Sunday, June 25, 2017

Espanyol All-Time Team

2006 Copa del Rey Winner

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 1900, the team plays in La Liga, the highest division of Spanish football. It has won the Copa del Rey four times, most recently in 2006, and reached the UEFA Cup final in 1988 and 2007. The team compete in the Derbi barceloní against FC Barcelona.
UEFA Cup 2007 Final

Team
GK: Ricardo Zamora (Spain)
The first ever star goalkeeper in history.  He is also remembered for a spectacular last minute save he made in the 1936 Copa de España final while playing for Real Madrid against FC Barcelona. The award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, is named in his honour and he was voted one of the greatest players of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine. He was also Spain's most capped player for 45 years.
Ricardo Zamora 

GK: Thomas N'Kono (Cameroon)
He was among the best keepers from the 1980's and probably the most famous goalkeeper from Africa.  He played in three WC Finals.  Gianluigi Buffon was inspired by him and named his son Thomas after him.  He had a notable career with Espanyol.

GK: Carlos Kameni (Cameroon)
He spent the vast majority of his career in Spain, mainly with Espanyol, with which he appeared in 229 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons. He also played for Le Havre and at the time of writing, he is with Malaga. A Cameroonian international before he was 20, Kameni represented the country in two World Cups and five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

RB: Antonio Argilés (Spain)
From 1950 to 1964, he played for Espanyol.  He held the appearance record for the club.  He was capped for Spain B international.
Antonio Argilés

RB: Cristóbal (Spain)
He made his debut with Barcelona in the 1987-1988 season.  He played with Real Oviedo and CD Logroñés before going to Espanyol and PSG.  Capped 6 times between 1991 and 1993.

CB/RB: Ricardo Saprissa (El Salvador)
Born in El Salvador of Spanish parents, Saprissa played several sports, excelling at football with the team RCD Espanyol, as well as in tennis, field hockey and polo. He won Spain's football national championship with RCD Espanyol in 1928, Spain's field hockey national championship in 1924, and Spain's tennis national championships in 1923 and 1924. He participated with Spain at the Paris Olympic Games in 1924 and on the Spanish Davis Cup team in 1930. He moved to San José, Costa Rica, in 1932.  He was the founder of Deportivi Saprissa, the most successful club in Costa Rica.

SW: José Parra (Spain)
Parra's spent most of his career with RCD Español where he signed with the club in 1947 from neighbouring Terrassa FC, going on to compete with the former in 12 La Liga seasons.  Parra earned seven caps for Spain and he was a part of the World Cup team in 1950.

CB: Daniel Jarque (Spain)
Jarque made his La Liga debut with his hometown club on 20 October 2002.  In 2006–07,  Jarque appeared in 14 UEFA Cup games as Espanyol reached the final, lost on penalties to Sevilla FC.  In 2009, He was named team captain one month before his death from a heart attack, at the age of 26.  The Espanyol training ground and B-team stadium was also renamed in Jarque's memory.
Daniel Jarque
CB: Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina)
He made his professional with Newell's Old Boys in 1988. The side reached the final of the Copa Libertadores, where he scored a crucial goal away to Colombian champions América de Cali in the semi-final. He then moved to Espanyol in Spain for the 1994–95 season, helping it to the 2000 conquest of the Copa del Rey.
In 2001, Pochettino signed for Paris Saint-Germain.  Capped 20 times.  He went to the 2002 Japan/Korea.

LB: Miquel Soler (Spain)
From 1983 to 2003, he played in La Liga for various clubs.  He is the only player who had played for both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona and Espanyol.  He earned 9 caps with Spain and appeared at Euro 1988.

LB: David Garcia (Spain)
He spent most of his professional career with Espanyol, appearing in 243 competitive games over the course of 12 La Liga seasons and winning two Copa del Rey trophies.

CM: Josep Artigas (Spain)
From 1945 to 1955, he played for Espanyol.  He was capped once in 1950 playing against Ireland. 

