Monday, July 24, 2017

Real Madrid Under Florentina Perez All-Time Team

Florentino Perez

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

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Real Madrid under the leadership of Florentino Perez.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Florentino Perez is probably the second most famous president of Real Madrid after Santiago Bernabéu and perhaps, the most famous leader of a football club in the modern world.  Under his leadership  Real Madrid became one of the most popular club in the world.  His action with the club started during his election campaign in 2000 where he brought Luis Figo from Barcelona.  Figo's transfer is probably the most controversial transfer in the history of the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.  Perez was also known for his Zidanes y Pavones  policy- in which superstars would play alongside the Canteranos, but the players were soon popularly referred to as Galácticos.  He briefly left office in 2006, but made a return in 2009.

With his first Galacticos
My Real Madrid All-Time Team here.

GK: Iker Casillas (Spain)
Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper. He won four Champions' League titles with Real Madrid.  For Spain, he captained Spain into winning the WC in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is capped over 150 times. 
Iker Casillas

GK: Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
After starting out at Saprissa he moved to Albacete, and then to Levante in La Liga.  After a great performance With Levante, he won the La Liga Keeper of the Year award for 2014 with Levante.  Then, he led Costa Rica to the quarter-final of the WC in Brazil.  After the WC Finals, he earned a transfer to Real Madrid.  With Real Madrid, he won two Champions League title as their starting keeper.

GK: Diego Lopez (Spain)
Lopez started from Real Madrid, but made his name first with Villareal and Sevilla.  In January, 2013, he rejoined Real Madrid after Iker Casillas suffered a serious injury.  He quickly established as the starter.  He maintained his starting status the following year, despite the return of Casillas.  He won Copa Del Rey that season as the starter while backing up Casillas in the Champions' League as Real Madrid won it.  Capped once in 2009.

RB: Dani Carvajal (Spain)
Carvajal went through Real Madrid's academy.  In 2012, he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen. In his only season there, he established himself among the best fullback in Bundesliga.  He returned to Real Madrid in a buyback clause. He was a contributor as Real Madrid won three Champions' League in his first 4 seasons.  At the time of writing, he is a member of the national team.

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

CB/RB: Sergio Ramos (Spain)
Part of the all-conquering Spanish team that won the WC and two European Championships.  He is the youngest player ever to receive his 100th caps. He joined Real Madrid as a teenager. He scored the tying goal as Real Madrid won their 10th European Cup in 2014.  He also won his second Champions' League title by scoring a goal in the 2016 Final.  In 2017, he won his third Champions League Cup.

CB: Pepe (Portugal)
Born in Brazil, Pepe moved to Portugal playing for Maritimo.  In 2004, he moved to Porto while he established himself as one of the best defender in Portugal.  In 2007, he earned a dream move to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he won two Champions' league with them.  Although born in Brazil, he chose to represent Portugal.  At Euro 2016, he emerged as one of Portugal's best player as Portugal won their first ever international trophy.  He earned the Man of the Match in the Final against France.

CB:  Fernando Hierro (Spain)
At one point, he was Spain's all-time leading scorer and he was a center-back.  He was capped 90 times, whilst appearing in four World Cups and two European Championships. For Real Madrid, he won three Champions' League titles.  He is considered to be Spain's greatest defenders.

CB: Iván Helguera (Spain)
Helguera started in the lower division in Spain before joining Roma in 1997.  He then joined Espanyol and made a name there.  In 1999, he joined Real Madrid, where he won two Champions' League titles.  He left Real Madrid in 2007 and played one more season with Valencia.  He was capped 47 times.  He participated at Euro 2000 and 2004, and the 2002 World Cup Finals.

LB: Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
He was regarded one of the best leftbacks in history.  He had 125 caps for Brazil playing in three WC Finals. He won 3 Champions League titles with Real Madrid and one WC title with Brazil in 2002.  In 1997 he was runner-up in the FIFA World Player of the Year.  He is especially famous for a free kick from 35m out against France in the  Tournoi de France 1997. The goal is considered one of the greatest goals ever scored.

