Italy National Team

“The Azzuri” Italy has long been known as a master of defensive football, never lack of world-class defender from generation to generation, produced its first superstar as a world-class defender in the 1910s likes Renzo De Vecchi and followed by Virginio Rosetta in 1920s. The arrival of golden era in the 1930s saw Giuseppe Meazza shined as the best player of World in the first half 1930s and the second half 1940s was dominated by Valentino Mazzola who was the best player in Europe at that time as a leader of Le Grande Torino but got very few opportunity in international football due to World War II. Gianni Rivera became the first Italian player to win Ballon'Dor during the 1960s when the Catenaccio was being created with the world-class defensive back-line most notably Giacinto Facchetti. The 1970s is represented by one of best keepers ever Dino Zoff who is regarded as the most iconic Italian player ever. Gaetano Scirea led to form the notable defensive line between late 1970s to early 1980s. The 1990 World Cup Italian team is regard as the toughest international defensive line under the best pure central defender ever likes Franco Baresi. Paolo Maldini and Roberto Baggio appeared as the main players to impact on the largest popularity on Azzuri identity during the first half 1990s. Italy was once again formed the classy defensive line thanks to Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro who is the only pure defender in history to win Ballon'Dor awards.

  Italy

Location : Southern Europe
European Championship Participation : 8 Times (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
World Cup Participation : 17 Times (1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006,2010)
Achievement1934 Olympic Game Gold Medal
4 Times FIFA World Cup Winners (1934,1938,1982,2006)
2 Times FIFA World Cup Runner-Up (1970,1994)
1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
1968 European Championship Winner
2 Times European Championship Runner-Up (2000, 2012)
Most Caps : Gianluigi Buffon (161 Games)
Top Scorer : Luigi Riva (35 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Giuseppe Meazza






All-Time Italian Squad



1. Gianluigi Buffon

Date Of Birth  :  28 January 1978
Position : Goalkeeper, Caps : 168 Games 
Height   :  191 cm, Major Club :  Juventus
World Cup Participation  : 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 (14 Games)
Club Honours  :  10 Times Italian Series A
1999 UEFA Cup, 4 Times Coppa Italia
International Honours :  2006 FIFA World Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 1999 Bravo Award
2003 UEFA Champion League Most Valuable Player
9 Times Series A Goalkeeper Of The Year, 2006 Yashin Award
3 Times European Goalkeeper Of The Year ( 2003, 2004, 2007)
4 Times IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
3 Times 2nd Place IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (2005,2008,2012)            
2006 Silver Ball Ballon'Dor, Series A Goalkeeper of The Decade
Class : King Bronze  

2. Giuseppe Bergomi

Date Of Birth  :  22 December 1963
Position  :  Stopper/ Right-Back, Height : 180 cm
Major Club : Inter Milan, Caps : 81 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986, 1990, 1998 (20 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A
1 Time Italian Cup, 3 Times UEFA Cup
International Honours  : 1982 FIFA World Cup Winner
1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :   1988 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class  :  Queen Gold



3. Giacinto Facchetti

Date Of Birth  : 18 July 1942
Height :  191 cm, Position : Left-Back
Major Club  :  Inter Milan, Caps : 94 Games
World Cup Participation : 1966, 1970, 1974 (12 Games)
Club Honours:  4 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
2 Times European Cup (1964, 1965), 2 Times Runner-Up (1967,1972)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours : 1968 European Championship Winner
1970 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1970 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
1965 Silver Ball Ballon'Dor, 1968 UEFA Euro Best XI
2 Times European Defender of The Year (1965, 1968)
Class  :  King Bronze

4. Paolo Maldini 

Date Of Birth : 29 June 1968
Position : Left-Full-Back/ Center-Back, Height : 187 cm
Major Club : AC Milan, Caps : 126 Games
World Cup Participation : 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 (23 Games)
Club Honours : 7 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
5 Times UEFA Champion League (1989,1990,1994,2003,2007)
3 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up (1993,1995,2005)
International Honours : 1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
2000 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement :1989 Bravo Award
2 Times UEFA Euro Best XI (1996, 2000)
2 Times FIFA World Cup All-Star (1990, 1994)
2 Times Bronze Ball Ballon'Dor (1994, 2003)
1994 World Soccer Player Of The Year, 1995 Silver Ball FIFA World Player Of The Year
2004 Series A Defender Of The Year, 2005 UEFA Champion League Best Defender
4 Times European Defender of The Year (1994, 1995, 2003, 2005) 
Class : King Silver

5. Franco Baresi

Date Of Birth  :  8 May 1960, Height  :  176 cm
Position :  Sweeper, Major Club : AC Milan, Caps  : 81 Games
World Cup Participation :  1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 (10 Games)
Club Honours : 6 Times Italian Series A
3 Times European Cup (1989, 1990, 1994), 1993 Runner-Up
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1989, 1990)
International Honours : 1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : 1990 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
1989 Silver Medal European Footballer Of The Year
1990 Guerin Italian Series A Footballer Of The Year
2 Times European Defender of The Year (1989, 1993)
AC Milan Player Of Century
                                                    Class   :   King Silver


6. Gaetano Scirea

Date Of Birth  :  25 May 1953
Position  :  Sweeperม Height : 178 cm
Major Club  :  Juventus
Caps  :  78 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1978, 1982, 1986 (18 Games)
Club Honours : 7 Times Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
1977 UEFA Cup, 1984 UEFA Cup Winners’s Cup
1985 European Cup, 1983 Runner-Up
1985 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours  : 1982 FIFA World Cup Winners
Individual Achievement : 1988 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class  :   King Bronze

7. Sandro Mazzola

Date Of Birth : 8 November 1942
Position : Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Height  :  179 cm, Major Club : Inter Milan
Caps  : 70 Games (22 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1966, 1970, 1974 (12 Games)
Club Honours : 4 Times Italian Series A
2 Times European Cup (1964, 1965), Runner-Up (1967,1972)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours : 1968 European Championship Winner
1970 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1964 European Cup Top Scorer
1965 Italian Series A Top Scorer
                                                    1968 UEFA Euro Best XI, 1971 Silver Ball Ballon'Dor
                                                       Class   :   Queen Gold

8. Valentino Mazzola

Date Of Birth  :   26 January 1919
Position : Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Height : 177 cm, Major Club : Torino
Caps  : 12 Games
World Cup Participation/International Honours  :  None 
Club Honours : 5 Times Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia
Individual Achievement  : 1947 Italian Series A Top Scorer
Torino Greatest Player Ever
Class  :  Queen Gold



9. Giuseppe Meazza

Date Of Birth  :  23 August 1910
Position :  Second Striker, Height : 176 cm
Major Club :  Inter Milan, Caps : 53 Games (33 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 305 Goals/ 477 Games
World Cup Participation : 1934, 1938 (9 Games with 3 goals)
Club Honours  :  3 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours : 2 Times FIFA World Cup (1934,1938)
Individual Achievement  : 3 Times Italian Series A Top Scorer
3 Times Mitropa Cup Top Scorer
1934 FIFA World Cup Best Player
Inter Milan All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever          
2008 FIGC Greatest Italian Player of All-Time
Class   :   King Bronze

10. Gianni Rivera

Date Of Birth : 18 August 1943, Height :  175 m          
Position :  Playmaker, Major Club : AC Milan
Caps  :  60 Games (14 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974 (9 Games)
Club Honours  : 3 Italian Series A, 4 Times Copa Italia
2 Times European Cup (1969,1969), 1969 Intercontinental Cup
2 Times European Cup Winners’ Cup (1968, 1973)
International Honours  :  1968 UEFA Euro Winner
1970 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  : 1969 Ballon'Dor, 1963 Silver Ball 
1973 Italian Series A Top Scorer
1999 IFFHS Italy Player of The Century
                                                          Class   :   Queen Gold

11. Roberto Baggio

Date Of Birth : 18 February 1967, Height : 174 cm
Position :  Forward, Caps : 56 Games (27 Goals)
Major Club :  Fiorentina, Juventus
Professional Score Record  :  292 Goals/ 637 Games
World Cup Participation : 1990, 1994, 1998 (16 Games / 9 Goal)
Club Honours  : 2 Times Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia, 1993 UEFA Cup
International Honours  : 1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1994 FIFA World Cup Silver Ball
1990 Bravo Award, 1993 Golden Ball Ballon'Dor, 1994 Silver Ball
1991 Cup Winners Cup Top Scorer
1993 FIFA World Player of The Year, 1994 Bronze Ball
                                                     1993 World Soccer Player of The Year, 1994 Silver Ball 
                                                     2001 Guerin Italian Footballer of The Year
                                                     Class  :  Queen Gold
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Substitution 


    12. Dino Zoff

Date Of Birth  :  28 February 1942
Position : Goalkeeper, Caps  : 112 Games
Height:  183 cm, Major Club  :  Juventus
World Cup Participation  : 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982 ( 17 Games )
Club Honours   : 6 Times Italian Series A, 2 Times Coppa Italia
1977 UEFA Cup, 2 Times European Cup Runner-Up (1973, 1983)
International Honours  : 1968 UEFA Euro, 1982 FIFA World Cup 
Individual Achievement : 1982 FIFA World Cup’s Best Goalkeeper
1973 Silver Ball Ballon'Dor, UEFA Jubilee Award 
1999 IFFHS Bronze World -  Italian Goalkeeper of The Century
Italian Series A All-Time Most Clean Sheets
2000 FIFA World Goalkeeper Of Century
                                                      2 Times European Goalkeeper Of The Year (1980, 1981)
                                                      2 Times UEFA Euro Best Goalkeeper (1968, 1980)        
                                                      Class : King Silver                         

