Sunday, November 30, 2014

Croatia All-time 23 member Squad

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

World Cup 1998

I have create an all-time Yugoslavian team that featured played from all the former republics.  This one is the all-time 23 member team for Croatia .  

Historically, Yugoslavia is loaded with football talents, but they did not perform as well as they should have. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Croatia is the most successful national team of all the former republics.  In 1998, they made history by finishing 3rd at the World Cup in France.  They beat Germany 3-0 in the quarterfinal.  They led eventual winner France 1-0 in the semifinal before France scored twice to win 2-1.  After the World Cup in 1998, Croatia became a regular fixture at major tournament, qualifying for most of them.

GK: Vladimir Beara  (born in Croatia of Serb enthicity)
He played on three World Cups; 1950, 1954 and 1958.  He was considered one of the greatest keepers from the Warsaw Pact.  With Hajduk Split (1946–55), he won the Yugoslav league title in 1950, 1952 and 1955. In 1955, he moved to Belgrade's Red Star (1955–60), where he won even more Yugoslav league titles, in 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and won the Yugoslav Cup in 1958 and 1959. He was Red Star's goalkeeper against Manchester United in the last game United had played before the Munich Air Disaster. Beara ended his career in German clubs Alemannia Aachen (1960–62) and Viktoria Köln (1963–64).
Vladimir Beara 

GK  Franjo Glaser
He was a keeper during the 1940's.  He played both Yugoslavia and Croatia during the Period.   He is the only Yugoslav footballer who won national titles before and after the Second World War, with three different clubs BSK Belgrade, Građanski Zagreb and FK Partizan.

GK: Stipe Pletikosa
He played over 110 times for Croatia, starting in 1999.  Pletikosa started his professional career with Hajduk Split, from where he was transferred to Shakhtar Donetsk, before joining Spartak Moscow in 2007. In 2011, after spending one season with Tottenham Hotspur, he signed with FC Rostov, and moved to Deportivo de La Coruña in 2015, where he retired.

RB:  Darijo Srna
He is one of the best wingbacks of his generation. He is best remembered for playing over 10 years for Shaktar Donetsk and winning the UEFS Cup with them.  He is both captain for his club and country. He earned 134 caps.

Darijo Srna

CB: Igor Stimac
He won 53 caps and scoring two goals, and a member of the Croatian squad that came third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He was also a member of the highly talented Yugoslavia under-20 team that won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship. At the club level he played for Hajduk Split and, most notably, Derby County. 

CB: Igor Tudor 
He was most notably a member of the  national side that reached the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup, eventually finishing in third place. He also represented his country at Euro 2004, and the 2006 World Cup.  For his club career, he started with Hajduk Split and spent 9 seasons with Juventus.

CB/RB: Dario Šimić 
He earned 100 caps for Croatia. He was a member of the  national side that reached the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup.  He played for both Inter Milan and AC Milan and Ligue 1 side Monaco, before returning to his home club, Dinamo Zagreb in 2010.

CB: Ivica Horvat
He played in both 1950 and 1954 World Cup Finals and won a silver medal at the 1952 Olympics.  He played mostly for Dinamo Zagreb.  Horvat played from 1945 until 1957 for Dinamo Zagreb. In 1957 he moved to Germany to Eintracht Frankfurt, where he stayed until the end of his career.

CB/DM: Niko Kovac
Born in Germany of Croatian background.  He spent most of his career playing in the Bundesliga.  He earned 83 caps for Croatia and was their captain from 2004 onward.  Robert Kovac's older brother.

CB: Robert Kovac
He represented Croatia in two World Cups, 2002 and 2006, and has also participated at two European Championships, 2004 and 2008.  He was the captain of the national team after his brother Niko retired.  He played a few of the biggest clubs in the world, notably with Bayern Munich and Juventus.  