LB: Marcelo (Brazil)
Marcelo started his career with Fluminense before making a dream move to Real Madrid in 2007.  He spent several years in and out of the lineup before establishing himself as one of the star of the team.  With them, he won three Champions' League titles in from 2014 to 2017.  At the time of writing, he has over 50 caps for Brazil and played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
DM: Casemiro (Brazil)
Casemiro started with Sao Paulo, where he played for three seasons.  In 2013, he joined Real Madrid B team(Castilla), where he would be eventually called to the first team.  For the 2014-2015, he was sent to Porto on a loan.  After a year, he returned to Real Madrid and quickly established as a major contributor as the club won two Champions' League.  At the time of writing, he earned 11 caps.

DM: Claude Makelele (France)
Makelele played  for Nantes, Marseille and Celta Vigo before making a big move to Real  Madrid in 2000.  Over there, he quickly established as one of the best  defensive midfielder in the world.  He won every single club title available.  In 2003, he moved to Roman Abramovich's Chelsea.  he earned 71 caps for France.  He helped France to reach the Final of Germany 2006.

DM/CM: Xabi Alonso (Spain)
Xabi Alonso started with Real Sociedad.  He joined Liverpool in 2004 winning the Champions' League trophy in his first season.  In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid, winning the Champions' League again in 2014.  In 2014, he joined Bayern Munich. He was a key member of the Spanish team that won the WC and two European Championships.  His 114 caps make him the fifth most capped player in the nation's history.
Xabi Alonso

CM: Toni Kroos (Germany)
A member of Bayern Munich's first team at the age of 17, Kroos played in a 18-month loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, before going back to Munich and winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2012–13 Champions League. After winning the FIFA World Cup in 2014, he joined Real Madrid on a six-year contract. In Madrid, he won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League and was elected to the Team of the Season in all his last three Champions'. In 2014, he was elected to the UEFA Team of the Year and the FIFPro World XI, as well as the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker. He was a key player for Germany since 2010.  He won the WC in 2014 as one of Germany's star players.

AM/CM: Luka Modric (Croatia)
Modric is one of the greatest playmakers of his generation.  He earned more 90 caps for Croatia.  He currently plays for Real Madrid and won the Champions' League for the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 season.  He also played for  Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspurs.  He played in the WC Finals of 2006 and 2014.  
Luka Modric
AM/CM: Guti (Spain)
During his professional career, he played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in 542 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to win 15 trophies, most notably three Champions League(1998, 2000 and 2002) and five La Liga titles. In 2010, he joined Beşiktaş, where he played a single season. Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.

AM: Zinedine Zidane (France)
He was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times.  He led France to victory at  the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  With Real Madrid, he also won the Champions League in 2002, where he scored one of the greatest goals in history at the Final. 
Zinedine Zidane helped to win Perez's first Champions' League  title

RW: Luis Figo (Portugal)
He is probably one of Portugal's greatest players.  He was the 2000 European Footballer of the Year, the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. He is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. His controversial 2000 transfer from Barcelona to bitter rivals Real Madrid set a world record fee of £37 million (€62 million).  With Real Madrid, he was the first member of the Galacticos. He won the Champions' League title in 2002.
Luis Figo vs Barcelona
RW/LW:  Gareth Bale (Wales)
Bale began his professional career at Southampton. Bale moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. In 2011 and 2013, he was named PFA Players' Player of the Year.  His transfer to Real Madrid in 2013 was believed to be the most expensive in history.  He won three Champions League title with Real Madrid.  He scored the winning goal in the 2014 version. In 2016, he led Wales to reach the semifinal of Euro 2016.

