Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ecuador Greatest All-Time Team


Ecuador WC Finals 2002

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Ecuador has qualified for three FIFA World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2014. Their best performance came in 2006 when they advanced to the Round of 16, eventually eliminated by England. They are one of two countries in South America not to have won the Copa América, the other being Venezuela. Their best performance in the continental tournament was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.

Team 
GK: Jose Cevallos 
Jose Cevallos spent most of his career with Barcelona(Ecuador), but his best club moment probably came during his career with LDU Quito when he saved three penalties and led his club to vitcory at the 2008 Copa Libertadoes.  He was capped 89 times and went to the WC Finals in 2002.

GK: Pablo Ansaldo 
He is one of the greatest goalkeeper in Ecuador's history. He was capped 23 times.  He played for Barcelona(Ecuador) from 1954 to 1966.  

GK: Alfredo Bonnard 
He first represented Ecuador in 1953.  He was capped 20 times. he was selected as the best keeper at the 1953 South American Championship.

RB: Ulises De L Cruz 
He played 101 times for Ecuador between and 1995 and 2010, and was selected for two World Cup tournaments.  He spent his club career at Deportivo Quito, Barcelona SC, Aucas, Cruzeiro, Hibernian, Aston Villa, Reading, Birmingham City.

CB: Ivan Hurtado 
At the time of writing, he is Ecuador's all-time cap record holder.  He is also the most capped South American player.  He was a key player for both WC Finals in 2002 and 2006.  For his club career, he had played for clubs in Ecuador, Mexico, Spain and Colombia.
Ivan Hurtado 
CB: Vicente Lecaro 
Vicente Lecaro was a star player with Barcelona(Ecuador) in the 1960's.  He played 14 seasons for the club.

CB: Holger Quinonez 
He was capped 50 times for Ecuador between 1984 and 1999.  He was voted once as the best centre back in South America.  He played with  for Barcelona Sporting Club,  Brazil's CR Vasco da Gama, Club Sport Emelec, C.F. União inPortugal, Deportivo Pereira fromColombia and Deportivo Quito.

CB: Giovanny Espinoza 
His nickname is La Sombra, which translates as "the shadow", because of his size, he creates large shadows. he earned over 90 caps and attended both 2002 and 2006 WC Finals. He started his career with LDU Quito. He also played in Holland, England and Brazil.

DF: Luciano Macías
Macias served as the captain of Barcelona (Ecuador)in 1961 to 1971. He also had a brief career with Emelec, Español de Zulia (Venezuela) and Miami Gatos(USA). Capped 23 times.
Luciano Macías (L) and Alberto Spencer (R)
LB:  Luis Capurro
He began his career in Patria De Esmeraldas in 1978. He also played for Barcelona SC, Emelec, Patria de Guayaquil, Milagro Sport, Filanbanco, LDU Quito, Cerro Porteño of Paraguay and Racing Club of Argentina.  He had 100 caps between 1985 and 2003

LB: Neicer Reasco 
Reasco began his professional club career playing for L.D.U. Quito for seven years. After the 2006 World Cup, he joined São Paulo in Brazil for a two-year contract, the only non-Brazilian on the team. In mid-2008, he rejoined his first club. He competed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was named as part of Ecuador's squad for the 2007 and 2011 Copa América.

DM: Segundo Castillo
Castillo started his career with Quito's Club Deportivo Espoli.  He then moved across the capital to one of Ecuador's most successful sides Club Deportivo El Nacional. In 2006, he moved abroad, joining Red Star Belgrade. In 2008 Castillo joined English Premier League club Everton on a year-long loan deal.  He also played for  Wolverhampton Wanderers, Pachuca, etc.

DM: Alfonso Obregon 
Alfonso Obregon  spent most of his career with LDU Quito, where he won the 2008 Copa Libertadores.  He was capped 58 times between 1995 and 2004.  He participated in the WC Finals in 2002.

AM/RW: Édison Méndez
He is the second-most capped player for his country.  He had 111 caps. Méndez began his career with Sociedad Deportivo Quito of his native Ecuador. After the WC Finals in 2002, he moved aboard.  He played in Mexico and Brazil as well as PSV in Holland.

