Friday, January 30, 2015


Lombardy is the most populous and richest region in Italy.  It is also the home of Atalanta, Brescia, AC Milan and Inter Milan.  While some of the players on those great clubs came from other regions in Italy, Lombardy produced a lot of great footballers.  If there were an All-Time World Cup, Lombardy could create a team that is as good as any country in the world and this would be 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  All players were born in Lombardy. The team is not an All-Star team. I tried to be as realistic as possible.   A few of the players are selected for tactical reasons at the expense of more famous players.

Please also look at my all-time Italy team here and the All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Italian diaspora
Southern ItalyCentral Italy.
Northern Italy(excluding Lombardy)Lombardy
Italy after 1982
Italy between 1938 and 1982.

GK: Walter Zenga
Zenga was considered one of Italy's greatest keepers.   He played 58 times for Italy, notably at the 1990 WC Finals in Italy. He had five clean sheet and a total of 518 minutes without conceding a goal, a record still standing in the WC Finals.  He played mainly for Inter Milan.
Walter Zenga

GK:  Christian Abbiati
He spent almost his entire career with AC Milan with various loan spells.  He was only capped 3 times for Italy.

GK: Luciano Castellini
He went to 1974 WC Finals as a backup.  He was a club hero with Torino, winning the Serie AS title in 1976.

CB/RB: Giuseppe Bergomi
Bergomi played his entire career with Inter Milan.  He was one of Inter Milan's greatest defender.  He won the WC in 1982 and appeared in the 1986 and 1990 WC Finals. He was capped 81 times.

RB/LB: Gianluca Zambrotta 
He was one of the best fullbacks in his prime.  He could play both rightback and leftback. He was a member of the 2006 WC winning team.  He was selected to the team of the tournament.  He played mainly with Juventus. 

CB: Pietro Vierchowood
He appeared in 3 WC Finals for Italy.  He was described by Diego Maradona as the toughest opponent he had played against.

SW: Franco Baresi
Baresi was considered Italy's greatest libero.  He was capped 82 times.  He led the Azzurri to the semifinal of the WC in 1990 and then, the Final in 1994.  However, he missed most of the tournament in 1994.  He was the captain of AC Milan for 15 years, where he won three European Cups and 6 Serie A titles. 

Franco Baresi

SW: Gaetano Scirea
Scirea was the starting libero for Italy in Spain 1982 and Juventus throughout the 1980's.  He is one of only five players in history to have won all international trophies for football clubs recognized by UEFA and FIFA.

CB: Alessandro Costacurta
He was Baresi's partner at central defense for both club and country. He was a long term serving member of AC Milan.  He was a part of 5 Champions' League winning team for AC Milan.  However, he only played 59 times for Italy because of injuries.

CB: Riccardo Ferri
He spent most of his career with Inter Milan.  He won the UEFA Cup in 1991 and a Serie A title in 1989.  He played at Euro 1989 and Italia 1990.

CB/LB: Renzo De Vecchi
He made his Milan debut as a 15 years old.  He was probably the first star player in Italian football.  He was the youngest ever national team player for Italy.  His nickname was "The Son of God".  

CB/LB: Paolo Maldini 
He was considered the greatest leftback of all-time.  He won 26 trophies in his 25 year career with AC Milan, including 5 Champions' league trophies. With the Azzurri, Maldini took part in three European Championships, and four World Cups. Although he did not win a tournament with the Italian National team, he reached the finals of the 1994 World Cup in the US and Euro 2000, and the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy and Euro 1988 in West Germany, and was elected into the all-star teams for each of these tournaments, in addition to the Euro 96 all-star team.  He was capped 126 times for Italy.  
Paolo Maldini
LB: Giacinto Facchetti
Under the emerge Paolo Maldini, Facchetti was considered to be Italy's greatest left back. He spent his entire career with Inter Milan.  He was the star wingback of La Grande Inter where they won back-to-back European Cups.  He was capped 94 times and also won the Euro 1968 with Italy.

Giacinto Facchetti

LB: Antonio Cabrini
He was one of the best leftbacks in the world during his time.  He was remembered for being a part of the great defensive unit at Spain 1982.  He spent the best part of his career with Juventus, winning the European Cup in 1985,

DM: Gabriele Oriali
He was the starting defensive midfielder at the 1982 WC Finals in Spain.  He was a great destroyer at his time.  He played mainly for Inter Milan, but also with Fiorentina.

