World Positional Ranking of The Eras

Ranking players by position required at least 3.5 international-class seasons within five seasons considered so the number of qualified players are simply different between positions and eras. The first half of decade count from the last digit 0 to 4 and the second half 5  to 9. However, it allows margin +/- 1 in only case of continuity of performance. The limitation of such a list is some of performances were conducted at the border between eras. For example, Cha Bum Kun reached world-class half of season in 1979 and he played in Korean league before that time so he is not qualified for the 1970s. He also achieved twice international-class seasons in each of half during 1980s and not qualified for each as well.



The 1892 - 1900s

Goalkeeper

1. Leigh Richmond Roose (Stoke City, Wales)
2. Ned Doig (Sunderland, Scotland)

Full-Back

1. Bob Crompton (Blackburn, England)
2. Billy McCracken (Newcastle, England)
3. Howard Spencer (Aston Villa, England)

Half-Back

1. Ernest Needham (Sheffield United, England)
2. Alex Raisbeck (Liverpool, Scotland)
3. Andy Aitken (Newcastle, Scotland)
4. Neilly Gibson (Rangers, Scotland)
5. John Robertson (Rangers, Scotland)

Outside-Forward

1. Billy Meredith (Man City, Man Utd, Wales)
2. Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion, England)
3. Alex Smith (Rangers, Scotland)
4. Johannes Gandil (B93, Denmark)
5. Arthur Bridgett (Sunderland, England)


Inside-Forward/ Withdrawn Center-Forward

1. Bobby Walker (Hearts, Scotland)
2. John Goodall (Derby, England)
3. Johann Studnicka (Wienner AC, Austria)
4. Alf Common (Middlesborough, England)

Center-Forward

1. Steve Bloomer (Derby County, England)
2. Robert Hamilton (Rangers, Scotland)
3. Jimmy Quinn (Celtic, Scotland)
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The First Half 1910s

Goalkeeper

1. Sam Hardy (Aston Villa, England)

Full-Back

1. Bob Crompton (Blackburn, England)
2. Billy McCracken (Newcastle, England)
3. Renzo De Vecchi (Genoa, Italy)
4. Bok De Korver (Sparta Rottderdam, Netherlands)
5. Jesse Pennington (West Bromwich, England)

Half-Back

1. Nils Middelboe (Copnehegen Boldklub, Denmark)
2. Francisco Olazar (Racing Club, Argentina))
3. Andy Aitken (Newcastle, Scotland)
4. Charlies Roberts (Man Utd, England)
5. Gyula Biro (MTK, Hungary)

Outside-Forward

1. Billy Meredith (Man City, Man Utd, Wales)

Inside-Forward/ Withdrawn Center-Forward

1. Jan Studnicka (Wienner AC, Austria) 
2. Jose Piendibene (Penarol, Uruguay)
3. Vaclav Pilat (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
4. Louis Van Hege (AC Milan, Belgium)
5. Sophus Nielsen (BK Frem, Denmark)
6. Vilmos Kertesz (MTK, Hungary)

Center-Forward

1. Imre Schlosser (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
2. Poul Tist Nielsen (Copenheghen Boldklub, Denmark)
3. Adolf Jager (FC Altona, Germany)
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The Second Half 1910s

Goalkeeper

1. Pierre Chayrigues (Red Star Paris, France)
2. Karoly Zsak (33-FC, Hungary)
3. Cayetano Saporiti (Montediveo Wanderers, Uruguay)

Full-Back

1. Alec Mcnair (Celtic, Scotland)
2. Armand Swartenbroeks (Daring Bruxelles, Belgium)
3. Joe Dodds (Celtic, Scotland)
4. Alfredo Foglino (Nacional, Uruguay)
5. Gyula Fedmann (Ferencvaroc, MTK, Hungary)

Half-Back

1. José María Belauste (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
2. Josef Brandstatter (Rapid Vienna, Austria)
3. Francisco Olazar (Racing Club, Argentina)
4. Amilcar Barbuy (Corinthians, Brazil)
5. Gunnar Andersen (Lynn, Norwar) 
6. Karl Gustfsson (Djurgaden, Sweden)


Outside-Forward

1. Patsy Gallagher (Celtic, Scotland)
2. Isabelino Gradin (Penarol, Uruguay)

Inside-Forward/ Withdrawn Center-Forward

1. Jose Piendibene (Penarol, Uruguay) 
2. Vaclav Pilat (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
3. Angel Romano (Nacional, Uruguay)
4. Alberto Ohaco (Racing Club, Argentina)
5. Neco (Corinthians, Brazil)
6. Jimmy Mcmenemy (Celtics, Scotland)
7. Jan Vanik (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)

Center-Forward

1. Alfred Schaffer (MTK Hungary, Hungary)
2. Arthur Friedenreich (Paulistano, Brazil)
3. Poul Tist Nielsen (Copenheghen Boldklub, Denmark)
4. Imre Schlosser (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
5. Otto Harder (Hamburger, Germany)
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The First Half 1920s

Goalkeeper

1. Heinrich Stuhlfauth  (Nurnberg, Germany)
2. Americo Tesoriere (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
3. Ference Plattko (MTK, Bacelona, Hungary)
4. Elisha Scott (Liverpool, Ireland)
5. Andres Mazali (Nacional, Uruguay)
6. Karoly Zsak (33-FC, Hungary)
7. Jean De Bie (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Full-Back

1. Karoly Fogl  (Ujpest, Hungary)
2. Fritz Tarp (B93, Denmark)
3. Renzo De Vecchi (Genoa, Italy)
4. Harry Denis (HBS, Netherlands)
5. Josef Blum (First Vienna, Austria)
6. Rudolf Ramseyer (Bern, Switzerland) 
7. Fred Keenor (Cardiff, Wales)
8. Lucien Gamblin (Red Star, France)


Half-Back

1. Karel Pesek-Kada (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. Amilcar Barbuy (Corinthians, Brazil)
3. David Meiklejohn (Rangers, Scotland)
4. Manuel Flietas Solich (Olimpia, Paraguay)
5. Franrisek Kolenaty (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
6. Agostinho Fortes (Fluminese, Brazil)
7. Hans Kalb (Nuirnberg, Germany)

Outside-Forward

1. Alan Morton (Rangers, Scotland)
2. Jozsef Braun (MTK, Hungary)
3. Angel Romano (Nacional, Uruguay)
4. Jan de Natis (Ajax, Netherlands)

Inside-Forward

1. Gyorgi Orth (Mtk, Hungary)
2. Hector Scarone (Nacional, Uruguay)
3. Josep Samitier (Barcelona, Spain)
4. Kalman Konrad (Wienner Amateur, Hungary
5. Manuel Seoane (Independiente, Argentina)
6. Rene Petit (Real Union, France)
7. Billy Walker (Aston Villa, England)
8. Waclaw Kuchar (Pogon Lwow, Poland)


Center-Forward

1. Arthur Friedenreich (Paulistiano, Brazil)
2. Charlie Buchan (Sunderland, England)
3. Paulinho Alcantara (Barcelona, Spain)
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The Second Half 1920s

Goalkeeper

1. Ricardo Zamora (Espanyol, Spain)
2. Ference Plattko (MTK, Bacelona, Hungary)
3. Elisha Scott (Liverpool, Ireland)
4. Heinrich Stuhlfauth  (Nurnberg, Germany)
5. Giovanni De Pra (Genoa, Italy)
6. Frantisek Planicka (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
7. Jean De Bie (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Full-Back

1. Jose Nasazzi (Bella Vista, Uruguay)
2. Fritz Tarp (B93, Denmark)
3. Virginio Rosetta (Juventus, Italy)
4. Karoly Fogl  (Ujpest, Hungary)
5. Josef Blum (First Vienna, Austria)
6. Rudolf Ramseyer (Bern, Switzerland)
7. Ludovico Bidoglio (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
8. Roy Goodall (Huddrsfield Town, England) 
9. William Mcstay (Celtic, Scotland)
10. Umberto Caligaris (Casale, Italy)

Center-Half

1. Luis Monti (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
2. Karel Pesek-Kada (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
3. Fulvio Bernardini (Inter Milan, Italy)
4. David Meiklejohn (Rangers, Scotland)
5. Jimmy Mcmullan (Man City, Scotland) 
6. Fyodor Selin (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)


Half-Back

1. Jose Leandro Andrade (Nacional, Uruguay)
2. Juan Evaristo (Sportivo Palermo, Argentina)
3. Manuel Flietas Solich (Olimpia, Paraguay)
4. David Meiklejohn (Rangers, Scotland)
5. Faus Dos Santos (Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)

Outside-Forward

1. Alex Jackson (Hudderfield, Scotland)
2. Raimundo Orsi (Independiente, Argentina)
3. Jules Dewaquez (Marseille, France)
4. Ferdinand Wesely (Rapid Vienna, Austria)

Inside-Forward/Playmaker

1. Hector Scarone (Nacional, Uruguay)
2. Adolfo Baloncieri (Alessandria, Torino, Italy)
3. Max Abggelen (Grasshopper Zurich, Switzerland)
4. Rene Petit (Real Union, France)
5. Manuel Ferreira (Estudientes, Argentina)
6. Fulvio Bernardini (Roma, Italy)



Inside-Forward

1. Raymond Braine (Belgium)
2. Antonin Puc (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
3. Svenn Rydell (Örgryte IS, Sweden)
4. Julio Liobanatti (Torino, Italy)
5. Pedro Cea (Lito, Uruguay)
6. Domingo Tarasconi (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
7. Roberto Cherro (Boca Juniors. Argentina)
8. Aurelio Gonzalez (Olimpia, Paraguay)


Center-Forward

1. Dixie Dean (Everton, England)
2. Jozsef Takacs (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
3. Hughie Gallagher (Newcastle, Scotland)
4. Jimmy Mcgrory (Celtic, Scotland)
5. Pedro Petrone (Nacional, Uruguay)
6. Matthias Sindelar (Austria Wienna, Austria)
7. Angelo Schiavio (Bologna, Italy)
8. Mikhail Butusov (Leningard, Soviet Union)
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The First Half 1930s

Goalkeeper

1. Ricardo Zamora (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Gianpiero Combi (Juventus, Italy)
3. Frantisek Planicka (Slavia Prague)
4. Rudolph Hiden (Winner AC, Austria)
5. Harry Hibbs (Birmingham, England)
6. Hans Jakob (Regensburg, Germany)

Full-Back

1. Jacinto Quincoces (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Jose Nasazzi (Nacional, Uruguay)
3. Umberto Caligaris (Juventus, Italy)
4. Eddie Hapgood (Arsenal, England)
5. Karl Sesta (Wienner AC, Austria)
6. Eraldo Monzeglio (Bologna, Italy)
7. Luigi Allemandi (Inter Milan, Italy)
8. Roy Goodall (Hudderfield. England)
9. Severino Minelli (Grasshopper Zurich, Switzerland)



Center-Half

1. Luis Monti (Juventus, Italy)
2. Josef Smistik (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
3. Gyorgi Sarosi (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
4. Fritz Szepan (Schalke, Germany)
5. Leopold Hofmann (First Vienna, Austria)
6. Mirolad Arsenijevic (BSK Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
7. Lorenzo Fernandez (Panarol, Uruguay)


