Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fluminense All-Time Team

Campeonato Carioca 2012
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.

Fluminense Football Club was founded on July 21, 1902 by the sons of Carioca aristocrats, being led by Oscar Cox, a Brazilian sportsman, in the bairro of Flamengo, a direct contrast between the aristocratic founders and the modest ground it was founded on. Cox was elected as the club's first president. Fluminense has been state champions on 31 occasions, second only to Flamengo with 33. The team has been national champions four times, most recently in 2012, and won the Copa do Brasil in 2007.

GK: Carlos Jose Castilho (Brazil)
Carlos Jose Castilho went to 4 World Cup Finals, but only played in 1954.  He had a reputation for being lucky, earning the nickname "Leiteira".  He played over 695 games for Fluminense. 
Carlos Jose Castilho
GK: Felix (Brazil)
He played goalkeeper for  Atlético Juventus and Associação Portuguesa de Desportos and Fluminense. With Fluminense, he won won Campeonato Carioca: 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976.  He has 47 caps with the Brazilian Seleção.  He was known for being the starting keeper for the 1970 World Cup-winning squad.

GK: Batatais (Brazil)
In career, started at early 1930s at Comercial Futebol Clube of Ribeirão Preto, he played for Portuguesa, Palmeiras, Fluminense and América-RJ where close his career in 1948. He won five Rio de Janeiro State Tournament in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940 and 1941. For Brazil national football team he participated at 1938 FIFA World Cup and played two matches.

RB: Carlos Alberto
Carlos Alberto was one of the greatest fullback ever played the game. He was the captain of the 1970 team in Mexico.  His goal in the Final was considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament. He missed the WC in 1974 through an injury.  He played with Pele both at Santos and NY Cosmos. He had 53 caps for Brazil.
Carlos Alberto Torres

RB: Píndaro (Brazil)
Pindaro was an all-time great playing for Flumiense.  Together with Castilho and Pinheiro, he formed a great defensive unit for the club in the late 1940's and early 1950's.  Despite being a top defender, he did not attend the World Cup Finals in 1950.

CB: Pinheiro (Brazil)
Pinheiro held the second highest appearance record for Fluminense. He was involved with over 600 games.  Pinheiro was Rio de Janeiro's champion in 1951 and 1959, Rio's 1952 Cup, Rio-São Paulo Tourney in 1957 and 1960, as well as several other lesser-known titles. Before Fluminese, he played for Americano.  At the club, he played for many position, including goalkeeper. He earned 17 caps, attending the WC Finals in 1954.

CB: Edinho (Brazil)
Edinho went to Argentina 1978, Spain and Mexico 1986.  He was the captain of the 1986 team.  He spent most of his career with Fluminense, but also played with Udinese in Italy and Gremio.

CB: Ricardo Gomez (Brazil)
He started his career with Fluminense at home before joining Benfica in 1988.  He would then join Paris St.Germaine in 1991.  He went to play in Italia 1990, where Brazil was known for their defensive tactics.  In 1994, he was selected as the captain for USA 1994.  However, he was injured at the last minute and did not attend the WC Finals.

CB: Thiago Silva (Brazil)
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: Branco (Brazil)
Branco appeared 72 times for Brazil, between April 1985 and February 1995.  He went to both Italia 1990 and USA 1994.  In 1994, he scored a powerful against Holland that sent Brazil to the semifinal.  He played for a number of clubs in Brazil, Portugal, Italy, the USA and England.  

LB: Altar (Brazil)
He has spent his entire career at one club (Fluminense), for which he played 551 games, scoring twice. He was called “magro” (slim) because he was skinny and despite his modest physical appearance, was a tough tackler and tremendous marker. His duels with Garrincha were legendary. He retired from playing in 1971 aged 33. He was a member of Brazil's 1962 WC winning squad.

DM: Denilson (Brazil)
He played entire career (1962–1974) at Fluminense, and won four Rio de Janeiro State Championship (1964, 1969, 1971, 1973), and three Guanabara Rio Cup (1966, 1969, 1971). At international level, he made 9 appearances for the Brazil national football team, scoring 2 goals, and participated at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, making two appearances against Bulgaria and Portugal. He is known as the 'king of step-overs'.

CM: Didi (Brazil)
He is considered one of the greatest players ever from Brazil.  He was voted the best player in WC 1958.  He was also on the 1954 and 1962 team.  He joined Real Madrid in the 1950's, but returned after less than a year because of a personal feud with Alfredo di Stefano. He also played with Garrincha at Botafogo, a team considered among the best ever club side in Brazil.
CM: Delei (Brazil) 
Delei started his professional career in 1979, playing for Fluminense. During his spell at the club, he won the Campeonato Carioca in 1980, 1983, 1984 and in 1985, and won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1984. He had brief careers with Palmeiras, Botafogo, Belenenses on Portugal and Atlético Paranaenseafter leaving Fluminense.  He was capped once by the senior national team, but played for the Olympic team in 1979.

CM: Pintinho (Brazil)
In his career, he played for Fluminense and Vasco da Gama in Brazil, Sevilla and Cádiz in Spain, and Farense in Portugal. For Fluminense, he played in 381 matches and scored 23 goals between 1972 and 1980.  his second longest career was with Sevilla, which lasted from 1980 to 1984. He earned 3 caps with the Seleção.

