Thursday, March 15, 2018

West Asia(excluding Iran and Saudi Arabia)

UAE 1990 World Cup

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is all-time team for West Asia(excluding Iran and Saudi Arabia).  I have created all-time teams for both nations and an all inclusive team for West Asia.  Basically, I want to look deeper into the talented pools from the region.  Three national teams from this region have qualified for the World Cup Finals: Kuwait 1982, Iraq 1986 and UAE 1990. Qatar will host the World Cup Finals in 2022. 

Unfortunately, none of the them fared well at the World Cup Finals.  Kuwait was better known for the incident against France in 1982. A goal scored by the French was disallowed after the intervention of Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed when he walked down to the pitch to speak to the fourth official. UAE's World Cup Finals was remembered for conceding eleven goals.  Iraq lost all three of their games in the tournament by just one goal, and would have drawn the opening game against Paraguay had the referee not disallowed a legitimate Iraqi goal.

I have also looked at East AsiaCentral AsiaSouth East Asia(ASEAN).

Kuwait World Cup 1982

GK: Ali Al-Habsi (Oman)
Ali Al-Habsi was one of the few players from the Arabian Peninsula who made it in Europe.  He played over 100 games in the English league. At the time of writing, he plays for Al-Hilal FC in Saudi Arabia.   He has played for Bolten Wanderers, Wigan, Reading and Lyn Oslo. He has been a member of the national team since he was 17 years old.  He had over 110 caps for Oman.
Ali Al-Habsi 
GK: Ahmed Al-Tarabulsi (Kuwait)
Al-Tarabulsi is originally from Lebanon, but was granted Kuwaiti citizenship to play for Kuwait's national team. He also played for Kuwait at the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1982 World Cup Finals. Besides playing football, he is also good in Quran recitation and won first place in International Quran Recital Competition 1986 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

GK: Muhsin Musabah (UAE)

Musabah played all of his country's games in qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and started all three games in the Finals in Italy. He was also an important player for his country's run to the final of the 1996 AFC Asian Cup. He had over 100 caps. In his club career, he played for Sharjah in UAE.

RB: Osama Hussain (Kuwait)

He joined Al Arabi in 1984, first he played in Al Arabi U14. After that when he grow up and reach 16 years he was able to play for Al Arabi first team.  In 1990, Luiz Felipe Scolari choose him to Kuwait national football team when he was 20. he played in The Gulf Cup, AFC Asian Cup,Olympic Games and the Asian Games. He played 95 matches with Kuwait.

RB: Khalil Allawi (Iraq)

Between 1981 and 2001, he represented Iraq over 80 times. Along with his brother Karim Mohammed Allawi, he participated in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.  He scored several goals during the WC Qualifiers.  He also played in the 1984 Summer Olympics.  He also played for Amanat Baghdad, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, Al-Rasheed Club, etc in Iraq.

CB: Marcone (Qatar)
Born in Brazil, Marcone became a naturalised player for Qatar.  He was the captain of Qatar team at 2010 Asian Games as one of the three overage players. He started his career with Vitoria in Brazil. At one point, he signed with Venezia in Italy, but never appeared a game.  In July 2004, he went to play in Qatari.  He played Al-Shamal, Al-Gharafa and El Jaish SC.

CB: Adnan Dirjal (Iraq)
He was one of Iraq's most famous players.  He missed the 1986 World Cup Finals because of an injury, but he represented Iraq in three Olympics: 1980, 1984, 1988.  He played with Al-Zawraa and Al-Talaba. His most successful club spell came at Al-Rasheed, the club owned by Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, where he captained the club to three Iraqi league titles, two cups and a record three Arab Club Championships during the mid to late 80s.

CB: Rahim Karim Bdaiwi (Iraq)
Rahim Karim is one of the best defenders Iraq has ever produced,/ He  started his career with Al-Minaa in 1965.  He made his international debut in 1969 against Egypt. After making his debut for Iraq, Rahim became an important part of the national team and went on to play in 1972 AFC Asian Cup in Thailand and 1976 AFC Asian Cup in Iran where the team finished in 4th place. He was also part of Iraq’s first ever World Cup qualification campaign in 1973.  

CB: Adel Khamis (Qatar) 
Khamis started his career in the youth teams of Al Gharafa in 1979. He eventually progressed to the senior squad in 1983, when the team was in the Qatari Second Division. He made his debut for the Qatar national team in 1984 under coach Evaristo de Macedo, when he was just 18 years old. He was the first Qatari footballer to play abroad, appearing for Kuwait's Qadsia from 1997 to 1998. He is the second-most capped player for the Qatar national team with 110 caps.

LB: Bassim Abbas (Iraq)
Abbas helped Iraq to qualify for the World Youth Cup in 2000. He had over 90 caps for the senior national team.  He was best remembered as a part of the national team that won the 2017 Asian Cup.  He also won the West Asian Football Federation Championship in 2002. For his club career, he played in Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar and Turkey.
Bassim Abbas
LB: Gilbert Sami (Iraq)
He played from 1955-1958 for the Assyrian Sports Club in Baghdad as a left full back and centre half. e joined Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in 1958 where he played for two years. From 1960-1963 he represented Montakhab Al-Shurta (Police XI) and then went onto play for Aliyat Al-Shurta until 1973. With the Police teams, Gilbeert won the Iraqi Division One on five occasions, and lifted the Kas Jumhouriya (Republics Cup) twice.