Half-Back

1. Walter Nausch (Austria Wienna, Austria)
2. Puck Van Heel (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
3. Mirolad Arsenijevic (BSK Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Alvaro Gestido (Penarol, Uruguay)


Outside-Forward

1. Raimundo Orsi (Juventus, Italy)
2. Carlos Peucelle (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Antonin Puc (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
4. Cliff Bastin (Arsenal, England)
5. Eric Brook (Man City, England)
6. Karl Zischek (Wacker Wienna, Austria)
7. Aleksandar Tirnanic (BSK Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
8. Sammy Crook (Derby, England)'
9. Sergey Ilyin (Dinamo Moscow, Soviet Union)



Inside-Forward/Playmaker

1. Giovanni Ferrari (Juventus, Italy)
2. Alex James (Arsenal, Scotland)
3. Fritz Gschweidl (First Vienna, Austria)
4. Luis Regueiro (Real Madrid, Spain)
5. Renato Cesarini (Juventus, Italy)


Inside-Forward

1. Giuseppe Meazza (Inter Milan, Italy)
2. Matthias Sindelar  (Austria Wienna, Austria)
3. Anton Schall (Austria Wienna, Austria)
4. Oldrich Nejedly (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
5. Ernest Kuzorra (Schalke, Germany)
6. Raymond Braine (Belgium) 
7. Bernard Voorhoof (SK Lierse, Belgium)
8. Frantisek Svoboda (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
9. Ivan Hitrec (HASK, Yugoslavia)
10. Francisco Varallo (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
11. David Jack (Arsenal, England)


Center-Forward

1. Richard Hofmann (Dresdener, Germany)
2. Isidro Langara (Real Oviedo, Spain)
3. Istvan Alvar (Ujpest, Hungary)
4. Jozsef Takacs (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
5. Jimmy Mcgrory (Celtic, Scotland)
6. Bernabe Ferreyra (River Plate, Argentina)

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The Second Half 1930s

Goalkeeper

1. Frantisek Planicka (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. Franjo Glaser (BSK Belgrade, Gadanski Zagreb)
3. Aldo Oliveri (Luchesse ,Italy)
4. Hans Jakob (Regensburg, Germany)
5. Rudolph Hiden (Sochux, Austria)
6. Antal Szabo (MTK, Hungary)

Full-Back

1. Domingos Da Guia (Boca Juniors, Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Paul Janes (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
3. Pietro Rava (Juventus, Italy)
4. Reinhold Munzenberg (Aachen, Germany)
5. Alfredo Foni (Juventus, Italy)
6. Severino Minelli (Grasshopper Zurich, Switzerland)
7. Sandro Biro (MTK Budapest, Hungary)
8. Aleksander Starostin (Spartak Moscow, Russia)



Center-Half

1. Michele Andreolo (Bologna, Italy)
2. Ludwig Goldbrunner (Bayern Munich, Germany)
3. Andrey Starostin (Spartak Moscow, Russia)
4. Ernesto Lazzatti (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
5. Gyula Lazar (Ferencevaroc, Hungary)
6. Jose Maria Minella (River Plate, Argentina)
7. Wilf Copping (Arsenal, England)


Half-Back

1. Andreas Kupfer (FC Schweinfurt 05, Germany)
2. Walter Nausch (Austria Wienna, Austria)
3. Albin Kitzinger (Schweinfurt, Germany)
4. Ugo Locatelli (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Segundo Castillo (Sports Boy, Peru)


Outside-Forward

1. Enrique Garcia (Racing Club, Argentina) 
2. Ferenc Sas (MTK, Boca, Hungary)
3. Ernst Lehner  (Augsburg, Germany)
4. Carlos Peucelle (River Plate, Argentina)
5. Grigory Fedotov (CSKA Moscow, Soviet Union)
6. Eric Brook (Manchester City, England)
7. Roberto Porta (Inter Milan, Nacional, Uruguay)
8. Alfred Aston (Red Star, France)
9. Stanley Matthews (Stoke City, England)

Inside-Forward

1. Gyorgi Sarosi (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
2. Gyula Zsengeller (Ujpest, Hungary)
3. Jose Manuel Moreno (River Plate, Argentina)
4. Giuseppe Meazza (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Antonio Sastre (Independiente, Argentina)
6. Fritz Szepan (Schalke, Germany)
7. Ernest Wilimowski (Ruch Chorzow, Poland)
8. Raich Carter (Sunderland, England)
9. Gez Toldi (Ferencvaroc, Hungary)
10. Kick Smit (Haarlem, Netherlands)
11. Laszlo Cseh (MTK, Hungary)
12. Luliu Baratky (Rapid Bucharest, Romania)


Center-Forward

1. Arsenio Erico (Independiente, Paraguay)
2. Leonidas Da Silva (Flamengo, Brazil)
3. Silvio Piola (Lazio, Italy)
4. Franz Binder (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
5. Josef Bican (Slavia Prague, Austria)
6. Tommy Lawton  (Everton, England)
7. Hermimio Masantonio (Huracan, Argentina)
8. Teodoro Fernandez (Universitario, Peru)
9. Blagoje Marjanovic (BSK Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
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The First Half 1940s

Goalkeeper

1. Franjo Graser (Gadanski Zagreb, Yugoslavia)
2. Sergio Livingstone (Universidad De Chile, Chile)
3. Jose Soriano (River Plate, Peru)

Full-Back

1. Domingos Da Guia (Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Pietro Rava (Juventus, Italy)
3. Sandor Szuc (Szolnoki, Hungary)
4. Jose Salomon (Racing Club, Argentina)

Center-Half

1. Obdulio Varela (Montediveo Wanderers, Penarol, Uruguay)
2. Angel Perucca (Newell's Old Boy, Argentina)


Half-Back

1. Carlos Sosa (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
2. Schubert Gambetta (Nacional, Uruguay)


Outside-Forward

1. Amadeo Biavati (Bologna, Italy)
2. Manuel Pelegrina (Estudientes, Argentina)
3. Enrique Garcia (Racing Club, Argentina)


Inside-Forward

1. Jose Manuel Moreno (River Plate, Argentina)
2. Adolfo Pedernera (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Antonio Sastre (Sao Paulo, Argentina)
4. Roberto Porta (Nacional, Uruguay)
5. Zizinho (Flamengo, Brazil)
6. Karl Decker (First Wienna, Austria)

Center-Forward

1. Josef Bican (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting Portugal, Portugal)
3. Leonidas Da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
4. Heleno De Freitas (Botafogo, Brazil)
5. Atillio Garcia (Nacional, Uruguay)  
6. Albert De Cleyn (Mechelen, Belgium) 
7. Isidro Langara (San Lorenzo, Real Espana, Spain)
8. Edmun Conen (Stuttgart Kickers, Germany)

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The Second Half 1940s

Goalkeeper

1. Frank Swift (Manchester City)
2. Alexei Khomich (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)
3. Sergio Livingstone (Universidad De Chile, Chile)
4. Roque Maspoli (Penarol, Uruguay) 
5. Joao Azevado (Sporting, Portugal)

Full-Back

1. Neil Franklin (Stoke City, England)
2. Branko Stankovic (Redstar Belgrade)
3. Carlo Parola (Juventus, Italy)
4. Erik Nilsson (Malmo FF, Sweden)
5. Johnny Carey (Man Utd, Ireland)
6. Ferenc Rudas (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
7. George Young (Rangers, Scotland)
8.  George Hardwick (Middlesborough, England)

Half-Back

1. Obdulio Varela (Penarol, Uruguay)
2. Danilo Alvim (Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)
3. Zlatko Cajkovski (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Nestor Rossi (River Plate, Argentina)
5. Ernst Ocwirk (Austria Vienna, Austria)
6. Schubert Gambetta (Nacional, Uruguay)


Outside-Forward

1. Stanley Matthews (Stoke City)
2. Felix Loustau (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Tom Finney (Preston North End)
4. Istvan Nyers (Stade Francais, Inter Milan, Hungary)
5. Chico (Vasco, Brazil)
6. Tesourinha (Internacional,Brazil)
7. Mario Boye (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
8. Rogerio Pipi (Benfica, Portugal)
9. Albano Pereira (Sporting Portugal, Portugal)


Inside-Forward (AM)

1. Zizinho (Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Valentino Mazzola (Torino, Italy)
3. Adolfo Pedernera (Millonarios, Argentina)
4. Jose Manuel Moreno (River Plate, Argentina)
5. Jair Da Rosa (Flamengo, Brazil)
6. Norberto Mendez (Racing Club, Argentina)       
7. Gunnar Gren (IFK Gothenberg, Sweden)
8. Jose Travasoss (Sporting Portugal, Portugal)
9. Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough, England)
10. Larbi Benbarek (Stade Francais, France)

Inside-Forward (FW)

1. Ferenc Puskas (Kispest Honved, Hungary)
2. Angel Labruna (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Stjepan Bobek (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Rinaldo Martino (San Lorenzo, Juventus, Argentina)
5. Alfredo Di Stefano (River Plate, Millinarios, Argentina)
6. Faas Wilkes (Xerxes, Netherlands)
7. Karl Decker (First Wienna, Austria)

Center-Forward

1. Ferenc Deak (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
2. Ademir De Menezes (Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)
3. Telmo Zarra (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
4. Rene Pontoni (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
5. Heleno De Freitas (Botafogo, Brazil)
6. Jeff Mermans (Anderletch, Belgium)
7. Abe Lenstra (Herenveen, Netherlands)
8. Ferenc Szusza (Ujpest, Hungary)
9. Stan Mortensen (Blackpool, England)
10. Gunnar Nordahl (Norrkoping, Sweden)

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The First Half 1950s

Goalkeeper

1. Vladimir Beara (Hajduk Split, Yugoslavia)
2. Toni Turek (Dusseldorf, Germany)
3. Antonio Ramallets (Barcelona, Spain)
4. Walter Zeman (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
5. Gyula Grosics (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
6. Bert Trautmann (Man City, West Germany)
7. Kalle Svensson (Helsingborg, Sweden)
8. Roque Maspoli (Penarol, Uruguay)
9. Amadeo Carrizo (River Plate, Argentina)



Defensive Lateral

1. Nilton Santos (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Victor Rodriguez Andrade (Penarol, Uruguay)
3. Branko Stankovic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Sergio Cervato (Fiorentina, Italy)
5. Joan Segarra (Barcelona, Spain)
6. Mikhail Ogonkov (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)


Central Defender

1. Billy Wright  (Wolvehampton, England)
2. Robert Jonquet (Reims, France)
3. Jose Santamaria (Nacional, Uruguay)
4. Ernest Happel (Rapid Vienna, Austria)
5. Ivan Horvat (Dinamo Zagreb, Frankfurt, Yugoslavia)
6. Josef Posipal (Hamburger, West Germany)
7. Alexandru Apolzan (Steua Bucharest, Romania)


Defensive Midfielder

1. Jozsef Bozsik (Kispest Honved, Hungary)
2. Ernst Ocwirk (Austria Wienna, Austria)
3. Gerhard Hanappi (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
4. Igor Netto  (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
5. Nestor Rossi (Millonarios, Argentina)
6. Zlatko Cajkovski (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
7. Bauer (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
8. Axel Pilmark (Bologna, Denmark)
9. VIctor Mees (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)
10. Jimmy Dickinson (Portsmouth, England)
11. Stefan Bozhkov (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria)



