Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If Argentina sent to this team to the WC Finals 1958

Argentina South American Champion 1957

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


This is my alternative team for Argentina at the 1958 WC Finals. The team only has 22 members because it was the official number of players in 1958.

Background
Argentina had a disastrous World Cup Finals in 1958.  A year earlier, they dominated and won the South American championship in 1957.  They beat second-place Brazil 3-0 and third place Uruguay 4-0.  However, shortly afterward, the three offensive stars of that team, Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Humberto Mashio, left Argentina to play in the Serie A, and goalkeeper Rogelio Dominguez also join Real Madrid.  In the 1950's, most countries banned overseas-based players from their national teams.  Please do not forget that the best player in the world in the late 1950's was Alfredo Di Stéfano. This policy barred all of them from playing in the 1958 World Cup.  If Argentina was able to reinforce with their European-based players, they would have a run for the money. 

Tournament
The host Sweden banned professional players from its national team prior to the World Cup Finals, but decided to lift the professional ban for the Finals. The professional players made the difference and Sweden reached the Final, but most of them had passed their prime. The tournament was weakened by various events in the world.  England suffered from the Munich Air Disaster 4 months before the start of the tournament. Hungary was also disbanded after the Soviet invasion of 1956.  Many of its players were in exiles. That left Brazil of Pele, Garrincha and Didi as the only true force at the WC Finals. Please see the blog WC 1958 Finals Missing Players.




Team
GK: Amadeo Carrizo
He was the young goalkeeper for River Plate's "La Máquina" in 1940's.  He won five Championship trophies in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957.  Despite his greatness, Argentina constantly refused to select him.  He only earned 20 caps.
Amadeo Carrizo

GK:  Rogelio Dominguez (not on the original team)
He played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957 and Argentina did not select overseas players.  With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club.

RB: Francisco Lombardo
Lombardo started his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1952 he joined Boca Juniors where he played 196 games. In 1960 Lombardo left Boca on a free transfer to join their hated rivals River Plate, but he only made 9 appearances for the club before retiring later that year.  Lombardo made 37 appearances for Argentina. He played in 4 Copa Américas; 1955, 1956, and 2 in 1959. He also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

RB: David Acevedo 
Acevedo played for Independientehe  and was a member of the 1958 World Cup. He also participated in the Copa America of 1967, where he played all five matches.

CB: Pedro Dellacha 
Dellacha joined Quilmes Atlético Club in 1945. In 1952, Dellacha joined Racing Club where he went on to make 184 appearances and help the club to win the 1958 league championship. Dellacha played 35 times for Argentina. He played in three editions of the Copa América winning the tournament twice in 1955 and 1957. In 1957 he was the captain of the team and was awarded the Olimpia de Oro for his role in leading them to victory. He also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.


Born in Argentina of the Cape Verdean ancestry, he started his playing career in 1956 with Lanús. He soon earned a move to River Plate where he played 172 games in seven seasons with the club. After a short spell with Banfield, he moved to Brazil to play for Santos, where he played alongside Pelé, Coutinho and Pepe in the club's golden years.  He continued playing for Santos until the age of 38, making a total of 324 appearances and scoring one goal.  capped 25 times.  He went to the 1958 and 1962 WC Finals.

CB: Federico Edwards
Edwards started with Union of Santa Fe, only played two seasons. He was transferred to Boca Juniors in 1951.  In 1960 he continued his career in Independiente de Avellaneda. He also played for Temuco Sports Club from 1961 to 1963 in Chile.

CB: Alfredo Pérez 
Perez  came to the River Plate in 1951 from Rosario Central, and remained there until 1960. With River Plate, he won 5 League titles and played 196 games without scoring goals.  He went to the WC Finals in 1958.

LB:  Federico Vairo
Vairo started his career at Rosario Central in 1947, he played for the club for 8 seasons before moving to River Plate. River won three consecutive league titles between 1955 and 1957. Vairo played for the Argentine National team at the World Cup held in Sweden in 1958. At onetime he was the player with the most games played for the national team. His record was not broken until the 1990s.

DM: Nestor Rossi
One of Argentina's greatest defensive midfielders.  Nicknamed "Pipo", he started his career at River Plate, playing from 1945 to 1949, and then again from 1955 to 1958, winning a total of 5 Argentine leagues. He also won 6 more with Millonarios in Colombia. He played in the 1958 World Cup Finals and was a part of their 1957 Copa America winning team.