CM: Sergio González (Spain)
Known simply as Sergio, he was adept at both defence and playmaking, and spent nearly one decade as a professional at Deportivo de La Coruña after starting at Espanyol. Over the course of 14 La Liga seasons, he amassed totals of 418 games and 34 goals. Sergio represented the Spanish national team in the 2002 World Cup.

CM: Daniel Solsona (Spain)
Solsona played in 373 La Liga games over the course of 13 seasons in which he represented RCD Español and Valencia CF, scoring 65 goals in the process. He made his debut in the competition at only 18, featuring for the former in a 0–0 home draw against Real Sociedad on 27 September 1970.  He moved abroad at the age of 31, going  to SC Bastia and Stade Rennais F.C. in Ligue 1 interspersed with a very short spell with Racing Club de France football Colombes 92.  Solsona earned seven caps for Spain.
Daniel Solsona 
LM/LW: Crisant Bosch (Spain)
He played  RCD Espanyol, CE Júpiter and Terrassa FC. His best years was with Espanyol whom he played 15 seasons in the club and won  two Spanish Cups(1929, 1940).  He was capped eight times by Spain, playing at the 1934 World Cup Finals in Italy.

LW: Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina)
He started with Newell's Old Boys.  Rodríguez arrived in Spain in 2002,  playing for Espanyol and Atlético Madrid. He also spent two years with Liverpool in England.  He appeared in three straight WC Finals from 2006 to 2014, totalling 57 caps.

AM/CM: Iván de la Peña (Spain)
Pequeño Buddha (Little Buddha) started his career with Barcelona billed as one of the best young Spanish players in the mid-1990's.  However, injuries limited his career.  Besides Barcelona, he played for Lazio and  Espanyol. He was a star of Spain Under-21 in 1996, but he did not make his senior debut until 2005.
Iván de la Peña
AM: John Lauridsen (Denmark)
He won the Danish championship with Esbjerg, before playing eight years uninterrupted in La Liga, with Español and Málaga. He appeared in more than 250 official games for the former club, helping it reach the 1988 UEFA Cup Final. Lauridsen played 27 times for Denmark after making his debut in 1981, representing the nation at the Euro 1984.

FW: Jordi Lardín (Spain)
He started with RCD Espanyol in the 1992–93 season and played there until 1997, where he signed with Atlético Madrid.  Lardín retired from football at age 29 claiming to be "fed up" with the sport. He made a tentative comeback two years later, with modest CD Leganés.  Capped 3 times.

LWF/FW: José María Lavilla (Spain)
He played for Real Oviedo from 1961 to 1965.  He joined RCD Espanyol in 1965 and retired from them in 1976.  He was capped 6 times. 

FW: Luis Garcia (Spain)
A product of Real Madrid. Over the course of nine seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 329 games and 73 goals, mainly with Espanyol, with which he won one Copa del Rey and reached the 2007 UEFA Cup Final.  He earned 7 caps.

ST: Marañón (Spain)
He started professionally at Real Madrid, but his career was mainly associated with Español. Over the course of 13 seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 308 games and 116 goals, making him Espanyol's second greatest goal scorers. Marañón went to the 1978 World Cup Finals.
Marañón 
ST: Julia Arcas (Spain) 
From 1947 to 1958, he played for Espanyol.  He scored the 1000th goal for Espanyol.  He scored with 86 goals. He was for many years the highest scorer in the club's history, until Rafael Marañón, with 111, and then Raul Tamudo broke his record. 

ST: José María Rodilla (Spain)
He began his career in 1961 playing for Real Valladolid. He played for the club until 1964. In that year he moved to RCD Espanyol, where he played until 1971. In that year he moved to UE Sant Andreu, a club in which he retired in 1972.