DM: Ali Rehema (Iraq)
Since playing every minute of Iraq's title-winning campaign at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Ali Rehema has established his status as one of the team's defensive stalwarts. After plying his trade with Al Talaba, Al Quwa Al Jawiya and Arbil FC, Rehema earned his first international move when he was signed by Libyan giants Al-Ahly in 2007. After spending a season with the Tripoli-based club, he was attracted to Qatari outfits Al Wakra, where he continues to play to this day.

CM: Nashat Akram (Iraq) 
Akram was an integral part of the Iraq national team as he helped them win the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, winning the man of the match award in the final and being voted for the Team of the Tournament as well as finishing in third place in the AFC Footballer of the Year award in 2007. He represented Iraq at the 2004 Olympics. At Iclub level, he played for Al-Shorta, Al-Shabab,Al-Gharafa and Dutch club FC Twente. 
Nashat Akram
CM: Abdullah Omar (Bahrain)
Born in Chad, Abdullah Omar played for Bahrain. He was capped over 40 times. He started his career with Al-Muharraq SC.  Between 2009 and 2012, he played for Neuchâtel Xamax In Switzerland.  Between 2012 and 2014, he played for Al-Ittihad Club in Saudi Arabia. He was only of the few player from the Persian Gulf to play in an UEFA country.

CM: Nasir Khamees (UAE)
Nasir Khamees was a member of UAE national team at the World Cup Finals in 1990 along with his brother Fahd Khamees who was the captain of the team. He was known for his career with Al Wasl FC Club in Dubai. Nasser Khamis helped Al Wasl to win six league championships and the 86th President Cup. He was known as one of UAE's greatest player.

CM: Ismail Matar (UAE)
Matar was awarded the Golden Ball at the 2003 World Youth Championships after being voted the tournament's best player even though the UAE only reached the quarter finals. He is best known for leading the UAE to their first ever trophy, the 18th Arabian Gulf Cup, which was held in Abu Dhabi in 2007. Matar scored 5 goals in 5 games, and was named player of the tournament and the top scorer. He spent most of his career with Al Wahda FC.

AM: Omar Abdulrahman (UAE)
Since 2011, Omar Abdulrahman is a key player for UAE. He helped UAE to finish third at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. He was the winner of Asian Footballer of the Year in 2016.  At the time of writing, he has only played for Al Ain FC. He helped them to reach the Final of 2016 AFC Champions' League Final before losing to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC. He was the MVP of the tournament.
Omar Abdulrahman 
AM/RW/LW:  Khalfan Ibrahim (Qatar)
Khalfan Ibrahim was named the Asian Player of the Year in 2006, becoming the first Qatari to win the title. He played for Al Arabi at youth level before moving to Al Sadd in 2004 on a professional contract. He is sometimes dubbed as the "Maradona of Qatar" and is also nicknamed "Khalfaninho" by his supporters in reference to Ronaldinho.

FW: Ammo Baba (Iraq)
Ammo Baba scored the first international goal for Iraq in 1957 against Morocco at the 2nd Pan Arab Games. After brilliant scoring record for both Iraq and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, he was spotted by English 2nd Division side Notts County managed by former Iraqi military coach Frank Hill and was offered a contract to play for them, but when the call from Meadow Lane came, he could not leave the country, due to a sudden coup led by the Iraqi General Abdul-Karim Qasim on July 14, 1958.

FW: Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani (UAE)
Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani played his entire career with his hometown team Al-Shaab between 1980 to 1999.  He was capped 161 times between 1983 and 1997.  He is the all-time appearance leader for UAE, the top 10 in the world.  He went to the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy. He was named UAE Player of the Century.
Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani 
FW: Ahmed Radhi (Iraq)
Ahmed Radhi was largely recognised as Iraqi's greatest players.  He was the Asian Player of the Year in 1988.  With Iraq, he won 2 Arab Cups, 1 Pan-Arab Games & a Gulf Cup, while he also represented Iraq in the Summer Olympics in 1988.  He also scored Iraq's only goal at the World Cup Finals in 1986.  He was voted 9th in the Asian Player of the Century.  He played for Al-Rasheedm in Iraq.
Ahmed Radhi

ST:  Jassem Yaqoub (Kuwait)
Jasem Yaqoub was widely considered to be Kuwait's greatest player.  From 1972 to 1982, he represented Kuwiat at the Golden period of the national team. He represented Kuwait at the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.  He also won the Gulf Cup title three times in 1972, 1974 and 1976.  He won second place with Kuwait in the 1976 Asian Cup and managed to win the Cup in the 1980.  He played his entire career with Qadsia SC.
Jassem Yacoub 
ST: Hussein Saeed (Iraq) 
Hussein Saeed was considered to be Iraq's greatest player.  He was their all-time leading scorer and cap record holder.  He led Iraq to the World Cup Finals in 1986, Iraq's first ever WC Finals.  He also won two Gulf Cups.  In 1975, he joined Al-Talaba where he spent all 14 years of his career, achieving three league titles and getting the top goalscorer of the league award in three seasons.
Hussein Saeed

