Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Roma Greatest All-Time Team

2007 Supercoppa

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

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

AS Roma have won Serie A three times, first in 1941–42 then in 1982–83 and again in 2000–01, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. On the European stage Roma won an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960–61, coming close to European Cup victory in 1983–84 (lost the one-legged final played at home against Liverpool), and finishing as runners-up in the UEFA Cup for 1990–91 (two-legged aggregate defeat against Internazionale). Therefore, Roma is the fourth Italian club by major honours won, behind Juventus, Milan and Inter, and it is considered one of the Seven Sisters of Italian football.

GK: Franco Tancredi (Italy)
He began his career with Giulianova, and later also played with Milan and Rimini, before joining Roma. He was long-time keeper for Roma winning a scouted in the 1982-1983 season.  He played for them between 1977 and 1990.  He is a member of the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame.  He played a single season with Torino. Capped 12 times.  He went to the WC Finals in 1986. 
Franco Tancredi

GK: Guido Masetti (Italy)
He played for Hellas Verona and AS Roma from 1926 to 1943.  For the Italian national team he was merely used as a stand-in for Gianpiero Combi and Aldo Olivieri. Masetti won two World Cups in 1934 and 1938 without playing in any of the matches.

GK: Fabio Cudicini (Italy)
He played Udinese, Roma, AC Milan and Brescia.  He was remembered for his two stints with AC Milan.  Between 1967 and 1972, he played for AC Milan. He helped Milan to win the 1969 European Cup. He won the European Cup in 1969.  Before Milan, he played for Roma and Udinese.  He won the Inter-Cities Fair Cup with Roma.  His son is Carlo Cudicini. He was playing in the same generation as Dino Zoff, Lozenzo Buffon and Enrico Albertosi.  He was uncapped.

RB: Francesco Rocca (Italy)  
Rocca played his entire career with Roma from 1972 to 1981.  He played 18 games for the Italy national football team from 1974 to 1976.  He retired at the age of 26 because of a serious injury.

RB: Cafu (Brazil)
Cafu is the all-time cap record holder for Brazil with 142 caps.  He is the only man to play in three Finals of a WC Finals, winning it in 1994 and 2002.  He was the captain of the national team as they won the World Cup in 2002.  He played with Sao Paulo, Real Zaragoza, Roma and AC Milan. With Sao Paulo, he won two Copa Libertadores: 1992, 1993.  In Europe, he won a Cup Winners Cup with Real Zaragoza, and he also won a singe Champions League with AC Milan in 2006. He was South American Player of the Year in 1994.   
SW: Giacomo Losi (Italy)
Nicknamed "the Heart of Roma", he was considered one of the greatest player who ever played for AS Roma.  He held Roma's all-time appearance record until Francesco Totti broke it in 2007.  He won Inter-Cities fairs Cup in 1960-61.  For Italy, he was capped 11 times and went to the 1962 World Cup Finals.
Gaicomo Losi

CB: Sergio Santarini (Italy)
Santarini played for Rimini, Internazionale, Roma, and Catanzaro.  He spent 13 seasons with AS Roma, where he won three Italian Cups in 1969, 1980 and 1981.  He had two caps for Italy.  He was elected to Roma's Hall of Flame.

CB: Aldair (Brazil)
Aldair played for Flamengo before heading to Europe.  He started with Benfica, but he was widely remembered for his 13 seasons with Roma.  The club retired his #6 jersey for 10 seasons.  For the national team, he had 80 caps.  He was a key member of the great defensive unit of the World Cup winning team in 1994.   In addition, he also played in the World Cup Finals 1990 and 1998.

LB/CB: Sebcastiano Nela (Italy)
He could play as a left back, rightback and sweeper.  He joined Roma in 1981 from Geona.  He was a part of the great team that won the Serie A title in 1982-83 and 3 Italian Cups.  He later played briefly for Napoli. Nela was capped 5 times for Italy and went to the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.  

LB: Vincent Candela (France)
For his club career, Candela played  in France with Toulouse  and Guingamp before moving to Italian side A.S. Roma in 1997.  He won one scudetto with Roma, as well as the Supercoppa Italiana, in 2001. He later joined Bolton Wanderers in 2005), before returning to Italy to play for Udinese Siena and Messina. Internationally,he was a part of the great French team that won the World Cup in 1998 and then European Championship in 2000.  He also went to play in the WC Finals in 2002.