Outside-Forward

1. Zoltan Czibor (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
2. Tom Finney (Preston Northend, England)
3. Helmut Rahn (Rot-Weiss Essen, West Germany)
4. Julinho (Portuguesa, Brazil)
5. Karl Aage Praest (Juventus, Denmark)
6. Istvan Nyers (Inter Milan, Hungary)
7. Hans Schafer (FC Koln, West Germany)
8. Estanislao Basora (Barcelona, Spain)
9. Alcides Ghiggia (Penarol, Roma, Uruguay)
10. Stanley Matthews (Stoke City, England)
11. Giampiero Boniperti (Juventus, Italy)
12. Lennart Skoglund (Inter Milan, Sweden)
13. Julio Cesar Abbadie (Penarol, Uruguay)


Inside-Forward (AM)

1. Nils Liedholm (AC Milan, Sweden)
2. Juan Schiaffino (Penarol, Uruguay)
3. Zizinho (Bangu, Brazil)
4. Gunnar Gren (AC Milan, Sweden)
5. Karl Aage Hansen (Juventus, Denmark)
6. Rajko Mitic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
7. Kee Rijvers (Saint Etienne, Stade de Francis, Netherlands)
8. Larbi Benbarek (Atletico Madrid, Marseille, France)

Inside-Forward (FW)

1. Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
2. Alfredo Di Stefano (Millonarios, Real Madrid, Argentina)
3. Fritz Walter (Kaiserslautern, West Germany)
4. Laszlo Kubala (Barcelona, Spain)
5. Nandor Hidegkuti (MTK Hungary, Hungary)
6. John Angelo Hansen (Juventus, Denmark)
7. Bernard Vukas (Hajduk Split, Yugoslavia)
8. Abe Lenstra (Hereenveen, Netherlands)
9. Stjepan Bobek (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
10. Faas Wilkes (Inter Milan, Valencia, Netherlands)
11. Henri Coppens (K Beerschot, Belgium) 
12. Max Morlock (Nuremberg, West Germany)

Center-Forward

1. Sandor Kocsis (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
2. Gunnar Nordahl (AC Milan, Sweden)
3. Nat Lofthouse (Bolton, England)
4. Milos Milutinovic (Partizan, Yugoslavia)
5. Oscar Miguez (Penarol, Uruguay)
6. Valeriano Lopez (Sports Boy, Alianza Lima, Peru)
7. Jackie Milburn (Newcastle, England)

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The Second Half 1950s

Goalkeeper

1. Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Vladimir Beara (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
3. Amadeo Carrizo (River Plate, Argentina)
4. Bert Trautmann (Man City, England)
5. Fritz Herkenrath (Rot-Weiss Essen, Germany)
6. Lorenzo Buffon (AC Milan, Italy)
7. Gyula Grosics (Budapest Honved, Tatabanya, Hungary)
8. Gilmar (Corinthains, Brazil)
9. Antonio Ramallets (Barcelona, Spain)
10. Georgi Naydenov (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria)
11. Jack Kelsey (Arsenal, Wales)
12. Rogelio Dominguez (Racing Club, Real Madrid, Argentina)

Defensive Lateral

1. Nilton Santos (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Djalma Santos (Portuguesa, Brazil)
3. Sergio Cervato (Fiorentina, Italy)
4. Orvar Bergmark (Orebro, Sweden)
5. Joan Segarra (Barcelona, Spain)



Central Defender

1. Jose Santamaria (Nacional, Real Madrid, Uruguay, Spain)
2. Billy Wright (Wolvehampton, England)
3. Branko Zebec (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Robert Jonquet (Reims, France)
5. Herbert Erhadt (SPvgg Furt)
6. Guillermo Delgado (Alianza Lima, Peru)
7. Cor Van De Hart (Lille, Netherlands) 
8. Pedro Dellacha (Racing Club, Argentina)
9.​ Ake Johansson (Norkopping, Sweden)​

Defensive Midfielder

1. Duncan Edwards (Man Utd, England)
2. Danny Blanchflower (Tottenham, Northern Ireland)
3. Horst Szymaniak (Wuppertaler, Germany)
4. Jozsef Bozsik (Kispest Honved, Hungary)
5. Ernst Ocwirk (Sampdoria, Italy)
6. Igor Netto  (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
7. Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
8. Gerhard Hanappi (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
9. Karl Koller (First Wienna, Austria)
10. Dave Mackay (Hearts, Scotland)
11. Horst Eckel (Kaiserslautern, West Germany)
12. VIctor Mees (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)



Outside-Forward

1. Garrincha (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Julinho  (Fiorentina, Brazil)
3. Francisco Gento (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Omar Corbatta (Racing Club, Argentina)
5. Bora Kostic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
6. Zoltan Czibor (Barcelona, Hungary)
7. Helmut Rahn (Rot-Weiss Essen, West Germany)
8. Enrique Hormazabal (Colo Colo, Chile)
9. Canhoteiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
10. Juan Joya  (Alianza Lima, Peru)
11. Lennart Skoglund  (Inter Milan, Sweden)
12. Ivan Kolev (CSKA Moscow, Bulgaria)
13. Anatoli Ilyin (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)

Inside-Forward (AM)

1. Didi (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Raymond Kopa (Reims, Real Madrid, France)
3. Nils Liedholm (AC Milan, Sweden)
4. Luis Suarez Miramontes (Barcelona, Spain)
5. Johnny Haynes (Fulham, England)
6. Ernesto Grillo (Independiente, AC Milan, Argentina)
7. Jimmy Mcirloy (Burnley, Northern Ireland)


Inside-Forward (FW)

1. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
3. Omar Sivori (River Plate, Juventus, Argentina)
4. Kurt Hamrin (Fiorentina, Sweden)
5. Jose Sanfilippo (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
6. Laszlo Kubala (Barcelona, Spain)
7. Roger Piantoni (Reims, France)
8. Antonin Angelillo (Inter Milan, Argentina)
9. Erich Hof (Winner Sports Club, Austria)
10. Hamberto Maschio (Bologna, Italy)
11. Hector Rial (Real Madrid, Argentina)

Center-Forward

1. Uwe Seeler (Hamburg, West Germany)
2. Just Fontaine (Reims, France)
3. John Charles (Juventus, Wales)
4. Eduard Streltsov (Torpedo Moscow, Soviet Union)
5. Vava (Vasco Da Gama, Atletico Madrid, Brazil)
6. Thadee Cisowski (RC Paris, France)
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The First Half 1960s

Goalkeeper

1. Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Gilmar (Santos, Brazil)
3. Hans Tilkowski (Dortmund, West Germany)
4. Villiam Schrojf (Slovan Bratislava, Czechoslovakia)
5. Antonio Roma (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
6. Gordon Banks (Leicester, England)
7. Giuliano Sarti (Inter Milan, Italy)
8. Milutin Soskic (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
9. Amadeo Carrizo (River Plate, Argentina)
10. Augustin Cejas (Racing Club, Argentina)

Defensive Lateral

1. Karlheinz Schnellinger (FC Klon, Matova, Roma, West Germany)
2. Djalma Santos (Palmeiras, Brazil)
3. Silvio Marzolini (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
4. Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool, England)
5. Feliciano Rivilla (Atletico Madrid, Spain)
6. Klaus Urbanczk (Chemie Halle, East Germany)
7. Ray Wilson (Everton, England)



Central Defender

1. Jan Popluhar (Slovan Bratislava, Czechoslovakia)
2. Bobby Moore (West Ham, England)
3. Germano (Benfica, Portugal)
4. Mauro Ramos (Santos, Brazil)
5. Cesare Maldini (Milan, Italy)
6. Kalman Meszoly (Vasas Hungary)
7. Jesus Garay (Bilbao, Spain)


Defensive Midfielder

1. Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. Zito (Santos, Brazil)
3. Valery Voronin (Torpedo Moscow, Soviet Union)
4. Dave Mackay (Tottenham, Scotland)
5. Giacomo Bulgarelli (Bologna, Italy)
6. Dino Sani (AC Milan, Brazil)
7. Svatopluk Pluskal (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
8. Horst Szymaniak (Catania, West Germany)
9. Giacomo Bulgarelli (Bologna, Italy)
10. Nestor Goncalves (Penarol, Uruguay)
11. Antonio Rattin (Boca Juniors, Argentina)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Luis Suarez Miramontes (Inter Milan, Spain)
2. Gianni Rivera (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Dragoslav Sekularac (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Mario Coluna (Benfica, Portugal)
5. Helmut Haller (Bologna, West Germany)
6. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, Spain)
7. Bobby Charlton (Man Utd, England)
8. Jim Baxter (Rangers, Scotland)
9. Joseph Jurion (Anderlecht Belgium)
10. Ermindo Onega (River Plate, Argentina)
11. Alan Ball (Everton, England)

Offensive Lateral

1. Garrincha (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Francisco Gento (Real Madrid, Spain)
3. Pepe (Santos, Brazil)
4. Amancio (Real Madrid, Spain)
5. Kurt Hamrin (Fiorentina, Sweden)
6. Juan Joya (Penarol, Peru)
7. Julinho Botelho (Fiorentina, Brazil)
8. Jose Augusto (Benfica, Portugal)
9. Leonel Sanchez (Universidad De Chile, Chile)
10. Juan Seminario (Real Zaragoza, Fiorentina, Peru)
11. Cliff Jones (Tottenham, Wales)
12. Sigfried Held (Doirtmund, West Germany)
13. Mikhail Meskhi (Dinamo Tblisi, Soviet Union)
14. Igor Chislenko (Dinamo Tblisi, Soviet Union)
15. Slava Metreveli (Dinamo Tblisi, Soviet Union)

Forward

1. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
2. Omar Sivori (Juventus, Italy)
3. Florian Albert (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
4. Ferenc Puskas (Real Madrid, Spain)
5. Paul Van Himst (Anderletch, Belgium)
6. Lajos Tichy (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
7. Milan Galic (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
8. Valentin Ivanov (Torpedo Moscow, Soviet Union)
9. Amarildo (Botafogo, AC Milan, Brazil)

Striker

1. Eusebio (Benfica, Portugal)
2. Denis Law (Man Utd, Scotland)
3. Uwe Seeler (Hamburg, West Germany)
4. Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham, England)
5. Alberto Spencer (Penarol, Uruguay)
6. Luis Artime (River Plate, Argentina)
7. Jose Altafini (AC Milan, Italy)
8. Countinho (Santos, Brazil)
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The Second Half 1960s

Goalkeeper

1. Gordon Banks (Leicester, Stoke, England)
2. Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (Penarol, Uruguay)
3. Enrico Albertosi (Cagliari, Italy)
4. Jose Angel Iribar (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
5. Dino Zoff (Mantova, Napoli, Italy)
6. Augustin Cejas (Racing, Argentina)
7. Manga (Botafogo, Nacional, Brazil)
8. Fabio Cudicini (AC Milan, Italy)
9. Ivan Curkovic (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
10. Eddy Pieters Graafland (Feyernoord, Netherlands)