ST: Raul Tamudo (Spain)
Tamudo was a club legend with Espanyol.  He won two Copa Del Rey with the club as well as reaching the Final of UEFA cup in 2007. He is their all-time leading scorer.  He picked up 13 caps for Spain.
Raul Tamudo
Honorable Mention
Alberto Martorell, Urruti, Pablo Zabaleta, Urbano Ortega, Joan Golobart, Alberto Lopo, Antoni Arabí, Arteaga, Carmelo Amas, Diego Orejuela.

Squad Explanation
-- Urbano Ortega and Joan Golobart nearly made the team.
-- Ricardo Saprissa was chosen more for his interesting life. 
-- Raul Tamudo is probably the best player ever played for the club.
-- Afredo Di Stefano and László Kubala also played for them at the end of their careers.

Formation



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Leeds United

Under Don Revie, Leeds United won two league championship titles
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.

Leeds United have won three First Division league titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. The club has also won two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. The majority of the honours were won under the management of Don Revie in the 1960s and 1970s. Leeds lost the 1975 European Cup Final against Bayern Munich and reached the semi-finals of the tournament's successor, the Champions League, in 2001


1992 League Champion
Team GK: Nigel Martyn (England)
Having started his career with Bristol Rovers he moved to Crystal Palace where he became the first £1million goalkeeper in British football and was a member of the Palace side that lost the 1990 Cup Final and won the Full Members Cup in 1991. Subsequently, Martyn spent six seasons at Leeds United. He went on to win 23 England caps. An ankle injury forced him to retire in 2006, following three seasons at Everton.

GK: David Harvey (Scotland)
For Leeds United, Harvey played 63 times in the 1972–73 season, and played in both the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Winners Cup Final – ending up on the losing side both times. Leeds put together a 29-match unbeaten start to the 1973–74 season, winning the League championship.  He also played in NASL for Vancouver Whitecaps.  For Scotland, he was the first choice keeper at the WC Finals in 1974.

GK: John Lukic  (England)
He played his entire career for both Leeds United and Arsenal, having two spells with each club, making a total of 668 league appearances and played at the highest level of English football in four separate decades. He was capped by both the England U21 and England B sides.

RB: Paul Reaney (England)
Reaney started with leeds United under Don Revie.  In 1967–68 Leeds won the League Cup and the Fairs Cup, and in 1968–69 they won the League championship. He alsompayed for Newcastle. Capped 3 times. Reaney missed the 1970 World Cup in Mexico because of an injury.

CB: Lucas Radebe (South Africa)
He began playing in South Africa with Kaizer Chiefs, before transferring to Leeds United, where he played 200 matches for the Yorkshire side. During his spells at these clubs, he picked up the nicknames "Rhoo" and "The Chief". He became captain of Leeds United and also of the South African national team, most notably at World Cup 2002.  In 2000, he was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award.
Lucas Radebe

CB: Jack Charlton (England)
Jack Charlton played his entire career with Leeds United.  He was FWA Player of the Year in 1967.  He is the elder brother of the Manchester United great, Bobby.  They helped England to win the WC in 1966 and reached the semi-final of Euro 1968.  He earned 35 caps for England.

CB/ST: John Charles (Wales)
He was the greatest Welsh player.  He was equally adept at centre-forward or centre-back.  He was all-time great with Leeds United, but this best part of career was with Juventus. He was Serie A's top scorer with 28 goals, and was voted player of the season as Juventus won the Scudetto. He played in Turin for five years, scoring 93 goals in 155 matches, winning the scudetto (Italian league championship) three times, and the Italian Cup twice. He was 3rd in the Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) in 1959. He was never booked in his entire career.
John Charles

CB/DM: Norman Hunter  (England)
Hunter was known as one of the hardest tackler ever came out of English football. His nickname was "Bites Your Leg" Hunter.  He was one of Don Revie's key players at Leeds United, forming a strong partnership with Jack Charlton. He was PFA Player of the Year in 1974.  He won the WC in 1966 as an unused player.  He went to Mexico 1970, but only made a single appearance.