FW/LW: Cristano Ronaldo (Portugal)
He is one of the greatest forward of his generation.  He is the most expensive players in history from 2009-2013 when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he won the Ballon d'Or winner three times and won Champions' League titles with both Manchester United and Real Madrid.  In 2016, he helped Portugal to win the European Championship, a month after winning the Champions' League with Real Madrid.
Cristano Ronaldo

ST: Karim Benzema (France)
Benzema was billed as one of the best young players in Europe when he played for Lyon.  In 2009, he made a dream move to Real Madrid on the same summer that Kaka and Cristano Ronaldo joined the club.  He won the Champions' League in 2014, where he formed the BBC line with Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.  For the national team, he played in the 2014 WC Finals.

ST: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)
Born in France of an Argentinian player Jorge Higuain, Gonzalo first starred for River Plate in Argentina.  He joined Real Madrid in 2006.  He became a fan's favourite after scoring the winning goal against Espanyol on his debut season.  He would stay with the club until 2013.  For the national team, he earned 52 caps.  He was brought into the national team after Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa 2010.

ST: Ronaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldo led Brazil to two WC Finals match, winning the one in 2002.  He scored 8 goals in 2002.  He was the winner of Ballon d'Or twice and the FIFA World Player of the Year three times.  He is the second top-scorer in WC history.  He played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and for both AC Milan and Inter Milan. 


ST: Raul (Spain)
He was probably the best Spanish player in the late 1990's.  Raul made his debut with Real Madrid as a 17 years old.  He won 3 Champions' League trophies with Real Madrid in 1998, 2000 and 2002.  He moved to Germany in 2010 and played with Schalke 04 He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals.  For the national team, he earned 102 caps.


Honorable Mention
Álvaro Arbeloa, Fernando Morientes, Mesut Özil, Angel Di Maria, Robinho, James Rodríguez, Lassana Diarra, Mahamadou Diarra, Lucas Vazquez, Isco, David Beckham.

Squad Explanation
-- Only three keepers are considered for the team.
-- Both Fabio Cannavaro and Ruud van Nistelrooy played for Real Madrid between the two terms of Florentino Perez.  
-- Dani Carvajal already won three Champions' League as a key player.  I left off Álvaro Arbeloa.
-- Iván Helguera was a surprise selection.  Ricardo Carvalho played better than him, but he was with the club for only three seasons while Helguera held down the starting position for a long time.  Carvalho was injured during one of his three seasons. Raphaël Varane was also better than Helguera, but he has not hold down the starting position at the time of writing.  
-- Guti remained loyal to the club, despite not always being the starter.  
-- Casemiro won two Champions' League as one of the most important players.  He scored the winning goal in the 2017 Final.
-- Makelele left the club during the summer of 2003 because Perez would not give him a rise, but this selection is about performance under Perez.  Makelele was an important player during the early years of Florentino Perez.
-- Benzema received a lot of criticism, but he is still one of the longest serving starter under Florentino Perez.  All three members of the BBC are included.
-- David Beckham was left off because Gareth Bale and Luis Figo.  Bale has won three Champions' League.  he scored the winning goal vs Barcelona in the Final of Copa del Rey in 2014.  The goal remained one of the best goal of the season.  He scored the winning goal at the 2014 Champions' league Final.
-- The last player selected was between Ángel Di María, Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos.  At the time of writing, Kroos has played three good seasons with the club.  Di Maria was the hero of the 2012-2014 season, but that was his only season, where he was considered a star.  Furthermore, I already had Figo and Bale as right wingers. 

Makelele got the start because of his experience over Casemiro.  Ramos played on the right largely because I wanted to start Pepe, a veteran.  Carvajal needs to play longer with the club before earning the starting position.  Higuain's performance at the club was better than Ronaldo of Brazil.  Raul on the right is weird, but I need to fit everyone.  I could start Ronaldo of Brazil on the left and push Raul as the striker, but Raul is a better option as a secondary striker.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

France at USA 1994

France in 1993 vs Bulgaria
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
South France
Players born in the Overeseas Department and former French Colonies
French Black Players 
French Players Capped by Other National Teams

France had a good side in 1994.  They consisted of the 1991 Ballon d'or winner Jean Pierre Papin, Eric Cantona, Jocelyn Angloma, Marcel Desailly and Didier Deschamps. They were on the edge for a qualification to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA.  They needed a draw with two games to spare.  They lost to Israel with a 90th minute goal.  On the very last match, France again lost to Bulgaria on another last minute goal.

