Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kitchee SC All-Time Greatest Team 傑志史上最佳25人

2017 Hong Kong Preimer League Champion

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

This is my all-time Greatest Team for Kitchee SC.
這是我為傑志足球隊選出的史上最佳 25人成員的球隊。
Hong Kong香港代表 隊史上最佳23人
Eastern AA All-Time Team 東方史上最佳 25人
Seiko SA 精工史上最佳 25人
South China All-Time Team 南華史上最佳 25人

Founded in 1931, Kitchee SC is one of the oldest clubs in East Asia.  However, between 1963 to 2003, it played in the lower division. Following its return to the First Division in 2003, Kitchee became one of the most prominent teams in Hong Kong.
傑志體育會是香港一間歷史悠久的體育會,成立於1931年,是四、五十年代的甲組勁旅,  傑志於2003年成功重返香港甲組足球聯賽,現時亦為香港超級聯賽的爭標分子。 

Team
GK: Wang Zhenpeng 王振鵬 (Hong Kong)
Wang Zhenpeng started his professional football career in 2002 with Chinese side Dalian Shide.  In 2005, he joined Kitchee, where he has been a main contributor ever since. He earned 4 caps for Hong Kong.
出身於中國大連實德, 於2005年由大連實德轉效傑志轉效傑志。2016年6月3日,王振鹏於在緬甸舉行的AYA銀行盃2016第一次代表香港參加國際A級賽事。
Wang Zhenpeng 王振鵬 
GK: Chung Ho Yin 鍾皓賢 (Hong Kong)
Chung Ho Yin started with Lai Sun.  In 2000, he joined South China.  From 1991 to 2003, he was capped 13 times.
出身於麗新青年軍直到1988年提升為麗新花花甲組後備,其後效力過東方、駒騰、流浪及快譯通,直至2000年10月底上山加盟南華。他更於1991年11月首次入選香港代表隊。

GK: Xiao Guoji 蕭國基 (China/Hong Kong)
Xiao Guoji started with Guangdong Hongyuan F.C. in China.  Later, he moved to play in the HK league.  He was the hero of Kitchee as they beat AC Milan in a preseason game. Between 2001 and 2005, he was capped 8 times.
蕭國基出身於广东宏远,其後到香港發展,先後效力過快譯通、花花、傑志、 流浪等香港甲組足球聯賽球隊。蕭國基代表作是2004年,傑志邀請意大利甲組勁旅AC米蘭來港踢表演賽,該場賽事蕭國基表現神勇,替傑志瓦解了不少險球。入選香港代表隊8

RB: Yau Kin Wai 丘建威 (Hong Kong)
Yau Kin Wai played more than 10 years and is one of the most decorated defenders in Hong Kong. He had been voted Hong Kong Footballer of the Year in the 1998/99 season and had been voted Hong Kong Top Footballers for 6 times. He also played for Kuitan and Kitchee.
他是銀禧體育中心青訓產品,其後加盟麗新青年軍, 1992年夏天,轉投重返甲組的老牌球隊傑志,兩度當選香港足球明星選舉最佳年青球員。丘建威於1994年加盟南華,並踏上足球事業, ,先後六次入選香港足球明星選舉最佳十一人,於1999年更當選香港足球先生。

RB/CB: Fung Ka Ki 馮嘉奇 (Hong Kong)
Fung started his career with 517.  He had played for Instant Dict, Rangers, Kitchee, etc.  As the captain of Kitchee, he led them beating both AC Milan and Newcastle United.
在1997年, 加盟五一七,先後效力快譯通、流浪、傑志、四海、淦源等球隊,以隊長身份帶領傑志在季前熱身賽擊敗意大利球隊AC米蘭及英超球隊紐卡素。

CB: Ubay Luzardo 羅沙度 (Spain)
 Luzardo came through local UD Las Palmas' youth system, but never appeared as a senior for the team. During his early spell in his country, he played only in Tercera División or lower. In July 2009, Luzardo signed a three-year contract with Hong Kong side Kitchee SC. 
羅沙度生於西班牙拉斯帕爾馬斯,於2009年7月加盟傑志,2012年1月,羅沙度獲邀前往墨爾本勝利試腳,而墨爾本勝利的教練馬捷頓表示他看過羅沙度在2011年巴克萊亞洲錦標賽的表現,對他非常欣賞。

CB: Fernando Recio 列斯奧 (Spain/Hong Kong)
Recio only played amateur football in his country, representing UE Rapitenca and CF Amposta. In June 2010 he was signed by Kitchee SC in Hong Kong.  In 2017, he started to represent Hong Kong internationally. 
於2010年7月來港加盟傑志並為球會贏盡本地賽事的所有球會錦標更在2013/14球季榮膺本地球壇最高榮譽的香港足球先生,到2017年10月3日在港住滿七年後成功申請香港特區護照繼而首度入選香港代表隊。

CB: Hélio 艾里奧 (Brazil/Hong Kong)
He started his career with Santos.  In 2007, he came to play for Citizens in Hong Kong.  In 2014, he joined Kitchee.  In 2015, he became eligible to play for Hong Kong.
出身於當地著名球會山度士,2006年加盟施亞拉體育會,直至2007年轉投奧林比亞,在2007年12月來港加盟公民,2014年, 5月16日,艾里奧加盟傑志。2015年10月31日,艾里奧取得香港特區護照, 入選香港代表隊。