LW/LB/CB: Branco Zebec 
Zebec was one of the greatest players ever from Yugoslavia. In his heyday the player from FK Partizan and Red Star Belgrade fascinated the world with his performances at the World Cups in 1954 and 1958. With Partizan he won 3 Yugoslav Cups (1952, 1954, 1957). With Red Star Belgrade he won the national championship in 1960. He led Yugoslavia to second-place at Euro 1960. 

LB: Robert Jarni 
He was a member of Yugoslavia's Golden Generation of the 1990's.  He went to the WC Finals in 1990 with Yugoslavia and later, represented Croatia at the WC Finals in 1998, where they reached the semifinal.  Professionally, he had played in big clubs such as Juventus and Real Madrid. 

Robert Jarni

DM/CM: Velimir Zajec
He won 36 international caps for Yugoslavia, and captained them at both the 1982 World Cup and the 1984 European Championships.  In 1979 and 1984, he was named the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year.

CM: Ante Zanetic
He earned 15 caps for the Yugoslavia national team, and participated in the 1960 European Nations' Cup.  He deflected to the West in 1961 and moved to Belgium, where he played for for Club Brugge K.V. and Racing White.

CM: Luka Modric 
Modric is one of the greatest playmakers of his generation.  He earned more 90 caps for Croatia.  He currently plays for Real Madrid and won the Champions' League for the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 season.  He also played for  Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspurs.  He played in the WC Finals of 2006 and 2014.  

Luka Modric

CM: Zlatko Čajkovski
He was considered one of the best Yugoslavian players ever.  he played for FK Partizan before moving to play for Koln in Germany. He also participated in the FIFA World Cups of 1950 and 1954.  

CM: Gustav Lehner
He played 44 matches for the Yugoslav national team between 1931 and 1940. He also played 12 matches for the IS Croatian national team.

AM/CM: Zvonimir Boban
He was the captain of the national team that finished third at the World Cup in 1998.  He was also an important player of the highly talented Yugoslavia under-20 team that won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship. He waas also remembered for his career with AC Milan with whom he won four Serie A and one UEFA Champions League titles. 

Zvonimir Boban
AM: Robert Prosinecki
He was considered one of the most talented players from Yugoslavia in the 1990's.  In 1987, Prosinečki was named the tournament's best player as Yugoslavia won the World Youth Championship.  He then played for Yugoslavia at the 1990 World Cup and for Croatia at Euro 96 and the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.  For his club career, he played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, but he failed to establish himself at neither club.

LW/FW: Bernard Vukas 
In 2000, he was voted by the Croatian Football Federation as the best Croatian player of all time.  He was also a part of the Yugoslavia team in the 1950 FIFA World Cup and 1954 FIFA World Cup.  His career was associated with Hajduk Split, but he also played in Italy and Austria.

FW:  Stjepan Bobek 
He played for Partizan between 1945 and 1959 helping them win two Yugoslav First League titles and four Yugoslav Cups, and was named the club's greatest player in history in 1995. Internationally, he is the all-time top scorer for Yugoslavia, scoring 38 goals in 63 appearances between 1946 and 1956, and was member of Yugoslav squads which won two Olympic silver medals (in 1948 and 1952) and played in two World Cups (in 1950 and 1954).

ST: Davor Suker 
He was a part of Yugoslavia's Golden Generation in the 1990's.  He later played for Croatia, where he is the all-time leading scorer.  He is best remembered for finishing the top scorer at the WC in 1998, where Croatia reached the semifinal.  He also played with Sevilla, Arsenal, West Ham and 1860 Munich.

Davor Suker

ST:  Alen Boksic
He won the 1992–93 UEFA Champions League, and was voted fourth in the 1993 European Footballer of the Year poll. That same year, he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year. He also won two Serie A titles in 1997 and 2000 with Juventus and Lazio respectively, and is regarded as one of the best foreign players in the history of Serie A since 1980's.  He played for both Yugoslavia and Croatia.  He missed the 1998 World Cup Finals due to an injury.

Honorable Mention
Ivica Olić, Tomislav Crnković, Ivica Šurjak, Jurica Jerković and Aljoša Asanović.

