Americas Football Hall of Fame




All-Time Americas Squad


Goalkeeper
Defender
Midfielder
Forward
Ubaldo Fillol
(Argentina)
Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (Uruguay)
Djalma Santos (Brazil)
Nilton Santos (Brazil)
Daniel Passarella (Argentina) (Captain)
Elias Figueroa (Chile)
Jose Leandro Andrade
(Uruguay)
Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
Hector Chumpitaz (Peru)
Luis Monti (Argentina)
Falcao
(Brazil)
Zizinho (Brazil)
Didi (Brazil)
Jose Manuel Moreno (Argentina)
Zico (Brazil)
Garrincha (Brazil)
Diego Maradona
(Argentina)
Alfredo Di Stefano
(Argentina)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Pele (Brazil)
Ronaldo (Brazil)
Romario (Brazil)


Manager : Helenio Herrera (Argentina)



 
Formation XI (4-1-3-2)



Explanation of Formation

The team strategy is advanced defensive line with off-side trap to support the vacancy of the midfield area. Fillol stands as a goalkeeper. Nilton Santos would extremely go advanced to support the wing-area as Maradona tend to be based on semi-side or central area than the wing. Djalma Santos is balanced operator. Passarella acts as an advanced libero to support midfield area at the offensive possession. Figueroa is strongly an expectable defender of the team. Di Stefano has a central midfielder role, would extremely stop the opponent’s game and also controls the rhythm of team concisely. Maradona performs semi-side attacking midfielder, would mainly run across between midfield to forward line. Garrincha always shows his phenomenon dribbling on the right-wing. Zico is positioned in a three-quarter area and would dangerously beat opponents or scores from the secondary line. Pele and Messi would coordinate together or conduct the ball by themselves from the deep-lying forward area to the top zone.     

Statistics By Nations

Brazil       : 11
Argentina : 8
Uruguay : 1
Peru : 1
Chile : 1
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Eras Greatest Americas Footballers

10s : Arthur Friedenreich
20s : Hector Scarone (1st Half), Jose Leandro Andrade (2nd Half)
30s : Luis Monti (1st Half), Arsenio Erico (2nd Half)
40s : Jose Manuel Moreno (1st Half), Zizinho (2nd Half)
50s : Juan Schiaffino (1st Half), Didi (2nd Half)
60s : Pele 
70s : Rivelino (1st Half), Daniel Passarella (2nd Half)
80s : Zico (1st Half), Diego Maradona (2nd Half)
90s : Romario (1st Half), Ronaldo (2nd Half)
00s : Ronaldinho (1st Half), Lionel Messi (2nd Half)
10s : Lionel Messi (1st Half),  Lionel Messi (2nd Half)


The Greatest Americas Footballers of All-Time




By Nations

Brazil : 26, Argentina : 14, Uruguay : 8, Chile : 1, Paraguay 1, Cubillas 1




Americas Footballer of The Year



 Table of Medal (Since 1936)

Name

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Messi

14

0

0

Maradona

6

3

1

Di Stefano

6

2

1

Zico

5

3

0

Pele

5

3

0

Ronaldo

4

1

1

Ronaldinho

3

1

1

Erico

3

0

0

J.M. Moreno

2

4

1

Rivaldo

2

3

0

Zizinho

2

2

2

Schiaffino

2

2

1


Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Argentina
44
26
31
Brazil
41
43
22
RLA
25
17
31

44 comments:

  1. Anonymous4/30/2014

    Congratulations to this compilation.

    I detected a possible mistake: in 1944 you list Obdulio Varela as the 2nd best American player, yet in another thread at Big Soccer members forum this year you selected Severino Varela as the best player from Uruguay.
    Which is correct?
    Or did you change your mind in the meantime?

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    1. Very thanks for noticeable a mistake ! It must be Obdulio Varela in 1944 as the best Uruguayan player.
      I've revised the same list in Bigsoccer
      http://xtralegend.blogspot.com/2013/01/Rest-of-Latin-Americas.html

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  2. Anonymous8/25/2014

    There is absolutely no way James Rodrigues should be third for 2014. He may have been good in the World Cup but he was not world class in overall season. I suggest Di Maria, since he was world class and witthout a doubt had a better season. Other than Di Maria I would suggest Artiro Vidal for 3rd. He has been world class for the last 2 seasons and was overall much better than James this season. There are a number of other players who had better overall seasons. For example thiago silva, tevez, etc. Even his teammate Cuadrado had a similar level throughout the season. James may have been very good in 4 games at the World Cup but that is no reason to classify his entire season as world class, certainly not above Vidal or Di Maria. Regards

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  3. Anonymous8/25/2014

    I don't think Suarez should be 3rd for 2011. He was the best player at the Copa America(a terrible Copa America) but he was not world class in overall season. Not sure to suggest since it was a poor year for South Amaerican players. Falcao was probably better.

