Germany's greatest midfielder.  He played in both 1934 and 1938 World Cup Finals.  In 1938, Szepan was named captain of the "Unified Germany" team shortly after the Anschluss at the 1936 World Cup Finals. He was also the captain of the 1934 team. He played his entire career with Schalke 04 from 1925 and 1950.  He was voted as the club's greatest ever player.  He formed a famous a partnership with Ernst Kuzorra at the club.


RW:  Helmut Rahn
Rahn was known as "Der Boss" (English: "The Boss") because of his on-field leadership and occasionally also as "The Cannon from Essen".  He was considered one of the best ever German winger.  His club career was associated with Rot-Weiss Essen. He was capped 40 times.  He was a star of the 1954 World Cup team.  He scored the winning goal in the final vs Hungary. This match is known in Germany as The Miracle of Bern (Das Wunder von Bern). He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1958.
Helmut Rahn
RW/AM: Pierre Littbarski  
Littibarski was a major star in the 1980's.  He had over 70 caps and played in three WC Finals with Germany reaching the Final all 3 times, winning his final World Cup in 1990. He spent most of his career with Koln. Littbarski spent most of his playing career at 1. FC Köln, winning the DFB-Pokal once, in 1983, and was three times runner up in the Bundesliga (1982, 1989 and 1990).  He also played in France and Japan.

LW:  Hans Schafer  
He played for 1. FC Köln between 1948 and 1965. He also played for the West Germany, earning 39 caps and scoring 15 goals. He played in three World Cups, in 1954, 1958, and 1962, earning a winner's medal in 1954 and scoring a total of seven goals. Between 1957 and 1962, Schäfer captained Germany 16 times. He was German Player of the Year in 1963. He spent all of his career with Koln.

AM/FW: Fritz Walter
Fritz Walter was the captain of the 1954 World Cup winning team.  His brother Ottar Walter was also on that team. He had over 60 caps and also went to the 1958 World Cup Finals. He was selected as the UEFA Golden Player for Germany at the 50th anniversary of UEFA in 2004. During the War, he captured as a POW and his life was spared because the guards recognised him as a famous footballer. He played his entire career with Kaiserslautern between 1937 and 1959.

Fritz Walter
LM/CM: Wolfgang Overath
Wolfgang Overath was one of the best left midfielders in history,  He won the 1974  World Cup, where he kept Gunter Netzer from the starting lineup. In total he won 81 caps for the national side between 1963 and 1974, scoring 17 goals.  In addition to 1974 World Cup Finals, he also went to the 1966 and 1970 World Cup Finals. He spent all of his career with Koln.

CM: Gunther Netzer
Gunther Netzer was the star of the great Borussia Mönchengladbach of the 1970's.  He won the European Championship in 1972 and then, the World Cup in 1974.  His best performance, however, was in 1972, where he was the star at the quarterfinal against England.  He later joined Real Madrid in 1973 and outperformed Johan Cruyff's Barcelona in the early 1970's in a period dominated by Real Madrid.
Gunter Netzer
STOliver Bierhoff (Germany)
Biefhoff scored the first golden goal in the history of major international football, for Germany in the Euro 96 final. The goal defined his career. He played 70 times for Germany between 1996 and 2002.  He also played in Euro 2000, and both the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. He was a later bloomer.  He was playing in Austria and Italy's Serie B until at the age 27 when he joined Udinese.  He would later star for AC Milan.