Defensive Lateral

1. Giacinto Facchetti (Inter Milan, Italy)
2. Carlos Alberto (Santos, Brazil)
3. Berti Vogts (Gladbachm West Germany)
4. Fahrudin Jusufi (Frankfurt, Yugoslavia)
5. Hilario (Sporting Portugalm Portugal)
6. Aleksandar Shalamanov (Slavia Sofia)


Central Defender

1. Bobby Moore (West Ham, England)
2. Karlheinz Schnellinger (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Albert Shesternev (CSKA Moscow, Soviet Union)
4. Willi Schulz (Hamburg, West Germany)
5. Hector Chumpitaz (Universitario, Peru)
6. Velibor Vasovic (Partizan Belgrade, Ajax, Yugoslavia) 
7. Roberto Perfumo (Racing Club, Argentina)
8. Roberto Rosato (AC Milan, Italy)
9. Elias Figueroa (Penarol, Chile)
10. Murtaz Khurtsilava (Dinamo Tblisi, Soviet Union)
11. Wolfgang Weber (Cologne, West Germany)
12. Jack Charlton (Leeds, England)
13. Billy Mcneill (Celtic, Scotland)
14. Bjorn Nordqvist (Norkopping, Sweden)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Willem Van Hanegem (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
3. Jose Pirri (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Antonio Rattin (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
5. Billy Bremner (Leeds United, Scotland)
6. John Greig (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
7. Nestor Goncalves (Penarol, Uruguay)
8. Zeljko Perusic (1860 Munichm Yugoslavia)
9. Clodoaldo (Santos, Brazil)
10. Ruben Marcos (Universidad De Chile, Chile) 


Offensive Midfielder

1. Bobby Charlton (Man Utd, England)
2. Gianni Rivera (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Sandro Mazzola (Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Wolfgang Overath (FC Koln, West Germany)
5. Gerson (Botafogo, Brazil)
6. Pedro Rocha (Penarol, Uruguay)
7. Rivelino (Corinthains, Brazil)
8. Nicolae Dobrin (Arges Pitesti, Romania)
9. Ademir Da Guia (Palmeiras, Brazil)
10. Giancarlos De Sisti (Fiorentina, Italy)
11. Martin Peters (West Ham, England)
12. Dimitar Yakimov (Bulgaria) 

Offensive Lateral

1. George Best (Man Utd, Northern Ireland)
2. Dragan Dzajic (Red Star Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
3. Jairzinho (Botafogo, Brazil)
4. Jimmy Johnstone (Glasgow Celtic, Scotland)
5. Coen Moulijn (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
6. Amancio (Real Madrid, Spain)
7. Mario Corso (Inter Milan, Italy)
8. Luis Cubilla (River Plate, Nacional, Uruguay)
9. Juan Ramon Veron (Estudientes, Argentina)
10. Oscar Mas (River Plate, Argentina)
11. Sjaak Swart (Ajax, Netherlands)
12. Sigfired Held (Dortmund, West Germany)
13. Antonio Simoes (Benfica, Portugal)

Forward

1. Tostao (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
2. Florian Albert (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
3. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
4. Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Netherlands)
5. Ferenc Bene (Ujpest, Hungary)
6. Paul Van Himst (Anderlecht, Belgium)
7. Jarnos Farkas (Vasas, Hungary)

Striker

1. Eusebio (Benfica, Portugal)
2. Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
3. Luigi Riva (Cagliari, Italy)
4. Georgi Asparuhov (Levski Sofia, Bulgaria)
5. Geoff Hurst (West Ham, England)
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The First Half 1970s

Goalkeeper

1. Dino Zoff  (Juventus, Italy)
2. Pat Jennings  (Tottenham,  Northern Ireland)
3. Jurgen Croy (Sachsenring Zwickau, East Germany)
4. Sepp Maier (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
5. Ivo Viktor (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
6. Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (Atletico Mineiro, Uruguay)
7. Evhen Rudakov (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
8. Jan Tomaszewski  (LKS Lodj, Poland)
9. Jan Van Beveren (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
10. Chirstian Piot (Standard Liege, Belgium)
11. Luciano Castellini (Torino, Italy)


Defensive Lateral

1. Berti Vogts (Monchengladbach, West Germany)
2. Giacinto Facchetti (Inter Milan, Italy)
3. Ruud Krol (Ajax, Netherlands)
4. Carlos Alberto (Santos, Brazil)
5. Paul Breitner (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
6. Evgeny Lovchev (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
7. Terry Cooper (Leeds, England)
8. Enrique Wolff (Racing Club, RIver Plate, Argentina)
9. Pablo Forlan (Sao Paolo, Uruguay)

Central Defender

1. Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Elias Figueroa (Internacional, Chile)
3. Hector Chumpitaz (Universitario, Peru)
4. Luis Pereira (Atletico Madrid, Brazil)
5. Barry Hulshoff (Ajax, Netherlands)
6. Attilio Ancheta (Gremio, Uruguay)
7. Humberto Coelho (Benfica, Portugal)
8. Rinus Israel (Feyernoord, Netherlands)
9. Jerzy Gorgon (Gornik Zabrezem Poland)
10. Murtaz Khurtsilava (Dinamo Tblisi, Soviet Union)
11. Joseip Katalinski (Zeljeznocar, Yugoslavia)
12. Dragan Holcer (Hajduk Split, Yugoslavia)
13. Roy Mcfarland (Derby, England)
14. Colin Todd (Derby, England)


Defensive Midfielder

1. Johan Neeskens (Ajax, Netherlands)
2. Willem Van Hanegem (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
3. Jose Pirri (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Billy Bremner (Leeds Utd, Scotland)
5. Clodoaldo (Santos, Brazil)
6. Rainor Bonhof (Gladbach, West Germany)
7. Wilson Piazza (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
8. Romeo Benetti (AC Milan, Italy)
9. Arie Haan (Ajax, Netherlands)
10. Herbert Wimmer (Gladbach, Germany) 
11. Victor Kolotov (Dinamo Kiev, Ukraine) 

Offensive Midfielder

1. Rivelino (Corinthians, Brazil)
2. Teofilo Cubillas (Alianza Lima, Porto, Peru)
3. Gunter Netzer  (Monchengladbach, West Germany)
4. Sandro Mazzola (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Kazimierz Deyna (Legia Warzaw, Poland)
6. Gianni Rivera (AC Milan, Italy)
7. Wolfgang Overath (FC Koln, West Germany)
8. Ricardo Bochini (Independiente, Argentina)
9. Miguel Brindisi (Huracan, Argentina)
10. Hristo Bonev (Lokomotive Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
11. Nicolae Dobrin (Arges Pitesti, Romania)
12. Dirceu Lopes (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
13. Branko Oblak (Hajduk, Yugoslavia)
14. Colin Bell (Man City, England)
15. Leivinha (Palmeiras, Brazil)
16. Jurica Jerkovic (Hajduk Split, Yugoslavia)


Offensive Lateral

1. Jairzinho (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Grzegorz Lato (Gornik Zabrze, Poland)
3. Dragan Dzajic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Piet Keizer (Ajax, Natherlands)
5. Robert Gadocha (Legia Warsaw, Poland)
6. Edu (Santos, Brazil)​
7.​ Jurgen​ Grabowski  (Frankfurt, Germany)​
8. Rene Houseman (Huracan, Argentina)
9.​ George Best (Man Utd, Northern Ireland)
10. Paolo Cezar Lima (Botafogo, Brazil)​
11. Peter Lorimer (Leeds, England)

Forward

1. Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Netherlands)
2. Oleg Blokhin (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
3. Ferenc Bene (Ujpest, Hungary)
4. Tostao (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
5. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
6. Hugo Sotil (Deportivo Municipal, Barcelona, Peru)
7. Rob Rensenbrink  (Anderlecht, Netherlands)
8. Jupp Heynckes (Gladbach, West Germany)
9. Josip Sklobar (Marseille, Yugoslavia)
10. Ralf Edstrom (PSV, Sweden)


Striker

1. Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Eusebio (Benfica, Portugal)
3. Wlodzimerz Lubanski (Gornik Zabrze, Poland)
4. Fernando Morena (Penarol, Uruguay)
5. Dusan Bejevic (Velez Mostar, Yugoslavia)
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The Second Half 1970s

Goalkeeper

1. Dino Zoff (Juventus, Italy)
2. Ubaldo Fillol (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Sepp Maier (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
4. Peter Shilton (Nottingham Forest, England)
5. Ray Clemence (Liverpool, England)
6. Jurgen Croy (Sachsenring Zwickau, East Germany)
7. Ronnie Hellstrom (Kaiserslautern, Sweden)
8. Ivan Curkovic (Saint-Etienne, Yugoslavia)
9. Pat Jennings (Tottenham, Arsenal, Northern Ireland)
10. Emerson Leao (Palmeiras, Brazil)
11. Jan Van Beveren (PSV, Holland)
12. Manuel Bento (Benfica, Portugal)



Defensive Lateral

1. Claudio Gentile (Juventus, Italy)
2. Berti Vogts (Monchengladbach)
3. Danny Mcgrain (Celtic, Scotland)
4. Manfred Kaltz (Hamburg, West Germany)
5. Jorge Olguin (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
6. Karol Dobias (Spartak, Trnava, Czechoslovakia)
7. Phil Neal (Liverpool, England)


Central Defender

1. Daniel Passarella (River Plate, Argentina)
2. Ruud Krol (Ajax, Netherlands)
3. Elias Figueroa (Palestino, Chile)
4. Gaetano Scirea (Juventus, Italy)
5. Marius Tresor  (Marseille, France)
6. Bruno Pezzey (Wacker Innsbruck, Frankfurt, Austria)
7. Wladislaw Zmuda (Slask Wroclaw, Poland)
8. Hans Jurgen Dorner (Dynamo Dresden, West Germany)
9. Anton Ondrus (Dukla Banska, Slovan Bratislava)
10. Emlyn Hughes (Liverpool, England)
11. Humberto Coelho (Paris-SG, Benfica, Portugal)
12. Jose Migueli (Barcelona, Spain)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Falcao (Internacional, Brazil)
2. Marco Tardelli (Juventus, Italy)
3. Johan Neeskens (Barcelona, Natherlands)
4. Toninho Cerezo  (Atletico Mineiro, Brazil)
5. Osvaldo Ardiles (Huracan, Tottenham)
6. Arie Haan (Ajax, Netherlands)
7. Rainer Bonhof (Gladbach, Valencia, West Germany)
8. Paul Breitner ( Bayern Munich, West Germany)
9. Americo Gallego (River Plate, Argentina)
11. Jose Valasquez (Alianza Lima, Peru)


Offensive Midfielder

1. Zico (Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Michel Platini  (Nancy, France)
3. Rivelino (Fluminese, Brazil)
4. Teofilo Cubillas (Porto, Alianza Lima, Peru)
5. Johan Cruyff (Barcelona, Netherlands)
6. Norberto Alonso (River Plate, Argentina)
7. Cesar Cueto (Alianza Lima, Peru)
8. Giancarlos Antognoni  (Fiorentina, Italy)
9. Norberto Alonso (River Plate, Argentina)
10. Safet Susic (FK Sarajevo, Yugoslavia)
11. Antonin Panenka (Bohemian Prague, Czechoslovakia) 
12. David Kipiani (Dinamo Tbilisi, Soviet Union)
13. Vladimir Petrovic (Red Star, Yugoslavia) 

