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





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All-Time Italian Squad


    1. 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                                

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. Gianluigi Buffon

Date Of Birth  :  28 January 1978
Position : Goalkeeper, Caps : 154 Games 
Height   :  191 cm, Major Club :  Juventus
World Cup Participation  : 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 (14 Games)
Club Honours  :  2 Times Italian Series A
1999 UEFA Cup, 1 Time 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


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 :  Dino Zoff (Captain), Gianluigi Buffon
DF : Giacinto Facchetti, Antonio Cabrini, Paolo Maldini, Giuseppe Bergomi, Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea, Franco Baresi, 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. Zoff beat Buffon as a first choice keeper with a better overall skill. 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.


Stadium

San Siro




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

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Positional Ranking of Reserved Group

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. 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 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 Guerin 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 Silver


8. 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 Silver


9. Aldo Oliveiri

Date Of Birth  : 2 October 1910
Height    :  178 cm
Major Club  :  Lucchese, Torino
Caps  :  24 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1938
Club Honours   :  None
International Honours    : 1938 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver






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Defensive Lateral

1. Renzo De Vecchi

Date Of Birth  : 3 February 1894
Position  :  Left-Back
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   :   Queen Bronze



2. 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 : Queen Bronze


3. Alfredo Foni

Date Of Birth  :  20 January 1911
Position  :  Right-Full-Back/ Center-Back
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. 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


6. Umberto Caligaris

Date Of Birth  : 26 June 1901
Position :  Left-Full-Back/Center-Back
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




7. Eraldo Monzeglio

Date Of Birth  :  5 June 1906
Position :  Right-Full-Back/Center-Back
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. Luigi Allemandi

Date Of Birth  : 18 November 1903
Position :  Left-Full-Back
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 Gold



9. Christian 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
10. Anotonello Cuucureddu

Date Of Birth  :  4 Oc5tober 1949
Position :  Right-Back/Center-Back
Height:  180 cm, Caps:  13 Games
Major Club  :  Juventus
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours   :   6 Times Italian Series A
1 Time Copa Italia, 1977 UEFA Cup
International Honours    :     None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver



11. Mauro Tassotti
Date Of Birth  :  19 January 1960
Position  : Right-Full-Back, Height  :  177 cm
Major Club :  AC Milan, Caps  :  7 Games
World Cup Participation : 1994 (2 Games)
Club Honours  :   5 Times Italian Series A
3 Times UEFA Champion League (1989, 1990, 1994)
2 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up (1993, 1995)
International Honours :   1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver



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Central Defender

1. Ciro Ferrara

Date Of Birth  : 11 February 1967 
Position : Center-Back, 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. Virginio Rosetta

Date Of Birth  :  25 February 1902         
Position  : Center-Back
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



5. Pietro Rava

Date Of Birth  :  21 January 1916           
Position  : Center-Back/Left-Full-Back
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




6. 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

7. 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



8. Ricardo 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






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Central Midfielder


1. Giacomo Bulgarelli

Date Of Birth  :  24 October 1940
Position   :   Box-to-Box 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. Ivan Gennaro 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

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. 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



5. Gabriele Oriali

Date Of Birth  :  25 November 1952
Position :  Destroyer, Height  :  176 cm
Major Club :  Inter Milan, Caps  :   28 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1982 (5 Games)
Club Honours  :   2 Times Italian Series A
2 Times Copa Italia
1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Silver




6. 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

7. Eusebio Castigliano

Date Of Birth  : 9 February 1921
Position : Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  : 175 cm
Major Club :  Torino
Caps :  7 Games
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours:   4 Times Italian Series A
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  :  Prince Silver







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Offensive Lateral


1. Giampiero Boniperti

Date Of Birth  :  4 July 1928
Position :  Second Striker/Right-Wing-Forward
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 Midfielderม 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-Winger, 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. Luigi Meroni

Date Of Birth  :  24 February 1943
Position  : Left and Right-Winger
Height  :  172 cm, Major Club: Torino
Caps  :  6 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1966 (1 Game)
Club Honours :   None
International Honours    :  None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class : Prince Gold



6. 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







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Offensive Midfielder

1. Giancarlo Antognoni

Date Of Birth  :  1 April 1954
Position  :   Central Holding Midfielder
Height  :  179  cm
Major Club  :  Fiorentina
Caps  :   73 Games
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. Roberto Mancini

Date Of Birth  :  27 November 1964
Position :  Attacking Midfielder, 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 :  
2 Times Guerin Italian Series A Footballer of The Year (1988, 1991)
Sampdoria Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Silver

4. Giuseppe Giannini

Date Of Birth  :  20 August 1964
Position :  Playmaking-Attacking 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





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Forward


1. Alessandro Del Piero

Date Of Birth  :  9 November 1974
Height  :  173 cmม Caps  :  91 Games (27 Goals)
Position   :  Second Striker, 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 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


3. Adolfo Baloncieri

Date Of Birth  :  27 July 1897
Position  :  Second Striker
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



4. Gianfranco Zola

Date Of Birth  :  5 July 1966
Position  : Second Striker, 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

5. 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


6. 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 Silver

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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. Luca Toni

Date Of Birth  : 26 May 1977
Position : Forward, 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



5. Roberto Boninsegna

Date Of Birth  :  13 November 1943
Position :  Target 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

6. 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



7. 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



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Positional Ranking of Italian Footballers