LB: Amedeo Carboni (Italy)
Carboni played for a number of Italian clubs before joining Roma in 1990. He stayed there for 7 seasons mainly as a starter before he went to Valencia in 1997.  With Valencia, his team made it to the Champions' League Finals twice and won the UEFA Cup/League Double in 2003/2004.  He played 9 seasons with them.  He represented Italy at Euro 1996, where he earned two of his 18 caps for Italy.

DM: Daniele De Rossi (Italy)  
At the time of writing, he has played his entire career with Roma.  De Rossi inherited the captaincy of Roma at the start of the 2017–18 season following the retirement of Francesco Totti.  He was an important player for Italy since making his national debut in 2004.  He went to every major international tournaments.  He had 117 caps after his retirement from the national team in 2017. He was a member of the 2006 World Cup winning team.  He was Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009. 
Daniele De Rossi
DM: Attilio Ferraris (Italy) 
Ferraris played 10 seasons (254 games, 2 goals) in the Serie A, for A.S. Roma, S.S. Lazio and A.S. Bari.  Ferraris had 28 caps.  He won the bronze medal at the 1928 Olympics, and was part of the World Cup winning team of 1934, being named to the tournament's All-Star Team for his performances.

CM: Carlo Ancelotti (Italy)
Carlos Ancelotti began his career with Parma, but he made his name with AS Roma. He won the Serie A title in 1982-1983 and 4 Italian Cup's.  In 1987, he joined AC Milan and became a part of the team that won two European Cups.  The team is considered one of the greatest club sides in history.  He was capped 26 times.  He narrowly missed the WC Finals in 1982, but went to Mexico 1986 and 1990.

AM/CM: Agostino Di Bartlomei (Italy)
With Roma, Di Bartlomei formed a midfield partnership with Falcao in the mid-1980's.  He was a part of the great team that won the Serie A title in 1982-83 and 3 Italian Cups.  He is considered to be one of the greatest footballers in Roma's history.  However, he was uncapped.  In 1984, he moved A.C. Milan. After three seasons he left Milan and his career fizzled out after playing for Cesena and Salernitana. 
Agostino Di Bartlomei
CM: Falcao (Brazil)
At one stage, Falcao was the world's highest paid footballer.  He played with Internacional at home before becoming the star of Roma in the 1980's.  He won Serie A in 1982-83 and Roma had to wait 17 years for the next title after that.  In 1985, he returned home and played for Sao Paulo. For the national team, he was left out of the World Cup team in Argentina, but four years later, he was a key player for the fantastic Brazilian of Spain 1982.  He won the Silver Ball as the best Brazilian playing in Spain. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1986.
RW: Bruno Conti (Italy)
Conti was the greatest winger in Italy's history.  He had 47 caps. He won the World Cup in 1982 and also took part at the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.  Except with two loan spells with Genoa, he played his entire career with AS Roma. The season after the World Cup Finals in 1982, he helped Roma to win the league title.  He also led them to the 1984 European Cup Final but were defeated on penalties by Liverpool.

RW: Alcides Ghiggia (Uruguay)
Ghiggia played for the national sides of both Uruguay and Italy during his career.  He was known for scoring the winning goal against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup Finals that sealed the World Cup for Uruguay.  The match was known as the "Maracanazo".    He also played for the club sides of the Peñarol and Danubio in Uruguay and A.S. Roma and A.C. Milan in Italy.

AM/LM: Francesco Totti (Italy)
Totti was the long serving captain of Roma and perhaps the greatest ever player for the club.  He brought the scudetti back to Roma in 2001 after a 20 year drought.  He was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001. He won the European Golden Boot award in 2006-2007.  A 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and UEFA Euro 2000 finalist with Italy, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments; he also represented his country at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.  
Francesco Totti
AM: Giuseppe Giannini (Italy)
Giuseppe Giannini's nickname was "Il Principe" (The Prince).  He was a symbol of Roma before the emerge of FrancescoTotti.  He played for AS Roma between 1982 and 1996. After AS Roma, he played in Austria for Sturm Graz, and for Napoli and Lecce in Italy. Giannini was capped 47 times for the Italian senior national team between 1986 and 1991, scoring 6 goals. He represented Italy at both the 1988 European Championships and the 1990 World Cup.
Giannini "Il Principe" Giannini 
ST/FW: Marco Delvecchio (Italy)
He started with Inter Milan, but went through several clubs before settling with AS Roma in 1995.  He played 10 seasons winning the 2000-2001 league there.  At international level, he represented Italy on 22 occasions between 1998 and 2004, scoring 4 goals, taking part at UEFA Euro 2000, reaching the final of the tournament, in which he scored, and at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