RW: Tele Santana (Brazil)
Telê started his career as a goalkeeper, but switched to an attacker.  He played for clubs such as Fluminense, Madureira and Vasco da Gama.  With Fluminense's shirt, he played 557 matches and scored 165 goals.  He was the third highest player in appearance to play for the  club and also the third highest scorer. He was better known for being the manager of Brazil's World Cup team in 1982.
Tele Santana

LW: Hércules de Miranda (Brazil)
Hércules started his career in 1930, playing for Juventus, leaving the club in 1933, joining São Paulo da Floresta. He moved to Fluminense in the same year, leaving the club in 1941, after winning the Campeonato Carioca in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940 and in 1941, and scoring 164 goals in 176 games.  Hércules de Miranda joined Corinthians in 1942, playing 73 games and scoring 53 goals for the club until his retirement in 1948.  He played six games for the Brazilian national team, scoring three goals. Hércules debut defending the national team was a 1938 FIFA World Cup game, played on June 5, 1938, against Poland.

LW/AM: Rivelino (Brazil)
He is considered to be one of the greatest left-sided midfielder ever.  His signature move was the "flip-flap". He was a member of Brazil's great 1970 team and also played in the 1974 team.  He had 92 caps for Brazil.  He was known for his master of the "flip flap" move. He started his career with Corinthians, but in one of the club's worst period in history. He moved to Fluminense in 1974, forming a great team with Carlos Alberto.  He also played for Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.
AM: Julio Cesar Romero "Romerito(Paraguay)
He was considered the best outfielder in Paraguay's history.  He earnjed 32 caps.  He led Paraguay to qualify for the WC in 1986.  He was South American Player of the Year in 1985. For domestic football, he played for many clubs, but his two most famous stints were with NY Cosmos and Fluminense.  He was a big idol with the Brazilian club.

AM: Dario Conca (Argentina)
Conca played for Tigre and River Plate in Argentina, but he made his name with Flumiense in Brazil. He played an important role in the 2008 Copa Libertadores campaign. In 2011, he made a dramatic transfer to Guangzhou Evergrande, which the transfer fees was a domestic record.  It was reported that Conca's annual salary would be $12.5 million, putting him among the highest paid players in the world. He helped the club to win the AFC Champions' league in 2013.  After a brief return to Flumiense, he returned to China and played for Shanghai SIPG.
Dario Conca

ST: Benedito Assis (Brazil)
He played for São Paulo between 1980 and 1981. In 1982, he went to Atletico-PR. He formed an offensive partnership with Washington.  His career reached its height when he joined  Fluminense in 1983, where he was reunited with Washington.  Assis played 177 games for Fluminense and scored 54 goals between 1983 and 1987. He was capped twice.

ST: Ezio (Brazil)
During his career (1986–1998) he played for Bangu, Olaria, Portuguesa, Fluminense (he scored for this club 118 goals in 236 matches), Atlético Mineiro, Americano Rio, CFZ do Rio, Rio Branco-ES and Internacional Limeira. He won, as a Fluminense player, one Rio de Janeiro State Championship in 1995, and two Guanabara Cup titles, in 1991 and 1993.

ST: Waldo (Brazil)
He was best known for his time at Fluminense, being top scorer in the former club's history by scoring 314 goals in 401 matches. In 1961, he moved to play for Valencia in Spain. He also played one season with Hércules CF.  He was capped 5 times.

ST: Henry Welfare (England)
Welfare was considered an early icon for Fluminense.  He arrived at Rio de Janeiro on 9 August 1913 to work as an English teacher. i In England, he had played for Northern Normals, Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers. Soon after, he started to play football for the Fluminense Football Club.  He played with Fluminense for 10 years, up to 1923. With Fluminense, he held the extraordinary record of almost a goal per game, scoring 163 goals in 166 games. Welfare ended his career after scoring the winning goal for Fluminense against Botafogo, in 1924.  For his loyal service to the Club, he was elected a Member For Life of the Fluminense's deliberative council.

ST: Fred (Brazil)
Fred began his career at América Mineiro before transferring to local rivals Cruzeiro in 2004. After two seasons there, he moved to Lyon of France in a protracted transfer saga, and won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles there. However, he had poor performance at the end of his stay.  He joined Fluminense in 2009.  He won the MVP of Campeonato Brasileiro in 2012.  At the time of writing, he earned 39 caps. He went to the WC Finals in 2006 as backup striker.  At Brazil 2014, he was the starter.  
Honorable Mention
Marco Antonio, Bigode, Jair Marinho, Pintinho, Gerson, Paulo Cezar Caju, Carlos Brant, Jandir Bugs, Tim, Russo, Francisco Rodrigues, Romeu Pellicciari, Pedro Amorim Duarte, Orlando Pingo de Ouro, Arthur Machado, Zeze, Renato Gaucho, Ademir de Menezes, Washington.

Squad Explanation
-- Thiago Silva was an important player as Fluminense made a run at Copa Libertadores in 2008. He also made over 100 appearances of the club and voted the best defender in Brazil while he was playing there.
-- Gerson only played for them at the end of his career.  Paulo Cezar Caju also played two seasons. 
-- I do not have spaces for attackers:  Escurinho, Renato Gaucho, Ezio, Zeze, Orlando Pingo de Ouro, Tim, Russo and Romeu Pellicciari.  
-- Ademir de Menezes only played one season with Fluminense, but he was sensational that year. He won the Campeonato Carioca by scoring 24 goals in 23 games. I nearly selected him to the team.
-- Henry Welfare was a historical player.  He was significant to the early history of the club.
-- Denilson played his entire career with the club.


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