Honorable Mention
Hamdan Al-Kamali (UAE), Fahad Khamees (UAE), Zohair Bakhit (UAE), Abdulrahim Jumaa (UAE), Younis Mahmoud (Iraq),  Faisal Al-Dakhil (Kuwait), Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait), Yusif Dokhi (Kuwait),  Fathi Kameel (Kuwait),  Wael Sulaiman (Kuwait), Jassem Al-Houwaidi (Kuwait), Faisal Ibrahim (Jordan),  Bader Al-Mutawa (Kuwait), Amer Deeb (Jordan), Abdullah Abu Zama (Jordan),  Jamal Abu Abed (Jordan), Mansour Muftah (Qatar), Sebastián Soria (Qatar), Mubarak Aber (Qatar), Adel Khamis (Qatar), Meshal Mubarak (Qatar), Musaed Neda (Kuwait), Ahmed Salmeen (Bahrain), A'ala Hubail (Bahrain), Omar Kharbin (Syria)

Squad Explanation
-- It i difficult to compare players from different countries.  I did my best to include the best from the region.
-- All of the players were from the Persian Gulf States.  Players from Syria and Jordan only made Honorable Mention.
-- It is difficult to research on defenders. I am not sure if Adel Khamis (Qatar) was a centerback.
-- Dhurgham Ismail (Iraq) is one of the few Gulf State players to play in a UEFA league.  However, he is too young to be considered an all-timer.  Hamdan Al-Kamali (UAE) also played in France.
-- Marcone had played in Brazil, where almost no other players from the region has achieved.  Of course, he is Brazilian so it actually was not so impressive that he played in Brazil.  In the end, I still selected him became he represented Bahrain, making him eligible for this team.  His birthplace should not be a matter.  
-- I am not sure about Abdullah Omar of Bahrain.  He had a career in Europe, which is rare for players from this region. Omar Abdulrahman(UAE) is the Asian player of the Year in 2016.
-- Omar Kharbin (Syria) is still very young.  He led Syria to a dramatic run in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
-- Faisal Al-Dakhil (Kuwait) is the last player dropped.  I selected Ammo Baba over him.  Baba could have became the first player from the Arab Gulf to play in Europe.
-- Amer Deeb sometimes listed as Jordan's greatest player.
-- Fahad Khamees (UAE) was the captain of UAE at Italia 1990, but I chose Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani over him.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Central Asia Greatest All-Time Team

1994 Asian Games Gold Medalist
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

AustraliaSaudi ArabiaIran.
ChinaJapanSouth Korea.
Hong Kong
East AsiaWest Asia(without Iran and Saudi Arabia),
Central AsiaSouth East Asia(ASEAN).

Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. It is also colloquially referred to as "the stans" as the countries generally considered to be within the region all have names ending with the Persian suffix "-stan", meaning "land of". Central Asia is sometimes referred to as Turkestan. 

Central Asia has a population of about 70 million, consisting of five republics: Kazakhstan (pop. 18 million), Kyrgyzstan (6 million), Tajikistan (9 million), Turkmenistan (6 million), and Uzbekistan (31 million). Afghanistan (pop. 35 million).  All the countries , except Afghanistan, was a part of Soviet Central Asia.

Except Kazakhstan, all of them played in AFC.  Since 2002, Kazakhstan has been playing in the UEFA. 

GK: Yuri Pshenichnikov (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Born in Uzbekistan, Yuri Pshenichnikov played for FC Pakhtakor Tashkent from 1960 to 1967.  From 1968 to 1971, he played for CSKA Moscow.  He was the Soviet Goalkeeper of the Year: 1968.He earned 19 caps for the USSR national football team.  He was the starting keeper at the UEFA Euro 1968, where the Soviets lost to the eventual winner Italy by a coin toss.
Yuri Pshenichnikov 
GK: Vladimir Lisitsin (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Lisitsin played twice for USSR.  He was blamed by Soviet coach Yevgeny Lyadin for the loss against East Germany in the 1964 Olympic Qualifier.  He was expelled from the team.  Forces club career, he played mainly with FC Kairat in Kazakhstan, but he also played for Dynamo Moscow and Sparktak Moscow.  He was born in Kazakhstan of Russian ethnicity.

GK: Ignatiy Nesterov (Uzbekistan)
Born in Uzbekistan of Russian ethnicity, Ignatiy Nesterov has played over 90 times for Uzbekistan.  He represented them in four editions of Asian Cup: 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Before signing for Pakhtakor in 2002, Nesterov played for FK Samarqand-Dinamo.  He joined Bunyodkor in 2009 and then, now with Lokomotiv Tashkent.  With Pakhtakor and Bunyodkor, he won 10 Uzbek league titles in 11 seasons and 8 of those seasons with winning the Double.

