Monday, July 27, 2020

India All-Time Greatest Team

Asian Cup 2019

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

AustraliaSaudi ArabiaIran,
ChinaJapanSouth Korea.
Hong Kong
East AsiaWest Asia(without Iran and Saudi Arabia),
Central AsiaSouth East Asia(ASEAN).
PIO (Player of Indian Origin)/Indian diaspora

The team, which was once considered one of the best teams in Asia, had its golden era during the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, under the coaching of Syed Abdul Rahim, India won gold during the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games, while finishing fourth at the 1956 Summer Olympics. India has never participated in the FIFA World Cup, although they did qualify by default for the 1950 World Cup after all other nations in their qualification group withdrew. However, India withdrew prior to the beginning of the tournament. The team has also appeared four times in the AFC Asian Cup, Asia's top football championship and finished as runners-up in 1964. India also participates in the SAFF Championship, the top regional football competition in South Asia. They have won the tournament seven times since it began in 1993.

In the 21st century, besides the SAFF Championship triumphs, under the guidance of Bob Houghton, India won the restarted Nehru Cup in 2007 and 2009 and emerged victorious during the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup. The Challenge Cup victory allowed India to once again qualify for the Asian Cup after 27 years.

1962 Asian Games Gold Medalist

GK: Peter Thangaraj
Thangaraj started his career with Morning Star Club and Friends Union Club of Secunderabad. He joined the Indian Army in 1953, where he played as a centre forward, but took to goalkeeping subsequently with great success.   He later played for Mohammedan Sporting (1960–63, 1971–72), Mohun Bagan (1963–65), and East Bengal (1965–71). He played for India both at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, and represented India at 1958 Tokyo, 1962 Jakarta, and 1966 Bangkok Asian Games.

GK: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu started with East Bengal in 2009.  In 2014, he signed for Norwegian club Stabæk.  He is the fifth Indian to play professionally in Europe.  He was also the first Indian to play in the Europa League. In 2017, he joined Bengaluru FC back home.  From 2011 onward, he has played for India.  He went to both 2011 and 2019 Asian Cup.

GK: Subrata Pal
A graduate of the Tata Football Academy, Subrata Pal started his senior career with Mohun Bagan in 2004.  Later, he played for many clubs in India.  In 2014,  Pal had signed for FC Vestsjælland of the Danish Superliga, thus becoming the fourth Indian footballer to play professionally abroad, but he never made a first time appearance.  He was India's starting goalkeeper at the Asian Cup 2011.

RB: Deeppak Mondal 
Deepak Kumar Mondal was one of India's most prominent right backs for over a decade, earning 47 caps with the India national team. He won two Nehru Cup's with India, first in 2007 and then 2009. He also helped India win the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup and thus qualify for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, their first in 27 years.  Mondal also played with both the Kolkata giants, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, spending five years at each club, captaining both of them.  
Deeppak Mondal 
RB: Gostha Pal 
Nicknamed as "Chiner Pracheer" (The Wall of China) he was one of the best defenders of contemporary Indian football. He started playing for Kumartuli A.C. aged 11, and joined Mohun Bagan at the age of 16. In 1921, Gostho Paul was honored with the captaincy of the Mohun Bagan football team, and he remained as the club captain for next 5 years. In 1924, he was also appointed as the captain of the Indian national football team.

CB: Syed Nayeemuddin 
Syed Nayeemuddin was known as Nayeem. As a player, he played for Hyderabad City Police FC, East Bengal FC, Mohun Bagan AC i Mohammedan Kolkata.  He played for India between 1964 and 1971.  He also captained the Indian national team that won a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games.  He is the only sports-person to win both the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards for football.  

CB: Arun Ghosh 
Arun Ghosh represented India between India between 1960 and 1971.  He played a pivotal role in the memorable Asian Games gold win in 1962 and runners-up in Asian Cup in 1964.  He started with Howrah Union before he moved Mohun Bagan.  He joined   East Bengal in 1960. He had a long careers with East Bengal.  He also played for BNR (Bengal Nagpur Railways).

CB: Jarnail Singh 
Jarnail Singh played club football for Khalsa Sporting Club, Rajasthan Club and Mohun Bagan AC during the 1950's and 1960's. Most of his career was with Mohun Bagan. He was given the Arjuna Award in 1964 for his achievements as a football player. He also competed in the men's tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics.  He was the only Indian footballer to be selected as the captain of the Asian All Star Football Team in 1966.
Jarnail Singh
CB: Sailen Manna 
Manna started his playing career for Howrah Union, then a club in the 2nd Division Kolkata Football League, in 1940.  He joined Mohun Bagan in 1942 and continued playing for the club till his retirement in 1960.  He has represented and captained India in different international competitions including Olympics and Asian Games. He is the only Asian Footballer ever to be named among the 10 best Captains in the world by the English FA in 1953.

DM/LB: Prasun Banerjee
Younger brother of the Pradip Kumar Banerjee, Prasun had also captained the India national football team in international tournaments. Banerjee was included in the All Time Best-XI team of Mohun Bagan Club as a Central Defensive Midfielder.  He also played for Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting. He was capped 49 times for India.  He played in Asian Games – 1974, 1978, 1982.

CM/LB/FW: Syed Nabi
A product of the Tata Football Academy, Nabi started his career playing as a striker, then moved to midfield and then played as wing back. In recent international friendlies he has been playing as a fullback. Nabi’s club career started with Mohammedan Sporting but later joined East Bengal in 2004.  From 2004 to 2013, he played over 60 times for India.