ST: Fulvio Bernardini (Italy)
He played Lazio and and Inter Milan before spending 9 seasons with Roma.  He was a member of the 1928 Italian Olympic team that won a bronze medal.  He was one of the first players elected to Roma's Hall of Flame.

ST: Vincenzo Montella (Italy) 
Montella played for Italian clubs Empoli, Genoa, Sampdoria and Roma, and also had a spell on loan in England with Fulham. His best years were spent with Roma, where he scored many, important goals, despite having conflicts with Coach Fabio Capello.  He won won the Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana during the 2000–01 season. For Italy, he went to Euro 2000 and the WC Finals in 2002, but saw limited action. 

ST: Amadeo Amadei (Italy)
Known as the "Eight King of Rome",  Amadei made his Serie A debut in 1937 as a 15 years old.  He became the youngest ever scorer a week later, a record still held today.  He won the Serie A in 1941-42.  He also played for Atlanta, Inter Milan and Napoli.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1950.  

ST: Roberto Pruzzo (Italy)
Pruzzo made his debut in professional football for Genoa in 1973, winning the Serie B title during the 1975–76 season, as well as the top scoring award.  Pruzzo went to Roma in 1979, for the then record sum of 3 billions liras. Here he became famous as one of the most effective Italian strikers of the 1980s, winning one scudetto during the 1982–83 season, and four Italian Cups in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1986. He also won the Serie A top scorer award three times, in 1981, 1982, and 1986.  For Italy, he was capped 6 times and went to Euro 1980.
Roberto Pruzzo

Honorable Mention
Simone Perrotta, Damiano Tommasi, Toninho Cerezo and Giancarlo De Sisti, Ubaldo Righetti, Ubaldo Righett, Philippe Mexes, Walter Samuel, Gabriel Batistuta, Marco Delvecchio, Rudi Voller, Abel Balbo, Rodolfo Volk, Arne Selmosson, Pedro Manfredini, Francesco Graziani, Christian Panucci, Alberto Ginulfi, Fabio Cudicini, Paolo Conti, Pierluigi Pizzaballa, Doni, Simone Perrotta, Damiano Tommasi, Toninho Cerezo and Giancarlo De Sisti.

Squad Explanation
-- After selecting 24 players, the team lacked a good left midfielder or left winger.  I was considering Zbigniew Boniek and Naim Krieziu were considered. Boniek only played briefly for the club and was not in his prime.  It would be hard to select him over an all-time great.  Naim Krieziu seldom got mention on any all-time team.  In the end, I took Marco Delvecchio who had played as a left wing forward.  He got ahead of other Roma attacking legends such as Gabriel Batistuta and Pedro Manfredini.
-- Roma had many great strikers.  I could not take Gabriel Batistuta, Rudi Voller, Abel Balbo, Rodolfo Volk, Arne Selmosson, Pedro Manfredini and Francesco Graziani.  
-- Batistuta appeared in many all-time list for AS Roma.  His impact for the 2000-01 was great.  Basically, that was his only good season. Instead, I took Montella who had a long and fruitful career with AS Roma. 
-- Because Sebcastiano could play as a centerback and a left back, I have the options of taking a left back or a centerback.  For centerbacks, I was looking at Ubaldo Righett, Philippe Mexes and Walter Samuel.  In the end, I took a left back, Amedeo Carboni.
-- I took Cafu over Christian Panucci.
-- The third keeper was between Alberto Ginulfi, Fabio Cudicini, Paolo Conti, Pierluigi Pizzaballa and Doni.  I took Cudicini because he was probably the most well-known.  
-- Roma also had too many great centre midfielders.  I took Ancelotti, Falcao, Di Bartlomei , De Rossi and Ferraris.  I have no more spot for Simone Perrotta, Damiano Tommasi, Toninho Cerezo and Giancarlo De Sisti.  All of the players deserved a space on the 25 team.
-- Naim Krieziu, Omero Losi and Arcadio Venturi were old players whom I knew very little.

