Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Lord SInister, Feb 8, 2018.
Which do you think is the greatest midfield of all time?
Think you'd have a hard time bettering Giggs/Scholes/Keane/Beckham.
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Busquets-xaviesta is the no-brainer choice really.
THAT Barca team still would have had 70% + possession against us.
Garrincha Didi Zito Zagallo
Jairzinho Clodoaldo Gérson Rivellino
Are the obvious candidates..
Closer to home, Beckham Keane Scholes Giggs, Ljungberg Viera Petit Pires, Makelele Essien Lampard, Mascherano-Alonso-Gerrard are some of my favourites from recent years.
Martinez Kroos and Schweinsteiger was glorious whilst it last.. proper powerhouse midfield.
another great one.
van Hanegem, Jansen, Hasil - Ernst Happel's Feyonoord
Neeskens, Muhren Haan - Ajax of Totaalvoetbal
Columbo, Rijkaard, Ancelotti, Donadoni - Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan of the 80s
Seedorf, Rijkaard, Davids & Litmanen - Louis van Gaal's Ajax of the 90s
Xavi Iniesta Busquets - Pep Guardiola's Barcelona
Kross - Modrić
I really liked Alonso/Modric/Di Maria for that one season.
Same, it was wonderfully dynamic.. Tiki-taka beater that one. Di Maria in that LAM midfield role was a game-changer.. world class in that position.
Nani Cleverley Anderson Young
I remember at one time I thought this will be our midfield for years, alas the false promises.
I don't think anything beats Brazil '82 except their own arrogance and complacency. Individually and collectively it is a preposterous midfield.
Yeh, but they'll still try, people have short memories.
I wouldn't look past that myself.
To be fair, the midfield did its job in that team.
They had a penchant for switching off or taking the piss as it suited them. They were absurdly good.
Some great ones mentioned already but would add in the Germany 90s midfield of Matthaeus/Haessler/Thon/Moeller/Littbarski (with Effenberg and Schuster backups ffs!) into the equation.
The great Milan midfield of Rijkaard-Albertini-Donadoni-Gullit is worth a mention.
Also hate to say it but Petit-Vieira-Pires-Overmars was pretty tasty.
Rafael - Gibson - O’Shea - Fabio
Denmark took Soren Lerby, Frank Arnesen, Michael Laudrup & Jan Molby to the 1986 WC & a couple of water carriers I think Berggren & Bertelsen
McDermott, Souness, Kennedy and Case were quite handy I'm afraid & the later ones with the likes of Wark, Whelan & McMahon
the comments underneath this article suggest some quite handy ones
Good enough to easily beat Arsenal
As great as it is to see some of these old school midfields, let's be real:
Was a level above, mainly because they had the Greatest central midfield player of all time (Xavi), an all time great (Iniesta) whilst Busquets was tailor made for the system.
Brazil 82, hands down.
Ffs, beat me by a min as I was searching a picture!
Most of the best ones have already been mentioned, would also say Casemiro-Kroos-Modric, compliment and work so well together and dominated European club football for 2 years.
Xavi Iniesta Busquets
Litmanen Davids Seedorf Rijkaard
Pirlo Gattuso Seedorf Kaka
The English media’s fawning over them made me cheer when Italy knocked them out
I think Nicky Butt was ever present in that mix.
Park-Rafael. Even Pogba couldn’t get a look in.
Yup, greatest midfield of all time
Pirlo-Vidal-Marchisio-Pogba had very good balance.
Wrong positioning though, Pirlo at the base and Gattuso higher.
Can't really call them the best seeing as they didn't even qualify for the knock out stages of the WC.
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