Legends of the 70s
Dino Zoff – GK
Carlos Alberto – RB
Franz Beckenbauer – CB
Claudio Gentile – CB
Giacinto Facchetti – LB
Roberto Rivelino – LCM
Johan Cruyff – ACM
Johan Neeskens – RCM
Allan Simonsen – RCF
Gerd Muller – CF
Kenny Dalglish – CF
Dino Zoff, Goalkeeper:
“Monumento” is the greatest italian keeper legend we have ever seen. Until Gianluca Buffon decides to quit the game. He is one of the greatest to ever play his position. “Monumento” became the oldest player to ever win the World cup title, when he in 1982 captained Italy to the trophy in Spain. 40 years and 4 months. Back in 1968 he also won the European Championship with Italy – this guy is a fucking champion, so lets remember him as a one. On club level, he won six “Scudetto’s”, two coppa Italia and one Uefa cup with Juventus. He played 642 league games for Udinese, Mantova, Napoli and Juventus. Dino is regarded as one of the biggest legends in football. Sepp Maier was also thought of, but Dino Zoff made it. What a legend of the 70s.
Carlos Alberto, Right back:
“O capitao do tri” is probably the best right back, the world has ever seen. He won the World cup with his beloved Brazil as a captain back in 1970, where he scored the fourth goal in the final. The goal is considered as one of the best goals in that World cup tournament. Carlos played 742 league games for clubs like Fluminense, Flamengo, California Surfs and New York cosmos. In 1998 he was chosen for the World team of the 20th century because of his strong tackling, his exeptional dribbling abilities and his playmaking brilliance – all from at position as a right back. so remember this guy. Rest in peace legend!
Franz Beckenbauer, Centre back:
The one and only – Der Kaiser. The man who actually played the World cup semi final in 1970 against Italy, with his arm in a sling, because he didn’t give a shit about pain. By many football fans he is regarded as the greatest player to ever play the beautiful game, because of the libero role he invented all by himself. He was simply the heart of the West German team from the day he started. 103 games played for his country and at club level he played a total of 572 league games for Bayern Munich, New Your Cosmos and Hamburger SV. This legend is back for the legends of the 70s, where his history continues. Just because he was so brilliant.
Claudio Gentile, Centre back:
Probably the most brutal defender to ever play the game. Because of his effective brutality, he quickly became one of the greatest defenders to ever play the game. Claudio Gentile wanted to show who was the boss on the field, and many attackers got to feel it. His best years was spend in Juventus from 1973-1984, playing 283 league games, winning six Scudettos, two Coppa Italias, one UEFA cup and one UEFA cup winners cup. Playing for his beloved country he really got into tackling, specially in the 1982 World cup, where Italy took the beautiful trophy home. Claudio Gentile ended up on the Fifa World cup all star team that year.
Giacinto Facchetti, Left back:
What a stylish fucking legend he was. The man played 476 league games for Internazionale scoring 59 league goals. He won four “Scudetto’s” plus two European cups with his beloved Inter, so a legend he is. Sadly he never added a World cup trophy to his trophy case. In 1970, Italy came in second after losing 4-1 to a simply fucking great Brazilian team. This big man was one of the big leaders on the team called “The big Inter” and with his strength, stamina and wonderfull technique, he made people smile all over the world – and not only on the pitch. Of the pitch he was known for his smiles and for his wonderful Italian arrogance. Only Facchetti posses the class to play left back in this team, so he made the cut.
Roberto Rivelino, Left-Center midfield:
This choice was very difficult, as many could have been chosen. I actually went with Liam Brady, before pulling Cruyff down to attacking midfield from center forward. Rivelino moved to the left, leaving no space for the Irish legend. Rivelino is mostly known for his performances in the 1970 World cup, but when speaking of Rivelino we have to get his shooting and passing ability in there. He was especially known for his long range freekicks and for his creation of the dribble called “flip flap” – a move Ronaldo and Ronaldinho has often used. Rivelino is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever and in 2004 Pele put him on the Fifa 100 list of the worlds greatest living players.
Johan Cruyff, Attacking midfield:
“El flaco” is a man who needs no introduction whatsoever! The man invented the concept of, “Total football”. He made Michael Laudrup a superstar, he made Guardiola, Romario and Stoickov. The man simply made FC Barcelona what they are today and he did it as a player and later as a manager. Cruyff were formed in Ajax as many others. He played 514 league games over his career, scoring 290 goals – mostly from an attacking midfield position. Seventeen trophies he won with Ajax, two with Barcelona and two with Feyenoord – simply because he was so awesome. He took home the Ballon d’or three times, in 1971, 1973 and in 1974. This man will forever be the biggest legend in Holland and in Barcelona. Rest in peace to one of the true legends of the 70s!
Johan Neeskens, Right-Center midfield:
With the two midfielders above, I thought this team would need a tireless runner, a box to box – Neeskens is definitely the right man for the job. Neeskens were for a long time Johan Cruyffs right hand man who did the dirty work and helped Cruyff shine. Neeskens were no stranger to technique himself though and all this putt together made him the obvious choice for this team of legends. He probably had his greatest years in Ajax and in FC Barcelona, just as Cruyff did and they had years together in both clubs as they had on the national team. Johan Neeskens won twelve trophies on club level, but never won anything with his country. This man will go down in history as one of Hollands greatest ever midfielders, and to many he is a true legend of the 70s.
Allan Simonsen, Right-Center Forward:
Allan Simonsen is on of the greatest ever product of Danish football. In 1984, Allan scored the decisive goal against England, which send Denmark to their first ever European championship. Sadly he broke his leg in the first game, because of a nasty tackle against France. Besides being one of the stars on the Danish national team, he became a star player for Borussia Monchengladbach efter the first years at the club and he ended up winning the Ballon d’or in 1977. He played 178 league games and scored 76 league goals for the germans. Six trophies he helped putt in their cabinet, including three Bundesliga trophys. FC Barcelona brought him to Spain in 1979 were he played for three years and ended up winning two trophies with them to. Love to a true legend of the 70s!
Gerd Muller, Center Forward:
Not so long ago Lionel Messi beat the record of Gerd Muller – most goal scored in a calender year, so Gerd was an animal in front of goal. Mr. Muller actually scored 85 goals in 1972 – WOW! Messi scored 91 in 2012, but Gerd Muller remains a goalscoring legend. In 1970 he won the Ballon d’ or in front of Bobby Moore and Luigi Riva. He also ended up scoring 68 goals in 62 games for his country, Germany. Above his goalscoring abilities, lies his ability of helping his team to WIN. in 1972 he took home the European championship and in 1974 the World cup with Germany. He won fourteen trophies with Bayern Munchen over fifteen years and played 555 league games for 1861 Nordlingen, Bayern Munchen and Fort Lauderdale. He kept going because he loves the game, so lets go crazy for this goalscoring machine!
Kenny Dalglish, Left-Center Forward:
550 league games for Celtic and Liverpool and 230 league goals. Wish I knew how many assists he made for Ian Rush in their Liverpool days. For his country he played 102 games, scoring 30 goals. As a Celtic player he won nine trophies including four scottish championships, but in Liverpool it really kicked of! TWENTY EIGHT TROPHIES as player and manager – WOW! Even though Kenny is a proud scotsman, he is a scouse by heart, because in Liverpool – he is the king. The Hillsborough disaster really made the city of Liverpool cry, because of the many victim. The manager of Liverpool at that time – Kenny Dalglish, visited funerals of the victims and opened up Anfield to mourn the loses with the familys and everyone who wanted to shed a tear. Kenny is a legendary player, a legendary man and a legendary king!
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