2Mufc0 Vs. Enigma vs. Tactics 2mufc0 Formation 4-3-3 I have built the team based on the totaalvoetbal philosophy. I would like to make clear i am not trying to replicate a specific team in the past, however i have tried to stay true philosophy by picking technically good players who are able to interchange, were hard workers for the most part, and comfortable on the ball...both vertically and horizontally. To add, the starting 11 consists of 7 Dutch players who have vast amount of experience in the principles of the team. Defence Starting at the back Van der Saar commands the box an excellent goalkeeper as well as being great on the ball, his distribution is up there with the best. At the centre of the defence is Krol who has the sweeper role and the go to man in defence when building from the back, Campbell partners him as the athletic and robust stopper. Brazilian duo Junior and Carlos Alberto take up the full back positions both able to play-make from the wings and provide support for the wingers. Both are also watertight defensively, providing the cover required when defending. Midfield At the base of the midfield is Italian maestro Luis Monti, not only a great DM and marker, but also a perceptive passer of the ball to more advanced players. To the left of him is van Hanegem the play-maker in the midfield looking to pick up the ball and play the attackers through. Gullit is the third midfielder and has the most license to attack, picking the ball up from deep positions he will cause havoc running at the opposition defence and making those off the ball runs into the box. Attack Bergkamp is the central play making striker in the team, with his intelligent movement he will drag the opposition defenders around creating gaps for the other attackers to exploit, he will also be in and around the box getting in positions to score. On the wings Keizer and Robben provide that direct attacking threat and will love to interchange with Bergkamp, also passed from deep by Krol, Monti, WVH they will be able to use their pace to get behind the opposition defence. And also not to forget Bergkamp's ability to latch onto long balls and create magic like he did vs Argentina in the 98 World Cup. Thoughts on the game The opposition does not have a dedicated DM to limit Gullit, who will pretty much be in his elements considering Bergkamp's link-up ability ahead of him. If Tigana and Breitner are constantly worrying about him, that will definitely limit their box-to-box potential. However, on my team i have arguably the best DM in the draft after Desailly in terms of anchoring and marking ability, Monti is famous for keeping Mathias Sindelar quiet and i would back him to do a similar job on Rivelino - who wasn't the greatest athlete. Leo Junior has a good record vs the attacker he's facing as well as the oppositions best player - Rummenigge. For Brazil when both were on the pitch they met 2 times and Brazil won the games by a margin of 6-2 with Kalle only contributing to 1 assist and being handled quite well by Junior when they went head-to-head, whereas Junior scored 2 free-kick goals in these games and laid off an assist for Toninho. Also of interest is the fact that the West German defense featured Forster. In Serie A they met twice and both games were draws, albeit with Junior in midfield. Can Marzolini keep up with Robben? Robben has been clocked as one of the fastest footballers ever and the fastest in the 2014 World Cup. #1 and #2 best defenders on the pitch in Krol and Alberto to mastermind the defense: the former a World Cup finalist captain and one of the greatest sweepers of all time who finished Ballon D'Or 3rd in the position (also Serie A Footballer of the Year at Napoli), and the latter renowned for his role as a World Cup winning captain. Forster was a solid defender but was famous as a man marker, here he has no one to mark, Bergkamp is not a traditional striker and will be moving all over the front line and deep, will Forster be able to curb his natural game and hold his position? Or will he get dragged around - creating holes for Gullit, among others, to exploit? Tactics Enigma Formation: 4-2-3-1 Defensive line: normal Style: direct, fast tempo. Quick one twos, variety in attack and interchanging up top with Tostao being a great foil for Rummenigge and moving the opposition defenders out of their zones. Team Profiles: GK: Jean-Marie Pfaff - one of the very best keepers of the 80's. Pillar at the back for club and country and received numerous personal accolades, being the first to receive IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper with a stiff competition among Dasayev, Zenga, van Breukelen etc. LB: Silvio Marzolini - The only South American in the World Cup all-star team, Silvio Marzolini is arguably the best Argentinian left-back of all-time. At 26, he looked elegant even when he was tackling and loved to run with the ball – he rarely overran it either, instinctively sensing when the right pass was on. In 1966, he was slightly better than Inter and Italy legend Giacinto Facchetti and might be more highly rated if he hadn’t rejected lucrative offers to stay at his beloved Boca Juniors. He had a fantastic career with Boca Juniors, winning five league titles and one Copa Argentina, whilst being a solid pillar in the defensive unit. CB: Hector Chumpitaz - Chumpitaz was considered one of the outstanding defenders in South America. He will be responsible for organizing and commanding the defensive unit. His strength and speed would come in handy defending against 2mufc0 attackers both on the ground and in the air. CB: Karl-Heinz Forster - One of the most brilliant, yet often