Thursday, October 19, 2017

Argentina All-Time Team after Maradona

2004 Olympic Games

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Argentina All-Time Team
Argentina All-Time Team before 1978,
If Argentina sent this team to 1958 World Cup

Since Diego Maradona's last game with Argentina in 1994, Argentina has not won a major international trophy.  However, a number of star players emerged.  New Maradona or New Diego is a title given by the press and public to promising Argentine football players in reference (and reverence) to Diego Maradona as a benchmark. Since Maradona retired, people have been anticipating someone to lead the Argentine national team to a World Cup final, like Maradona did twice.  

This is my selection of a 23 member all-time Argentine team after Maradona's retirement from the national team in 1994.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals. Players who played with Diego Maradona in 1994 are considered if they played long after the WC Finals.  They are considered a generation after Maradona.  The nature of this thread is after players after him.


Argentina did well in many U20 World Cup

Team
GK: Roberto Abbondanzieri
He started with Rosario Central.  In 1997, he moved to Boca Juniors, where he stayed until 2006.  He held the Boca Juniors record of 14 titles, surpassed later by Guillermo Barros Schelotto. He was named South American Goalkeeper of the Year in 2003.  In 2006, he moved to Getafe in Spain.  Capped 49 times.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006.  He started all matched until he was subbed out because of an injury during the quarterfinal against Germany. 

GK: German Burgos 
Burgos started playing professionally with Ferro Carril Oeste. In 1994 he moved to River Plate, where he was dubbed Mono (monkey) because of his height and disheveled appearance, going on to win several titles during his spell, notably the 1994 Apertura where his team did not lose one single game.  He also played in Spain. He was capped 35 times and was the backup keeper at the WC Finals in 1998 and 2002.

GK: Sergio Romero
Romero started his career with racing Club before moving to Europe where he played for AZ, Sampdoria and Monaco.  At the time of writing, he is a backup keeper with Manchester United. At the time of writing, he warned over 90 caps.  he was Argentina's starting keeper at both WC Finals in 2010 and 2014.

RB: Javier Zanetti
He was the starting rightback for Inter Milan for almost 20 years.  He served as their captain from 1999, earning him the nickname "Il Capitano" (The Captain).  He held all kind of appearance records in Italy.  He widely considered to be Argentina's best ever rightback.  He holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Argentine national team and played in the 1996 Olympic tournament, five Copa América tournaments and two World Cups, in 1998 and 2002.
Javier Zanetti

RB: Pablo Zabaleta 
With Manchester City, Zabaleta has won all three of English football's major honours: the FA Cup (2011), the Premier League (2012 and 2014), and the Football League Cup (2014). Before joining Manchester City, Zabaleta played for La Liga club RCD Espanyol, where he won the 2005–06 Copa del Rey.  Zabaleta represented Argentina at the 2011 and 2015 Copa América, and was part of their team which finished as runners-up in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

CB: Roberto Ayala
Roberto Ayala captained Argentina for 63 times, a record.  He is also the second cap record holder for Argentina.  He played in three FIFA World Cups and made a total of 115 international appearances. He was best remembered for winning the UEFA Cup with Valencia. He also played with River Plate, Napoli, Racing Zaragoza, Milan, etc.
Roberto Ayala
CB: Roberto Sensini 
He started in 1986 for Newell's Old Boys before moving to Udinese.  Sensini moved to Parma in 1993, winning two UEFA Cups, two Italian Cups, and the UEFA Super Cup. He would then have a brief stint with S.S. Lazio, winning the scudetto, the Italian Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana in his first season.  He moved back to Parma for a further year, winning another Coppa Italia in 2002, before returning to his first Italian club, Udinese, in 2002.   He played in the World Cup 1990, 1994 and 1998. In the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final Sensini conceded the disputed penalty kick from which West Germany scored their winning goal.