RB: Samat Smakov (Kazakhstan)
Smakov is Kazakhstan's all-time appearance record leader with 76 between 2000 and 2016. He was Kazakhstan FF ""Best Player of the year"" 2004, 2008. He played for many clubs in Kazakhstan.  He held FC Aktobe's club record for most Premier League appearances, before being surpassed by Yuri Logvinenko.  He also had a lengthy career with FC Kairat Almaty.  Outside of Kazakhstan, he played two seasons with FC Rostov in Russian Premier League. 
Samat Smakov 
CB: Evgeni Yarovenko (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Evgeni Yarovenko was a member of the Soviet Olympic game that won the Gold medal in 1988.  He also played twice for the senior national team. He started with FC Kairat in Kazakhstan.  Then he joined FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Rotor Volgograd. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, he played for many clubs in Russia, Ukraine and Finland. 
Evgeni Yarovenko
CB: Valeri Glushakov (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Born in Kazakhstan under the Soviet Union, he was capped at under-21 level by the Soviet Union. In 1977, he made his debut with Spartak Moscow. He moved to Pakhtakor Tashkent FK before joining CSKA Moscow in 1980,  where he would play for them in three different stints. He played in Finland briefly after the breakup the Soviet Union.

CB: Oleg Pashinin (Uzbekistan)
Pashinin played for FC Lokomotiv Moscow from 1992 to 2007 winning two Russian league titles. In 2001, he was sent on a loan to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima for a half season in the J-League, which was then coached by Russian coach Valery Nepomnyashchy.  He helped the club to reach 3rd place at the second stage of the J-League. He was capped by Uzbekistan 12 times.

SW: Oleksiy Cherednyk (Tajikistan/USSR)
Born in Tajikistan of Ukrainian ethnicity while under the Soviet Union, he represented the Soviet Union twice.  He won the Olympic Gold medal in 1988. He played  with Pamir Dushanbe and FC Dnipro in the Soviet Union.  From 1990-1993, he played with Southampton in England.  He returned to play in Ukraine in 1994 at the end of his career.
Oleksiy Cherednyk 
LB: Sergei Mandreko (Tajikistan/CIS)
Between 1990-1992,  he played for the Pamir Dushanbe, completing in the last two championships of the USSR (1990, 1991) and then in the championship of Tajikistan. In the summer of 1992, he moved Austrian Rapid Wien club in Austria, where he played until 1997. He also played with "Hertha Berlin and Bochum. Internationally,  he capped at senior level by CIS four times. He later also played for both Russia and Tajikistan.

LB: Vitaliy Denisov (Uzbekistan)
He is the son of Gennadi Denisov. In 2007-2013 he played for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukrainian Premier League. In 2013, he joined Lokomotiv Moscow, where he is still playing at the time of writing.  He was the Uzbekistan Player of the Year in 2013.  He was voted Best left-back of Russian Football Premier League in 2014.  He is capped 73 times for Uzbekistan.

CM: Mirjalol Qosimov (Uzbekistan)
Qosimov's club career was associated with Pakhtakor and Alania Vladikavkaz in Russia. He was the first Uzbekistani and the second Asian player to have scored in UEFA competitions. In 1995, he scored for Alania against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup. He was capped by the Soviet Union at the youth level.  From 1992 to 2005, he was capped 67 times for Uzbekistan winning the Gold Medal at the 1994 Asian Games.  He was Uzbekistan Player of the Year: in 1993, 1998, 2001 and 2004.
Mirjalol Qosimov
CM: Valeri Broshin (Turkmenistan/USSR)
During his career he played for clubs such as FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and PFC CSKA Moscow. He earned 3 caps for the Soviet Union, and participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals. He later received Turkmenistani citizenship in order to be eligible to play on the Turkmenistan national football team (1997–98).

CM Andrey Pyatnitsky (Uzbekistan/USSR/CIA/Russia)
Born in Uzbekistan, he started his career with Pakhtakor Tashkent.  He played for  CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow and Sokol Saratov, both before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1990, he played one match for the USSR. In 1992, he played for the CIS 5 times and then for the Uzbekistan twice. Then he played for Russia and was a participant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup

CM: Odil Ahmedov (Uzbekistan)
From 2006 to 2010, he played fort Pakhtakor at home.  In 2010, he joined Anzhi Makhachkala, where he was their player of the year in 2011 ahead of teammate Samuel Eto'o and Yuri Zhirkov. He moved to FC Krasnodar before going to Shanghai SPIG in 2016. At time of writing, he has over 80 caps and led Uzbekistan to the semifinal of the 2010 Asian Cup.
Odil Ahmedov
CM: Valery Kechinov (Uzbekistan/Russia)
Kechinov was born in Uzbekistan and started his professional career at local Pakhtakor in 1992, with whom he won the Uzbek League title, before moving to Spartak Moscow. , Kechinov won six Russian Premier League titles and one Cup. He then played for Saturn and Shinnik. He was Uzbekistan Footballer of the Year in 1992. Capped twice by Uzbekistan in 1992, but later switched to play for Russia.  

AM: Ruslan Baltiev (Kazakhstan)
Baltiev started his career in FC Zhetysu in 1997 and moved to Kazakhstani grand FC Kairat a year later.  In 2001, he moved to FC Sokol Saratov. in Russia before joining  FC Dinamo Moscow and FC Moscow.   He later played for FC Tobol and FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi. Howe played 73 times for Kazakhstan.