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    1. I’d not deny he wasn’t a world-class player in that season in both eredivise and premier league. Likes you said, it was low competitive seasonal year. I also consider Falcao was still not a world-class one in Portuguese League and his NT is clearly inferior to L.Suarez.

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    2. Anonymous8/26/2014

      But If you take into account Europa League, I would rank him ahead.

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  4. Anonymous8/25/2014

    I meant that Suarez shouldn't be in the top 3 for 2010. Not sure who I would have ahead. Maybe Higuian. He scored 27 in the league.

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    1. Players in lower standard league are always underrated and overlooked. I’d not specify his world-class status in that year but at least he was Ajax player of the year and played well in all competitions (Eredivisie, Dutch Cup, Int.Club and World Cup). Iguain could be better in domestic league but he was poor in Spanish Cup and UEFA Champion League. In World Cup, Suarez is still superior to Inguain.

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  5. Anonymous6/21/2015

    I think that you have to put Ronaldo instead of Garrincha in the Best XI. And the formation will be something like this: Di Stéfano like a Central Holding Midfielder, Maradona and Zico both in the Offensive Midfielder position, Pelé like a forward in the left, Messi like a forward in the right and Ronaldo will be the main Striker.

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  6. Disparaging Romario again! In 2000 Romario was the best player in the WORLD MADE MORE THAN 60 GOALS IN THE YEAR OF BRAZILIAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN ADDITION TO TITLES

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    1. He scored many goals in state championship and when consider average goal per game (0.78), it is not outstanding enough. His NT career is nothing but superb, scoring 7 goals in only 2 games in WC qualifying but only two matches is too few to put him among the best.

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    2. Romario was the top scorer in the World that year

      You saw what he did in the Mercosur Cup 2000?
      and the Brazilian Championship 2000?

      Messi scored more than 90 goals in 2012 playing in the Spanish league and was considered the best player in the world

      His artillery in 2000

      Copa Mercosur: 2000 - (11 goals) (Vasco da Gama)
      Brazilian Championship: 2000 - (20 goals)
      Carioca championship: 2000 - (19 goals) (Vasco da Gama)

      Outside the game Palmeiras 3x4 Vasco you saw his performance on the field?

      Gunner largest in the world in the 2000 season - (76 goals)

      He deserved a little more consideration

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    3. I didn’t watch Romario in the 2000 Copa Mercosur because I think it is not need when consider his general profile. The Copa Mercosur is still much lower prestigious than Copa Libertadores Cup. It was created to make more TV money to participants. Copa Mercosur is not qualified based on performance in the league, just an invitation for top traditional clubs, is also competed by 5 nations, no Peruvian, Colombian and Ecuadorian clubs. Even the competition is participated by top clubs from those five nations, it is much less important tournament than Copa Libertadores Cup which already allowed five Brazilian clubs to participate in 2000.
      When compare to Batistuta and Veron who superbly performed in top standard of competition likes Series A and both made great performance in international club and NT career also, there is no space for Romario in top three.

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    4. This is an ABSURD !

      Romario won the Brazilian Championship 2000 with teams such as Palmeiras, Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Cruzeiro Grêmio

      Did you watch the World Cup 2000 clubs?

      The final was between Corinthians and Vasco x NOT between Manchester-Real Madrid

      The 2000 Brasieiro Championship had a high level like the Italian Championship was only 4 good teams

      Romario was rather better than Batistuta in 2000 only EUROPEAN NOT SEEN HIM PLAY is speaking this

      I saw him play and say that it was better

      As for Mercosur Cup had Argentine teams that are much better than Bolivian clubs here in America nobody cared for Copa Merconorte but here the Mercosur Cup had the same level as the Recopa Européis

      Libertadores in that time only the Brazilian Champion and Brazil Cup were classified only 2 times

      Mercosur already met classified the 2nd to 4th place in the Brazil Championchip

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    5. I’m sure Man Utd and Arsenal would have beaten the Brazilian clubs the tournament if held in England. So your assumption is that everyone who saw Romario played must be agree ? I suggest you to make a survey poll by people from several nations not only Brazil.
      The standard of the cup is a matter and the importance of tournament is another matter. As Mercosur Cup was held in a short time in history and the participation has no qualification system, it could not be much important in overall history of South American international club. It would be unfair to players in the era without Mercosur cup if overrate this tournament.