Squad Explanation
I have no space for Ivica Šurjak,, Jurica Jerković and Aljoša Asanović.  I did not really consider Mario Mandžukić and Ivan Rakitic, but they might be able to build a career to be in consideration in the future.

Starting lineup 
Formation: 4-3-3
Luka Modric actually started on my All-time Yugoslavian team, but I put him on the bench for this team.  Instead, I opted for two Croatian playmakers from the 1998 team.  I started Davor Suker over Alen Bokšić because I rewarded Suker as a WC hero.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Serbia All-time 23 member team

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

I have create an all-time Yugoslavian team that featured played from all the former republics.  This one is the all-time 23 member team for Serbia.  I have also create an all-time team for Croatia and the rest of the former Yugoslavia without Serbia and Croatia.

Historically, Yugoslavia is loaded with football talents, but they did not perform as well as they should have. Dragan Stojkovic and
Dragan Dzajic were some of the greatest players in Yugoslavia. 

GK:  Milutin Soskic  
He was a legend with FK Partzan.  He was capped by Yugoslavia for 50 times between 1959 and 1966. 

GK: Petar Radenkovic
He also goes by the name Perica.  He won a silver medal at the 1952 Olympics. He played over 200 games for Munich 1806.

GK: Srđan Mrkušić
He was capped by both the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and  Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia between 1941 and 1950.  He went to the WC Finals in 1950.  He also went down in history as one of the founders of Red Star Belgrade football club in early March 1945.

RB:  Vladimir Durković
He was capped 50 times.  He went to Euro 1960, where Yugoslavia finished second.  Then, he won the Olymouc Gold the same summer.  In 1962, he went to the WC Finals and reached the semifinal.  He played with Red Star Belgrade until he was 28 and moved to Saint Etienne.

RB: Milutin Ivković 
He played in the 1930 World Cup Finals.  He is considered the best rightback in Yugoslavian football history.  He was executed by the Nazi during the War.

CB: Nemanja Vidic
He spent 9 seasons as the starting center-back at Manchester United from 2006 and 2014, where he won every major trophy and established himself as one of the best center-backs of his generation.  He also played for Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006 and 2010.

Nemnja Vidic

CB: Velibor Vasovic
He was a legend at FK Partizan.  He lost the European Cup to Real Madrid in 1966.  A year later, he later joined Ajax and established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe.  In 1971, he captained Ajax as they won their first European Cup.  He played 32 times for Yugoslavia.

CB: Miroslav Djukic
He spent 14 years of his professional career in Spain, notably at the service of Deportivo de La Coruña and Valencia, amassing La Liga totals of 368 games and 11 goals, and winning six major titles for the two clubs combined. He played at Euro 2000 for Yugoslavia.

CB/LB: Sinisa Mihajlovic
He was capped 63 times between 1991 and 2003.  He was one of the best defender in Serie , notably played for Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan.  He was part of the golden generation of Yugoslav players who won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile.

DM: Milorad Arsenijević
He earned 52 caps for the Yugoslavia, and played in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.  He played his entire career with BK Belgrade.

CM: Vladimir Jugovic
He was a member of Red Star Belgrade that won the European Cup in 1990.  He won another one with Juventus in 1996. He played at Euro 2000 and the World Cup 1998 for Yugoslavia. He was capped 41 times.

Vladimir Jugovic

AM: Dejan Petković
After leaving Red Star Belgrade in 1995, Petkovic's career in Europe did not succeed.  In 1997, he joined Vitória in Brazil.  He was one of the few Europeans to play and succeed in the Brazilian league.  He was considered one of the best players in Brazil during his days there.  Between 2000 and 2011, he played for 7 Brazilian clubs.  He was a hero for three Rio clubs.  His international career, however, was limited to 7 caps.

AM: Dragan Stojkovic
He is considered one of the best players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football. He starred for Yugoslavia at the 1990 FIFA World Cup (where he was named in the World Cup All-Star Team) and 1998 FIFA World Cup where he captained the team. He was a star player at Red Star Belgrade, but he was playing for Marseille when Red Star Belgrade beat Marseille in the 1990 Final of the European Cup. 

