Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Real Madrid All-Time Team for Spanish players

Raul and  Iker Casillas 
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Real Madrid's Spanish players only.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.
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Real Madrid All-Time Team for Foreign Players
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This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Real Madrid.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Real Madrid is the most successful club in soccer's history.  They have won more titles in Europe than any other clubs. Led by President Santiago Bernabeu, the club began to dominate European football during the 1950's.  They won five straight European Cup between 1956 and 1960.  The team that beat Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960 was widely considered to be greatest club in history.  At the time of writing, they won a record of 13 European Cups/Champions' league titles.  They won a record 6 European Cups, and after the European Champions League became the Champions' League, they won 7 more, also a record for the competition.
Juanito and Cralos Santillana

The Team
GK: Ricardo Zamora 
The first ever star goalkeeper in history.  He is also remembered for a spectacular last minute save he made in the 1936 Copa de España final while playing for Real Madrid against FC Barcelona. The award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, is named in his honour and he was voted one of the greatest players of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine. He was also Spain's most capped player for 45 years.

GK: Iker Casillas 

Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper and widely considered to be one of the greatest ever goalkeepers. He spent 16 seasons with Real Madrid and won three Champions' League with Real Madrid.  For Spain, he captained Spain into winning the World Cup in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is capped over 150 times between 2000 and 2016, appearing in every major tournaments in that period. He also played for Porto at the end of his career.

GK: Franisco Buyo 
Franisco Buyo at the time of his retirement was the third highest keeper in La Liga appearance record.  He spent over a decade with Real Madrid (1986-1997), winning 13 titles with them. Before Real Madrid, he played for Mallorca, Deportive La Coruna and Seville. He earned 7 caps for Spain between 1983 and 1992. He went to the European Championship of 1984 and 1988 as a backup.

RB: Chendo 
Chendo was a product of Real Madrid academy.  He played his entire career with Real Madrid.  He won 17 major trophies with the club. He was a part of the team that won back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in the mid-1980's.  He retired after the 1998 European Champions' League Final.  He had 26 caps for Spain.  He represented them at both World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990.

RB: Michel Salgado 
Known as a hard player, Salgado started with Celta before moving to Real Madrid in 1999, where he stayed until 2009.  In 2009, he joined Blackburn Rovers and played three seasons.  Salgado earned 53 caps.  He went to Euro 2000 and Germany 2006, but missed Euro 2004 and Japan/Korea 2002 due to injuries.  He is married to Malula Sanz, daughter of former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz.

CB/RB: Sergio Ramos 
Sergio Ramos is a part of the all-conquering Spanish team that won the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is the youngest player ever to receive his 100th caps. He joined Real Madrid as a teenager from Sevilla. He scored the tying goal as Real Madrid won their 10th European Cup in 2014.  He also won his second Champions' League title by scoring a goal in the 2016 Final.  In 2018, he won his fourth Champions League Cup with Real Madrid.
 Sergio Ramos 
CB:  Fernando Hierro 
Fernando Hierro is considered to be Spain's greatest defenders.  At one point, he was Spain's all-time leading scorer even through he played as a defensive player.  He was capped 90 times for Spain, whilst appearing in four World Cups: 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 and two European Championships: 1996 and 2000. For Real Madrid, he won three Champions' League titles and 5 La Liga titles.  He also played for Real Valladolid, Bolton Wanderers and Al-Rayyan SC.

CB: Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo 
Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo is the son of Manuel Sanchez Martinez, another all-time great with Real Madrid. He was was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid.  He spent his entire career with Real Madrid and played over 700 matches.  He won back-to-back UEFA in the mid-1980's, and then, two Champions' league title at the end of his career.  For Spain, he was capped 48 times.

CB:  Jacinto Quincoces 
Jacinto Quincoces was one of the greatest defenders of the pre-war era. He played for Deportivo Alavés from 1920 to 1931.  From 1931 to 1942, he played for Real Madrid.  He won the first ever title for Real Madrid in 1930.  Widely considered one of the first soccer idols in Spain.  He played 25 times for Spain and went to the World Cup Finals in 1934.

LB:  Jose Antonio Camacho 
Jose Camacho is widely considered to be Spain's greatest leftback.  He earned 81 caps for Spain.  He played at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1984 and 1988. Spain reached the Euro Final in 1984.  He spent 15 seasons with Real Madrid. He played with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's.  He formed a proficient left-wing partnership with Rafael Gordillo. He won 19 titles with Real Madrid, including two back-to-back UEFA Cups: 1984–85, 1985–86.
LB/LW:  Rafael Gordillo
Rafael Gordillo was known as the greatest left wingback in Spanish history.  He played at the same time as Camacho for both club and country.  Both players started on the left side.  Camacho supported him defensively.  He was a legend at both Real Betis and Real Madrid. He was voted the Best Player in Spain for 1979-1980 season.  He played with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's, winning an UEFA Cup.