CB: Martín Demichelis
Demichelis spent most of his professional career with Bayern Munich in Germany (seven and a half years), winning 11 major titles with the team. He also competed in his home country with River Plate, in Spain with Espanyol and Málaga and in England with Manchester City. Demichelis earned 51 caps for Argentina, representing the country in two World Cups – finishing second in 2014 – and the 2015 Copa América.

CB: Walter Samuel
Samuel began his club career with Newell's Old Boys in 1996, later moving to Boca Juniors the following year. This was soon followed by a move to Europe in 2000, and spells with Roma, and Real Madrid. In 2005, he joined Inter Milan, where he remained for nine seasons, winning five consecutive Serie A titles; he played a key role in the club's treble success in the 2009–10 season, partnering with Lúcio in defence under José Mourinho. At international level, he has accumulated over 50 caps for Argentina, representing his country at two FIFA World Cups.
Walter Samuel

LB/LW: Juan Pablo Sorin 
He had a successful club career in his native Argentina with River Plate, in Brazil with Cruzeiro, and with various teams in Europe, including Barcelona, Lazio, Paris Saint-Germain and Villarreal. He won the Copa Libertadores in 1996 with River Plate.  he earned 76 caps and was the captain of Argentina national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

LB: José Chamot 
Chamot began his career with Rosario Central, and then moved to Italy, where he played for Pisa (1991–93), Foggia (1993–94) and Lazio (1994–98). His spell at Lazio cemented him as one of the top full backs in the Serie A.  He had a spell with Atlético Madrid, before joining A.C. Milan, winning the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League.  Earned 43 caps for Argentina, and played in three FIFA World Cups (1994, 1998 and 2002). 

CM: Fernando Redondo
Fernando Redondo was known as one of the best central midfielders in Argentina's history.  He won two Champions' League for Real Madrid.  Redondo also played with Argentinos Juniors,  CD Tenerife and AC Milan. For the national team, he only picked up 29 caps because he had issues with various managers.
Fernando Redondo

DM: Diego Simeone 
Simeone started his career with Velez Sarsfield before moving to Europe. He first joined Pisa and Sevilla before going to Atletico Madrid.  He won the Double with them in 1995-1996.  He then moved to Inter Milan, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1998.  In 1999, he moved to Lazio.  Again, he won the Double.  He returned to Atletico Madrid in 2003 and played for Racing Club before his retirement.  For Argentina, he was capped 106 times. He won Copa America in 1991 and 1993.  He went to play in three WC Finals; 1994, 1998 and 2002.  In 1998, he had the famous incident with David Beckham.  

CM: Esteban Cambiasso
During his professional career, Cambiasso has won 23 official titles (as of the end of 2011), being the Argentine footballer with most honours in history, one more than Alfredo Di Stéfano. The majority of his titles were won during his ten seasons at Internazionale, including five Scudetti and the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. A full international since 2000, Cambiasso won 52 caps for Argentina, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup, at the 2005 Confederations Cup, and at the Copa América in 2007 and 2011.

AM/CM: Juan Sebastián Verón 
Son of a Estudiantes de La Plata great Juan Ramon Veron, he was also a hero at the club.  Both father and son won the Copa Libertadores for the club.  He also had an extended career in Europe, playing for Parma, Lazio, Sampdoria, Manchester United, Chelsea, Inter Milan, etc.  He was considered one of the best Argentine player of his generation, winning 73 caps.
Juan Sebastián Verón 
AM/CM: Juan Roman Riquelme 
Riquelme was the best Argentine player of his generation. He spent most of his career with Boca Juniors, but also had a significant spell in Spain with Villarreal. He was a club legend with Boca Juniors.  He won 4 Copa Libertadores and a single Intercontionental Cup.  With Villarreal, he reached the semifinal of the Champions' League in 2005. For Argentina, he was only capped 51 times, largely because of his row with Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.

RW/FW:  Lionel Messi 
At time of writing, he won 4 World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or.  In 2016, he was convicted for 21 months in jail for tex fraudDespite his tax evasion conviction and fraud with his charities, he is considered a clean-cut player. He is one of the few convicted footballers active in the game.