Fabio Cudicini was the most famous keeper, but Guido Masetti and Tancredi were more identified with the club. De Rossi earned his starting position over Ancelotti.  I reunited Falcao with Di Bartlomei.  Then, I tried to use two playmakers up front and Pruzzo as the lone striker.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Real Sociedad Greatest All-Time Team

La Liga Champion 1980-1981

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

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Also known "La Real", Real Sociedad was a founding member of La Liga back in the 1920's.  Their best period was in the early 1980's when they won back-to-back league titles in 1981 and 1982.  They were also known for the Basque derby against its neighbour Atlethic Bilbao.  Please see my All-time Basque 23-member team here.

GK: Luis Arconada (Spain)
He played his entire career with Real Sociedad from 1974 and 1989, capturing back-to-back La liga titles from 1980 to 1982.  He was capped 68 times, helping Spain to reach the Euro 1984 Final.  His blunder in the Final caused Spain to lose in that Final. He also played in the 1978 and 1982 World Cup Finals.
Luis Arconada
GK: Lopez Alberto (Spain)
Known as Alberto, he was  the undisputed started for La Real from 1992 to 2002. He shared the position with Sander Westervel until 2006.  He joined Real Valladolid in Segunda División on a one-year deal in 2006. In 2006–07, he helped the side return to the top flight after a three-year absence, while also collecting a Ricardo Zamora Trophy – 36 matches, 29 goals.

GK: Jose Ramon Esnaola (Spain)
He joined Real Sociedad in 1965, helping the club to return to the First division. In 1973, he joined Real Betis.  He won nthe Copa Del Rey by stopping three penalties and scoring one himself in the penalty shootout in the Final.

RB: Aitor López Rekarte (Spain)
Rekarte was the undisputed started for Real Sociedad throughout his career. He was named captain at one point.  In July 2007, López Rekarte switched to newly promoted UD Almería, but appeared scarcely throughout the season. He joined second division side SD Eibar. He had one cap with Spain in 2004.  

CB: Ignacio Kortabarria (Spain)
He spent his entire career with Real Sociedad. He was a key defender and the club's captain as Real Sociedad won back-to-back La Liga champion in the 1980's.  He gradually lost his starting place in the mid-1980's. He received 4 caps.  On 5 December 1976, before a game against Athletic Bilbao, Kortabarria and the opposing captain, José Ángel Iribar, carried out the Ikurriña, the Basque flag, and placed it ceremonially on the centre-circle. This was the first public display of the flag since the death of Francisco Franco, but it was still illegal.

Ignacio Kortabarria and José Ángel Iribar 1976 showing the Basque flag in 1976
CB: Alberto Gorriz (Spain)
Gorriz played his entire career with Real Sociedad, winning back-to-back la Liga titles in the 1980's.  He earned 12 caps with Spain.  He went to Italian 1990, where he scored a goal against Belgium.

CB: Augustin Gajate (Spain)
Gajate spent his entire career with Real Sociedad, where he started in 1977, but did not play much until after the back-to-back La Liga winning years.  He formed a famous partnership with Gorriz in the 1980's. He retired in 1992.

CB/DM: Jon Andoni Larranaga  (Spain)
He rose throught the academy at Real Sociedad.  He was a rarely used player at Real Sociedad's 1980-1981 La Liga wining campaign.  He was the starter the following campaign as Real Sociedad won the league again.  Larrañaga retired at 36 at the end of 1993–94, having played in 460 top flight contests (589 overall, only behind Alberto Górriz). He is the only player of the league-winning sides to have played in the club's two grounds: Atotxa and Anoeta.

