The Most Skillful Players Ever

This project is to analyze players’ specific skill to rank the best ever list by specialized skill and total skill based on Video samples and evaluate the skills for establishing the ranking.

Project Plan14 October 2017 - 30 April 2018       
Current Status : 63 % (140th full-matches)

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1950s Matches Summary

1953 Match of Century (Hungary VS England) : In England side, I mainly focus on Stanley Matthews. He was already 40 years old and is as slow as I expect. His acceleration and crossing was always effective but his style of play was limited on the right-flank so he almost not create any chance to score by himself.

Including the 1954 World Cup semi-final match, Sandor Kocsis was really a great header but his jumping was not remarkably high mostly take advantage of opponent by his positional sense. His technique in touching the passed ball is disappointed anyway. In the 1954 World Cup final. Aside from incomplete body condition of Ferenc Puskas, one of the causes Hungary was beaten is Czibor’s unaccustomed position, an outside-right. He missed the important goal in short distance by his inefficient right-foot. In contrary, Helmut Rahn’s feet is equal. He moves inside and able to score by his left-foot by powerful shot.   

In 1957 FA Cup Final, I mainly focus on Duncan Edwards. He is unparalleled strong in defense and possesses some technique. On the other hand, most of his vision and passing scenes are failed. I note he made overpassing 4 times that all of them are either much misdirected or overweight and let Man Utd concede ball possessions from total 6 times but he was still named in top five Ballon’Dor in that year. In my country, I heard since I was young that he had enough potential to be the greatest ever alongside Pele and Maradona is probably one of the most overrated praises.  

In related matches for Brazil 1958 and 1962, Djalma Santos is impressive in only his techniively que, position and agility but other than that is nothing to praise. He liked to pass inaccurate long ball and even made a funny mistake when he tried to volley the ball forward to midfield area but it is more than 90 degree misdirected to his own dangerous penalty area. Djalma’s tackle scene is very rare to see although he had many opportunities to intercept. He always liked to cover his zone. His speed was also not relatively high and his reading ability was also limited when I saw he couldn’t cut the inside-passed ball that was actually reachable from his position. Nilton Santos always made an accurate passing and great position but his balance is rather problematic and he did not know how to tackle in the right position.

Regarding Brazil as the 1958 world cup winner. As I watched their style of play and teamwork ability, I think they’re second to the 1970 team in overall particularly creativity and coordinative compatibility but it is interesting what if Dino Sani, Cantoheiro and Altafini were included in the first eleven regularly and strengthen the team level. In 1963 European Cup Final, Altafini’s playing is always entertained to see. He should be one of the most complete strikers ever. Dino Sani played well in normal level.

In 1958, Several times Just Fontaine lost the ball when he was trying to get pass defenders by himself. He is really not a great dribbler but his shooting is powerful with a great direction. Although France concede 5 goals, I don’t see any mistake of Robert Jonquet but he might be a bit too slow.

The First Half 1960s Matches Summary – International Country

The 1960 Euro Final is the most boring match for me. I believe Soviet Union would not win the title of all European nations participated. The games is too inert. There are many big names to expect great performance but only Sekularac and Metreveli are outstanding enough. Yashin had a few times to show his ability. Netto always stays deep area and almost not went support offensive game so I don’t see any technical ability of him. Mikhail Meskhi is nothing special. Bora Kostic was a slow winger but consistently made an accurate long pass.

I watch all knock-out games of Brazil in 1962 World Cup. Garrincha is seen to be a Man of the match for all. Aside from his phenomenon agile and fast dribbler, He is unexpectedly a very good header and his left-foot is also effective. In match against England, he failed to drib pass English players 3 times but compensate by his scoring important goals. Other focus is Didi and Zito. Didi could be a perfect playmaker if he was not too slow. Zito is aggressive, agile and faster than I expected.

One again Leonel Sanchez is disappointed in 1962 World Cup third place match. His bronze ball from retrospective rating by FIFA is not deserved. The Trio “Galic-Skoblar-Sekularac” is kept an eye on. Galic is not qualified as he is not good in games participation at all. Skoblar is complete but he was till young and it was not his prime during the tournament. Sekularac is great in technique but he too often try to take advantage of his body to shield the ball because of his slow speed.

The 1964 Euro Final is much more entertained than the previous one. Amancio and L.Suarez are an attractive players that were always agile and elegant in technical implementation. Anyway, many times L.Suarez made an inaccurate passing but he creates a ton of chances to his teammates as well. For USSR team, the best one is Varely Voronin who was very good in box-to-box role. He was strong and a great creator. Combined with the 1960 match, the most disappointed one is Valentine Ivanov who is seen to be too slow and lack of creative idea.

The First Half 1960s Matches Summary – Club

In related two matches of Tottenham, Danny Blanchflower as a talisman is seen to be weak in physical. He is not fast, strong and not outstandingly agile. He is a main creative force of Tottenham and also had a great ball interception. Dave Mackay is not only great in defensive but also performs accurate long passing consistently. Regarding Jimmy Greaves, he several times get down to deep-forward area to find the chance of assist or shooting but I think his skill in this role is limited and incomparable to his performance as a poacher. He is still categorized in striker list although his position could fit to forward definition.

Uwe Seeler is also seen in two matches. Hamburger at early 1960s has no stars aside from him. Seeler is very aggressive, fast and great positioning. His goal against Barcelona in 1961 European Cup semi-final is an unintentional shot from the edge of the field and it is highly questionable about ability of Antonio Ramallets who not only conceded this goal but there are also no scene to prove he is among the best Spanish keeper ever as being widely regarded. Probably his 5 times Zamora Trophy conduct him to be overrated.

Only half of full-match available for Sivori footage but it has been validated that he is among the best dribbler ever. Sivori could drib pass opponent by straight forward confrontation not try to move outside. John Charles also played well enough when he move down to deep-forward area.

Benfica is always entertained to watch. For me Coluna is man of the match in both 1961 and 1962 European Cup final. It is a bit strange that he only scored from long-shot effectively or shot wide much out of the target. He is also seen to have a better defensive quality than Didi.