AM: Server Djeparov (Uzbekistan)
Djeparov won the Asian Footballer of the Year twice(2008 and 2011).  Since 2002, he played over a 100 times for Uzbekistan. He was the captain of the team that reached the semifinal of the 2011 Asian Cup.  From 2001 to 2007, he played for Pakhtakor before moving abroad.  He has played in South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Server Djeparov 
FW: Alexander Tarkhanov (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Born in Kazakhstan, he played for SKA-Khabarovsk while he was in the Soviet Army.  He moved to CSKA Moscow, where he played for 9 seasons and served as their captain for 4 years. From 1976 to 1983, he was capped 6 times.  He made his debut in 1976 against Argentina. He played in a 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier, but was not selected for the final tournament squad.

ST: Berador Abduraimov (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Berador Abduraimov is regarded as one of the best strikers and greatest football players in the history of Uzbek football. He started his football career in 1960 with Pakhtakor in the Soviet Top League. In 1962, when he was only 19, Abduraimov became the Soviet Top League top goalscorer with 22 goals and Pakhtakor finished the season in the Soviet Top League at 6th place. In the same year he became Merited Master of Sport. He also played for Spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow and Meliorator Yangiyer.  He played for the USSR at the youth level.

ST: Gennadi Krasnitsky (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Gennadi Krasnitsky played for his town club Pakhtakor Tashkent, where he spent his entire career from 1960 to 1970. He became the first Uzbekistani player scored 100 goals in Soviet Top League to enter the Grigory Fedotov club. The club of top-scoring footballers in Uzbekistan is named after him - Gennadi Krasnitsky club, was founded in 2010. Capped 3 times in 1961 for the Soviet Union.
Gennadi Krasnitsky
ST: Vladimir Fyodorov (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Born in Uzbekistan, he played for them between 1972 and 1979, making his debut as a teenager in 1972. He was one of the FC Pakhtakor Tashkent players killed in the 1979 Dniprodzerzhynsk mid-air collision. He was only 23 years old.  For the national team, he played 18 times. He won a brozen medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

RW/ST: Sergey Kvochkin (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Sergey Kvochkin was selected as the best Kazakhstani footballer in the UEFA Jubilee Awards.  He spent his entire career with FC Kairat, where he played 232 matches in the Soviet league. In 1962, Kvochkin as a member of the USSR national team went on tour in Latin America, during which he managed to score the winning goal of the Brazilian Olympic team at the legendary stadium Maracana. 

ST: Maksim Shatskikh (Uzbekistan)
Maksim Shatskikh is a Uzbek international of Russian origin. He played for Dynamo Kyiv from 1999 to 2009. He is the all-time scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League with 124 goal.  On 28 July 1999, Shatskikh became the first Asian player to score in the UEFA Champions League. He had 61 caps for Uzbekistan and played in three AFC Asian Cups for Uzbekistan, helping them to fourth place in 2011.
Maksim Shatskikh
Honorable Mention
Mikhail An (Uzbekistan/USSR), Timur Kapadze (Uzbekistan), Alexander Geynrikh (Uzbekistan), Gennadi Denisov (Uzbekistan/USSR), Odil Ahmedov (Uzbekistan), Andrei Fyodorov (Uzbekistan), Fevzi Davletov (Uzbekistan), Igor Shkvyrin (Uzbekistan), Vladimir Maminov (Uzbekistan), Andrei Karpovich (Kazakhstan), Oleg Voskoboynikov(Kazakhstan), Aleksandr Khapsalis (Kazakhstan/USSR), Kuralbek Ordabayev (Kazakhstan/USSR), Vladimir Niederhaus (Kazakhstan/USSR), Yuriy Logvinenko (Kazakhstan), Sergo Kutivadze (Kazakhstan/USSR), Sergei Stukashov (Kazakhstan/USSR), Eduard Son (Kazakhstan/USSR), Edgar Gess (Tajikistan/USSR), Sergei Nikulin (Tajikistan/USSR), Oleksiy Cherednyk (Tajikistan/USSR), Oleg Shirinbekov (Tajikistan/USSR), Rashid Rakhimov (Tajikistan/Russia)