LB:  Agustin Aranzabal (Spain)
From 1993 to 2004, he starred for Real Sociedad, where he began his career.  He helped the club to finish second during the 2002–03 season. He moved to Zaragoza in 2004, but could not find any successes.   He retired in 2008, but in early 2010, he retired and joined Kitchee SC from Hong Kong, playing along side Albert Celades.  For the national team, he had 28 caps.  He went to the WC Finals in 1998.
Agustin Aranzabal
DM: Agustín Aranzábal "Gaztelu"  (Spain)
Gaztelu played his entire career with Real Sociedad.  He helped them to gain promotion in 1967 and was also a part of the team that won the 1980-1981 league title.  He was the only player who were on both teams. He earned two caps for the Spanish national team. His son is Agustín Aranzábal.

CM: Jesus Zamora (Spain)
Zamora was the hero of the 1980-1981 La Liga winning campaignHe scored a last minute goal that clinched the league title at the last game of the season.  he was capped 30 times.  He went to Euro 1980 and Spain 1982.
Jesus Zamora
DM/CM: Miguel Ángel Alonso (Spain)
Xabi Alonso's father.  He was a key player as Real Sociedad won back-to-back league titles in the 1980's.  He joined Barcelona FC in 1982 after the World Cup Finals in Spain.  He earned 20 caps.

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

AM/RW: Valeri Karpin (Russia)
Karpin scored Russia's first ever goal after the breakup of the Soviet Union, in a 2–0 win against Mexico on 17 August 1992. Karin had 72 caps.  He played for Russia at the 1994 World Cup, Euro 96, and the 2002 World Cup. At club level, Karpin has played for Fakel Voronezh (1989), Spartak Moscow (1990–94), Real Sociedad (1994–96 and 2002–05), Valencia CF (1996–97), and Celta Vigo (1997–2002). He retired at the end of the 2004–05 season with Real Sociedad.

LM: Javier de Pedro (Spain)
A product of Real Sociedad's youth system. From 1993 to 2004, he played for Real Sociedad.  In his late career, he played for many clubs, including Blackburn Rovers, Perugia, etc.  He was capped 12 times and played all matches at Japan/Korea 2002.

LW: Txiki Begiristain (Spain)
Txiki started his career with Real Sociedad. He was their hero as the club won the Cop del Rey in 1987.  In 1987-1988, the club came second in both league and cup.  He joined Barcelona the following season along with Bakero and Rekarte. He became a key player for Barcelona's Dream Team in the 1990's. He was capped 22 times.  He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1988 and the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
CM/AM: Sebastián Ontoria (Spain)
Ontoria started with Zaragoza, but joined Real Sociedad in 1941, where he was converted to a forward and eventually became its captain. He earned a singe cap for Spain in 1950. He was imprisoned after the Spanish Civil War.

AM: Jose Mari Bakero (Spain)
Bakero was a member of Real Sociedad that won back-to-back La Liga champion in the 1980's.  In 1987-1988, the club came second in both league and cup.  He joined Barcelona the following season. He became a key player for Barcelona's Dream Team in the 1990's. He played with barcelona until 1997.  He was a part of the team that won the European Cup in 1992.

FW: Antoine Griezmann (France)
The Frenchman joined Real Sociedad's youth academy and made , his senior debut in 2009.  He moved to Atletico Madrid in 2014 helping the club to reach the Champions' league final in 2016.  At the time of writing, he was capped 49 times for France.  He made his mark at the WC in 2014.  Two years later, he led the team to reach the Final of Euro 2016.  He won the Golden Boot that year.
Antoine Griezmann
FW: Nihat Kahveci  (Turkey)
Started with Besiktas in Turkey and joined Real Sociedad in 2002.  He formed a famous partnership with Darko Kovacevic there.  However, his club career was limited by an injury.  He earmed 69 caps for Turkey.  He was only used once at the WC Finals in 2002.  However, he was the hero of Turkey during the Euro 2008, where he scored two goals in a dramatic win over the Czech Republic.

FW: Roberto Lopez Ufarte (Spain)
Nicknamed "Little Devil", he was considered among the best player ever from Real Sociedad. He was a key player as Real Sociedad won back-to-back league titles in the 1980's. He later played for Atletico Madrid and Real Betis.  He was capped 15 times.  He appearerd in the 1982 WC Finals.
Roberto Ufarte
FW: Paco Bienzobas (Spain)
Bienzobas was the first ever Pichichi Trophy winner in 1926.  He played for Real Sociedad from 1926 to 1934. He had a brief stint with Osasuna.  He was capped twice.