DM: Talimeren Ao 
Talimeren Ao is best known as the captain of Indian team in their first ever match in the 1948 Summer Olympics, in the team's first official game and was the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent.  He played 5 more matches for India.  In 1943 Ao joined Mohun Bagan, who were then in the Calcutta Football League.  In Mohun Bagan, Ao was Centre-Half and along with his two Backs, they were popularly known as "the Great Wall of China".
Talimeren Ao
HB/LM: Mariappa Kempaiah 
As a wing half, represented the country in the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympics. In 1956, India finished fourth. He had also played for the country in Asian Games held in Japan in 1958. At club level he played for Bangalore Muslims. In 1956, he moved to Calcutta and played till 1964 with distinction for both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. 

CM: Yousuf Khan
Yousuf Khan represented India national team at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He was one of only two Indians to have been included in the 1965 Asian All Stars XI. He was also a part of the team that won gold at the 1962 Asian Games. Khan received Arjuna Award in 1966.  For club football, he played for Hyderabad City Police (football club).  His nickname  was the “Bearded Horse” of India.

CM: Climax Lawrence
In 1999, Climax Lawrence joined Salgaocar.  In 2004, he moved to East Bengal, but after a single season, he went to play for Dempo in Goa. He stayed there in 2013.  He later played for Mumbai, Atlético de Kolkata,  Laxmi Prasad and Bardez.  From 2003 to 2012, he played 75 times for India.  In the AFC Challenge Cup, he scored the winning goal in the 91st minute against Afghanistan to help India to a 1-0 victory.   He represented India at the 2012 Asian Cup.
Climax Lawrence
FW/LW: Tulsidas Balaram 
Balaram made his mark playing football for the East Bengal F.C., Kolkata. In 1961 Balaram was selected as East Bengal captain – he led from the front and played one of his best ever seasons. He top scored with 23 goals, won the league’s best player award. He was one of the best players of the golden age of Indian football of the 1950s and 1960s.  He represented India at the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics.

RW: Mohammed Salim
Salim started with Chittaranjan Club of Bowbazar in 1926.  He went on to to play for Sporting Union,  East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting Club.  In 1936, he played two exhibition matches against the Chinese Olympic side. These games were the first international matches played in India. That year, he also played two friendly matches for Scotland's Celtics. He thus became the first player from the Indian sub-continent to play for a European club.

FW: Chuni Goswami
Chuni Goswami was a one club man for Mohun Bagan. He was lonked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.  He captained the club in 5 seasons from 1960 to 1964.  For international football, he represented India at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games and earn the runners-up position at the 1964 AFC Asian Cup.  He was also a first class cricketer, playing Ranji Trophy for Bengal. 
Chuni Goswami
ST: I.M. Vijayan 
Vijayan started with Kerala Police club and rose to become a star in domestic football.  He was crowned Indian Player of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1999, the first player to win the award multiple times. He was also awarded the Arjuna award in 2003.  For India, Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia formed one of the deadliest forward lines the Indian Football team had ever seen.  He won the 1999 South Asian Football Federation Cup.  He had 66 caps scoring 29 goals.  

ST: Bhaichung Bhutia
Bhaichung Bhutia is often nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills in football. He was Three-time Indian Player of the Year.  Bhutia has had four spells at East Bengal Club, the club where he started his career. When he joined English club Bury in 1999, he became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club and only the second to play professionally in Europe. 
Bhaichung Bhutia 
ST: Neville D'Souza
D'Souza represented his nation at the 1956 Summer Olympics, where he became the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in an Olympic Games in a 4-3 win over the host Australia. D'Souza finished the tournament as joint top-scorer, with 4 goals in 3 games.  He played his club football with Bombay (Maharashtra football team).

RW/ST: PK Banerjee 
PK Banerjee was named Indian Footballer of the 20th century by IFFHS. In 2004, he was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honour awarded by FIFA.  In 1954, he began with Aryan FC.  He later played for  Eastern Railway between 1955 and 1967.  He went to the 1958, 1962 and 1966 Asian Game.  He was part of the national team that played at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne where they reached the Semi Finals.

ST: Sunil Chhetri 
Popularly known as Captain Fantastic, having scored the second highest number of goals in international matches among active male players after Cristiano Ronaldo, he is both the most-capped player[4] and all-time top goalscorer for the Indian national team, with 72 goal.  He was also one of India's best players during the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in which India won the tournament and thus qualified for their first AFC Asian Cup in 27 years.
Sunil Chhetri 
Honorable Mention
Shabbir Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Sudhir Karmakar, Mahesh Gawli, Manoranjan Bhattacharya, Netan Sansara, Kiran Bechan, Renedy Singh, T. Abdul Rahman, Sheoo Mewalal, Magan Singh, Inder Singh, Pronay Halder, Jackichand Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Dheeraj Singh, Aloke Mukherjee, Tulsidas Balaram, J. Krishnaswamy, 