CM: Andrea Pirlo 
Pirlo started as an attack midfielder with Inter Milan without success before becoming a regista.  He redefined the regista role in recent years.  He won the WC in 2006 and took Italy to the Final of Euro 2012.  He played over 280 matches for AC Milan, winning two Champions' League titles.  He switched to Juventus late in his career. 
Andrea Pirlo
CM: Demetrio Albertini
He was the deep-lying playmaker of the great Milan team of the 1990's.  He won 5 league titles in the 1990's and the Champions' League title in 1994. He played for his country at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, Euro 96, and Euro 2000.

AM: Valentino Mazzola
He was the best player in the world during the 1940's.  His club team Torino was considered one of the best ever in Italy.  His career, however, was limited by the War.  He never played in the World Cup.  His life was cut short by the Superga Air Disaster in 1949.  He was Sandro Mazzola's father.

LW: Roberto Donadoni
Donadoni was one of Italy's greatest wingers.  He was a vital part of Milan's squad under both Sacchi and Capello, winning six Serie A titles, three European Cups, four Italian Supercups, three European Super Cups, and two Intercontinental Cups during his time at Milan. He went to the WC Finals in 1990 and 1994.
Roberto Donadoni

FW: Gianluca Vialli
He first made his name with Sampdoria, helping them to win the Cup Winners' Cup in 1990.  In 1992, he made a world record breaking transfer to Juventus.  In 1996, he helped Juventus to win their first ever Champions' League.  He went to Euro 1988, where he was named in the team of tournament.  However, at Italia 1990, he was unimpressive and lost his starting spot to  Roberto Baggio and Salvatore Schillaci.  After the WC Finals, he had a feud with manager Sacchi that forced him out of the national team.

ST: Roberto Boninsegna
He was a star player in the great Italian side of the 1970's.  He was a key player as Italy reached the WC Final in 1970.  He scored Italy's lone goal at the Final.  For his club career, his best years were with Inter Milan.

ST:  Silvio Piola
He was the all-time leading scorer in the Italian league.  He was third all-time leading scorer for the Azzurri even through his career was cut short by the World War II.  He won the World Cup in 1938.

ST: Luigi Riva
He was the all-time leading scorer for the Italy.  He won the European Championship in 1968.  He was Serie A top scorer for three seasons. He was probably the best ever player at Cagliari, leading them to win their only scudetti in 1969-1970. 

Luigi Riva

Honorable Mention
Marco Delvecchio, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Giuseppe Signori and Riccardo Montolivo.

Squad Explanation
  • Lombardy is the home of three of the greatest leftbacks in football's history.  I decided to take all three of them. 
  • The team has strengths in all-department. 
    Every player, except the two backup keepers considered to be the greatest in Italy's history. The goalkeeper position is considered weak.  Walter Zenga is the only one considered as one of the all-time greats.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Northern Italy(excluding Lombardy)

Northern Italy is consisted Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. Lombardy is so rich with football talents.  I have created a separated all-time team for them.  This is my all-time 23 member team for the rest of Northern Italy.  The region is home of Juventus, Torino, Sampdoria, Genoa, Udinese, Chievo Verona, Cesena, Parma, Brescia and Bologna.

Please also look at my all-time Italy team here and my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Italian diaspora
Southern ItalyCentral Italy.
Italy after 1982
Italy between 1938 and 1982.

GK: Dino Zoff (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
He captained the WC winning side in 1982 at the age of 40.  He held the Serie A appearance record until 2006. He was also a part of the team that won the Euro 1968. He achieved great club success with Juventus, winning 6 Serie A titles, 2 Coppa Italias, and an UEFA Cup, also reaching two European Champions' Cup finals in 1972-73 and 1982-83 seasons.

Dino Zoff

GK: Giampiero Combi (Piedmont)
Combi won the 1934 WC with Italy.  He was considered one of the best in the world during his time.  He spent his entire career with Juventus.

GK: Lorenzo Buffon (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)  
Buffon was one of the best keepers in the 1950's and early 1960's.  He helped AC Milan to reach the Final of the 1958 European Cup Final.  Gianluigi Buffon's Garndfather is his cousin. 

RB: Tarcisio Burgnich (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
Throughout his career, Burgnich played for Udinese, Juventus, Palermo, Internazionale, and Napoli; although he won titles with both Juventus and Napoli, he is best known for his time with Inter Milan, where he was a member of manager Helenio Herrera's Grande Inter side.  He also participated and won the Euro 1968 with Italy. 