ST: Darko Kovačević (Yugoslavia)
Started his career with Proleter and Red Star Belgrade.  After a disastrous season with Sheffield Wednesday, he made a name with Real Sociedad from 1996 to 1999.  He played for Juventus and lazio before returing to La Real in 2001. He was capped 59 times for YugoslaviaHe went to Euro 2000 and France 1998.
Darko Kovacevic
ST: Meho Kodro (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Kodro started with FC Velez Mostar back home, but he left for Spain because the war in Yugoslavia. He joined Real Sociedad in 1991.  He was second in Pichichi Trophy in 1994-1995. he moved to Barcelona the following year.  His stint lasted a single season. He earned two caps for Yugoslavia and 13 more for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

ST: Jesús María Satrústegui (Spain)
Known for his partnership with Jesus Zamora.  He was a key player as Real Sociedad won back-to-back league titles in the 1980's. He was La Real's all-time leading scorer.  He was capped 32 times.  He appeared in Euro 1980 and Spain 1982.
Jesus Maria Satrustegui

Honorable Mention
Lorenzo Juarros, Mikel Aranburu, Jose Antonio PikabeaMiguel Ángel FuentesAndoni Imaz, Santiago IdigorasXabi Prieto, Iñigo Idiakez, Andoni Elizondo, Oscar de Paula. 

Squad Explaination
-- Real Sociedad won back-to-back league titles in 1981 and 1982, which was the club's biggest achievements.  I selected 10 players from the titles-winning team.  Augustin Gajate was not a major player until after the back-to-back years.
-- Luis Arconada's blunder agains France at Euro 1984 hurt his reputation. He was actually one of the greatest keepers in the 1980's.
-- Lopez Alberto played well in the 1990's, helping the club top finish second in La Liga.
-- Miguel Ángel Alonso is the father of Xabi Alonso and Mikel Alonso.  Mikel was less known than Xabi. 
-- Agustín Aranzábal "Gaztelu" is the father of Agustin Aranzabal. 
-- Antoine Griezmann played 140 games for the club.  The number put him among the most for a foreign player.
-- If I selected Kovacevic, I have to take Nihat as well. They were known for their partnership. In defence, Augustin Gajate and Alberto Gorriz also formed a famous partnership.  So both of them also got selected together.
-- Oscar de Paula seldom started for the club.  He was mainly used a substitute. 

-- Santiago Idigoras and Pedro Uralde should have made the team.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Deportivo La Coruna Greatest All-Time Team

1999-2000 La Liga Champion
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Real MadridBarcelonaValencia,
Atletico MadridSevillaAtletic Bilbao, 
Deportivo La Coruna  Real Sociedad,
Real BetisReal ZaragozaEspanyol

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Founded in 1906,  Deprtivo La Coruna has many great players who played for them.  However, their greatest era did not come until the 1990's.  Known as "Super Dor", the club won their first La Liga title in the season 1999-2000.  They also won three Copa Del Rey's: 1995, 2000 and 2002.

GK: Juan Acuna (Spain)
Acuna was one of the best Spanish keeper in his times. From 1941 to 1951, he won four Zamora trophies, tied for 2nd in the number of awards wonHe played 278 times for Deportivo La Coruna.
Juan Acuna
GK:  Jacques Songo'o (Cameroon)
He was voted the 6th African best keeper of the Century behind Bell and N'Kono.  He appeared in over 200 games for Deportivo La Coruna and won Ricardo Zamora award for 1995-1996.  Although he was younger than Bell and N'Kono, his international career was limited by playing behind two of the best keepers in African history.  He was on the WC team in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002.  He only started at the WC Finals in 1998.

GK: Jose Molina (Spain)
Joined Atletico Madrid in 1995, he helped the club win a Double (league and Copa del Rey) in his first year, going on to miss only two league matches in four seasons combined.  However, after Atletico Madrid relegated after the 1999-2000 season, he moved to Deportivo La Coruna and lasted until 2006.  He played one season with Levante.  He made his national team debut in 1996 as an outfielder because the team had used up all the subs.  He also went to Euro 1996 and France 1998, but never played a game.  He played the game vs Norway at Euro 2000.