Squad Explanation  
-- Obviously, as a Hong Kong Chinese, I do not know much about Indian football.  In the 1950's and 1960's, India actually enjoyed a glorious era in Asia.  They used to visit Hong Kong, where they were fondly remembered of playing bare foot. I recalled hearing stories about them.
-- When I started this team, I meant to include players of Indian origins on this team.  Players such as Aron Winter, Neil Taylor, Jimmy Carter, Michael Chopra, Vikash Dhorasoo, etc would have made this team interesting.  But there are plenty of English language information on Indian football.  So I easily built an All-Time team with overseas Indians.
-- India does not allow dual citizenship at the time of writing.  It will be difficult for overseas Indians to play for India.
-- Indian footballers were at one point known for playing with bare feet. Mohammed Salim played both his matches for Celtics without boots.  He was the first Indian of note to play in Europe.
-- Indian football was at its peak from 1948 to 1964, as India played in four Olympics and won two Asian Games gold medals. PK Banerjee, Tulsidas Balaram and Chuni Goswami were the holy trinity of Indian football’s Golden Era. Chuni Goswami was the captain of the team that won the gold medal at the Jakarta Asian Games 1962.  Defender Jarnail Singh played as a striker in the semi-final and the final, scoring two goals.  Peter Thangaraj was also from that generation.
-- India also qualified for the 1950 World Cup Finals, but withdrew because of the expenses required in getting the team to Brazil. Other reasons cited for why India withdrew include FIFA not allowing Indian players to play in the tournament barefoot. Sailen Manna is considered to be India's greatest defender.  He was due to captain that team.
-- India reached the semifinal of 1956 Olympics.  P. K. Banerjee was their captain while Neville D'Souza was the top scorer in the tournament.  However, India received a walkover after Hungary withdrew from the tournament.  India only beat the host Australia in the quarterfinal. 
-- Sunil Chhetri was one of the few Indians to have a chance to play in Europe.  In a few of the modern lists, he is ranked as the greatest ever Indian player.  Baichung Bhutia is the only Indian player I have heard of before I started my research. I thought he was the greatest Indian footballer.
-- Peter Thangaraj is known as India's greatest goalkeeper.  I decided to take two modern goalkeeper as backups, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Subrata Pal. The other goalkeepers I discovered are Bhaskar Ganguly, Brahmanand Shankwalkar , Pradyut Barman and Sandip Nandy.
-- Most of the positions are filled with household names for Indian football, except the leftback positions. I don't often see the names of Aloke Mukherjee and Syed Nabi mentioned.   I dropped leftback Aloke Mukherjee for an extra attacker.  Midfielder Prasun Banerjee will be my starting leftback. The rightback Gostha Pal and Deepak Mondal seemed to be more famous.
-- Talimeren Ao is a historical figure in India football.  However, his name does not appear much anywhere.  I found it odd since India actually created a postage stamp of him.  He was the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent at the 1948 London Olympics.
-- I also learned about Manoranjan Bhattacharya and Sudhir Karmakar, but unsure about their actual positions.  Instead, I took Syed Nayeemuddin, he captained the India that won a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games.  
-- Jackichand Singh was named after Jackie Chan.  He made honorable mention.
-- India reached the semi-final of the 1956 Olympics. Neville D'Souza was the top scorer in the tournament.  It is achievement that not many Indians can claim.  I took him over Shabbir Ali. Shabbir Ali lost out to players from the older generations when India dominated Asian football.  Sunil Chhetri and Baichung Bhutia are also considered India's greatest footballers, making impossible to select Shabbir Ali.
-- Mohammed Salim seldom got mentioned on any of India's All-Time list.  He played a few friendly games for Celtics in Scotland.  He was offered a contract, but he decided to return home.  He was the first Indian to play in Europe. This was a milestone for Indian football.

PK Banerjee started over Mohammed Salim on the right.  Chuni Goswami also deserved to start.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PIO /Indian disapora All-Time Team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

His Facebook and Instagram

Aron Winter

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

AustraliaSaudi ArabiaIran,
ChinaJapanSouth Korea.
Hong Kong
East AsiaWest Asia(without Iran and Saudi Arabia),
Central AsiaSouth East Asia(ASEAN).

This blog team is about the Indian Diaspora.  Overseas Indians, officially known as Non-Resident Indians (NRI/NRIs) or Persons of Indian Origin (PIO/PIOs), are people of Indian birth, descent or origin who live outside the Republic of India. According to a Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 28 million NRIs and PIOs residing outside India.  According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, India remains the largest country of origin for expatriates and immigrant communities with a 17.5 million-strong diaspora across the world.

The largest number of PIOs in the world is located in Saudi Arabia.  They are followed by the United States, United Arab Empires, Malaysia, Myranmar, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the United Kingdom. 
Jimmy Carter
GK: Kevin Keelan (Great Britain)
Keelan was known for his career with Norwich City between 1963 and 1980. He was twice City Player of the Year and played for the City side which lost the 1973 League Cup Final to Tottenham Hotspur.  He also played for New England Tea Men of the North American Soccer League for the summer season. He was named in the 1978 NASL All-Star Team.  He also played for Aston Villa, Stockport County, Wrexham, etc.

GK: Greg Ranjitsingh (Trinidad and Tobago)
Born in Canada, Ranjitsingh spent four years with Mercer University before joining Louisville City in March 2015.  In MLS, he played for Orlando City and Minnesota United.  Born to a Trinidadian father and Guyanese-Portuguese mother, Ranjitsingh declared his interest in representing Trinidad and Tobago nationally due to his upbringing.  He was capped once at the time of writing.

GK: R. Arumugam (Malaysia)
His long arms and difficult saves earned him the nickname "Spiderman".  He made his debut for Selangor FA when he was 18 years old in 1971. He represented Selangor FA in the Malaysia Cup tournament from 1972 to 1988, a period during which Selangor FA won the Malaysia Cup eight times.   R. Arumugam recorded 196 caps (not all A class international matches) during his time with the Malaysia national team. 

RB: Roger Verdi (Kenya/England) 
Born in Kenya to Indian Sikh parents, Roger Verdi spent his youth career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town, but his professional career was played in North America.  In the United States, Verdi played in the NASL between 1972 and 1978 for the Montreal Olympique, Miami Toros, St. Louis Stars and San Jose Earthquakes, making a total of 103 league appearances.

CB: Datuk M. Chandran (Malaysia)
Datuk M. Chandran was a Malaysian footballer of Indian ethnicity. He was the team captain of the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich.  In 1974, he helped Malaysia to finish third at the Asian Games.  He also played 15 years for Selangor at home. Chandran was honored with the state title of ‘Dato’, a coveted recognition granted by the royal house of the state of Pahang in 2000, for services to football.
Datuk M. Chandran 
CB: Danny Batth (England)
Batth began his career with his local side Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2009, where he played until 2019.  Most of his career was spent in the lower divsion.  In 2019, he moved to Stoke City.  Born and raised in England, Batth thought at one time he would be eligible to play for India through his father, but he was later ruled ineigible for India.  

