Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Basque All-time 23 member team


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

The Basque country is the homeland of the Basque people.  It consists areas that are parts of Spain and France.  The Basque footballers have been capped by many countries. Athletic Bilbao is the symbol of Basque nationalism.  It is one of the most successful clubs in Spain.  It has an unwritten rule that the club only fields Basque players.  This is my All-Time 23 member team for the Basque people.  I am including Basque players who were capped by other countries.  

 

I have also created all-teams for Castile and CataloniaMy all team 23 member team for Spain is here.

 

Team 
GK: Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain)
Represented La Roja in 4 World Cup Finals. He was at one point Spain's cap record holder.  He won Barcelona's first ever Champions' League in 1992.

GK: José Ángel Iribar
Iribor spent his entire career with Athletic Bibao.  He played over 600 games in a 18 year career.  He was Spain's starting keeper at the European Championship as Spain won their first ever major trophy.

GK: Luis Arconada
He played his entire career with Real Sociedad, capturing back-to-back La lira titles from 1980 to 1982.  He was capped 68 times, helping Spain to reach the Euro 1984 Final.  His blunder in the Final caused Spain to lose in that Final.


RB: José Orue
He was a long-time footballer for Atletic Bilboa during the 1950's.  At the time of writing, he is their fourth most appearance record for the club. He earned 3 caps for Spain.


CB:  Andoni Goikoetxea
Nicknamed "The Butcher" for his style of play, Goikoetxea.  He played mainly for Atletic Bilboa, but also with Atletico Madrid.  He was a part of Javier Clemente's Bilboa team that won back-to-back league title from 1982 to 1984.  However, he was best remembered for almost ending Diego Maradona's career with a tackle in 1983.  A year later, he became the focal point of the infamous brawl between Barcelona and Atletic Bilboa at the Final of Copa del Rey.  

CB:  Jacinto Quincoces
One of the greatest defenders of the pre-war era.. He won the first ever title for Real Madrid in 1930.

CB:  Jesús Garay
Rated among the best ever centre-back to be capped for Spain, Garay went to the WC Finals in 1962.  He spent 10 seasons with Atletic Bilboa and then, Barcelona.

CB: Rafael Alkorta
Alkorta played for Atletic Bilboa and Real Madrid.  At Real Madrid, he won two La Liga titles.  He went to the WC Finals in 1990, 1994 and 1998.

LB:  Bixente Lizarazu (France)
Bixente Lizarazu was the leftback for the all-conquering French team of 1998 and 2000.  He was also a star at Bayern Munich for 9 seasons. He won the Champions' League in 2001. He is a Basque and played for Atletico Bilbao.



Bixente Lizarazu 
DM/LB: Jose Maria Zarraga (Spain)
From 1951 to 1961, he played for Real Madrid.  He won 11 major trophies, including 5 European Cups.  He played in the Finals.  he made 8 appearance with Spain and once as the captain.

LB:  Agustin Aranzabal (Spain)
From 1993 to 2004, he starred for Real Sociedad.  He moved to Zaragoza in 2004.  He had 28 caps.

DM: Ignacio Zoco (Spain)
Best remembered for his 12 seasons with Real Madrid. He was a member of the Ye Ye team of Real Madrid that defined an era in Spanish football.  He won the 1966 European Cup with the club.  He was capped 20 times for Spain, winning Euro 1964.

DM:  Didier Deschamps (France)
He was only the second captain in history to lift the three big trophies: the Champions League trophy, the World Cup trophy and the European Championship trophy.  The prime of his career was spent with Marseille and Juventus, where he won a Champions League for each club.

CM: Xabi Alonso  (Spain)
Xabi Alonso started with Real Sociedad.  He won Champions' League trophies with both Liverpool and Real Madrid.  He was a key member of the Spanish team that the WC and two European Championships.  His 114 caps make him the fifth most capped player in the nation's history.