AM/CM: José Villafuerte

Villafuerte spent almost his entire career with El Nacional through the 1970s and 1980s, winning 7 championships in 10 years. During this period he was also a key player for Ecuador, though the national side saw little success during in World Cup qualifiers and the Copa America this period.

AM: Alex Aguinaga 
Alex Aguinaga is considered one of the greatest players ever from Ecuador.  He was at one point the all-time cap record holder for his country, helping them to qualify for the WC in 2002.  He first made his name with Deportivo Quito at home before moving to Necaxa in 1989. He would spent 13 years with the club, becoming one of the best players in the Mexican league.
Alex Aguinaga 
FW: Polo Carrera  
He played 20 times for Ecuador between 1966 and 1983. He played for LDU Quito, Penarol and River Plate of Uruguay.

RW/FW: Washington Munoz 
He was a star for Barcelona(Ecuador) in the 1960's and became their all-time leading scorer.  He won 4 league titles between 1962 and 1977.
Washington Munoz 
RW: Antonio Valencia  
He is probably the most successful Ecuadorean player ever played in Europe.  He first made his name with El Nacional at home before moving to Europe. He first played in Spain and then, found success with Wigan in England.  In 2009, he secured a big move to Manchester United and voted into the PFA team of the year for the season 2009-2010. 
Antonio Valencia  
FW: Ítalo Estupiñán
Estupiñán began playing football for Club Social y Deportivo Macará and made his Ecuadorian Serie A debut at age 17. He would also play for Club Deportivo El Nacional and Club Sport Emelec in Ecuador's top division. He played several seasons in the Primera División de México with Deportivo Toluca F.C., Club América, Atlético Campesinos and Puebla F.C., winning the league with Toluca in 1974–75 and with Puebla in 1982–83.

FW: Jorge Bolanos  
He was considered the second best Ecuadorian player after Alberto Spencer. He spent most of his career with Emelec. He also played for America Quito, Barcelona of Guayaquil and Miami Gatos in the USA. He was capped 22 times.

ST: Agustín Delgado
Delgado is the all-time top scorer for the Ecuadorian national team with 31 goals in 71 games. He played in both 2002 and 2006 WC Finals. He played professional club football in Ecuador, Mexico and England for club such as Necaxa and Southampton.

ST: Alberto Spencer 
He was known as "Cabeza Mágica" (Spanish for magic head).  He is still the all-time leading scorer in the Copa Libertadores' history.  He won three Libertadores Cups and two Intercontinental Cups with Penarol. He was elected the 20th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004.
Alberto Spencer

Honorable Mention
Kléber Fajardo, Walter Ayoví, José Balseca, Carlos Torres Garcés, Enrique Raymondi, Ermen Benítez

Squad Explanation
-- I have limited information  on Alfredo Bonnard 
-- I selected Luis Capurro and Neicer Reasco over Walter Ayoví who has over 100 caps.
-- I need a defensive midfielder. So Segundo Castillo was selected over more offensive-minded players.
-- El Nacional dominated domestic football in the 1970's.  I selected José Villafuerte from that era onto this team.  Ermine Benítez also made honourable mention.
-- Jorge Bolanos is sometimes listed among the greatest players from Ecuador. 
-- Antonio Valencia has a successful career in the Premiership. Manchester United is probably the biggest club that Ecuadorian footballers had ever played for in the Champions' league era.
-- Alberto Spencer is considered to be the greatest footballer from Ecuador.

Formation

Thursday, January 11, 2018

East Germany Greatest All-Time Team

East Germany beat West Germany at the WC Finals in 1974


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

Germany
East German players after 1990
German Americans/American Germans
German Turks 
German-born Players Capped by Other National Teams
Germany All-Time Team After Beckenbauer
Germany All-Time Team before 1972

This is the all-time team for East Germany. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.

During the existence of  German Democratic Republic(East Germany), the country was known as a sporting power, but they never could match West Germany for football. Their lone achievement was winning the Gold Medal at the 1976 Olympics beating Poland in the Final.  Poland actually fielded a team almost identical to their World Cup team in 1974, where they finished a respectable third.  East Germany qualified for their only World Cup Finals in 1974, hosted by West Germany.  In that tournament, they also beat West Germany in their one and only ever encounter between the two states. The victory put East Germany ahead of West Germany in the group standing.