In the US, Both Bulgaria and Sweden (the group winner of the WCQers) advanced all the way to the semifinal.  What if France qualified for the USA 1994. This is the 22 players i selected for France if they had qualified for USA 1994.

GK: Bernard Lama 
Lama left Guiana in 1981 to come to Franceto become a professional footballer.  He started with Lille, but also played in Brest and Metz.  In 1992, he joined PSG, where he found stardom.  He won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1996.  After a brief career with West Ham and Rennes, he retired.  Capped 44 times.  He was mainly a backup throughout his NT career.  He was on the team that won the WC in 1998.

GK: Bruno Martini
Martini started playing professionally for AJ Auxerre. After a loan stint with AS Nancy, going on to appear in 322 Ligue 1 games while also helping it to a 1992–93 semifinal run in the UEFA Cup. After four seasons with Montpellier HSC, Having gained more than 30 caps for France during nine years, Martini represented the nation in two European Championships: 1992 and 1996

GK: Fabien Barthez
He is France's most decorated goalkeeper.  He won the WC in 1998 at home and then, the European Championship two years later. He won  Champions League medal with Marseille in 1993.  He had 87 caps for "Les Bleus".

RB: Jocelyn Angloma 
Angloma was a member of the great Marseille team of the early 1990's.  He won the European Cup in 1993.  He later played for Valencia and reached the Champions' League Final twice. He was a member of the French team at Euro 1992 and 1996.
Jocelyn Angloma 
CB/DM: Paul Le Guen 
During his playing career, Le Guen played at Stade Brest for six years, Nantes Atlantique for two years, before leaving Brittany for Paris St. Germain where he played for seven years (with 478 appearances and a Cup Winners' Cup medal in 1996).  At international level he played 17 times for France due to injuries and he was part of the team which lost out on a trip to the World Cup in 1994.

CB:  Laurent Blanc
Nicknamed  "Le Président" for leadership skills.  He was a member of the French team that won the WC 1998 at home and Euro 2000 in Belgium and Holland.  He played for Montpellier, Napoli, Barcelona, Marseille, Internazionale and Manchester United.
Laurent Blanc

CB: Alain Roche 
He played for Bordeaux, Marseille, Auxerre, Paris SG and Valencia. His most productive years were spent at PSG, where he notably won the European Cup Winners' Cup. Earned 25 caps. He went to Euro 1996 in England.

CB: Basile Boli 
Boli was a member of Marseille that won the 1993 European Cup. He scored the only goal at the Final.  He left the club in 1994.  For France, he won 456 caps and went to Euro 1992.
Basile Boli 

LB:  Bixente Lizarazu
Bixente Lizarazu was the leftback for the all-conquering French team of 1998 and 2000.  He was also a star at Bayern Munich for 9 seasons. He won the Champions' League in 2001. He is a Basque and played for Atletico Bilbao.

LB: Éric Di Meco
Di Meco played mostly for Olympique de Marseille, serving loans at AS Nancy and FC Martigues, After Marseille's relegation at the end of the 1993–94 season, due to irregularities, Di Meco joined AS Monaco FC. Capped 23 times.  He went to Euro 1996.

CB/DM: Franck Sauzée
He played 39 times for the French national team between 1988 and 1993, scoring nine goals and captaining the team several times. He achieved great success at club level during the same period, winning the 1993 UEFA Champions League Final and three league titles with Marseille. Later in his career he earned great plaudits for his performances for Scottish club Hibernian, whom Sauzée subsequently managed for a short period.

Marcel Desailly was considered to be one of the greatest defensive players during the 1990's.  He played 116 times for France, winning the WC in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  He was the first player to win the European Cup in consecutive seasons with different clubs, when he won it with Marseille in 1993 and AC Milan the following year.