Xabi Alonso

AM/RM: Gaizka Mendieta (Spain)
Mendieta was a big star while playing for Valencia between 1993 and 2001.  He led them to back-to-back Champions' League Final in 2000 and 2001.  He moved to Lazio in 2001, but he failed to find his form.  Then, he played one season with Barcelona, where the club only ranked 6th.  He would also play with Middesbrough FC. He earned 40 caps.

LW: Agustin Gainza (Spain)
He spent his entire career with Athletic Bilbao, winning 10 major titles.  He won 33 caps and was the captain of Spain in the WC 1950, where they finished 4th.

FW/RW: Joseba Etxeberria (Spain)
Etxeberria started his career with Real Sociedad, but moved to Athletic Bilbao in 1995, breaking the transfer record for an under 18 player in Spain.  He was capped 53 times.

AM/ST:  Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
His career in Europe started slowly.  He played poorly for Manchester United, but his career took off after heading to Spain in 2004.  He was two-time European Golden Shoe winner in 2004-2005 and then, 2008-2009.  He won the Golden Ball at South Africa 2010, where Uruguay finished 4th.  His best years were with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.
Diego Forlan


ST: Mundo (Spain)
Mundo is the highest scorer in Valencia's history and remained one of the top scorers in La Liga's history.  He started his career with Athletic Bilbao, playing a single game before the Spanish Civil War cut short his stay.  He played for Valencia after the War.

ST: Rafael Moreno Aranzadi "Pichichi" (Spain)
The award for la Liga top-scorer is named after him.  He scored 240 goals in 170 matches for Athletic Bilbao.


ST: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)
Born in France of an Argentinian player Jorge Higuain, Gonzalo first starred for River Plate in Argentina.  He joined Real Madrid in 2006.  He became a fan's favourite after scoring the winning goal against Espanyol on his debut season.  He would stay with the club until 2013.  For the national team, he earned 52 caps.  He was brought into the national team after Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa 2010.


Gonzalo Higuain
ST: Isidro Langara (Spain)
Langara was a star player with Real Oviedo before the start of the Spanish Civil War.  After the War, he became an exile playing for San Lorenzo in Argentina. He scored 110 goals in 121 games.  In 1940, he was the league's joint-top scorer. In 1943, he moved to p=lay for Real Espana in Mexico.  He was the league's top scorer.  In 1946, he returned to Spain and played fro Real Oviedo again.

ST: Telmo Zarra (Spain)
Athletic Bilbao's greatest player.  He won the Pichichi award 6 times. He owned many scoring records in Spain.  He was capped 20 times and scored 20 goals for Spain.


Telmo Zarra


Honorable Mention:
Ivan Campo, Aitor Karanka, Agustin Aranzabal Jose Ramon Alexanko, Leonardo Cilaurren, Jose Mari Bakero, Estanisiao Argote, Luis Regueiro, Bata, Javi Martinez, Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Llorente, Dani, Ion Andoni Goikoetxea,  Urrutti  Alonso, Ignacio Eizaguirre, Jose Eulogio Garate, Julio Salinas, Cesar Azpilicueta. Asier del Horno, Agustín Gaínza.

Squad Explanation
-- Basque has a strength in keepers. Juan Alonso, Urrutti and Ignacio Eizaguirre were great keepers, but could not make the cut.
-- Joseba Etxeberria was selected for his commitment to Atletico Bilboa, which is considered to be liked the real national team of Basque.
-- I only brought two fullbacks.  I felt Asier del Horno and Cesar Azpilicueta have not done enough.  Instead, I selected Jose Maria Zarraga was a key member of Real Madrid of the 1950's.  He could play as a left back.
-- Leonardo Cilaurren deserved a spot.

Starting lineup
Basque has a number of great strikers, but Diego Forlan proved himself at the WC Finals, the highest stage in football.