The Catenaccio Inter Milan facilitates Sandro Mazzola to play comfortably. He is an advanced midfielder with a great creator of opportunity to assist or score and for me he should play alongside Rivera without any problem. Luis Suarez is much more reliable than his time at Barcelona when he too often made inaccurate passing. Facchetti style likes a free-role full-back as he likes to conduct the ball inside to defensive midfield area to find more space. As he is a right-foot player, it is very questionable if he would be effective enough to be the right-back in all-time world XI. In match against Bologna, the team seems to be too fatigue. Giacomo Bulgarelli is very good in ball winner and also have a good vision. Helmut Haller is very limited and have a few participation in that game.

The 1962 (Full Highlight 40 minutes), 1963 and 1966 Copa Libertadores Cup Final video, is very unclear, are monitored. Apart from Pele who is always intelligent and effective in advanced playmaker role, I focus on Pepe who I never watched in full-match. Pepe is fast and classy in technique but lack of great imagination so it seems his teammate try to more operate the game on right-wing (Dorval) than left-side area. Jose Sanfilippo has a style to always conduct the ball by himself to score with his great acceleration and powerful shot. Ernesto Grillo and Ermindo Onega has a similar creative style of play with outstanding agility and high sense of coordination but the second one performs in more free-role, often operate the game on the wing area). It also very good chance to watch Mazurkiewicz and Carrizo in a full-match. Both are agile and enthusiastic. All of their conceded goals is beyond one’s capability. 

The Penarol offensive Trio “Rocha-Joya-Spencer” is focused. It is amazing about scoring scene by Rocha’s heading that is really skillful. Rocha is very good in any aspect of playmaker and also accurate in free-kick. Joya is dominate in physical, is strong and fast with considerable technique but he is lack of spirit, intentionally kicking the ball out to the grandstand to stall. Spencer scored both goals with his proficient heading. He is also good in teamwork not just a tapped player.

The 1965 European Cup Final is available in only first half but the raining fall prevents players to fulfill their potential and is perhaps the most tiresome European club final match ever. The 1966 Final is mainly focused on Velibor Vasovic, Fahrudin Jusufi and Amancio, As the quality of video is also not good and no commentator voice, players are monitored by positional play. Amancio has proved he also played well as a deep-lying forward. Fahrudin Jusufi is nothing but complete in full-back qualification. For Vasovic, I will conclude again next time after watch the 1969 final match. The 1967 final’s most remarkable one must be Jimmy Johnstone who is highly impressive for his creativity and dribble when his speed is normal and his scoring ability is below average. The Inter Milan players who seems to be too much dependent on the team tactic Catenaccio whose defensive line is very deep and finally allows two conceded goals from Celtic’s midfielders long shot

1966 World Cup Matches Summary

In the 1966 World Cup, Argentina team is impressive in its teamwork ability. Artime-Onega-Mas and Perfumo-Marzolini is mainly focused. Onega is seen to make several inaccurate passes apart from his great vision and movement as mentioned. Oscar Mas mostly coordinate with his teammate to move forward to inside area. Artime is a main poacher as he seldom participate with the ball. Perfumo is proficient for his quick movement from the back of opponent to cut off the ball in front of them. He has a problem to manage with his aerial battle twice when he try to intercept the ball from misdirect standing and it is almost an own goal .For another case, his short jump allows opponent to score too easy. Marzolini is seen to be fast when he run without the ball and he is very reliable in his positional sense. Antonio Rattin is superb in reading the game and ball winning, is one of the best destroyers ever.

The scene of Rocha technique is unforgettable when he juggle ball across his head and an English defender and move 180 degree to volley the ball at once. It is a little out of target.

For Eastern European teams, The Hungarian Du-O forward Albert-Bene is focused. Albert is an amazing complete forward with elegant movement. Bene is agile in dribbling but his imagination is too limited when he is set as a right-winger. For USSR, Shesternev is a true reliable sweeper. He is slow but compensate by his great position and reading the game. Compared to most defensive midfielders, Voronin is remarkably agile and more elaborate with the ball. Dimitar Yakimov often shows his skillful dribbling. Asparuhov is during his prime but I don’t see any spectacular on his footage and is overrated for being regarded as the greatest Bulgarian player ever.

In the semi-final between W.Germany and USSR, Lev Yashin made a phenomenon incredible save of Seeler’s shot in only 2 meters distance catching with his hand. Yashin anticipates the direction of the ball completely. Seeler bewilders for this magic save. However, Yashin is a bit too lazy and careless when he allows goal conceding without attempt to jump.

The 1966 German players are monitored individually. Schnellinger often move forward to semi-side midfield area thanks for his versatility as he performs well in central defender, full-back or wing-back role. There is a noticeable flaw in his reading ability when he mistakenly anticipates the opponent running direction and he fling to tackle the ball in different direction of opponent. Schulz is reliable in overall but slow and he was once stolen the ball unknowingly from the back. However, the weak point of Germany defensive line is Hottges who failed to mark Geff Hurst for the first conceding goal and he mistakenly kick out for the second one. In midfielder, Beckenbauer as a young defensive midfielder is a bit impetuous when he made ineffective abrupt tackle a couple of times. Haller as an advanced midfielder is superb in scoring sense with 6 goals in 5 games, is deserved as the best German player of the tournament. Seeler is seen to be diligent and extremely beneficial for his team although he was unsuccessful in overall score productivity. He even run deeper into midfield area to win the ball successfully.

The Second Half 1960s Matches Summary

“The United Trinity”. Three related matches in 1968 and 1969 saw George Best’s irregular performance, He several times operates in right-wing and shows a spectacular dribbling as expected but his enterprising one-man-show style of play is considered too extravagant in many scenes that lose ball possession unnecessarily. It is also noticeable that his dribbling is more dependent on acceleration than technique. The Trio is not characterized as a remarkable coordinative one but it is more a group of three famous players as Man Utd played football with total team work, allowing other attackers create many benefits to the team. Regarding the match, in 1969 semi-final against Milan, Man Utd have a ball across the line to draw 2-2 in aggregate but not a goal by referee.