DM: Eliseo Mouriño
He began his career at Club Atlético Banfield before moving to join Boca Juniors with whom he won an Argentine league title in 1954. He played as a holding midfielder for the early part of his career before converting to centre-back and was part of the Argentina squad at the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He died in a plane crash in 1961.

RW: Omar Oreste Corbatta
Dubbed Arlequín and El dueño de la raya (The chairman of the sideline), Corbatta was known as one of Argentina's greatest right wingers.  He played for five teams in his country – six in total – mainly Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. Unfortunately, he lost the Copa Libertadores to Pele's Santos in 1963. Capped over 40 times. He was part of the Copa América-winning team in 1957 and 1959. Corbatta also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.
Omar Oreste Corbatta

AM: Miguel Montuorl (not on the original team)
Regarded as one of Foirentina's greatest footballers.  Started his career in Chile. He joined Fiorentina in 1955, winning one scudetto, and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1961.  Born in Argentna, he played for Italy and he was the first non-Italian born player to captain Italy.

AM: José SanFilippo 
During his club career he played for San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Banfield in Argentina, Nacional in Uruguay, and Bangu and SC Bahia in Brazil. He is the 5th highest scoring player in Argentine football.  At the international level, Sanfilippo played for the Argentina in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals. He was also part of the Argentina squads that won the 1955 Pan American Games and the 1957 South American Championship.

CM/AM/FW: Alfredo Di Stefano (not on the original team)
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

FW: Ernesto Grillo  (not on the original team)
Grillo started with Indpendiente before moving to play in Italy. He played three seasons with AC Milan, winning 1958-1958 Serie A title. He returned to Argentina in 1960 to play for Boca Juniors, where he played 101 matches and scored 11 goals in all competitions and won three league titles in 1962, 1964 and 1965.  Capped 21 times. The highlight of Grillo's career came on 14 May 1953 in a match versus England, when he scored a legendary goal for Argentina. He also helped Argentina winning the 1955 South American Championship(Copa America).

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori (not on the original team)
After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero_Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961.
Omar Sivori (R)
LW: Osvaldo Héctor Cruz
Cruz was a former Argentine footballer who played in clubs in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.  Capped 21 times. He went to the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden. 

CF: Antonio Angelillo (not on the original team)
He was a member of the "Angeles With Dirty Faces" with Sivori and Maschio.  He moved  in 1957 to Italy after Argentina won the Copa America in 1957.  He scored 31 goals in 31 matches for Inter Milan in the 1958-59 season, the second highest record at the time.  He was considered to be one of Inter Milan's greatest players.  He also had a successful career with Roma an another stint with Genoa, Lecce and AC Milan.  He was with AC Milan when they won the European Cup, but he did not play. He earned 2 caps for Italy.

ST: Ricardo Infante
He was the 2nd highest scoring player in the history of Estudiantes de La Plata and the 6th highest scoring player in the professional era of the Primera División Argentina.  In 1958 Infante was part of the Argentina squad that played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

FW: Humberto Maschio (not on the original team)
With Omar Sivori and Antonio Angelillo, Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces" collectively as a group. In 1957, he moved to Italy to play for Bologna after Argentina won the 1957 Copa America.  However, it was in Atalanta where he became a star and earned a bigger move to Inter Milan.  For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.

ST/FW: Ángel Labruna 
He is the second top scorer of the Argentine First Division with 293  goals. Labruna was also part of the celebrated River Plate offense, nicknamed La Máquina (The Machine), and he was considered one of the best South-American footballers of his generation.  He played 37 matches for Argentina, scoring 17 goals. He also won two South American Championships (1946 and 1955) and as a nearly 40-year-old he played in the final phase of 1958 FIFA World Cup held in Sweden.
Ángel Labruna 

Players Pool
Antonio Roma, Jorge Griffa, Norberto Boggio, Julio Musimessi, Eliseo Prado, Norberto Menéndez, Alfredo Rojas, Ludovico Avio,
José Varacka, Santiago Vernazza, Héctor Rial, Bruno Pesaola, Francisco Lojacono, Ernesto Cucchiaroni.