RB: Manuel Pablo (Spain)
He started with Las Palmas.  He moved to Deportivo La Coruna in 1998, where he helped them to win their first ever la Liga title in 2000. He retired in 2016. He was capped 13 times.
RB: Luis Rekarte (Spain)
Rekarte started with Alves, but made his name with Real Sciedad.  He had a brief spell with Barcelona before joining Deportivo La Coruna in 1991.  The team was known as "Super Depor".  He had 4 caps for Spain.

CB:  Noureddine Naybet (Morocco)
Naybet was one of the best African defender ever.  He played a record 115 matches for the Moroccan national team, representing the country in two World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He spent most successful period of his career with Deportivo La Coruña in Spain. He won the 1999-2000 league title with them. He was one of the best center-back in La Liga. 
Noureddine Naybet
CB: Jorge Andrade  (Portugal)
Started with Estrela da Amadora and was bought by Porto FC in 2000.  After Japan/Korea 2002, he joined Deportivo La Coruna.  In 2007, he joined Juventus, but this spell was very unsuccessful due to injuries.  He was capped 51 times by Portugal and went to the WC 2002 and Euro 2004.
CB: Miroslav Dukic (Yugoslavia/Serbia)
Started with FK Macva Sabac and Rad at home before joining Deportivo La Coruna, a team on the rise.  He was a key defender from 1991 to 1997.  He later joined Valencia and Tenerife.  He played for Yugoslavia at WC 1998 and Euro 2000.
CB: Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina)
Coloccini joined AC Milan in 1999 as a highly rated defender from Boca Juniors, but his career there was disappointing.  From 2004 to 2008, he played for Deportivo La Coruna and then, joined Newcastle United in 2008.  he made the PFA Team of the Year in 2011-12.

LB: Joan Capdevila (Spain)
Capdevila started his career with Espanyol in 1998.  He played for many clubs, notably with Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna.  He had 60 caps for Spain. He was a key player of Spain's victory at the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008.
Joan Capdevila
LB: Enrique Romero (Spain)
Romero played for many clubs.  His longest stint was with Deportivo La Coruna, he won the La Liga in 1999-2000. He earned 10 caps for Spain.  He went to the WC Finals in 2002.

CB/DM: Donato (Brazil/Spain)
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Donato began his career with America Football Club in his hometown, switching to neighbours CR Vasco da Gama in 1984. 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.

DM: Mauro Silva (Brazil)
He played for Brigantine in Brazil before joining Deportivo La Coruna in 1992.  He spent 13 seasons with the club, winning 6 major titles and one of them was the La Liga title in 2000. He played 59 times for Brazil.  He won the World Cup in 1994.
Mauro Silva
RM/CM: Victor Sanchez (Spain)
Played for Real Madrid and Racing Santander before making a name with Deportivo La Coruna. He won the league title in his first season with the club.  He played for them from 1999 to 2006.  He represented Spain for 8 times.

LM: Fran (Spain)
Fran made it to Deportivo La Coruna first team in 1988. He is considered one of the greatest players for the club.  He played 17 seasons with them, winning the 1999-2000 La Liga.  He was capped 16 times and represented Spain at Euro 2000.  

LW/FW: Albert Luque (Spain)
Luque started his career with Mallorca.  From 2002 to 2005, he played for Deportivo La Corunna.  He amassed La Liga totals of 248 games and 61 goals over the course of eleven seasons. He moved to Newcastle United in 2005, but never settled down. He played 17 times for Spain.  He made his international debut in a 3–2 group stage win against South Africa at 2002 World Cup Finals. 
Two years later, Luque played at UEFA Euro 2004.

RM/CM: Adolfo Aldana (Spain)
From 1988 to 1992, he played for Real Madrid, but used mainly as a sub.  In 1992, he joined Deportivo La Coruna. He formed a great midfield with Fran and Mauro Silva. Aldana closed out his career with two years at RCD Espanyol. He was capped 4 times.

AM: Juan Carlos Valeron
Valeron started his career with La Palmas.  He played Mallocra and Atletico Madrid before he moving to Depprtivo La Coruna, where he would play 13 seasons.  Widely considered to be one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, but injuries had limited his career.  He played 46 times for Spain.  He went to Euro 2000, the WC Finals in 2002 and Euro 2004.