In three related matches, Rivera has a unique passing technique with a curve that is very easy for teammate to proceed. In 1969 European Cup Final, Ajax dominates in ball possession. All of their attackers are fast and very good in alternating position but their defense is extremely leak and can’t manage with Milan’s counterattack. Velibor Vasovic has a positioning problem when he establish himself too deep and open the space for opponent to shot.

Van Hanegem is highly admired in the 1970 European Cup final. He contributes many curve pass from his outer foot. He is also strong with highly balance and his style and ability could be categorized in both playmaker or box-to-box midfielder. Although Kindvall scores a winning goal in extra-time, he is rather extravagant in his opportunity during the normal time. Moulijn is creative and very good team work players but he has passed his prime in that year.        

“The 1967 British Match of Century”, the Euro qualification quarter-final, England versus Scotland is extremely valuable to watch as both team is considered as the best team ever of their country and the match is extremely colorful. England just acquire the World trophy while there are 4 players available in all-time Scottish XI, Denis Law, Billy Bremner, Jim Baxter and John Grieg (Jimmy Johnstone did not participate in this match and as I check, these five players played together only 2 matches during 1966). Denis Law performs in distinguish role from Man Utd, he plays deeper and shows many agile and skillful ball control scenes. Bremner’s role is similar to Van Hanegem as he could be considered in either playmaker or box-to-box midfielder, possessing impressive agility, quick thinking and playmaking ability. Jim Baxter’s style of play is inert. He is too slow and lack of movement effort although he has excellent technique and playmaking skill. He is really unsuitable to British football philosophy.

In semi-finalist and finalist of the 1968 Euro, I mainly focus on Dragan Dzajic. He is not a pure winger when he often move to support the central area and finally scoring winning goal against England and the open goal in the first final match. But still, Yugoslavia didn’t emphasize on dependence of him so he is not a large contributor during the ball possession.

Thanks for divine of luck that Italy won coin toss as they’re better than USSR in all aspects with a ton of chances but failed to finish score. The issue about Rivera and S.Mazzola is discussed as this match is one of the last games they’re allowed played together on the pitch. At Inter Milan, Mazzola is more free in his role to indispensably link the game between defense and forward. At Italy, the main creator is Rivera and Mazzola is in charge of support striker role and both is seen to be declined in performance, is a common due to mutual sharing of creative force while their coordination is not a problem and it should be actually beneficial to the team in overall.

1970 World Cup Final Matches Summary

In related two matches. Hector Chumpitaz is extraordinary on the ground defense with his high speed, agile and technical utilization. Cubillas is always dangerous for opponents. He always looks for either going straight forward or coordinating with his teammates to score the goal but sometimes too hurry to shot in long distance widely. Hugo Sotil substitutes in the second half and his dribbling and technical skill are awesome. Anyway, Gallardo is also one of the best Peruvians player in the tournament. 

For Bulgaria side, Bonev plays in his unusual position, a left-winger which he performs well enough. He is a great physical and dynamic attacker. Only one match watched for Belgium as I expect to watch more in the 1972 Euro, Paul Van Himst is both energetically and technically characterized. He is quite strong and diligent. Van Moer is seen to be more playmaker than box-to-box midfielder at that time. Colin Bell is only issue for English players. He substitutes Bobby Charlton in two related matches. Bell is a great dribbler in 1-1 confrontation as an attacking midfielder role. He is also more agile than Charlton but not outstanding enough for his playmaking role for England.

West Germany in 1970 has Beckenbauer as a commander in midfield area. When he attacks, he is full of offensive midfielder quality with superb vision and passing. He attempts too many out-off target long-shots as it is not his great asset. Many scenes saw Berti Vogts dynamically perform offensive task. He is even a great supporter in attacking midfield area thanks to his speed, awareness of positional movement and let me reconsider if he is deserved in all-time World XI. Wolfgang Overath is rather disappointing. He was rated by Kicker in world-class but I see too often ineffective passes of him particularly twice failures under comfort situation. Gerd Muller is admired for his technique in ball touching and controlling that always facilitates himself a gold opportunity to shot.

For Italy Team, Albertosi has a problem in ball opening as he made twice mistakes, kick and throw the ball to opponent’s forward and fall on the dangerous zone. These scenes let me consider to add ball opening minor skill in keeping skill evaluation. As I watch Facchetti several matches, he like to cover his zone and rare to see his tackle. Burgnich is one of the toughest right-backs ever, very strong and always reliable. Although Italy reaches the final match, the policy of rotation between S.Mazzola and Rivera is considered not a main influential factor. The team is really creditable just one match against West Germany in which is one of the most entertained World Cup matches ever. In the final, Italian midfield is much inferior to Brazil. When Italian defense is really not tough enough to adopt efficient counterattack strategy, leaving Rivera in the bench is one of worst managements in term of player resource utilization.

The 1970 Brazil team that is globally regarded as a best national team ever remains arguable for me after watching semi-final match against Uruguay. In the first half, Uruguay adopt their hard-ultra-defensive strategy with high level of zone press and a lot of fouls prevent Brazilian players to flow its route. Importantly, the Brazilian Defense is lack of systematic quality. Pele, who is a centralized attacker of the team, performs below his standard, rarely makes dangerous contribution and often shoot out of target, largely impacts on the team performance. Brazil starts to stand firm when they concede the first goal. Clodoaldo played his best performance in this tournament. His style is smooth but always effective, purposive and beneficial to his team in both defense and offense.

    However, Brazil played superbly in all other matches particularly against England and Italy in final match. Carlos Alberto is reliable in defense as I rarely see his mistake or lose position, is much more impressive than what I saw Djalma play. Gerson’s style of playmaking is too limited and the majority of his passes are performed in a short distance to his colleague not drive the ball in advanced area and he rarely made a long pass unless his team has led in score to make it under comfort situation. Note that Gerson played only 3 matches in this tournament. Tostao is seen to be one of the best creative forwards of all-time. His reverse kick assist to Pele against Romania is one of the best assists ever. 