13. Claudio Gentile

Date Of Birth  : 27 September 1953
Position :  Stopper/ Right-Back, Height : 178 cm
Major Club  :  Juventus, Caps  : 71 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1978, 1982 (13 Games)
Club Honours :  5 Times Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia, 1977 UEFA Cup
1983 European Cup Runner-Up
1984 European Cup Winners Cup
International Honours  : 1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement : 1982 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
1980 European Championship Team Of Tournament
Class  :  Queen Silver

14. Antonio Cabrini

Date Of Birth  : 8 October 1957
Position : Left-Back, Height : 178 cm
Major Club  : Juventus, Caps : 73 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1978, 1982, 1986 (18 Games)
Club Honours : 6 Times Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia, 1977 UEFA Cup
1983 European Cup Runner-Up
1984 European Cup Winners Cup
1985 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours : 1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  :   Queen Gold

15. Alessandro Nesta

Date Of Birth  :  19 March 1976
Position  :  Center-Back, Height  : 187 cm
Major Club   :  Lazio, AC Milan, Caps   :  78 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1998, 2002, 2006 (9 Games)
Club Honours :  2 Times Italian Series A, 3 Times Copa Italia
1 Time UEFA Cup Winners’s Cup, 2007 FIFA Club World Cup
2 Times UEFA Champion League (2003, 2007), 2005 Runner-Up
International Honours    :   2006 FIFA World Cup Winners
Individual Achievement  :   2000 UEFA Euro Best Defender
5 Times Series A Defender Of The Year (2000,2001,2002,2003,2005)
2000 European Defender of The Year
Class   :  Queen Gold

16. Fabio Cannavaro

Date Of Birth  :  13 September 1973
Height : 176 cm, Position :  Center-Back
Major Club :  Parma, Caps : 136 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1998, 2002, 2006 (15 Games)
Club Honours   :   2 Times Spanish La Liga
2 Times Copa Italia, 1 Time UEFA Cup
International Honours  :  2006 FIFA World Cup Winners
2000 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : Parma Greatest Player Ever
2006 AIC Oscar De Calcio Footballer Of The Year
2006 Italian Series A Footballer Of The Year
2006 FIFA World Cup Silver Ball, 2000 UEFA Euro Best XI
2006 Ballon'Dor, FIFA and World Soccer Player of The Year
                                                     Class   :  Queen Silver

17. Marco Tardelli

Date Of Birth :  24 September 1954
Position :  Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height : 178 cm, Caps :  81 Games
Major Club :  Juventus 
World Cup Participation :1978, 1982, 1986 (13 Games)
Club Honours  : 5 Times Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
1977 UEFA Cup, 1984 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
1985 European Cup, 1983 Runner-Up
International Honors :1982 FIFA World Cup Winners                         
Individual Achievement : 1980 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class  :  Queen Gold

18. Andrea Pirlo

Date Of Birth : 19 May 1979, Height : 177 cm
Position :  Playmaking-Holding Midfielder
Major Club  :  AC Milan, Caps : 112 Games 
World Cup Participation  :   2006, 2010, 2014 (13 Games)
Club Honours  :  4 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
2 Times UEFA Champion League Winners (2003, 2007)
2005 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
International Honours : 2006 FIFA World Cup Winner
2012 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement :  2006 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball
2012 Italian Series A Footballer of Year
2012 UEFA Euro Team of The Tournament
Class   :   Queen Bronze

19. Bruno Conti

Date Of Birth  :  13 March 1955
Position :   Right and Left-Winger, Height :   176 cm
Major Club  :   AS Roma, Caps :  46 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986 (11 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A
4 Times Copa Italia, 1984 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours    :   1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :    None          
Class   :  Queen Silver



20. Francesco Totti

Date Of Birth  :  27 September 1976
Position  :  Second Striker, Height : 180 cm
Major Club :  AS Roma, Caps :  58 Games (9 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   2002, 2006 (11 Games with 1 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  290 Goals/ 707 Games
Club Honours  :  1 Time Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
International Honours : 2000 UEFA Euro Runner-Up
2006 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement : 2000 UEFA Euro Best XI
1999 Series A Young Footballer of The Year
5 Times Italian Footballer of The Year (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007)
2 Times Guerin Italian Series A Footballer of The Year (1998, 2004)
2007 Italian Series A Top Scorer, European Golden Shoe
AS Roma All-Time Top Scorer  - Greatest Player Ever
                                                    Class   :   Queen Silver

21. Luigi Riva

Date Of Birth  :   7 November 1944
Height :  180 cm, Position  :   Fast Striker
Major Club   :   Cagliari, Caps :  42 Games (35 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1970, 1974 (8 Games / 3 goals)
Professional Score Record  :  170 Goals/ 338 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A
International Honours  : 1968 UEFA Euro Champion
1970 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement   :  1968 UEFA Euro Best XI
3 Time Italian Series A Top Scorer
1969 Silver Ball Ballon'Dor, 1970 Bronze Ball 
Italy All-Time Top Scorer           
Class  :  Queen Gold

22. Silvio Piola

Date Of Birth  :  29 September 1913
Position  :  Target Striker, Height :  180 cm
Major Club : Lazio, Caps :   34 Games (30 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1938 (4 Games with 5 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  317 Goals/ 589 Games
Club Honours :  None
International Honours  :  1938 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :  2 Times Italian Series A Top Scorer
Lazio All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever
Italian Series A All-Time Top Scorer
1938 FIFA World Cup All Stars Team     
Italian Series A All-Time Most Goal In One Match   
Class  : Queen Silver



Manager

Marcelo Lippi 



Year Of Birth :  12 April 1948
Major Team :  Juventus, Italy
Major Achievement : 5 Times Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia, 1996 UEFA Champion League
3 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up (1997,1998, 2003)
1996 Intercontinental Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement :  
3 Times Italian Serie A Coach of the Year (1997, 1998, 2003 )
2 Times IFFHS The World's best Club Coach (1996, 1998)
2006 IFFHS The World's best National Coach
2006 World Soccer Manager of The Year
2007 Onze d'Or Coach of the Year
Style :  Equivalent
Class  :  King Gold


Conclusion of Squad

GK :  Gianluigi Buffon, Dino Zoff 
DF : Giacinto Facchetti, Antonio Cabrini, Paolo Maldini, Giuseppe Bergomi, Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea,Franco Baresi (Captain), Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro
MF : Marco Tardelli, Sandro Mazzola, Gianni Rivera, Valentino Mazzola, Andrea Pirlo, Bruno Conti
FW : Giuseppe Meazza, Roberto Baggio, Giampiero Boniperti, Luigi Riva, Silvio Piola

Manager : Marcelo Lippi


Formation XI (5-3-2)




Explanation of Formation

The team strategy is Catenaccio. Buffon have beaten Zoff as a first choice keeper. Scirea has a role of offensive sweeper and would support midfield line when the three attackers in midfield-line need to be back-up. Maldini is a semi-left back would move to the left-back position when Facchetti go advanced on the left-flank. Baresi is always aware in the central defense area. Bergomi would base on right-back position and would seldom move to midfield line. Rivera and S.Mazzola act as a semi-side midfielder with a main support by V.Mazzola who is set as box-to-box midfielder. Baggio and Meazza would perform coordinately as deep-lying forward so there is no target man in the system.


San Siro Stadium




Start Year :  1925 
(Newest Renovated in 1989)
City  : Milan
Capacity : 80,074 Seats
Field Dimension :
105x68 m








Statistics

     By Decade
   By Class
       By Club
1930s : 1
1940s : 1
1950s : -
1960s : 2
1970s : 5
1980s : 6
1990s : 3
2000s : 4

King : 5
Queen : 16
Prince : 1

Juventus : 7
Inter Milan : 4
AC Milan : 4
AS Roma : 2
Lazio : 1
Fiorentina : 1
Torino : 1
Parma : 1
Cagliari : 1



Positional Ranking of Substitution 

Goalkeeper


1. Walter Zenga

Date Of Birth  :  28 April 1960
Height :  188 cm, Major Club  :  Inter Milan
Caps : 58 Games, World Cup Participation : 1986, 1990 (7 Games)
Club Honours  :  1 Time Italian Series A, 2 Times UEFA Cup
International Honours  : 1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  : 1987 Guerin Series A Footballer Of The Year
1990 UEFA Club Goalkeeper Of The Year
1990 European Goalkeeper Of The Year
3 Times IFFHS World Best Goalkeeper (1989, 1990, 1991)
2 Times 3rd  Place IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (1987, 1988)
Class  :   Queen Silver


2. Giampiero Combi

Date Of Birth  :  20 November 1902
Height   :  174 cm
Major Club   :   Juventus
Caps   :   47 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1934 (5 Games)
Club Honours  :  5 Times Italian Series A
International Honours   :   1934 FIFA World Cup Champion
2 Times Central European International Cup
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  :   Queen Silver