Squad Explanation
-- All Soviet players who were born in Soviet Central Asian were considered for this team.  I did not consider footballers who were not born in the area and played for clubs in the region. They must be born there.  
-- For players after the breakup the Soviet Union, only players who were capped by one of the Central Asian countries are considered.  
-- The selection procession was geared toward the Soviet Central Asian players who had played at the highest level under the Soviet Union. So there were a number of players who were capped by the Soviet Union. I did try to balance the team giving some preference toward some players who played for the independent republics. However, I cannot find any player from Kyrgyzstan. 
-- My Former Soviet Union without Ukraine and Russia excluded player from the Soviet Central Asia.  Yuri Pshenichnikov would have made that team.
-- Ethnicity is not a consideration for this team.  Most players selected are European Slavs. 
-- Intially, I do not know if this team should be Central Asia or the formerly Soviet Central Asia.  Afghanistan was the only country, not in the Soviet Union, but since, no player from them is considered for this team,  They are irrelevant to this team.
-- Andrey Pyatnitsky had played for Uzbekistan, despite going to the WC Finals with Russia in 1994. He was born in Uzbekistan too.
-- Andrei Yakubik was a Moscow-born ethnic Russian who played for Pakhtakor.  He is ineligible. Berador Abduraimov on the other hand was born in Uzbekistan.
 -- Igor Shkvyrin helped Uzbekistan to win the Gold Medal at the 1994 Asian Games, but I selected more experienced players from the Soviet era over him.
-- Valeri Broshin was born in Leningrad, but he chose to play for Turkmenistan.  He is the only player from this team who went to a World Cup Finals.
-- Andrey Pyatnitsky and Valery Kechinov were capped by Russia, but they also earned caps for Uzbekistan.  So they are eligible.
-- Berador Abduraimov was never capped by Uzbekistan or the Soviet Union, but he was regarded one of the greatest Uzbek player.  Sergey Kvochkin also never played for Kazakhstan or USSR, but he was Kazakhstan's selection for the UEFA Jubilee Awards.  Both players were born in the region under the Soviet Union, which made them eligible.
-- Vassilis Hatzipanagis was a Greek player who was born in Uzbekistan under Soviet Union.  He had played for the youth national team for the USSR.  I omitted him for this team because he is considered the greatest ever Greek player although he cap-tied to the Soviet Union and was not allowed to play in an official game for Greece. He only played twice for Greece in unofficial games.  He was Greece's selection for UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004. He was probably the greatest player ever born in Central Asia.
-- Valeri Broshin and Andrey Pyatnitsky are the only players who went to the World Cup Finals 
-- Eduard Son and Mikhail Son are of Korean ethnicity. They are on my honourable mention.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Southeast Asia Greatest All-Time Team

2014 AFF Champion: Thailand
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

AustraliaSaudi ArabiaIran.
ChinaJapanSouth KoreaHong KongEast Asia
West and Central Asia
Central Asia
Dutch-Indos/Indonesia-born Dutch All-Time Team

ASEAN Football Federation was founded in 1984.  Its member countries included Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and East Timor.  Australia is an invited member of the association.  They do not participated in the AFF Championship.  The region is dominated by Thailand and Singapore.  The Dutch East Indies(Indonesia) is the only country that played in the WC Finals when it went to France in 1938.  Paulino Alcántara of the Philippines is the most famous player coming from Southeast Asia.  
Dutch East Indies at the WC Finals in 1938
GK:  Chow Chee Keong (Malaysia)
Chow was a Malaysian Chinese.  He earned his first senior cap as a 15 years old.  From 1966 to 1970, he was voted the best keeper in Asia for 5 straight seasons.  In 1970, he went to play in the Hong Kong league, which was the only professional league in East Asia. He was the AFC Goalkeeper of the Century.
Chow Chee Keong
GK: Neil Etheridge (Philippines)
Born in the United Kingdom, Etheridge came from the youth ranks of  Fulham in 2008. He spent his career around the lower division in the UK.  From 2015-2017, he played for Walsall.  At the time of writing, he played for Cardiff City. He had represented England at the Under-16.  In 2008, he accepted an invitation top play for the Philippines, the home nation of his mother.

GK: Pham Van Rang (Vietnam)
He is considered one of the best goalkeeper in the history of football in Vietnam.  He played Ba Chieu Star in Vietnam. In 1953, at the age of 19, he  played his first match for national football team of the Republic of Vietnam. He won the gold medal at the SEAP Games 1959 in Thailand. This is also the only time so far that Vietnam team achieved gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games. In 1966, he played for an Asian all-star selection team against Chelsea, in which the Asians won.

RB: Niweat Siriwong (Thailand) 
From 1998 to 2002, he played for the Thai national team. He earned over 90 caps.  In 2000, he was a part of the team that won the AFF Championship. He also went to three AFC Asian Cup: 2000, 2004 and 2007.  From 1996 to 2017, he played for various clubs all over Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.  
Niweat Siriwong
RB: S. Subramani (Singapore)
Subramani started his career at Tanjong Pagar United, where he helped his then club win the Singapore Cup and Singapore FA Cup in 1998, as well as being named S.League player of the year. He signed for Home United from the 1999 season.   He had 115 caps for Singapore. He played in every game in both the historic 1998 and 2004 triumphant Tiger Cup campaigns. He also played in two SEA Games, reaching the semi-finals in both Jakarta 1997 and Brunei 1999.

CB: Win Nyunt Myo (Burma/Myanmar)
Win Nyunt Myo played for Burma between 1967 and 1977 at the time when Burma was a power in Asia.  He represented them at the 1972 Olympics held in Munich, a team coached by Bert Trautmann. He also won the 1972 President's Cup Football Tournament in South Korea.

CB: Chatchai Paholpat (Thailand)
From 1963 to 1980, he played for Bangkok Bank FC. His international career lasted from 1966 to 1974.  In 1968, he represented Thailand at the Olympics held in Mexico. Unfortunately, he was remembered for receiving a red card.