Offensive Lateral

1. Franco Causio (Juventus, Italy)
2. Rene Houseman (Huracan, Argentina) 
3. Daniel Bertoni (Independiente, Sevilla, Argentina)
4.​ Jurgen​ Grabowski​ (Frankfurt, Germany)​
5.​ Johnny Rep (Valencia, Bastia, Netherlands)
6. Rene Van De Kherkof (PSV, Netherlands)
7. Marian Masny (Slovan Bratislava, Czechoslovakia)


Forward

1. Diego Maradona  (Argentinos Juniors, Argentina)
2. Kevin Keegan (Liverpool, Hamburg, England)
3. Oleg Blokhin  (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
4. Mario Kempes (Valencia, Argentina)
5. Rob Rensenbrink  (Anderlecht, Netherlands)
6. Allan Simonsen (Monchengladbach, Denmark)
7. Kenny Dalglish  (Celtic, Liverpool, Scotland)
8. Roberto Bettega  (Juventus, Italy)
9. Karlheinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
10. Henning Jensen (Gladbach, Real Madrid, Denmark)
11. Willy Van De Kuijlen (PSV, Netherlands)
12. Ruud Geels (Ajax, Netherlands)

Striker

1. Paolo Rossi (Vicenza, Italy)
2. Reinaldo  (Atletico Miniero, Brazil)
3. Hans Krankl  (Rapid Wienna, Barcelona, Austria)
4. Fernando Morena (Penarol, Uruguay)
5. Klaus Fischer (Schalke, West Germany)
6. Joachim Streich (Magdeburg, East Germany)

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The First Half 1980s

Goalkeeper

1. Rinat Dasaev (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Toni Schumaccher (FC Koln, West Germany)
3. Peter Shilton (Nottingham Forest, Southampton, England)
4. Ubaldo Fillol (River Plate, Flamengo, Argentina)
5. Jean Marie-Pfaff (Beveren, Bayern Munich, Belgium)
6. Luis Arconada (Real Sociedad, Spain)
7. Jozsef Mylnarczyk (Widzew Lodj, Bastia, Poland)
8. Rodolfo Rodriguez (Nacional, Uruguay)
9. Pat Jennings (Arsenal, Northern Ireland)
10. Uli Stein (Hamburger SV, Germany)
11. Franco Tancredi (Roma, Italy)
12. Thomas N'Kono (Espanyol, Cameroon)

Defensive Lateral

1. Antonio Cabrini (Juventus, Italy)
2. Leovegildo Junior (Flamengo, Brazil)
3. Claudio Gentile (Juventus, Italy)
4. Hans Peter Briegel (Kaiserslautern, Hellas Verona, West Germany)
5. Jose Antonio Camacho (Real Madrid, Spain)
6. Anatoliy Demyanenko (Dynamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
7. Rafael Gordillo (Real Madrid, Spain) 
8. Phil Neal (Liverpool, England)


Central Defender

1. Gaetano Scirea (Juventus, Italy)
2. Daniel Passarella (River Plate, FIorentina, Argentina)
3. Alan Hansen (Liverpool, Scotland)
4. Karlheinz Forster (Stuttgart, West Germany)
5. Morten Olsen (Anderletch, Denmark)
6. Pietro Vierchowod (Fiorentina, Roma, Sampdoria, Italy)
7. Edinho (Fluminese, Udinese, Brazil)
8. Alexandre Chivadze (Dinamo Tbilisi, Soviet Union)
9. Fulvio Collavati (Inter MIlan, Italy)
10. Hugo De Leon (Nacional, Gremio, Uruguay) 


Defensive Midfielder

1. Falcao (AS Roma, Brazil)
2. Jean Tigana (Bordeaux, France)
3. Bryan Robson (Man Utd, England)
4. Marco Tardelli (Juventus, Italy)
5. Graemme Souness (Liverpool, Scotland)
6. Paul Breitner (Bayern Munich, Germany)
7. Toninho Cerezo (Atletico Mineiro, Roma, Brazil)
8. Laszlo Boloni (Steua Bucharest, Romania)


Offensive Midfielder

1. Michel Platini (Juventus, Italy)
2. Zico (Flamengo, Udinese, Brazil)
3. Diego Maradona (Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Argentina)
4. Socrates (Corinthians, Fiorentina)
5. Bernd Schuster (Barcelona, West Germany)
6. Ricrado Bochini (Independiente, Argentina)
7. Alain Giresse (Bordeaux, France)
8. Liam Brady (Juventus, Ireland)
9. Safet Susic (FK Sarajevo, Paris-SG, Yugoslavia)
10. Jan Ceulemans (Club Brugge, Belgium) 
11. Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham, England)
12. Julio Cesar Romero (New Yorke Cosmos, Flumunese)
13. Tibor Nyilasi (Ferencvaroc, Austria Vienna, Hungary) 

Winger

1. Bruno Conti (Roma, Italy)
2. Pierre Littbartski (FC Koln, West Germany)
3. Franco Causio (Udinese, Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Fernando Chalana (Benfica, Portugal)
5. Eder (Atletico MIneiro, Brazil)
6. Frank Arnesen (Valencia, Anderlecht, Denmark)
7. Gordon Starchan (Aberdeen, Scotland)
8. Jesper Olsen (Ajax, Man Utd, Denmark)

Forward

1. Karlheinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Zbigniew Boniek (Widzew Lodj, Juventus, Poland)
3. Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool, Scotland)
4. Enzo Francescoli (River Plate, Uruguay)
5. Preben Elkjaer (Lokeren, Verona, Denmark)
6. Klaus Allofs (Marseille, West Germany)
7. Erwin Vandenbergh (Anderlecht, Belgium)

Striker

1. Paolo Rossi (Juventus, Italy)
2. Ian Rush (Liverpool, Wales)
3. Alessandro Altobelli (Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Roberto Dinamite (Vasco, Brazil)
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The Second Half 1980s

Goalkeeper

1. Rinat Dasaev (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Walter Zenga (Inter Milan, Italy)
3. Michael Preud’Homme (Mechelen, Belgium)
4. Neville Southall (Everton, Wales)
5. Jean Marie Pfaff (Bayern, Belgium)
6. Hans Van Breukelen (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
7. Andoni Zubizarreta (Barcelona, Spain)
8. Peter Shilton (Derby, England)
9. Uli Stein (Hamburger, West Germany)
10. Stefano Tacconi (Juventus, Italy)


Defensive Lateral

1. Andreas Brehme (Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, West Germany)
2. Manuel Amoros (Monaco, France)
3. Josimar (Botafogo, Brazil)
4. Vladimir Bessonov (Dynamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
5. Joao Pinto (Porto, Portugal)



Central Defender

1. Franco Baresi (AC Milan, Italy)
2. Giuseppe Bergomi (Inter Milan, Italy)
3. Ronald Koeman (PSV, Netherlands)
4. Jurgen Kohler (FC Koln, West Germany)
5. Pietro Vierchowod (Sampdoria, Italy)
6. Oscar Ruggeri (River Plate, Logrones, Argentina)
7. Glenn Hysen (Gothernberg, Fiorentina, Sweden)
8. Paul Mcgrath (Man Utd, Ireland Republic)
9. Miodrag Beklodedici (Steua Bucharest, Redstar Belgrade, Romania)
10. Oleg Kuznetsov (Dynamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
11. Manuel Sanchis (Real Madrid, Spain)


Defensive Midfielder

1. Lothar Matthaeus (Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, West Germany)
2. Frank Rijkaard (Ajax, AC Milan, Netherlands)
3. Bryan Robson (Man Utd, England)
4. Leovegildo Junior (Torino, Brazil)
5. Soren Lerby (Bayern, PSV, Denmark)
6. Luis Fernandez (Paris-SG, RC Paris, France)
7. Salvatore Bagni (Napoli, Italt)
8. Alemao (Napoli, Brazil)
9. Glenn Stromberg (Atalanta, Sweden)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Diego Maradona (Napoli, Italy)
2. Ruud Gullit (AC Milan, Netherlands)
3. Dragan Stojkovic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Enzo Francescoli (Racing Paris, Marseille, Uruguay)
5. Michael Laudrup (Juventus, Denmark)
6. Gheorghe Hagi (Steua Bucharest, Romania)
7. Julio Cesar Romero (Fluminese, Paraguay)
8. Ruben Paz (Racing Clubm Uruguay)
9. Jorge Burruchaga (Nantes, Argentina)
10. Carlos Valderrama (Deportivo Cali, Monpellier, Colombia)
11. Oleksander Zavarov (Dynamo Kiev, Soviet Union)


Winger

1. Michel Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. John Barnes (Liverpool, England)
3. Paolo Futre (Porto, Portugal)
4.​ Michel Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Spain)
5. Cris Waddle (Tottenham, England)
6.​ Roberto Donadoni (AC Milan, Italy)

Forward

1. Emilio Butragueno (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Roberto Mancini (Sampdoria, Italy)
3. Ihor Belanov (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
4. Gianluca Vialli (Sampdoria, Italy)
5. Jorge Alberto Gonzalez (El Salvador)
6. Antonio Alzamendi (River Plate, Uruguay)


Striker

1. Marco Van Basten (PSV, AC Milan, Netherlands)
2. Hugo Sanchez (Real Madrid, Mexico)
3. Gary Lineker (Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham, England)
4. Careca (Sao Paulo, Napoli, Brazil)
5. Rudi Voller (Bremen, Roma, West Germany)
6. Preben Elkjaer (Hellas Verona, Denmark)
7. Jean Pierre Papin (Marseille, France)
8. Oleg Protasov (Dnipro, Dynamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
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The First Half 1990s

Goalkeeper

1. Peter Schmeichel  (Man Utd, Denmark)
2. Michael Preud’Homme (Mechelen, Belgium)
3. Andreas Kopke (FC Koln, West Germany)
4. Gialuca Pagliuca (Sampdoria, Inter Milan)
5. Andoni Zubizarrata (Barcelona, Spain)
6. Claudio Taffarel (La Coruna, Brazil)
7. Thomas Ravelli (IFK Gothenberg, Sweden)
8. Sergio Goycochea (Racing Club, River Plate, Argentina)
9. Bodo Illgner (Cologne, Germany)
10. Uli Stein (Hamburger, Germany)
11. Patt Bonner (Celtic, Ireland Republic)



Defensive Lateral

1. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan, Italy)
2. Marcos Cafu (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
3. Jorginho (Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Brazil)
4. Stuart Pearce (Forest, England)
5. Leonardo (Valencia, Brazil)
6. Denis Irwin (Man Utd, Ireland Republic)

Central Defender

1. Franco Baresi (AC Milan, Italy)
2. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Jurgen Kohler (Juventus, Dortmund, West Germany)
4. Alessandro Costacurta (AC Milan, Italy)
5. Rune Bratseth (Bremen, Norway)
6. Gheorghe Popescu (PSV, Romania)
7. Ronald Koeman (Barcelona, Netherlands)
8. Oscar Ruggeri (Velez Sarsfield, Argentina)
9. Guido Buchwald (Stuttgart, Germany)
10. Tony Adams (Arsenal, England)
11. Laurent Blanc (Napoli, Saint Etienne, France)


