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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Brazil 1982.

No.10 - Zico

In the 1982 World cup in Spain all eyes were on Brazil. In Zico, Sócrates, Falcão, Éder and Junior, the rejuvenated 'Seleção' boasted an offensive firepower that promised a return to the glory days of 1970. The tri-campeão lived up to all expectations and they strolled into the second round 'group of death' with Argentina and Italy.

The match between Brazil and Italy would be a game to remember. Twice Italy went in the lead through Paolo Rossi's goals, and twice Brazil came back. At 2-2, Brazil would have gone through on goal difference, but on 74 minutes, a poor clearance from an Italy corner kick fell to where Rossi and Graziani were waiting. Both strikers reflexively aimed at the same shot, Rossi connecting and sending Italy to the semifinals in one of the all-time great games of World Cup history.

Often called the "White Pelé", Zico is commonly considered the world's best player of the late 70's and early 80's. One of the best playmakers and free kick specialists of any generation, he was able to bend the ball in all directions with pace and was deadly inside the final third of the pitch.

With 48 goals in 71 appearances for Brazil, Zico is the fourth highest goalscorer in Brazil's history. He represented them in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, probably the best Brazilian player never to have been on a World Cup winning squad.
In 1999, Zico came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote.

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No.15 - Falcao


Whenever people talk about great teams of previous World Cups, this Brazilian team of 1982 always seems to be mentioned. They failed to reach the semifinals, but won the hearts of millions of football fans world-wide. Being one of the most elegant sides ever assembled, the memory of their football will linger.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Denmark 1986 - No.11 Laudrup.


Widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, Michael Laudrup made his debut for Denmark on his 18th birthday in 1982, and went on to score 37 goals in 104 appearances for the national side.
He took part in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, a performance which is best remembered for his exceptional solo dribble and goal in the 6–1 defeat of Uruguay.
A play-making midfielder, Laudrup was known as one of the most effective passers, as well as one of the most skillful and elegant players of the game. His trademark move — looking one way and passing the other, usually a lob over the defence — fooled countless opponents during his career.

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Denmark; their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. He was officially named the best Danish footballer of all time by the Danish Football Association (DBU) in November 2006.
Franz Beckenbauer once remarked "Pelé was the best in the 60s, Cruyff in the 70s, Maradona in the 80s and Laudrup in the 90s."

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Steaua Bucharest.


The most successful club in Romania in terms of international and overall trophies, the club was founded in 1947 and was known as the Romanian Army sports club, but changed its name several times before settling on Steaua (The Star) in 1961.
They became the first East European team to win the European Cup, being victorious in the 1986 European Cup final against Barcelona on penalties. Steaua played again in the final in 1989, but lost heavily against Milan.

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