HB/CB: Lam Sheung Yee 林尚義 (Hong Kong/Republic of China)
As a footballer, he was nicknamed 重炮 (literally Heavy Gun) due to his powerful clearances and long-range free kicks from between 20-40 yards).  Lam played for Eastern, Kitchee, 517 and Rangers. He represented Republic of China and went to the Olympics in 1968.
16歲加入香港甲組足球聯賽嘅足球隊,1948年開始效力傑志,1958年代表中華民國攞咗亞運足球金牌,1960年喺羅馬參加1960年夏季奧林匹克運動會,1972年效力流浪時攞咗聯賽同銀牌雙料冠軍。

LB: Dani Cancela 丹尼(Spain/Hong Kong)
Dani Cancela played several years for Deportivo de La Coruña, but only appeared officially for the reserves which he represented during five seasons. In 2010, he joined Kitchee.  By 2017, he became a Hong Kong citizen, representing the Hong Kong team.
為西甲球會拉科魯尼亞的青訓產品效力B隊期間曾短時間擔任隊長,在2006年7月加盟富恩勒比達再在2008年7月轉會盧高,到2010年7月丹尼獲邀請來港發展。至2017年10月後居港住滿七年後成功領取香港特區護照轉為本地球員資格, 入選香港代表隊。
Dani Cancela 丹尼
LB: Cheung Kin Fung (Hong Kong)
Cheung has played for Ranger, Pegasus FC, Sun Hei, South China, etc.
先後效力流浪 , 天水圍飛馬, 晨曦, 南華 。2016年5月19日,張健峰於季尾的香港足球明星選舉當選最佳十一人 。
2006年,張健峰開始入選香港足球代表隊,


DM:Wilfred Bamnjo 賓曹 (Cameroon)
Bamnjo came to Hong Kong in 2003.  He moved to Persijatim in Indonesia the following season, but returned to Hong Kong, playing for Sun Hei, Rangers and Happy Valley. 於2003年來港加盟傑志,直到球季後轉會印尼球會斯里維加亞到2005年夏季重返傑志 ,2008年先後效力晨曦,  流浪 , 愉園。

DM: Huang Yang 黄洋 (China/Hong Kong)
Huang Yang started his career with Shanghai Shenhua.  He came to Hong Kong as a university student in 2008.  In 2011, he joined Kitchee after graduation from school.  After 2012-2013 season, he won the Hong Kong Player of the Year award. 
為2012/13年度香港足球先生。 出身於當地著名球會上海申花, 直至2008年到香港理工大學修讀物流業,期間加入理工大學校隊參加大專盃。直到2011年畢業後黃洋加盟衛冕冠軍球會傑志。2012年2月在港居滿二年後首度入選香港足球代表隊。
Huang Yang 黄洋
RB/CM: Lo Kwan Yee 盧均宜 (Hong Kong)
In 2000, he made his professional debut at the age of15 with Rangers. In 2007, he joined Kitchee.  Since then, he has been an important player of the club, winning the Hong Kong Player of the Year award in 2011-2012.
出身於流浪,  於2000年8月14日,而當時他年僅15歲就創下了香港甲組聯賽最年輕上陣者。2007年獲時任傑志領隊朱志光邀請加盟, 2011–12年度獲選香港足球先生。


CM: Chu Siu Kei 朱兆基 (Hong Kong)
He made his professional debut at the age of 17 and was capped by Hong Kong as a 18 years old in 1998.  He was a member of the Sun Hei squad that won 5 titles (League, Silver Shield, League Cup, FA Cup and Hong Kong Football Sevens) in the 2004-05 Hong Kong First Division League season. 
年僅17歲便為流浪於甲組聯賽亮相其20年職業生涯在本地賽合共捧過18個錦標。到1998年18歲的他獲當時香港代表隊的巴西籍教練彭利萊召他入選香港隊。

RM/CM: Xu Deshuai (China/Hong Kong)
Xu Deshuai started with Dalin Shide and has represented China at the youth level.  In 2005, he came to Hong Kong.  By 2008, he received his first cap for Hong Kong.
出身於大連實德,曾經入選中國國青隊。2005年,徐德帥以借將身份來港加盟公民,其後正式轉會,更於2008年底首次入選香港足球代表隊。當季結束後,徐德帥更首次入選香港足球明星選舉的最佳11人。2009-2010球季,徐德帥在香港隊的出色表現力壓李威廉入選,再次於香港足球明星選舉當選最佳11人。先後效力南華, 太陽飛馬 , 傑志, 東方

AM/CM: Lam Ka Wai林嘉緯 (Hong Kong)
Lam Ka Wai started with Ranger.He was then loaned further to Kitchee when he was just 17. In 2004, he returned to Rangers and began to impress. In 2008, he joined Kitchee and become a key player ever since. 
出身於流浪, 而林嘉緯於出道初期便隨即外借給花花於2003年再與港菁隊友陳肇麒外借到傑志直到2004年重返流浪逐漸踢出名堂。林嘉緯於2008年夏季重返甲組球會傑志視為繼山度士及譚兆偉和蔣世豪後本地球圈最出色的中場球員, 其後林嘉緯在甘巴爾麾下躍升成班霸傑志的核心人物表現備受肯定與黃洋及朱兆基組成華人中場線。