Dragan Stojkovic

AM: Dragoslav Sekularac
He was considered one of the best player in Red Star Belgrade history.  He played in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals, where his team reached the semifinal in 1962.  

CM/DM/RM: Dejan Stankovic
He is best remembered for his stint with Inter Milan where he won 5 league titles and one Champions League title.  He played in three WC Finals for three different national teams: Yugoslavia,  Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia. 

Dejan Stankovic

RW:  Vujadin Boškov
He played with FK Vojvodina for most of his career (1946–1960). In 1961 he moved to Italy to play for Serie A club Sampdoria for one season and then, Young Boys in Switzerland.  Later in his career, he returned to his mother club and became a player/coach.

RW: Aleksandar Tirnanić
He played 50 times for the Kingdom of Yugoslavia between 1929 and 1940.  He went to the WC Finals in 1930, where he became among the youngest goal-scorer in WC history.

LW: Bora Kostić
He is the all-time leading scorer Red Star Belgrade,  During his club career he played for Red Star Belgrade, Lanerossi Vicenza and St. Louis Stars. He earned 33 caps and 26 goals for the Yugoslavia, and participated in the 1960 European Nations' Cup.

LW: Dragan Dzajic
Džajić is viewed by some football experts as perhaps one of the most underrated players in European football, partly because he played in Yugoslavia. He is considered one of the greatest left wing in history of the game.  He played most of his career with Red Star Belgrade.  He was capped 85 times for Yugoslavia.  He was voted the best player at Euro 1968.

Dragan Dzajic

ST:  Blagojie Marjanovic 
He played 57 times for the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.  He was one of the first superstars in Yugoslavia.  He played in the WC Finals of 1930, where Yugoslavia reached the semifinal
ST/SS:  Miloš Milutinović
He was one of the Milutinović brothers who were famous players and coaches in Yugoslavia.  He earned 33 caps in total and represented the country in the 1954 and 1958 World Cups.  During his club career he played for FK Bor, FK Partizan, OFK Beograd, FC Bayern Munich, RCF Paris, and Stade Français Paris. 

ST/SS: Milan Galic
He scored 37 international goals in 51 matches for the Yugoslavia. He participated in the 1960 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal, the 1960 UEFA European Football Championship, where Yugoslavia finished second and the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where Yugoslavia finished fourth. On the club level, he played for FK Partizan and Standard Liège.

ST/SS:  Rajko Mitic
He was the captain of Red Star Belgrade when it was found in 1945.  He was considered one of the club's greatest players.  He won 59 caps (in which he was captain 34 times) for Yugoslavia, and scored 32 goals. 

Honorable Mention
Mirolad Arsejanovi.

Squad Explanation
  • I tried to mix players from the days of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia to the modern era. 
  • I tried to find a spot for Mirolad Arsejanovi.
  • Dejan Stankovic was relatively unknown in Europe, but he accomplished something few footballers were able to achieve.

Starting lineup 
Formation I: 4-3-3

Formtion II: 4-2-3-1
This is a more defensive approach.I added Stankovic who is better defensively.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Bulgaria all-time 23 member Team

This is my all-time team for Bulgaria. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Bulgaria 1994
Bulgaria qualified for four straight World Cup Finals between 1962 and 1974, but they left no impression. Finally, the birth of the Golden Generation in 1990's gave rise of the Bulgarian football. In November, 1993, Bulgaria won probably their most important match in history.   They pulled a dramatic upset of France at the last match of the World Cup Qualifying rounds by scoring the winning goal at the dying minutes of the match. They leapfrogged France and qualified for USA 1994. At the World Cup Finals, they came from behind to beat defending champion Germany 2-1 in the quarterfinal.  They went on to finish 4th.