RB: Christian Panucci (Savona)
Panucci's breakout season was the season 1993-1994, when he played 19 games for AC Milan and won the 1994 Champions' League.  The highlight of his career was perhaps his three seasons with Real Madrid.  He helped them to win the Champions' League in 1998.  His longest stint was, however, with Roma.  He had 57 caps with Italy, but his career was very rocky.  He never secured a regular place with the team.

Christian Panucci 

SW: Armando Picchi (Liguria)
He was the captain of La Garnde Inter.  The team was transformed when Helenio Herrera moved him to the libero position and a legendary team was born.  He was capped 12 times by the Azzurri.
CB/LB: Pietro Rava (Piedmont)
He was a member of the team that won the World Cup in 1938.  He was selected to the All-tournament team.  He also won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1936.  
CB: Alfredo Foni (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
He was Pietro Rava's defensive partner for both Juventus and Italy.  They won the Olympic Gold medal in 1936 and the WC in 1938.

CB/LB: Umberto Caligaris (Piedmont)
He played 59 times for Italy between 1922 and 1936. Until the 1970's, he was Italy's record cap holder.  He won the World Cup in 1934.  He was also a key player for Juventus that won five scudettoes in a row in the years 1930–35.

CB: Virginio Rosetta (Piedmont)
He was a star defender before the Second World War. He was to on the 1934 World Cup winning team, but only played one match where he was the captain.  He won five consecutive scudetti during the 1930s with Juventus. 

LB: Luigi Allemandi (Piedmont)
He was the starting leftback for Italy at the World Cup in 1934.  He was caught for throwing a game between Torino and Juventus in 1927.  He was initially banned for life, but received a pardon in 1928.

LB: Sergio Cervato (Veneto)
He won the scudetti with Fiorentina in 1955-56 where they only lost one match.  They reached the European Cup Final the following season.

DM: Romeo Benetti (Veneto)
He played for many clubs in Italy, but best remembered for playing with AC Milan, Juventus and Rome.  He won 55 caps.  He was a rock hard defensive midfielder at World Cup in 1974 and 1978.  He is widely considered to be one of Italy's greatest midfielders.

Romeo Benetti

DM: Giacomo Bulgarelli (Emilia-Romagna)
He was a member of the 1962 and 1966 World Cup team.  He also won the European Championship in 1968 at home.  He spent his career mainly with Bologna.

CM: Giovanni Ferrari (Piedmont)
Ferrari was a key player as Italy won back-to-back World Cups in 1934 and 1938. He was also a part of the great Juventus of the early 1930's.

AM: Alessandro Del Piero (Veneto)
He is considered to be one of Juventus' greatest players. He played with them for 19 years (11 years as captain), and holds the club records for most goals (289) and appearances (705).  For the national team, he played 91 times for them.  He was on the 2006 team that won the World Cup in Germany.

AM: Gianni Rivera (Piedmont)
Italy's "Golden Boy" of the 1960's.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1969.  He led AC Milan to win two European Cups in 1963 and 1969. He was capped 63 times scoring 15 goals, at four World Cups (1962, 1966, 1970, and 1974). Rivera is remembered for scoring the decisive goal in Italy's extra-time win over West Germany in the semi-final of Mexico 1970.

Gianni Rivera

AM: Sandro Mazzola(Piedmont)
He was a part of Inter Milan's "La Grande Inter".  He won the Euro 1968 with Italy and led them to the WC Finals in 1970.  During his career, he was known for sharing the starting position with AC Milan's Gianni Rivera on the national team. 

Sandro Mazzola
AM: Roberto Baggio (Veneto)
He was the icon of the 1990's.  He was the World Player of the Year, the Ballon d'Or winner and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1993.  He led Italy to reach the semifinal at Italia 1990 and then, to a second place four years later.  For club football, he started his career with Fiorentina.  He became the most expensive player in the world when he joined Juventus.  He also played for AC Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan and Brescia.

Roberto Baggio

RW/FW: Giampiero Boniperti (Piedmont)
Boniperti played his entire career with Juventus.  He was the highest goalscorer in Juventus' history for more than 40 years, until his record was bested by Alessandro Del Piero. He went to the WC Finals in 1950 and 1954.  He was capped 38 times and served as captain 24 times.