   In conclusion, Gerd Muller could be the most outstanding individual performer of the tournament, scored 10 goals and made 2 assists from total Germany’s 16 goals (exclude third place match), is a phenomenon productivity (75 % productive contribution) although his style of play is not as attractive as Brazilian players. Pele is rated as a silver ball player, making 4 goals and 4 assists but he made many mistakes in his shooting during the tournament, best remembered for his shot-wide in a short distance to the target in the group round match. Jairzinho come to third place. He scores every game for Brazil but his contribution during the game is rather limited. 4th is Beckenbauer and 5th is Tostao in my evaluation.

The First Half 1970s Matches Summary – International Country

In the 1972 Euro qualification match, it is a new dimension of George Best performance. He contributes an absolute dominant dribbling as an attacking free-role from central midfield to wide and advanced area against Spanish players. N.Ireland anyway has too limitation of teammates ability so rare chances to be score.  Pirri, a Spanish star, plays as a box-to-box midfielder, shows his consistent great technique in conducting the ball and vision to move and pass.

Brazil in 1972 Independence Cup final remains playing beautifully without Pele and Carlos Alberto but lack of great finisher preventing them from beating opponent easily. It is amazing how does Portugal combat with Brazil equally. Portugal has an incredible strong defense led by Humberto Coelho. Emerson Leao is a keeper who always stays at the goal line and seldom leave his zone to cut the ball.

In the 1972 related matches, Rudakov is an absolute world-class keeper. His 1-1 saves against a German player is unforgettable. He decides to stay on the goal line and waits for the shot and finally he overtakes to save it. Khurtsilava dominate USSR defender. He is a quick and powerful stopper and possesses some technical skill. Van Himst is a highly creative forward who always operate the game from attacking midfielder area to forward zone but he was counted to make ineffective passes five time from total 6 times during semi-final match.

The 1972 West Germany team is attested to be one of the best national teams ever. The team played football with relative high speed and always very dangerous for opponent. Beckenbauer is superb in his eye-to-pass in a long range and its accuracy is always expectable. Netzer is almost perfect in his passing performance in the 1972 Euro semi-final. His passing is always accurate, stylish with high curve and purposive to advanced position. He made both assists to Muller scores who totally scored 4 goals in two matches. Jupp Heyckes is anyway considered not suitable for the assigned side-forward role. He is lack of satisfied level of vision and often concedes the ball. In conclusion, I rate Netzer as the best player of the tournament. Beckenbauer comes second and Muller followed as a third place.          

The first match of Poland VS England in WC qualifying tat I intend to watch Lubanski in his peak performance. He always joins deep forward area to find the chance to shot by himself, is a bit too slow. He was severely injury in 60th minutes. Bobby Moore in his last non-friendly official match make a big mistake that losing ball to a Polish attacker getting to score an opened goal, largely impacts on England’s disqualification for the 1974 Final Tournament.   

England VS Poland in the 1974 World Cup qualification last match is really fun and worthy to watch. England is led by Colin Bell and Martin Peters made a number of exciting attacking waves with a ton of chances that is incredible to score only one goal due to prolific saves by Tomaszewski. The saving scene in 78th minutes is miracle when Allan Clarke get chance to shot in front of the goal just around 8 meters. The ball is powerfully directive but Tomaszewski is perfect in anticipation and reflex saving, is one of the best saves ever in football history.  

The First Half 1970s Matches Summary – Club

In the 1972 FA Cup Final is intended to watch Leeds Utd stars, Bremner’s role is most likely a box-to-box midfielder, is a high work-rate and uncompromising player while Giles customarily performs as a deep-lying midfielder with smooth style of play. It is anyway rare scenes to see coordination between the two players.            

The dominance side of Ajax Amsterdam is focused. Ajax’s total football is considered to reach its peak in 1972 and 1973 with more balanced between level of alternation and skill matching. Ruud Krol’s skill in his attacking scene is comparable to side-midfielder quality. He is incredibly agile, technical and creative and just lack of high speed. Vasovic/Balnkenberg is adopted as an advanced libero role. . In 1971 final, Velibor Vasovic is a great vision player from the back-line but his inaccurate passing mostly unfulfilled his imagination. Aside from Keizer, the left-wing is mostly reshuffled by Cruyff, Muhren and Krol. The right–wing area is primarily participated by Swart/Rep, Haan, Neeskens and Suurbier. The central forward was alternated between three forwards. The total football is effectively implemented and generate phenomenon outcome in term of chance creations but quality of finishing is relatively low when only Cruyff possesses a proficient finishing skill.  

Cruyff is always efficient in his high speed dribbling with great compatible rhythm between his two feet, almost 100% get pass the opponents in 1-1 battle, mostly in the wing-area. In the central area, he is more coordinative player. As a temporary forward role, He scored by heading twice where his positional play and jumping is naturally performed. However, 4 undesirable scenes are seen, he crosses the ball and shoot by volleying style with his left-foot far out of the field line and target without any following opponent once of each. His first touch by right-foot is a bit too rebounded and lost the ball to opponent. He is also seen to have a too high step of acceleration one time and lose the ball in important chance of scoring. All in all, Cruyff’s dribbling and creativity skill is one of the best ever but not for technique. Keizer’s style of dribbling is not special but always effective although he is lack of high pace. Neeskens is highly admired for his technical ability and vision.

In the 1973 European cup-QF Ajax VS Bayern, Sepp Maier made twice mistakes. Firstly, he tried to cut the short-crossed pass but finally unreachable and fortunately no Ajax player is waiting at the nearby area. Secondly, he intends to catch the shot ball but spatter to Ajax player scores a goal easily. Breitner also makes a mistake in passing the ball back to Maier that Ajax player snatches to score. When Ajax led in score, they adopt offside-trap in very high line closed to center-half area, highly impeding Bayern’s momentum to equalize. Beckenbauer plays in more limited role than what he does for West Germany when he less often go forward to avoid the risk in Bayern’s defense. Breitner is an incredible work rate player, running in both left, right-side and central midfielder area but his limited technique prevents him from proceeding the ball in many times. It is the first time I see Gerd Muller can drib pass player in midfield area.            