DM/LB: Paul Madeley (England)
Madeley signed for Leeds from non-league Farsley Celtic in May 1962 and became a regular in the team from 1966 onwards.
In his Leeds career, he played in every position on the pitch except goalkeeper. Capped 24 times.  He declined to be a stand-in player for the 1970 WC Finals.

LB: Terry Cooper (England)
He was Don Revie's trusted left back at Leeds United. He played for Leeds from 1962 and 1975.  He left to join Middlesbrough, which was then managed by his teammate Jack Charlton. He had 20 caps for England.

CM:  Billy Bremner (Scotland)
Bremner was Leeds United's greatest ever player.  He was their captain when they dominated English football.  He was also named as the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1970. He was known for his rough play. He is a member of both the English Football Hall of Fame and Scottish Football Hall of Fame. He spent 1976 to 1978 at Hull City, before being appointed player-manager at Doncaster Rovers in November 1978. He was capped 50 times. He went to the WC finals in 1974.
Billy Bremner
CM: Bobby Collins (Scotland)
Collins signed with Everton, but ended up joining Celtics in 1949.  He played there for 10 years before moving to Everton.  In 1962, he signed by Don Revie at Leeds United. He helped the club to a promotion in 1964. He skipped the team as he won the FWA Player of the Year in 1965. Capped 31 times.

CM: Gary McAllister (Scotland)
McAllister started his career at local side Motherwell before moving to Leicester Cit. He then went on to play for Leeds United, where he won the English league championship in 1991–92. McAllister later had spells at Coventry City and Liverpool. He won 59 caps and scoring five goals for Scotland. His leadership qualities were noticed, and he spent four successful years as Scotland captain in addition to two seasons as Leeds United captain. He was awarded an MBE in the 2001 

RM/CM: Gordon Strachan (Scotland)
Strachan played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City.  He spent 7 seasons with Aberdeen, winning two league titles and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. He was capped 50 times, representing Scotland at both WC Finals in 1982 and 1986.
Gordon Strachan 

CM: David Batty (England)
He is most famous for playing for Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.  He won league titles with both Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers, but his role with Blackburn Riovers was limited by an injury.  He was capped for the England national football team, and representing the nation at UEFA Euro 1992 and the 1998 World Cup.

 CM/AM: Johnny Giles (Ireland)
An all-time great for Leeds United in the 1970's where he won two English league titles.  He also played for Manchester United,  West Bromwich Albion, and in the NASL.  He was voted as Ireland's greatest player at  at the UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004.  He was capped 59 times.
Johnny Giles

LW:  Harry Kewell (Australia)

In 2012, he was voted the greatest ever Australian player.  At Leeds United, he won the PFA Young Player of the year in 1999-2000.  With Mark Viduka, the team reached the semifinal of the Champions' League in 2000-2001.  At liverpool, he won the Champions League in 2005, where he started the final match.  He became the first Australian-born player to win a Champions' League medal.

LW: Eddie Gray (Scotland)
Gray was an integral member of the legendary Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s, later twice becoming the club's manager. In 2000, Gray was voted as the third Greatest Leeds United player of all time, surpassed only by his club captain, Billy Bremner (No. 1) and John Charles (No. 2).  Gray played in 12 full international games for Scotland between 1969 and 1977. 
Eddie Gray

AM: Tony Currie (England)  
Currie started with Watford in 1967.  He was transferred to Sheffield United in 1968 and went on to score 54 goals in 313 appearances and was also made captain by manager Ken Furphy in March 1974. In September 2014, as part of the club's 125th Anniversary celebrations, he was named Sheffield United's Greatest Ever Player. In 1976,  he moved to  Leeds United.  His curling shot against Southampton F.C. in 1978 won ITV's The Big Match Goal of the Season that year.  Capped 17 times.