FW: Roberto Bettega (Piedmont)
Nicknamed "White Feather".  He spent most of his career with Juventus. He won 7 Serie A titles there.  He went to Argentina 1978 and was voted into the Team of the tournament.  He missed Spain 1982 because of an injury.

ST: Giuseppe Meazza (Liguria)
Meazza is one of Italy's greatest players. He led Italy winning two World Cups in 1934 and 1938.  He was probably the best player in the 1930's.  He played mainly for Inter Milan in the 1930s, scoring 242 goals in 365 games for the club.

ST: Filippo Inzaghi (Emilia-Romagna)
He is one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time, fifth in Italy, with 313 goals scored in official matches. He is currently the fourth-highest goal scorer in European club competitions with 70 goals.  With AC Milan, he won  two UEFA Champions League titles (2003, 2007).  he made his national team debut in 1997.  He went to all major tournaments from 1998 to 2006.  He won the World Cup in 2006, but only played in one match.

ST: Christian Vieri (Emilia-Romagna)
Born in Italy, but grew up in Australia.  He played for 12 clubs in his career.  He became the most expensive player in the world when Inter Milan signed him for Lazio.  For the national team, he made his debut in 1997 and played in his last game in 2006.  He missed out on the 2006 WC team.
Christian Vieri
Honorable mention
Gianluca Pagliuca (Emilia-Romagna), Christian Panucci (Savona), Claudio Marchisio(Piedmont), Cesare Maldini (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Dino Baggio (Veneto), Lorenzo Minotti (Emilia-Romagna), Christian Maggio (Veneto), Giovanni Ferrari (Piedmont),  Luca Toni (Emilia-Romagna), Luigi De Agostini (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) .

Squad Explanation 
  • It is not surprising that a number of Juventus players were selected on my team. Turin is the home of the Old Lady after all.  The defense consisted many players from the 1930's.
  • The team consists of a few famous pairs in Italian football's history. 
  • Burgnich and Picchi were two of the most famous defenders on that great defensive unit of La Grande Italy.
  • Caligaris and Rosetta were known for their partnership for club and country.  They were replaced(sometimes played with) another pair, Foni and Rava.
  •  Gianni Rivera and Sandro Mazzola were two great players who happened to born in the same generation.  They were rivals at the club level, one played for AC Milan and the other for Inter Milan.  For the national team, they did not normally play together.  They subbed one another.
  • Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero were in similar situation.  The emerge of Del Perio in Juventus forced Baggio to leave for AC Milan.  For the national team, they also did not play together.  Baggio's career with the Azzurri were limited because of Del Piero.
  • Filippo Inzaghi and Christian Vieri were great partners on nthe field and great friends off the field.  they were liked Batman and Robin.  Del Piero also played with each of them at Juventus and the Azzurri.  However, his feud with Inzaghi at Juventus led to Inzaghi's departure.

Starting Lineup
Formation 4-3-3 
  • Italy does not normally play Mazzola and Rivera together, but I could not leave them out.
  • I shouldn have start Inzaghi with Vieri, but Boniperti was too good to be ignored.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Argentine players capped by other national team

Argentina produced many football talents.   Some of them ended up playing for other national teams. This is my all-time 23 member team for Argentine capped by other national teams.  Some players were born in Argentina and went aboard to play asa foreign player, but others were born in a foreign country of Argentinian background.

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

German-Born players capped by other national teams
French-born players capped by other national Teams
Brazilian-Born players capped by other national team 

GK: Ramón Quiroga (Peru)
Born in Argentina, he went to the WC in 1978 and 1982.  He is remembered for conceding 6 goals against his birth country Argentina and Argentina advanced to the WC Final.
Ramón Quiroga 
GK: Carlos Trucco (Bolivia)
Truce played for a number of clubs in Argentina before moving to play for Destroyers, Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia.  He also played in Colombia and Mexico.  He started playing for Bolivia in 1989 and was their starting goalkeeper at USA 1994.

GK: Oscar Ibanez (Peru)

Ibanez earned 50 caps for Peru.  He played for various clubs in Peru from 1993 to 2008.  He was one 

RB: Juan Carlos Tourino (Spain)

He started his career with Quilmes.  He moved to Real Madrid in 1971.  He won three La Liga titles between 1971 and 1976.