East Germany won the 1986 European Under-18 Championship beating the talented Yugoslavia in the quarterfinal.  At the World Youth Championship in 1987, they narrowly lost to Yugoslavia and finished 3rd.  Yugoslavia was known for its Golden team. Matthias Sammer was the star of the team.  I believe East Germany might have their Golden era from1996 to 2006. They would probably be a force.
1976 Olympic Gold Medal
Team
GK: Jürgen Croy
Croy was probably one of the greatest keepers of his generations.  He spent his entire career with BSG Sachsenring Zwickau (today FSV Zwickau). He was one of East Germany's few international players not to play for a top club.  Capped 86 caps.  He won the Gold medal in 1976 Olympic Games and went to the WC Finals in 1974.
Jürgen Croy
GK: Bodo Rudwaleit
He played during most of his career for the football club Berliner FC Dynamo where he was East German champion ten times in a row from 1979 to 1988. He was the number one keeper for the East German national team for nearly a decade.

GK: René Müller
Müller was first-choice goalkeeper of the East German national team for much of the 1980s, and was twice East German Footballer of the Year. He played for 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig for fourteen years, and later had spells with FC Sachsen Leipzig, Dynamo Dresden and FC St. Pauli.

RB: Klaus Urbanczyk
Urbanczyk played for Chemie Halle and later Hallescher FC Chemie – in the DDR-Oberliga.  He played for East Germany between 1961 and 1969. In 1964, he won a Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics for the Unified German team(only East German players were used)

RB: Gerd Kische
Kische played for FC Hansa Rostock from 1970 to 1981. On the national level, he played for the East German national team (59 and 63 matches respectively), and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. He won his first cap in 1971 against Mexico.

SW: Matthias Sammer
He was capped by East Germany before the unification.  He won the Euro 1996 with Germany and a Champions' League in 1997.  He won the Ballon D'Or in 1996 after winning the Euro 1996 with the unified Germany.  He won the Champions' League in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund. 
Matthias Sammer
CB: Lothar Kurbjuweit
Kurbjuweit played for Stahl Riesa (1965–1970) and FC Carl Zeiss Jena (1970–1983). He had 66 caps.  He won the Olympic God Medal in 1976.  He was a part of the WC team in 1974.

CB: Dirk Stahmann
He played his entire career with FC Magdeburg and widely considered to be their greatest ever player.  Between 1985 and 1994, he was the team's captain. He had 46 caps.

SW: Hans-Jurgen Dorner
Dorner joined Dynamo Dresden in 1968 where he won five first division DDR-Oberliga titles and five FDGB-Pokale (East German Cup). He captained Dynamo Dresden from 1977 to his retirement, and is the clubs most decorated captain and he was voted the teams greatest ever player in 1999.  He was capped 96 times for East Germany, winning a gold medal as vital part of that country's Olympic team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Hans-Jurgen Dorner
SW: Konrad Weise
Weise played his career at senior level for FC Carl Zeiss Jena between 1970 and 1986. He was a member of the 1974 WC team and won a Gold medal in 1976.  He had over 80 caps.

SW/LB: Bernd Bransch
Remembered for being the captain of the East German team at the 1974 World Cup Finals. He had 64 caps.  He also won the Gold Medal at the 1976 Olympics.  He was the  East German Footballer of the Year twice.  He played his entire career for SC Chemie,  except for the 1973/74 season, in which he played for FC Carl Zeiss Jena. 
Bernd Bransch
CM/DM: Reinhard Lauck
Lauck played for 1. FC Union Berlin between 1968 and 1973. He moved to BFC Dynamo in 1973.  He led BFC Dynamo to win three East German championships in a row.  He played for East Germany national team 33 times, and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. 

AM/CM: Dieter Erler 
Erler began his footballing career with Chemie Glauchau in 1953. He transferred to Wismut Gera for the 1957 season and then after two seasons moved to SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt in January 1959.  In 1963, Erler moved to SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, where he played alongside Eberhard Vogel. In 1966–67 the team was crowned DDR-Oberliga champion. Between 1959 and 1968, he earned 47 caps and scored 12 goals for East Germany. He was voted GDR footballer of the year in 1967.

