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Post by Stella on Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:42 pm

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If this has been done before then sorry but I'm bored.

By looking back into your memory bank, which would be the best world XI from players you have seen, be it on telly or live?

Mine would be:

Schmeichel

Thuram
Canavarro
Sammer
Maldini

Zidane
Mattheus
Platini

Messi
Ronaldo
Maradona

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Post by ReallyReal on Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:45 am

I won't bother trying to pick a side as it's too damn hard with the amount of quality I've seen.

...but I will say that the Milan side of the early 90s was easily the best club side I've seen, as much because I believe that the current Barca side WITHOUT Messi would be very good, but probably wouldn't have won much at all, yet you could take any single player from the Milan side and they would still have been the best in Europe.
Messi really is that good, he's just so consistently world class it's unbelieveable, much like Maradonna was in the 80s.

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Post by compelling and rich on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:46 am

gk. schmichel

lb- r.carlos (what he lacked in defending he made up in attacking, maldini if you want a better defending lb
cb. dessaily
cb. canavarro
rb. cafu

rw. c.ronaldo
cm. zidane
cm. scholes
lw. messi

cf. ronaldo
cf. romario

who needs defenders!!!

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Post by Beer on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:58 am

Thierry Henry, Messi, Yaya Toure, Pique.

Saw them play Hibs at Murrayfield.

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Post by cherriesfna on Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:15 am

Frimpong?
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Post by Stella on Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:27 am

King Beer wrote:Thierry Henry, Messi, Yaya Toure, Pique.

Saw them play Hibs at Murrayfield.

That sounds like it could have been a bit one-sided?
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Post by Beer on Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:28 am

Stella wrote:
King Beer wrote:Thierry Henry, Messi, Yaya Toure, Pique.

Saw them play Hibs at Murrayfield.

That sounds like it could have been a bit one-sided?

6-0 Whistle

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Post by Stella on Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:33 am

King Beer wrote:
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King Beer wrote:Thierry Henry, Messi, Yaya Toure, Pique.

Saw them play Hibs at Murrayfield.

That sounds like it could have been a bit one-sided?

6-0 Whistle

Hibs hit six? Good effort.

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Post by Group Cpt Lionel Mandrake on Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:37 am

Schmeichel

Cafu - Carlos - Cannavaro - Maldini

Giggs - Keane - Zidane - C. Ronaldo

Messi - (fat) Ronaldo

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Post by Dass on Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:31 pm

Absolutely amazed for all those going on about the Milan side of the early 90's and picking Maldini that no one has mentioned Franco Baresi, who for me was the standout in that Milan back four.

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Post by Stella on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:06 pm

Dass wrote:Absolutely amazed for all those going on about the Milan side of the early 90's and picking Maldini that no one has mentioned Franco Baresi, who for me was the standout in that Milan back four.

Maybe many didn't see Baresi at his best?

I picked Maldini mainly on post 94, although I have been watching Football since the late 70's.
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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:55 pm

Baresi was amazing, he was the marshall of that defence.

Didn't he also play for Milan untill he was about 60?

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Post by Roberto Mankini on Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Baresi was immense. Despite a lack of pace, he was a marshall and up there as one of the most intelligent defenders there has been. It is amazing how Milan have managed over the years to prolong the careers of such players as Baresi, Maldini, Costacurta, Nesta.

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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:51 pm

Yep Milan have had a great defensive philosophy based on unity and coordination at the back rather than pace. Baresi was the conerstone of that mentality and seemed to pass the torch onto the others.

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Post by compelling and rich on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:02 pm

too young to properly remember baresi, he retired in 97 when i was 12, not fully be able to appreciate him at that age plus im guessing his best years were long gone by then. where as maldini went into the late 2000's and was the main man for milan for the majority of my life!!

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Post by Dass on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:13 pm

I've got no problem with Maldini being selected, just found it perplexing that Baresi hadn't been mentioned by those going on about that early Milan team when the guy was still a force. Hell even when he retired in 97 he was still a force in my eyes.

Baresi in my eyes is the best centre back I've seen in over 20yrs.

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Post by Alessandro Ciambella on Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:36 pm

Bonjourno!

This is not only the greatest team I have ever seen, but it's the greatest team anybody has ever seen. We have the Anti-Zidane potion, the greatest goal keeper who ever lived and possibly the most famous pony tail of all time.