Squad Explanation
-- In 1958, only 22 players were on the World Cup squad.
-- I add seven European-based players to the 1958 squad, namely Alfredo Di StéfanoOmar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo, Humberto Mashi, Rogelio Domínguez, Ernesto Grillo and Miguel Montuori.
-- I drop 7 players from the original team: José Varacka, Norberto Boggio, Julio Musimessi, Eliseo Prado, Norberto Menéndez, Alfredo Rojas, Ludovico Avio.
-- When Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Humberto Mashio arrived in Italy, they quickly earned the nickname "The Angels with Dirty Faces" or "Il Trio del la Muerte"(the deadly Trio) for their South American flair, their fearless playing style and clinical finishing. 
-- Juventus paid a world record transfer fee for Omar Sivori in 1957.  He immediately established a formidable partnership with John Charles.  In his first year with the club, he brought the scudetto back to Turin.   
-- Antonio Angelillo's second year(1958-59) in Italy would be his best season.  He scored 33 goals in 33 matches. No one managed to match his goal total ever since.   
-- Humberto Mashio had a 100% scoring rate with Argentina.  He scored 12 goals in 12 appearances.  He was top scorer at the 1957 Copa America.   
-- Before he moved to Europe, Rogelio Domínguez was voted as the best goalkeeper in South American in 1956 and 1957.  In Europe, he established himself as the starting goalkeeper for Real Madrid, where he won two European Cups.  However, the 1958 team would not be missing him too much.  The starting keeper in 1958 was none other than the great Amadeo Carrizo.  
-- Alfredo Di Stéfano needed no introduction.  In 1958, he was at the peak of his career.  He just won his third European Cups and also the top scorer in that edition.  He was the reigning Ballon d'or winner at the time of the World Cup Finals.  He would have arrived in Sweden at the top of his game.  
-- Both Ernesto Grillo and  Miguel Montuori were making impacts in Serie A in 1958.  
-- -- Nestor Rossi was known as Argentina's greatest defensive midfielder, and Oreste Corbatta the greatest right wing.  At 22 years of age in 1958, Corbatta was at the prime of his career.  He was the star of the team. Angel Labruna at age 39 probably had passed his prime. 
-- In 1958, there were also several other Argentine of note playing their trade in Europe, namely Ernesto Cucchiaroni, Eduardo Ricagni, Bruno Pesaola, Santiago Vernazza, Héctor Rial and Francisco Lojacono. They were not selected to my team.
-- Antonio Roma was on the 1957 team, but did not make it to the actual 1958 World Cup Finals. The backup keeper at the WC Finals was Julio Musimessi. Jorge Griffa was not considered on the 1958 team even through he was playing at home that year.

Formation
This lineup is unrealistic.  I just put the best eleven players on the field.







Thursday, June 29, 2017

Anderlecht All-Time Team

UEFA Cup Winner: 1982-1983
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

RSC Anderlecht  won their first major trophy after World War II with a championship win in 1946–47. Since then, they have never finished outside the top six of the Belgian first division. They are ranked 12th amongst all-time UEFA club competition winners. Between 1975 and 1978, they won two Cup Winners' Cup in two years.  In 1986, they won the first UEFA Cup.
1976 Cup Winners' Cup Winner
Team
GK: Henri Meert (Belgium)
He was the goalkeeper of Sporting Anderlecht in the entire 1950s; eight times he took home the Belgian Championship with the Mauves. He played 343 official matches (among which 312 in the first division) for the club and appeared 33 times in the national selection.

GK: Jacky Munaron (Belgium)
Jacky Munaron started with FC Dinant. In 1974, Jacky was discovered by RSC Anderlecht.  Munaron stayed in total 15 seasons in Anderlecht, from 1974 until 1989. He was four times champion with Anderlecht, won 4 times the Belgian Cup, two times the Europacup II and the UEFA-cup in 1983.  Capped 8 times.
Jacky Munaron
GK: Filip De Wilde (Belgium)
During a 23-year professional career he played mainly with Anderlecht, appearing in nearly 400 official games in two different spells. He also competed in Portugal and Austria. De Wilde earned 33 caps, represented Belgium for 11 years, playing for the country in three World Cups and Euro 2000.