AM/CM: Dariusz Wosz
Born in Poland, he started his career in East Germany. He started with Chemie Halle in 1984.  Wosz was transferred to VfL Bochum in toward the end of the 1991–92 season. As captain, he led Bochum to its biggest success yet: the third round of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup which was lost 4–6 on aggregate to Ajax Amsterdam.  He also played for Hertha Berlin.  Capped 7 times for East Germany and 17 times for Germany.  He went to Euro 2000.

LW: Eberhard Vogel
Vogel was one of the greatest East German footballers. Vogel played for FC Karl-Marx-Stadt (1961–1970) and FC Carl Zeiss Jena (1970–1982). His 440 appearances for both clubs combined was the record for East German top-flight football. For the national team, he played for the East German national team 74 times, and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In 1969, he won the award for the GDR Footballer of the Year.
Eberhard Vogel
AM: Jürgen Nöldner
Nöldner began his senior career in 1959, with Vorwärts Berlin. He was to spend his entire career with the club, even staying when it was moved to Frankfurt/Oder in 1971. During this time he was East German champion five times, and won the Cup in 1970. He also played internationally for East Germany, winning 30 caps and scoring 16 goals, including a first-minute goal against Austria which was the fastest in the national team's history. He was part of the all-East German team that represented Germany at the 1964 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. In 1966 he was voted East German Footballer of the Year, and such was his reputation that he was nicknamed "the Puskás of the DDR".

AM: Thomas Doll
Doll began his career with local side BSG Lokomotiv Malchin, before joining East German first-division DDR-Oberliga side Hansa Rostock. In 1986 he was transferred to Berliner FC Dynamo, where he won two East Germany titles (in 1987 in 1988). After reunification Doll was one of the most sought-after players of coming out of the former East Germany.  He played as an attacking midfielder for Hamburger SV, Lazio, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bari. He played for both East Germany and Germany.  He went to Euro 1992 for Germany.

FW: Jürgen Sparwasser
Sparwasser started his playing career with BSG Lokomotive Halberstadt in 1956. In 1965 he moved to 1. FC Magdeburg where would play until 1979. He was part of the team that won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1974. Between 1969 and 1977, Sparwasser played in 49 matches for East Germany, scoring 14 goals. He also made six appearances for East Germany at the 1974 FIFA World Cup finals, where he gained fame for scoring the winning goal in a politically prestigious match against West Germany.
Jürgen Sparwasser
FW: Andreas Thom
Thom played as a forward for Dynamo Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Celtic and Hertha Berlin. He was among the first group of former DDR player to play for Germany.  He played 51 times for East Germany throughout the 1980s and played 10 times for the unified German national team in the early 1990s.  He went to Euro 1992.
Andreas Thom
ST: Peter Ducke
Ducke was born in 1941 in Benesov, which was then a part of Sudetenland.  He played most of his career for FC Carl Zeiss Jena (1959–1977). On the national level he played for East Germany national team in 63 matches (15 goals), and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

ST: Hans-Jürgen Kreische
Kreische spent his entire career with his hometown club, Dynamo Dresden, scoring 127 goals in 234 DDR-Oberliga games between 1964 and 1978. He was East Germany's top scorer in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1976, and was player of the year in 1973.  Kreische was an East German international, scoring 25 goals in 50 appearances. He was part of the 1974 World Cup squad, and was also in the 1972 Olympic bronze medal winning team. 

ST: Martin Hoffmann
Hoffmann played from 1973 to 1985 for 1. FC Magdeburg in the East German top division. With Magdeburg, he won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1974. He also played for the East Germany 62 times and scoring 15 goals between 1973 and 1981. In 1974, he played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In 1976, he was in the East German team which won the gold medal in the Summer Olympics in Montreal. 

ST: Joachim Streich
Joachim played as a striker for Aufbau Wismar from 1957 to 1963, TSG Wismar from 1963 to1967), Hansa Rostock from 1967 to 1975, and 1. FC Magdeburg from 1975 to 1985. Between 1969 and 1984 he was capped 102 times for East Germany, scoring 55 goals. He was their cap record holder and all-time leading scorer.