AM: Fernando 費蘭度 (Brazil)
Fernando was a journeyman playing in Brazil.  In 2013, he joined Citizen in Hong Kong.  He switched to Yokohama Hong Kong, a year later.  Then, in 2015, he joined Kitchee. He won Hong Kong's Footballer of the Year award for 2017.
費蘭度生於巴西薩爾瓦多,2013來港加盟甲組球會公民 ,直到季尾由於公民決定不會參加來季的新成立的港超聯而費蘭度又獲港超聯球會YFC澳滌教練李志堅邀請加盟 , 費蘭度於2015年6月加盟港超聯冠軍球會傑志,再到季尾的香港足球明星選舉費蘭度首度當選最佳十一人 。到2017年, 香港足球明星選舉獲選球員之星及最受球迷歡迎球星外更榮膺最佳十一人和本地球壇最高榮譽香港足球先生獎項。
Fernando 費蘭度 
FW/LW: Yiu Cheuk Yin 姚卓然  (Hong Kong/Republic of China)
Yiu is a member of the "Four Aces of South China" of the 1950's.   He won the gold medals at both 1954 and 1958 Asian Games representing Republic of China. He also went to the Olympics in 1960 and scored two goals vs England. 
1950年代尾「南華四條煙」其中之一。曾代表中華民國參加過羅馬奧運會及兩奪亞運會足球金牌。1960年,代表中華民國參加羅馬奧運會足球賽,並於對英國隊的賽事中射入兩球。

FW: Cheung Chi Doy 張子岱 (Hong Kong/Republic of China)
Cheung was the first Asian football player to play in Europe. He began his career in the Hong Kong First Division at 14 years of age. In 1960, he went to play for English club Blackpool, where he was a teammate of Jimmy Armfield. He became the first ethnic Chinese player to appear in the top flight of English football.  In 1968, he and his brother Cheung Chi Wai joined the Vancouver Royals, playing under Bobby Robson in the North American Soccer League. While he began the season in Vancouver, he finished it with the St. Louis Stars. He also played for Tung Wah, Kitchee and Jardine SA in the Hong Kong First Division.
於1960至62年效力英格蘭甲組聯賽球會黑池,是歷來首位加盟歐洲頂級聯賽的華人及亞洲球員。於1968年2月波比笠臣邀請張氏兄弟張子岱及張子慧加盟北美足球聯賽球會溫哥華皇家。

FW: Roberto Losada 盧比度(Spain)
Over the course of seven seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 113 games and 27 goals, almost all with Real Oviedo. In addition, he also played in 124 Segunda División matches (16 goals) and spent two years in Hong Kong with Kitchee.
於2010至11年度香港足球明星選舉橫掃香港足球先生與香港足球明星及最受球迷歡迎球星3個獎項亦是首名奪得香港足球先生殊榮的傑志球員。在18歲時為奧維多出戰西班牙甲組聯賽賽事,在2003/04年度球季盧比度轉會華拉度列雖然在一季中取得職業生涯最高的8個入球。到2007年1月盧比度轉會西乙聯賽球會拉斯彭馬斯不過狀態仍沒法從重傷5個月後恢復過來到2007年重回故鄉加盟西乙球會盧高。盧比度於2010年首次離開西班牙來港發展
Roberto Losada 盧比度
ST: Juan Belencoso 巴倫古素 (Spain)
He was a journeyman player playing in the lower level in Spain. In 2013, he joined Kitchee, where he was the top scorer for the AFC Cup.  He moved to play for Persib Bandung in Indonesia.
其中一位在香港最受球迷歡迎的外援,多次入選香港足球明星選舉的最佳11人,曾當選2014年亞協盃神射手,曾獲提名為亞洲足球先生15個候選人之一,並獲亞洲足協提名為2015年度最佳外援球員最後三強 在2016年3月10日,巴倫古素向傑志提出終止合約,轉投印尼球隊萬隆,不過並不算成功,現時效力西班牙球隊索庫埃利亞莫斯

ST: Sandro 辛祖 (Brazil/Hong Kong)
Sandro started with CFZ de Rio in Brazil.  He came to Hong Kong in 2008.  He became a Hong Kong passport in 2015 and has been representing Homg Kong internationally ever since.
自2008年獲當時甲組球會公民邀請來港加盟後一直於香港定居並於2016/17球季當選港超聯神射手並成為繼基奧雲尼及佐迪後近年第三位成功在香港取得第100球的球員,現時效力香港超級聯賽球會傑志。

ST: Chan Siu Ki 陳肇麒 (Hong Kong)
Chan Siu Ki is the current all-time leading scorer for Hong Kong. In 2012, he became the third local Chinese player to join a professional club in China.  He has played for Kitchee, South China, etc in Hong Kong.
以37個國際賽入球是史上為香港足球代表隊入球最多的球員。於2012年加盟中甲球隊廣東日之泉,成為第三名到中國大陸參與職業足球的香港華人足球員。陳肇麒過去對外隊友賽不時取得入球,包括熱刺,紐約宇宙和祖雲達斯等勁旅,故有「外隊殺手」的稱號。