He was only the second captain in history to lift the three big trophies: the Champions League trophy, the World Cup trophy and the European Championship trophy.  The prime of his career was spent with Marseille and Juventus, where he won a Champions League for each club.
Didier Deschamps
CM: Emmanuel Petit
Petit was a key player for France during its glorious period.  He represented France at international level in two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships; he scored the third goal in France's 3–0 victory in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final and was also a member of the French squad that won UEFA Euro 2000.He played at club level for Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea as a midfielder.

CM: Vincent Guerin
In a career stretching from 1984 to 2002, he played for Stade Brestois 29, Matra Racing, Montpellier Hérault, Paris Saint-Germain, Heart of Midlothian in Scotland and, finally, with Red Star 93. Capped 19 times.  He went to Euro 1996.
He moved to France as a 16 years old.  He spent most of his career with AJ Auxerre.  He was capped 22 times for France between 1991 and 1994.

LW: David Ginola 
For the national team, he was blamed for the goal against Bulgaria that eliminated France for the 1994 WC qualification.  He moved to England shortly afterward.  Ginola became a big star at the English Preimer League in the late 1990's.  In England, he played for Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspurs, Aston Villa and Everton.  he won both PFA and FWA Player of the Year in 1998-1999. 

AM: Reynald Pedros 
Pedros played as a left-footed attacking midfielder, formed in Nantes. He was part of the magic trio of FC Nantes with Patrice Loko and Nicolas Ouédec. He won the Ligue 1 title with Nantes in 1995. The following year he reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. His career suffered after 1996.  He played for many clubs, including Mariselle, Nastia, Napoli, Parma, Lyon, etc.  Capped 25 times.  His reputation suffered after Euro 1996, where he missed a penalty against the Czech Republic.
Reynald Pedros 
AM: Youri Djorkaeff 
He is the son of French international Jean Djorkaeff. He played for many clubs in Europe, including Monaco, PSG, Inter Milan, Kaiserslautern, etc.  He was a part of the great French team that won the WC in 1998 and then European Championship in 2000. He is considered one of the best French offensive players in that era.

FW: Eric Cantona 
Before joining Leeds United in 1992, Cantona was known as the bad boy of French football.  He moved to England to restart his career.  In England, he became a huge star.  He won the league title with Leeds United and moved to Manchester United.  At Manchester United, he became one of their best ever players. For the national team, he was a part of the ill-fated national team that failed to qualify for the WC in 1994. 
Eric Cantona
ST: Patrice Loko 
Once projected to be a star player in France before mental issue git to him. Playing as a striker he began his career at Nantes and then moved on to Paris Saint-Germain, where he was part of the team that won the 1996 Cup Winners' Cup.  From there he went on to play for Montpellier, Lyon, Troyes, FC Lorient and Ajaccio. He also made appearances for the French national football team, including scoring at Euro 1996 against Bulgaria.

He is the Ballon d'Or winner in 1991. He was a member of the great Marseille team of the 1990's, but left the season before they lifted their first ever European Cup.  He later played for AC Milan, FC Bayern Munich, Bordeaux, Guingamp, JS Saint-Pierroise and US Cap-Ferret. Papin also played 54 times for the French national team. 
Jean Pierre Papin

Players Pool
Xavier Gravelaine, Bernard Casoni, Jean-Philippe Durand, Laurent Fournier, Jean-Luc Dogon, Jérôme Gnako, Jean-Luc Sassus, Nicolas Ouédec.