The 1974 World Cup Group Stage
Elias Figueroa is focused in two group stage matches. Positional standing is noticeably his greatest asset. He always stand in the right sweeping position that allows him to block a number of opponent’s shot. His overhead-kick to clear the ball out of dangerous zone is elegantly complete. He almost scores a goal against East Germany by volleying but unfortunately the ball clashes the bar. The most disadvantage of Figueroa that is inferior to other top legendary central defenders is vision. Almost all scenes saw his very short pass to defender teammate and seemingly lack of confidence to pass forward to midfield area. Another controversial scene is happened when he was following Uli Hoeness, who already led him a step, with his utmost speed and try to jostle to win the ball but such a situation means the common losing of balance and it is him to fall down.
As mentioned, I have started to evaluate keeper’s ball opening skill. Soon after that, Ronnie Hellstrom is noticed to have a high problem in his goal kicking skill. More than 80 % of his goal kicking led to the ball possession loss when his kicking is aimless. There is no special scene to see his remarkability in the group stage. Another focused keeper is Jurgen Croy. He is always reliable in all aspects and his jumping to save is also impressive.

“The German Derby” saw the victory of East Germany over West Germany although the eastern team doesn’t have Joachim Streich, is second in ball possession through the game. The weak point of West Germany is a defender Cullmann that led the team to have difficulty for times. Netzer is substituted in the mid-second half when he played only this match in the entire tournament. He is seen to play well enough but Overath is a better team work player who flows the direction of playing more fluent. However, Overath is once again disappointing in match against Chile. He remains mistook twice in the similar ball passing to the 1970 tournament. Joachim Streich is seen to be a good team work player and several times of withdrawal in match against Chile.  
Johan Cruyff’s performance against Sweden is a phenomenon approach. He dribs pass players and create a ton of chances. Only 3 scenes either his passing is not complete or being intercepted but all of these are against high level of difficulty. Other teammates don’t play well enough aside from Van Hanegem and Krol, Holland failed to score any goal.
Italy Versus Argentina is the most entertaining match in the group stage when both team plays the ball naturally without safety first-concern, alternating to attack and defend in equal level. Carlos Babington is almost flawless in his passing. Aside from his superb vision to assist to Rene Houseman, he is a main constructive instrument of the team with a regular success of accurate long-ball passing to the forward area. Rene Houseman’s style of play is attractive. He starts on the wing but always conduct the ball straight forward to opponent’s goal with his dominant high speed and exceptional dribbling skill. He is anyway lack of stamina that led him to exhaust in the second half. Romeo Benetti is not only a top uncompromising destroyer but his offensive skill is also competitive. He has some great ideas of both creative and technical approach.    
For Brazil side, the two famous wing-backs like Marinho and Nelinho are focused. Both are satisfactory level in their defensive performance. Marinho has a high quality of technique and his movement to the midfield area. Nelinho is a regular expectable crosser with considerable technique but too limited in strength. Luis Pareira is a unique central defender with complete set of physical ability but most of his tackles are rough and fouls. With his ball possession, he always look forward to pass or conduct the ball to the midfield area. Emerson Leao has a problem with his handling when he failed to catch the ball twice although the power and direction of the ball are considered not in difficult level.
Despite full of Brazilian stars like Rivelino, Jairizinho and Leivinha, it does not take advantage of ball possession to Yugoslavia whose midfielder destroys the Brazil’s game effectively particularly Bogicevic. Oblak is a main playmaker of the team. He a diligent and tireless coordinator. Dragan Dzajic is once again impressive. He is not very fast but his style and rhythm of dribbling is elegant and his curve crossing. I match against Scotland, Danny Mcgrain played in his unusual position, left-back. Although it is known this is not his proficient position, he doesn’t perform any outstanding skill. Kenny Dalglish is seen to have a skill of accurate long ball but it is mostly too slow that allows defenders to have enough time in trapping the ball.     
In the Match Uruguay VS Bulgaria, Fernando Morena, who is famous for his prolific scores in club level, playing with a high level of participation with the ball. He has a good technique and teamwork ability. Ricardo Pavoni is a high creative player from wing-back area. He always contributes an accurate cross but his speed and defensive ability is just average.        

1974 World Cup Qualification Second Round to Final
Brazil is this tournament adopt 4-6-0 formation similar to the 2012 Spain Euro Winner but Brazil is rather unsuccessful when the advanced midfielder or wing-forward likes Rivelino, Dirceu, Paolo Cesar and Jairzinho has a limitation in support scoring. Luis Parreira is an amazing exhaustless player. Even in the late of the match, he is still full of energy to go forward likes advanced libero but his quality in this role is limited.   
Brazil VS Argentina saw a high impression of Brindisi who plays in deep midfield area while Babington stands in more advanced position. Brindisi is a complete midfielder with great vision, passing, technique with the ball and his high curve free-kick direct just over Leao is a score.    