RB: Gilbert Van Binst (Belgium)
He was a part of Belgium that finished third at Euro 1972.   He played for R.S.C. Anderlecht, Toulouse FC, Club Brugge KV and Belgium.

RB: Georges Heylens (Belgium)
The rightback played his entire career in Anderlecht, winning 7 Belgian championship titles. He earned 67 Belgian team caps between 1961 and 1973.  He also participated in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, but Belgium was eliminated in the first round.

Georges Heylens 
RB/CB: Georges Grun (Belgium)
Georges Grün played for Anderlecht in two separated stints and for Parma in between.  He earned 77 caps for Belgium.  He is most famous in his home country for scoring the away goal that qualified Belgium at the expense of their neighbours Netherlands in the 1986 World Cup qualifying rounds. Belgium would go on to a very respectable fourth-place finish. He played in three FIFA World Cups for the Belgium national football team (1986, 1990 and 1994).

CB: Hugo Broos (Belgium)
 For more than ten years he was their central defender and helped them win three European trophies: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: (1975–76) and (1977–78), and UEFA Cup (1982–83). Between 1974 and 1986 he gained 24 caps and finishing fourth at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. In 1983 started playing for Club Brugge. He played there for five seasons until season 1987–88. 

SW: Laurent Verbiest (Belgium)
Nicknamed "Lorenzo the Magnificent",  he started at AS Ostend before joining Anderlecht in 1960. With Belgium,  he played 23 matches2 including a famous friendly match between Belgium and Netherlands in 1964 where Belgium field a squad entirely made up of players from Anderlecht in the second half. Lorenzo died prematurely in a road accident in Ostend, on 2 February 1966, when he was not 27 years old.


CB: Morten Olsen (Denmark)
He was one of the greatest Danish players ever.  He was the captain of Denmark during its Golden era in the mid-1980's.  He was named Danish Player of the Year in1983 and 1986. He won the 1983 UEFA Cup with Anderlecht.
Morten Olsen 

LB: Henrik Andersen (Denmark)
Andersen played eight years at Belgian club RSC Anderlecht, with whom he won the 1983 UEFA Cup. He joined Koln in 1990.  He represented Denmark in 30 matches, and scored two goals. He represented Denmark at the 1986 World Cup and the triumphant Euro 1992 tournament, where he suffered a serious knee injury, during the semi-final.

LB: Adri Van Tiggelen (Holland)
Van Toggelen was the starting left back at Euro 1988, where Holland won its first major international trophy.  He earned 56 caps.  He also went to the WC in 1990 and Euro 1992.  He played mainly for Sparta Rotterdam early on in his career.  He later moved to Anderlectd and PSV.


CB/DM: Arie Haan (Holland)
Haan won three European Cups with Ajax in the 1970's as member of that great club team.  In 1975, he moved to Anderlecht and became a part of the club's most successful team, winning two Cup Winners' Cup.  He also joined Standard Liege and reached the Final of 1982 Cup Winners' cup Final.  He later joined PSV late in his career before playing in Hong Kong. He was a key player at both WC Finals in 1974 and 1978.  in 1978, he scored two long range goals that were considered among the best ever goals at the WC Finals.

AM/CM: Enzo Scifo (Belgium)
Born in Belgium of Italian background.  he made his name with Anderlecht.  He also played in both France and Italy.  He appeared for Belgium in the World Cups of 1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998, playing sixteen games.  He was a star at the WC Finals in 1986 and 1990, where he scored one of the best goals of the tournament in 1990.  For his club career, he played in Belgium, Italy and France.
Enzo Scifo
LW/CM: Ludo Coeck (Belgium)
He played Berchem Sport, Anderlecht, Internazionale and Ascoli Calcio. Capped for the Belgian national team 46 times. He went to Spain 82, where he scored with a long-range free-kick against El Salvador, and at Euro 84, where he appeared as a substitute in the defeats by France and Denmark. He died in a car accident right after signing for R.W.D. Molenbeek in 1985.

AM/RW/CM: Joseph Jurion (Belgium)
He was an all-time great with Anderlecht.  In 1962, he led his club team to eliminate Real Madrid at the European Cup. He was capped 64 times.
Joseph Jurion 
RW/SW: Pierre Hanon (Belgium)
Hanon signed to Anderlecht in 1945 as a young player. He was first called in the first team in 1954. Hanon became a libero at the end of his Anderlecht career.