DF: Santokh Singh (Malaysia)
Born in Setapak, Santokh played in the Selangor FA team from 1972 to 1985, winning 9 Malaysia Cups as captain of the team.  In the 1970's, he played  alongside the late Mokhtar Dahari, Soh Chin Aun and R. Arumugam for Malaysia.  He helped Malaysia to qualify for the 1980 Olympics, but Malaysia boycotted the event.  he had 104 caps.

CB: Rhys Williams (Australia)
From 2007 to 2016, Rhys Williams played for Middlesbrough, where he played many positions.  He was made club captain in 2012.  He later played for Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory and Al-Qadsiah.  From 2009 to 2014, he was capped 14 times for Australia.  His mother was from India while his father was from the United Kingdom.  He has two brothers who were professional footballers.
Rhys Williams
LB: Thomas Pereira (Norway) 
Thomas Pereira arrived at Viking from Moss in 1997, and stayed at the club the rest of his career. At the end of the 2008 season, he was ranked 7th on Viking's all-time list of appearances. After his thirteenth and last season in Viking he was awarded a testimonial game that was played on 21 November 2009 against SK Brann.Testimonial games are very rare in Norwegian football.  he earned 8 caps for Norway.

LB: Neil Taylor (Wales) 
Neil Taylor began his career with Wrexham in 2007 and moved to Swansea City, going on to make 179 appearances for the Swans. He joined Aston Villa in January 2017.  From 2010 onward, Taylor has been capped 43 times by Wales.  He was born in St Asaph, Denbighshire. He was a part of their Euro 2016 squad that reached the semi-final.  He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. 
Neil Taylor 
DM: Aron Winter (Netherlands)
Born in Suriname of an unique ethnic background, Aron Winter was both an Indian and Chinese descendant.  He started his career with Ajax, where he played from 1986 to 1992. He oined Lazio at the height of Serie A during the early 1990's.  He later played for Inter Milan between 1996 and 1999.  For the national team, he was a regular member of the team.  He was capped 84 times and a part of the Euro 1988 winning team. His last major tournament was the Euro 2000.

DM: Harmeet Singh (Norway)
Harmeet Singh is nicknamed "The Norwegian Iniesta" by international media.  He started with Vålerenga in 2007.  He moved to Netherlands' Feyenoord in 2012, but he never settled down.  He left in 2014. He later played for Molde, FC Midtjylland, Kalmar (Sweden), Wisła Płock, HJK (Finland), etc.  From 2012 to 2014, he was capped 5 times for Norway.

CM: Óscar Sonejee (Andorra)
Oscar Sonejee began his career with d FC Andorra, where he had three spells.  He also had and three spells with Lusitanos. He also spent four years with FC Santa Coloma.  He was eligible to play for India because of his parents, but he chose Andorra.  For Andorra, he earned 106 caps between 1997 and 2015.  At the time of his international retirement, he was their cap leader as well as the oldest ever international player for Andorra.
 Óscar Sonejee 
CM/AM: Ricky Hill
From 1976 to 1989, Hill played for Luton Town where he was considered one of their best ever footballers.  He helped them to their promotion to the First Division and won the League Cup.  He also played in France and the United States. Between 1982 and 1986, Hill only played three times for England, but he was the fourth Black player to play for England’s Senior National team and the first British South Asian to represent England at the Senior level.  

RW/LW: Luciano Narsingh (Netherlands)
From 2008 to 2012, Luciano Narsingh played for  SC Heerenveen. From 2012 to 2017, he played for PSV, winning Eredivisie twice.  He played briefly for Swansea before joining Feyenoord in 2019. From 2012 onward, he played 16 times for Netherlands.  He participated at the 2012 European Championship.  He missed the 2014 World Cup because of an injury.  He is of Surinamese background with some Indian descent.
Luciano Narsingh
RW: Ryan Williams (Australia)  
Williams spent time with Portsmouth and Fulham early in his career, but saw limited action.  Then, he played for Barnsley and Rotherham United before returning to Portsmouth in 2019.  In 2019, he made his debut with Australia.  His brother Rhys Williams also played for Australia.    His mother was from India while his father was from the United Kingdom.

RW: Jimmy Carter (England) 
Carter began his career with Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers, but he did not make it until he joined Millwall in 1987. He joined Arsenal in 1995 after spending a season with Liverpool.  He also played for Portsmouth. His father originated from India. He was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, although this was not known at the time as Carter did not publicly disclose his background and his name did not make it obvious.

AM: Vikash Dhorasoo (France)
Vikash Dhorasoo began his football career with Le Havre AC.  Then, he played 5 seasons with Lyonnais with a brief spell at Bordeaux from 2001 and 2002, before he returned to Lyon in 2002.  He also played for AC Milan in 2004, where they reached the Champions' League Final in 2005.  He also played for PSG and Livorno.  From 1999 to 2006, he played 18 times for France.  He went to the 2006 World Cup Finals.  Dhorasoo is of Indo-Mauritian origin. 
Vikash Dhorasoo 
AM: Ricky Heppolette (England)
Ricky Heppolette was born in Bhusawal, India. He started with Preston North End in 1967, where he played until 1973.  From 1973 to 1976, he played for Leyton Orient. He later played for Crystal Palace, Chesterfield, Peterborough United and Hong Kong club Eastern AA.  He was one of the few Asians playing in England during the 1970's.