Squad Explanation
-- Gérard Houllier was their manager who resigned after their failure in the World Cup Qualifiers. 
-- France played in the Kirin Cup on May, 1994, but their roster would not be the same if they had qualified for USA 1994.  France 
-- Fabian Barthez is the only player who made his debut after the WC Qualifiers to make the team. In real life, he made his national team debut in June, 1994. Houllier was not the manager by then. I do not know if Houllier would give his debut.  Barthez is probably the best third keeper available.
-- Lilian Thuram, Christian Karembeu, Zinedine Zidane and Christophe Dugarry all made their debut in 1994 after the World Cup Qualifying disaster.  If France qualified for USA 1994, France would have kept the team intact.  These players probably would have delayed their debut. 
-- Later in their careers, Reynakd Pedros would lose out to Zinedine Zidane.  For USA 1994, I chose Pedros over Zidane.  Reynald Pedros were a part of the World Cup Qualifiers while Zidane had not played for France.  I trued to be as realistic as possible.
-- Both Corentin Martins and Youri Djorkaeff played in 1993.  Martins actually played more than Djorkaeff, but Djorkaeff finished as the 2nd top scorer in Ligue 1.
-- If France qualified for the World Cup Finals, David Ginola would not have committed the mistake that led to the elimination. He would not be a scapegoat. The same applied to Franck Sauzée and Basile Boli, who played their last international match against Bulgaria in real life.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If Argentina sent to this team to the WC Finals 1958

Argentina South American Champion 1957

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

This is my alternative team for Argentina at the 1958 WC Finals. The team only has 22 members because it was the official number of players in 1958.

Argentina had a disastrous World Cup Finals in 1958.  A year earlier, they dominated and won the South American championship in 1957.  They beat second-place Brazil 3-0 and third place Uruguay 4-0.  However, shortly afterward, the three offensive stars of that team, Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Humberto Mashio, left Argentina to play in the Serie A, and goalkeeper Rogelio Dominguez also join Real Madrid.  In the 1950's, most countries banned overseas-based players from their national teams.  Please do not forget that the best player in the world in the late 1950's was Alfredo Di Stéfano. This policy barred all of them from playing in the 1958 World Cup.  If Argentina was able to reinforce with their European-based players, they would have a run for the money. 

The host Sweden banned professional players from its national team prior to the World Cup Finals, but decided to lift the professional ban for the Finals. The professional players made the difference and Sweden reached the Final, but most of them had passed their prime. The tournament was weakened by various events in the world.  England suffered from the Munich Air Disaster 4 months before the start of the tournament. Hungary was also disbanded after the Soviet invasion of 1956.  Many of its players were in exiles. That left Brazil of Pele, Garrincha and Didi as the only true force at the WC Finals. Please see the blog WC 1958 Finals Missing Players.

GK: Amadeo Carrizo
He was the young goalkeeper for River Plate's "La Máquina" in 1940's.  He won five Championship trophies in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957.  Despite his greatness, Argentina constantly refused to select him.  He only earned 20 caps.
Amadeo Carrizo

GK:  Rogelio Dominguez (not on the original team)
He played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957 and Argentina did not select overseas players.  With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club.

RB: Francisco Lombardo
Lombardo started his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1952 he joined Boca Juniors where he played 196 games. In 1960 Lombardo left Boca on a free transfer to join their hated rivals River Plate, but he only made 9 appearances for the club before retiring later that year.  Lombardo made 37 appearances for Argentina. He played in 4 Copa Américas; 1955, 1956, and 2 in 1959. He also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

RB: David Acevedo 
Acevedo played for Independientehe  and was a member of the 1958 World Cup. He also participated in the Copa America of 1967, where he played all five matches.

CB: Pedro Dellacha 
Dellacha joined Quilmes Atlético Club in 1945. In 1952, Dellacha joined Racing Club where he went on to make 184 appearances and help the club to win the 1958 league championship. Dellacha played 35 times for Argentina. He played in three editions of the Copa América winning the tournament twice in 1955 and 1957. In 1957 he was the captain of the team and was awarded the Olimpia de Oro for his role in leading them to victory. He also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

Born in Argentina of the Cape Verdean ancestry, he started his playing career in 1956 with Lanús. He soon earned a move to River Plate where he played 172 games in seven seasons with the club. After a short spell with Banfield, he moved to Brazil to play for Santos, where he played alongside Pelé, Coutinho and Pepe in the club's golden years.  He continued playing for Santos until the age of 38, making a total of 324 appearances and scoring one goal.  capped 25 times.  He went to the 1958 and 1962 WC Finals.