RW/FW: Ángel Di María
After beginning his career with Rosario Central, Di María moved to Europe in 2007 to play for Benfica, earning a €25 million move to Real Madrid three years later. He played a major role in the club's 2011–12 La Liga triumph. After winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a British record £59.7 million, but joined PSG a year later for around £44 million. At the time of writing, he earned over 90 caps. He went to both 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals.
Ángel Di María
FW/AM: Sergio Aguero 
El Kun became the youngest player ever to play in the Argentine Primera Division in 2003 when he played for Independiente.  In 2006, Atletico Madrid broke their transfer record to sign him.  He rewarded the club with the Europa Cup in 2010.  In 2011, he joined Manchester City. Again, he rewarded the club with an added time goal that won the Preimership for Manchester City's first ever title. At the time of writing, he had 77 caps.  
Sergio Aguero 
ST/SS: Carlos Tevez 

Tevez began his career with Boca Juniors, winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 2003 before moving to Corinthians where he won the Brasileiro. In 2006,  he moved to West Ham United, but Tevez transferred to Manchester United in 2007 and in his two years won several trophies including two league titles and the Champions League. In 2009 he joined Manchester City. In 2013, he moved to Juventus, helping them to dominate Italian football.  he returned to Boca Juniors in 2015.  At the time of writing, he plays for Shanghai Shenhua. He earned over 70 caps and appeared in two WC Finals.

ST: Hernán Crespo 
Started with River Plate, he went on to play for many big clubs in both Italy and England.  He won three Serie A scudetti, a Copa Libertadores, a Premier League title and an Olympic Games silver medal. At international level, Crespo's career was limited by playing with Gabriel Batistuta, but he still managed to score 35 goals and is Argentina's third highest goalscorer. He played in three FIFA World Cups: 1998, 2002, 2006.

ST: Gonzalo Higuain 
Born in France of an Argentinian player Jorge Higuain, Gonzalo first starred for River Plate in Argentina.  He joined Real Madrid in 2006.  He became a fan's favourite after scoring the winning goal against Espanyol on his debut season.  He would stay with the club until 2013.  Gonzalo Higuain later played with Napoli and Juventus.  In the 2015–16 season, he scored 36 league goals, winning the Capocannoniere title and equalling Gino Rossetti's 87-year-old record for goals in an Italian top-flight season. With For the national team, he earned 52 caps.  He was brought into the national team after Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa 2010.
Gonzalo Higuain 

ST:  Gabriel Batistuta
He is the current top-scorer for Argentina.  He first gained international recognition when Argentina won the Copa America in 1991 where he finished as the top scorer. He earned a move to Fiorentina spending the next 9 seasons there while becoming their all-time leading scorer.  In 2000, he moved to Roma and won the scudetto in his first season. He went to the WC Finals in 1994, 1998 and 2002.
Gabriel Batistuta

Honorable Mention
Ariel Ortega, Carlos Tevez, Matìas Almeyda, Kily González, Pablo Aimar, Nicolás Burdisso, Diego Milito, Nicolás Otamendi, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago, Diego Placente, Gabriel Milito, Fabrizio Coloccini

Squad Explanation
-- Players who played with Diego Maradona in 1994 are considered if they played long after the WC Finals.  They are considered a generation after Maradona.  The nature of this thread is after players after him.
-- Robert Ayala, Walter Samuel and Roberto Sensini were obvious selection for centerbacks.  The 4th centerback is Martín Demichelis.  At his peak, I feel he was better than Gabriel Milito and Fabrizio Coloccini. Gabriel Heinze who played primarily as a left back was also considered to be the 4th centerback. Juan Pablo Sorin and Jose Chamot
-- Fernando Redondo never played in a World Cup Finals after 1994, but he is of same age as Gabriel Batistuta.
-- Esteban Cambiasso is more rounded game than Javier Mascherano.
-- It was difficult to select the third keeper.  Sergio Romero was chosen because he amassed over 90 caps.
-- Claudio Caniggia was on the 2002 World Cup team, but he played two WC Finals with Diego Maradona.
-- The 23rd spot was difficult.  It was a choice between Ariel Ortega and Carlos Tevez. I was lending on Tevez because of his club career with Boca Juniors and in Europe.
-- Ángel Di María provided width to the attack.

