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Dubinho
02-04-12, 08:49 PM
How about naming/discussing the best player from every major footballing nation?

The ones that spring to my mind straight away are.......

Bulgaria - Hristo Stoichkov
Scotland - Kenny Dalglish
Romania - Georghe Hagi
Northern Ireland - George Best
France - Zinedine Zidane
Brazil - Pele
Portugal - Cristiano Ronaldo
Canada - Craig Forrest :D
Mexico - Hugo Sanchez
Finland - Jari Litmanen
Croatia - Davor Suker

The list of major footballing countries is in the spoiler. If I've missed any out, feel free to add them!


Argentina
Austria
Australia
Belgium
Bolivia
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt
England
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland (Republic)
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
Nigeria
Northern Ireland
Norway
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Scotland
Senegal
Serbia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
USA
Uruguay
Wales

shikaka
02-04-12, 09:05 PM
Argentina - Diego Maradona
Austria - Matthias Sindelar
Australia - Mark Schwarzer (?)
Belgium - Enzo Scifo
Bolivia - ? (dunno any)
Brazil - Pelé
Bulgaria - Hristo Stoichkov
Cameroon - Samuel Eto'o
Canada -no idea
Chile - Ivan Zamorano
China - no idea
Colombia - Carlos Valderrama
Costa Rica - ? (dunno any)
Croatia - Davor Suker (or Boban...)
Czech Republic - Antonin Panenka
Denmark - Michael Laudrup
Ecuador - ? (dunno any)
Egypt - ? (dunno any)
England - Bobby Moore (?)
Finland - Jari Litmanen
France - Michel Platini
Germany - Franz Beckenbauer
Ghana - Abedi Pele
Greece - Traianos Dellas
Hungary - József Bozsik
Iceland - Gudjohnsen
Ireland (Republic) - Dennis Irwin (?)
Israel - Eyal Berkovic
Italy - Giuseppe Meazza
Ivory Coast - Didier Drogba
Jamaica - no idea
Japan - Shunsuke Nakamura
Mexico - Hugo Sanchez
Morocco - Noureddine Naybet
Netherlands - Johann Cruijff
Nigeria - Jay-Jay Okocha
Northern Ireland - George Best
Norway - Henning Berg
Paraguay - José Luis Chilavert
Peru - Teofilo Cubillas
Poland - Zbigniew Boniek
Portugal - Eusebio
Romania - Georghe Hagi
Russia - Lev Jasin
Scotland - Denis Law (?)
Senegal - El Hadji Diouf (?)
Serbia - Predrag Mijatovic
South Africa - Lucas Radebe
South Korea - Cha Bum-Kun
Spain - Gento
Sweden - Nils Liedholm
Switzerland - Stephane Chapuisat
Turkey - Hakan Sükür
Ukraine - Oleg Blokhin (well, techniqually he has Soviet caps, but he is from Kiev, and later took the Ukraine nationality)
USA - Brad Friedel
Uruguay - Enzo Francescoli
Wales - John Charles

Dermotron
02-04-12, 09:07 PM
Argentina - Maradona
Austria - Tony Polster
Australia - Harry Kewell
Belgium - Enzo Scifo
Bolivia - Marco Etchevrry
Brazil - Pele
Bulgaria - Hristo Stoichkov
Cameroon - Roger Milla
Canada - Dwayne de Rosario
Chile - Ivan Zamarano
China - Sun Jihai
Colombia - Carlos Valderama
Costa Rica - Paulo Wanchope
Croatia - Robert Prosinecki
Czech Republic - Pavel Nedved
Denmark - Michael Laudrup
Ecuador - Alex Aguinaga
Egypt - Ahmed Hassan
England - Bobby Charlton
Finland - Jari Litmanen
France - Zinedine Zidane
Germany - Franz Beckenbauer
Ghana - Abedi Pele
Greece - Georgis Karagonis
Hungary - Ferenc Puskas
Iceland - Eidur Gudjohnsen
Ireland (Republic) - Paul McGrath
Israel - Ronnie Rosenthal
Italy - Paolo Maldini
Ivory Coast - Didier Drogba
Jamaica - Walter Boyd
Japan - Hidetoshi Nakata
Mexico - Claudio Saurez
Netherlands - Johan Cryuff
Nigeria - Kanu
Northern Ireland - George Best
Norway - Ole Solskjaer
Paraguay - Carlos Gamarra
Peru - Teofilio Cubillas
Poland - K?? Deyna
Portugal - Eusebio
Romania - Gheorghe Hagi
Russia - Lev Yashin
Scotland - Kenny Dalglish
Senegal - Marcel Desailly . . . .
Spain - Raul
Sweden - Henrik Larsson
Turkey - Hakab Suker
Ukraine - Andrei Shevchenko
USA - Tony Meola
Uruguay - Enzo Francescoli
Wales - Ryan Giggs