Defensive Midfielder

1. Frank Rijkaard (AC Milan, Ajax, Netherlands)
2. Lothar Matthaeus (Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, West Germany)
3. Carlos Dunga (Fiorentina, Brazil)
4. Mauro Silva (La Coruna, Brazil)
5. Marcel Desailly (Marseille, AC Milan, France)
6.​ Paul​ Ince (Man​ UTD, England)​
7. Aron Winter (Ajax, Lazio, Netherlands)
8. Jans Wouters (Bayern, Netherlands)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Michael Laudrup (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Denmark)
2. Ruud Gullit (AC Milan, Sampdoria, Netherlands)
3. Gheorghe Hagi (Real Madrid, Brescia, Romania)
4. Thomas Haessler (Roma, Karlsruhe, West Germany)
5. Dejan Savicevic (Redstar Belgrade, AC Milan, Yugoslavia)
6. Paul Gascoigne (Tottenham, Lazio, England)
7. Enzo Scifo (Torino, Monaco, Belgium)
8. Thomas Brolin (Parma, Sweden)
9. Rai (Sao Paulo, Paris-Saint Germain, Brazil)
10. Andreas Moller (Juventus, West Germany)
11. Zvonimir Boban (AC Milan, Italy)
12. Andreas Herzog (Bremen, Austria)
13. Vladimir Jugovic (Juventus, Yugoslavia)
14. Enzo Francescoli (Cagliari, River Plate, Uruguay)


Offensive Lateral

1. Brain Laudrup (Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, Denmark)
2. David Ginola (Paris Siant Germain, France)
3. Claudio Caniggia (Atalanta, Roma, Argentina)
4. Ryan Giggs (Man Utd, Wales)
5. Andrei Kanchelski (Man Utd, CIS)

Forward

1. Roberto Baggio (Fiorentina, Juventus, Italy)
2. Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona, Bulgaria)
3. Dennis Bergkamp (Ajax, Inter Milan, Netherlands)
4. Eric Cantona (Man Utd, France)
5. Bebeto (La Coruna, Brazil)
6. Gianfranco Zola (Napoli, Parma, Italy)
7. Jari Litmanen (Ajax, Finland)
8. Stephan Chapuisat (Dortmund, Switzerland)
9. Alen Boksic (Marseille, Croatia)
10. Giuseppe Signori (Lazio, Italy)

Striker

1. Romario (PSV, Barcelona, Brazil)
2. Gabriel Batistuta (Fiorentina, Argentina)
3. Jurgen Klinsmann (Bayern Munich, Tottenham, West Germany)
4. Jean Pierre Papin (Marseille, France)
5. Marco Van Basten (AC Milan, Netherlands)
6. Alan Shearer (Blackburn, England)
7. Darko Pancev (Red Star Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
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The Second Half 1990s

Goalkeeper

1. Oliver Kahn (Karlsruhe, Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Jose Luis Chilavert (Velez Sarsfield, Paraguay)
3. Edwin Van Der Sar (Ajax, Juventus, Netherlands)
4. Andreas Kopke (FC Koln, Germany)
5. Angelo Peruzzi (Juventus, Lazio, Italy)
6. Peter Schmeichel (Man Utd, Denmark)
7. David Seaman (Arsenal, England)
8. Fabien Barthez  (Marseille, France)
9. Gianluca Pagliuca (Inter Milan, Italy)
10. Stefan Klos (Dortmund, Germany)



Defensive Lateral

1. Lilian Thuram (Parma, France)
2. Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Brazil)
3. Marcos Cafu (Sao Paulo, Roma, Brazil)
4. Bixente Lizarazu (Bayern, France)
5. Cristian Panucci (Inter Milan, Italy) 
6. Jocelyn Angloma (Inter Milan, Valencia, France)
7. Christian Ziege (Beyern, AC Milan, Germany)


Central Defender

1. Matthias Sammer (Dortmund, Germany)
2. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Marcel Desailly (AC Milan, Chelsea, France)
4. Fernando Hierro (Real Madrid, Spain)
5. Ciro Ferrara (Juventus, Italy)
6. Fabio Cannavaro (Parma, Italy)
7. Japp Stam (PSV, Man Utd, Netherlands)
8. Sol Campbell (Arsenal, England)
9. Frank De Boer (Ajax, Netherlands) 
10. Olaf Thon (Schalke, Germany)
11. Aldair (Roma, Brazil)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Fernando Redondo (Real Madrid, Argentina)
2. Edgar Davids (Juventus, Netherlands)
3. Roy Keane (Man Utd, Ireland Republic)
4. Stefan Effenberg (Bayern Munich, Germany)
5. Didier Deschamps (Juventus, France)
6. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Argentina)
7. Paolo Sousa (Dortmund, Inter Milan, Portugal)
8. Demetrio Albertini (AC Milan, Italy)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Zinedine Zidane (Juventus, France)
2. Rui Costa (Fiorentina, Portugal)
3, Juan Sebastian Veron (Sampdoria, Parma, Lazio, Argentina)
4. Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, Netherlands)
5. Ariel Ortega (Valencia, Parma, Argentina)
6. Mehmed Scholl (Bayern, Germany)
7. Karssimir Balakov (Stuttgart, Bulgaria)

Offensive Lateral

1. Luis Figo (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Portugal)
2. Ryan Giggs (Man Utd, Wales)
3. Pavel Nedved (Lazio, Czech Republic)
4. David Beckham (Man Utd, England)
5. Marc Overmars (Arsenal, Natherlands)
6. Leonardo (Paris-SG, Milan, Brazil)
7. Steve Mcmanaman (Liverpool, England)
8. Luis Enrique (Barcelona, Spain)

Forward

1. Rivaldo (Barcelona, Brazil)
2. Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal, Netherlands)
3. Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus, Italy)
5. Predrag Mijatovic (Real Madrid, Yugoslavia)
6. Youri Djorkaeff (Inter Milan, France)

Striker

1. Ronaldo (Barcelona, Inter Milan, Brazil)
2. George Weah (AC Milan, Liberia)
3. Gabriel Batistuta (Fiorentina, Roma, Argentina)
4. Davor Suker (Sevilla, Real Madrid, Croatia)
5. Christian Vieri (Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Italy)
6. Alan Shearer (Newcastle, England)
8. Marcelo Salas (River Plate, Lazio, Chile)
9. Romario (Flamengo, Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)
10. Oliver Bierhoff (Udinese, AC Milan, Germany)
11. Fillippo Inzaghi (Juventus, Italy)

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The First Half 2000s

Goalkeeper

1. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
2. Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich, Germany)
3. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Francesco Toldo  (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Edwin Van Der Sar (Fulham, Netherlands)
6. Rustu Recber (Fenerbahce, Turkey)
7. Jens Lehmann  (Dortmund, Arsenal, Germany)
8. Dida (AC Milan, Brazil)

Defensive Lateral

1. Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Brazil)
2. Marcos Cafu (Roma, Brazil)
3. Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan, Argentina)
4. Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus, Italy)
5. Michel Salgado (Real Madrid, Spain)



Central Defender

1. Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan, Italy)
2. Fabio Cannavaro (Parma, Juventus, Italy)
3. Lilian Thuram (Juventus, France)
4. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan, Italy)
5. Roberto Ayala (Valencia, Argentina)
6. Sol Campbell (Arsenal, England)
7. Sami Hyypia (Liverpool, Finland)


Defensive Midfielder

1. Patrice Vieira (Arsenal, France)
2. Michael Ballack (Leverkusen, Bayern, Germany)
3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England)
4. Claude Makelele (Real Madrid, Chelsea, France)
5. Emerson (Roma, Juventus, Brazil)
6. Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan, Italy)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid, France)
2. Pavel Nedved (Juventus, Czech Republic)
3. Juan Sebastian Veron (Man Utd, Inter Milan, Argentina)
4. Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors, Villareal, Argentina)
5. Paul Scholes (Man Utd, England)
6. Deco (FC Porto, Portugal)
7. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, Italy)
8. Rui Costa (AC Milan, Italy)
9. Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan, Italy)

Offensive Lateral

1. Ronaldinho (Paris-SG, Barcelona, Brazil)
2. David Beckham (Man Utd, Real Madrid, England)
3. Ryan Giggs  (Man Utd, Wales)
4. Robert Pires (Arsenal, France)     
5. Luis Figo (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Portugal)
6. Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus, Italy)
7. Damien Duff (Blackbur, Chelsea, Ireland Republic)

Forward

1. Thierry Henry (Arsenal, France)
2. Francesco Totti (Roma, Italy)
3. Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus, Italy)

Striker

1. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan, Ukraine)
2. Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
3. Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Man Utd, Netherlands)
4. Christian Vieri (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Hernan Crespo (Lazio, AC Milan, Argentina)
6. Michael Owen (Liverpool, England)
7. David Trezeguet (Juventus, Italy)
8. Henrik Larsson (Celtic, Sweden)
9. Adriano (Parma, Inter Milan, Brazil)
10. Patrick Kluivert (Barcelona, Netherlands)
11. Giovenne Elber (Bayern, Brazil)
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The Second Half 2000s

Goalkeeper

1. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
3. Peter Cech (Chelsea, Czech Republic)
4. Edwin Van Der Sar (Man Utd, Netherlands)
5. Julio Cesar Soares (Inter Milan, Brazil)



Defensive Lateral

1. Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan, Argentina)
2. Phillp Lahm (Bayern, Germany)
3. Maicon (Inter Milan, Brazil)
4. Patrice Evra (Man Utd, France)
5. Ashley Cole (Arsenal, Chelsea, England)
6. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)

Central Defender

1. John Terry (Chelsea, England)
2. Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd, Serbia)
3. Carles Puyol (Barcelona, Spain)
4. Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd, England)
5. Ricardo Carvalho (Porto, Portugal)
6. Walter Samuel (Inter Milan, Argentina)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Mikael Essien (Chelsea, Ghana)
2. Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, Spain)
3. Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan, Argentina)
4. Marcos Senna (Villarreal, Spain)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Kaka (AC Milan, Brazil)
2. Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona, Spain)
3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England)
4. Juan Roman Riquelme (Villareal, Boca Juniors, Argentina)
5. Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England)
6. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, Italy)
7. Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Netherlands)
8. Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia, Lazio, Spain)
9. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain)

Offensive Lateral

1. Cirstiano Ronaldo (Man Utd, Portugal)
2. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, France)
3. Arjen Robben (Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Netherlands)
4. Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Milan, Brazil)

Forward

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
2. Ronaldinho  (Barcelona, AC Milan, Brazil)
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan, Barcelona, Sweden)
4. Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)
5. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd, England)
6. Carlos Tevez (Man City, Juventus, Argentina)

Striker

1. Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona, Inter Milan, Cameroon)
2. David Villa (Valencia, Spain)
3. Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast)
4. Fernando Torres (Liverpool, Spain)
5. Miroslav Klose (Bremen, Bayern, Germany)
6. Luca Toni (Fiorentina, Bayern, Italy) 
7. Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham, Man Utd, Bulgaria)

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The First Half 2010s

Goalkeeper

1. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
3. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Peter Cech (Chelsea, Czech Republic)
5. Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, Belgium)