ST: Ulf Kirsten
Started with Dynamo Dresden.  He was one of the first East German footballers to enter the Bundesliga after the German reunification. In the German Bundesliga he played 350 matches for Bayer Leverkusen and scored 182 goals.  Kirsten's 100 caps are almost evenly split: 49 for East Germany and 51 for the re-unified Germany. Kirsten played for his country at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and Euro 2000.
Ulf Kirsten
Honorable Mention
Manfred Kaiser, Günter Schröter, Otto Fräßdorf, Wolfram Löwe, Rainer Ernst, Olaf Marschall

Squad Explanation
-- Jürgen Croy, Eberhard Vogel and Hans-Jurgen Dorner were highly rated.  They probably would have earned caps with West Germany if they were born in the West. 
-- Croy was widely considered one of the best in his generation. If he played for an unified Germany, he would be overshadowed by Sepp Maier, who was two years older.  Dorner would have been Franz Beckenbauer's successor as Germany's sweeper. He would play a major role at the 1978 WC Finals, the 1980 European Championship and the 1982 World Cup Finals. Vogel was born on the same year as Wolfgang Overath who sometimes occupied Germany's left midfield spot.
-- Only players capped by East Germany are considered. I am including East German players who were also capped by the unified Germany. Dariusz Wosz, Matthias Sammer, Ulf Kirsten, Andreas Thom and Thomas Doll were capped by both East Germany and the unified Germany. 
-- East Germany might enter a golden age and qualify for a few major tournaments in the 1990's.  They almost qualified for Italia 1990 with Matthias Sammer, Ulf Kirsten and Andreas Thom.  They only needed a draw against Austria on the last match of the World Cup Qualifiers. The trio later contributed a lot to the German national team after the reunification in 1990. Thomas Doll also played that match as a sub.  He would become an important player at Euro 1992 for Germany. Dariusz Wosz and Olaf Marschall had been capped by DDR. These players could become the greatest generation of East German stars.
-- Robert Enke, Carsten Jancker, Jörg Heinrich, Thomas Linke, Bernd Schneider and Michael Ballack emerged in the late 1990's.  They never played for DDR, but were groomed by East German clubs.  They were ineligible for this blog team as they never played for East German. See East German Players after 1990 here.
-- I do not know if Lutz Eigendorf and Falko Götz were good enough to be considered greatest ever from East Germany.
-- Thomas Doll was selected for his performance with Germany. 

Formation
I moved Sammer to the midfield, where he also played in his career. Thomas Doll played great for two seasons before an injury limited his career.  He deserved his start.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

What if Sweden World Cup 1950

Sweden in WC 1950
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United Kingdom 1970
United Kingdom 1982
France 1994
Yugoslavia 1994
USA 2010
Holland 2002
England 1974
What if Argentina sent this team to Sweden 1958

Sweden won the Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics of 1948 in London.  The tournament was small, but a victory was still a victory.  It was the first major football tournament since the end of the War.  Six Swedish players turned professional after the Olympics. In the 1950's, the Swedish football association did not allow any professional footballers to play for the national team. Consequently, Sweden only fielded amateur players during the World Cup Finals in 1950.  Despite of that, Sweden managed to finish third and the best European team in the tournament.  

So what if Sweden fielded professional footballers in the WC Finals of 1950? That would have put "Gre-No-Li" in their prime with Lennart Skoglund, Gunnar Andersson and the two remaining Nordahl brothers.
Olympic Gold Medal 1948

Team
GK: Kalle Svensson 
He was capped 73 times between 1949 and 1958.  He played in four big tournaments, 1950 and 1958 WC Finals and 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics, finishing in the top 3 in all of them.
Kalle Svensson 
GK: Tore Svensson
Svensson spent his entire career with Malmo FF in Sweden.  he went to both WC Finals in 1950 and 1958. 

GK: Torsten Lindberg 
Lindberg played club football with Husqvarna IF, IK Tord, Örgryte IS and IFK Norrköping. He won a Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics and went to the WC Finals in 1950.

RB/LB: Arne Månsson
Månsson made his debuted with Malmö FF in 1944, where he spent his entire career. He won two league titles with them. He went to the WC Finals in 1950.