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Castile All-time 23 member team

Castile is mainly considered of Castile and Leon, Castile and La Mancha, Cantabria, La Rioja and Madrid.  This is my selection of all-time 23 member team for Castile.   The all-teams of Basque and Catalonia were based on ethnicity, but this team is based on birth places.

My all team 23 member team for Spain is here.  Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Team 

 GK: Iker Casillas (Madrid)
Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper. He won three Champions' League with Real Madrid.  For Spain, he captained Spain into winning the WC in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is capped over 150 times. 

Iker Casillas

GK: Santiago Canizares (Madrid) 
He was a youth product of Real Madrid, but mainly used as a backup during his senior career.  He went to Valencia in 1998, where he led them to two Champions' league Final.  He received 46 caps.

GK: Pepe Reina (Madrid)
Reina first became a star at Villarreal when he helped the club to reach the Champions' league for the first time in history.  A year later, he joined Liverpool FC. At Liverpool FC, he won three Premier League Golden Glove. He was a part of Spain at World Cup 2010, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, but served as a backup to Iker Casillas.

RB: Feliciano Rivilla (Castile and Leon)
Rivilla was an all-time great with Atletico Madrid.  He won the European Championship in 1964 with Spain, and was a part of two WC Finals in 1962 and 1966.

RB: Alvaro Arbeloa (Castile and Leon)
He started his career with Real Madrid, but he made a name with Liverpool before making a return to his mother club in 2009.  He helped the club to win their 10th European Cup in 2014.  For Spain, he was mainly used as a sub during Spoain's glorious run at Euro2008 and the WC in 2010, but he was their starting rightback at Euro 2010.

CB: Gregorio Benito (Castile and La Mancha)
Benito started as a track and field star. He signed for Real Madrid in the 1963. After two years on loan to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, he returned to his main club, remaining there for the following 14 seasons and winning six leagues and five Spanish Cups.  He was capped 22 times by Spain.

CB: Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo (Madrid)
His father was an all-time great at Real Madrid, winning the 1966 European Cup with the Ye-Ye team.  Manuel Sanchis Jr himself was a member of La Quinta del Buitre and spent his entire career with Real Madrid.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's.  Then, in the late 1990's, he was a member of another great Real Madrid team.  He won two more Champions' League trophies. He won 48 caps, and went to the WC Finals in 1990 and Euro 1988.

CB: Marquitos (Cantabria)
Marquitos was a member of Di Stefano's Real Madrid in the 1950's, a team widely considered to be the greatest club side.  they won five straight European Cup titles.  He scored a goal against Stade Reims at the 1956 Final.

LB: Isacio Calleja (Castile and Leon)
Calleja is a long term member of Atletico Madrid.  He won back-to-back Copa del rey from 1959 to 1961.  In 1962, he won the Cup Winners' Cup.

CM: Miguel Munoz (Madrid)
Munoz spent most of his career with Real Madrid.  He was the captain of the Real Madrid team in the 1950's.  He won three European Cups before becoming the coach of Real Madrid, where he won two more European Cups, making Real Madrid the greatest club in history.

CM: Andres Iniesta (Castile and La Mancha)
At the time of writing, Iniesta plays his entire career with Barcelona.  He is best remembered for scoring the WC winning goal at the 2010 WC Final in South Africa.


Iniesta

AM/CM: Luis del Sol (Castile and Leon)
Del Sol started his career with Real Betis, but won a European Cup the year in his first season with Real Madrid. In 1962, he was lured to play in Italy.  He first played with Juventus and then, Roma.  He was a part of Spain's Euro 1964 winning team.

DM/SW: Ricardo Gallego (Madrid)
Born in Madrid, he was a member of La Quinta del Buitre and spent his entire career with Real Madrid.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He also played in Italy with Udinese.  He was capped 45 times.

DM: Juan Antonio Senor (Madrid)
He played mainly for Zaragoza in the 1980's. He won a Copa del rey in 1986.  He was a member of the Euro 1984 team, which Spain finished second. He was capped 41 times.