CB/DM/RB: Luis Cristaldo (Bolivia)

Born in Argentina, he moved to Bolivia at the age of 15.  He played for Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia before moving to play in Spain for Sporting de Gijon.  He also played in Argentina and Paraguay. For the national team, he was capped 93 times.  He went to USA 1994.
Luis Cristaldo 
CB: Fernando Ochoazpur (Bolivia)
He was born in Argentina.  He had played for various clubs in Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador.  From 1996 to 1999, he earned 6 caps for Bolivia.

CB: Gabriel Paletta (Italy)

Palette helped Argentina to win the U-20 World Cup in 2005 before switching to play for Italy in the senior level.  At the time of writing, he earned 4 caps and went to Brazil 2014. He started his career with Banfield.  He went to Europe to p;ay for Liverpool, Parma and AC Milan.  He had a stint with Boca Juniors.

CB: Gustavo Quinteros (Bolivia)

He spent his career playing for different clubs in Argentina and Bolivia.  He was capped 26 times for Bolivia and went to USA 1994.

CB: Marcelo Bilboa (USA)

Known for his bicycle kicks.  He was the first player to break the 100 cap barrier for the United States.  He went on to earn 128 caps.  He played in 3 WC Finals. He is best remembered for his career with Colorado Rapids and a season with Leon in Mexico.
Marcelo Bilboa
LB: Mariano Pernia (Spain)
Pernia played for San Lorenzo and Indpendiente in Argentina before moving to Spain in 2003.  He first played for Recreative de Huelva, but it was in Getafe that he made his name.  In 2006, he moved to Atletico Madrid.  He first called up for Spain right before the WC Finals in 2006.  He would start three game in Germany.  He earned 11 caps for Spain in total. 

LB/RB: Ricardo Ismael Rojas (Paraguay)

Rojas started his club career in Paraguay before moving back to Argentina to play for Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate and Belgrano.  He also played two seasons with Benfica.  At River Plate, he scored a famous goal against Boca Junior.  He was capped 7 times by Paraguay and went to France 1998.

DM: Luis Monti (Italy)

The ruthless central midfielder led Argentina to the WC Final in 1930 where they lost to Uruguay.  Four years later, he became an Oriundo and won the World Cup with Italy.  He was also remembered for getting injured at the Battle of Highbury in 1934 when England played Italy.

CM/DM: Claudio Reyna  (USA)
Claudio Reyna was a star in the late 1990's.  He was on 4 World Cup teams.  In 2002,  he was named in the World Cup all-tournament team.  While playing with Wolfsburg, he became the first American-born player to captain an European club team. He also played for Rangers and Manchester City. He played college soccer with Virginia.
Claudio Reyna
RM/RW: Mauro Camoranesi (Italy)
Camoranesi started his career with a tiny club named Aldosivi before moving to Mexico.  From 1996 to 2000, he played for 4 clubs in three different countries.  At Cruz Azul, he scored 20 goals and earned a move to Verona in Italy.  He stayed there for 2 seasons and moved to Juventus, where he reached stardom.  He earned his first cap for Italy in 2003.  He was a regular member of Italy from 2003 and 2010.  He played a major part as Italy won the World Cup in 2006.
Mauro Camoransi
FW/LW: Raimundo Orsi (Italy)
Orsi was considered one of the greatest forwards in Argentina's history.  He started his career with Indpendiente in Argentina before lured away to play for Juventus. he won 5 league titles with Juventus.  Later in his career, he would play in Brazil and Chile.  He was capped by Argentina 12 times winning a silver medal at the 1928 Olympics.  He switched to play for Italy in 1929.  He was a star player as Italy won the WC in 1934.

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori (Italy)
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.

AM: Miguel Montuori (Italy)
Widely regarded as one of Fiorentina's greatest players.  He started his career in Chile with Universidad Catolica before moving to Italy in 1956. He helped Fiorentina to win the league in 1956. He eared 12 caps for Italy.

CM/AM/FW: Alfredo Di Stefano (Colombia/Spain)

The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.

ST: Julio Libonatti (Italy)

Libonatti started with Newell's Old Boys in 1917.  He was listed the first ever trans-Atlantic transfer when he moved to play for Torino in 1926.  He is still the second highest scorer in the club's history.  He played 15 times for Argentina and another 17 times for Italy.