FW: Jordi Tarrés 佐迪 (Spain/Hong Kong)
Jordi started his career with Espanyol B. He spent most of his professional career with Kitchee in Hong Kong after signing in 2010, eventually going on to represent that national team. He amassed Segunda División B totals of 203 games and 44 goals over the course of eight seasons, during his spell in his native Spain.
出身於愛斯賓奴預備組,  於2010年7月來港加盟傑志並為球會贏盡本地賽事的所有球會錦標更在2017年成為繼基奧雲尼後近年第二位在港取得第100球的球員,到2017年10月3日在港住滿七年後成功申請香港特區護照繼而首度入選香港代表隊。
Jordi Tarrés 佐迪 

Honorable Mention
Sandro (Brazil/Hong Kong), Rufino (羅勳奴), Yeung Hei Chi (楊熙智), Ivan Jević (耶域治), Keith Gumbs (基夫), Lam Hing Lun (林慶麟), Tam Siu Wai (譚兆偉), Zhi-Gin Lam (Germany), Lin Junsheng (林俊生), Leung Chi Wing (梁志榮), Gustavo Zamudio (森姆迪奧),  Rochy Putiray (佩迪里), Ricky Cheng Siu Chung (鄭兆聰), 朱永強, 何應芬, 高寶強, Kim Tae-Min (金泰敏), Kim Bong-jin (金奉珍).

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Caribbean Countries Greatest All-Time Team

Trinidad and Tobago at WC 2006
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

I already all-time teams for the USAMexicoCosta RicaHonduras, Canada or Canadian born Players, 
Jamaica/Jamaican Diaspora,  USACosta Rica, and Central America without Honduras and Costa Rica.

Here is my All-time 23 member team for Caribbean Football Union. Countries considered for this team include all Carribbean countries as well as Bermuda, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It represents 25 FIFA member nations, as well as 6 territories that are not affiliated to FIFA. I have earlier created teams for Jamaica/Jamaican-diaspora and  Dutch-Surinamese.  Some of the players are ineligible for this blog team.  Only players who have represented the countries in question are eligible.

At the time of writing, four of those countries have qualified for the World Cup Finals: Cuba (1938), Haiti (1970), Jamaica (1998) and Trinidad and Tobago (2006). Cuba reached the quarterfinal in 1938.

Haiti at the 1974 WC Finals in West Germany.

Team
GK: Henri Françillon (Haiti)
Henri Françillon  played for Haiti at the 1974 WC Finals in Germany.  After the Finals, he joined Munich 1806.  He is considered one of the greatest keepers from CONCACAF.


GK: Shaka Hislop (T&T)
Born in the Great Britain, he represented Trinidad and Tobago at the youth level.  However, in 1998, he accepted a callup by England, but was an unused substitute.  A year later, he again switched back to T&T.  He represented them at the 2006 World Cup Finals.  For his club career, he was a part of the Newcastle United team which finished second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan's first tenure.  He also played for Portsmouth and West Ham.

GK: Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica)
Ricketts played more than 100 games for Bradford City in England, and has more than 100 appearances in Major League Soccer and has twice been named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He was also the captain of the Jamaica national football team, earning 100 caps for his country, until his retirement from international football in 2013.

RB: Justin Hoyte (T&T)
Hoyte previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Dagenham & Redbridge. As an international, he represented England up to under-21 level and Trinidad and Tobago at senior level. 

RB: Pascal Chimbonda (Guadeloupe)
Chimbonda began his professional career in 1998 with Le Havre.  He spent his entire career in France and England, playing for Wigan, Bastia, Tottenham Hotspurs, etc. For international football, he started Guadeloupe, but he an unused substitute for France at the 2006 World Cup Finals.

RB: Jocelyn Angloma (Guadeloupe)
Angloma was a member of the great Marseille team of the early 1990's.  He won the European Cup in 1993.  He later played for Valencia and reached the Champions' League Final twice. He was a member of the French team at Euro 1992 and 1996.  In 2006, Angloma came out of retirement to play for his native région, Guadeloupe, and help them qualify for the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.
Jocelyn Angloma 
CB: Wes Morgan (Jamaica)
Rejected by Notts County, Morgan was playing for non-league team before being discovered by Nottingham Forest in  2002. In 2012, he moved to Leicester Town.  In the 2015-2016 season, he played every minute of Leicester Town's historical Preimership winning year and also served as the team's captain. At the time of writing, he had 30 caps for Jamaica.

CB: Frank Sinclair (Jamaica) 
He spent 8 seasons with Chelsea winning the FA Cup in 1996-1997.  And he won a League Cup with Leicester Town in 2000.  His performance in England led him to be call-up by Jamaica for France 1998. He was one of 7 English-born players on the team.

CB: Humphrey Mijnals (Suriname)
Born in Suriname, he became the first Surinamese player to play for Holland.  He began his professional career in Brazil with America Futebol Clube.  He made his national team against Bulgaia in 1960.  He was remembered for clearing a ball from the goalline through a overhead kick in that match. His international career was limited due to a dispute with the Dutch FA. He later played for the Surinamese National Team.