overlooked defenders in German football's rich history is Karlheinz Foerster. Although his time came after the glory years of the 1970s, he was perhaps Germany's most important defender in the early 1980s. A center-back, Foerster spent most of his career at Stuttgart before moving to Marseille for his final four years of professional football. VfB were by no means Germany's preeminent powers during his time in Germany, and Foerster won just one title with the Swabians: the 1983-84 Bundesliga. Right up there as one of the best man markers and stoppers of all time. RB: Manuel Amoros - Best right back in Mexico 86' and voted team of the tournament he provided solid performances against the likes of Brazil, France, the Soviet Union, etc in a team that conceded just 2 goals up until the SF's against West Germany. He provided defensive solidity and had a amazing performance against Brazil in the QF's, where he ripped them apart going forward. One of the best and most balanced full backs of all time, equally good providing forward and being solid at the back. LCM: Jean Tigana - From Claude Makelele to Didier Deschamps and even now N'Golo Kante, France have had some geniuses in this position, but none finer than Jean Tigana. A really classy central midfielder, Tigana had it all; stamina, technique, vision. He won 52 caps for the national team, winning the European Championships and making two World Cup semi-finals. Tigana was runner-up to compatriot Michel Platini in the 1984 Ballon d'Or. RCM: Paul Breitner -Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder, Paul Breitner is one of the most decorated German footballers of all time. Capable of playing in a number of different positions, Breitner was best known for his amazing partnership with Karl-Heinz Rummenige at Bayern Munich. The German midfielder was an integral part of the West Germany squad which won the 1974 World Cup, even scoring in the final. He also scored in the 1982 World Cup final making him one of only 4 players (Zidane, Pele, Vava) to have scored in two World Cup finals. Breitner was also supremely successful at club level, putting in influential performances from the centre of the field, where he dictated the flow of play with his excellent distribution and positioning skills. Winner of multiple Bundesliga, La Liga titles along with the World Cup and the European Cup, Breitner is undoubtedly one of the greatest German players of all time. LWF: Rob Rensenbrink - One of Netherlands greatest wingers, Rensenbrink isn’t the first name many people would remember from the great Dutch side’s of the 70’s, but he was crucial in the two World Cups at the time. A creative left winger of great skill, talented dribbler as well as a cool finisher and defensive infiltrator. He only ever missed two penalties in his entire career, and often enjoyed telling the keeper before hand where he was going to place the ball, and then still beating him there. AM: Rivelino - Integral part of Brazil's best team ever he was one of those players who can dribble you in a phone booth and was an example for the younger generation. He possessed enormous flair and talent with a cannonball of a shot(named “The Atomic Kick”). RWF: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge - a quote from El Mundo Deportivo back in 82 describes him best - "It hasn’t been a coincidence that he’s been voted two consecutive seasons in a row as the best European player. He has been the indisputable best player in Europe and for his country. The WC won’t be a deciding factor to his reputation, because he is already an accomplished player at the age of 26, and regarded as one of the major stars in the world. Success at the WC will just confirm for Germany that they have one of the greatest players in their history." CF: Tostao - When recalling that incredible Seleção, the names just trip off the tongue – Pelé, Jairzinho, Rivelino, Carlos Alberto, Gerson – all heroes in eternity. Yet, one man – in my opinion – rarely receives the praise he deserves for his part in their success. He was a short, slight, waspish figure; graceful and lithe with the unshakeable balance of a gymnast. He oozed the kind of creativity we see these days in the likes of Andres Iniesta. He has a stunning return of 249 goals in 378 appearances for Cruzeiro and up to date the clubs top goalscorer. Defence: Solid, complimentary unit with some of the well known faces in all time drafts. Two balanced full backs, perfectly capable of handling the opposition wingers, but also contribute going forward. A classic stopper/ sweeper combination oozing class both on the deck and in the air. Midfield: Our midfield is one of our main strengths - one of the best box to box midfielders of all time in Tigana and Breitner, coupled with the industrious Roberto Rivellino. Our midfield is full of grit, flair and defensive stability, being able to get the ball back quickly and launch counters via our quick and creative wide forwards. Attack: Interchangeable attacking unit known with its goalscoring prowess, trickery and flair. Our attack is well capable of scoring in and outside the box and is based on the great chemistry between Rivelino/Tostao and Breitner/Kalle. Main adgvantages: Breitnigge - enough said. Maybe the most well known and appreciated duo in history(along with the Barca midgets ). Rivelino/Tostao - another familiar combo and two players that formed(alongside Jairzinho and Pele) the most fearsome and fluid attack in history. Solid and well balanced unit all round - we don't have a weak spot in our team. Great midfield and defence couple with some of the best and well known attacking players in the game.