CB: Federico Edwards
Edwards started with Union of Santa Fe, only played two seasons. He was transferred to Boca Juniors in 1951.  In 1960 he continued his career in Independiente de Avellaneda. He also played for Temuco Sports Club from 1961 to 1963 in Chile.

CB: Alfredo Pérez 
Perez  came to the River Plate in 1951 from Rosario Central, and remained there until 1960. With River Plate, he won 5 League titles and played 196 games without scoring goals.  He went to the WC Finals in 1958.

LB:  Federico Vairo
Vairo started his career at Rosario Central in 1947, he played for the club for 8 seasons before moving to River Plate. River won three consecutive league titles between 1955 and 1957. Vairo played for the Argentine National team at the World Cup held in Sweden in 1958. At onetime he was the player with the most games played for the national team. His record was not broken until the 1990s.

DM: Nestor Rossi
One of Argentina's greatest defensive midfielders.  Nicknamed "Pipo", he started his career at River Plate, playing from 1945 to 1949, and then again from 1955 to 1958, winning a total of 5 Argentine leagues. He also won 6 more with Millonarios in Colombia. He played in the 1958 World Cup Finals and was a part of their 1957 Copa America winning team.

DM: Eliseo Mouriño
He began his career at Club Atlético Banfield before moving to join Boca Juniors with whom he won an Argentine league title in 1954. He played as a holding midfielder for the early part of his career before converting to centre-back and was part of the Argentina squad at the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He died in a plane crash in 1961.

RW: Omar Oreste Corbatta
Dubbed Arlequín and El dueño de la raya (The chairman of the sideline), Corbatta was known as one of Argentina's greatest right wingers.  He played for five teams in his country – six in total – mainly Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. Unfortunately, he lost the Copa Libertadores to Pele's Santos in 1963. Capped over 40 times. He was part of the Copa América-winning team in 1957 and 1959. Corbatta also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.
Omar Oreste Corbatta

AM: Miguel Montuorl (not on the original team)
Regarded as one of Foirentina's greatest footballers.  Started his career in Chile. He joined Fiorentina in 1955, winning one scudetto, and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1961.  Born in Argentna, he played for Italy and he was the first non-Italian born player to captain Italy.

AM: José SanFilippo 
During his club career he played for San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Banfield in Argentina, Nacional in Uruguay, and Bangu and SC Bahia in Brazil. He is the 5th highest scoring player in Argentine football.  At the international level, Sanfilippo played for the Argentina in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals. He was also part of the Argentina squads that won the 1955 Pan American Games and the 1957 South American Championship.

CM/AM/FW: Alfredo Di Stefano (not on the original team)
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

FW: Ernesto Grillo  (not on the original team)
Grillo started with Indpendiente before moving to play in Italy. He played three seasons with AC Milan, winning 1958-1958 Serie A title. He returned to Argentina in 1960 to play for Boca Juniors, where he played 101 matches and scored 11 goals in all competitions and won three league titles in 1962, 1964 and 1965.  Capped 21 times. The highlight of Grillo's career came on 14 May 1953 in a match versus England, when he scored a legendary goal for Argentina. He also helped Argentina winning the 1955 South American Championship(Copa America).

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori (not on the original team)
After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero_Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961.
Omar Sivori (R)
LW: Osvaldo Héctor Cruz
Cruz was a former Argentine footballer who played in clubs in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.  Capped 21 times. He went to the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden. 

CF: Antonio Angelillo (not on the original team)
He was a member of the "Angeles With Dirty Faces" with Sivori and Maschio.  He moved  in 1957 to Italy after Argentina won the Copa America in 1957.  He scored 31 goals in 31 matches for Inter Milan in the 1958-59 season, the second highest record at the time.  He was considered to be one of Inter Milan's greatest players.  He also had a successful career with Roma an another stint with Genoa, Lecce and AC Milan.  He was with AC Milan when they won the European Cup, but he did not play. He earned 2 caps for Italy.