CM: Miguel Munoz 
Miguel Munoz was the captain of Real Madrid's first two European Cup winning sides in 1956 and 1957.  He became the coach of the side in 1959. He won two more European Cup as Real Madrid's coach.   He played for CD Logroñés, Racing de Santander and Celta de Vigo before joining Real Madrid in 1948. He was capped 7 times by Spain.

DM:  Jose Pirri 
Jose Pirri is regarded as one of Spain's greatest player.  He had 41 caps in a career that lasted 12 years. He played in two World Cup Finals: 1966 and 1978. He played for Real Madrid for 15 years, between 1964 and 1979, winning ten Spanish league titles, four Spanish cups, and the 1966 European Cup. He was a member of the Real Madrid team that was known as the Yé-Yé team.  He also played for Granada.
Jose Pirri 
CM: Josep Samitier
Josep Samitier played for Barcelona between 1919 and 1932. He is the club's all time third top goalscorer.  He joined Real Madrid in 1932 and then, Nice in France.  In 1920, Samitier was also a member of the first ever Spanish national squad. The squad won the silver medal at the 1920 Olympic Games. He subsequently made 21 appearances and scored 2 goals for Spain.

CM: Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso started with Real Sociedad.  He joined Liverpool in 2004 winning the Champions' League trophy in his first season.  In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid, winning the Champions' League again in 2014.  In 2014, he joined Bayern Munich. He was a key member of the Spanish team that won the WC and two European Championships.  His 114 caps make him the fifth most capped player in the nation's history.
Xabi Alonso 
RW/FW: Amancio Amaro 
Nicknamed "El Brujo", Amancio Amaro played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña before joining Real Madrid in 1962.  He was considered the star of the team in the 1960's. He scored one of the most beautiful goal in European Cup history when Real Madrid lifted the title in 1966.  He was capped 42 times. He won the 1964 European Football Championship.  

RM: Michel 
Michel was one of the best right wings in Spain's history.  He was a  member of Real Madrid's La Quinta del Buitre.  With Real Madrid, he won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He was a fixture for the Spanish national team in that period.  He won 66 caps.  He played in both 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals. At the end of his career, he played in Mexico with Celaya FC alongside Emilio Butragueño and Hugo Sanchez.

LW:  Francisco Gento 
Francisco Gento is regarded as one of the greatest left wings in history.  Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles.  No one has won more European Cups than Francisco Gento. In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.
Francisco Gento 
AM: Manuel Velzaquez 
Except three seasons on loan with Rayo Vallecano and CD Málaga, Manuel Velázquez spent all of his 12 years in La Liga with Real Madrid.  He was a part of the Ye Ye team in the 1960's.  He won six La Liga, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup. At the international level, he was capped 10 times for Spain.

AM: Rafael Martin Vazquez
Rafael Martin Vazquez was one of the most underrated attack midfielder in Spanish football.  He was a member of La Quinta del Buitre, winning 5 straight La Liga title and back-to-back UEFA Cup with Real Madrid.  In 1990, he joined Torino in Italy and Marseille in 1992.  He had 38 caps.
FW: Pahino
Pahiño joined Celta de Vigo in 1943. In the 1947–48 campaign, his league-best 21 goals helped the team finish a best-ever fourth and reach the final of the Copa del Generalísimo. In the 1948, both Pahiño and Miguel Muñoz signed for Real Madrid. He won his second Pichichi at the end of 1951–52. However, he lost his importance in the squad following the arrival of Alfredo Di Stéfano, who later admitted his frustration of never having played alongside him. He was capped 3 times.

ST: Emilio Butragueño 
Nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), Emilio Butragueño was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid, along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza. That team won 5 straight La Liga and two UEFA Cups from 1985 to 1990.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990.  He played 69 times for Spain. He scored 4 goals against the great Danish side in 1986 quarter-final.
Emilio Butragueño

ST: Juanito  
Juanito started with Atletico Madrid, but he never played for the senior team. Instead, he played for Burgos, where he won Don Balón Award – Best Spanish Player for the season 1976–77.  from 1977 to 1987, he played for Real Madrid, winning five league titles, two Spanish Cups and two UEFA Cups. Juanito was capped 34 times.  He represented Spain at the 1978 and 1982 World Cups, and at Euro 1980.  He died in a road accident at the age of 37.