CB: Daniel Bennett (Singapore)
Born in England, Bennett moved to Singapore as a 2 years old. He played for a number of clubs in the S-League.  In the 2001-2002 season, he played for Wrexham in Wales.  Bennett received his Singaporean citizenship under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme and started to play for Singapore in 2002. At the time of writing, he has over 140 caps and is the all-time cap leader with Singapore. He won the ASEAN Football Championship three times: 2004, 2007, 2012.
Daniel Bennett 
CB: Samad Allapitchay (Singapore)
Samad Allapitchay  played for Geylang International and Tampines Rovers, and the Singapore Lions in the Malaysia Cup as a centre-back.  He won the Malaysia Cup: 1977, 1980. He was once dubbed "The Rock of Gilbratar" by his national team coach Mick Walker. Between 1968 and 1981, he earned 105 caps.

SW: Soh Chin Aun (Malaysia)
Soh Chin Aun is Malaysian Chinese.  He played for Selangor FA  between 1970 and 1980 and  Malacca FA between 1981 and 1983. He represented Malaysia at the 1972 Olympics and the AFC Asian Cup in 1980.  Malaysia also qualified for the 1980 Olympics, but did not attend. He claimed to have played for Malaysia 324 times, a record not recognised by FIFA.

CB: Datuk M. Chandran (Malaysia)
Datuk M. Chandran was a Malaysian of Indian ethnicity. He was the team captain of the 1972 Olympic Games.  In 1974, he helped Malaysia to finish third at the Asian Games.  He also played 15 years for Selangor. Chandran was honored with the state title of ‘Dato’, a coveted recognition granted by the royal house of the state of Pahang in 2000, for services to football.
Datuk M. Chandran 

LB: Dusit Chalermsan (Thailand)
In 1989 He started to played with Police United. After one season, He moved to BEC Tero Sasana.  He also played with Mohun Bagan A.C. in India and with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai in Vietnam, where he won the V.League 1 title several times. Dusit was awarded a medal for his contributions to Vietnamese football. For Thailand, he played earned 124 caps between 1996-2004.

DM: Witthaya Hloagune (Thailand)
His footballing career started when Raj Pracha Thailand F.C., a club based in Bangkok. When he moved to Hertha BSC in 1979, he became the first Thais in the German Bundesliga. In 1982, he moved to 1. FC Saarbrücken, winning the Oberliga West in 1982-83.  He also played for Gamba Osaka in Japan. Earned 61 caps for Thailand.

CM: Achmad Nawir (Dutch East Indies/Indonesia)
Achmad Nawir was the captain of the Dutch East Indian national team at the 1938 FIFA World Cup, crashing out of the tournament in a 6–0 defeat to Hungary.  He only played one other international match against Holland just before the World Cup Finals.  He was a medical doctor by trade.  He was one of the few players who played with glassed in the Finals.
Achmad Nawir 
CM: Wong Choon Wah (Malaysia)
Wong Choon Wah went to the 1972 Olympics in Munich with Malaysia. In Malaysia Cup competitions, Wong played for Selangor FA, winning the championship five times. From 1972 to 1974, Wong played professional football with South China Athletic Association in Hong Kong.
CM: Chalermwoot Sa-ngapol (Thailand)
Known as the "Glenn Hoddle" of Thai football, he played 176 times for the Thai national team.  He spent 20 years playing for Bangkok Bank.  With the team, he reached the semifinal of the AFC Cup Winners Cup in 2000. He also spent a single season with Thailand Tobacco Monopoly F.C.

ST/RW: Suk Bahadur (Burma/Myanmar)
Suk Bahadur was known to be the greatest footballer from his country. He was a Gurkha from Shan state Kalaw of Myanmar(Burma).  He had represented the state team of Shan. He was an army officer and also played for the Army Team. With the national team, he won Gold Medals at the 1966 and 1970 Asian Games, and God Medals Southeast Asian Games at 1965, 1967 and 1969.  
Suk Bahadur 
AM: Ronny Pattinasarani (Indonesia)
He started his careeer with PSM Makassar team in 1968. He moved to Warna Agung in which he played from 1978 to 1982. With the national team of Indonesia, he won 31 caps from 1973 to 1981.  He won silver medals at the Southeast Asian Games of 1976 and 1981. He won the National Best Athletes Award of 1976 and 1981 in Indonesia.

AM: Therdsak Chaiman (Thailand)
Therdsak is one of Southeast Asia's greatest footballers. For his club football, he played in Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.  While playing for Singapore;s SAFFC in 2002,  he won S.League player of the year.  In 2003, Therdsak led BEC Tero Sasana to the final of the AFC Champions League. As a result, he was named the 2003 AFC Champions League most valuable player. For the national team, he played 75 times.  He won the Tiger Cup in 2002, where he was the MVP award.
Therdsak Chaiman 
ST: Teerasil Dangda (Thailand)
At the time of writing, he plays for J1 League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima on from Muangthong United in the Thailand.  In 2007, he was signed by Manchester City alongside Suree Sukha and Kiatprawut Saiwaeo, but he never played for them.  Instead, he was sent on loan to Grasshopper Club Zürich. He also spent a season on loan with Almería and became the first Thai to play in La Liga. For Thailand, he won the 2016 AFF Championship.  He was AFF Football Championship Top Scorers in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

