Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Roma 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 was long-time keeper for Roma.  He played for them between 1977 and 1990. 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.  He was the backup keeper at the World Cup Finals in both 1934 and 1938.

GK: Fabio Cudicini (Italy)
Played Udinese, Roma, AC Milan and Brescia.  He was remembered for his two stints with AC Milan.  He won the European Cup in 1969.  He was playing in the same generation as Dino Zoff, Lozenzo Buffon and Enrico Albertosi.  He was uncapped.

RB: Francesco Rocca (Rome/Lazio)  
He played his entire career with Roma.   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.  He is the only man to play in three WC Finals, winning 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, Roma and AC Milan. 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 for 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.  He was capped 11 times and went to the 1962 World Cup Finals.
Gaicomo Losi

CB: Sergio Santarini (Italy)
Santarini won three Italian Cups with AS Roma 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 was widely remembered for his 13 seasons with Roma.  The club retired his #6 jersey for 10 seasons.  For the national team, he was a key member of the great defensive unit of the WC winning team in 1994.   

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.  Capped 5 times and went to Mexico 1986.  

LB: Vincent Candela (France)
For his club career, he is best remembered for his stint with Roma.  He was a part of the great French team that won the WC in 1998 and then European Championship in 2000.  He also went to play in the WC in 2002.

LB: Amedeo Carboni (Italy)
He was the starting fullback for Roma before he went to Valencia.  His team made it to the Champions' League Finals twice and won the UEFA Cup/League Double in 2003/2004.

DM: Daniele De Rossi (Italy)  
At the time of writing, he has played his entire career with Roma.  He was an important player for Italy since making his national debut in 2004.  He went to every major international tournaments.  He was Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009. 
Daniele De Rossi

DM: Attilio Ferraris (Italy) 
He was a member of Italy 1934 WC winning team.  He played mainly for Roma.

CM: Carlo Ancelotti (Italy)
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 Cup.  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.
Agostino Di Bartlomei

CM: Falcao
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.  For national team, he was left out of the WC 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.

RW: Bruno Conti (Italy)
Conti was the greatest winger in Italy's history.  He won the World Cup in 1982.  The following season, 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)
He scored the winning goal against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup Finals that sealed the WC for Uruguay.  The match was known as 
the "Maracanazo".   He played for the national sides of both Uruguay and Italy during his career. 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.  He brought the scudetti back to Roma in 2001 after 20 years.  He was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001. He won the European Golden Boot award in 2006-2007.  He won a World Cup with Italy in 2006. 
Francesco Totti

AM: Giuseppe Giannini (Italy)
He was a symbol of Roma before the emerge of Totti.  He played mainly for them, but with brief stints in other clubs at his late years.
He played for Italy during Italia 1990.  His nickname was  "Il Principe" (The Prince).
Giannini "Il Principe"

ST/FW: Marco Delvecchio (Italy)
Started with Inter Milan, but went through several clubs before settling with AS Roma.  He played 10 seasons winning the 2000-2001 league there.  He was capped 22 times.

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) 
His best years were spent with Roma, where he scored many, important goals, despite having conflicts with Coach Fabio Capello.  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)
He started with Gemoa,  In 1979, he moved to Roma for a record transfer.  He was a part of the great team that won the Serie A title in 1982-83 and 3 Italian Cups.   He was Serie A top scorer three times: 1981, 1982 and 1986.  He was only capped 6 times.
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, but his career with them was too short.  I took Montella over him.  
-- Because Sebcastiano could play as 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 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.  

GK: Luis Arconada
He played his entire career with Real Sociedad, 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.
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.

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.  He had one cap with Spain in 2004.
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 joined Real Sociedad in 1977, but did not play much until after the back-to-back La Liga winning years.  He formed a partnership with Gorriz.
CB: Ignacio Kortabarria (Spain)
He was a key defender 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.

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.

LB:  Agustin Aranzabal (Spain)
From 1993 to 2004, he starred for Real Sociedad.  He moved to Zaragoza in 2004.  He had 28 caps.
Agustin Aranzabal

DM: Agustín Aranzábal "Gaztelu"  (Spain)
Gaztelu played his entire career with Real Sociedad.  he helped them to gain promotion in 1967 and again was a part of the team that won the 1980-1981 league title.  He was the only player who did that. he earned two caps.

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)
He scored Russia's first goal after the breakup of the Soviet Union, in a 2–0 win against Mexico on 17 August 1992. Karpin played for Russia at the 1994 World Cup, Euro 96, and the 2002 World Cup. 

LM: Javier de Pedro (Spain)
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)
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.

CM/AM: Sebastián Ontoria (Spain)
Started with Zaragoza, but joined Real Sociedad in 1941, where he eventually became its captain. He earned a singe cap for Spain in 1950.

AM: Jose Mari Bakero (Spain)
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 34 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 there.
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. 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 partner 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,

Squad Explaination
-- 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.
-- Oscar de Paula mainly used a sub 

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


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Deportivo La Coruna All-Time Team

1999-2000 La Liga Champion
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.

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 2ndHe played 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)
Started with Las Palmas.  He moved to Deportivo La Coruna in 1998, where he helped them to win their first ever la Liga title. 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 played for many clubs, notably with Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna.  He was a key of Spain's victory at the WC 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)
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.  He spent 13 seasons with the club, winning 6 major titles. 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.

LW/FW: Albert Luque (Spain)
Luque started his career with Mallorca.  From 2002 to 2005, he played for Deportivo La Corunna.  He moved to Newcastle United in 2005, but never settled down. He played 17 times for Spain.

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. He was capped 4 times.

AM: Juan Carlos Valeron
Started with La Palmas and went to Mallocra and Atletico Madrid.  In 2000, he moved 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.

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.
FWJavier Manjarín
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 
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.
-- 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.

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.