CB/CM: Bertil Nordahl  (did not go the WC 1950 Finals)
Bertil was the eldest of Nordahl brothers.  He played for Degerfors IF before the Summer Olympics in 1948 where Sweden won the gold medal. After the Olympics, he joined Atalanta in Italy, where he was banned from playing for the national team as a professional footballer.

CB: Lennart Samuelsson
Between 1950 and 1955,  Samuelsson capped 36 times with Sweden. He went to the1950 FIFA World Cup, whereSweden came third and also won a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Domestically he played for Elfsborg and in 1951 he played nine with the French club Nice. His career was cut short due to a broken leg.

CB: Gunnar Johansson
In 1949, Gunnar Johansson made one of the fastest career advancement in Swedish football's history. At the age of 24, he went from Division V with Inlands IF to Gais and then, a part of Sweden's WC team World Cup third place team and finally a professional career with Marseille in France over the course of a year.

LB: Erik Nilsson (captain)
He was a member of Sweden WC team in 1938, where they finished 4th.  He would win the Olympic Gold medal in 1948.  He also played in the WC in 1950, where he was on the All-tournament team.  He spent his entire career with Malmo.
Erik Nilsson 
LB: Ivan Bodin
Odin started with Mälarhöjdens IK.  He went to AIK in 1948 and debuted for this club as the centre forward.  Bodin played six seasons in AIK, but mostly as defense player. He was capped once by Sweden.  He went to the WC Finals in 1950, without playing a single match.

CM: Sune Andersson 
He was a versatile midfielder, who would take any position: left, right or center. He played 28 times for the Swedish national team, scoring four goals, and won a gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics and a bronze at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. His only domestic title was the 1949 Swedish Cup with Solna. His performance at the 1950 World Cup earned him a transfer to A.S. Roma in Serie A, where he played for two seasons and scored 12 goals. 

CM: Knut Nordahl
 Along with his brothers Bertil and Gunnar Nordahl, he helped Sweden to win the Gold Medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics. While his brothers went to Italy and turned professional, he stayed with IFK Norrköping.  After the 1950 WC Finals,  he joined AS Roma.  He was capped 26 times for the Sweden national football team between 1945 and 1950.

LM/CM: Ingvar Gärd
From 1941 to 1950,  he played for Malmö FF, usually as the left half. After the WC Finals in 1950, he joined Sampdoria in Italy as a professional.  However, he returned home after a season.  He was forced to retire due to losing his amateur status.

LW: Lennart Skoglund 
He is regarded as one of Sweden's greatest players.  He played in Italy from 1950 to 1963.  His best stint was probably with Inter Milan.  He also played for  Hammarby IF, Sampdoria and Palermo. He was a star in the WC in 1950, where Sweden finished 3rd and played in 1958, where they finished 2nd.
Lennart Skoglund

RW/FW/CM: Karl-Erik Palmér
Palmer played with Malmö FF, and in the Italian clubs Legnano and Juventus.  He was capped 14 times for Sweden.  He attended the WC Finals in 1950, where he was the top scorer for Sweden.  His forward line was known as "Pal-Jep-Sko"(Palmer, Jeppson, Skoglund) as a tribute  to "Gre-No-Li" of the 1948 team.

FW: Gunnar Gren  (did not go the WC 1950 Finals)
He was part of the famous "Gre-No-Li" trio of forwards at A.C. Milan and the Swedish national team during then1950's.  He also played with IFK Göteborg, AC Fiorentina, Genoa CFC and Örgryte IS. He won a Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics and helped Sweden to finish second at the WC finals in 1958.
Gunnar Gren  
FW: Hasse Jeppson
Jeppson began his career with Djurgårdens IF, transferring to Charlton Athletic.  He was the second Swedish player to join an English team, after Dan Ekner at Portsmouth. In 1951, he went to Italy, where he played for Atalanta, Napoli and Torino. In 1952 he was sold to Napoli for 105 million lira, a new world record transfer-fee. Capped 12 times. He went to the WC Finals in 1950.