RM: Michel (Madrid)
He was one of the best right wing in Spain's history.  He was a member of La Quinta del Buitre and spent his entire career with Real Madrid.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He was a fixture for the national team in that period.  He won 66 caps.  

LW: Francisco Gento (Cantabria)
He is regarded as one of the greatest left wings in history.  Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles.  In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.

LW/FW: Joaquin Peiro (Madrid)
Peiro is a legend at Atletic Madrid.  He starred as his hometown club won back-to-back Copa del Rey from 1959 to 1961 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1962. In 1962, he moved to play for Torino.  Then, in 1964, he joined Inter Milan and won the European Cup in 1965.  He later played and captained Roma.
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AM: Rafael Martin Vazquez (Madrid)
One of the most underrated attack midfielder in Spanish football.  He was a member of La Quinta del Buitre, winning 5 straight La Liga title and back-to-back UEFA Cup with Real Madrid.  In 1990, he joined Torino in Italy and Marseille in 1992.  He had 38 caps.

AM: Jose Luis Caminero (Madrid)
A product of Real Madrid'as academy.  He played for Real Valladolid from 1989 to 1993.  Then, he moved to Atletico Madrid, winning the Double in the 1985-1996 season.  He was the Spanish Player of the Year that season.  He went to USA 1994. 

ST: Santilana (Cantabria)
He moved to Real Madrid at the age of 19 in 1971.  He scored 352 goals and played in 778 games, a record until Manuel Sanchis broke it in the 1997-1998 season.  He made 56 appearance for Spain.  He participated in all major tournament from Argentina 1978 to Euro1984.

ST: Fernando Torres (Madrid)
Torres started his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001, where he became the captain at age 19. In 2007, he moved to Liverpool FC and became a big star in England.  In 2011, Chelsea allegedly broke the British transfer record to buy him.  He was a part of the Champions' league winning team in 2012.  For the national team, he was a part of the generation that won the WC in 2010 and two European Championships.  At Euro 2012, he was the top-scorer.


Fernando Torres


ST: Raul (Madrid)
He was probably the best Spanish player in the late 1990's.  He won 3 Champions' League trophies with Real Madrid in 1998, 2000 and 2002.  He moved to Germany in 2010 and played with Schalke 04 He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals. 


Raul


ST: Emilio Butragueño (Madrid)
Nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), he was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid, along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza. That team won 5 straight La Liga and two UEFA Cups from 1985 to 1990.  He went to the WC Finals in 1986 and 1990.  He scored 4 goals against the great Danish side in 1986 quarter-final.

Honorable Mention
Ruben Baraja (Castile and Leon), David De Gea(Madrid), Juan Mata, VictorManuel Velzaquez (Madrid), Guti, Alfonso.

Squad Explanation
-- Manuel Sanchis Sr was born in Alberique.
-- David De Gea needs to achieve more in his career before making the team.

Starting lineup







Friday, September 4, 2015

Catalonia All-time 23 member team


Catalonia is known for its football teams, Barcelona and Espanyol. This is my selection of an all-time 23 member team for Catalan players.  I excluded guest players who played for Catalan XI.

My all-time 23 member team for Spain is here.   Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


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.

GK: Antoni Ramallets (Spain)
He was the starting keepers of Barcelona in the 1950's.  He played with Laszio Kubalal and Luis Suarez.  He won 6 La lira titles in an era that was known to be dominated by Alfred Di Stefano's Real Madrid.

GK: Victor Valdes (Spain)
Valdes spent most of his career with Barcelona. he won three Champions' league title.  For the national team, he only managed 20 caps due to playing behind Iker Casillas.

RB: Albert Ferrer (Spain)
Ferrer played mainly for Barcelona, but also for Chelsea. He was a member of Cruyff's Dream Team. After Louis van Gaal took over, Barcelona gradually signed more Dutch players and his places were uncertain.  He left for Chelsea.