AM: Sarpreet Singh (New Zealand)
Born in New Zealand to Indian parents, Sarpreet Singh played for Onehunga Sports in his youth before signing for Wellington Phoenix in 2015.  he then joined Bayern Munich in 2019, where he made his senior debut in December, 2019.  At the time of writing, he has represented New Zealand since 2018.

ST: V. Sundramoorthy (Singapore)
Sundramoorthy broke into the Singapore Malaysia Cup team during the 1980s, as he was just 18 years of age. He left Singapore to play in Switzerland for FC Basel in 1988.  He later played for Kedah, Pahang and Singapore(club).  In the S.League, he played for Woodlands Wellington FC and Jurong.  From 1983 to 1995, he played for the national team.

ST: Derrick "Shastri" Denniser (Jamaica)
Derrick Denniser was known as the "Coolie Pele".  He played for Kingston College (KC) from 1964 to 1972. During that time Shastri also played for the south St Andrew-based Boy's Town Football Club before being called to Jamaica's senior national team.  He toured with the Jamaican national team in the 1970's.  He also attended the the Pan American Games in Colombia and Mexico.

FW: Michael Chopra (England) 
Michael Chopra spent six years with Newcastle United, but mainly on loan at Watford, Nottingham Forest, and Barnsley.  He later played at Cardiff City, Sunderland, Ipswich, Blackpool, Kerala Blasters and Alloa Athletic.  He was Cardiff City Player of the Year: 2006–07.  He has represented for England at the youth level.  He played in the 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Championship and the 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.  He has considered playing for India at the senior level.
Michael Chopra 
Honorable Mention
Prince Rajcomar (Curaçao), Sunny Dhaliwal (Canada), John William "Jack" Cother (Great Britain), Edwin "Eddie" Cother (Great Britain), Netan Sansara (Great Britain), Kiran Bechan (Netherlands/Suriname), Ricardo Kishna (Netherlands/Suriname), Aryn Williams (Australia), Furdjel Narsingh (Netherlands),  Aman Verma (England), Daniel De Silva (Australia), Furdjel Narsingh (Netherlands), Yan Dhanda (Great Britain), Chris Dolby (United Kingdom), Rudy Pounoussamy (Reunion, France), Bud Hudson (Great Britain), Gderry Francis (South Africa).