Dubinho
02-04-12, 09:49 PM
Good list Derm. I agree with most of yours apart from

Messi over Maradona
Eto'o over Milla
Suker over Prosinecki (just)
anyone over Ronnie Rosenthal
Boniek over Deyna
C Ronaldo over Eusebio
Rush over Giggs (only because he is the best goal poacher I've ever seen)

Dermotron
02-04-12, 10:25 PM
Forgot Eto'o :shocked: would agree there :ok:

Rosenthal was for the laugh :D

Just never seen enough of Rush. I'm sure there a few older Wales lads that would say Charles was better than Rush

Fiestita
02-04-12, 10:26 PM
Messi is light years behind el pelusa

ebfatz
02-04-12, 11:21 PM
Argentina - Messi
Austria - Hans Krankl
Australia - Tim Cahill
Belgium - Enzo Scifo
Brazil - Pele
Bulgaria - Hristo Stoichkov
Cameroon - Eto'o
Canada - Hoilett
Chile - Marcelo Salas
Colombia - Tino Asprilla
Costa Rica - Paulo Wanchope
Croatia - Boban
Czech Republic - Nedved
Denmark - Michael Laudrup
Ecuador - Antonio Valencia
Egypt - Hossam Hassan
England - Bobby Moore
Finland - Litmanen
France - Platini
Germany - Gerd Muller
Ghana - Abedi Pele
Greece - Stelios
Hungary - Puskas
Iceland - Eidur Gudjohnsen
Ireland (Republic) - Paul McGrath
Israel - Yossi Benayoun
Italy - Baresi
Ivory Coast - Drogba
Jamaica - Ricardo Gardner
Japan - Nakamura
Mexico - Jorge Campos
Morocco - Noureddine Naybet
Netherlands - Cruyff
Nigeria - Jay Jay Okocha
Northern Ireland - Best
Norway - Solskjaer
Paraguay - Celso Ayala
Peru - Solano
Poland - Boniek
Portugal - Eusebio
Romania - Hagi
Russia - Yashin
Scotland - Hughie Gallacher
Senegal - Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba :8-[:
Serbia - Dejan Stankovic
South Africa - Lucas Radebe
South Korea -
Spain - Raul
Sweden - Larsson
Switzerland - Alexander Frei
Turkey - Hakan Sukur
Ukraine - Shevchenko
USA - Brian McBride
Uruguay - Enzo Francescoli
Wales - John Charles

I'm adding Georgia and Georgi Kinkladze

Fiestita
03-04-12, 12:01 AM
World Champions:

Brazil - Pelé
Italy - Roberto Baggio
Germany - Karl Heinz Rumenigge
Argentina - Diego Armando Maradona
Uruguay - Enzo Francescoli
England - Bobby Charlton
France - Platini
Spain - Andrés Iniesta

Runners up:

Netherlands - Johan Cruyff
Hungary - Férenç Puskas
Czechoslovakia - Zdeněk Nehoda
Sweden - Zlatan Ibrahimović

Redknapp69
03-04-12, 12:30 AM
Yep - not Giggs for Wales! Preferred to play for Man U
Rush/Charles would get my choice