3. Enrico Albertosi

Date Of Birth  :  2 November 1939
Height  : 182 cm, Caps :  34 Games
Major Club :  Fiorentina, Cagliari, AC Milan
World Cup Participation : 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974(9 Games)
Club Honours  :  2 Times Italian Series A
3 Times Copa Italia
1961 European Cup Winners' Cup
International Honours    :  1970 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class :  Queen Bronze



4. Gianluca Pagliuca

     Date Of Birth : 18 December 1966, Height  : 190 cm
Major Club   : Sampdoria, Bologna, Inter Milan, Caps.: 39 Games
World Cup Participation : 1990, 1994, 1998 (10 Games)
Club Honours     : 1 Time Italian Series A
3 Times Copa Italia, 1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
1992 European Cup Runner-Up, 1998 UEFA Cup
International Honours   : 1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :
2 Times Guerin Series A Footballer of The Year  (1997, 2005)
Class  : Queen Bronze


5. Giuliano Sarti

Date Of Birth  :  2 October 1933
Height   :  178 cm, Caps :  8 Games
Major Club  :  Fiorentina
World Cup Participation : 1962 (2 Games)
Club Honours  :   3 Times Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia
2 Times European Cup (1964, 1965), 1967 Runner-Up
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Gold

6. Angelo Peruzzi

Date Of Birth  :  16 Fabruary 1970
Height  :  181 cm, Caps  :  31 Games
Major Club :  Lazio, JUventus
World Cup Participation  :    1962 (2 Games)
Club Honours  :   3 Times Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia, 1993 UEFA Cup
1996 UEFA Champion League, 2 Times Runner-Up (1997,1998)
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement  :  1997 Gueroldin Series A Footballer of The Year
3 Times Series A Goalkeeper of The Year
Class : Prince Gold


7. Francesco Toldo

Date Of Birth  :  2 December 1971
Height :  196 cm
Major Club :  Fiorentina, Inter Milan
Caps  :  28 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours :  3 Times Copa Italia
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours   :   None
Individual Achievement : 1 Time Series A Goalkeeper of The Year
2000 IFFHS World Best Goalkeeper
Class : Prince Gold


8. Lorenzo Buffon

Date Of Birth  :  19 December 1929
Height  :  181 cm
Major Club :  AC Milan
Caps  :  16 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1962 (2 Games)
Club Honours  :   5 Times Italian Series A
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver


9. Fabio Cudicini

Date Of Birth  : 20 October 1935
Height   :  191 cm
Major Club  :  AS Roma, AC Milan
Caps  :  None
World Cup Participation  :  1938
Club Honours   :  1 Time Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia
1961 Inter Cities Fair Cup
1968 European Cup Winners Cup
1969 European Cup
International Honours    : None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver


Defensive Lateral


1. Renzo De Vecchi

Date Of Birth  : 3 February 1894
Position  :  Left-Defender
Height  :  162 cm
Major Club  : Genoa
Caps : 43 Games
Olympic Games Participation  : 1912, 1920, 1924
Club Honours  :   3 Times Italian Series A
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  :  Prince Gold



2. Pietro Rava

Date Of Birth  :  21 January 1916           
Position  : Left-Defender
Height  :  175 cm, Caps :  30 Games
Major Club  :  Juventus
World Cup Participation : 1938 (4 Games)
Club Honours :  2 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours : 1936 Olympic Game Gold Medal
1938 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  : 1938 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
Class :  Prince Gold


3. Alfredo Foni 

Date Of Birth  :  20 January 1911
Position  :  Right-Defender
Height :  172 cm, Caps :  23 Games
Major Club  :  Juventus
World Cup Participation  : 1938 (3 Games)
Club Honours : 2 Times Italian Series A
International Honours    :  1936 Olympic Game Gold Medal
1938 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  : 1938 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
Class : Prince Gold



4. Tarcisio Burgnich

Date Of Birth  : 25 April 1939
Position  :  Right-Back/Sweeper
Height  : 175 cm, Major Club  : Inter Milan
Caps   : 66 Games
World Cup Participation : 1966, 1970, 1974 (11 Games)
Club Honours   :   5 Times Italian Series A
2 Times European Cup (1964, 1965), Runner-Up (1967,1972)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours    :   1970 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
1968 European Championship Winners
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class    :   Prince Gold


5. Sergio Cervato

Date Of Birth  :  22 October 1929
Position  :  Left-Back, Height  :  173 cm
Major Club  :  Fiorentina
Caps  :  28 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1954 (No Game)
Club Honours  :  3 Times Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia
1957 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours    :     None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Gold

6. Virginio Rosetta

Date Of Birth  :  25 February 1902         
Position  : Left-Defender
Height  :  172 cm
Major Club :  Juventus
Caps :  52 Games
Olympic Games Participation  : 1920, 1924, 1928
Club Honours : 8 Times Italian Series A
International Honours : 1934 FIFA World Cup Winner
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class :  Prince Gold



7. Eraldo Monzlegio

Date Of Birth  :  5 June 1906
Position :  Right-Defender
Height   :  173 cm
Major Club :  Bologna
Caps  :  35 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1934, 1938
Club Honours  :   1 Time Northern Italian Championship
International Honours  :  1938 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class :  Prince Gold


8. Gianluca Zambrotta

Date Of Birth  : 19 February 1977
Position   :   Righ/Left-Wing-Back
Height   : 181 cm, Caps  : 92 Games
Major Club  : Juventus
World Cup Participation  :  2002, 2006 (10 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Times Italian Series A
International Honours  : 2006 FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  
2004 UEFA EUro Best XI
2006 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
Class  :  Prince Gold


9. Umberto Caligaris

Date Of Birth  : 26 June 1901
Position :  Left-Defender
Height  : 171 cm
Major Club :  Juventus
Caps   :  59 Games
World Cup Participation : 1934 (No Game)
Club Honours :   5 Times Italian Series A
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Gold


10. Luigi Allemandi

Date Of Birth  : 18 November 1903
Position :  Left-Defender
Height   : 183 cm
Major Club :  Inter Milan
Caps : 24 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1934 (5 Games)
Club Honours   :   2 Time Italian Series A
International Honours  :  1934 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver
11. Cristian Panucci

Date Of Birth  : 12 April 1973
Position :    Right-Back, Height   : 184 cm
Major Club   :  AS Roma, Caps   : 57 Games
World Cup Participation  :   2002 (4 Games)
Club Honours  :  2 Times Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
2 Times UEFA Champion League (1995,1998)
2 Times UCL Runner-Up (1993,1995)
1998 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  1994 Bravo Award
Class   :   Prince Silver





Central Defender


1. Ciro Ferrara

Date Of Birth  : 11 February 1967 
Position : Sweeper, Height : 180 cm
Major Club   : Napoli, Juventus
Caps   : 49 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1990 (No Game)
Club Honours :  6 Times Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
1989 UEFA Cup, 1996 UEFA Champion League
2 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up (1997, 1998)
1996 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class   :  Queen Bronze

2. Pietro Vierchowod

Date Of Birth  :  6 April 1959
Position  :  Center-Back, Height : 179 cm
Major Club  :  Sampdoria, Cap :  45 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1982, 1986, 1990 (7 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Times Italian Series A
4 Times Copa Italia
1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
1996 UEFA Champion League
International Honours  : 1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement :1983 Guerin Italian Series A Footballer of The Year
Class : Queen Bronze


3. Alessandro Costacurta

Date Of Birth  : 24 April 1966
Position :   Stopper
Height : 183 cm
Major Club  :  AC Milan
Caps :  59 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1994, 1998 (11 Games)
Club Honours :   7 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
5 Times UEFA Champion League (1989,1990,1994,2003,2007)
3 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up (1993,1995,2005)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1989, 1990)
International Honours : 1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class   :  Queen Bronze

4. Roberto Rosato

Date Of Birth  :  20 August 1963
Position :  Center-Back
Height :  181 cm
Major Club : Torino, AC Milan
Caps :  37 Games
World Cup Participation : 1966, 1970 
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A
3 Times Coppa Italia
1969 European Cup Winner
2 Times Cup Winners Cup (1968, 1973)
International Honours : 1968 UEFA Euro Champion
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Gold


5. Armando Picchi

Date Of Birth  :  20 June 1935
Position       :  Sweeper
Height         :  171 cm
Major Club   :  Inter Milan
Caps           :  12 Games
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours : 3 Times Italian Series A
2 Times European Cup (1964, 1965)
1 Time European Cup Runner-Up (1967)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Gold

6. Fulvio Collovati

Date Of Birth  : 9 May 1957
Position  :  Stopper, Height  :  182 cm
Major Club :  AC Milan, Inter Milan
Caps :  50 Games
World Cup Participation : 1982, 1986 (8 Games)
Club Honours  :  1 Time Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia, 1982 Mitropa Cup
International Honours  : 1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement : 1982 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
Class  : Prince Silver



7. Riccardo Ferri

Date Of Birth  :  20 August 1963
Position :  Center-Back
Height :  181 cm
Major Club : Inter Milan
Caps :  45 Games
World Cup Participation : 1990 (7 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A
1991 UEFA Cup
International Honours :  1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver




Defensive Midfielder



1. Giacomo Bulgarelli 

Date Of Birth  :  24 October 1940
Position : Central Holding Midfielder
Height   :  176 cm
Major Club  :  Bologna
Caps   :  29 Games (7 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1962, 1966  (6 Games)
Club Honours   :   1 Time Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia
International Honours   :  1968 European Championship Winner
Individual Achievement :   None
Class   :  Prince Gold


2. Romeo Benetti

Date Of Birth  :  20 October 1945
Position :  Destroyer, Height :  182 cm
Major Club :  AC Milan, Juventus
Caps :  55 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1974, 1978 (9 Games)
Club Honours :   2 Times Italian Series A
6 Times Copa Italia, 1977 UEFA Cup    
1973 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup        
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class :   Prince Gold



3. Salvatore Bagni

Date Of Birth  :  25 September 1956
Height   :  178 cm, Cap :  41 Games
Position  :  Defensive Holding Midfielder
Major Club  : Inter Milan, Napoli
World Cup Participation  :   1986
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
International Honours :  1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver


4. Renato Zaccarelli

Date Of Birth  : 18 January 1951
Position :   Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height : 180 cm, Major Club : Torino
Caps : 25 Games, World Cup Participation : 1978 
Club Honours :   1 Time Italian Series A
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement  :  
1986 Guerin Series A Footballer of The Year
Class   :  Prince Silver

5. Daniele De Rossi

Date Of Birth  : 24 July 1983
Position :  Destroyer, Height : 185 cm
Major Club :  Inter Milan, Caps  :   112 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1982 (5 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Coppa Italia
International Honours  :  2006 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :  2009 Series A Footballer of the Year
2010 Italian Athlete of the Year
2012 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class : Prince Silver

6. Ivan Genaro Gattuso

Date Of Birth  : 9 January 1978
Position : Destroyer, Height : 178 cm
Major Club  : AC Milan, Caps : 70 Games
World Cup Participation : 2002, 2006 (8 Games)
Club Honours :  1 Time Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia
2 Times UEFA Champion League Winners (2003, 2007)
2005 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
2007 FIFA Club World Cup
International Honours : 2006 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement : 2006 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
Class :  Prince Silver

7. Demetrio Albertini

Date Of Birth  : 23 August 1971
Position : Central Holding Midfielder
Height : 180 cm, Caps  :  79 Games
Major Club :  AC Milan
World Cup Participation  :   1994, 1998 (11 Games)
Club Honours :   5 Times Italian Series A
1994 UEFA Champion League Winner
2 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up (1993, 1995)
International Honours  : 1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
2000 UEFA Euro Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class :  Prince Silver




Offensive Lateral



1. Giampiero Boniperti 

Date Of Birth  :  4 July 1928
Position :  Attacking Midfielder/Right-Winger
Height : 175 cm, 
Major Club  : Juventus
Caps : 38 Games, 
World Cup Participation : 1950, 1954
Club Honours :  5 Times Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  : 1948 Series A Top Scorer
Class  :  Queen Bronze

2. Franco Causio

Date Of Birth  :  1 February 1949
Position  : Right-Side Midfielder, Height  :  170 cm
Major Club :  Juventusม Caps  :  63 Games
World Cup Participation  :    1974, 1978, 1982 (11 Games)
Club Honours     :   6 Times Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia, 1977 UEFA Cup
1983 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  : 1982 Guerin Italian Series A Footballer of The Year
Class : Prince Gold

3. Roberto Donadoni

Date Of Birth  :  9 September 1963
Position  :  Right-Winger
Height :  173 cm
Major Club  :  AC Milan
Caps  :  63 Games
World Cup Participation :  1990, 1994 (6 Games)
Club Honours : 5 Times Italian Series A
3 Times European Cup Champions (1989, 1990, 1994)
2 Times Europan Cup Runner-Up (1993, 1995)
International Honours  : 1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Gold

4. Mario Corso

Date Of Birth  :  25 August 1941
Position   : Left-Side Midfielder, Height  :  182 cm
Major Club  :  Inter Milan, Caps  :  23 Games
World Cup Participation  :    None
Club Honours   :   4 Times Italian Series A
2 Times European Cup (1964, 1965)
2 Times European Cup Runner-Up (1967, 1972)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Gold
5. Mauro Camoranesi

Date Of Birth  :  4 October 1976
Position   :  Right Side-Midfielder
Height  : 174 cm
Major Club   :  Juventus
Caps   : 55 Games
World Cup Participation : 1934 (5 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Italian Series A
2003 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1934 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  :  Prince Silver




Offensive Midfielder


1. Giancarlo Antognoni

Date Of Birth  :  1 April 1954
Position  :   Central Holding Midfielder
Height  :  179  cm, Caps: 73 Games
Major Club  :  Fiorentina
World Cup Participation : 1978, 1982 (11 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours  : 1982 FIFA World Cup Winners
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class   :  Prince Gold



2. Giovanni Ferrari

Date Of Birth  :  6 December 1907
Position :   Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Height  : 172 cm, Major Club :  Juventus
Caps  : 44 Games (14 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1934, 1938 (8 Games)
Club Honours : 8 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours : 2 Times FIFA World Cup Champions (1934,1938)
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Gold


3. Fulvio Bernadini

Date Of Birth  :  28 December 1905
Position :  Playmaker
Height : 177 cmCaps : 26 Games
Major Club : AS Roma
Olympique Games Participation : 1928
Club Honours :  None
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement :  AS Roma Hall of Fame
Class   :   Prince Silver


4. Giuseppe Giannini

Date Of Birth  :  20 August 1964
Position : Central Holding Midfielder
Height : 177 cmCaps : 47 Games
Major Club : AS Roma
World Cup Participation : 1990 (7 Games)
Club Honours :  1 Time Italian Series A
3 Times Copa Italia, 1984 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1990 FIFA World Third Place
Individual Achievement :  1988 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class   :   Prince Silver





Forward


1. Alessandro Del Piero

Date Of Birth  :  9 November 1974
Height  :  173 cm, Caps  :  91 Games (27 Goals)
Position : Creative Forward, Major Club   :  Juventus
World Cup Participation  :  1998, 2002, 2006 (12 Games/ 2 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 285 Goals/ 686 Games
Club Honours  : 5 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia        
1996 UEFA Champion League, Runner-Up (1997,1998,2005)
1996 Intercontinental Cup                                     
International Honours  :  2000 UEFA Euro Runner-Up
2006 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  : 1996 Bravo Award
2 Times Italian Footballer of The Year (1998, 2008)
2 Times UEFA Champion League Top Scorer (1997, 1998)
                                                    1 Time Italian Series A Top Scorer , Juventus All-Time Top Scorer
                                                    Class   :   Prince Gold


2. Roberto Mancini

Date Of Birth  :  27 November 1964
Position :  Deep-Lying Forward, Height :  183 cm
Major Club :  Sampdoria, Caps :  36 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1990 (No Game)
Club Honours :  2 Times Italian Series A, 6 Times Copa Italia
2 Times UEFA Cup Winners’Cup (1990, 1999)
1992 European Cup Runner-Up 
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement :  Sampdoria Greatest Player Ever
2 Times Guerin Italian Series A Footballer of The Year (1988,1991)

Class : Prince Silver


3. Roberto Bettega

Date Of Birth  : 27 December1950
Position :  Forward, Height : 184 cm
Major Club : Juventus, Caps : 42 Games (19 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1978 (7 Games with 2 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  178 Goals/ 481 Games
Club Honours :   7 Times Italian Series A
2 Time Copa Italia, 1977 UEFA Cup Winner
International Honours :    None
Individual Achievement  :   1 Time Italian Series A Top Scorer
1978 FIFA World CupQualification Top Scorer
1978 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
Class  :  Prince Gold


4. Gianluca Vialli

Date Of Birth  : 9 July 1964
Position : Forward, Height  : 180 cm
Major Club :  Sampdoria, Juventus
Caps : 59 Games (16 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1986, 1990 (3 Games/No Goal)
Professional Score Record : 236 Goals/544 Games
Club Honours : 2 Times Italian Series A, 4 Times Copa Italia
1 Time FA Cup, 1993 UEFA Cup, 1996 UEFA Champion League
2 Times UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1990, 1998)
International Honours : 1990 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :  1988 UEFA Euro Best XI
1990 Cup Winners Cup Top Scorer
1991 Italian Series A Top Scorer
                                                    1995 World Soccer Player of The Year
                                                     Coppa Italia All-Time Top Scorer
                                                     Class  :  Prince Gold


5. Adolfo Baloncieri

Date Of Birth  :  27 July 1897
Position  :  Deep-Lying Forward
Height   :  171 cm
Major Club  :  Alessandria, Torino
Caps   :  47 Games (25 Goals)
Olympic Games Participation  :   1924, 1928
Club Honourห  :  1 Time Italian Series A
International Honours  :  1928 Olympic Games Bronze Medal
Individual Achievement  :  3 Times Italian Series A Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver



6. Gianfranco Zola

Date Of Birth  :  5 July 1966
Position  : Deep-Lying Forward
Height :  169 cm, Major Club  :  Parma, Chelsea
Caps  :  35 Games (10 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1994 (1 Game and No Goal)
Professional Score Record  :  221 Goals/ 667 Games
Club Honours : 2 Times FA Cup
1995 UEFA Cup, 1998 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement  : 1997 FWA Footballer of The Year
2003 Chelsea Greatest Player Ever   
2004 Order of The British Empire           
Class : Prince Silver

