Western European Union

Western Europe in this definition includes only four nations are France, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (no player to be mentioned). Historically, the three low-countries were merged several times as Burgundian Neterlands, Habsburg Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Netherlandsm etc. Belgium and Luxembourg was also a part of France between 1795 and 1815. However, there is no football competition to relate between these nations. Importantly, the definition of Western European players will exclude all players born outside this zone as most of them are named in other nations they were born.

Western Europe

Location : Western Europe
European Championship Participation :    12 Times
(1960, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
World Cup Participation : 17 Times (Disappearance in 1950 and 1962)
Achievement : 1998 FIFA World Cup Champions
4 Times FIFA World Cup Runner-Up (1974, 1978, 2006, 2010)
1958 FIFA World Cup Third Place
3 Times European Championship Winners (1984, 1988, 2000)
1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Most Caps :  Edwin Van Der Sar (130 games)
Top Scorer :  Thierry Henry (51 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Johan Cruyff

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                                All-Time Western Europe Squad

Goalkeeper
Defender
Midfielder
Forward
Michael Preud’Homme
(Belgium)
Jean Marie-Pfaff
(Belgium)
Eric Gerets
(Belgium)
Manuel Amoros
(France)
Bixente Lizarazu
(France)
Ruud Krol
(Netherlands)
Ronald Koeman
(Netherlands)
Laurent Blanc
(France)
Japp Stam
(Netherlands)
Frank Rijkaard
(Netherlands)
Johan Neeskens
(Netherlands)
Willem Van Hanegem
(Netherlands)
Zinedine Zidane
(France)
Ruud Gullit
(Netherlands)
Raymond Kopa
(France)
Michel Platini
(France)


Johan Cruyff
(Netherlands)
Dennis Berkamp
(Netherlands)
Paul Van Himst
(Belgium)
Theirry Henry
(France)
Jean Pierre Papin
(France)
Marco Van Basten
(Netherlands)


Manager :  Rinus Michels (Holland)
Stadium : Stade De France (France)

Formation XI



Explain of Formation

Preud’homme is the only Belgian to have space in the first team. As Desaiily is considered as African in the union definition, Rijkaard replaces him well. Van Hanegem is alone as DM. The five attackers all are world legends. Cruyff, Zidane and Gullit occasionally switch to winger area and only Platini and Van Basten is always at the centre in their position.


Statistics

By Decade
By Nation
1910s : -
1920s : -
1930s : 2
1940s : 2
1950s : 2
1960s : 5
1970s : 1
1980s : 3
1990s : 3
2000s : 3
2010s : 1
Spain : 14
Portugal : 8
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Eras Greatest Western European Footballers

10s : Bok De Korver
20s : Rene Petit (France), Raymond Braine (2nd Half)
30s : Raymond Braine (1st Half), Kick Smit (2nd Half)
40s : Faas Wilkes (2nd Half)
50s : Abe Lenstra (1st Half), Raymond Kopa (2nd Half)
60s : Coen Moulijn (1st Half), Johan Cruyff (2nd Half)
70s : Johan Cruyff (1st Half), Michel Platini (2nd Half)
80s : Michel Platini (1st Half), Marco Van Basten (2nd Half)
90s : Dennis Bergkamp (1st Half), Zinedine Zidane (2nd Half)
00s : Zinedine Zidane (1st Half), Wesley Sneijder (2nd Half)
10s : Franck Ribery (1st Half)
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The Greatest Western European Footballers of All-Time

1.  Johan Cruyff
2.  Michel Platini
3.  Zinedine Zidane
4.  Ruud Gullit
5.  Raymond Kopa
6.  Marco Van Basten
7.  Frank Rijkaard
8.  Thierry Henry
9.  Ruud Krol
10.  Dennis Bergkamp
11.  Willem Van Hanegem
12.  Johan Neeskens
13.  Paul Van Himst
14.  Jean Pierre Papin
15.  Ruud Van Nistelrooy
16.  Franck Ribery
17.  Ronald Koeman
18.  Alain Giresse
19.  Michael Preud’homme
20.  Faas Wilkes
21.  Jean Marie Pfaff
22.  Rob Rensenbrink
23.  Abe Lenstra
24.  Arjen Robben
25.  Raymond Braine
26.  Piet Keizer
27.  Laurent Blanc
28.  Coen Moulijn
29.  Jan Ceulemans
30.  Eric Cantona
31.  Wesley Sneijder
32.  Roger Piantoni
33.  Manuel Amoros
34.  Joseph Jurion 
35.  Edwin Van Der Sar
36.  Robert Pires
37.  Wilfreid Van Moer
38.  David Trezeguet       
39.  Maxime Bossis
40.  Enzo Scifo
41.  Henri Coppens
42.  Robin Van Persie
43.  Jeff Mermans
44.  Bixente Lizarazu
45.  Kick Smit
46.  Eric Gerets
47.  Patrick Kluivert
48.  Japp Stam
49.  Kee Rijvers
50.  Bernard Voorhoof


By Nation

Netherlands : 25
France : 15
Belgium : 10
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Western European Footballer of The Year


1930
Bernard Voorhoof
1931
Puck Van Heel
1932
Raymond Braine
1933
Bernard Voorhoof
1934
Bernard Voorhoof
1935
Raymond Braine
1936
Beb Bakhuys
1937
Kick Smit
1938
Kick Smit
1947
Jeff Mermans
1948
Servaas Wilkes
1949
Servaas Wilkes
1950
Servaas Wilkes
1951
Abe Lenstra
1952
Abe Lenstra
1953
Raymond Kopa
1954
Rik Coppens
1955
Raymond Kopa
1956
Raymond Kopa
1957
Raymond Kopa
1958
Raymond Kopa
1959
Raymond Kopa
1960
Coen Moulijn
1961
Roger Piantoni
1962
Joseph Jurion
1963
Paul Van Himst
1964
Paul Van Himst
1965
Paul Van Himst
1966
Sjaak Swart
1967
Johan Cruyff
1968
Willem Van Hanegem
1969
Johan Cruyff
1970
Willem Van Hanegem
1971
Johan Cruyff
1972
Johan Cruyff
1973
Johan Cruyff
1974
Johan Cruyff
1975
Johan Cruyff
1976
Rob Rensenbrink
1977
Michel Platini
1978
Rob Rensenbrink
1979
Ruud Krol
1980
Michel Platini
1981
Michel Platini
1982
Michel Platini
1983
Michel Platini
1984
Michel Platini
1985
Michel Platini
1986
Marco Van Basten
1987
Ruud Gullit
1988
Marco Van Basten
1989
Marco Van Basten
1990
Enzo Scifo
1991
Jean Pierre Papin
1992
Marco Van Basten
1993
Dennis Bergkamp
1994
Ronald Koeman
1995
Patrick Kluivert
1996
Dennis Bergkamp
1997
Dennis Bergkamp
1998
Zinedine Zidane
1999
Zinedine Zidane
2000
Zinedine Zidane
2001
Zinedine Zidane
2002
Zinedine Zidane
2003
Zinedine Zidane
2004
Thierry Henry
2005
Arjen Robben
2006
Thierry Henry
2007
Wesley Sneijder
2008
Franck Ribery
2009
Franck Ribery
2010
Wesley Sneijder
2011
Eden Hazard
2012
Robin Van Persie
       2013    Franck Ribery 
       2014    Arjen Robben      
       2015    Eden Hazard


By Nation

Netherlands : 38
France : 25
Belgium : 14

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