Defensive Lateral

1. Daniel Alves (Barcelona, Brazil)
2. Philippe Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany)
3. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea, Serbia)
4. Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
5. Jordi Alba (Barcelona, Spain)

Central Defender

1. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Thiago Silva (Paris-SG, Brazil)
3. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy)
4. Gerard Pique (Barcelona, Spain)
5. Vincent Kompany (Man City, Belgium)
6. Pepe (Real Madrid, Spain)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Bastian Schweisteinger (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Arturo Vidal (Juventus., Chile)
3. Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich, Spain)
4. Yaya Toure (Man City, Ivory Coast)
5. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain)


Offensive Midfielder

1. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain) 
2. Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona, Spain)
3. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy)
4. Mezut Ozil (Real Madrid, Germany)
5. Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Germany)
6. Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

Offensive Lateral

1. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Franck RIbery (Bayern Munich, France)
3. Gareth Bale (Real MAdrid, Wales)
4. David Silva (Manchester City, Spain)
5. Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid, Argentina)
6. Marco Reus (Dortmund, Germany)

Forward

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)
3. Luis Alberto Suarez (Liverpool, Uruguay)
4. Zlaton Ibrahimovic (AC Milan, Paris-SG, Sweden)
5. Neymar (Santos, Barcelona, Brazil)
6. Robin Van Persie (Man Utd, Holland)
7. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd, England)
8. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese, Italy)

Striker

1. Sergio Aguero (Man City, Argentina) 
2. Robert Lewandowki (Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Poland)
3. Edison Cavani (Napoli, PSG, Uruguay)
4. Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, Spain)
5. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)
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The Second Half 2010s

Goalkeeper

1. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy) 
2. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, Belgium)
3. Marc Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona, Germany)
4. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid, Slovenia) 
5. Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, Costa Rica)
6. David De Gea (Man Utd, Spain)
7. Alisson (Liverpool, Brazil)


Defensive Lateral

1. Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
2. Daniel Alves (Paris-SG, Brazil)
3. Jordi Alba (Barcelona, Spain)


Central Defender

1. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands)
3. Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)
4. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, Italy)
5. Rafael Varane (Real Madrid, France)

Defensive Midfielder

1. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea, France)
2. Paul Pogba (Man Utd, France)
3. Sergio Busquet (Barcelona, Spain)
4. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona, Bayern, Chile)
5. Casemiro (Real Madrid, Brazil)
6. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool, England)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Luca Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City, Belgium) 
3. Phillipe Countinho (Liverpool, Brazil) 
4. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, Germany)
5. David Silva (Man City, Spain)


Offensive Lateral

1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium)
2. Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal)
3. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal, Chile)
4. Raheem Sterling (Man City, England)
5. Angel Di Maria (Paris-S, Argentina)
6. Riyad Mahrez (Man City, Algeria)
7. Paolo Dybala (Juventus, Argentina)

Forward

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
3. Neymar (Paris-SG, Brazil)
4. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, France)
5. Luis Alberto Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay)
6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris-SG, France)
7. Mohammed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

Striker

1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern, Poland) 
2. Harry Kane (Tottenham, England)
3. Sergio Aguero (Man City, Argentina)
4. Pierre-Ermerick Aubemayang (Dortmund, Gabon)
5. Edison Cavani (PSG, Uruguay)
6. Gonzalo Huguin (Napoli, Argentina)
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Statistics (Number of Qualified Players in each era)

1892 to 1900s :   21
1st Half 1910s :   21
2nd Half 1910s : 28
1st Half 1920s :   37
2nd Half 1920s : 54
1st Half 1930s :   57
2nd Half 1930s : 56
1st Half 1940s  :  28
2nd Half 1940s : 55
1st Half 1950s  :  72
2nd Half 1950s : 75
1st Half 1960s   : 80
2nd Half 1960s : 77
1st Half 1970s   : 86
2nd Half 1970s : 84
1st Half 1980s  :  70
2nd Half 1980s : 66
1st Half 1990s  : 72
2nd Half 1990s : 68
1st Half 2000s  : 57
2nd Half 2000s : 47
1st Half 2010s :  46
2nd Half 2010s : 46

61 comments:

  1. What should Raí is included in the first half of the 90s. His performance in São Paulo was spectacular. It is indisputable.

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    1. I didn't name him because of his failure in the 1994 World Cup. But still, if I name Ortega in the second half 1990s, Rai should have a place in the list as well when the compensation of his great performance in both domestic and international club is enough.

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  2. Soren Lerby and Morten Olsen in 80s?

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    1. Both players was undoubtedly one of the top players in any specific year and they’re just below the limited line of my standardization.

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  3. i dont know how Luis Fernandez can be better then Soren Lerby? Morten Olsen is a true legend in 80s. Big captain of "danish dynamite" and Anderlecht. Maybe after Beckenbauer and Sammer, best libero. Ciao!

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  4. As for the players' characteristics Ferrnandez and Lerby were equally good runners, like speed and jump games and both a strong mentality. Lerby was certainly a much more universal player. He was more agile than Luis. He had better technique and passing game. He was also an aggressive player, and the player with the better a shot from Fernandez. Much more dangerous is Lerby was also the opponent's goal. When it is added to the Lerby won nine national championships (Ajax, Bayern, PSV), several national cup and league champions 1988th Fernandez won only one French championship and two cups. When it is adding to the Lerby been ranked higher in the elections, "France Football", I do not see any segment in favor of Fernandez, except that he was the champion of Europe with the French national team.

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  5. no explanation why Fernandez is better than Lerby?

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  6. Lerby achieved his best year in 1986 refer to coincidence between Kicker and Ballon'Dor ranking for his world-class status. There is no seasonal rating of L.Fernandez found but at least he won 1985 French player of the year which could be considered in world-class when considers competitive standard between French players during mid-80s. Although Luis Fernandez is more achieved in National Team, Lerby was an important player to help PSV won European Treble (Even PSV in 1988 is one of the worst champions ever when it penalty shootout 3 matches in row). I saw Luis Fernandez was a better defensive player while Lerby is more versatile in advanced role. In conclusion, I agree to name Lerby in the list but I need to study more to conclude the result between this comparison. I'll return to inform you.

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  7. O.k. Thank you! But Lerby was already a big star from the period when he played for Ajax, together with Frank Arnesen.

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  8. Dear Readers

    I just add the most competitive era by position and the most number of standardized players by era.

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  9. No place for Morten Olsen and John Angelo Hansen?

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  10. John Angelo Hansen is one of 12 foreign players who entered the Juventus "hall of fame". In the early eighties, Morten Olsen is considered one of the best defenders in the world. 6.place - "World Soccer" 1984. Best central defender in Europe 1983. I think it is irresponsible not to include these two players in this category.

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    1. Morten Olsen became a libero at 1982 and he finished third place in the 1984 Belgian Golden shoe with fifth place in 1985 although the awards was biased for Belgian player.
      As I check he finished between 15th - 20th Ballon'Dor in three years (1983,1984 and 1986). I think it would be fine if I name him in the first half 1980s. Anyway, I don't think John Angelo Hansen is consistent enough to be made in the list.

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  11. http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2009/oct/13/forgotten-story-denmark-1980s

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  12. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/oct/13/danish-dynamite-the-players

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  13. John Hansen in six and a half years in Italy scoring 139 goals in Serie A. He was not a striker. He was a forward. He was the top scorer of Serie A, the top scorer of the only international tournament which is played, Olympics 1948 Serie A (214-139), danish league (114-113), danish national team (8-10). Total-(336-262). Impressive numbers for someone who is not the first attacker.

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  14. Do you think for Coppens and Lenstra, and special Wilkes and Nyers are better players with better careers than Hansen? Coppens and Lenstra without trophies, Wilkes with one spanish cup. Nyers with one serie A. Season 44/45 he played 3 match with one goal. Season after,half of the season went to Servette. Season 53/54 for Inter same, for season 56/57(barcelona) has not played any match. So that it remains one serie A. For seven and half season i seria A scored 153 goals including about 40 from penalty. And was a striker.

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    1. I'm not serious on trophy achievement since this list is considered only individual performance. Wiles and Lenstra was researched by Dutch university as one of their highest peak performer ever but they are known to be lack of an important opportunity internationally.

      Coppens, he was very consistent in that period with impressive scoring ratio in twice seasons (more than 1).

      In case of Nyers would be very interesting. I tend to agree John Angelo Hansen is slightly advantageous since the prime of Nyers is between the late 1940s and early 1950s by which is a defect of the kind of this list which is clearly bordered in range of period.

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  15. I am very satisfied with your explanation.

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  16. "I'm not serious on trophy achievement since this list is considered only individual performance".

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    Former Danish player, an offensive allrounder and genius, but also very problematic guy. Bronee was one of the most talented players ever to play in Italy, famous for his skills, footwork, fantasy and vision, but also notorious for his contoversal behaviour, lack of discipline and agoistic attitude. Had fantastic ball control and dribbling, sweet touch, strong shot and genial intuition, used to come very deep to help in defence, sometimes on side back position. But he lacked consistency and didn't always had will for playing, sometimes he'd just walk on the pitch uninterested for game. Bronée started his senior career with Copenhagen clubs Boldklubben 1893 (B 93) and Handelsstandens Boldklub (HB). He moved to Østerbro Boldklub (ØB), where he formed a fearsome attacking partnership with Karl Aage Præst. With 26 goals in the 1945-46 Danish 2nd Division season, Bronée helped ØB win promotion for the top-flight Danish 1st Division. Bronée got his debut for the Danish national team in September 1945, where he scored the first goal in a 5-1 victory against Norway. He was the topscorer of the 1946-47 Danish championship with 21 goals in 18 games, as ØB finished in fourth place in their 1st Division debut season. Explodes in the French team of Nancy. In 1950 he was hired for 40 million lire from Palermo Prince Raimondo Lanza di Trabia, discovered during a pleasure trip during the match in Nancy Nancy-Grenoble. He soon comes into conflict with the coach of the Rosanero Gipo Viani. Off the court he had an unruly character, which soon causes him to dislike in society. Even for this game in rosanero only for two seasons (1950-1951 and 1951-1952) total of 70 appearances and scoring 22 goals. His career continued in Rome, but here's his quarrelsome character creates some problems. After a Roma-Inter between him and his teammate Arcadio Venturi, there is a dispute which culminated with the launch of a shoe on the face of a leader of respect, Dr. Campilli, the son of a minister. Bronée is taken out, thus putting an end to his adventure Romanist. In 1954 he arrived at Juventus, where he remained a season total of 29 appearances and 11 goals. In the next championship goes to conclude his Italian interlude in the ranks of Novara. Closes Career with Rødovre and B 93. Helge Bronee died on 03/06/1999.


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  17. You put "The First Half 1910s" instead of "The First Half 2010s".

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  18. Two corrections - Alan Hansen should be listed as Scotland not England andJorginho played for Beyer Leverkusen not Bayern Munich. Great work otherwise !


    Munich.

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  19. Diego Costa best striker of the first half 2010s?? Are you serious?