RW: François Van der Elst (Belgium)
From 1969 to 1980 Van der Elst played for R.S.C. Anderlecht. In 1976 he was part of the 1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup-winning squad, netting twice in the final against West Ham United (4–2) and, in the following season's league, was crowned the competition's top scorer at 21 goals, as the Brussels side finished in second position. He also played for NY Cosmos and West Ham.  He was capped 44 times and went to Euro 1980.

LW: Franky Vercauteren (Belgium)
Vercauteren made his first team debut for Anderlecht in 1975. He won the five European titles with Anderlecht (two European Cup Winners' Cups, one UEFA Cup and two European Supercups). In 1987, he joined Nantes in France and came back to Belgium three years later to play with Molenbeek. Vercauteren played 63 times with the Belgium national team. He was part of the squad that finished fourth at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and also featured in the 1982 World Cup and at UEFA Euro 1984. 

AM: Pär Zetterberg (Sweden)
Zetterberg started his career at his local club, but after only seven game, he joined the Belgian team RSC Anderlecht. He has remained loyal to Anderlecht, except for spells at Charleroi (1991–1993) and Olympiacos F.C. (2000–2003).  He has twice been football player of the year in Belgium and won the Guldbollen as the Swedish Footballer of the Year in 1997.  His international career was limited by a row he had Tommy Söderberg.
Pär Zetterberg 

LW/FW: Rob Rensenbrink (Amsterdam)
Rensenbrink had an uneventful career in Holland before he moved to play in Belgium.  He first played for Club Brugge, but his greatest height was with Anderlecht.  He won two Cup Winners' Cup in 1976 and 1978.  For the national team, he was a key player as Oranje reached both WC Final in 1974 and 1978.
Rob Rensenbrink
FW/SS: Paul Van Himst 
He is viewed as the greatest Belgian player of all-time. He played mainly for Anderlecht.  He won the Golden Shoe(the Belgian Player of the Year award), a record 4 times. He was capped 80 times.  He put Belgium's football on the map by leading them to 3rd place at Euro 1972.  he also went to Mexico 1970.
Paul Van Himst 
ST: Wilfried Puis (Belgium)
He won the Belgian Golden Shoe in 1964 while playing for Anderlecht. In November 1971 Puis moved to rival Club Brugge. He also played for Lokeren.  Puis was in the Belgium-Netherlands match in 1964 with 10 teammates from Anderlecht after the substitution of goalkeeper Delhasse by Jean Trappeniers. In total, he played 49 times for the national team between 1962 and 1975., He played in the 1970 World Cup.

ST: Erwin Vandenbergh (Belgium)
Between 1981 and 1991, he finished six times topscorer of the Belgian First Division, with three clubs (the first three with Lierse, the following two with Anderlecht, and the last one with Gent). In 1981, he was European topscorer with 39 goals out of 34 games. As a Belgian national team regular Vandenbergh scored a memorable victory goal against Argentina in the opening game of the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Vandenbergh also played for the French club Lille. 

ST: Joseph Mermans (Belgium)
played much of his career at Anderlecht, with whom he won 7 Belgian Championship titles and finished top scorer of this competition 3 times. Mermans played 56 matches with the Belgium national football team, 2 of which in the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He is also the 4th top scorer ever for the Belgium national team with 27 goals.

ST: Luc Nilis  (Belgium)

He played for K.F.C. Winterslag, R.S.C. Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven and Aston Villa. During his time with PSV, Nilis formed one of the deadliest partnerships in Europe with team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy, who signed for PSV in 1998. He joined Aston Villa,  but his career there was limited to a serious injury.  Capped 58 times for Belgium.
Luc Nilis 

Honorable Mention
Silvio Proto, Jean Caudron, Jean-Marie Trappeniers, Philippe Albert, Luka Peruzović, Michel De Groote, Johan Walem, Hippolyte Van den Bosch, Marc Degryse, Michel De Wolf, Ariel Jacobs, Jan Mulder, 

Squad Explanation
-- Silvio Proto and Jean Caudron were the other keepers considered.  I picked the three players who were more famous outside of Belgium.
-- Luka Peruzović  and Philippe Albert have shorter careers with Anderlecht. The other centerbacks have much longer careers.
-- I am unfamiliar with most of the players.  I selected a few bigger names.