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    6. That you're English is overestimating teams of England
      Manchester won the Intercontinental Cup 99 with Palmeiras being slightly better
      The Copa Mercosur met at the time the qualifying 2 a4º the Brasileirão which now go to the Copa Libertadores by classification is
      Arsenal in my view was not all that out of England has never won one Champions
      And in 2000 the champion of Champions Real Madrid also lost the game to Boca Juniors in Tokyo
      We can not be thinking of possibilities that this tournament was in England
      We have to take into account only what really happened and this tournament takes place in Brazil and the Brazilian teams were better than big European teams

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    7. That is actually not related to possibility to play in anywhere but the tournament was held in Brazil as a trial and after then it was not allowed to play in Brazil anymore. So, what to do with a trial tournament that held in South Americas and never held in Europe for entire tournament ? Other tournaments all are held in Japan or two legs with alternation between Europe and South America. It was a trial tournament which is less important than the others due to its abnormal format of host status. This case is an abnormal advantage and should not be applied to the rating equal to the others. You should praise Romario performance against higher and more justice standard of competition.

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    8. But I analyzed with justice

      Serie A had good times at the time: Rome, Milan, Inter, Lazio, Parma, Juventus

      And in the Brazilian Championship: Vasco, São Caetano (Surprise of the season), São Paulo, Corinthians, Palmeiras, Flamengo, Gremio, athletic, Fluminense,Cruzeiro

      It was a Playoff Championship which is more unpredictable than consecutive points

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  7. Anonymous11/14/2015

    In the Table of Medal (Since 1936)

    Why is not Ronaldinho? If you located the winner in 2004, 2005, 2006, and third place and second place in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

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    1. OK, thanks, that is an omission of Ronaldinho in the table

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  8. Anonymous12/06/2015

    Why do you think Ronaldinho among the best in 2007 ?


    Why do you think Kaká better than Messi in 2008?

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    1. Ronaldinho was declining in 2007 but still not lower than his average. Also, there was not many great candidates in that year.

      This is seasonal year of 2007 - 2008 not calendar year and I'm sure Messi was much less influential to his team according to that year.

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  9. Anonymous1/17/2016

    2015?
    Messi
    Neymar
    Luis Suárez

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  10. Orsi in best 11... He has a fantastic palmares...

    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raimundo_Orsi

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  11. Anonymous6/15/2017

    Di Maria should be no.1 in 2014. He was named Argentine Player of the Year ahead of Messi and rightfully so.

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  12. Anonymous8/01/2017

    Hi,

    What did Domingos da Guia achieve in 1944 to earn the No 1 spot?

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    1. Sorry for late reply. It is not confidential that 1940s Brazilian players rating is subjective but Domingos Da Guia was arguably during his peak career.

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    2. Anonymous8/04/2017

      I thought you had a point system for the 1940s for South America, a continent not affected by the war.
      Many people regard Carioca champion Zizinho as the best both in 1943 and 1944.
      In your annual Top3 player list you have total scores for South American players until 1942.
      Do not you plan to extend that point system, at least for South America, between 1943 and 1946 as well?

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    3. In that period, there were many leagues not held. I think the World Player of the year is somewhat meaningless.

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  13. Anonymous8/05/2017

    I understand it is meaningless to choose the World Player of the year between 1943 and 1946.
    But what about calculating points just for South American players?
    In 1942 Moreno has 74.4, ahead of Pedernera with 72.0; which of course coincides with your American ranking.
    It would be good to see similar points for South American players between 1943 and 1946, to see why they were ranked in that particular order.

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  14. You have to replace Djalma Santos with José Andrade.

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  15. Why is Santamaria in the team? He is a queen bronze while Chumpitaz or Nasazzi are queen silver in PHF.

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    1. OK I will replace him by Chumpitaz. Thanks for notice.

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  16. Maybe Mazurkiewicz in the best XI? Same class of Fillol but more skilled and higher perform state.

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    1. Player who is ranked lower in PHF could be appeared in higher place of squad selection is true but for the case that they have limited on opportunity and sufficient higher peak. I haven't settle down formula yet and I think I will do it soon. Marurkiewicz anyway has got more opportunity than Filol in int.club but less in Int.country. When Mazurkiewicz score in PHF is less than that of Filol 0.6 point, he is not in a position to take advantage.

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  17. Hi!

    I discovered the movie, Romario play in FC Barcelona at UCL. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R7HZttm9rk&t=


    King regards

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  18. Elias Figueroa was the best South American football defender, Daniel Passarella was very good, Hector Chumpitaz too, but you forgot about a defender almost as good as Fgueroa, Carlos Gamarra, especially Internacional-RS and Corinthians-SP, did not commit faults, Gamarra was shot as the best defender of the 1998 World Cup and the best modern South American football defender, any true specialist in South American football can confirm this.

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  19. Anonymous4/11/2020

    The team is not balanced at all in my opinion
    I would have done a 4231 (even if it means Garrincha out for Zico):
    Fillol
    J.L. Andrade Passarella Figueroa N.Santos
    Monti (Destroyer) DiStefano (as box to box)
    Zico Maradona Messi
    Pele

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  20. What would the team be like if you had to include Ronaldo and exclude Zico?

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    1. Pele will be withdrawn to trequartista and R9 is a target man.

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