ST: Humberto Maschio (Italy)

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: Enrique Guaita (Italy)

Guaita played for Estudiantes de la Plate before moving to Roma .  In 1936, he returned to  Argentina to play for Racing Club because he feared that he would be drafted into the army.  He was capped 4 times for Argentina.  While in Italy, he was capped 10 times for Italy and won the WC in 1934 with them.

CF: Antonio Angelillo (Italy)

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: David Trezeguet (France)

Trezeguet started his career in Argentina, but was snapped up by Monaco after a few games.  At Monaco, he was known for his partnership with Thierry Henry.  In 2000, he joined Juventus, where he stayed until 2010.  For the national team, he was selected to play in France 1998.  He was a key player throughout his career with France.  He won the World Cup in 1998 and then, the European Championship in 2000.
David Trezeguet

Honorable Mention
Attillio Demaria (Italy), Rinaldo Martino (Italy), Alejandro Scopelli (Italy), Matias Fernandez (Chile), Roberto Acuna (Paraguay),  Francisco Lojacono (Italy), Emilio Badini (Italy), Eduardo Ricagni (Italy), Bruno Pesaola (Italy), Hector Rial (Spain), Atilio García (Uruguay), Franco Vázquez (Italy).

Squad Explanation 
-- Gustavo Matosas(Uruguay) was born in Argentina while his father Roberto was playing there.  Roberto Matosas was a Uruguayan capped by Uruguay.  So I left him out of consideration.
-- Claudio Reyna was born in the US.  His father was an immigrant.

Starting lineup
-- Angelillo, Sivori and Di Stefano could have been the starting attack for Argentina at the WC Finals in 1958.
-- Bilboa was capped over 100 times.
-- Orsi must drop back to midfield to fit all the best players on the team.
--  The defence is quiet weak.  Palette got to start because he had established himself in Europe while the other defenders never played successfully at that level.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brazilian-born players capped by other national teams

Brazil has one of the richest talent pool in the world.  Many Brazilians have been capped by other national teams. Equatorial Guinea, Togo and Japan are among countries that capped the most Brazilians.  Even Germany and Italy, two countries that won 4 World Cup each, capped Brazilian-born players.  Anfilogino Guarisi became the first Brazil-born player to win the World Cup when Italy won the World Cup in 1934.  Pepe, Deco, Marcos Senna and Diego Costa would have contributed to the Brazilian national team if they chose to represent Brazil.  In fact, Jose Altafini  has won a World Cup with Brazil in 1958.  Marco Senna won the European Championship with Spain.  

I tried to select only players who moved to a country for football reasons.  The players came to those countries as footballers.  My all-time Brazil team is located here.

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

Argentine-born players capped by other national teams
German-Born players capped by other national teams

French-born players capped by other national Teams

GK: Guilherme Marinato (Russia)
He made his professional debut for Atlético Paranaense in 2005. 
In August 2007, Guilherme signed a five-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow, becoming the first Brazilian goalkeeper in Russian football.  In 2015, he became a Russian citizen and was with Russia's Euro 2016 team.

GK: Mauricio Viana (Chile)
At the time of writing, he has only played in friendlies for Chile.  Born in Sao Paulo, he played for Santiago Wanderers.

GK: Danilo Clementino (Equatorial Guinea)
Danilo was a journeyman in Brazil, mainly in the lower division.  He was one of the players recruited by Brazilian coach Antônio Dumasto play for Equatorial Guinea.  He had no ties with the country. He had not even played club football there.

CB/RB: Douglas (Holland)
Douglas became a Dutch citizen after playing in Holland for Twente from 2007 to 2013.  He was called up for the Dutch national team in 2010 and sat on the bench for at least one match.

CB: Pepe (Portugal)
Pepe left Brazil to join CS Maritimo in Portugal as a teenage.  In 2004, he joined Porto, where he won two league titles.  Then, 2008, he made a big move to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he has played 7 seasons with them, winning the Champions' League in 2014.  In 2008, he became a naturalized Portuguese citizen.  He went to the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, and the WC finals in 2010 and 2014.

CB: Ernani Pereira (Azerbaijan)
He played for Farvan FK in Azerbaijan from 2005 and 2010. He started to play for their national team in 2006, earning 11 caps.

CB/DM: Donato (Spain)
From 1988 to 2003, he played in Spain.  He started with Atletico Madrid.  He became a star with Deportivo La Coruna during the most successful period in the club's history.  They won La Liga in the 1999-2000 season. He earned 12 caps for Spain and went to Euro 1996 in England.