AM: Peter Lorimer (Scotland)
From 1984 to 1985 he was club captain of Leeds and holds the record as the club's youngest ever player and record goalscorer. He has been voted as the #9 greatest Leeds player of all time and voted into the Greatest Leeds United team of all time. He also played in NASL.  he represented Scotland at the 1974 WC Finals.
Peter Lorimer

ST: Anthony Yeboah (Ghana)
He enjoyed a successful career in Europe and was one of the best African players in the 1990's.  His most successful period was spent with Eintracht Frankfrut where he was the Bundesliga back-to-back top scorers twice in five seasons. He earned 59 caps, Despite playing with Abedi Pele, Ghana failed to qualify for the WC Finals. He is the third highest goalscoring total in the nation's history behind Abedi Pele and Asamoah Gyan.

ST: Mick Jones (England)
Jones started with Sheffield United in 1963. He made his England debut in 1965 against West Germany at centre forward. In 1967, he joined Leeds United, where he became a part of Dion Revie's famous side.  he was capped three times.

ST: Lee Chapman (Englnad)
He is best known for spells with Stoke City, Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and West Ham United. He also played for Plymouth Argyle, Arsenal, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Southend United, Ipswich Town and Swansea City. As well as this he played in both France and Norway for Chamois Niortais and Strømsgodset IF, and was capped by both the England U21 and England B teams. He also won the Football League Cup with Nottingham Forest and the league title with Leeds United.
Lee Chapman
ST: Mark Viduka
Viduka started with Croatian-based club Melbourne Knights FC.  He went to Europe in 1995, where he was probably the most famous Australian playing in Europe.  He played in Croatia, Scotland and England.  In Scotland, he was the top scoring in the Scottish league and won the SPFA Player of the Season with Celtics. And then, he joined Leeds United, where the club reached the semifinal of the Champions' League.  He also played for Middlesbrough and Newcastle United.

ST: Allan Clarke (England)
Earloer in his career, he played Walsall, Fulham and Leicester.  In 1969, he joined Leeds United, where he was a part of Don Revie's team.  Clarke won its second Fairs Cup in 1971 – scoring in the final against Juventus.  Clarke was capped 19 times.  He made his debut during the 1970 WC Finals in Mexico.
Allan Clarke

Honorable Mention
Tony Dorigo,Vinnie Jones, Jonathan Woodgate, Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen, Lee Bowyer, Eric Cantona, Dominic Matteo, Mel Sterland , Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, Alan Smith, John Sheridan, Gary Speed, Rio Ferdinand, Tom Jennings, Albert Johanneson, John Sheridan, Paul Robinson, Gary Sprake, Mervyn Day.

Squad Explanation
-- I have too many centerbacks. Vinnie Jones, Jonathan Woodgate, Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen and Rio Ferdinand were honourable mentions.
-- Eric Cantona played in their championship-winning season and was a star of the team, but he only played a short time there.  
-- Tony Dorigo was left off because of Cooper and Madeley.
-- Gary Speed and Albert Johanneson were kept out by Kewell and Gray.

Formation





Friday, June 23, 2017

Spartak Moscow All-Time Team

1936 Soviet Top League 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.

In the early days of Soviet football, almost all the teams were related to the government—Dinamo with the police, CSKA with the army and Spartak Moscow, created by a trade union public organization was considered to be "the people's team." Spartan Moscow was the second most successful football team in the Soviet Union and the most successful Russian club after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The club was founded by the Starostin brothers with help from Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth) in the early 1930's.

2016-2017 Russian Premier League Champion
Team
GK: Rinat Dasaev (USSR)
He was considered one of the best keepers in the world during the 1980's.  He was capped 91 times from 1979 to 1990, being the second-most capped player ever for the Soviet Union. He appeared in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1988, where the Soviets finished second.
Rinat Dasaev 

GK: Anatoly Akimov (USSR)
Akimov was also a handball player.  He played for the Moscow teams " Trigogorka ", " Spartak ", " Dynamo ", " Torpedo " and the Air Force . He was considered one of the best Soviet goalkeepers of the pre-war period. 