The people of Monza present to you, The People of Monza Presidential Selection. Enjoy!

GK Dino Zoff

Def Marco Materazzi
Def Paolo Maldini
Def Franco Baresi

LM Alessandro Del Piero
Mid Dino Baggio
Mid Francesco Totti
RM Alessandro "Billy" Costacurta

Fwd Salvatore Schillaci
Fwd Paolo Rossi
Fwd Roberto Baggio

Forza this great team!
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Post by Imperial Ghosty on Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:28 pm

Far from the best team i've ever seen.

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Post by Alessandro Ciambella on Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:06 pm

Baring the anti-Zidane, I doubt you will have seen many of these play due to the fact they played in the best league in the world at the time. Not the most broadcasted league in the world.
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Post by Stella on Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:19 am

Alessandro Ciambella wrote:Baring the anti-Zidane, I doubt you will have seen many of these play due to the fact they played in the best league in the world at the time. Not the most broadcasted league in the world.

Mmm, seems like a pop at the EPL?

There are some good and great players there but there is life outside Italy.

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Post by compelling and rich on Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:28 pm

Alessandro Ciambella wrote:Baring the anti-Zidane, I doubt you will have seen many of these play due to the fact they played in the best league in the world at the time. Not the most broadcasted league in the world.

best league in the world? im assuming its around the 90's your talking about with the exeption of a couple like zoff. the champions league winners during the 90's were belgrade, marseille, milan, ajax, juve, dortmund, madrid and united. hardly dominate stuff from supposdly the best league in the world. the only real dominate team italy had was the late 80's milan team and you have only a few players from that team but have players like totti who have never performed at the highest level.

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Post by GG on Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:43 pm

Alessandro Ciambella wrote:Bonjourno!

This is not only the greatest team I have ever seen, but it's the greatest team anybody has ever seen. We have the Anti-Zidane potion, the greatest goal keeper who ever lived and possibly the most famous pony tail of all time.

The people of Monza present to you, The People of Monza Presidential Selection. Enjoy!

GK Dino Zoff

Def Marco Materazzi
Def Paolo Maldini
Def Franco Baresi

LM Alessandro Del Piero
Mid Dino Baggio
Mid Francesco Totti
RM Alessandro "Billy" Costacurta

Fwd Salvatore Schillaci
Fwd Paolo Rossi
Fwd Roberto Baggio

Forza this great team!

What!? No Nesta, Cannavaro, Tardelli, Fachetti or Pirlo? I'm outraged. Wink

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Post by ReallyReal on Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:30 pm

Even the most blinkered Italian would have trouble giving valid reasons for Marco Materazzi, Dino Baggio, Francesco Totti and Salvatore Schillacis selection.
As for the rest, few around the world could argue against Maldini and Baresi, Zoff and Rossi are as good a shout as any others picked in their positions and Roberto Baggio, Costacurta and Del Piero would get in many Italians sides, but would struggle to make 30 man short lists anywhere else in the world.

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Post by Josiah Maiestas on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:07 pm

HOLT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Laugh

I was a big fan of Davor Suker for a while in the late 90's early 00's he was a quality striker. Gaizka Mendieta was another great player in La Liga for 3/4 seasons.
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Post by dfilcher on Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:34 am

-----------------Banks----------------
cafu---Moore----Beckenbauer----R Carlos
-----------------Viera------------------
---------Zidane------Stan Mattthews---------
----------------Maradona------------
--------------Pele---Gerd Müller---
and Ryan Shawcross

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Post by lorus59 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:43 am

dfilcher wrote:-----------------Banks----------------
cafu---Moore----Beckenbauer----R Carlos
-----------------Viera------------------
---------Zidane------Stan Mattthews---------
----------------Maradona------------
--------------Pele---Gerd Müller---
and Ryan Shawcross

I assume Shawcross is there to see what the game of football is really like.

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Post by Dx Dan. on Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:15 pm

Anyone who doesn't have Ronaldinho in their team in wrong.
When he was in his peak he was unplayable.

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Post by Stella on Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:46 am

Dx Dan. wrote:Anyone who doesn't have Ronaldinho in their team in wrong.
When he was in his peak he was unplayable.

Well, he's up against:

Zidane
Rivaldo
Platini
Messi
Maradona
Ronaldo

And a few more, so he's no gimme.
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