Although Eric Young/Vinnie Jones and Robbie Savage are a close 2nd! :)

Patinoz
03-04-12, 06:42 AM
Germany: Franz Beckenbauer
Bulgaria - Hristo Stoichkov
Brazil: Pele
Portugal: Eusebio > Figo > CR7
Netherlands - Johan Cruyff
Hungary - Férenç Puskas
Argentina - Diego Armando Maradona
France: Zinedine Zidane
Spain: Xavi
Northern Ireland: George Best
Austria - Hans Krankl
Czech Rep: Pavel Nedved

BeezerCeltic1967
03-04-12, 07:39 AM
Scotland - Jimmy Johnstone :ok:

shikaka
03-04-12, 02:00 PM
USA - Brad Friedel

Dr.Football1
03-04-12, 02:12 PM
Slovenia - Branko Oblak
FYR of Macedonia - Darko Pancev
Montenegro - Dejan Savicevic

wato20
03-04-12, 02:18 PM
Ghana - Ben Kayede... he was class on Sensible World of Soccer Anyway...

ClayDatsusara
03-04-12, 03:08 PM
Portugal: Eusebio > Figo > CR7


^this :ok:

Craig Forrest
03-04-12, 04:03 PM
Craig Forrest or Dwayne de Rosario for Canada for sure (maybe Peschisolido, Radzinski, Frank Yallop or Dale Mitchell too but I stand by my first 2 choices) ... Hoilett may take over one day but he is still very young, very unproven, and has not yet even made up his mind to play for Canada :ok:

Fods
03-04-12, 11:48 PM
Scotland.... Dennis Law??

BeezerCeltic1967
04-04-12, 12:20 AM
Scotland.... Dennis Law??


He would be maybe in the top 5 fods :ok:

Jimmy Johnstone,
Jimmy McGrory,
Jim Baxter,
Kenny Dalglish,
then maybe the lawman?

Fods
04-04-12, 12:25 AM
Not seen alot of him myself but my old man rants and raves about The real 'king'

316'sRegen
04-04-12, 01:02 AM
i like how we are a "major nation" because of Bestie! :D

France = Papin
Wales is interesting with Charles/Giggs/Bale
Spain = Raul
England = Bobby Robson
Liberia = George Weah!

shikaka
04-04-12, 06:32 AM
Those who chose Ference Puskás over József Bozsik did so because they think that Puskás was better, or because he is more iconic?

Dermotron
04-04-12, 10:38 AM
I guess its because most of his peers at the time thought he was the best, better than Di Stefano even.

Spudiator
11-04-12, 01:03 PM
England - Sir Bobby Charlton
Northern Ireland - George Best
Republic of Ireland - Roy Keane
Scotland - Denis Law
Wales - Ryan Giggs

:D

Topofthekop
11-04-12, 01:18 PM
Nice thread and some great names listed amongst them...

Welsh one is a hard choice as not many to choose from... Ian Rush, John Charles, Ryan Giggs, Neville Southall <---- All 4 could have a say in who is the best, Rush is best goal poacher in a long time, John Charles - legend, could play up front or def and was one of the first major successes in a foreign league for a british player, Giggs - won it all at club level, Big Nev - quality keeper. Very hard choice for me, even being a liverpool supporter you would think Rush would be my first choice but for me one person takes it - Giggs! For everything he has achieved at club level and is still going strong. LEGEND!

merkezekrem
11-04-12, 05:09 PM
Turkey - Hakan Sukur, no doubt. such a pity he's an ass

Di stefano was the first legend, dont forget him. Put him in Colombia if he cant make it to Argentina :D :P

Colombia: Valderema (altho I had so many high hopes for Asprilla)

Craig Forrest
11-04-12, 08:49 PM
I think the Turkish vote should go to Rüştü Reçber but I'm a GK so I may be a bit biased :D

ZanSnake
12-04-12, 07:51 AM
Ivory Coast - Didier Drogba