GK: Georgi Naydenov
He is considered the greatest Bulgarian goalkeeper for all time. Between 1955 and 1965 he played in 176 matches for CSKA Sofia. He was honoured as Bulgarian Footballer of the Year in 1961

GK: Borislav Mikhailov
He was captain of the Bulgaria national team during their surprising fourth-place run at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, as well their participation in Euro 96. He also played at the 1986 FIFA World Cup and is currently the second most capped player for the Bulgaria national team with 102 caps (60 as captain),

GK:  Apostol Sokolov 
He was Lev Yashin's idol.  He was capped 15 times for Bulgaria during the 1950's.  He is the father of Georgi Sokolov.

RB: Aleksandar Shalamanov
He earned 42 caps for the Bulgarian national team, with which he participated in the World Cup 1966 and World Cup 1970.  He has participated in the Winter Olympics as alpine skier in 1960.  He was a reserve player for Bulgaria's volleyball team in 1964.

CB: Manol Manolov 
He played 57 games for Bulgaria and won a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics. He was Bulgarian Footballer of the Year in 1958.
CB: Dimitar Penev
He is regarded as one of his country's best ever defenders, winning Bulgarian footballer of the year in 1967 and 1971, he also participated in 3 world cups for his country in 1966, 1970 and 1974. He spent most of his career with CSKA Sofia.
Dimitar Penev
CB: Ivan Dimitrov
He played 340 matches in the first League during his career, 70 matches for the Bulgarian national team.  He represented Bulgaria in the 1962 and 1970 FIFA World Cups. He also played for PFC Lokomotiv Sofia and PFC Akademik Sofia.  He was a tall, solid center-back.

CB:  Kiril Ivkov
He spent most of his career with Levski Sofia.  He was capped 44 times and played in the WC Finals in 1974.

LB:  Boris Gaganelov
He made 51 appearances for the Bulgaria.  He represented Bulgaria at the FIFA World Cups in 1966 and 1970.  With CSKA he won Bulgarian league 7 times and Bulgarian Cup 6 times.

LB: Trifon Ivanov 
Nicknamed "the Wolf".  He was a member of Bulgaria's Golden Generation that rearched the semi-final of World Cup 1994.  He was capped 76 times.  He played for Real Betis, Etar, CSKA, Neuchâtel Xamax, Rapid Wien, etc.


LM/CM/AM: Yordan Letchkov
Perhaps best remembered for scoring the winning goal against Germany in the quarter-final at World Cup 1994.  He also played at Euro 1996.    He played for CSKA Sofia, Hamburger SV, Olympique de Marseille and Beşiktaş.

He was the defensive midfielder for Bulgaria's Golden Generation in the 1990's.  He was capped 80 times.  He played at the World Cups in 1994 and 1998, and he was also in the Bulgarian Euro 1996.

He was most prominently played professionally for British clubs Celtic and Aston Villa.  At Celtic,  he became the first foreign player to win the SPFA Young Player of the Year award.  At Aston Villa, he was Players' Player of the Year: 2009, 2012.  He was also Bulgaria Player of the Year in 2003.
Stiliyan Petrov(R) with Dimitar Berbatov 
RW: Hristo Bonev 
Between 1967 and 1979, Bonev played for the Bulgarian national team 96 times, scoring a record 48 goals. He played for his country at the 1970 and 1974 World Cups. Most of Bonev's club career was spent with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but he also played for CSKA Sofia and AEK Athens FC. One of the greatest Bulgarian footballers, Bonev was renowned for his vision and technique.

RW/CM/SS:  Ivan Petkov Kolev
Considered to be one of the best ever Bulgarian player.  He was capped 75 matches with 25 goals. He represented Bulgaria at both the 1962 FIFA World Cup and the 1966 FIFA World Cup.  He won a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics.  He was the first Bulgarian to be nominated for Ballon d'Or.

LW: Martin Petrov
He was the 2006 Bulgarian Footballer of the Year.  He was capped 90 times for Bulgaria, playing at Euro 2004.  He was with CSKA Sofia when he moved to Switzerland.  He went on to play in the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premiership.

LW:  Dimitar Yakimov
Nicknamed "the poet of football" for his dribbling skills. He was a star in the 1960's.  He went to three WC Finals: 1962, 1966 and 1970.   He was with CSKA Sofia.

