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Oliver Kahn — 2002 World Cup. Golden Ball winner and the best goalkeeper in the draft (and a much better keeper than Chilavert)
Fabio Cannavaro — 2006 World Cup. Silver Ball and Ballon D'Or winner, the best defender in World Cup's history alongside Bobby Moore and Franco Baresi
Elías Figueroa — 1974 World Cup. The best defender of 1974 tournament (according to fifa.com) and one of the best defenders in history right at his peak (he was named South American Player of the Year for 3 consecutive times from 1974 to 1976 — a record, by the way)
Nilton Santos — 1958 World Cup. The best left back of 20th century (according to this) at his best World Cup, where he combined incredible defensive intelligence with refined attacking ability.
Manuel Amoros — 1986 World Cup. Complete defender who handled the wing all by himself in France's carre magique team. The best defender of that tournament:
Paulo Roberto Falcão — 1982 World Cup. Silver Ball winner. Probably my favourite ever midfielder he's had an incredible tournament, outshining even the Zico and Socrates from that brilliant vintage Brazil side.Maradona said:Matthaus is the best rival I’ve ever had. I guess that’s enough to define him
Sir Bobby Charlton — 1966 World Cup. One of my all-time favourites, he led England to an unlikely win against Eusebio's Portugal and Beckenbauer's Germany. Seeing as Beckenbauer is likely to start in midfield, I think this is a relevant quote. He'll drift to the left as was his natural game
Mario Kempes — 1978 World Cup. Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner, he has the most freedom from my attacking four. Starting from the left he'll make those trademark runs of his to find himself on the end of Messi's lobbed passes.Beckenbauer said:England beat us in 1966 because Bobby Charlton was just a bit better than me
Gerd Müller — 1970 World Cup. Bronze Ball and Golden Boot winner. It was the finest striker's performance in World Cup's history in my opinion — and he'll thrive on the creativity of my midfield.
Lionel Messi — 2014 World Cup. While it wasn't the peak club form Messi, he still created most chances and had more (much more!) successful dribbles than anyone else in that tournament. Now, imagine having Müller instead of Higuain upfront
Points of discussion
- My midfield dominance. However good Tuppet's midfield is, mine is better.
- Matthäus is the worst possible opponent for Maradona (even in the 1986 final, when Matthäus wasn't at his peak yet, he significantly nullified Maradona's threat, and later he prevailed in 1990)
- Charlton in 1966 has an upper hand against Beckenbauer (see the quote, and the game itself for that matter)
- Kahn is a significant upgrade on Chilavert, and I don't need to big up the importance of having a top, top keeper on the United forum
- Scirea from 1978 is fantastic but it's not a peak one, and Gerets is the weakest player on the pitch.
Lothar Matthäus — 1990 World Cup
Bobby Charlton — semi-final against Portugal, final against West Germany
Fabio Cannavaro — semi-final against Germany, final against France
Elías Figueroa — against West Germany
Nilton Santos — semi-final against France
Manuel Amoros — against Brazil
Gerd Müller — 1970 World Cup goals
Oliver Kahn — 2002 World Cup
Lionel Messi — 2014 World Cup, final against Germany
Mario Kempes — against Poland, final against Netherlands
Defensive line: Deep
Fast tempo football with quick & direct counter attacking.
We have added the final piece in our attack with 2002 Ronaldo. A proper striker version that would give a reference point in the box for Maradona & Pele and would finish any service that is given to him. Ronaldo also excelled in a similarly narrow and defensive Brazilian team leading his team to world cup victory with 8 goals in a great redemption story.
Our tactic would be basically utilizing Maradona 1986 to his fullest by giving him complete freedom to run the game. His amazing passes go to two of the finest striker performers in world cup in Pele & Ronaldo. Both fast attackers with great finishing and flourished in similar counter attacking setup.
Leaving Eusebio out has now allowed us to move to 1966 Beckenbauer in the midfield. In a brilliant performance that earned him part in all star team, his galloping runs to the box became a hallmark of West Germany's charge to the final. In total der Kaiser netted four goals, created nine goal-scoring chances, won 17 tackles and man marked Bobby Charlton in West Germany's campaign in one of the most well rounded midfield performance in the competition's history.
He is partnered with Mauro Silva who was the defensive rock on which Brazil 1994 success was build upon. Together this midfield would provide the perfect platform upon for our attack.
In Facchetti we have probably the greatest attacking left back in history and yet another player who was a master of counter attacking play. With Gerets on the other side they would provide solid attacking & defensive width for my team.
Finally The defense is led by Scirea, who again played in a similarly pragmatic Itallian team in 1978. He is widely regarded as the one of the best defenders of all time He is supported by two brilliant world cup performers in Ruggeri & Schnellinger. This defense is backed by Chilavert 1998 in goalkeeper position. Another fantastic performance that saw him force his way into all star team.