ST: Rudi Völler 
Völler started his career with TSV 1860 Hanau, before joining Werder Bremen in 1982. After becoming Bundesliga's top scorer, he was transferred to A.S. Roma.  In 1992, Völler moved to Olympique Marseille, where he won the Champions League in 1993. He joined Bayer Leverkusen in 1994.  He was capped 90 times.  He was a key player as West Germany won the World Cup in 1990. He was known for his partnership with Jurgen Klinsmann

ST: Uwe Seeler 
Uwe Seeler was captain of both his club team and the national team for many years. He played in 4 World Cup Finals (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970), but sandwiched between Germany's two World Cup winning years(1954 and 1974).  West Germany came second in 1966 and reached the semifinal in 1970 while playing next to Gerd Muller. However, he is still regarded one of Germany's greatest players.  He spent his entire career with SV Hamburger.
Uwe Seeler
Honorable Mention
Richard Hofmann, Helmut Haller, Mesut Özil, Horst Hrubesch, Klaus Fischer, Toni Turek, Ernst Lehner, Hans Schafer, Helmut Rahn, Max Morlock, Erich Juskowiak, Manfred Kaltz, Wolfgang Weber, Uli Stielike, Thomas Hassler, Andreas Möller, Felix Magath, Jurgen Grabowski, Reinhold Münzenberg, Ernst Kuzorra, Rainer Bonhof, Jupp Heynckes.

Squad Explanation
-- Since this is the "German National All-Time Team", only 23 players are selected.  
-- Since it is a "club" team, I selected 25 players.  It consisted of Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Sepp Maier, Olivier Kahn, Manuel Nauer, Philip Lahm, Paul Breitner, Lothar Matthaus, etc.  In general, the Bundesliga is dominated by Bayern Munich.
-- We can compare this team with that of my Bayern Munich All-Time Team for German players.  
-- Only ten players from my all-time German team never played for Bayern Munich. They are Willi Schulz, Berti Vogts, Karl-Heinz Forster, Matthias Sammer, Helmut Rahn, Pierre Littbarski, Hans Schäfer, Wolfgang Overath, Gunther Netzer, Fritz Walter and Uwe Seeler.
-- Bayern Munich did not become a powerful club team until the emerge of Franz Beckenbauer and the formation of professional football in Germany in the 1960's. Germany's win over England as well as winning the European Championship in 1972 marked the beginning  of the dominance of the German national team in Europe.  Bert Trautmann, Hans Tilkowski, Paul Janes, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Fritz Walter, Horst Szymaniak, Fritz Szepan and Uwe Seeler made my Germany All-Time Team before 1972 blog team should 
-- Bert Trautmann was not considered for my all-time German team due to the fact that he never played for Germany.  However, I decided to select him here.  Toni Turek was left off the team.
-- Borussia Mönchengladbach of the 1970's was a rival of Bayern Munich. Gunter Netzer and Berti Vogts were their star player.
-- East German players between the end of World War Two and the reunification in 1990 were not considered to the fact that they could not play for Bayern Muinch.  Matthaus Sammer played for the reunified Germany after 1990.  No one else probably is up to the standard.  However,  Jürgen Croy and Hans-Jurgen Dorner should make honorable mention.
-- People forgot that Toni Schumacher played for Bayern Munich for the 1991-1992 season.
-- Righback Manfred Kaltz is considered to be among the greatest rightback, but I have Bertie Vogts and Paul Janes.  On my Bayern Munich All-Time team, I have Philipp Lahm and Willy Sagnol (France) as my two rightbacks.  In additional to Lahm, Herbert Erhardt is on my Bayern Munich All-Time Team for German players.  
-- Wolfgang Weber and Uli Stielike lost out to Willi Schulz, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger and Matthaus Sammer.  The players selected can also play in other positions.
-- I wanted to select Jurgen Grabowski.  I always found him underrated.  He could play in many positions, but his best position was probably right wing. But I already have Helmut Rahn and Pierre Littbarski. 
-- Uwe Seeler is the obvious selection for striker. Then, I took Oliver Bierhoff and Rudi Voller over Richard Hofmann, Horst Hrubesch, Klaus Fischer
-- Of the modern players, Bernd Schuster and Oliver Bierhoff spent most of their prime playing outside Germany.  
--Fritz Walter, Gunther Netzer and Wolfgang Overath kept out Andy Moller, Thomas Hassler, Mesut Özil and Helmut Haller.

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