AM: Krassimir Balakov 
One of the star player from the Golden Generation of the 1990's. He made 92 appearances for Bulgaria, between 1988 and 2003.  He was best remembered for forming a successful attacking partnership with strikers Fredi Bobic and Giovane Élber at Stuttgart. He also had a successful spell with Sporting CP.


 ST: Nasko Sirakov
He is a legend at Levski Sofia in the 1980's.  He was the Buglarian league top scorer four times.  He played in the WC Finals: 1986 and 1994.  

ST: Georgi Asparukhov 
He is considered to be among the top Bulgarian footballers of all time. He was voted the best Bulgarian footballer of the 20th Century, ahead of Hristo Stoichkov.  He played for Levski Sofia from 1960 to 1961 and 1964 to 1971, and for Botev Plovdiv from 1961 to 1963.

ST:  Emil Kostadinov
He is best remembered for scoring two goals against France in the World Cup Qualfying match that helped Bulgaria to qualify for the WC in 1994.  He was capped 70 times.  Professionally, his best stint was with Porto where he spent 4 seasons.

Emil Kostadinov

ST: Dimitar Berbatov 
He is its all-time leading goalscorer for Bulgaria. He has also won the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year a record seven times, surpassing the number of wins by Hristo Stoichkov.  His best seasons were spent with Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United.

ST/FW: Hristo Stoichkov  
He is Bulgaria's greatest player. At the 1994 World Cup, Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot as the joint top goal scorer of the tournament with six goals, as well as earning the Bronze Ball award. . At Barcelona he was part of Johan Cruyff's "dream team" that won four consecutive La Liga titles and one UEFA Champions League.  He also won the Ballon d'Or in 1994.

Honorable Mention
Lyuboslav Penev, Nikolay Ilie, Dobromir Zhechev,

Squad Explanation
Most of the players came from the Golden Generation in the 1990's.  

Starting lineup

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Romania all-time 23 member team

This is my all-time team for Romania. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  

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

Romania 1994
Romania was one of four European countries at the very first World Cup in 1930, but the world did not take the notice of them until the 1980's.  They first qualified for Euro 1984 in France by eliminating World Cup holder Italy in the qualifiers.  In 1986, Steaua București won the European Cup by beating Barcelona.  The Cup was Romania's first major trophy in football.  Four years later, they went to the World Cup in 1990. Led by Gheorghe Hagi, Romania enjoyed over a decade of success at international tournaments from 1990 to 2000.

GK: Silviu Lung 
He was capped 77 times for Romania between 1979 and 1993, and represented his country at Euro 1984 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was captain in all four matches.  He reached the European Cup Final in 1989 where AC Milan beat Steaua Bucureşti 4-0.

He is regarded as one of the greatest Romanian keeper.  He won 22 caps for Romania. He also played for Romania at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

He is best remembered as the keeper who saved four consecutive penalty shots in the shootout against Barcelona in the 1987 European Cup Final as Steaua București became the first ever Romanian club to win an European trophy.  He was dubbed "the Hero of Seville".

He is famous for having played for Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 European Cup Final and winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup with  Chelsea. Petrescu also received 95 international caps for Romania.  He was also a part of the World Cup team in 1994.

CB: Gheorghe Popescu   
He was perhaps the most famous Romanian defender and the second most important player during Romania's Golden Generation in the 1990's.  He was Romanian Player of the Year 6 times.  In 2000, he helped Galatasaray to win the UEFA Cup, the first time ever for a Turkish club. 


CB: Costica Stefanescu
He spent the majority of his career at Universitatea Craiova, where he made a club record 378 appearances.   He is also the second all-time appearance leader in Divizia A, having played in a total of 490 matches.

SW/CB: Alexandru Apolzan
He was considered to be the first ever sweeper in the game of football.  He played mainly for Steaua Bucureşti.