GK: Vladislav Zhmelkov (USSR)
Zhmelkov played Spartak Moscow and CSKAS Moscow before the War.  He won the best sportsman of the USSR in 1939.

LB/RB: Mikhail Ogonkov  (USSR)
He was a member of the USSR team that won the 1956 Olympic gold medal.  He spent his entire career with Spartak Moscow.  He career was cut short in 1958 when he was suspended for three years. 

CB: Vasily Sokolov (USSR)
In 1929, he began his career in local football team Żeldor. He played for DKA Smolensk (1934-1936). In October 1936, he played one match for CDKA Moscow, and the following year he returned to Smolensk DKA. In 1938, he moved to Spartak Moscow, where he achieved his greatest success. With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War he joined Krylja Soviet Moscow, but in 1942 he returned to Spartak, where he served as captain.

CB/RB: Aleksandr Starostin (USSR)
Before the founding of Spartak Moscow, he played for Moscow clubs: RGO Sokol (1918-1921), ISS (1922), Krasnaya Presnya (1923-1925), Food Industry (1926-1930) and Promkooperatsiya (1931, 1934), Dukat "(1932-1933).  With Spartak Moscow, he was the first captain of the team. From 1931 to 1935, he played 11 unofficial matches for the Soviet Union. Since 1932, he was their captain. 

CB: Viktor Onopko (USSR/Russia)
He was an Ukrainian, but chose to play for Russia after the collapse of the USSR.  He picked up 4 caps for CIS and 109 caps for Russia. He played in the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, as well as Euro 96.  He played for Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow, Real Oviedo, Rayo Vallecano, Alania Vladikavkaz and FC Saturn.
Viktor Onopko 
CB Anatoli Bashashkin (USSR)
He was captain of the Soviet Union at the 1952 Olympics, but following their politically embarrassing defeat to Yugoslavia he was stripped of the captaincy.  He played CDSK Moscow and Spartak Moscow.

CB: Vagiz Khidiyatullin (USSR)
He earned 58 caps and scored 6 goals for the USSR , and played for them in the 1980 Summer Olympics, 1988 UEFA European Championship and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He played for many clubs in Russia and France.

SW/DM: Anatoli Maslyonkin (USSR)
He earned 33 caps for the USSR national football team, and participated in two World Cups, as well as the first ever European Nations' Cup in 1960, where the Soviets were champions. He also won a goal medal in Football at the 1956 Summer Olympics


LB: Evgeny Lovchev  (USSR)
The Soviet player of the Yer in 1972. He played 52 for the USSR.  He was one of the best fullback of his time.  In 1970 he became the first player to be booked on a World Cup match, in the opening game of the tournament against Mexico.  He played mainly for Spartak Moscow.
Evgeny Lovchev

DM/CM: Andrey Starostin (USSR)
He was one of the famous Starostin brothers that made Spartak Moscow so famous. He played for clubs in Moscow Krasnaya Presnya (1923-1925), Pisheviki (1926-1930), Cooperatsiya (1931, 1934), Ducat (1932-1933), Spartak (1935-1942, captain team in 1937-1940). He played for the national team of Moscow - 1933-40, RSFSR - 1931-34. For the USSR national team played he played 10 informal matches from 1932-35 respectively, all against the Turkish national team. He also played hockey.