Formation
The defence is solid, but the offence is unrealistic.  Riquelme, Aguero and Messi probably would not work well.





Friday, October 13, 2017

Argentina All-Time Team before 1978


Argentina in 1966

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Argentina All-Time Team 
Argentina All-Time Team After Maradona
If Argentina sent this team to 1958 World Cup

Argentina finished second in the first ever World Cup Finals in 1930.  Three Argentine-born players – Luis Monti, Raimundo Orsi and Enrique Guaita played for Italy as Italy won the 1934 World Cup Finals.  Argentina's turn to win the World Cup did nit come until 1978.  However,  from 48 years between the first World Cup to 1978, Argentina produced many stars such as Alfredo di Stefano, Amadeo Carrizo, Omar Sivori, Silvio Marzolini, etc.  This is my selection of Argentina All-Time Team before 1978.
Argentina South American Champion 1957

Team  

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

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

GK: Antonio Roma 
Nicknamed Tarzan for the way of throwing himself for the ball, he started his professional career with Ferrocarril Oeste in 1955. He was then transferred, together with teammate Silvio Marzolini, to Boca Juniors in 1959. Roma stayed with Boca until his retirement in 1972.  With the club Roma won the Argentine League of 1962, 1964, 1965, and the Campeonato Nacional 1969 and 1970. In 1969 he kept his goal clear for 783 minutes.  Capped 42 times for La Albicelestes.  He went to the WC Finals in 1962 and 1966.

RB: Carlos Sosa 
Carlos Sosa started his career with Atlanta.  He joined Boca Juniors in the 1941, wherhestablished as one of the best defender of his generation.  He payed in France for Racing Paris and Red Stars.  With Argentina, he won two Copa Americas.


RB: Enrique Wolff
Wolff began his career with Racing Club in 1967. He played for the club until he was transferred to River Plate in 1972. In 1974 Wolff was transferred to UD Las Palmas in Spain, and 3 years later he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid where he was part of the championship winning sides of 1977-1978 and 1978-1979.  capped 27 times.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1974.



CB: Roberto Perfumo
At club level, Perfumo played for Racing, River Plate and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. He was a legend with Racing Club in Argentina winning the Primera title, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.  He was considered their greatest player. He played in 1966 and 1974 WC Finals. 

CB: Federico Sacchi  
Sacchi started his career with Tiro Federal. In 1958 he was signed by Newell's Old Boys. Sacchi joined Racing Club de Avellaneda in 1961 and was part of the team that won the Argentine Primera in his first season with the club. He joined Boca Juniors in 1965 and won another league title in his debut season with the club. In 1967, he joined Sporting Cristal of Peru. Sacchi played 15 times for the Argentina national team, scoring one goal. He was a member of the Argentina squad for the 1962 World Cup.

CB: Ludovico Bidoglio 
He was an early player for Boca Juniors.  He made his debut with the club before the club was officially named as Boca Juniors.  He was capped 27 times, winning two Copa America: 1925 and 1927.


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



A idol with Boca Juniors.  He played form them between 1960 and 1962.  He was considered one of the greatest leftbacks in Latin American football history.  He was capped 27 times.  He went to the 1966 WC Finals in England.

LB: Jorge Carrascosa

El Lobo (The Wolf) started his career in 1967 with Banfield. He made his debut for Argentina in 1970 and was signed by Rosario Central, where he was part of the squad that won the Nacional 1971. In 1973, he joined Huracán where he won a second Argentine championship in his first season, the Metropolitano was the clubs first championship since the professionalisation of Argentine football in 1931. Carrascosa was capped 30 times. He was a member of the 1974 World Cup squad.



