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    Greatest Football XI of All-time

    Dont think i've ever come across such a thread in the football section of this site. Which is surprising given the solid knowledge by many of this site on the sport.

    My take:


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    CARLOS ALBERTO          MOORE          BECKENBAUER                   NILTON SANTOS
    
    
                                                        MATTHAUS
    
    
                          CRUIJFF                 MARADONA                PLATINI
    
    
                                               PELE                    EUSEBIO
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    - Franco Baresi
    - Paulo Maldini
    - Claudio Gentile
    - George Best
    - Garrincha
    - Zinedine Zidane
    - Ferenc Puskas
    - Alfred Di Stefano

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    GK: Schmeichel
    RB: Vogts
    CB: Beckenbauer
    CB: Moore
    LB: Maldini
    RM: Garrincha
    CM: Neeskens
    CM: Di Stefano
    LM: Maradona
    ST: Pele
    ST: Muller

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    I think the choices open up the question, Who was the Greatest European player?

    Ill think about my team for a few mins before posting.
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    best European player

    1 - Cruijff
    2- Beckenbauer


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    GK: Schmeichel
    RB: Irwin
    LB: Dunne
    CB: Edwards
    CB: Bruce
    CM: Keane
    CM: Charlton
    RW: Best
    LW: Giggs
    CF: Law
    CF: Taylor

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    Stepney
    Scholes
    Cantona
    Vidic
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    Ronaldo
    Foulkes

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    Foulkes > Bruce IMO.


    Edwards wernt a centre back either, not by main trade
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    Not entirely serious.

    Edwards wasn't really really any modern position by main trade, tbf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey View Post
    Not entirely serious.

    Edwards wasn't really really any modern position by main trade, tbf.
    Indeed - though I always pick him central defence for all time United XIs. He played the same nominal position as Bobby Moore (left-half) and we always consider Moore a central defender. Such was Edwards' talent and versatility though that we often see him picked in midfield these days in fantasy XIs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Alfresco View Post
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    I like Gary Mabbutt as much as the next guy, but Justin Edinburgh in the defensive line? You might as well just leave a gaping hole with a welcome mat inviting the winger down the flank.
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    Pompey All-Time XI:

    GK Alan Knight
    RB Vince Hilaire
    LB Matty Taylor (circa 2003)
    CB Jimmy Dickinson
    CB Darren Moore (circa 2000)
    CM Robert Prosinecki
    CM Paul Merson
    CM Darren Anderton
    RWF Guy Whittingham
    LWF Yakubu Aiyegbeni
    CF Paul Walsh

    Subs:

    David James
    Sol Campbell
    Svetoslav Todorov
    Teddy Sheringham
    Patrik Berger
    Steve Stone
    Sammy Igoe
    Matthias Svensson
    Lassana Diarra

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    Winton Rufer simply has to be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    I think the choices open up the question, Who was the Greatest European player?

    Ill think about my team for a few mins before posting.
    I have a preference for attacking players so id lean towards Criijff, Platini or Puskas personally.

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    Damn, why has everyone gone soooo off-topic & not posted an actual All-time XI of your choice??

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie View Post
    Damn, why has everyone gone soooo off-topic & not posted an actual All-time XI of your choice??
    I will, once I work out what it is...

    I know my keeper and back four, and most of my midfield/attack - where I have an issue is the final midfield spot. Most of the great midfielders who get picked for these sort of teams are creative attacking players, but picking say three of them (eg Cruyff, Platini, Zidane) plus three forwards means we're being a bit over-indulgent. I'm tempted by John Charles, who was both an outstanding centre-forward and a great central defender, to play in front of the back four and add some steel to the middle of the park, while not compromising on attacking class.

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