The Poland Team : Tomaszewski made a two penalty saves during the second group stage. The first one is a true hero to survive from losing Sweden by his phenomenon penalty save. He deceives the shooter tend to move to left and foreseen the ball will be shot to the right. The second one is against West Germany. Jerzy Gorgon has a formidable strength and tall with his 192 cm but his pace is in competitive level and very effective in stopper role while Zmuda is more intelligent and . Gadocha is effective in both feet enabling him to have alternatives in his playing vision. Lato is very diligent and quick. Deyna is mostly under expectation. His passing is much less effective than that of qualifying maches.  Although his goalscoring record for Poland is comparable to most forwards, he shot miss target almost all of his attempts. The 3rd best player of the tournament to him could be possibly overrated.
Johan Cruyff in match against East Germany emphasizes his playmaking skill and rarer in one-man-show scene. Rensenbrink is just first seen in second group stage, replacing Piet Keizer. His agility is a main asset and his ball controlling footage looks like a hook. In match against Brazil, he made often unsuccessful passes and dribbling in the first half. However, he made one assist and scores a beautiful goal. Van Hanegem’s role in this tournament take much of defensive task and many of his tackles are rough and fouls.      
Despite West Germany’s rotation policy of midfielder. Other superstars than Netzer, Flohe and Hoeness is more favorable. Beckenbauer is match against Poland made a rare mistake when he misses kicking the long passed ball out and led to the conceding goal. Berti Vogts’ tackle is always accurate but most of them are spilled out of his further possession. As watch all related matches of Djalma Santos, Carlos Alberto and Berti Vogts, In my evaluation in skill and performance scorecard, he is equal to Thuram who is preferable for his peak in 1998 World Cup. Rainor Bonhof is one of the most worth mentioned players. He is incredibly versatile thanks to his complete skill set. At the scene, he performs as attacking midfielder in the left-forward area but just a moment he appears at the right-back position.
The third place match is specifically intended to watch Ademir Da Guia. His skill is most-matched to a deep-lying playmaker position. One scene he made a magical long passing that spin back bouncing the field ground. He also made a great tackle in ball interception. However, He several times likes to go advanced without the ball but lack of positional fulfillment and is probably main reason to be substituted in 65th minute.
The most memorable scene final match is inevitably the first minute of Cruyff’ phenomenon one-man show that lead to penalty. After then, his performance was always effective although not often participated with the ball, only scene saw his incomplete passing. Arie Haan is a main vacancy of Dutch defense. He is more fit to libero in 3-5-2 position likes Matthias Sammer’s role when his position and tackle is below international standard. In West Germany side, Gerd Muller’s turning 120 degree to shot is incredibly elastic. Berti Vogts tremendously contributes to the team running across functional area.     

In conclusion, Johan Cruyff is deserved best player of the tournament unanimously. Beckenbauer come second in a high gap.  The third place is belonged to Berti Vogts. 4th place is Rivelino and 5th place is Grzegorz Lato.

In 1975 Match, Bayern adopt high-confident deep defense opening a wide space for Leeds Midfielders to make a long pass comfortably. Hence, Johnny Giles made a number of accurate long passes as he has time to elaborate with the passed ball. Bayern’s strategy is successful when Leed’s forward has a few occasions to shot in aerial.   
The 1976 European Cup final is ignored to watch when the semi-final that Bayern plays against Real Madrid is much more interesting. Real Madrid led by German Stars likes Netzer and Breitner who achieves their own standard. Camacho is very stagnant and reliable. Several times he shows to be great enough as a center-back.   
However, Sepp Maier was seen to have a problem in anticipating the direction of crossed ball that he finally missed and several scenes saw his handling problem. In pure ability, he might not be great enough for being top 15 keeper ever. The weakest point of Beckenbauer is now concluded to be his long shot as he attempts very many times but most of them are missed target in similar range around 1 – 2 feet.
The best era of Dinamo Kiev is also focused with existence of four stars. Oleg Blokhin’s best scene ever in super cup against Bayern is memorized for his spectacular dribbling. However, he was inconsistent in 1977 when most of his dribbling is too long touch and finally was intercepted by secondary defender easily. He is great in off-the-ball positional sense to meet shooting opportunity but his aerial shot is always missed-target. His vision is satisfied but his passing is mostly unfulfilled his intension. Rudakov is not in his prime and his handling is many times problematic. Muntyan is a great long-passer with the equivalent drive ball. Leonid Buryak is more advanced midfielder or right-winger rare to make special scene.
Allan Simonsen operates the game in either central area or the right-wing, surprisingly possesses a considerable strength that much help his dribbling more stable. He is not failed to the ground and even win in collision with Dinamo Kiev defensive player twice.
The 1976 Czechoslovak team is seen to be one of the best team workings ever. Ivo Viktor is great in both game reading and reflexes saving with his outstanding agility, is really remarkable in the final when he saves important goals five times. I don’t name him as a man of the match anyway as none of those saves wonderful enough. Anton Ondrus is the most impressive player in this team. He is a complete central defender with complete set of physical ability and high quality of offense, could drib pass defender elegantly. Karol Dobias is known as a right wing-back but his role is a semi-side midfielder. He is very agile and technical player but lack of competitive stamina, best seen in the final that he is substituted. Although I expect impressive scenes of Panenka, it is rare to see his great skill.

The Second Half 1970s Matches Summary – Club
The 1976 Euro semi-final saw the defeat of Netherlands that is much effected from Cruyff’s performance. He played below his standard although not make any obvious mistake. In German Side for the final, Rainor Bonhof is a main contribution of the team in both defense and offense. He win many ball and creates a number of chances.
In the beginning period of Liverpool glory era, Kevin Keegan was a key player of the team in the 1977 final and right after the match he was moved to Hamburger. In 1977 final, Keegan was marked by Vogts through the game. Vogts follows Keegan in all area of the pitches and is successful until he foul Keegan in the latter of game and lost penalty kick. Keegan is virtually agile in movement and dribbling. He often operate in the left-wing with Hamburger where his left-foot is ineffective. Although Hambruger lost 6-0, Keegan played quite well.

In related three matches, the successor Kenny Dalglish is only better than Keegan in teamwork ability. Aside from his spectacular goal by shifting the ball, He shot far out of the target in closed distance to the goal 3 times. He is also rare to either drib pass opponents or make a deadly pass. Alan Hansen made a mistake when he passes back to Clemence carelessly and the opponent forward snatches to shot in front of the goal but finally survive from conceding. He is also seen to slip too easy against the opponent who just lock the ball to inside area and get chance to shot. Souness plays in his smooth reliable way. The remarkable one is Terry Mcdermott who is always dangerous in long-shot and even score hat-trick against Hamburger. Ray Clemence has few chance to save against opponent. His kicking to open the ball is very effective but not for his hand.    

1978 World Cup Summary

Austria : Bruno Pezzey is an advanced libero who often participates in midfield area to support as a creative force. However, his positional defense is his weak point. He often places himself behind opponent’s attacker in penalty area when opponent crosses the ball from the side of the field, allowing opponent to reach the crossed ball before him and get chance in assisting or scoring. In a scene, he has problem in witty of interception. After he battles in aerial ball, the ball falls nearby between him and a Spanish attacker but he fails to follow. Prohaska is mainly identified as a great team work player with great vision to pass. Hans Krankl is better than what I expected when he shows some good skill in conducting the ball. In match against West Germany, he shows spectacular volleying in winning goal.