ST: Kiatisuk Senamuang (Thailand)
Known as "Zico, Kiatisuk also earned 131 caps and scored 70 goals for the country between 1992 and 2007. He won three ASEAN Football Championship Champions (1996, 2000, 2002).  He played for clubs in Malaysia, Singapore, England and Vietnam as well as clubs in Thailand.   In the 1999-2000 season, he joined English club Huddersfield Town, but never featured for a single game.   
Kiatisuk Senamuang 
ST: Piyapong Pue-on (Thailand)
He was a member of the Thai air force and played for the Royal Air Force Team from 1979 to 1984.  He joined FC Seoul, then known as the Lucky-Goldstar FC, in August 1984, where he won the league title in 1984 as one of their key players. He also played for Pahang FA in Malaysia. Capped 100 times for Thailand. 

ST: Fandi Ahmad (Singapore)
Fandi Ahmad is the greatest footballer from Singapore. He played for Malaysia Cup state sides Singapore FA, Kuala Lumpur FA and Pahang FA, and won titles with all three, including two Doubles in 1992 and 1994, and the Golden Boot in 1988. Fandi also played for Niac Mitra (Indonesia), Groningen (Netherlands), Geylang United (Singapore) and SAFFC (Singapore). In 1983, Fandi moved to the Netherlands and signed a two-year contract with FC Groningen. From 1979 to 1997, Fandi made 101 appearances for the Singapore national football team, scored 55 goals and earned a place in the Asian Football Confederation Hall of Fame.

ST:  Paulino Alcántara (Philippines)
Born in the Philippines of a half-Spanish, half-Filipino, he made his debut for Barcelona at the age of 15 and remains the youngest player to play or score for the club. He also scored 100 goals in 69 matches, making him the club's highest goalscorer He was selected for the Philippine national football team in 1917 and represented his country at the Far Eastern Championship Games.  In 1921. he was selected to play for Spain.  he scored 6 goals in 5 games for Spain.
Paulino Alcántara 
Honorable Mention  
Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia), Abdul Ghani Minhat (Malaysia), Syed Ahmad (Malaysia), Lionel Lewis (Singapore), Noh Alam Shah (Singapore), V. Sundramoorthy (Singapore), Majid Ariff (Singapore), Indra Sahdan Daud (Singapore), Aleksandar Đurić (Singapore), Mirko Grabovac (Singapore), Teerasil Dangda (Thailand), Worrawoot Srimaka (Thailand), Vorawan Chitavanich (Thailand), Pichai Kongsri (Thailand), Totchtawan Sripan (Thailand), Maulwi Saelan (Indonesia), Bambang Pamungkas (Indonesia), Soetjipto Soentoro (Indonesia), Nol van der Vin (Indonesia), Tan Mo Heng (Dutch East Indies/Indonesia), Henk Zomers (Dutch East Indies/Indonesia), Sutan Anwar (Dutch East Indies/Indonesia), Lê Huỳnh Đức (Vietnam), Phạm Huỳnh Tam Lang (Vietnam), Javier Patiño (Philippines), James Younghusband (Philippines)

Squad Explanation
-- The comparison between players in the region is difficult.  I only selected the famous players from each country.  I tried my best to spread the team around.
-- Pham Van Rang (Vietnam) got the third keeper spot ahead of others because he was the only Vietnames footballers under serious consideration.
-- Chow Chee Keong (仇志強) is sometimes considered to be the greatest goalkeeper from all of Asia.  He was the AFC Goalkeeper of the Century.  He starred in the Hong Kong league, which was almost liked a mini-version of the NASL in Asia.
-- We had three Indonesian goalkeepers under consideration. Nol van der Vin (Indonesia) played in the Dutch league back in the 1950's. I have limited information on Maulwi Saelan (Indonesia), who is widely considered to be the best ever from Indonesia.  Tan Mo Heng represented the Dutch East Indies at the WC Finals in 1938.  He is the only member of that team who played for Indonesia after independence.
-- Alphonse Areola has been asked to play for the Philippines. No keeper from Southeast Asia has played at that level.
-- I created a Dutch-Indos/Indonesia-born Dutch All-Time Team.  None of the players there is eligible here.  They never played for Indonesia.
-- Neil Etheridge (Philippines) got the third keeper spot ahead of Lionel Lewis of Singapore because he is one of the few Southeast Asian national team players who had a career in Europe.
-- The Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)is the only Southeast Asian team that went to the WC Finals.  Henk Zomers, Sutan Anwar and team captain Achmad Nawir were relatively unknown.  They only played two international matches ever.  Achmad Nawir made the team as a symbolic gesture.
-- Daniel Bennett (Singapore) is the cap record holder for Singapore, in an era where Singapore did well in AFF Championship.
-- Suk Bahadur played in an era when Burma/Myanmar was among the best team in Asia.  Aung Tin was a well-known keeper of his era. 
-- Cambodia had a strong team in the early 1970's.  I know nothing about them.
-- I want to find space for  Dollah Kassim. Instead, I took two Thai attackers, Teerasil Dangda and Therdsak Chaiman.  
-- Paulino Alcántara had played for the Philippines.  So he is eligible.