CB: Carlos Puyol (Spain)
Carlos Puyol is the captain of Barcelona that dominated club football in recent years.  He won the WC in 2014 and the European Championship in 2008.


Carlos Puyol


CB: Gerard Pique (Spain)
He started his career with Barcelona's academy, but left for Manchester Uniued. In England, he was seldom used by the team.  he returned to Spain in 2006 with Zaragoza.  He gradually became a good defender in La Liga.  At the time of writing, he has been capped over 70 times.

CB: Joan Segarra (Spain)
He was a part of the great Barcelona team of the 1950's.  They finally reached the 1961 European Cup Final, but losing to Benfica.  It would take Barcelona 31 years before winning the Cup.

CB: Ferran Olivella (Spain)
Olivella was capped 18 times for Spain, but better remembered for being the captain of Spain that won Euro 1964. He also won Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

LB: Joan Capdevilla
Capedevilla started his career with Espanyol.  He later played for Atletico Madrid, Deportivo la Coruna, Villarreal and Benfica.  He was capped 60 times for Spain, in a period where Spain won the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 European Championship.


Joan Capdevilla


LB: Sergi (Spain)
Sergio was promoted to Barcelona's first time in 1993. He helped them to win the Cup Winners' Cup in 1997.  He was capped 56 times.

DM: Sergio Busquets (Spain)
He did the dirty work in the midfield during Spain's glorious run at the WC in 2010.  For his club career, he played for Barcelona.  He is probably for his racist against Marcelo during an El Classico game.

DM: Pep Guardiola (Spain)
He was key player for Barcelona's Dream Team.  He won 47 caps.  He is better remembered for being the coach of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012.  After a feud with the club, he left for Bayern Munich.

RM/CM/RB: Gabri
From 1999 to 2006, he played for Barcelona.  He went to Ajax in 2006.  He was capped twice.

DM: Marti Verges (Spain)
Verges was a part of Barcelona's great team of the 1950's.  He won three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, coincidently in the same years that Real Madrid won the European Cup.  He was capped 12 times.

CM: Mariano Gonzalvo (Spain)
Gozalvo was a member of Barcelona's team in the 1950's, in an era before the emerge Alfred Di Stefano's Real Madrid.  He won 5 league titles.  For the national team, he was capped 16 times.

CM: Gerald Lopez (Spain)
Lopez was a star for Valencia.  He helped them to reach the Champions' league Final in 2000 against Real Madrid, the first time where two clubs from the same country reaching the Final together.  After losing 3-0 to Real Madrid, he joined Barcelona, but injuries cut short his career with the club.

AM./CM: Xavi

Perhaps, Xavi is one of greatest playmakers of his generation.  He won everything in football, including the Champions' League, the World Cup and the European Championship. He has won more trophies than any other Spanish player in history.

RW: Estanislau Basora (Spain)
Basora was considered of the Barcelona's greatest players.  He was a member of Barcelona's team in the 1950's, in an era before the emerge Alfred Di Stefano's Real Madrid.   He was capped 22 times for Spain.

RW: Carles Rexach (Spain)
Known for his partnership with Johan Cruyff at Barcelona.  He won the Cup Winners' cup in 1979.  He was capped 15 times.

LW: Luis Garcia (Spain)
Garcia played for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid before moving to Liverpool in 2004. He won the 2005 Cahmpions' League under Rafael Benitez after going down 3-0 at half time against AC Milan. It was marked as one of the greatest comeback in history.  He was capped 20 times for Spain.

AM/SS: Cesc Fabregas (Spain)

Cesc was lured to play for Arsenal's academy in 2003.  He made his first time debut as a teenager. he helped Arsenal to reach the Champions' league Final in 2005.  He retuned to Spain in 2011 with Barcelona, but returned to England in 2014.  He was a part of Spain that won the WC in 2010 and two European Championships.