AM: Nils Liedholm  (did not go the WC 1950 Finals)
In Italy, he was known as  Il Barone (The Baron).  He is probably one of both Sweden and AC Milan's greatest players.  He was part of the famous "Gre-No-Li" line for both club and country.  He won a Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics and helped Sweden to finish second at the WC finals in 1958.
Nils Liedholm


ST/FW: Bror Mellberg
At home, he played with Karlstad BIK  and AIK.  After a successful World Cup Finals in 1950, he joined Genoa in Italy. After two seasons playing in Italy, he moved to France playing with Toulouse FC, Paris Red Stars and FC Sochaux.  He also was a part of Sweden's WC team in 1958.

ST: Gunnar Andersson 
He started his career in Sweden, before playing for Danish side Kjøbenhavns Boldklub before being transferred to Olympique de Marseille in 1950.  With l'OM,  he was also Division 1 top goalscorer in 1951–1952 and 1952–1953 and runner-up in the Coupe de France 1953–1954. He was their all-time leading scorer. He also played for other French teams such as FC Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Aix.

CF: Henry Carlsson (Atletico Madrid)(did not go the WC 1950 Finals)
In 1939, he made his debut with AIK.  After winning the Olympic Gold medal in 1948, he moved to play for Stade Français as an amateur. In 1949, he started his professional career with Atletico Madrid.  He stayed there until 1953.  He was capped 26 times.
Henry Carlsson 

ST: Stig Sundqvist
He played 11 games for the Swedish national team and scored 3 goals in the 1950 FIFA World Cup, helping Sweden to a third-place finish and their first ever world cup medal. After the World Cup he left Swedish side IFK Norrköping for the Italian club A.S. Roma, where he remained until 1953.

ST: Gunnar Nordahl (AC Milan) (did not go the WC 1950 Finals)
He is probably one of both Sweden and AC Milan's greatest players.  He played with Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm to form the renowned Gre-No-Li line at AC Milan.  He was Serie A top scorer 5 times.  He is the all-time leading scorer at Milan.  He won the Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics, but was not selected for the WC in 1950.  He played two years with Roma before retiring.  His brother Bertil and Knut also played for Sweden.
Gunnar Nordahl 

Squad Explanation
-- I do not know every single Swedish professional footballers in 1950.  I probably miss a few players.  
-- Bertil Nordahl, Gunnar Gren, Nils Liedholm, Henry Carlsson and Gunnar Nordahl turned professional after the 1949 Olympics.  They did not go to the real WC Finals in 1950.  I took all five of them.  
-- In the WC Finals, Sweden used the same 9 players frequently: Kalle Svensson, Erik Nilsson, Lennart Samuelsson, Ingvar Gärd, Sune Andersson, Knut Nordahl, Hasse Jeppson, Lennart Skoglund, Stig Sundqvist and Karl-Erik Palmer.  I took all 10 of them.  The 5 professions + 10 starters = 15.
-- Sweden only took five defenders to Brazil.  Erik Nilsson and Lennart Samuelsson were mentioned above. The other three defenders were Arne Månsson, Gunnar Johansson and Ivan Bodin.  I took the three remaining defenders and two backup keepers. 15+3 defenders+2 backup keepers = 20.
-- Gunnar Andersson left Sweden before the 1948 Olympics and turned pro before ever playing for Sweden.  He had a very successful career in France. Later he had one cap for the French B team.  He is the all-time leading scorer for Marseille. He became my 21st player.
--  The last spot was between Stellan Nilsson, Bror Mellberg, Olle Åhlund, Kurt Svensson, Egon Jönsson, Ingvar Rydell and Börje Tapper. I took Bror Mellberg because he played the most in Brazil.
-- Kurt Hamrin, Orvar Bergmark and Åke Johansson had not played for the national team.  Bergmark was only 19 years old and Hamrin was 15 in 1950. 
-- Kjell Rosén was on the 1948 Olympic team, but did not go to the WC in 1950.  However, he earned a move to Torino in 1950 at the end of the Swedish season, I believed.  I also discovered that he did not play much that season for Malmo. I suspected that he was injured. So I did not select him.
-- Birger Rosengren was the captain of the 1948 Olympic team, but he retired before the WC Finals in 1950.
-- Other Swedish professional players in 1950 included Pär Bengtsson, Åke Hjalmarsson, Ivar Eidefjäll and Dan Ekner.  

Formation
WM Formation
The starting lineup is similar to the 1948 Olympic Gold Medal winning team.  Skoglund and Sune Andersson were on the Olympic team.