Squad Explanation
-- Before starting this blog team, I only heard of Michael Chopra, Vikash Dhorasoo and Aron Winter as PIO players.  I did not know trhat Ricky Hill was Indian.  They along with Luciano Narsingh (Netherlands) and Neil Taylor (Wales) are the greatest POI players in history, I think.  Jimmy Carter (England) was first Indian player to play in the top tier of the English league. They are automatic selections.  
-- India does not allow dual citizenship making it hard for PIO players to be capped by India.  Arata Izumi gave to give up his Japanese citizenship so that he could play for India.  He is the first PIO capped by India.
-- The Coither brothers played in the 19th Century for Watford. John William (Jack) Cother and Edwin (Eddie) Cother were made honorable mentions.  They were the first South Asian players to play in the English league.  I have limited information on them.
-- Some of the players selected traced back their Indian ancestry many generations back. They are not eligible to become Indian citizens, but I considered them as POI.  I took "one drop" of blood approach on my criteria.
-- There are a number of PIO footballers playing in the lower levels of the English leagues.  They might be better than some of the players selected.  I still took players from other parts of the world playing a lower standard of football than that of England.  For example, Datuk M. Chandran (Malaysia) was probably the greatest defender ever from Southeast Asia.  He was on my All-Time Southeast Asian team.  I also selected Derrick "Shastri" Denniser because he was considered one of Jamaica's greatest players.  I used international caps as a criteria.  I considered the "caps" as contributions to their national team.
-- Several India-born players of British ancestry have played for England.  All of whom were born during the British Raj.  James F.M. Prinsep appeared for England as a 17 years old 1879. He was England's youngest international until 2006 when Wayne Rooney broke his record. Alf Quantrill played 4 times for England in the 1920's.  He was married to Steve Bloomer's daughter.
-- Edu of Brazil who played for Arsenal is listed by a chat group as a PIO, but I did not find enough evidence.
-- Robin Dutt of Germany is a good manager, but never played in a high level. 
-- Goalkeeper Kevin Keelan was born in India but was probably of mixed race.  I took two other goalkeepers with some international experience.  Greg Ranjitsingh was capped by Trinidad and Tobago.  R. Arumugam was a well-known goalkeeper from Malaysia.
-- Ruby Pounoussam (Reunion/France) and Karman Saini (Canada) were considered for the third goalkeeper.  I do not know the current status of goalkeeper Sunny Dhaliwal.  He seemed to have left professional football.  At the time of writing, Rohan Luthra is only is on the roster of Slough City down in England's National League.  He might make it one day.
-- Goalkeeper Karman Saini was born in Canada.  For a single season in 2017, he was on the book of Husqvarna in Sweden.  Before that, he played for Oakville Blue Devils.  He also played Humber College.  In his two seasons, the Hawks never lost a match and posted an overall record of 31-0-1 (.984).  He was named as an OCAA All-Star in 2016, while winning two national titles.  He made honorable mention.
-- Aman Dosanj who was a female goalkeeper was the first British Indian to be capped by England at any level.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (Brazil) is not a PIO.  His parents only named him after the founding father of India.  
-- Danny Batth is of mixed English and Sikh Punjabi descent.
-- Kashif Siddiqi's father is believed to be from India, but he played for Pakistan, in which I ruled him ineligible due to the political situation between India and Pakistan.  It is hard for me to list a Pakistani international on a blog team for Indians.
-- Ryan Williams and Aryn Williams are twin brothers.  They are younger brothers of Rhys William (Australia).  Aryn only made Honorable mention while the other two are on this team.  Rhys played for Liverpool.
-- Santokh Singh and R. Arumugam were well-known Malaysian footballers of Indian origin.   V. Sundramoorthy was actually the second Singaporean to play in Europe, a career that few Indians managed to secure.  He deserved a spot.  I also decided not to take Netan Sansara.  I preferred those international players who were considered the greatest ever from their countries.   
-- The selection of Roger Verdi was based upon his involvement with the NASL and playing against Pele. I am not sure about his true position, but he said that he played rightback in the NASL.  He actually did not make it in English club football, which should set him back.  In the end, I took him because he represented an era in the world of football.  
-- Letfback Neil Taylor has played at least 6 seasons in the Preimership.  He also represented the Great Britain at the London Olympics.  His mother is Indian.
-- Samuel Moutoussamy (DR Congo) status as a PIO is unknown. 
-- Arata Izumi is a half-Japanese player.  He is the first PIO to play for India. His international status with India does not make any difference.  He is a PIO and he should be eligible for this team.
-- Óscar Sonejee might not held the same merits as other professional players, but he was one of  Andorra's greatest footballers.
-- I selected Ricky Heppolette because he was a pioneer in football.  He played in England during the 1970's when POI seldom got the opportunities to play. For a long time, he was the faces of South Asian players in England.  He played in Hong Kong during the 1980's, where I watched him.  I heard of Brian "Bud" Hudson, but I have limited information on him.  He played roughly the same time as Heppolette, I believed.  He only made honorable mention.
 -- Vikash Dhorasoo is the most famous FOI player in the world.
-- Ricky Hill was the fourth Black player to play for England’s senior National team and the first British South Asian to represent England at the senior level (his father's family originated from India via Jamaica).  He had a pivotal role in Luton Town’s promotion to the First Division in 1982.  He was largely considered to be one of Luton Town's greatest players. 
Ricky Hill
-- Arata Izumi was the only PIO who played for India. He began his professional career in Singapore with Albirex Niigata Singapore and in his native Japan for Mitsubishi Mizushima before moving to India in 2006. He played with East Bengal and Mahindra United before spending six seasons with Pune. He then went on to play for Atlético de Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune City, and NEROCA.  He was capped 9 times for India.  I did not have a space for him.
-- Kiran Bechan (Netherlands/Suriname) 
-- Aron Winter is a multiracial background, but he is often listed as a "PIO".  He is also on my Chinese Diaspora All-Time Team as well as my Dutch-Surinamese team.  His cousin Ricardo Winter was the Suriname Player of the Year in 1990, but I have no idea of his ethnic background.  Aron's Indian side of the family might have come from his mother's side. 
-- Jimmy Carter is listed as the first British Indians to play in the Premiership, but he did not identify his racial background during his career.  In actuality, Ricky Hill
-- I selected Right-winger Luciano Narsingh because he has participated a major international tournament, namely the 2012 European Championship.  His brother Furdjel Narsingh is also a professional footballer.
-- South African Gerry Francis played for Leeds United between 1959 and 1962.  He was described as a mixed race player.  He was a right winger.  But I already had three right wingers on the team.  Two of them played international football while Jimmy Carter had a long career in professional football, including stints with Liverpool FC.  Francis's ethnicity was also unconfirmed.
-- Yan Dhanda who was with Liverpool, is now making now in Scotland.  He was listed as an attacking midfielder, left winger and forward, but Ricardo Kishna (Netherlands/Suriname) had played in more games in bigger leagues.  But as of 2023, he seemed to be out of a club.
-- Joshua Pynadath is too young to be considered as of 2023.  He is also a winger.
-- I did not have much choices for forwards.
-- Michael Chopra spent six years with Newcastle United.  He was the more famous PIO players.  
-- Derrick "Shastri" Denniser of Jamaica was known as "Coolie Pele".  I believed that he was striker.  His name actually not mentioned when I researched for Jamaican All-Time Team.  of course, under my PIO research, he was founded.
-- V. Sundramoorthy of Singapore was the only player of note i discovered during my research.

Luciano Narsingh can play on the left wing.  So I play Jimmy Carter on the right. Sarpreet Singh (New Zealand) might start one day.  I used Oscar Sonejee for his international experience. He had 106 caps.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Zealand All-Time Team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

His Facebook and Instagram

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

Brazil 1982 with Careca, etc
Oceania All-Time Team
If Ronaldo and Messi played for Australia in 2006

New Zealand is currently a member of FIFA and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The team's official nickname is the All Whites.  New Zealand would become one of the founder members of the Oceania Football Confederation in 1966 which was founded between Charles Dempsey and his Australian colleague Jim Bayutti in founding the federation.  The All Whites qualified for the 1982 World Cup, losing all three of its games by multiple goals.  Their opponent included Brazil, which was considered one of the greatest national side that did not won the World Cup.  In 2010, they also qualified for the World Cup Finals.  They went home undefeated with three draws.  They also won many OFC Nations Cup.

The rivalry between the Socceroos (Australia) and the All Whites (New Zealand) is part of a wider friendly rivalry between the geographical neighbours Australia and New Zealand, which applies not only to sport but to the culture of the two countries. 
New Zealand World Cup 2010

GK: Frank Van Hattum 
Frank Van Hattum was capped 28 times for New Zealand.  His international career started in 1980, and he played a total of 41 times for his country including unofficial matches. He started all of the All Whites' games at the World Cup Finals in 1982, despite not playing at the World Cup Qualifiers. He was voted as the second best keeper in Oceania's history(the list including Australian keepers).
Frank Van Hattum 
GK: Kevin Curtin 
Kevin Curtin was capped 18 times for New Zealand's All Whites in 1970's. He made his international debut in 1972 against Australia. He was voted as 5th greatest keepers in Oceania's history. For club football, he played for Courier Rangers AFC and Mount Wellington in New Zealand.