He helped Steaua become the first Eastern European club to win the European Cup in 1985–86.  He was an ethnic Serb and in 1988, he deflected to Yugoslavia.  He joined Red Star Belgrade and helped them winning the 1990-1991 European Cup, the second time an Eastern European side to win the European Cup.

SW/DM: Cornel Dinu
 He is commonly regarded as one of Romania's greatest players.  He represented his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup.  He spent his entire career with Dinamo București.
CB/LB: Christian Chivu 
He was most prominently played professionally for Ajaxand Inter Milan. His honours at Inter included a treble of league, cup and the UEFA Champions League in 2010. He earned 75 caps between 1999 and 2010, and was part of Romania's squads for UEFA European Championships in 2000 and 2008.


LB:  Emerich Vogl 
He participated at the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay and 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

CM: László Bölöni
He was the hero of the qualification campaign for Euro 1984 where Romania eliminated Italy and qualified for the Finals in France.  He was also a part of Steaua Bucureşti that won the European Cup.

LM/CM: Dorinel Munteanu
He scored 16 goals for Romania and played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.  He is the most capped Romanian footballer.

LW/FW:  Adrian Ilie
He won 55 caps for Romania, scoring 13 goals.  He played at the 1996 European Football Championship, 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Football Championship.  At Valencia, he was part of a great team that went to the European Cup Final in 2000.

AM: Nicolae Dobrin 
He is regarded Romania's greatest players in the 1960's.  He was named Romanian Player of the Year on three occasions, in 1966, 1967, and 1971.  He mase it to the WC Finals in 1970, but did not play.  He was a long-term target of Real Madrid, but the Communist regime in Romania did not allow him to leave.
Nicolae Dobrin 

AM: Gheorghe Hagi
Nicknamed "The Maradona of the Carpathians",  he was probably the best player in Romanian football history.  He was named Romanian Footballer of the Year seven times.  He led Romania to the quarter-final in the1994 World Cup Finals.  He scored one of the most memorable goals of that tournament.


AM: Ilie Balaci 
He was considered one of the best Romanian players of all-time.  
He also became captain of the national team during the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying campaign, but he was unable to play for Romania at UEFA Euro 84 due to an injury.  He sigend with AC Milan, but he never joined them because the Romanian did not allow him to leave.

FW: Marius Lacatus
He is an icon for Steaua Buchares.  He won the 1987 European Cup.  He played for his country in the 1990 World Cup, Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup.  He also played in Italy and Spain.

FW: Ilie Dumitrescu
He formed a frontline partnership with Gheorghe Hagi and Florin Răducioiu led Romania to the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal. He was best rememberd for scoring two goals against Argentina.

ST: Iuliu Bodola
He was a star player in the 1930's.  He was the top scorer of the Romanian First League in the 1938–1939 and 1939–1940 seasons. He played at both the 1934 FIFA World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup for Romania. After World War II he represented Hungary.

ST/FW: Florin Răducioiu
He was a star at the WC Finals in 1994.  He played for Dinamo Bucureşti, A.C. Milan, Brescia Calcio, West Ham United, RCD Espanyol, VfB Stuttgart and AS Monaco.

FW: Adrian Mutu 
He is Romania's joint top-scorer.  He was regarded one of the best striker in Serie A of his generation.  He is best remembered for his drug scandals in his career.

ST: Florea Dumitrache
He is considered Romania's greatest striker.  He earned 31 caps and scored 15 goals for the national team. He represented his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, scoring 2 goals.  He  played 2 seaosns for Dinamo București, winning the league titles in 1971, 1973 and 1975.

Honorable Mention
Victor Pițurcă, Adrian Ilie, Viorel Moldova, Stefan Dobay, Iuliu Bodola, Ion Dumitru.

Squad Explanation
I have more modern players in this team than most of my other all-time teams.  Helmuth Duckadam did more for Romanian football in one match than most other keepers in thei lifetime.  I rewarded him with a spot.

Starting lineup

Formation: 4-2-3-1
I made use of the three great playmakers from Romania. They might get into each other way, but any Romania's all-time must field all three of them.