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Football World Cup Greats

Report by Dave Bartholomew

With the World Cup returning to its spiritual residence in Brazil 2014, let’s search back again at the Planet Cup legends of the past. Who will be a legend in 2014?

In the sixties we had Pele, the seventies Johan Cruyff, the eighties Maradona and the nineties Ronaldo. Is Zidane the legend of the noughties? I assume so. He was named as the FIFA Golden Ball winner at the tournament in Germany 2006. The only other Golden Ball winner of the noughties was Oliver Kahn in Japan / Korea 2002 and he was a goalkeeper which doesn’t really count in my view.

Each and every opposition throws up great gamers, males who transcend nationwide boundaries and passions and are widely recognised as the greatest players of their time. Who can overlook ‘Toto’ Schillaci’s influence on the 1990 opposition held in his own nation, Italy. Schillaci scored just seven times for Italy in sixteen appearances but six of those objectives arrived in the 1990 earth cup to win him the Golden Boot.

Or Mario Kempes, the Argentinian striker who scored a wonder objective in the 1978 last in Argentina. Best scorer at the time in Spain’s Primera Liga he was the only foreign based mostly player to be picked to symbolize the hosts who defeated Holland 3-one in the final.

Heading back even additionally let’s give a shout out to Ferenc Puskas, Golden Ball winner in 1954 who scored 84 occasions in 85 appearances for Hungary. His was the crew that slaughtered England six-three turning into the first foreign staff to inflict defeat on England at Wembley.

The initial guy to raise the coveted Jules Rimet trophy was Uruguayan captain Jose Nasazzi, subsequent a 4-2 win around fierce rivals Argentina in the inaugural last held in the Uruguayan funds Montevideo.

Ever before since the Planet Cup began the genuinely wonderful gamers have turn out to be legends, typically acknowledged just by their surnames or nicknames but who will be a legend in Brazil 2014?

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