CM: Igor Netto (USSR)
He was regarded among the best midfielders in Soviet history.  He played most of his career for Spartak Moscow.  He was the captain of the USSR from 1954 to 1963. He led the country to the gold medal in the 1956 Summer Olympics, and victory at the first ever European Championship in 1960. He missed all but one match in the 1958 FIFA World Cup due to injury, and also played all four matches in the 1962 FIFA World Cup when the Soviet Union reached the quarterfinals. In total he collected 54 international caps and four goals. 
Igor Netto

He played 494 matches for Spartak Moscow between 1977 and 1993, more than any other player in the club's history. He played on the Soviet national team, scoring 12 goals in 32 appearances. He was the Soviet Player of the Year in 1983 and 1989.
Fyodor Cherenkov

RW: Valeri Karpin (Russia)
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. For Russia, Karpin has been capped 72 times, scoring 17 goals (also capped once for the CIS). He scored Russia's first goal after the breakup of the Soviet Union, in a 2–0 win against Mexico in 1992. Karpin played for Russia at the 1994 World Cup, Euro 96, and the 2002 World Cup.

RW: Petr Starostin (USSR)
The youngest of the Starostin brothers.  He played for Spartak Moscow throughout the 1930's.  

LW: Galimzyan Khusainov (USSR)
He played for the Soviet Union national team (33 matches/4 goals), and was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, 1966 FIFA World Cup and at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, where the Soviet Union squad won the silver medal, despite his goal in the final.

AM: Andrey Tikhonov (Russia)Tikhonov won a total of eight Russian League titles with Spartak Moscow. He then had a short loan spell in Israel, before signing a contract with Krylia Sovetov Samara. From 1996 to 2000, he was capped 29 times.  His international career was not as good as his club career.
Andrey Tikhonov 

AM: Yegor Titov (Russia)
Titov spent the majority of his club career at Spartak Moscow, starting in 1995, helping them to six consecutive league titles, and winning Russian Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000. He played for Russia at the 2002 World Cup and has amassed over 30 caps for his country.
Yegor Titov

FW: Nikolai Starostin (USSR)
He was the eldest of four Starostin brothers.  With the help from Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth), he founded Spartak Moscow in the 1930's.  Known for his rivalry with Dynamo Moscow and Lavrentiy Beria.  He was jailed during the Great Purge.

SR/FW: Boris Tatushin (USSR)
Tatushin spent most of his career with Spartak Moscow.  He made his debut for USSR on September 8, 1954 in a friendly against Sweden. He played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but was not selected for the final tournament squad, because he was arrested with Eduard Streltsov and Mikhail Ogonkov over rape allegations and was disqualified for three years.

ST: Anatoli Ilyin (USSR)
Ilene spent his entire career with Spartak Moscow.  He was capped 31 times for the Soviet Union.  In 1956, he scored the winning goal the Olympics Gold Medal Matches. He participated in the 1958 WC Finals.

ST: Sergey Rodionov (USSR)
During his years at Spartak (1979–90, 1993–95) and Red Star Saint-Ouen (1990–93) he scored 162 goals. He was the league top scorer in 1989. He was a member of the USSR national team at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.


ST: Sergei Salnikov (USSR)
He played for both Dynamo and Spartak Moscow.  He was part of the Soviet team that won the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics, where Salnikov scored two goals in the quarterfinal match against Indonesia. He is the grandfather of the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas.

ST Nikita Simonyan (USSR)
He is the top scorer in the history of the club Spartak Moscow at 160 goals, and is also the top scorer in the Soviet Top League at 133 goals.  He was the Soviet captain at the WC Finals in 1958.  He was capped 20 times.
Nikita Simonyan

Honorable Mention
Anzor Kavazashvili, Stanislav Cherchesov, Gennady Logofet, Nikolai Tishchenko, Ilya Tsymbalar, Aleksandr Bubnov, Ilya Tsymbalar, Aleksei Paramonov, Anatoli Isayev, Stanisław Leuta, Viktor Papayev, 

Squad Explanation
-- Stanislav Cherchesov and Anzor Kavazashvili were considered for the goalkeepers.
-- The Starostin brothers were associated with the founding of the club and how it turned soccer into a big sport in the Soviet Union. So all four of them made the squad.  Their conflict with Lavrenty Beria was well-documented.  
Starostin brothers 

Formation