CB/DM/LB: Jlloyd Samuel (T&T)
Samuel played in the Premier League for both Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers earlier in his career having come through the Charlton Athletic youth academy.  He represented England at U-18, U-20, and U-23 level before switching to play for T&T at the senior level.

LB/LW: Ricardo Gardner (Jamaica)
Gardner started with Harbour View at home. His performances for Jamaica during the 1998 World Cup attracted English First Division side Bolton Wanderers. He played 14 seasons for Bolton Wanderers  of which 11 were spent in the Premier League. Gardner earned 112 caps for the Jamaica national football team, scoring 9 goals and playing at four CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He had 112 caps and went to the 1998 WC Finals.
Ricardo Gardner
DM/CM: Fitzroy Simpson (Jamaica)
Simpson notably played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Scottish Premier League for Hearts and the Irish IFA Premiership for Linfield. He also played in the Football League for Swindon Town, Bristol City, Portsmouth and Walsall before ending his career in non-league football with Telford United, Havant & Waterlooville and Eastleigh. Born in the UK, he played for Jamaica at the WC in 1998. He had 43 caps.

CM: Robbie Earle (Jamaica)
Earle started his professional career with Port Vale in 1982. He spent nine years there playing in the lower division. He moved on to Wimbledon in 1991, where he also spent nine years. Born in England, he accepted to play for Jamaica at the age of 32.  He scored the first ever Jamaican goal at the World Cup Finals.

CM: Darryl Powell (Jamaica)
The son of a Reggae musician, he was born in Lambeth, London, and his career included spells at English clubs Portsmouth, Derby County, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, as well as a stint at Colorado Rapids in the USA. He was one of the British-born Reggae Boyz playing for Jamaica in France 98. He has 21 caps.


CM: Russell Latapy (T&T)
Latapy left T&T in 1990 to play professional football in Europe. He first signed for Académica de Coimbra in Portugal. In 1994, he joined FC Porto under Bobby Robson. He became the first Trinidadian to play in the UEFA Champions League. Later, he played in Scotland for a number of clubs.  For the national team, he played 81 times. In 2006, he went to the WC Finals with T&T.

LM: Juan Tuñas ( Cuba)
He played for the Cuban clubs Juventud Asturiana and Centro Gallego, and was the oldest surviving member of the Cuba national football team that played at the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France, scoring a goal against Romania.  After the WC Finals, he joined Real Club España in Mexico. His nickname Romperredes means "net-breaker", after his powerful shots on goal.
Juan Tuñas
AM/CM: Theodore Whitmore (Jamaica)
Whitmore is considered one of the greatest player who had played for Jamaica. He started his club career at Montego Bay Boys Club, and has since played for Violet Kickers and Seba United in his native Jamaica. He was signed on a free by English league side Hull City, but an accident in Jamaica cut short his Hull career. Scottish team Livingston acquired his services in 2003, and in June 2004, he signed for Tranmere Rovers. He had 127 caps for Jamaica.

AM: Alan Cole (Jamaica)
Cole played in the NASL with the Atlanta Chiefs, and in Brazil with Náutico. He is largely known as one of Jamaica's greatest footballer.  In addition to his football career, Cole was also the manager of the Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and his band The Wailers. He was credited as co-writing the 1976 song "War".

Bob Marley playing against Alan Cole
FW: Warren Archibald (T&T)
In 1967, he signed with the New York Generals in the USA. Archibald left the NASL at this point, and may have then played for San Luis F.C. in Mexico and Victory Sportif Club in Haiti before signing with the Washington Darts of the NASL in 1970. In 1972, the Darts moved to Florida to become the Miami Gatos(later renamed the Toros). That season, Archibald was voted NASL MVP and a first team All Star.  He also played for Rochester Lancers. Capped 15 times.  T&T almost qualified for the 1974 WC Finals.

FW: Lindy Delapenha (Jamaica)
During his military service, an English football scout saw him playing football for the British Army. This gained him a trial with Arsenal, but he did not sign for the club, and in April 1948 he joined Portsmouth. There, he became the first Jamaican to play professional football in England.  In 1950, he transferred to Middlesbrough where his career took off. He became Boro's leading scorer in the 1951–52, 1953–54 and 1955–56 seasons. He moved to Mansfield Town in 1958. Delapenha played non-league football, Hereford United and Burton Albion. He won the Southern League Cup in 1964 with Burton.
Lindy Delapenha

ST: Dean Burton (Jamaica)
Burton played for numerous clubs in English football including Portsmouth, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday. In 1997, he became the first group of British-born footballers to play for Jamaica. He was their hero as Jamaica qualified for the World Cup for the first time.  He was named Jamaican Sportsman of the Year in 1997.

ST: Clyde Best (Bermuda)
Best was one of the first black players in First Division football in England, scoring 47 goals for West Ham United between 1976 and 1968. Best also played for Feyenoord in Holland, and in the USA for Tampa Bay Rowdies, Toronto Blizzard and Portland Timbers of the NASL. He was capped twice for Bermuda. He was inducted into the Bermuda National Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He was awarded an MBE in the January 2006.