    You can put Suarez on striker rather than forward and Lewandowski deserves to be ahead of Diego Costa.
    And where are Cavani (three season at 23 goals or more in Serie A), Aguero (2 times champion and one golden boot), but also Higuain and Benzema.
    There were all best than Diego Costa (just 2 good seasons of 5) for 2010-2015.

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    1. I admit I was too hurry to finish this list. Now Aguero and Cavani has been added. I see it is very similar level between both of them and also Lewandowski. Anyway, the rank has been decided. Suarez s really not target striker. He often run with the ball and made a number of assists.

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  20. Im sorry, but where is Morten Olsen in "first half 80"?

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  21. What seasons does an era include? For example The First Half 2010s is 2009/2010 till 2013/2014?

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    1. 1st half 1980s is 1980 - 1984 so the 2nd half is 1985 - 1989

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  22. -How is Casillas not the 1th in the 2nd half of the 2010s? He was named the best goalkeeper in the first 3 years and 6th and 9th in the next years. Buffon at least isn't even close in cumulative performance.

    -How is any defender above Ramos in the same period?
    ..He was World Champion and MVP according to Castrol Ratings(2010)
    ..He was included in the FIFA Team of the Year in 2011
    ..He was basically the best defender on the planet this year by being named La Liga Best Defender, UEFA Team of the Year , ESM Team of the Year(for consistency) and won the EURO being named MVP according to castrol ratings. Also highest defender at the Ballon d'Or(you should name him such in you annual series)(2012)
    ..Once again La Liga Best Defender , UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA Team of the Year(2013)
    ..Once again La Liga Best Defender , UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA Team of the Year.
    Apart from Lahm , no one is close in cumulative performance

    -Xabi Alonso was definetly better than Schweisteinger and Essien in the The Second Half 2000s and The First Half 2010s respectively.
    He was the best central midfielder in 2010 and ranked in top 10 Ballon d'Or
    He was named in FIFA Team of the Year in 2011 and was again considered the best in the world in his position
    He was again included in FIFA Team of the Year(above the likes of Pirlo) and La Liga best midfielder above Xavi having an incredible season
    2013 was a average year by his standards but he was again instrumental for La Decima in 2014.
    This is out of hte timeline but Xabi even after he left Real and joined Bastian as team mate proved better and recieved better overall ratings than Bastian. He has been a incredible player and every team he ever played and the best at his role in his era.

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    1. The most number of IFFHS world best goalkeeper awards could not help Casillas to be number one because he did almost nothing in the 2013 - 2014 La Liga season due to his reserved player status. For Sergio Ramos, I consent to revise as he is much more successful in NT career.

      Xabi Alonso ? Essien was seen to be more dominant in central midfield area. Xabi was a better creator but I think he is too static and slow. Schweisteinger was an indispensable player for Bayern and Germany in their glory era. I think Xabi is not even a true competitor.

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  23. Where is Morten Olsen in 1980?

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    1. I agree to add him in 1st half 1980s and remove Bossis.

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  24. Paul Breitner seems very low for his eras compared to his place in the hall of fame about the same as Falcao and considerably higher than Marco Tardelli yet here Paul is 6th and 7th while Falcao is 1st twice and Marco 2nd and 4th in the same eras. This does not seem to make sense.

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    1. I'm not refused this work has its weak point. The era is split into 1st and 2nd half so the players who achieved the peak in overlapped era is extremely disadvantageous liked Breitner who achieved world-class between late 1970s to 1980s.

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  25. So when did Falcao and Marco Tardelli achieve their peak so this does not affect them?

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    1. Tardelli in second half 1970s is rated by dbscalcio.com very high in series A seems to acheive world-class 3 - 4 seasons. Breitner achieved only 2 seasons according to kicker.

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  26. Where is Sergio Busquets as Devensive Midfielder in first half 2010s ?

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  27. Handanovic needs to be in gks. He has been world class for a decade ans best in serie a.
    Wheres kimmich?
    Alves is hopelessly overrated for second half of 2010s. He has not been world class since 2015. He dod not deserve team of the year awards in serie a or ligue 1. In both years he was only half starter to lichsteiner and then meunier and his form was very inconsistent.
    Verratti should be listed. He has consistently been world class at PSG.

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    1. Handanovic is best at 1st half 2010s but he was unsuccessful internationally.
      Alves is selected FIFPro World XI 3 times and should be enough for qualification.
      Veratti is also not successful in international club.
      Kimmich has just played for just 2 full domestic seasons. Before that, he played only half of season in two years.

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  28. I think goal keeper fpr second half og 2010s needs some changes. Oblak should be in the list. He has been best la liga keeper for last 5 years. Much more consistent than courtois and longer at high level than allison. Why is Buffon first? His level has decreased in last 5 years somewhat.

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  29. No place for Thomas N'Kono, Roger Milla or Jay Jay Okocha?

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    1. They're one of the best African players in 80s to 90s but nothing near one of the best players in their positions.

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  30. What your opinion about Gaizka Mendieta in the 1st Half 2010s? He won 2x Best Midfielder in UEFA Club Football Awards 2000 & 2001...

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    1. You means 1st half 2000s ? Actually his best period is between 1998 and 2001. He was poor in following seasons and such a list is separated era between 2000 and 2001 let him not good enough for any of 1990s or 2000s.

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    2. Opss sorry, yes 1st half 2000s. Thank you for your opinion.

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  31. Redondo is from Argentina not Spain

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  32. For me Sedorf should be on the list at least 2000- 1 half.

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  33. Why is nt Sedorf on the list.

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  34. In the first half of 80s, one of the best wingers in the world was Jesper Olsen!! Better than Eder, Chalana and Causio.

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    1. I have included him at the lowest place.

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  35. Hello master! Maybe take another look at the qualities and careers of some players. Jimmy Crabtree - as good as Howard Spencer. Jozsef Fogl - I would say a little worse than Karoly Fogl. Harald Hansen - one of the best defensive players in the first half of 1900. Antonin Hojer - the main Czech authority. Karl Braunsteiner - one of the greatest potentials. Died prematurely in the war. Dan Doyle - Scottish defense legend. Gunnar Andersen - back in 1941, he was mentioned in that "Kicker" as one of the best in his position. Asbjorn Halvorsen is perhaps the biggest name I will mention here. Hans Kalb also represented something in his time. The Gyula Biro was also very recognized in its time, as was Eugen Kipp. Arthur Bridgett was one of the best wingers in England in that first football stage. Maybe Luigi Cevenini deserved not to be forgotten, as did Alex Young. Michael Rohde - his career lasted a long time, with periods of crisis. The beginning and end of his career was very impressive. His 4 goals for B 93 in a 4-3 win against English champions Huddersfield were the crown of his career. Probably Antonin Janda and Felix Sesumga also deserved certain merits. Vivan Woodward was an amateur, but still one of the best footballers in the world. Louis Van Hege was the same well-known and recognized name as Jan Kosek. Carl Skomar Hansen was marked at the time when he was bought by Glasgow Rangers as the best footballer outside the British Isles. He scored 3 goals in his debut in the Rangers ’3-1 win. The Scots call him the "Great Little Dane." He was small. A broken leg stopped a potentially great career. I know that at that time Spain was not a great power, but still Rafael Pichichi meant something in his time, as did Josef Uridil. I will end with 3 big English names that were extremely popular in their time: Nevill Cobbold, Tinsley Lindley and Gilbert Oswald Smith. By doing so, I reviewed footballers who were born in the 19th century. Greeting!

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  36. OK I have added some of these names. I think Vivian Woodward is not deserved. You can see he played in second division too many seasons and his scoring record in club career is average. I am also not rate English players in amateur era.

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    1. Felix Sesumga ? I can't find his information in wiki. Probably his name is pronounced incorrectly ?

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  37. Im sorry! Felix Sesumaga is correct. Where is problem with Halvorsen? About Woodward- different times- different rules. Woodward was a best player in the national team!

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    1. Kochees,I would like to have your opinion on my top 100 central defender. Ake Johansson played in only Swedish league with Norkopping. The team never got success in international club and he also missed 1958 World Cup. Anyway, I see many rates him so high and even pick him as the best Swedish central defender ever. Do you think he is better than Glenn Hysen (who I rate at 100th currently) ? I also think Cor Van De Hart has no international highlight as well but he is named in top 100.

      Another one is Aldair. Would you also rate him higher than Glenn Hysen ?

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  38. I'm honored that you're asking for my opinion. Yes, it is very difficult to judge between these four. I have tried in this way: a) QUALITY - 1. Van der Hart (no doubt, based on available information, 2. Johansson, 3. Hysen, 4. Aldair (his slowness was crucial), b) SIGNIFICANCE IN TIME IN WHICH THEY PLAYED: 1. Van der Hart, 2. Hysen, 3. Johansson, 4. Aldair, c) NATIONAL CAREER: 1. Aldair (exceptional dominance over others), 2. Johansson (despite a relatively weak career), 3.Hysen, 4.Van der Hart (only 5 official matches, all other friendly matches), d) DOMESTIC CLUB CAREER - 1.Hysen, 2.Aldair, 3.Johansson, 4.Van der Hart (I'm still in a dilemma here between him and Johansson), e) INTERNATIONAL CLUB CAREER - 1.Hysen, 2.Aldair, 3.Johansson, 4.Van der Hart, f) MY SUBJECTIVE IMPRESSION - 1.Van der Hart - (in older times between equal players, advantage yet I give quality, and in more modern times, preference goes to careers and trophies), 2.Hysen, 3.Johansson, 4.Aldair. If we score it all now: 1.Hysen, 2.Van der Hart, 3.Johansson, 4.Aldair. I think the playing qualities and careers of: Carlo Parola, Ricardo Carvalho and Sami Hyypia also cannot be ignored.

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    1. Sami Hyypia is slow and also lack of competitive technique but I agree he was very consistent. How about Bjorn Nordqvist ? Is he considered better player than Ake Johansson ? Pesmiti rate his ability very high but I doubt why did he play for PSV just 3 seasons.

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  39. Nordqvist is probably the most respected central defender in Sweden. He was of high quality and long-lasting in the national team. I personally would still prefer Hysen. Between Nordqvist and Johansson, the nuances are so small, that whatever you decide you can’t go wrong. My decision would still go to Johansson's side. Hyypia was slow and bad techniques (those players I’ve watched a lot, I judge more by personal judgment), but he was still a significant player in his time. 2 times in the ideal 11 Premier League, team of the year 2001, Liverpool's best player in 2002. Even at the age of 37, he was in the ideal 11 Bundesliga. No success with the national team. That is a disadvantage, but Aldair still did not have a crucial or dominant role in the Brazilian national team. But his successes with Brazil should certainly be counted on. No, of course as some of the more expressive players.

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  40. In fact, I also wanted to say that I do not know any information about the quality of Bjorn Nordqvist through any recognition. Except he got "Gulbollen" in 1968, which wasn't too hard. However, Johansen received this award in 1957, when the competition was much stronger. However, it is unlikely that he would have received it if the Swedish internationals had come into consideration. He also received some votes in the "balloon d or" 1963, which again is not the most reliable proof of his quality. Johansson can still be considered in a wider list of the best central defensive players of his generation, which cannot be said for Bjorn Nordqvist. Although of course, on the world stage at the time Bjorn Nordqvist was probably one of
    the strongest competition.

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