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


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

Rattin played his entire career with Boca Juniors.  He was remembered for getting send-off against England at the WC Finals in 1966, in which he refused to leave the field.  This incident, and others surrounding the same game, arguably started the long-lasting rivalry between the national teams of Argentina and England.  He earned 34 caps and also went to the WC Finals in 1962. 
Antonio Rattin 

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

A member of River Plate's "La Máquina.  It is considered to be one of the greatest team ever assembled in the history of South American football. They dominated Argentine football during the first half of the 1940s, winning eight national titles during his time at the club. He usually played as an outside left and he is considered to be one of Argentina's greatest wingers. Because the peak of his career was during the Second World War, his international career was very limited. Nevertheless, he played 28 times for Argentina scoring ten goals.  He won three straight Copa America in 1945, 1946, and 1947. 

SS/FW: Adolfo Pedernera 
He was a member of  "La Máquina".  He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest Argentine players of all-time. He was elected the 12th best South american footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2000. He moved to Atlanta in 1947 and Millonarios in Colombia.  Because of the Second World War, he did not play many games for Argentina. He still won the Copa America 1941 and 1945.


He was one of the first professional players in Argentine football to reach great popularity, to the point that he had a movie biography. He started with Tigre and then a spell with Vélez Sársfield.  In 1932, Ferreyra was transferred from Tigre to River Plate for a record transfer fee of 23,000 pounds. He kept this record for a total of 17 years – the longest unbroken time period for this record.  For River Plate, his scoring ratio was more than one goal per match.  He was only capped 4 times.

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori
After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero_Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961.
Omar Sivori (R)

The star of  "La Máquina" in the 1940's.  Some fans in Argentina considered him better than Maradona and Di Stefano. He did not play in the World Cup due to the War, but won the South American Championships of 1941, 1942 and 1947.

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

ST/FW: Ángel Labruna 
He is the second top scorer of the Argentine First Division with 293 goals, Arsenio Erico being the first top scorer with 295 goals. Labruna was also part of the celebrated River Plate offense, nicknamed La Máquina (The Machine), and he was considered one of the best South-American footballers of his generation.  He played 37 matches for Argentina, scoring 17 goals. He also won two South American Championships (1946 and 1955) and as a nearly 40-year-old he played in the final phase of 1958 FIFA World Cup held in Sweden.
Ángel Labruna 

ST: Luis Artime 
Artime started his career at Club Atlético Atlanta, but better known for his career with River Plate where he became the top scorer in Argentina on three occasions and Independiente where he helped the team to win the Nacional 1967, he was also topscorer in the tournament.  With Nacional of Uruguay, he helped the team to win the Copa Libertadores in 1971. He also played Palmeiras and Fluminense in Brazil.  For Argentina, he scored 24 goals in 25 games. He played at the 1966 World Cup and at the South American Championship 1967, where he was the top goalscorer.

Honorable Mention
Américo Tesoriere, Carlos Peucelle, Rinaldo Martino, Rene Pontoni, Ermindo Onega, 
Enrique Garcia, Jose Sanfillppo, Antonio Sastre, Juan Carlos Muñoz, Manuel Seoane, Ernesto Lazzatti, Manuel Ferreira, Humberto Maschio, Ernesto Grillo, José Salomón.

Squad Explanation 
-- Antonio Rattin, Luis Artime, Ángel Labruna, Bernabe Ferreyra, and Omar Corbatta were not on my Argentina All-Time Team, but they could easily be considered for it.
-- Many players are on my 1956 World Cup Team.
-- I took Antonio Roma as the third keeper over Américo Tesoriere. Roma was also my first chocie for my Boca Juniors All-Time Team.
-- Antonio Sastre was seriously considered.  I have too many attack midfielders.
-- I brought two new centerbacks who were not on my all-time team: Federico Sacchi, Ludovico Bidoglio and José Ramos Delgado.  Delgado was well-known because of his club career with Pele. José Salomón should get a spot too.