ST: Dwight Yorke (T&T) 
Best remembered for his stint with Manchester United.  In 1998-199 season, Manchester United won the triple(the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions' League), where he was both the top scorer in the Preimership and the Champions' League.
Dwight Yorke

Honorable Mention
Stern John (T&T), Dennis Lawrence (T&T), Claude Davis (Jamaica), Warren Barrett (Jamaica), Marcus Gayle (Jamaica), Paul Hall (Jamaica),  Ricardo Fuller (Jamaica), Walter Boyd (Jamaica), Mario Inchausti (Cuba), David Sommeil (Guadeloupe), Aurélien Capoue (Guadeloupe)*, Jean-Jacques Pierre (Haiti), Shaun Goater (Bermuda), Emmanuel Sanon (Haiti), Philippe Vorbe (Haiti), Wilner Nazaire (Haiti), Guy Renold Jean François (Haiti), Guy Saint-Vil (Haiti), Emmerson Boyce (Barbados), Roberto Pereira (Cuba), José Verdecia Ochoa (Cuba).

Squad Explanation
-- I tried my best to spread the team among players from different countries.  All of my combined teams are selected that way. -- I do not know much about Mario Inchausti, except that he was playing in La Liga. I only put on on honorable mention.
-- Haiti of the 1970 World Cup team is underrepresented here.  Wilner Nazaire, Philippe Vorbe, Guy Renold Jean François and Guy Saint-Vil were some of the players from that generation.  I selected a lot of players with European experience.  So some of Haiti's players were left out.
-- The team is unbalanced.  I have three right backs.
-- Guadeloupe is not a FIFA member, but it is a member of CONCACAF and the CFU.  Their national team is eligible for all competitions organized by both organizations. Some players who had capped for France also represented them. They are not "cap-tied" because Gualdeloupe were not a FIFA official team. French international Jocelyn Angloma played for their national team, which made him eligible to be included.
-- Humphrey Mijnals played for Suriname which made him eligible for this team.  Rudd Gullit, Clarence Seedorf, etc never played for Suriname.  They are "cap-tied" to Holland. Besides, if all Dutch Surinamese were considered, this team probably would be another Dutch-Surinamese All-Time Team. I also did not select any Jamaican-born British footballers who did not play for Jamaica.  I have another team for them.
-- Lindy Delapenha never played any international football.
-- Cuban-born Chus Alonso played for Spain.  He never played for Cuba, which made him ineligible. I have limited knowledge of the Cuban team at the World Cup Finals in 1938.  Juan Tuñas helped Cuba to reach the quarterfinal of the 1938 World Cup Finals.

Formation
The starting eleven might not be the best lineup.  Humphrey Mijnals (Suriname), Juan Tuñas ( Cuba), Clyde Best (Bermuda) and Jocelyn Angloma (Guadeloupe) were added to the lineup because I wanted to spread the team among the players representing different nations.  The four of them actually deserved to start based on merit, but their nationality also played a role. However, I decided to go with Shaka Hislop (T&T) in goal, instead of Henri Françillon (Haiti) who is the only Haitian on the team.  Hislop had a much better club career than the Haitian.  Except Juan Tuñas ( Cuba), every starters played in Europe.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Central America(excluding Costa Rica/Honduras) Greatest All-Time Team

El Salvador 1982

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

I already all-time teams for the USAMexicoCosta Rica, Honduras, Canada or Canadian born Players, 
Jamaica/Jamaican Diaspora,  USACosta Rica, and Caribbean nations. 

Here is my All-time 23 member team for Central American countries within CONCACAF that excluded players from Honduras and Costa Rica  these countries.  Countries considered for this team include Belize,  El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. 

At the time of writing, only El Salvador and Panama have qualified for the World Cup Finals. Guatemala won the 1967 CONCACAF Championship, but none the team have won the Gold Cup. 

Team
GK: Raúl Magaña (El Salvador)
He played for many clubs in El Salvador as well as clubs in Guatemala and Canada.  Between 1958 and 1953, he played for FAS at home, where his career was mainly linked with. Nicknamed Araña (spider) and even El Gran Salvadoreño (the great Salvadoran), Magaña represented his country at their first ever World Cup, the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

GK: Jaime Penedo (Panama)
Penedo began his career with Estudiantes de Panamá F.C. in 2000. He also played in Panamá for Plaza Amador and Árabe Unido. In 2005,  he joined Italian club Cagliari, but did not make any first team appearances. The following season, he moved to Spain to play for Osasuna B in Segunda División B. After one season in Spain Penedo signed in Guatemala for Municipal and for the LA Galaxy in 2013. Capped 129 times, Penedo won the golden glove at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is given to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

GK: Luis Guevara Mora (El Salvador)
He started with Platense at the age of 16 years. He then played for Atlético Marte.  After the 1982 World Cup in Spain, he moved to Spanish side Real Murcia and had a spell in United States indoor soccer.  He also played for Once Lobos at home, Club Xelajú MC and Aurora FC in Guatemala. For the national team, he became the youngest goalkeeper in the national team's history when he was called up at age 17. During the qualification rounds for WC Finals in 1982, he only conceded one goal, but at the finals tournament in Spain, he gave up 10 goals against Hungary and sadly became the goalkeeper with the most goals scored against in a single match. 