CB/DM: Mehmet Aurelio (Turkey)
He played with Flamengo and Olaria in Brazil before moving to Turkey. He played for Trabzonspor, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş with a stint with Real Betis in between. He earned 37 caps for Turkey, playing at Europ 2008.  He was also Turkish Player of the Year in 2007.

Mehmet Aurelio
LB: Lúcio Wagner (Bulgaria)
Before 2002, he played for many clubs, including Benfica and Sevilla. He moved to Cherno More in Bulgaria in 2002. A year later, he joined Levski Sofia.  They became the first Bulgarian side to reach group stage of Champions' League in 2006-2007.

LB: Leandro (Hungary) 
He has also played for Brazilian clubs Londrina, Corinthians, Atlético Paranaense, and Hungarian clubs Debreceni VSC, Ferencváros, MTK, Haladás and Bük.  At the time of writing, he plays for AC Omonia.

DM: Marcos Senna (Spain)
Before 2002, he played for various clubs in Brazil.  In 2002, he joined Villarreal in La Liga.  He stayed there until 2013.  He helped the club to reach the semifinal of the Champions' League in 2006.  He became a Spanish citizen in 2006.  He went to the WC Finals in Germany and helped Spain to win the European Championship in 2008.


CM: Thiago Motta (Italy)
Thiago Motta obtained Italian citizenship because of his Italian grandfather.  He had previously represented Brazil twice but for the U-23 team at the 2003 Gold Cup, which was recognized as the full-international tournament. He cleared to play for Italy in 2010.  He represented Italy at Euro 2012 and Brazil 2014.  For his club career, he played for Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Genoa, Inter Milan and Paris St. Germain.

CM: Thiago Alcantara (Spain)
He is the son of the 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho.  He was born in Italy when his father was playing in Italy. He grew up in both Spain where his father played, but moved back to Brazil after his father retired.  He joined Barcelona in 2005.  He was a star with the Sapish Under-21 team as they won the European Under-21 Championship in 2013.  In 2013, he shocked the Barcelona fans by joining Bayern Munich.  His career in Germany has been limited by injuries.

AM: Sammir (Croatia)
His career did not take off until he joined Dinamo Zagreb in 2006.  He played 6 seasons there, earning a Croatian citizenship.  He earned his first cap in 2012.  He went to Brazil 2014 with Croatia.  After the WC Finals, he moved to Getafe in Spain 

AM: Deco (Portugal) 
Deco was signed by Benfica from Brazil as a teenager. He moved to Portugal in 1997, but he never played for Benfica.  Instead, Porto FC discovered him when he was playing in the lower division.  From 1999 to 2004, he starred for Porto, where they won the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the Champions' League in 2004.  He would win his second Champions' League in 2006 with Barcelona.  He made his national team debut ironically against Brazil in 2003.  He was a key player for Portugal from 2003 to 2010.  He went to Germany 2006 and South 2010, and Euro 2004 and Euro 2008.

FW: Liedson (Portugal)
Liedson moved to Sporting CP in 2003 after playing for Corinthians and Flamengo without successes. From 2003 to 2011, he scored 173 goals for them, becoming one of the club's greatest players.  He helped them to reach the UEFA Cup Final in 2005.  He was first capped by Portugal in 2009 and went to play at South Africa 2010.

FW: Eduardo da Silva (Croatia)
He played with Bangu's youth team before Dinamo Zagreb discovered him. He joined their youth squad in 1999.  He made his professional debut two seasons later.  He became a star at the club and was crowned Croatia's Player of the Year in 2006.  In 2007, he made a big move to Arsenal, but he suffered a serious injury in 2008 and his career with the London club was limited. He joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.  For national team, he represented Croatia at the Under-21 level and full international since 2004. He went to Euro 2012 and Brazil 2014.

Eduardo da Silva

FW: Anfilogino Guarisi (Italy)
In Brazil, he was known as Filo.  He played for Brazil in 1925, but he missed the 1930 World Cup Finals became only players from Rio de Janeiro went to the Finals in Uruguay. He moved to Lazio in 1931, joining other Brazilian-Italians there.  The club earned the nickname "Brasilazio".  In Italy, he used his real name Guarisi. His mother was Italian.  So in1934, he played for Italy at the WC Finals.
ST:  Angelo Sormani (Italy)
In Brazil, he was Pele's Backup at Santos.  He moved to Italian club Mantova F.C. in 1961.  Two seasons later, Roma bought him for a world record fee.  he did not play well with Roma and moved to Sampdoria after a single season. A year later, he moved again to AC Milan.  This time, he finally found his successes at Milan.  he won the European Cup in 1969, the Cup Winners' Cup in 1968 and the Intercontinental Cup in 1969.  He played 7 times for Italy because of his Italian ancestry. He went to the WC in 1962.