Formation
I am using the older 4-2-4 formation.





Monday, October 9, 2017

Brazil All-Time Team After Pele

1994 World Cup
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Brazil All-Time Team
Sao Paulo StateRio de Janeiro
North/Northeastern BrazilSouth/Southeastern Brazil
Brazilian-born players capped by other national teams
Afro-Brazlian Players
Brazil All-Team Under Mari Zagallo
Brazil All-Time Team before 1958

This is my selection of a 23 member all-time Brazil team after Pele's retirement from the national team in 1970.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Before Pele, Brazil has never won the World Cup.  At the completion of Pele's career, Brazil is generally known as the greatest football nations in the world.  Pele put Brazil on the football map.  This is my selection of the greatest Brazilian players after Pele.  All players made their national team debut after Pele retired from the national team in 1970.

World Cup 2002
Team  
GK: Claudio Taffarel
Taffarel earned over 100 caps.  He was the starting goalkeeper for the WC 1994 winning team. During an 18-year career, he played professionally for six clubs, including Parma, Internacional, Atlético Mineiro and Galatasaray. He won an UEFA Cup with Galatasaray.

GK: Julio Ceasar
Julio Ceasar was awarded the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010.  He won the Champions' League with Inter Milan in 2010.  He won 87 international caps for the Seleção between 2004 and 2014. He was selected for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, in addition to two Copa América. 

GK: Dida 
Remembered for his 8 seasons with AC Milan.  He was the hero of the 2003 Champions' League Final when he helped Milan to win the penalty shootout against Juventus.  He became the first Brazilian keeper to be nominated for Ballon d' Or that year.  He went to three World Cup Finals and started in 2006 for the Seleção.
Dida

RB: Cafu 
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.  

Cafu

RB: Leandro 
Leandro was one of the best rightbacks in the 1980's. He earned 31 caps.  Hwas a part of the great 1982 World Cup team in Spain.  He spent his entire career playing for Flamengo. Along with Zico and Junior, he helped them to win the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1981. The team was considered one of the greatest Brazilian club side ever assembled.

CB: Lucio
The star of the 2002 WC Team. He earned 105 caps for Brazil.  He reached the Champions' League final with Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.  In 2004, he moved to Bayern Munich, where he won one German Cup and three Bundesliga titles. He also helped Inter Milan win the 2010 Champions League against his former club Bayern Munich.

CB: Aldair 
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.  

CB: Luis Pereira
Luis Pereira was widely considered to be the best central back in the Seleção's history. He was capped over 30 times and played in World Cup in 1974. He played 562 games with S.E. Palmeiras (34 goals) and 171 games with Atlético Madrid (17 goals).

CB: Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva  became the most expensive defender in history when he moved from Milan to Paris St. Germain.  Before moving to play in Europe, he played for Juventude and Fluminense in Brazil. He was a key player as Fluminense to the Final of VCopa Libertadores in 2008.  For the national team, he was the captain of Brazil ill-fated team in World Cup 2014, but did not play against Germany in the semifinal. He was an unused sub at the WC Finals in 2010.

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

Roberto Carlos

LB: Junior 
Junior was one of the greatest leftback in Brazil's history.  He was the leftback for Brazil in 1982.  He was also a part of the great Flamengo team of the 1980's winning the 1981 Copa Libertadores and 1981 Intercontinental Cup. With 857 matches, he is the player with most appearances for Flamengo.

DM: Toninho Cerezo 
He played for Roma and Sampdoria in Italy. With São Paulo FC, he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores.  He went to Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982. 


DM: Dunga
Dunga's bluecollar and defensive style of football symbolized a new era in Brazil's football.  He played 91 times for Brazil.  He was the captain of Brazil's WC winning team in 1994. He also went to Italia 1990 and France 1998.  He played in Brazil, Japan, Italy and Germany in his career.

Dunga

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.