RB: Felipe Baloy (Panama)
Bailey started wit Eurokickers and Sporting 89 at home.  He would move aboard at the age of 19 in 2001, playing in Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.   Independiente Medellín and Gremio are among the biggest clubs he had played for in his career.  His longest stints are with Monterrey and Santos Laguna, both in Mexico.  He has been a member of Panama national team since 2001. At the time of writing, he has over 90 caps.
Felipe Baloy
RB: Alberto López Oliva (Guatemela)
He played the entirety of his career for CSD Municipal in the Guatemalan top division, and was a part of the squad that won the 1974 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. He scored over 40 goals in his career, a relatively high number for a full back. Also a member of the Guatemala national team, he was a part of the squad that won the 1967 CONCACAF Championship, and also competed in two World Cup qualifying campaigns and at the 1968 Olympic Games.

CB/RB: Jamie Rodriguez (El Salvador)
A defender, Rodríguez played professionally for different clubs around the world. Among these were El Salvador's Alianza F.C., Mexico's Club Léon and F.C. Atlas, and Germany's Bayer Uerdingen (now known as KFC Uerdingen 05). He also played for teams in Japan's NKK, Yokohama Flügels and Finland's KPV scoring 4 goals in 18 games during 1984–1985. Capped 30 times.  He went to the WC Finals in 1982.

CB: Leonel Carcamo (El Salvador)
Cárcamo has played all of his professional career at hometown club Luis Ángel Firpo between 1985 and 2001, becoming a club legend in the process.  Cárcamo made his debut for El Salvador in 1988 and has amassed a total of 84 caps in 13 years, scoring no goals. 

CB: Jose Francisco Jovel (El Salvador)
Paco Jovel started playing football with the Calaveras football team in the Salvadoran second division when only 14 years old and joined  Firpo in 1972.  He won his only league title during a couple of seasons with Águila before finishing his career back at Firpo. He was nicknamed el Káiser because his playing style resembling that of Franz Beckenbauer. Capped 110 times.  He played in the 1982 World Cup Finals.
Luis Guevara Mora and Jose Francisco Jovel
LB/CM/CB: Jorge Rodriguez (El Salvador) 
Nicknamed El Zarco, Rodríguez started his career with Salvadoran Second Division outfit Huracán in 1989 and has played professionally for Salvadoran Premier Division sides Isidro Metapán, FAS, Águila and Alianza as well as for Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) of Major League Soccer. He has earned a total of 71 caps, scoring 9 goals between 1991 and 2004.

LB:  Luis Henriquez (Panama)
Nicknamed Coco, Henríquez played for Sporting '89 and Arabe Unido in Panama before moving abroad to play for Colombian side Envigado. After 2 seasons back in Panama with Tauro he joined Polish giants Lech Poznań in 2007 and spent 8 years with the club. As of early 2018, he earned over 90 caps.

DM/CM: Jorge Roldán (Guatamela)
Roldán played almost his entire career for the local team Aurora FC, being perhaps the most emblematic individual ever to represent the club. In 1972, he became the first Guatemalan footballer ever to play professionally for a club in Spain, when he joined Hércules CF.  For the Guatemala national team, he was being part of the squad that won the 1967 CONCACAF Championship, and participating in the 1968 Olympic Games and in two World Cup qualifying campaigns.

CM: Juan Francisco Barraza (El Salvador)
An all-time great in El Salvador.  He made his professional debut with Dragón in1953.  In 1958 he joined Águila, with whom he won several league titles. He earned 30 caps scored 13 goals for the national team in official games between 1959 and 1969.

AM/CM: Mauricio Cienfuegos (El Salvador)
Cienfuegos began his professional career in 1985 with Racing Junior. He also played for Soyapango, and Luís Ángel Firpo in El Salvador,  for Morelia and Santos Laguna in Mexico. He joined LA Galaxy for its inaugural 1996 season, where he stayed until his retirement after the 2003 season. He was elected to the MLS Best XI three times, in 1996, 1998, and 1999, and played in seven MLS All-Star Games. During his MLS career, Galaxy won the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 2001 U.S. Open Cup, and the 2002 MLS Cup. Capped 68 times.
Mauricio Cienfuegos 
CM: Conrado Miranda (El Salvador)
Hie started with Pipiles F.C. His debut at the national level was playing for Independiente de San Vicente. Later he played for CD Alacranes(C.D. Atlético Marte), Uruguay de Coronado(Costa Rica), Atlético Marte, Club Sport La Libertad, Conrado Miranda, and C.D. Águila of San Miguel.  He often served as a player-coach. Conrado Miranda represented El Salvador as a captain most of the time from 1948 to 1955, during this period El Salvador won the Gold Medal at the VII Central American and Caribbean Games in 1954 in Mexico.

RW: Mauricio “Pipo” Rodríguez (El Salvador)
He began playing professionally for Atlante San Alejo in 1962. He was signed, on a one-year loan basis, by C.D. FAS. Rodriguez permanently signed and played out his soccer career at Universidad from 1963 to 1972. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1970.