Formation



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Espanyol All-Time Team

2006 Copa del Rey Winner

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

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Founded in 1900, the team plays in La Liga, the highest division of Spanish football. It has won the Copa del Rey four times, most recently in 2006, and reached the UEFA Cup final in 1988 and 2007. The team compete in the Derbi barceloní against FC Barcelona.
UEFA Cup 2007 Final

Team
GK: Ricardo Zamora (Spain)
The first ever star goalkeeper in history.  He is also remembered for a spectacular last minute save he made in the 1936 Copa de España final while playing for Real Madrid against FC Barcelona. The award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, is named in his honour and he was voted one of the greatest players of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine. He was also Spain's most capped player for 45 years.
Ricardo Zamora 

GK: Thomas N'Kono (Cameroon)
He was among the best keepers from the 1980's and probably the most famous goalkeeper from Africa.  He played in three WC Finals.  Gianluigi Buffon was inspired by him and named his son Thomas after him.  He had a notable career with Espanyol.

GK: Carlos Kameni (Cameroon)
He spent the vast majority of his career in Spain, mainly with Espanyol, with which he appeared in 229 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons. He also played for Le Havre and at the time of writing, he is with Malaga. A Cameroonian international before he was 20, Kameni represented the country in two World Cups and five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

RB: Antonio Argilés (Spain)
From 1950 to 1964, he played for Espanyol.  He held the appearance record for the club.  He was capped for Spain B international.
Antonio Argilés

RB: Cristóbal (Spain)
He made his debut with Barcelona in the 1987-1988 season.  He played with Real Oviedo and CD Logroñés before going to Espanyol and PSG.  Capped 6 times between 1991 and 1993.

CB/RB: Ricardo Saprissa (El Salvador)
Born in El Salvador of Spanish parents, Saprissa played several sports, excelling at football with the team RCD Espanyol, as well as in tennis, field hockey and polo. He won Spain's football national championship with RCD Espanyol in 1928, Spain's field hockey national championship in 1924, and Spain's tennis national championships in 1923 and 1924. He participated with Spain at the Paris Olympic Games in 1924 and on the Spanish Davis Cup team in 1930. He moved to San José, Costa Rica, in 1932.  He was the founder of Deportivi Saprissa, the most successful club in Costa Rica.

SW: José Parra (Spain)
Parra's spent most of his career with RCD Español where he signed with the club in 1947 from neighbouring Terrassa FC, going on to compete with the former in 12 La Liga seasons.  Parra earned seven caps for Spain and he was a part of the World Cup team in 1950.

CB: Daniel Jarque (Spain)
Jarque made his La Liga debut with his hometown club on 20 October 2002.  In 2006–07,  Jarque appeared in 14 UEFA Cup games as Espanyol reached the final, lost on penalties to Sevilla FC.  In 2009, He was named team captain one month before his death from a heart attack, at the age of 26.  The Espanyol training ground and B-team stadium was also renamed in Jarque's memory.
Daniel Jarque
CB: Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina)
He made his professional with Newell's Old Boys in 1988. The side reached the final of the Copa Libertadores, where he scored a crucial goal away to Colombian champions América de Cali in the semi-final. He then moved to Espanyol in Spain for the 1994–95 season, helping it to the 2000 conquest of the Copa del Rey.
In 2001, Pochettino signed for Paris Saint-Germain.  Capped 20 times.  He went to the 2002 Japan/Korea.

LB: Miquel Soler (Spain)
From 1983 to 2003, he played in La Liga for various clubs.  He is the only player who had played for both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona and Espanyol.  He earned 9 caps with Spain and appeared at Euro 1988.

LB: David Garcia (Spain)
He spent most of his professional career with Espanyol, appearing in 243 competitive games over the course of 12 La Liga seasons and winning two Copa del Rey trophies.

CM: Josep Artigas (Spain)
From 1945 to 1955, he played for Espanyol.  He was capped once in 1950 playing against Ireland. 

CM: Sergio González (Spain)
Known simply as Sergio, he was adept at both defence and playmaking, and spent nearly one decade as a professional at Deportivo de La Coruña after starting at Espanyol. Over the course of 14 La Liga seasons, he amassed totals of 418 games and 34 goals. Sergio represented the Spanish national team in the 2002 World Cup.