RM/CM: Socrates
He was the captain of 1982 and 1986 team. One of the best attack midfielders in Brazil's history.  In 1983, he was named South American Footballer of the Year.  He spent 7 seasons with Corinthians.  He went abroad in 1984, playing a season in Serie A with Fiorentina.  He was also a MD, earning the degree while he was an active player.

Socrates

AM/LM: Ronaldinho 
He was a member of the "Three R's" with Rivaldo and Ronaldo that helped Brazil winning the WC in 2002.  He started his career with Gemio before moving to Europe. He played with Paris St Germaine and Barcelona before his form started to drop. He formed the REM line with Etoo and Messi before fighting among them destroyed the team.

LW/AM: Zico 
Zico was the best player in the world during the early 1980's.  He came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote.  He went to three WC Finals, but probably best remembered for the 1982 tournament.  He won the Intercontinental Cup in 1981 with Flamengo, a team that was considered among the greatest ever.  He later played with Udinese for 2 seasons.

Zico

AM/FW: Rivaldo 
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.  For his club career, he played for Barcelona.  He won the 1999 Ballon d' Or.

AM/CM: Kaka 
Kaka started his career with Sao Paulo in Brazil before moving to AC Milan in 2003.  He was the star player who helped Milan to win the Champions' League in 2007 and he himself won he Ballon d'or the same year.  In 2009, he left Milan for Real Madrid.  For Brazil, he was capped 92 times.  He was a young and seldom used player at the WC in 2002.  He was a key player after the WC Finals in 2002.
Kaka
AM/FW: Neymar 
Neymar was known as the greatest player ever produced by Santos since Robinho.  He moved to Barcelona FC in 2013, where Barcelona FC and his family were founded to have involved under the table money.  In 2017, he again moved to PSG after the French club paid for his release clause and became the most expensive transfer ever.  For Brazil, he played at the WC Finals in 2014, but missed the 7-1 defeat in the semi-final.

ST: Bebeto 

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.
Bebeto

ST Romario
Romario helped the Seleção to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup, receiving the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He missed the 1998 WC Finals because of an injury. One of very few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals. He was best remembered for his stint with Barcelona.

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

Ronaldo

Honorable Mention
Waldir Peres, Marcos, Nelinho, Danilo Alves, Maicon, Jorginho, Oscar Bernardi, Ricardo Gomes, Edinho, Marinho Chagas, Branco, Leonardo, Marcelo, Dirceu, Giberto Silva, Ze Roberto, Juninho Pernambucano, Juninho Paulista,  Edmundo, Careca, Roberto Dinamite, Reinaldo.

Squad Explanation
-- Waldir Peres and Marcos were considered, but Julio Cesar and Dida have done better in Europe, especially in Italy where goalkeepers are considered to be very impoprtant.
-- Cafu locked down the rightback position for many years. Nelinho, Leandro, Danilo Alves, Maicon and Jorginho were considered for the backup position.  I took Leandro based of his performance at the 1982 World Cup Finals.
-- Junior and Roberto Carlos were easily choices for the left back.
-- Ricardo Gomes would have made the list if he played in USA 1994.  Edinho also deserved a spot.  Instead, Aldair got the last spot.  His performance with Roma played a part.
-- All attackers have won or finished high at the World Footballer of the Year award, Ballon D'or, World Cup Golden Boot or any other similar award.  Dunga and Toninho Cerezo are not considered attackers.
-- I have to choose between Careca and Bebeto for the last spot. Both players were very close in numbers.  Both players have similar numbers while playing for Brazil. Bebeto scored 39 goals while Careca got 30. Careca was probably Brazil's best player at  Mexico 1986, but Bebeto won the World Cup Finals.  In the end, I took Bebeto because he was a World Cup winner and he scored more goals.

Formation
4-2-2-2
This is the classic formation for Brazil.  The squad is similar to Brazil 1982, but I added Dunga to add a more no non-sense approach to the team.  Ronaldo-Romario was probably the best attacking duo in Brazil's history.  They would be backed by Zico and Socrates in the midfield.