ST: Cacau (Germany)
He moved to Germany to play fifth level football in 1999.  He earned a move to Nürnberg in 2001.  He joined VfB Stuttgart in 2003 and stayed there until 2014.He won the Bundesliga in 2007. He became a German citizen in 2009. He made his national debut in the same year.  He went to the WC in 2010.

ST: Luis Oliveira (Belgium)
He left Brazil to join Anderlecht in 1988.  In 1992, he left Bewlglium and played in the Serie A.  He played for Cagliari, Fiorentina, Bologna, Como, Catania, Foggia, Venezia and Lucchese.   He was very successful for Cagliari and Fiorentin.  he was capped 31 times and went to France 1998.

ST: Jose Altafini (Italy)
He started his career with Palmeiras before joining AC Milan right after the WC Finals in 1958.  From 1958 to 1976, he scored 216 goals in Serie A making him the joint-fourth highest scorer in Italian Serie A history.  He won the European Cup in 1963 scoring 14 goals, which was finally broken by Cristano Ronaldo in 2014. He made his national team debut for Brazil as a 18 years old using the name "Mazzola" because his likeness to Valentino Mazzola. He was second youngest player on Brazil's WC winning squad in 1958, scoring 2 goals, but lost to starting spot to Vava for the semifinal and the Final.  In 1962, he played for Italy at the WC in Chile.  He earned 6 caps for Italu scoring 5 goals.  

ST: Diego Costa (Spain)
Until the age of 16, he was not playing for club football.  He joined Atletico Madrid in 2006, but did not become a star until the 2013-2014 season.  In March, 2013, he made his national debut for Brazil.  However, by summer of 2013, he decided to switch his commitment to Spain after becoming Spanish citizens, which caused a controversy in Brazil. He is believed to be the first Brazilian to turn his back against his country and play for a different national team.  In February, 2014, he made his Spanish debut and went to Brazil 2014 for Spain.

Diego Costa

Honorable Mention
Dino da Costa (Italy), Paulo Rink (Germany), Ruy Ramos (Japan),  Roger Guerreiro (Poland).

Squad Explanation
  • I tried to select only players who moved to a country for football reasons.  The players came to those countries as footballers.  Zague (Mexico), Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico), Kevin Kuranyi (Germany), Benny Feilhaber (USA), etc are ineligible. They were sons of Brazilian immigrant.
  • However, I made an exception for Mauricio Viana because the lack of a good keeper.  
  •  Anfilogino Guarisi, Angelo Sormani and Jose Altafini were of Italian ancestry.  They went to Italy for football reasons.  
  • Matias Aguirregaray was born to Uruguayan parents in Brazil.  His father was a former player named Oscar Aguirregaray who was playing in Brazil when Matias was born.
  • Marcos Gonzalez (Chile) was born in Brazil of Chilean parents.  He moved to Chile as a 2 years old. So I excluded him. 
  • Ruy Ramos received an honor mention because he was one of the greatest Japanese players of all-time. 
  • Thiago Alcântara is eligible because he is the son of Mazinho, which made Thiago Alcântara very Brazilian.  Furthermore, he was born in Italy and capped by Spain. He moved between Brazil and Spain, joining Barcelona in 2005, not because of his father who had already retired.
  • Douglas has not played for Holland yet, but he sat on the bench for at least one game.
  • Tiago Silva (Bulgaria)'s single cap for Bulgaria was ruled ineigible by FIFA.
  • There are many attackers and leftbacks eligible for the team, but there ain't many center-backs. Tony Menezes was also eligible.  He went to Canada for non-football reasons. Marcus Túlio Tanaka(Japan) was born in Brazil of Japanese ancestry.  He moved to Japan as a teenager for non-football reason.  So I excluded him.  Cristiano Cordeiro (Hong Kong) was also considered as he was one of the few center-backs availble.
Starting Lineup
Formation: 4-2-2-2