ST: Ricardo Infante
He was the 2nd highest scoring player in the history of Estudiantes de La Plata and the 6th highest scoring player in the professional era of the Primera División Argentina.  In 1958 Infante was part of the Argentina squad that played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

FW: Humberto Maschio (not on the original team)
With Omar Sivori and Antonio Angelillo, Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces" collectively as a group. In 1957, he moved to Italy to play for Bologna after Argentina won the 1957 Copa America.  However, it was in Atalanta where he became a star and earned a bigger move to Inter Milan.  For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.

ST/FW: Ángel Labruna 
He is the second top scorer of the Argentine First Division with 293  goals. Labruna was also part of the celebrated River Plate offense, nicknamed La Máquina (The Machine), and he was considered one of the best South-American footballers of his generation.  He played 37 matches for Argentina, scoring 17 goals. He also won two South American Championships (1946 and 1955) and as a nearly 40-year-old he played in the final phase of 1958 FIFA World Cup held in Sweden.
Ángel Labruna 

Players Pool
Antonio Roma, Jorge Griffa, Norberto Boggio, Julio Musimessi, Eliseo Prado, Norberto Menéndez, Alfredo Rojas, Ludovico Avio,
José Varacka, Santiago Vernazza, Héctor Rial, Bruno Pesaola, Francisco Lojacono, Ernesto Cucchiaroni.

Squad Explanation
-- In 1958, only 22 players were on the World Cup squad.
-- I add seven European-based players to the 1958 squad, namely Alfredo Di StéfanoOmar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo, Humberto Mashi, Rogelio Domínguez, Ernesto Grillo and Miguel Montuori.
-- I drop 7 players from the original team: José Varacka, Norberto Boggio, Julio Musimessi, Eliseo Prado, Norberto Menéndez, Alfredo Rojas, Ludovico Avio.
-- When Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Humberto Mashio arrived in Italy, they quickly earned the nickname "The Angels with Dirty Faces" or "Il Trio del la Muerte"(the deadly Trio) for their South American flair, their fearless playing style and clinical finishing. 
-- Juventus paid a world record transfer fee for Omar Sivori in 1957.  He immediately established a formidable partnership with John Charles.  In his first year with the club, he brought the scudetto back to Turin.   
-- Antonio Angelillo's second year(1958-59) in Italy would be his best season.  He scored 33 goals in 33 matches. No one managed to match his goal total ever since.   
-- Humberto Mashio had a 100% scoring rate with Argentina.  He scored 12 goals in 12 appearances.  He was top scorer at the 1957 Copa America.   
-- Before he moved to Europe, Rogelio Domínguez was voted as the best goalkeeper in South American in 1956 and 1957.  In Europe, he established himself as the starting goalkeeper for Real Madrid, where he won two European Cups.  However, the 1958 team would not be missing him too much.  The starting keeper in 1958 was none other than the great Amadeo Carrizo.  
-- Alfredo Di Stéfano needed no introduction.  In 1958, he was at the peak of his career.  He just won his third European Cups and also the top scorer in that edition.  He was the reigning Ballon d'or winner at the time of the World Cup Finals.  He would have arrived in Sweden at the top of his game.  
-- Both Ernesto Grillo and  Miguel Montuori were making impacts in Serie A in 1958.  
-- -- Nestor Rossi was known as Argentina's greatest defensive midfielder, and Oreste Corbatta the greatest right wing.  At 22 years of age in 1958, Corbatta was at the prime of his career.  He was the star of the team. Angel Labruna at age 39 probably had passed his prime. 
-- In 1958, there were also several other Argentine of note playing their trade in Europe, namely Ernesto Cucchiaroni, Eduardo Ricagni, Bruno Pesaola, Santiago Vernazza, Héctor Rial and Francisco Lojacono. They were not selected to my team.
-- Antonio Roma was on the 1957 team, but did not make it to the actual 1958 World Cup Finals. The backup keeper at the WC Finals was Julio Musimessi. Jorge Griffa was not considered on the 1958 team even through he was playing at home that year.

This lineup is unrealistic.  I just put the best eleven players on the field.