CM: Daniel Solsona (Spain)
Solsona played in 373 La Liga games over the course of 13 seasons in which he represented RCD Español and Valencia CF, scoring 65 goals in the process. He made his debut in the competition at only 18, featuring for the former in a 0–0 home draw against Real Sociedad on 27 September 1970.  He moved abroad at the age of 31, going  to SC Bastia and Stade Rennais F.C. in Ligue 1 interspersed with a very short spell with Racing Club de France football Colombes 92.  Solsona earned seven caps for Spain.
Daniel Solsona 
LM/LW: Crisant Bosch (Spain)
He played  RCD Espanyol, CE Júpiter and Terrassa FC. His best years was with Espanyol whom he played 15 seasons in the club and won  two Spanish Cups(1929, 1940).  He was capped eight times by Spain, playing at the 1934 World Cup Finals in Italy.

LW: Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina)
He started with Newell's Old Boys.  Rodríguez arrived in Spain in 2002,  playing for Espanyol and Atlético Madrid. He also spent two years with Liverpool in England.  He appeared in three straight WC Finals from 2006 to 2014, totalling 57 caps.

AM/CM: Iván de la Peña (Spain)
Pequeño Buddha (Little Buddha) started his career with Barcelona billed as one of the best young Spanish players in the mid-1990's.  However, injuries limited his career.  Besides Barcelona, he played for Lazio and  Espanyol. He was a star of Spain Under-21 in 1996, but he did not make his senior debut until 2005.
Iván de la Peña
AM: John Lauridsen (Denmark)
He won the Danish championship with Esbjerg, before playing eight years uninterrupted in La Liga, with Español and Málaga. He appeared in more than 250 official games for the former club, helping it reach the 1988 UEFA Cup Final. Lauridsen played 27 times for Denmark after making his debut in 1981, representing the nation at the Euro 1984.

FW: Jordi Lardín (Spain)
He started with RCD Espanyol in the 1992–93 season and played there until 1997, where he signed with Atlético Madrid.  Lardín retired from football at age 29 claiming to be "fed up" with the sport. He made a tentative comeback two years later, with modest CD Leganés.  Capped 3 times.

LWF/FW: José María Lavilla (Spain)
He played for Real Oviedo from 1961 to 1965.  He joined RCD Espanyol in 1965 and retired from them in 1976.  He was capped 6 times. 

FW: Luis Garcia (Spain)
A product of Real Madrid. Over the course of nine seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 329 games and 73 goals, mainly with Espanyol, with which he won one Copa del Rey and reached the 2007 UEFA Cup Final.  He earned 7 caps.

ST: Marañón (Spain)
He started professionally at Real Madrid, but his career was mainly associated with Español. Over the course of 13 seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 308 games and 116 goals, making him Espanyol's second greatest goal scorers. Marañón went to the 1978 World Cup Finals.
Marañón 
ST: Julia Arcas (Spain) 
From 1947 to 1958, he played for Espanyol.  He scored the 1000th goal for Espanyol.  He scored with 86 goals. He was for many years the highest scorer in the club's history, until Rafael Marañón, with 111, and then Raul Tamudo broke his record. 

ST: José María Rodilla (Spain)
He began his career in 1961 playing for Real Valladolid. He played for the club until 1964. In that year he moved to RCD Espanyol, where he played until 1971. In that year he moved to UE Sant Andreu, a club in which he retired in 1972.

ST: Raul Tamudo (Spain)
Tamudo was a club legend with Espanyol.  He won two Copa Del Rey with the club as well as reaching the Final of UEFA cup in 2007. He is their all-time leading scorer.  He picked up 13 caps for Spain.
Raul Tamudo
Honorable Mention
Alberto Martorell, Urruti, Pablo Zabaleta, Urbano Ortega, Joan Golobart, Alberto Lopo, Antoni Arabí, Arteaga, Carmelo Amas, Diego Orejuela.

Squad Explanation
-- Urbano Ortega and Joan Golobart nearly made the team.
-- Ricardo Saprissa was chosen more for his interesting life. 
-- Raul Tamudo is probably the best player ever played for the club.
-- Afredo Di Stefano and László Kubala also played for them at the end of their careers.

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