France : Marius Tresor is physically excellent but his positional sense is not impressive. Several times, he positions himself too far from the opponent when France was being assaulted. Maxime Bossis’ technique is admired. His rhythm in interception is disappointed according to 3 -4 scenes captured.

Argentina : Ubaldo Fillol is one of the best keepers ever in a World cup single tournament, is always superb in his agile reflexes save as one of the most skillful ever, saving Argentina from conceding many goals. Daniel Passarella is a true commander with complete set of playing skill and mental qualification. In a scene, he lost balance when he is following the opponent and fall to the ground but he incredibly gets up and follow to win the ball with himself. He shows a quick dribbling skill and his incredible positional sense in his offensive-mind allow him to dominate in aerial shot. Oswaldo Ardiles doesn’t play well enough in group stage. He concedes the ball by his passing under easy situation but then he was one of a key players in group stage. He has a great idea of coordination through his agile movement. Mario Kempes is a complete striker, is dominant in physique. He is tall with high strength and great speed and technique, being dangerous in every moment.

Italy : This team has a high potential enough to win the tournament but players are declined in performance in the last match due to fatigue body condition. All started players but Bellucci are named in my top 50 most skillful players ever by position. Dino Zoff is always reliable. He makes almost 100 % correct decision in situation management. However, his conceding goal from Arie Haan’s ling shot is a flaw when he should have enough time to reach the ball. Scirea places himself very deep position ensuring preventing opponent’s obvious chance. He is a creative defender from the deep position not often in moving forward but when he moves, he is amazingly great and agile in dribbling. Gentile plays as an important role in high-work-rate approach, often get chance to pass the ball to forward area but his technique and vision is very limited. Cabrini is a great technical and tactical player with outstanding ball control and tackling skill. Benetti is a box-to-box midfielder while Tardelli establishes himself as destroyer. Causio is remarkable in dribbling and vision to pass, is one if the main cogs of the team. Bettega is rather extravagant in chance consumption. Finally, Paolo Rossi is stumble in his versatile and elegant style of playing. He often performs as a side-forward in both wings with his agile movement and effective crossing. Thus, Rossi is effective in both forward and top striker role. He is anyway lack of competitive strength and stamina.

Netherlands : It is much more often to see Ruud Krol’s tackling in a central defender position. In 1978 tournament, he is much less successful in % tackle won than the 1974 tournament. He is seen to have a rough tackle several times. Rensenbrink become the leader of Holland’s offense. He shot clash the pillar in the last minutes as one of the most regrettable moments ever in football as it failed turns the Dutch football history narrowly.

Peru : Cesar Cueto shows an incredible quickness in his dribbling footage and movement but he made ineffective pass several times and his goalscoring skill is relatively weak. Chumpitaz sustains his great defensive performance. His passing is really not favored at this tournament.

Brazil : Zico is primarily a reserved player. He did the impressive individual performance but his limited teamwork ability prevented him from meeting the great chances. Dirceu is the best player in this team with magnificent long shot ability. Edinho is worth to watch. He is seen to play as left-back or center-back equally and shows great technical skill combined with his defensive quality. Roberto Dinamite is a disappointing striker. He mostly shoots miss target in a far range.

West Germany : Berti Vogts finally make a mistake of own goal in the situation that he could do better. Now it is interesting for me to collect own goal record of legendary defender. Manfred Kaltz’s main position is sweeper but he occasionally switches to Right-Back where he shows his great pace and good step of dribbling.

In conclusion, Kempes is deserved the golden ball, Fillol came second, Paolo Rossi is the third place. 4th is Passarella and I select Dirceu as 5th best player of the tournament.

Late 1970s to early 1980s
In the South American Derby in 1979 Copa America, Ricardo Bochini is a key player in Argentina midfield. His best skill is seen to be dribbling with considerable technique. His long passing is also quite accurate but he also has some problems in his vision, seen by two mistakes short-pass. Socrates is awesome in his aerial scoring. Aside from his advantageous tall figure, he is great in heading with the ball. He possesses a high sense of team work, contributing flows of passing with coincident rhythm. Junior is satisfied in both offense and defense with positional awareness.
In the 1980 European Cup Final. Peter Shilton is prudent and extremely reliable. His reading the game is one of the best ever. He makes important saves 3 times with great reflexes althpugh his jumping is rather limited.  Keegan plays as attacking midfielder. Although he is a high team work player, he is limited in playmaking skill and several times too hurry in going forward lead to losing the ball. He also has ability to assist in any acrobatic style such as heading, bicycle kicking, etc. Manfred Kaltz is outstanding in his positioning and passing.
In 1980 Cup Winners Cup, it is the only match I will have watched Liam Brady and Patt Jennings. Brady is a great organizer and long passer. Jennings has a few occasion to save the ball. The most scenes he is very good in goal kicking.

Euro 80
Italy : Dino Zoff’s most favorable skill is his reading the game and handling. It is rare to see his mistake in catching the ball. Scirea is an advanced sweeper in this tournament. His technique and agility supports him to support midfield area conveniently. Moreover, Scirea possesses a great vision to pass from the backline to advanced area. However, he mistakes in touching the ball and lose free-kick in front of penalty area against England. Moreover, he incredibly misses scoring in a very short distance. Roberto Bettega is the target man in the 1978 World Cup but he plays in deeper role in the 1980 Euro and contributes some chances to his teammates.
Belgium : Jean Marie-Pfaff is really remarkable in opening the ball when his kicking is powerful and go far to nearby penalty area of opponent. Eric Gerets is very strong and tough in defensive task. He is intelligent in take positional advantage. Van Moer makes a poor vision in match against Italy when he pass back to Marie-Pfaff recklessly and almost concede a goal. However, he plays very well in the final match as a box-to-box midfielder. Cuelemans is diligent, great physical player and high skill of team work.