ST: Raul Tamudo
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

ST:  Paulino Alcántara (Spain/the Philippines)
Born in the Philippines of a half-Spanish, half-Filipino, he made his debut for Barcelona at the age of 15 and remains the youngest player to play or score for the club. He also scored 100 goals in 69 matches, making him the club's highest goalscorer. He was selected for the Philippine national football team in 1917 and represented his country at the Far Eastern Championship Games.  In 1921. he was selected to play for Spain.  he scored 6 goals in 5 games for Spain.

ST: Eric Cantona (France)
Cantona played for various clubs in France before moving to England in 1992 and became the star player of the league. He first joined Leeds United and was lured away to Manchester United. He is widely considered to be Manchester United's greatest player in the Premiership era.  For the national team, he was limited to 45 caps because of fightings with different coaches and suspension by the incident with a Crystal Palace fan. He was replaced by Zinedine Zidane at the national team.

Eric Cantona


Squad Explanation
-- Eric Cantona's mother is Catalonian. His grandfather fought in the Spanish Civil War.
-- Luis Suarez Miramontes and Andres Iniesta are not Catalans.

Starting lineup





Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rest of Holland excluding North and South Holland All-team 23 member Team

I have created an all-time national team for North Holland and South Holland.  This is my all-time 23-member for players who were not born in the two provinces.  The selection are based on birthplace.

Please also view my all-time Dutch team: here.

GK: Hans Van Breukelen (Utrecht)
he started his career with FC Utrecht and then, Nottingham Forest.  He moved to PSV in 1984, where he became a star.  For the nnational team, he was a fixture since 1980.  However, he did not help the Oranje to reach a major touranemt until in 1988, where they won the first ever trophy for the national team.

GK: Frans de Munck (Gelderland)
Nicknamed Black Panther because of his black hair and overall, de Munck was best remembered for his career with DOS Utrecht.  He was capped 31 times.

GK: Piet Schrijvers (Utrecht)
He was the backup keeper at both WC Finals in 1974 and 1978.  For club football, he played for DWS, FC Twente, Ajax and Zwolle.

RB: Wim Suurbier  (North Brabant)
Suurbier is considered among the best ever rightback in history.  He was the starting rightback for Oranje at the 1974 World Cup in Germany as well as the great Ajax team of the early 1970's. He won three European Cups with Ajax in the 1970's. He also played club football in France, the USA and Hong Kong.


Wim Suurbier
CB:  Jaap Stam (Overijssel)
He was at one point the most expensive Dutch player and the most expensive defender in the world when Manchester United bought him for 10.6 million pounds.  He played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax. 

CB: Barry Hulshoff (Overijssel)
Hulshoff was a part of the legendary Ajax team that won three European Cups in the 1970's.  He also represented Holland at the WC Finals in 1974.

CB: Danny Blind (Zeeland)
Blind played for both Sparta Rotterdam and Ajax.  at Ajax, he won all three major UEFA trophies, namely the European Cup, the UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup.  He was a part of the 1995 Ajax team that was considered among the best ever club team.  He picked up 42 caps.

CB: Ernie Brandts (North Brabant)
His greatest club career was spent with PSV Eindhoven, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1978.  He was the starting centre-back in the 1978 WC Finals, where Holland reached the Final.

LB: Jan Poortvliet (Zeeland)
He was a long time member of PSV Eindhoven. He played for Oranje at the WC Finals in 1978 and Euro 1980. 

CM: Willy van de Kerkhof (North Brabant)
He was a member of the 1974 World Cup team, but it was the 1978 WC Finals, where he carried the team to the Final.  His twin brother Rene was also a part of the team.  He played for FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven,

CM: Willem Van Hanegem (Zeeland)
In Holland, he was widely considered the second best Dutch player in the 1970's.  He won the European Cup with Feyenoord in 1970.  He was capped 52 times between 1968 and 1979, but he missed the WC Finals in 1978.


Willem Van Hanegem
CB/DM: Arie Haan (Groningen)
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.