7. Giuseppe Signori

Date Of Birth  :  17 February 1967
Position :  Left-Side Forward, Height : 171 cm
Major Club :  Lazio, Bologna
Caps  :  28 Games (7 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :    1994 (6 Games and No Goal)
Professional Scores Record : 222 Goals/424 Games
Club Honours   :   None
International Honours :   None
Individual Achievement  :  3 Times Italian Series A Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver


8. Antonio Di Natale

Date Of Birth  :  13 October 1977
Position :  Forward, Height : 170 cm
Major Club :  Udinese
Caps  :  42 Games (11 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  2010
Professional Scores Record : 300 Goals/686 Games
Club Honours   :   None
International Honours :   None
Individual Achievement  :  2010 Italian Footballer of the Year
2 Times Italian Series A Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver





Striker



1. Christian Vieri

Date Of Birth  : 12 July 1973
Position : Target Striker, Height : 186 cm
Major Club  : Inter Milanม Caps  :  49 Games (23 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1998, 2002 (9 Games / 9 goal)
Professional Score Record  :  215 Goals/ 395 Games
Club Honours  : 1 Time Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
1996 Intercontinental Cup, 1999 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
1997 UEFA Champion league Runner-Up
International Honours :  1977 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Individual Achievement :  1999 ISeries A Footballer of The Year
1 Time Spanish La Liga and Italian Series A Top Scorer
2 Times Italian Footballer of The Year (1999, 2002)
1998 FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe
                                                     Class  :  Queen Bronze


2. Paolo Rossi

Date Of Birth  :  23 September 1956
Height  :  174 cm, Position : Target Striker
Major Club : Vicenza, Juventus, Caps :  48 Games (20 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1978, 1982, 1986 (14 Games / 9 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 116 Goals/ 279 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours : 1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement : 1 Time Italian Series A Top Scorer
FIFA World Cup : 1982 Golden Shoe- Golden Ball, 1978  Silver Ball
1982 Ballon'Dor. World Soccer, L'Equippe Sports Personality of The Year
1983 European Cup Top Scorer
Class    :   Prince Gold

3. Phillipo Inzaghi

Date Of Birth  :  9 August 1973
Position  :  Target Striker, Height :  181 cm
Major Club :  Juventus, AC Milan
Caps :  56 Games (24 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1998, 2002, 2006  (5 Games With 1 Goal)
Professional Scores Record : 301 Goals/ 574 Games
Club Honours :   2 Times Italian Series , 1 Time Copa Italia
2 Times UEFA Champion League Winners (2003, 2007)
2005 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
International Honours  : 2000 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  : 1 Time Italian Series A Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver
4. Alessandro Altobelli

Date Of Birth  : 28 November 1955
Position  :  Target Striker, Height  : 178 cm
Major Club : Inter Milan
Caps : 61 Games (25 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986 (7 Games with 5 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  209 Goals/ 466 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
International Honours : 1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :  1979 Cup Winners Cup Top Scorer
1988 UEFA Euro Qualification Top Scorer
Class  :  Prince Silver


5. Luca Toni

Date Of Birth  : 26 May 1977
Position : Target Striker, Height  : 192 cm
Major Club :  Fiorentina, Bayern Munich
Caps : 47 Games (16 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 2006 (7 Games/2 Goals)
Professional Score Record : 273 Goals/500 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Bundesliga, 1 Time DFB-Pokal
International Honours : 2006 FIFA World Cup
Individual Achievement  : 2008 Bundesliga Top Scorer
2 Times Series A Top Scorer (2006, 2015)
2006 Guerin Series A Player of the Year
2006 European Golden Shoe
2008 UEFA Cup Top Scorer
                                                     Class  :  Prince Silver


6. Roberto Boninsegna

Date Of Birth  :  13 November 1943
Position : Fast Striker, Height :  178 cm
Major Club   :  Inter  Milan
Caps  :  22 Games (9 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1970, 1974
Professional Scores Record : 173 Goals/ 375 Games
Club Honours  : 3 Times Italian Series 1 Time Copa Italia
1972 European Cup Runner-Up, 1977 UEFA Cup
International Honours  : 1968 European Championship Winner
1970 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up 
Individual Achievement  : 2 Times Italian Series A Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver

7. Angelo Schiavio

Date Of Birth  :  15 October 1905
Position :  Target Striker, Height :  178 cm
Major Club :  Bologna
Caps  :  21 Games (15 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :    1934
Professional Scores Record : 109 Goals/ 179 Games
Club Honours  :   1 Times Italian Championship
International Honours :  1934 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement : 1 Time Italian Series A Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver





Table of Positional Ranking


Goalkeeper
Defensive Lateral
Central Defender
1. Gianluigi Buffon
2. Dino Zoff
3. Walter Zenga
4. Giampiero Combi
5. Enrico Albertosi
6. Gianluca Pagliuca
7. Giuliano Sarti
8. Angelo Peruzzi
9. Stefano Tacconi
10. Luciano Castellini
11. Francesco Toldo
12. Lorenzo Buffon
13. Fabio Cudicini
14. Aldo Oliveri
15. Ivano Bordon
16. Giovanni Galli
17. Franco Tacredi
18. Cristian Abbiati

1. Paolo Maldini
2. Giacinto Facchetti
3. Antonio Cabrini
4. Claudio Gentile
5. Renzo De Vecchi
6. Pietro Rava
7. Alfredo Foni
8. Tarcisio Burgnich
9. Sergio Cervato
10. Virginio Rosetta
11. Eraldo Monzeglio
12. Gianluca Zambrotta
13. Umberto Caligaris
14. Luigi Allemendi
15. Cristian Panucci
16. Antonello Cuccureddu
17. Mauro Tassotti
18. Felice Gasperi
19. Luigi De Agostini
20. Georgio Chiellini
21. Carlos Annovazzi
22. Ardico Magnini      
23. Virgilio Maroso
24. Amedeo Carboni
25. Giovanni Francini
26. Gianluca Pessotto
27. Antonio Benarrivo
28. Fabio Grosso

1. Franco Baresi
2. Gaetano Scirea
3. Alessandro Nesta
4. Giuseppe Bergomi
5. Fabio Cannavaro
6. Ciro Ferrara
7. Pietro Vierchowood
8. Alessandro Costacurta
9. Roberto Rosato
10. Armando Picchi
11. Fulvio Collovati
12. Riccardo Ferri
13. Cesare Maldini
14. Aristide Guarneri
15. Giuseppe Baresi
16. Aldo Ballarin
17. Mario Rigamonti
18. Lorenzo Minotti
19. Giuseppe Wilson
20. Roberto Cravero
21. Sandor Salvatore
22. Giacomo Losi

Defensive Midfielder
Playmaker
Advanced Midfielder
1. Marco Tardelli
2. Giacomo Bulgarelli
3. Romeo Benetti
4. Salvatore Bagni
5. Renato Zaccarelli
6.  Daniele De Rossi   
7. Ivan Gennaro Gattuso
8. Gabriel Oriali
9.  Demetrio Albertini 
10. Carlo Parola 
11. Ugo Locatelli
12. Agostino Di Bartolomei
13. Luigi Bertolini
14. Giuseppe Furino
15. Giovanni Trapattoni
16. Giancarlo De Sisti
17. Pietro Serantoni
18. Damiano Tommasi
19. Giorgio Ferrini
20. Gianfranco Bedin
21. Luciano Re Cecconi
23. Luigi Di Biagio
22. Roberto Di Matteo

1. Gianni Rivera
2. Andrea Pirlo
3. Giancarlo Antognoni
4. Giuseppe Giannini
5. Renato Cesarini
6. Eusebio Castigliano
7. Evaristo Beccalossi
8. Stefano Fiore
9. Giuseppe Grazar
10. Anotonio Janni


1. Valentino Mazzola
2. Sandro Mazzola
3. Francesco Totti
4. Giovanni Ferrari
5. Roberto Mancini
6. Adolfo Balonceri
7. Gianfranco Zola
8. Fulvio Bernardini

Offensive Lateral
Forward
Striker
1. Bruno Conti
2. Giampiero Boniperti
3. Franco Causio
4. Roberto Donadoni
5. Mario Corso
6. Gianluigi Meroni
7. Mauro Camoranesi
8. Gino Colaussi
9. Amedeo Biavati
10. Claudio Sala
11. Angelo Domenghini
12. Gianluigi Lentini
13. Romeo Menti
14. Paulo Di Canio
15. Francesco De Napoli
16. Renzo Burini
17. Franco Ossola


1. Giuseppe Meazza
2. Roberto Baggio
3. Alessandro Del Piero
4. Roberto Bettega
5. Gianluca Vialli 
6. Giuseppe Signori
7. Antonio Di Natale
8. Paolo Pulici
9. Enrico Chiesa
10. Antonio Cassano
11. Bruno Giordano

Manager
1. Marcelo Lippi
2. Fabio Capello
3. Vittorio Pozzo
4. Giovanni Trapattoni
5. Carlo Ancelotti
6. Arrigo Sacchi
7. Nereo Rocco
8. Enzo Bearzot
9. Ferrucio Vaccareggi
10. Fulvio Bernardini

