Legends of the 80s
Marco van Basten
Andoni Zubizaretta, Goalkeeper:
Probably the biggest goalkeeping legend Spain has ever seen. If you dont count Iker Casillas of course. “Zubi” played 126 games for Spain. On club level he won the trophies to match his talents. He helped Athletic Bilbao to 4 trophies. Including 2 la liga titles, 1 copa del rey and 1 Supercopa de Espana. His performances for Athletic Bilbao got him a contract with mighty FC Barcelona, and here he really started to shine as a part of the “Dream team”. 8 years, 11 titles – including 4 La liga titles, 3 Copa del Reys and 1 European cup. He ended his career in Valencia, playing 152 league games. Much love to one of Spain greatest legends of the 80s.
Antonio Cabrini, Left back:
The left back and the right back on this team were difficult, very difficult. Cabrini was finally chosen on the left and what a player he was. A great Juventus legend from the legendary Juventus team who dominated in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. He won 13 trophies with Juventus, including 6 Serie A trophies. In 1978 he was chosen for the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award – what a talent he was. Cabrini ended up playing 73 national games and scoring 9 goals for his beloved country and in 1982 he won the World cup. Love to one of the greatest Italian legends og the 80s.
Franco Baresi, Center back:
Another Italian and what a great one. Right up there beside the likes of Beckenbauer. He startet playing for AC Milan at the age of 12 and didn’t leave until his career ended 25 years later. Franco never left his beloved AC Milan and he actually captained the club for fucking 15 years! He won 3 Champions league titles, 6 Serie A titles, 4 Suppercoppa italiana, 2 European supercups and 2 International cups. This man is just a CHAMPION and he showed why in 1982, when he won the World cup with Italy. He played 82 games for his country before quitting in 1997. Love to one of the greatest legends of the 80s.
Ronald Koeman, Centre back:
This dutch legend is mostly known for his crazy period in FC Barcelona as a part of the “Dream team”. He was a Cruyff favorite long before that. From 1980 – 1989 he played for Gronningen, Ajax and PSV. Already before he joined Barca, he had added 8 trophies to his cabinet. Including 4 league titles. Then, in 1989, he joined Barca and WOW what a player he became. In 1987 and in 1988, he won the Dutch footballer of the year award, which helped determine his importance for Holland. For the national team he played 78 games, scored 14 goals and he actually won the European championships in 1988. Love to one of the great legends of the 80s, Mr. Koeman.
Phil Neal, Right back:
A part of the greatest team to ever play the game – the Liverpool team from the 1970s/1980s. They won absolutely everything on club level. He won 23 trophies while playing for Liverpool under Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan. The 23 trophies included 8 First division titles, 4 League cups, 5 Charity shields, 4 European cups, 1 UEFA cup and 1 UEFA super cup. Phil Neal arrived on Merseyside from Northampton. £66.000 was the prize and many still regards him as one of the greatest bargains in football history. For England he played 50 games and scored 5 goals.
Lothar Matthäus, Left-center midfield:
Lothar played as a sweeper and as a midfielder, but most of all he just played his ass of! I cant remember ever seeing a player like him before or after this legend decided to quit the game. 5 years at Borussia Monchengladbach, 4 years in Bayern Munchen, 4 years in Inter Milan. Then 8 years in Bayern Munchen again before he traveled abroad. He won 23 trophies at club level, but more importantly he won the World cup and the European cup with Germany. This dude also won a lot of individual awards – inculding the Ballon d’or in 1990. One of the true greats and I can’t count many midfielders ever being better that him. One of Germanys biggest midfielding legends.
Michel Platini, Right-center midfield:
One of the biggest legends of world football. He was an incredible footballer for France and Juventus, Saint Etienne and Nancy. 7 trophies with Juventus and a Ligue 1 trophy with Saint Etienne. Legendary in Juventus, but probably known best for his time playing for France, where he won the European championship in 1984. As an individual he won many prices. The most important ones were the Ballon d’or in 1983, 1984 and in 1985. This man was a legend on the pitch, so lets remember him for that. The rest is for another story.
Michael Laudrup, Attacking midfield:
The great names are many, when speaking about the role of attacking midfielder. Cruyff, Platini, Iniesta, Silva, Totti, Zidane, Baggio etc. To many, these names are nothing compared to Michael Laudrup. The idol of iniesta and Xavi, the apprentice of Cruyff and a true gentleman of the beautiful game. 9 trophies with Barca, 1 with Real Madrid, 2 with Juventus and 2 with Ajax. He was never crowned with the Ballon d’or and to many people, including Guardiola, its very strange. Raul called him the greatest he ever played with, Stoichkov called him the greatest and Mourinho called him phenomenal. Love to the greatest attacking midfielder to ever play the game. One of Denmarks biggest legends of the 80s.
Diego Maradona, Second/shadow striker:
What a fucking maniac. Could dribble 5 guys in a phonebooth and Im sure that he did at some point, to have fun. Arguably the best to ever play the game and a man who all on his own dribbled, cheated and scored Argentina to World cup victory in 1986. One of the two legends in Argentina, but in Napoli he is loved also. In Napoli for 6 years winning 5 titles – including 2 Serie A trophies. Back home in Boca, Diego Maradona is a God. He is everything the club stands for and he loves the club as they love him. Maradona was great, is great and will forever be great. A very special man, who have a lot of love for his people and despite of some of his actions off the field, he should forever be respected as the legend of the 80s he is.
Marco Van Basten, Striker:
The best striker Holland has ever had – NO DOUBT! 133 league games for Ajax, 128 goals scored. 147 league games for AC Milan, 90 league goals scored. A goal machine on the highest level and he proved it again and again. At least until he finished his career way to early. Diego Maradona was once asked – who is the best player you have ever seen. The answer was: It is between Romario and Van Basten. Of course, Diego has said many crazy things, but it says something about the dutch legend. In 1988 Van Basten won the European championship with his country. On inividual level he was handed the Ballon d’or in 1988, 1989 and 1992. This man is one of the most respectet striker legends of the 80s and the respect is earned.
Preben Elkjaer, Striker:
What a man – What a player! What a smooth operator. The man who enjoyed a smoke once in a while and who scored a goal without his boot. He also took on the boss in Cologne after being seen with two chicks and a bottle of vodka. He were crazy on and off the field, but quickly became a star goalscorer. Arrived at Cologne in 1977, and won the championship the same year, but never settled in Germany. He quickly left for Lokeren in Belgium, where he started to shine. “The mad man from Lokeren” or “The chief from Lokeren” left for Verona in 1984, where he also won the championship the first year. Came in 3rd at the 1984 Ballon d’or and in 1985 the only one to beat him was Platini. One of Denmarks legends – love you Mr. Elkjaer. The best of the danish legends of the 80s.
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