GK: Richard Wilson
Despite being the only goalkeeper used during the 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign, he was replaced as starting goalkeeper for the finals tournament in Spain by Frank van Hattum. For a considerable time, Wilson held the record for most minutes without conceding a goal by a goalkeeper in any  World Cup qualifying or finals tournament.  He played his club football in New Zealand and Australia with a short stint with Lincoln FC in England.  

RB: Winston Reid
Born in New Zealand, Winston Reid moved to Denmark at age of 10 with Danish stepfather.  Both Reid's biological parents have Māori ancestry.  He was capped by Denmark at the youth level.  He started with FC Midtjylland. He joined West Ham in 2010. Since 2010, he plays for New Zealand internationally. He is the current captain of All-Whites.  He was a part of their 2010 World Cup team.
Winston Reid
RB: Glenn Dods
Glenn Dods played his club football for New Plymouth United, Moturoa United,  Mt. Wellington and Blockhouse Bay in New Zealand.  Between 1979 and 1984, he played for Adelaide City in Australia. He was a part of the All Whites squad that took part in the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals, playing against both USSR and Brazil. He had 22 caps between 1976 and 1982.

Chris Zoricich had a spells with Leyton Orient in England between 1990 and 1993, but spent most of his career playing in Australia. At one point, he was signed by Chelsea.  He was capped 57 times by the All-Whites between 1988 and 2003, including captaining them at the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico and the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.

CB: Ricki Herbert
Ricki Herbert was a key player for the World Cup Qualifiers as New Zealand qualified for Spain 1982, but he missed the first match vs Scotland in the Finals.  He had 67 caps for the All-Whites. For his club career, he spent his career with Mt Wellington and Sydney United.  He also spent two seasons with Wolverhampton Wanderers in England.

CB/DM: Ryan Nelsen 
Ryan Nelsen spent his early career playing NCAA soccer in the United States.  Professionally, he played for DC United in MLS, and Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspurs and Queens Park Rangers in England.   From 1999 to 2013, he played 49 times for New Zealand. He was the All-Whites captain at the World Cup Finals in 2010, which was New Zealand's first appearance at the Finals since 1982.  New Zealand earned 1-1 draw against reigning World Cup Holder Italy.
Ryan Nelsen
Almond was a part of the Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur youth set-ups and a first team player for Walthamstow Avenue in the Isthmian League before he emigrated to New Zealand in 1973.  He played for Christchurch United and Invercargill Thistle.  He was a member the All Whites squad at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

LB/SW: Adrian Elrick 
Born in Scotland, his family moved to New Zealand.  Between 1975 and 1984, he played 53 times for New Zealand and went to the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.  He played in all three matches in the Finals. For his club career, he played his entire career with North Shore United in New Zealand between 1968 and 1984.

LB: Ron Armstrong
Armstrong played club football with North Shore United, Mt. Wellington and Eastern Suburbs AFC.  He was briefly on the book of Aston Villa.  From 1971 to 1983, he was capped 25 times.  His father Ken Armstrong was a dual international representing both England and New Zealand, his brother Brian Armstrong also represented New Zealand and daughter Bridgette Armstrong represented New Zealand.

DM/CB: Ivan Vicelich 
Ivan Vicelich is the all-time cap record-holder for All-Whites with 96 caps.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 2010.  For his domestic career, he had played for Football Kingz when they were playing in the Australian league.  He also played for Roda in Holland and Shenzhen Ruby in China.   With Auckland City FC, he played in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup at UAE.  He was the Oceania Footballer of the Year in 2009.
Ivan Vicelich 
DM: Simon Elliott
Simon Elliott started his career in the United States playing college soccer with Stanford University.  Professionally, he played for LA Galaxy, where he won the MLS Cup in 2002 and other clubs in the United States.  He also played for Fulham in England and Wellington Pheonix in New Zealand.  He payed 69 times for New Zealand. In 2008, he was one of New Zealand's overage players at the Beijing Olympics.  He also went to the World Cup Finals in 2010.

CM: Kenneth Armstrong 
Kenneth Armstrong played for Chelsea in England from 1946 to 1957.  He played in over 400 games (including a then-club record 362 league games) for the West London club and scored 30 goals. In 1954, he was one of the standby players for England at the WC Finals in 1954.  He did not travelled to Switzerland.  He was capped once by England in 1955.  He moved to New Zealand in 1957.  He was later capped by New Zealand 9 times from 1958 to 1962.

CM: Steve Sumner 
Steve Sumner played for Blackpool in England before moving to New Zealand. Sumner began his football as an apprentice at Blackpool before moving to New Zealand in 1973 to play for Christchurch United, winning the National League in his first year.  He played for various clubs in New Zealand.  Sumner was capped 58 by New Zealand. He was the captain of All-Whites at the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.
Steve Summer
MF: Duncan Cole 
Cole's senior career began with North Shore United before he moved to Australia to join Canberra City in the Australian National Soccer League.  His club career was sandwiched between the two clubs.  From 1978 to 1988, Cole played 58 times for the All Whites. He was a member of New Zealand's 1982 World Cup team.  He played in all three games in Spain.

MF: Chris Jackson 
Jackson began his senior career with Napier City Rovers. He subsequently moved to Melbourne Knights in 1992.  He joined the Football Kingz when the team played in the A-League in 1999 captaining the first ever professional game in New Zealand soccer history.  He was New Zealand Player of the Year:1992 and 1995.  He earned 60 caps between 1990 and 2003.

RW/WF: Michael McGarry 
His senior career began with Dunedin City in 1986 and later Mosgiel, before he moved to Australia to join Sydney Olympic in the National Soccer League. He returned to New Zealand after a single season to join Christchurch United where he won back-to-back Jack Batty Memorial Trophies.  He had 56 caps for New Zealand between 1986 and 1997.