1. Luigi Riva
2. Silvio Piola
3. Cristian Vieri
4. Paolo Rossi     
5. Phillipo Inzaghi
6. Alessandro Altobelli
7. Luca Toni 
8. Roberto Boninsegna
9.  Angelo Schiavio
10. Guglielmo Gabetto
11. Francesco Graziani
12. Roberto Pruzzo
13. Pierino Prati
14. Felice Borel
15. Giorgio Chinaglia
16. Aldo Boffi
17. Julio Libonatti
18. Vincenzo Montella
19. Alberto Gilardino
20. Salvatore Schillachi





The Greatest Italian Players of the Era


10s : Renzo De Vecchi (2nd Half)
20s : Renzo De Vecchi (1st Half), Virginio Rosetta (2nd Half)
30s : Giuseppe Meazza
40s : Valentino Mazzola
50s : Giampiero Boniperti
60s : Gianni Rivera
70s : Sandro Mazzola (1st Half), Dino Zoff (2nd Half)
80s : Gaetano Scirea (1st Half), Franco Baresi (2nd Half)
90s : Roberto Baggio (1st Half), Paolo Maldini (2nd Half)
00s : Alessandro Nesta (1st Half), Andre Pirlo (2nd Half)
10s : Gianluigi Buffon (1st Half)



The Greatest Italian Footballers of All-Time

1. Giuseppe Meazza
2. Gianni Rivera 
3. Paolo Maldini
4. Franco Baresi
5. Roberto Baggio
6. Gianluigi Buffon
7. Dino Zoff
8. Giacinto Facchetti
9. Sandro Mazzola
10. Gaetano Scirea
11. Alessandro Nesta
12. Francesco Totti
13. Marco Tardelli
14. Antonio Cabrini
15. Valentino Mazzola
16. Walter Zenga
17. Giuseppe Bergomi
18. Fabio Cannavaro
19. Silvio Piola
20. Luigi Riva


81 comments:

  1. He is rated seasonally very low by media rating. I think it is due to his style of play, so smooth without any advanced skill.

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    1. As a player he was nine years as the absolute owner of the team, 60 caps, playing all the tournaments possible, not among the best?

      Have not played at Euro 2000 by punishment.

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    2. Yes, he is an efficient midfielder but as I said, he played football in very common and easy style and I'm sure there will be other players, who have not named here, have similar style and level of playing equal to him.

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  2. Anonymous5/10/14

    gigi riva's height should be 180cm

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    1. I see many source specified his height at 175 cm.

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  3. Anonymous9/1/15

    Gianluigi Buffon have most Caps (146)

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  4. Anonymous19/1/15

    where is Fernando de napoli?

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    1. He has a short career as a regular reserved player at Milan. As I check his rating in DBSCalcio, he passed international-class criteria around 4 seasons, slightly too few in standard of all-time selection.

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  5. I think Carlo Parola is very underrated here.he was selected for rest of europe team against Great Britain in 1947 and after that very impressive match for him chelsea tryied to take him but he refused.Boniperti talked about him as one of strongest italian players ever.he was a centromediano,a mix of center back and defensive midfielder

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    1. As I read article, he was one of the leading center-half in Europe during the beginning of the post-war era. However his consistency is just questionable when he was capped only 10 times. Although there were only 21 international matches played in the 1940s but his career also wholly covers the first half 1950s. I’m also interested on the issue that Parola was even a more frequent starter than Mario Rigamonti in the same position and the same era.

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  6. I also remember that italian magazine Guerin Sportivo put him in national best team ever in 1994 in center back position.this was the team: Zoff,gentile,parola,scirea,cabrini; Meazza,tardelli,Rivera; conti,rossi,riva

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  7. Also the fact that he has only 10 caps is not so important because in that period international matches were so few.you put di Bartolomei in 9 place among central midfielders even if he never played in national team

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    1. It was not updated for Di Bartolomei, Now I am OK to rank Parola higher than him.

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  8. Can you explain me why Maldini and Baresi are ranked lower than Meazza and Baggio even if they are King gold while Meazza is King bronze and Baggio queen gold? Thanks

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    1. Baresi and Maldini's class has not been updated according to the greatest defenders list in positional hall of fame whereas they are rated in King Silver. The class specified in profile is rated based on their own position but when all positions are combined in ranking, this class cannot be applied and need to re-classification. In example, In World's all-time greatest footballer, Maldini and Baresi are rated in queen class.

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    2. Anyway, I'm sorry to forget to update this list as I already made scorecard of world's all-time greatest footballer and Maldini and Baresi are ranked above Baggio. Note that this museum is applied different criteria with more weight in NT part. So Meazza is number one in this list although he was slightly ranked below Rivera in world's all-time greatest ever. In case of Baggio, he is also ranked below Maldini and Baresi in this museum.

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  9. The first great italian goalkeeper Giovanni De Prà is not mentioned here..i think he deserves a mention

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    1. As I read article, he was not described in any great status, so please tell me more information to confirm his outstanding level.

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  10. Bulgarelli22/4/15

    All-Time Azzurri (23)

    portiere - Gianluigi Buffon = Dino Zoff > Gianpiero Combi

    terzino destro/stopper - Giuseppe Bergomi > Claudio Gentile
    libero - Gaetano Scirea = Franco Baresi
    stopper - Alessandro Nesta > Pietro Vierchowod
    terzino sinistro fluidificante - Giacinto Facchetti > Antonio Cabrini

    ala destra/ala tornante - Bruno Conti > Giampiero Boniperti
    mediano di spinta/centrocampista - Marco Tardelli > Gabriele Oriali
    centrocampista/mezzala destra - Andrea Pirlo > Valentino Mazzola
    trequartista/fantasista - Gianni Rivera > Sandro Mazzola

    seconda punta - Roberto Baggio > Luigi Riva
    centravanti - Giuseppe Meazza > Silvio Piola

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  11. Bulgarelli23/4/15

    I would recommend Renato Zaccarelli [Torino] to your centrocampista (midfielder) list, an elegant mezzala with excellent passing skills and great reading of the game. Possessed the tactically intelligence to play libero later in his career too. For the Azzurri, Tardelli would later play as the #8, and Antognoni the preferred #10.

    Coppa Italia - Torino: 1970-1971
    Scudetto - Torino: 1975-1976

    Guerin d'oro - 1986


    Would undoubtedly make the All-Time Italian Top 20 centrocampista/mezzala

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    1. Surely he is the best player I have overlooked. He did not only receive highest rating by Guerin in 1986 (very high point at 6.83 even higher than Antognoni) but Dbscalcio shows his stats in other seasons with incredible high rating for Zaccarelli. I will make his profile in the museum.

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  12. Bulgarelli27/4/15

    I would recommend Alessandro Salvadore.

    A top 10 Italian libero/stopper no doubt. A strong, versatile, classy leader, Sandro was Juve and Italy's captain in the late 60's. The great Azzurri libero between Picchi and Scirea. Unfortunately, 2 mistakes in February 1970 vs Spain prior to WC 1970, meant Cagliari's Cera was Valcareggi's new favoured #6. He was undoubtedly the best libero at that time though. Nicknamed himself, 'Billy', in adoration of England's great, complete defender Billy Wright. Sandro Salvadore and Riva proved the pivotal changes in the 2nd game of the UEFA Euro 1968 Final versus Yugoslavia. 453 appearances for the Bianconeri, and won only 36 caps with the Azzurri.

    Scudetto- Milan: 1958-1959, 1961-1962
    Juventus: 1966-1967, 1971-1972, 1972-1973
    Coppa Italia: Juventus: 1964-1965

    Italy: UEFA Campionato d'Europa: 1968

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  13. Bulgarelli27/4/15

    The Top 5 libero
    Franco Baresi = Gaetano Scirea > Armando Picchi > Sandro Salvadore > Cesare Maldini

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  14. OK, It is once again interesting. Please give me a time for responsiveness.

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    1. As I read articles, he is highly rated in skill possession but do you have any support info in great performance status of Salvadore ? As I check in dbscalcio, he was rated at only 6.18 in the 1970 – 1971 series A season at his 32 years old. There is no rating evidence in other seasons of his career aside from the 1974 – 1975 which he also obtain 6.18.

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  15. Bulgarelli29/4/15

    Note: In your profile of Renato Zaccarelli, you have him listed as a "Defensive Holding Midfielder" - Zaccarelli was a 'offensivi centrocampisti', a playmaking central midfielder (#8), or attacking midfielder (#10). Later a libero.

    In that famous Torino side of 1975-76, the midfield comprised of Patrizio Sala #4 (the mediano - defensive midfielder), Claudio Sala #7 (ala destra - right wing) and Eraldo Pecci #8 (regista).

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  16. Anonymous18/11/15

    GIANLUIGI BUFFON IS ITALYS GREATEST GOALKEEPER.

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  17. Anonymous19/2/16

    Carlo Ancelotti could have a Profile

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    1. I include only a manager and substitution is not included.

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  18. Anonymous11/7/16

    How is here Meazza still in front of Rivera and Rivera is in front of Meazza on all time greatest players list? Unless of course if you only consider national team play here.

