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 Netherlands.

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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