DM: Jan Wouters (Utrecht)
Wouters was a key player for Holland in the late 1980's and early 1990's, winning Euro 1988. He was Dutch Player of the Year in 1990.  He played for FC Utrecht, Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven.


DM: Mark van Bommel (Limberg)
In Holland, his career was associated PSV, where he had two separated stints.  However, his most famous part of his career was spent with Bayern Munich. He was their first ever non-German captain.  He played 79 times for Holland and was a main player as Holland reached the Final of South Africa 2010.

RW/LW/FW: Arjen Robben (Groningen)
He was an important player for Bayern Munich's dominance in Europe as they reached three Champions' League Finals in 4 years, winning one.  For Oranje, he helped Holland to reach the WC Final in 2010 and then the semi-final in 2014. He also played with Real Madrid.


Arjen Robben


LW/RW: Marc Overmars (Gelderland)
Known for his speed, Overmars was a member of the youthful Ajax team that won the European cup in 1995. He moved to Arsenal in 1997, where he starred playing under Arsene Wenger.  He won the Double in 1997-1998.  He later moved to Barcelona and Go Ahead Eagles. His career with Oranja lasted from 1993 to 2004, and was an important player.  He won the Best Young Player Award at USA 1994. 

AM: Kees Rijvers (North Brabant)
Rijvers was considered one of the best players in Oranje's hostory before the emerge of the Golden Generation of the 1970's. He started with NAC Breda before moving to play for St.Etienne in 1950. He would have three different stints with the French club.  he also played for Feyenoord.  from 1946 to 1960, he played 33 times for Holland.

AM: Wesley Sneijder (Utrecht)
Sneijder emerged from the Ajax Academy before making to the first team in 2002.  He moved to Real Madrid in 2007, where he won a La Liga title in 2006-2007.  He also won a Champions' League title with Inter Milan in 2009-2010.  At the time of writing, he has 114 caps for Holland.  He was the star player for Holland as they reached the Final of South Africa 2010. He won the Silver Ball.  He moved to Galatasaray in 2013.


Wesley Sneijder


FW: Abe Lenstra (Friesland)
He was a club legend at SC Heerenveen in the 1950's. The club was nicknamed "Abeveen" because of his status.  For Oranje, he was capped 47 times, scoring 33 goals.  he was at one point Hollnad's all-time leading scorer.

ST: Coen Dillen (North Brabant)
Dillen spent 12 years with PSV Eindhoven.  He scored 43 goals in the 1956/1957, a goal record for a single season that still remains unbroken.  He was 5 times for Holland.


ST: Roy Makaay (Gelderland)
Makaay played for Vitesse and  CD Tenerife before becoming a big star with Deportivo La Coruna.  He helped them to win their first ever La Liga title in 1999-2000.  In 2002-2003, he scored 29 goals and became the European Golden Boot winner.  In 2003, he moved to Bayern Muinch.  He won two Bundesliga title.  For the national team, he was only capped 43 times, largely because he was playing at the same time as Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kuivert and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

ST:  Marco Van Basten(Utrecht)
He was probably the second best Dutch player and among the best striker in football's history.  He won the Ballon d'Or three times.  He led Oranje to the victory at Euro 1988 scoring 5 goals at the tournament.  He started his career with Ajax.  He also won two European Cups with AC Milan.  

ST: Ruud Van Nistelrooy(North Brabant)
He was a prolific goal scorer. He won the top scorer award in three different European domestic leagues. He started with PSV Eindhoven.  He spent 5 seasons with Manchester United where he was voted as their best player twice.  With Real Madrid, he finished second as the European Golden Boot.


Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Honorable Mention
Joris Mathijsen(North Brabant), Wilfred Bouma (North Brabant), Rene Van de Kerkhof, Simon Tahamata, Berry van Aerle (North Brabant), Jasper Cillessen (Gelderland)

Starting lineup