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    1. The Italian squad give more proportional weight of NT than all-time best player list and Meazza i evaluated higher than Rivera so he is better by this criteria.

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    2. Anonymous11/7/16

      So, club performance is also considered but at a lower proportion?

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    3. Here is set to be equal between Club and NT but the Club is much more weighted in best every ranking.

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  19. Anonymous22/8/16

    Inzaghi is way too high. Irate him in slightly above Schilachi in the Italian echelon. Even above Gilardino is a bit far fetched since Alberto was far more talented as a player. Inzaghi is just the luckiest football player ever. If you watched him , the ball just hit him and it went in the goal countless time or he would just face the goal open or with the golie 1 on 1. Rarely did Pipo ever scored anything but tapins. Even his borther is widely regerded as the more talented between the 2.

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    1. I'm sure Inzaghi is deserved ahead of Schillachi who is much lower than average in club career when he was not even a starter of his club in many seasons. Gilardino is accepted to have more talented but he played below his standard level in most of seasons. Inzaghi's positional sense is also one of the best ever in this skill.

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    2. Anonymous23/8/16

      Wouldn't you consider Toni as above him? Luca Toni a late bloomer , was already considered a Serie A sacred monster of modern times , but he made a great comeback in 2015 becoming Serie A top scorer at 37 years old.

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    3. Toni's peak is considered higher but he had too many below average seasons.

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    4. Anonymous4/11/16

      have you seen Inzaghis scoring record?For a predatory striker that offers nothing else to the game ebsides finishing his scoring record is not really great.His impact is subpar.Like Totti and Vieri his merits are lower than his reputation.

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    5. Anonymous4/11/16

      how is Nesta rated higher than Cannavaro?Totti higher than Del Piero and Pirlo?Are you serious?YOu have to explain beacause there is no objective criteria for that.

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    6. I'm not clear how did you want to say on Inzaghi as I only said he was great in movement ability.

      Nesta's defensive skill is in the similar level to Cannavaro but he was much better in technique not kick the ball by goalless. Also, Nesta won Italian defenders of the year much more often thanks Cannavaro. Totti is better than Del Piero in both club and NT by awards achievement and media rating. That is not quite related to criteria I create.

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  20. Anonymous22/8/16

    Foni and Cervato above Zola?

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    1. They all have limited opportunity in national team competition and I'm really not sure about the seasonal class of Foni and Cervato but both are one of the top defenders in the world in their time and I don't think Zola ever closed to the same status.

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    2. Anonymous23/8/16

      Well Zola is considered one of the best players in Premiere League history and at the time of his departure , reagrded as Chelsea's best player ever. Not to mention that he is also an all time legend for Parma and started being world class from his Napoli days already managing 12 goals and top assist provider of the league(12 assists) in 1992–93. I'd even suggest in case you haven't watched much of him to search some clips if you have some free time because he was incredibely beautiful to watch. Easly one of the most technically gifted players of the 90s.

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    3. That is your comment on only Zola and isn't related to Foni and Cervato.

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    4. Anonymous24/8/16

      Well same as you , I can't pinpoint exactly how good Foni and Cervato were , but you said that Zola isn't on the same status , and I disagree , showing how good Zola was and in no way inferior as a football legend to those 2.

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  21. Anonymous23/8/16

    How can Totti be out of the 22 men squad when he is regarded by many as Italy's greatest player ever.
    http://video.sky.it/sport/calcio-italiano/totti_il_miglior_italiano_di_sempre_roma/v173907.vid
    http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Squadre/Roma/17-02-2013/rivera-totti-piu-un-numero-10-baggio-piero-mancini-scelgo-lui-9256802452.shtml

    And no Amedeo Biavati? "regarded as one of the greatest Italian players and wingers of all time"

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    1. Totti is not included because he is rather unsuccessful at Italy national team. His candidate in the 22-men squad is Boniperti who has an outstanding individual NT performance even Italy in his time always disqualified early.

      Thanks you for Amedeo Biavati. I'm not even heard of him before and he is surely deserved at least in the minor positional list. I see the difficulty to rate him in profile setting since his career is rather short due to World War II interrupt. He is premised to achieve around great five domestic seasons in his prime and three of them are during the war-time when the standard of competition is relatively low.

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    2. Anonymous23/8/16

      Is this only for NT performance? And how do you know Boniperti was outstanding for the NT? I see he scored only 7 goals and with Totti at least we know he was indeed one of the best players at various tournaments being included in the All Star XI of both EURO and World Cup

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    3. OK, It is a mistaken selection. Look at scorecard in Positional Hall of Fame, Boniperti is rated much below Totti in NT career when he had limited opportunity in World Cup and played juts once game. I agree to name Totti in the 22-men squad. Thanks for suggestion.

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    4. Anonymous4/11/16

      Totti was named to ALL STar Teams based more on reputation than real impact.If you base your selections on this criteria as you often seem to do than this might become a problem once you start ranking and classification.CUase journalists often have very very strange and subjective ideas and them being journalists and offering public opinions does not change that a bit,And Totti is nowhere really succesfull nor impactful as is also Vieri.

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    5. Sorry, I don't think your English is communicative enough and you explanation is too limited also.

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  22. Anonymous1/11/16

    you rate Totti and Vieri higher than Pirlo?
    Both are not even Del Pieros standart.

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    1. I'm not rate Vieri above Pirlo in the top 50 Italian players ever as showed.
      Totti is much superior to Pirlo in club career.
      Del Piero has never been acknowledged as one of the successful player in NT career.

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    2. Anonymous4/11/16

      Totti and Vieri have never been succesfull either.On the contrary.They were largly the problem with the Italian Team.Both are nowehere near to Pirlo and Del Piero.Not based on club or national team success or on impact or even skillwise.So please explain because you seem very random in your classifications and it is a shame that your rankings and judgment are detrimental to this beautiful project.

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  23. Anonymous4/11/16

    in what world is Totti better than Del Piero?Neither based on club or national team success.He is not better statistically.Do you like him better?His impact on the teams is worse.And based on pure skills he is not close to Del Piero or Baggio.Please elaborate because your choices sometimes seem very random and witout real base eventhopugh you put lots of effort in tis great project.But your rankings and classifications seem often completely baseless.You dramatically overrate players from certain countries like Germany and England.
    Greetings

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  24. I think that Buffon now deserves to take place as better gk ever and to be first of Zoff.don't you think so?

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  25. Hi, my friend, what happened to your blog's photos?

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    1. Either the host link in Flickr has become expired or Flickr website has a problem. I have fixed Photo in Positional Hall of Fame but here need more time to reattach Photos.

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  26. Hi, Narathorn. I am looking at the DBS Calcio website, and I was wondering which DBS Calcio rating corresponds to your "International class" rating, since you say it takes up to 5 International Class seasons to be included in your rankings. I see for example Gattuso has only one season above 7 according to this rating, and his other seasons' ratings are comparable to mediocre players of smaller teams. I don't understand which is the criteria, since I believe Gattuso has to be in your ranking and other midfielders don't, but I see no great difference in DBS Calcio ratings.

    Thank you!

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    1. The rating criteria in dbscalcio is categorized by position. The rating is noticeably given to destroyer in lower range than many others because this position likes a physical worker with limitation of offensive skills. I set around 6.1 at minimum for international class of destroyer. If any player achieved lower than 5 seasons, Gattuso has got many international class in international football so he is qualified.

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    2. Thank you for the explanation! Which should be the international class rating of a striker, then?

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  27. why you put meazza as greatest italy player ever?! meazza was a big legend and superstar, i know, but italian choose him more because his reputation and world cup winning. but in pure skills baresi and maldini are the greatest italian player ever. 1990 italy was the best defence line of all-time and probably was the best italy team ever. also baresi is the greatest player ever in his position behind beckenbauyer (and probably moore), but mezza is not at top 5 at his position. also baresi was the captain and superstar of the greatest club ever (or at least one of the greatest ever - ac milan 1988 till 94) . also baresi was playing at more competitive era rather than mezza....

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    1. Defensive skill is considered to be less difficult than the offensive skill. As a great defender, you're required to possess positional sense and interception. The attacking skill has a wider range, creativity, passing, dribbling scoring and movement. Anyway, Meazza is just ahead Maldini by 0.3 point according to my scorecard. I consider they're in the same level.