AM/FW: Magico Gonzalez (El Salvador)
His real name is Jorge Alberto Gonzalez. Some said that he would be ranked among the greatest players ever if he was born Brazilian or Argentine.  He was a star at La Liga during the 1980's.  He mainly plated for Cadiz. He led El Salvador to the first and only WC Finals in 1982.  He had 62 caps.
Magico Gonzalez

FW: Oscar "Conejo" Sánchez (Guatemala) 
Sánchez is the second highest goalscorer of all time in the Guatemalan league. He is widely considered to be the greatest player from his country.  He spent most of his career with Comunicaciones.  He helped his country to qualify for the Olympics in 1976. 
Oscar "Conejo" Sánchez
ST: Rommel Fernández (Panama)
In 1987, he joined CD Tenerife in Spain from Alianza, becoming the second ever player form Panama to play in Europe.  In the 1989–90 campaign, he was named Best South American Player. In 1991, he joined Valencia, but only spent a year there. He ended up joining Albacete Balompié on loan. He died in a car accident at the age 27.  

FW: Raul Diaz Arce (El Salvador)
He started with Dragon in the second division of El Salvador.  He then moved up to play for C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo, where he would go on to win the league's top scorer three season in a row (1993–1996).  In 1996, he joined DC United.  In his first season with United, he was second in the league behind Roy Lassiter, and still the fifth best single-season mark in MLS history. With them, he won two MLS Cups in 1996 and 1997. In 1998, he was traded to New England Revolution.  From 1999, he played for many MLS clubs.  Arce was capped 68 caps for El Salvador.
Raul Diaz Arce
ST: Jorge Dely Valdés (Panama)
He is Julio Dely Valdes' twin brother.  He began his professional career in 1989 in Argentina with Deportivo Paraguayo of Argentina. He is best remembered for his career with Consadole Sapporo of the J-League(Japan), where he was the top-scorer for 1993 and 1994 season. He also played in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and MLS(USA).  From 1991 to 2005, he earned 48 caps.

ST: Julio Dely Valdes (Panama)
Julio Dely Valdes is considered to be Panama's greatest player.  Dely Valdés began his professional career in 1987 with Deportivo Paraguayo of Argentina with his brother.  He then moved to Club Nacional de Football in Uruguay. He was best-remembered for his stints with Paris Saint-Germain, Cagliari, Real Oviedo and Malaga, where he was a prolific scorer for each of them. He won the Cup Winners' Cup with PSG. 
Julio Dely Valdes 
ST: Juan Carlos Plata (Guatemala)
He is the highest-scoring player in the history of Guatemala's top division. As of January 2010, Plata hasbeen the second most prolific scorer among all active players in the world in top division leagues. From 1990 to 2010, he played for his only club Municipal. He was capped 87 times.

ST: Blas Perez (Panama)
Pérez began his career with Panamá Viejo in 1998. Perez played for a number of clubs all over the world.  Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, Mexico, UAE, USA, Canada, Bolivia and Guatemala. Since 2001, he earned over a 100 caps for Panama. Blas Perez was also named in the 2007 Gold Cup "Best XI". He also played at the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 Gold Cups and Copa América Centenario. He was a hero of Panama's World Cup Qualification for Russia 2018.
Blas Perez 
Honorable Mention
Armando Dely Valdés (Panama), Armando Cooper (Panama), Carlos Ruiz (Guatamela), Allan Wellman (Guatamela), Martín Machón (Guatamela),  José María Rivas (El Salvador), Norberto Huezo (El Salvador), Conrado Miranda (El Salvador), Ricardo Saprissa (El Salvador), Alfredo Pacheco (El Salvador), Miguel "Chocorrón" Buitrago (Nicaragua), Roger Mayorga(Nicaragua), Salvador Dubois Leiva (Nicaragua), Manuel Cuadra Serran (Nicaragua), Mauricio Cruz (Nicaragua), Pedro "Peché" Jirón (Nicaragua).

Squad Explanation
-- Although the region included Belize and Nicaragua, I only managed to select players from El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. Both El Salvador and Panama have qualified for the World Cup Finals. Belize did not play international football until 1995.
-- Miguel "Chocorrón" Buitrago, Roger Mayorga, Salvador Dubois Leiva, Manuel Cuadra Serran and Mauricio Cruz are some of the all-time greats I discover from Nicaragua. Pedro "Peché" Jirón is often mentioned as their greatest ever player. I have limited information on him.
-- The World Cup team of El Salvador in 1970 is under represented here.
-- Federico Revuelto was the ex-President of Real Madrid. He was born in Guatemala in 1883. He also played for Real Madrid as a member of its first ever team. He never represented Guatemala.In 1916, he became the interim president of the club.
-- Raúl Díaz Arce (El Salvador) is one of my personal favourite player.  I watched him while he was playing with DC United. His achievement in MLS put him on the list.
-- A number of players from Panama might join this team after the World Cup Finals in 2018.  Jaime Penedo, Felipe Baloy and Blas Perez were key players during Los Caneleros' qualifications. I selected them for their historical achievements while Armando Cooper made honourable mention.
-- Many people said that Magico Gonzalez was one of the greatest players ever played the game.  If he was a Brazilian, he would have been a household names according to many who saw him playing in La Liga.
-- Julio and Jorge Dely Valdés are probably the most famous players ever from this region. Liked Magico Gonzalez, they would be household names if they were from Brazil or Argentina.
-- Ricardo Saprissa was born in El Salvador, but his name is associated with Costa Rica because he was the co-founder of the club Deportivo Saprissa. 

Formation