ST: Carlos Santillana
Carlos Santillana moved to Real Madrid from Racing de Santander in 1971 as a heir apparent to Puskus.  He played 17 seasons and over 450 matches for Real Madrid.  He won back-to-back UEFA Cup in the mid-1980's. At the international level, he had 56 caps and scored 15 goals for Spain. He represented his country in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups, as well as three European Championships: 1976, 1980 and 1984.

ST: Raul 
Raul was probably the best Spanish player in the late 1990's.  He made his debut with Real Madrid as a 17 years old.  He won 3 Champions' League trophies with Real Madrid in 1998, 2000 and 2002.  He moved to Germany in 2010 and played with Schalke 04 He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals.  For Spain, he scored a then-record 44 goals in 102 appearances, appearing in three FIFA World Cups and two European championships. He was their captaincy between 2002 and 2006.

Honorable Mention
Marquitos, Alvaro Arbeloa, Dani Carvajal, Manuel Sanchis Martinez, Ramón Grosso,  Jose Maria Zarraga, Ignacio Zoco, Ricardo Gallego, Guti, Vicente del Bosque, Isco, Lucas Vázquez, Garcia Remon, Ivan Helguera, Miguel Angel, Luis Molowny, Fernardo Moirentes, Héctor Rial.

Squad Explanation
-- For my all-time Real Madrid team, I only selected a single righback and used Sergio Ramos as the other rightback.  For this team, the biggest debate was between Manuel Sanchis Martinez and a second rightback.  Because of Ramos, I do not need a second rightback.  I do not doubt Sanchis senior's credentials to be on this team.  He was a member of the all-Spanish "Ye Ye" team. However, when I compared his career with that of Michel Salgado(see below for rightback decision). Salgado spent 10 seasons with the club, winning two Champions' League while Sanchis senior only spent 6 seasons.  So I ran with Salgado. Manuel Sanchis Martinez is the biggest name missing on this team. 
--  Francisco Gento were veterans on the team that won the 1966 European Cup title. The core of team consisted mainly of young Spanish players.  The young players of the team were better known as the "Ye-Ye" team, as a reference to the Beatles' song "She Loves You".  Amancio Amaro, Jose Pirri and Manuel Velázquez are on this all-time team.  
-- Real Madrid's La Quinta del Buitre won 5 straight La Liga title and back-to-back UEFA Cup in the 1980's. This group of players were all homegrown. Emilio Butragueño, Michel, Manuel Sanchis Jr and Rafael Martin Vazquez made this team. The fifth member of this group was Miguel Pardeza played mainly with Real Zaragoza. 
-- The second rightback position was between Michel Salgado, Alvaro Arbeloa and Dani Carvajal.  One day, Carvajal will be named the greatest rightback even ahead of Chendo.  At this point, he still needs to spend more time with the club.  Salgado has 10 seasons with the club while Arbeloa only had 7 seasons(once as a seldom used backup).
-- At Madrid, Rafael Gordillo played as a winger in front of Camacho.  However, he was originally a left back.
-- Guti was loyal to the club, but he was used mainly as a bench player throughout his career.   Rafael Martin Vazquez and Manuel Velázquez are ahead of him. Isco is slowly moving up the pecking order, but it is better to reexamine his career at a later time.
-- The 25th spot was opened to all position.  I was debating between Santiago Bernabeu, Pahino, Isco and Sanchis Senior(again). Bernabeu played 16 seasons for Real Madrid, but he had been honored in many ways for the club.  I also do not know how good he was as a player.  Isco is still young(but already in his 7th season).  His time might come, but not yet. I do not need a fifth centerback. So I did not consider Sanchis Sr.  In the end, I took Pahino, who was a star player before the arrival of Di Stefano.
-- Juanito was one of Real Madrid's most popular player ever.
-- Josep Samiter was the first ever star player for Real Madrid.
-- When Carlos Santillana joined Real Madrid, he was projected to be Fenrec Puskas' heir apparent, which was a hard act to follow.  I do not think the younger fans remembered him as well as Puskas, etc.  He is actually the 4th in both goal scoring and appearance record for Real Madrid.
-- Hector Rial also did not play for Argentina and was capped by Spain.  Under FIFA rules, he would be considered to be a Spanish player. I selected him on my honourable mention. There is something very nostalgic about Rial and Real Madrid. 


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