AM/ST: Brian Turner 
Born in England, Brian Turner moved to New Zealand as a child. He started his career in New Zealand, but returned to England in 1968, where he played for Chelsea, Portsmouth and Brentford. Turner was an integral member of the New Zealand side that qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, but he only played one match in the Finals.

ST: Shane Smeltz 
Born in Germany of New Zealand parents, Shane Smeltz moved to Australia as a kid.  He played for clubs in Australia before moving to play in England.  He spent time at various clubs in the lower division and returned to play for Wellington Phoenix in 2007 and moved onward to other Australian club.  He was the Oceania Footballer of the Year: 2007, 2008.  Between 2003 and 2017, he played for the New Zealand national team. He went to the World Cup Finals in 2010. 
Shane Smeltz 
ST: Jock Newell 
Newall made his full All Whites debut in 1951 and ended his international playing career with 10 A-international caps and an incredible 16 goals to his credit. Including unofficial matches, Newall scored 28 goals in just 17 games for the All Whites, a record only exceeded only by Vaughan Coveny who scored 30, including 29 official international goals in 64 matches.

ST: Vaughan Coveny 
Coveny is the all-time leading scorer for New Zealand.  Coveny began his NSL career at the Melbourne Knights, then moved to Wollongong City, but the majority of his career was spent at South Melbourne in the NSL, and later on, Victorian Premier League. He also spent some time in the A-League, playing for the Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix. He scored over a 100 goals for South Melbourne FC.

ST: Wynton Rufer 
Wynton Rufer is considered to be New Zealand's greatest player and he is the only footballer enshrined at the New Zealand Sport Hall of Flame.  He was also named the Oceania Footballer of the Century. He was best remembered for his 6 seasons with Werder Bremen.  He won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1991-1992.  He also played in Switzerland and Japan.  He was the youngest member of the World Cup team in 1982, where he played in all three matches.
Wynton Rufer
Honorable Mention
Mark Paston, Clint Gosling, Jason Batty, Steve Wooddin, Bill Hume, Grant Turner, Tony Sibley, Danny Hay, Chris Wood, Keith Mackay, Dave Taylor, Allan Boath, Danny Halligan, Robert Ironside, John Wrathall, Marco Roja, Ceri Evans, Earle Thomas, Fred De Jong, Keith Nelson, Sarpreet Singh.

Squad Explanation
-- I created Oceania All-Time Team a few years ago before trying to do an Oceania All-time team.
-- Wynton Rufer was known as New Zealand's greatest player.  He was rated as Oceania's greatest player before the emerge of Australia's Golden Generation in the 2000's.  Steve Sumner, Winston Reid, Ryan Nelson and Simon Elliot are probably the other "sure-in" players.
-- Of the 22-man squad of the All-Whites team at the 1982 World Cup Finals, 11 members were born in the United Kingdom, including seven in England alone.
-- Frank Van Hattum, Steve Sumner, Richard Wilson, Glen Dods, Brian Turner, Bobby Almond, Wynton Rufer and Duncan Cole were on the 1982 World Cup team.  Ron Armstrong was also from that era, but did not go to Spain.
-- In 2010, New Zealand returned home from the World Cup Finals undefeated with three draws.  Winston Reid, Ivan Vicelich, Simon Elliot, Shane Smeltz, and Ryan Nelson from that team made this squad.
-- A large number of players selected here is foreign-born.  I did not do a survey of every single all-time teams I selected.  I assumed this is probably the highest number of foreign-born players of all national blog teams I created.  Steve Sumner, Ken Armstrong, Ron Armstrong, Adrian Elrick, Bobby Almond, Duncan Cole, Brian Turner, Shane Smeltz and Joc Newall were born outside New Zealand.
-- Manager Bobby Clark took over the head coach of Stanford University in 1996 after coaching New Zealand.  Clark began recruiting in New Zealand. Both Ryan Nelsen and Simon Elliott played for him at Stanford
-- Michael McGarry was left off  my Oceania All-time team.  He probably deserved to be there.
-- Frank Van Hattum was voted as the second best keeper in history (including Australian goalkeepers) of Oceania.  He was followed by Kevin Curtin on the list.  Richard Wilson is sometimes known as New Zealand's greatest goalkeeper. I went with him over Mark Paston whom I originally believed to be New Zealand's third greatest goalkeepers.
-- I want to select fullnack Tony Sibley because I want to spread the team across different generations.   He played before the 1982 World Cup's generation.  But I only put him on honorable mention. The same applied to John Wrathall,
-- Ceric Evans played for Oxford United between 1989 and 1994.  I put him on honorable mention only.
-- Grant Turner was injured during the 1982 World Cup Finals.  He missed an opportunity to showcase his talents on the biggest stage of his career.  I do not think he is related to Brian Turner.
-- Ron Armstrong is the son of Kenneth Armstrong, who also represented England. Kenneth played over 360 games for Chelsea, a record for the club at the time.
 --Wynton Rufer was voted by Oceania as the "Player of the Century"(including Australian players) Brian Turner and Kenneth Armstrong also made the top 20.  The poll was conducted before the emerge of Australia's Golden Generation.
-- Chris Wood and Marco Rojas would make this team one day.
-- New Zealanders seldom play for a major club around the world.  So Sarpreet Singh probably would make it too one day. 
-- Born in Scotland, Bill Hume represented both New Zealand and Australia in the 1950's. He made honorable mention.
-- Vaughan Coveny is the all-time leading scorer for New Zealand.
-- I do not know much about Jock Newell.  He was New Zealand's all-time leading scorer until Vaughan Coveny broke his record in 2006.  I also selected him because he belonged to a different era.  I believed in spreading the team around.  So I took him over Steve Wooddin.