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    2. it's exactly vice versa.but you'r right organizations usually care more about forwards rather than defenders,because of public view and more popularity on the players that scored goals, but in real, offensive position is so easier than defensive one.it's clear that the most difficult post of football is goalkeeper, and then full-backs (if you played just one time in real pitch you know what i talk about!) because they need so more stamina for their running on length of the field, in midfield positions,defensive midfielder is more difficult than the others because of the most running average and responsibility to create space for attacks and stop opponents in the middle. also center back is so sensitive and difficult position, because they are the main guardians of the team, but forward is the easiest position among all, because they just have responsibilty of the goal area, just catch the ball from the back line and score goal. not necessary to create chance for scoring goal, need not make assist, need not defend and etc. and even if they haven't high skills or haven't a good day, just with scoring goal, they will become the hero. think a striker lose the ball for several times in a game..what will happen? nothing, just maybe blamed because of his not gud performance, but think if center-backs make some mistakes on the ball or fail at stopping the opponents just for one time, team conceded goals and everything changes, and CB will known as guilty for the losing of the game. besides these, defenders had very more difficult path to make notice than offensive positions. peoples and orgs less care about them and it's so harder to recognition than the others. And how much look at the older times, this was so harder. about baresi he's also voted as the greatest milan player ever. as i said he was a special case (like bobby moore) he was the main element of the greatest clubs and national defense line, also he playing at the best italian era in terms of stars. scirea,bergomi,zoff,rossi,maldini,cabrini,baggio and the other big names that were at his time, but still he was the superstar of their teams. in the club level i think he is the most successful defender of all-time. after all even if two players be in same level and one be striker and the other be defender, usually is more logical to choose the defender above, because as i said of course defender need so moreeeee skills,excellence performance,records and individuals to become reputable as same as striker. but here it's not happen because baresi and maldini isn't the level of mezza to discussion about which is better by far? they are so greater than meazza,baggio and rivera. in fact their performances and playing in compare of their position competitors is unique and very higher than others, probably the best ever (alongside some other defenders), But mezza or rivera are not. baresi is the di stefano of defenders and maldini is the garrincha of full-backs. and at the last as i said again baresi was playing against a number of greatest strikers and footballers ever and the 90's was so much competitive than 30's, at the time of mezza defenders hadn't attitude and still was amateur in compare of later defenders that rise up at 60's and 70's.

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    3. I think you explain well and this topic is deserved to do research.

      Anyway Let see how difficulty to make mistakes as a defender compared to mistakes by attackers. As a defender, it is very often that you take advantage of your position, pursuing opponents and tackling the ball. As an attacker, you need to think quickly and always made a true decision. Moreover you need to have an accurate dribbling, passing or shooting to survive from losing the ball. Certainly attacker made some mistakes more often than defender during the game. In contrary, you don't need to elaborate much. Also, I think the Italian tough defensive strategy facilitate Baresi to play more conveniently.

      Defender with a remarkable offensive skill is rated in equal way to attacker and Maldini/Baresi;'s offensive skills are impressive but remain limited in comparison to many others.

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  28. Hello Dearman,

    I still love your ratings and your implementation of the 9x100 football list is stunning.
    Still, can you explain how come you rate Angelo Schiavio so low? He had 5 seasons in which he scored more than 20 goals in the league, 5 seasons more than 10. He won 4 Serie A titles, in 3 of them he was crucial, as well as 2 Mitropa Cup (You know well that in the 30s it was the closest thing to the contemporary Champions League). More than that, he won the Coppa Internazionale twice and in one of his less prolific seasons, in 1934, he still was the second best scorer in the World Cup and scored the decisive goal in the final. He is regarded as the best player to play for Bologna and one of the great italian legends of that Era. 15 goals in only 21 appereances for the National Team. 242 goals in the Italian First Division in a Bologna side who dominated domestic football before the great Juventus.
    I would rate him just below or even above Vieri... I sincerely don't understand why he isn't Queen Bronze and he is only 98 in your 9x100 Strikers ranking list.

    Thanks for the explanations!

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  29. Hi, Benforti

    It is good to have a chance to discuss with you again. I think Schiavio' scoring more than 20 goals is not as remarkable as Vieri when the pre-war era is more productive in goal average per game than the modern era. I have checked his scoring stats in Mitropa Cup but I don't found his name in top 7 - 10 scorer list in any related year. Anyway, my implementation omitted his performance in the 1934 world cup and I have re-implemented and he is just ascended a few higher ranks.

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    1. Thank you. I agree with you on the pre-war era, I just see you also rated other strikers of the 30th really high, so I thought it wasn't a main issue for you! I am curious to see his ranking between the Italian strikers.

      I am willing to make some suggestion about italian players at the end of the season, since I am clearly italian and interested above all in that part!

      I also wanted to compliment you for your inclusion of Henry Caicedo, Efraín Sánchez and Delio Gamboa in the Colombian squad. I've been studying Colombian football and they were missed in your ranking before. I would also suggest Luís Herrera, Mario Agudelo and Humberto "Turrón" Álvarez: among these, I think at least Herrera should be qualified to have a profile. Have a nice week!

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    2. That is a very good news for me to have a suggestion by Italian person since I have been looking for it through such an informative list. For now, I would like to know how would you rate Roberto Rosato. I see Guerin Sportivo rated him very low during the 1970s. I know his peak was performed during the second half 1960s. He debuted for Italy in 1965 so I implied his prime is rather short. Anyway, some articles described him as one of the greatest Italian defenders ever that sounds overrated for me.

      Colombian players were added since a Chilean guy suggested me to study them. Recently, I also add many profiles of new players likes. Max Abegglen (Switzerland) and Todor Diev (Bulgaria). I'll check if Luis Herrara should be great enough. Thanks for suggestion.

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  30. Until not long ago I would have rated Rosato exactly like you have. But as I check better, I think he should be at least Prince Gold and above Collovati. Even on par with Rosetta and Rava or just below them.
    (http://blog.guerinsportivo.it/calcio/2015/12/03/torino-i-100-piu-grandi-di-sempre) --> here in the Guerin Sportivo he's ranked as the 29th best player ever for Torino, and he left Torino at 23 years old. Not bad at all!
    As a starter he won many trophies with AC Milan: Two Cup Winner's Cups, one European Cup and one International Cup. He also won the Euros with Italy and got to the final of the World Cup in 1970 as a started even if he begun on the bench.
    A book I own, that was to be found online but unfortunately it's not anymore, called "The Dictionary of Italian Football" with profiles of tons of Serie A players until the year 2000, defines him as "one of the deadliest centerbacks in the history of football". Maybe it's too much, but the book doesn't say anything comparable about Collovati or Ferri, even if it praises them. I don't know why you suggest his prime is rather short since he made his NT debut with only 22 years! He was 27 in the World Cup final. His level got actually much worse after 1972. But until then this official thread about AC Milan (http://www.magliarossonera.it/protagonisti/Gioc-Rosato.html) says he was "an unbeatable stopper, part of one of the greatest Milan defenses of all time".

    So, in the end, I reckon he has achieved far more than Collovati and Ferri. I'd suggest at least Prince Gold, maybe even Queen Bronze. Something between Costacurta and Collovati. He actually achieved more than Picchi too, especially with the National Team, even if Picchi was more talented overall.

    Sorry if I always write too much, I like to provide explanations! Actually I'm pleased to see your implementation of the 9x100 Rankings include some better rating of past players I already thought deserved much better (Castellini and Bernardini above all). I reckon it takes time to evaluate the modern ones.

    Anyways, I apologize for the length of this, I hope it was useful. In a couple weeks I'll make some suggestions here about profiles and positional ranking of Italian players. Have a nice Sunday!

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    1. Sincerely your suggestion is very impressive and I'll be always happy to read it. Thanks you very much.

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  31. Ah, Luis Herrera or Diego Osorio should definetly be in your Colombian team, since you have Pablo Armero. I mean, the guy was good for 3 years, then he declined so much it's not even funny!

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  32. I forgot: why did you change your mind about Sarti and put him that far above Toldo and Peruzzi, even if his contribute to the National team it's not comparable at least with Toldo's?

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    1. Now I think I need to get your help. I know his pure skill is not greater than that of Toldo and Peruzzi by a few of watches but the fact of matter that performance could be fluctuated. Sarti played 4 European Cup that his club reached final and also a cup winners cup. So he is really advantage in this part. However, I'm really not sure how many seasons he should have reached world-class in domestic season but states of goals conceding with analysis of his defending teammates tends to be two.

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    2. In this case it depends on how much do you rate consistence over player's peak. Sarti was known as a non-spectacular keeper who never was capable of miracle saves, but didn't make mistakes either - except one against Mantova, who costed Inter the 1967 scudetto. He had excellent positioning and concentration qualities. The same can be said about Peruzzi, who had maybe even better reflexes. Toldo was the more spectacular of the three, but also the less consistent.

      It is clear to be that in terms of club career and achievements Sarti comes first, Peruzzi second, Toldo far below. In the National team Toldo is the only one to have truly shined even for a short period (but he got Buffon over him in the late years), and achieved the greatest peak among the three, even far greater I would say. Still, the other two were more consistent throughout their carreer.

      It also can be said that Sarti could have taken advantage from Herrera's Catenaccio System, but the defense of the 90s Juve in which Peruzzi played in was rock solid too.

      In conclusion, even if I like Toldo better among the three, I think your ranking is probably right, since Sarti and Peruzzi achieved more. I only think it's really strange, if you consider player's peak in your ranking, to see him 25 spots below Sarti in the 9x100 list, 15 spots below Tacconi and even below Castellini, who was a wonderful keeper but never did anything with the National Team nor win an international trophy. And in terms of pure skill, I don't think Toldo is inferior even. I think it's strange because I consider Sarti, Peruzzi and Toldo to be more or less in the same level.

      I hope this was helpful!

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  33. Anonymous14/7/17

    Ezio Loik?

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  34. Albertosi has to be above Combi, Causio above Boniperti and Corso above Donadoni.

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    1. The ranking in positional hall of fame is not always matched with all-time national squad as the slight different criteria. You can see Combi, Boniperti and Donadoni are better than Albertosi, Causio and Corso, respectively in national team career that led them to have different status of place.

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