Germany : Bernd Schuster in match against Holland is really complete. 100 % of his approach is effective in all aspects of performance. He is an all-round midfielder who shows high technique by tilting the ball getting pass opponent. Schuster several times switches himself to right-wing area where he always contributes accurate crossing. He also makes powerful and on-target shot. Although Allofs scores hat-trick in this match, Schuster is still chosen as man of the match by me. His performance is slightly dropped in the final match. Rummenigge is physically complete and his technical ability is in satisfactory level although several times he has no idea to get pass defenders aside from his physical advantage. Briegel is better than Kaltz physically when Kaltz is also better in team work ability. Both are very great in technique and tackling skill.
In the 1981 Mundialito or mini world cup, Maradona takes the most important role of the team. His dribbling in that time is almost complete but shortage of great balance and stamina prevent him from going farther in several scenes. Maradona’s vision and passing is still in-developing process. Passarella in this tournament has improved his passing to be much more accurate.
In 1981 European Cup final, the match really not achieve high quality. Liverpool played below their own standard compared with the late 1970s team. Alan Hansen is very limited in vision to pass which is often incomplete. Souness has a few contribution of the team and Dalglish is always good teamwork player with smooth style of play. The most impressive player in the match is Jose Camacho. Although he is known as left-back, he played as a right-wing-back with amazing ball controlling and crossing ability. His role is even similar to side-midfielder.

1982 World Cup Summary

Brazil :  Junior is unofficially named in the 1982 best XI that is overrated. He doesn’t play well particularly in the second group stage. His teamwork ability is really under expectation. Leandro is impressive in his technique. Not likes many other Brazilian side-backs who is weak in defense, he performs defensive task satisfactorily. The three key players Falcao-Socrates-Zico aligns in the central midfield is controversial. Falcao is known as the best performer as a main creator from deep midfield area. Socrates is a true stylish playmaker as well as a great support role to score. Thus, Zico essentially act likes support striker and always try to find opportunity to score but not prolific finally. Aside from Toninho biggest mistake in match against Italy, he played disappointingly in overall tournament. 
USSR : Dasaev is reliable in all aspects. Apart from individual expertise, he is excellent in commanding the defenders. Bessonov is best known as a right-back but he is more midfielder in practical. The only remarkable skill of him is ball controlling. Demyanenko is a great crosser with high speed as a left-wing-back.
Yugoslavia : Safet Susic as an advanced midfielder is conveniently within range of expectation. His technical first touch, vision, and movement all are naturally elegant to an eyes. Petrovic is stand behind him with very good playmaking and long-shot skill.
Spain : Camacho is once again impressive. His role is anyway strange when he alternate between left-full-back and right-wing-back role during the game.  Rafael Gordillo is under expectation. He is weak in defense while his offensive skill is satisfied in only dribbling ability but fail in vision and passing.
England : Bryan Robson possesses a great balance when controlling the ball at the scene he still stand against surrounded opponent. He is superb ball interception. In many cases, his slide tackle is very fast and accurate from incredible position.
Poland : As seen, the 1982 world cup is the best tournament of Lato not 1974. He develops his creative skill as a main contributor to the team from the right-wing. Boniek become a star of the tournament mainly from his hat-trick against Belgium in second group stage. Anyway, 2 of them are done rather convenient without any Belgian player nearby him. Unfortunately, he does not play in semi-final and for me, he is not great enough for top 5 players of the tournament. 
France : As I see many matches of Bossis, he is not good enough as one of 50 most skilfull side-backs ever. Rare scene to see his above-average performance. Tresor is not consistent enough in his performance through the tournament and he is not better than Desailly at all. Amoros is a true star. In match against West Germany, he almost score the winning goal just before ending of 90 minutes but the ball clash the bar. He is technically agile with great offensive-mind running from defensive to offensive area from times and his crossing is mostly accurate. “The French Trio” Tigana-Giresse-Platini is stumble to watch as an incredible creative force. Individually, Tigana concedes the ball too easy in overall and make no good decision in last minute try to shoot in impossible distance for him. Giresse is very consistent and always reliable as an organizer. Platini does not play well in a group stage when his passing is goalless twice times. He finally fulfill his potential in semi-final against West Germany almost perfect in game creation and shows classy technical skill. However, he shot out-off-target 3 times in expectable distance.

Austria : Pezzey and Prohaska are noticed to play better significantly than the 1978 tournament. Pezzey become more reliable in defensive task. Prohaska establish himself in deeper area similar to defensive midfielder role.

Italy : Dino Zoff is another one who is named in world cup all stars team unofficially but it is highly questionable if he is deserved. He is very reliable but too slow and I don’t see any spectacular save in related matches. Cabrini is deserved to be the left-back of the tournament as he is very complete in his task in both defense and offense.  Gentile is the most famous defender in Italian team. He marks Maradona and Zico effectively but most of them are tactically fouls and he could be fortunate enough when the referees preferred to save yellow cards in the pocket. I don’t give his credit as much as Scirea who is highly underrated. Tardelli plays his best performance in this tournament, rare mistake to be detected. Conti’s agile dribble always allows him to get through the opponents and is the main key player in Italian midfield area indispensably. Paolo Rossi in match against Brazil scores hat-trick but he mistakes in 1-1 chance to score. In this tournament, Rossi develops himself to be expert in positioning in penalty area while he remain operates from deep-lying forward in most times.

Germany : Schumaccher is superb in position and when combined with his large body, he reached the ball without necessary high jump. Karl Heinz Forster is overall reliable but one scene saw his weak in strength when he lost in the clash although it is him to run straight forward to take jostle. Brigel dominates in his powerful running with technical support but his crossing is always unexpectable. Pierre Littbarski is the second best German player in the tournament. He can be relied on his dribbling and accurate crossing. Klaush Fischer scores one of the most beautiful goals by overhead kick. Rummenigge for me is under expectation. He doesn’t participate with the game enough. In some related matches, he almost disappeared in the game. Anyway, when he has a chance with the ball, it is very effective and dangerous.
In conclusion, I name Paolo Rossi as the best player of the tournament. 2nd place to 5th place is Rummenigge, Falcao, Conti and Platini respectively.

For all-stars team, I will conclude from the 1958 tournament to 1982 tournament soon.

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