Goalkeeper
Side-Back
Center-Back
1. Dino Zoff
2. Gianluigi Buffon
3. Walter Zenga
4. Giampiero Combi
5. Enrico Albertosi
6. Gianluca Pagliuca
7. Lorenzo Buffon
8. Angelo Peruzzi
9. Francesco Toldo
10. Giuliano Sarti
11. Aldo Oliveri
12. Stefano Tacconi
13. Fabio Cudicini
14. Ivano Bordon
15. Luciano Castellini
16. Giovanni Galli
17. Sebastiano Rossi
18. Franco Tacredi
19. Luca Marcheggiani
20. Cristian Abbiati









1. Paolo Maldini
2. Giacinto Facchetti
3. Antonio Cabrini
4. Renzo De Vecchi
5. Sergio Cervato
6. Alfredo Foni
7. Tarcisio Burgnich
8. Gianluca Zambrotta
9. Umberto Caligaris
10. Eraldo Monzeglio
11. Luigi Allemendi
12. Cristian Panucci
13. Antonello Cuccureddu
14. Mauro Tassotti
15. Felice Gasperi
16. Luigi De Agostini
17. Carlos Annovazzi
18. Ardico Magnini      
19. Virgilio Maroso
20. Amedeo Carboni
21. Giovanni Francini
22. Moreno Torichelli
23. Giuseppe Favalli
24. Giuseppe Pancaro
25. Gianluca Pessotto
26. Francesco Coco
27. Antonio Benarrivo
28. Georgio Chiellini
29. Daniele Bonera                
30. Fabio Grosso
1. Franco Baresi
2. Gaetano Scirea
3. Alessandro Nesta
4. Giuseppe Bergomi
5. Fabio Cannavaro
6. Claudio Gentile
7. Ciro Ferrara
8. Pietro Vierchowood
9. Alessandro Costacurta
10. Virginio Rosetta
11. Pietro Rava
12. Armando Picchi
13. Fulvio Collovati
14. Riccardo Ferri
15. Roberto Rosato
16. Cesare Maldini
17. Aristide Guarneri
18. Giuseppe Baresi
19. Aldo Ballarin
20. Mario Rigamonti
21. Lorenzo Minotti
22. Giuseppe Wilson
23. Roberto Cravero
24. Sandor Salvatore
25. Giacomo Los
Central Midfielder
Attacking Midfielder
Winger
1. Marco Tardelli
2. Giacomo Bulgarelli
3. Romeo Benetti
4. Ivan Gennaro Gattuso

5. Renato Zaccarelli
6. Salvatore Bagni
7. Gabriel Oriali
8. Demetrio Albertini
9. Eusebio Castigliano
10. Daniele De Rossi 
11. Carlo Parola 
12. Ugo Locatelli
13. Agostino Di Bartolomei
14. Luigi Bertolini
15. Giuseppe Furino
16. Giovanni Trapattoni
17. Giancarlo De Sisti
18. Pietro Serantoni
19. Damiano Tommasi
20. Giorgio Ferrini
21. Gianfranco Bedin
22. Luciano Re Cecconi
23. Roberto Di Matteo
24. Luigi Di Biagio
1. Gianni Rivera
2. Valentino Mazzola
3. Sandro Mazzola
4. Andrea Pirlo
5. Giancarlo Antognoni
6. Giovanni Ferrari
7. Roberto Mancini
8. Giuseppe Giannini
9. Fulvio Bernardini
10. Evaristo Beccalossi
11. Stefano Fiore
12. Giuseppe Grazar
13. Anotonio Janni



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



Forward
Striker
Manager
1. Giuseppe Meazza
2. Roberto Baggio
3. Francesco Totti
4. Alessandro Del Piero
5. Roberto Bettega
6. Adolfo Balonceri
7. Gianfranco Zola
8. Giuseppe Signori
9. Gianluca Vialli 
10. Antonio Di Natale
11. Paolo Pulici
12. Enrico Chiesa
13. Antonio Cassano
14. Bruno Giordano


1. Luigi Riva
2. Silvio Piola
3. Cristian Vieri
4. Paolo Rossi     
5. Phillipo Inzaghi
6. Luca Toni
7. Roberto Boninsegna
8. Angelo Schiavio
9. Alessandro Altobelli 
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
1. Marcelo Lippi
2. Fabio Capello
3. Vittorio Pozzo
4. Giovanni Trapattoni
5. Arrigo Sacchi
6. Nereo Rocco
7. Enzo Bearzot
8. Carlo Ancelotti
9. Ferrucio Vaccareggi

10. Fulvio Bernardini




Eras Greatest Italian Footballers


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)
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The Greatest Italian Footballers of All-Time

1. Giuseppe Meazza
2. Gianni Rivera 
3. Paolo Maldini
4. Franco Baresi
5. Roberto Baggio
6. Dino Zoff
7. Giacinto Facchetti
8. Gianluigi Buffon
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
21. Andrea Pirlo
22. Claudio Gentile
23. Enrico Albertosi 
24. Gianpiero Combi
25. Franco Causio
26. Giancarlo Antognoni
27. Gianluca Pagliuca
28. Ciro Ferrara
29. Bruno Conti
30. Giampiero Boniperti
31. Christian Vieri
32. Alessandro Del Piero
33. Giacomo Bulgarelli
34. Pietro Vierchowod
35. Roberto Bettega
36. Renzo De Vecchi
37. Giovanni Ferrari
38. Roberto Donadoni
39. Paolo Rossi
40. Sergio Cervato
41. Mario Corso
42. Adolfo Baloncieri
43. Virginio Rosetta
44. Alfredo Foni
45. Gianfranco Zola
46. Tarcisio Burgnich
47. Roberto Mancini
48. Romeo Benetti           
49. Alessandro Costacurta

50. Giuseppe Signori


62 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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