Juan Carlos Valeron
AM/FW: Rivaldo (Brazil)
Rivaldo was a part of the attacking trio known as "Three R's" with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho at the 2002 World Cup Finals.  He scored 5 goals in 5 games as Brazil took its 5th World Cup.  He won the 1999 Ballon d' Or. He played for many clubs in his career.  He spent five years with Spanish club Barcelona,

AM: Djalminha (Brazil)
Djalminha played for many clubs in Brazil and Japan before he signed with Deportivo La Coruna in 1997.  He spent 7 seasons with the club.  He was one of the key players at the club's greatest period in history.  He only received 17 caps due to stiff completion for his position in Brazil during his time.
FW: Javier Manjarín (Spain)
In a 14-year professional career, he played mainly for Sporting de Gijón (four seasons) and Deportivo de La Coruña (six), also competing in Mexico in his later years. He had 13 caps and went Euro 1996.

ST: Diego Tristan (Spain)
He made his name with Mallorca.  He would have joined Real madrid in 2000, but his deal fell and he ended up with Deportivo La Corunna.  He had a strong start, but an injury in 2002 gradually affected his career.  He was capped 15 times.

ST: Roy Makaay (Holland)
Makaay played for Vitesse and  CD Tenerife before becoming a big star with Deportivo La Coruna.  He helped them to win their first ever La Liga title in 1999-2000.  In 2002-2003, he scored 29 goals and became the European Golden Boot winner.  In 2003, he moved to Bayern Muinch.  He won two Bundesliga title.  For the national team, he was only capped 43 times, largely because he was playing at the same time as Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kuivert and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Roy Makkay
ST: Rafael Franco (Argentina)
Franco played for River Plate, Newell's Old Boys, etc in Argentina before signing for Deportivo La Coruna in 1948.  Over there, he played for a line dubbed as  "Orquesta Canaria".

ST: Bebeto (Brazil) 
With 39 goals in 75 appearances for Brazil, Bebeto is the sixth highest goalscorer for his national team. He was the top scorer for Brazil at the 1989 Copa América as the nation went on to win the tournament. At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he formed a formidable strike partnership with Romário to lead Brazil to a record fourth World Cup title.  His goal celebration against Holland was one of the best ever.  His best club career was with Deportivo La Coruna, where won the Pichichi Trophy in 1993.  He played for Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Cruzeiro and Botafogo in Brazil, Sevilla in Spain, Toros Neza in Mexico, Kashima Antlers in Japan, and Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, finally retiring in 2002. 

Honorable Mention
Pedro Munitis, Jose Luis Vara, Flávio Conceição, Claudio Barragán, Turu Flores, Arsenio Iglesias, Riki, Walter Pandiani, Sergio, Francisco Liano, Voro, Diego Colotto, Alberto Lopo, Antonio Bello, Lionel Scaloni.

Squad Explanation
-- Luis Suarez Miramontes only played one season with the club.  The same applied to Rivaldo, but he was sensational that season. So I kept him.  His alternative would be Albert Luque.
-- Pahino's three season with Deportivo La Coruna was not as good his years with Real Madrid.
-- Fabricio Coloccini's reputation was destroyed with AC Milan.  He later recovered at Deportivo La Coruna. 
-- Amancio Amaro was known for his career at Real Madrid.
-- Miroslav Dukic and Naybet were the obvious choices for the centerbacks.  I considered Jorge Andrade and Fabricio Coloccini better than Voro,  Diego Colotto or Alberto Lopo.
-- Filipe Luis, Joan Capdevila and Enrique Romero fought two left back spots.  Filipe Luis was more of an upcoming player during his time.  Capdevila and Romero established themselves on the team.
Luis Rekarte over Lionel Scaloni because Rekarte was more of an disputed starter.
-- Djalminha had a much better career here than Rivaldo.  His reputation suffered by playing in the Golden Generation of Brazilian attack midfielders. Rivaldo earned his name while playing for Barcelona. 

I used a formation frequently used by Brazil throughout history.  Mauro Silva won a world cup playing liked this.  In real life, Deportvo La Coruna did not play with Valeron and Djalminha.