European Football Hall of Fame

Update for 2020 - 2021 season

All-Time European Squad


Goalkeeper
Defender
Midfielder
Forward
Lev Yashin
(Soviet Union)
Dino Zoff
(Italy)
Lilian Thuram (France)
Paolo Maldini (Italy)
Bobby Moore (England)
Franco Baresi (Italy)
Berti Vogts (Germany)
Giacinto Facchetti (Italy)
Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) (Captain)
Frank Rijkaard (Holland)
Lothar Matthaus (Germany)
Zinedine Zidane (France)
Ruud Gullit (Holland)
Michel Platini (France)
George Best
(Northern Ireland)
Gianni Rivera (Italy)
Johan Cruyff (Holland)
Giuseppe Meazza (Italy)
Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Marco Van Basten (Holland)
Gerd Muller (Germany)



Manager :  Ernest Happel (Austria)


Formation XI (4-1-3-2)




Explanation of Formation

The team strategy is a Magic Square of Midfield. Yashin stands as a final wall. Defensive line is balanced with two full-backs Maldini and Thuram and a partnership of central defenders. Maldini and Thuram would support the side-midfield area when Zidane and Cruyff moves inside. Baresi is primarily a sweeper behind Moore but the role could be switched under the compulsory situation. Beckenbauer is a defensive holding midfielder, is responsible for stop the opponents between the defensive and midfield area and is also an important player to create the game from the deep-lying midfield zone. Platini is a main creator of the team and has an important role to support scoring from midfield line. Zidane and Cruyff plays as a semi-side attacking midfielder. Zidane is based on midfield area only to create the game while Cruyff has a more advanced role to support the front-line. Puskas and C.Ronaldo are a semi-side deep-lying forward. Puskas is a weapon of the team to shot from any distance and also create assists to the teammates while C.Ronaldo takes advantage of his powerful speed to the goal.   

Statistics By Nations

Italy : 6
Germany : 4
Netherlands : 4
France : 3
England : 1
Northern Ireland : 1
Soviet Union : 1
Hungary : 1
Portugal : 1



Eras Greatest European Footballers

10s : Imre Schlosser
20s : Gyorgi Orth (1st Half), Dixie Dean (2nd Half)
30s : Giuseppe Meazza (1st Half), Gyorgi Sarosi (2nd Half)
40s : Josef Bican (1st Half), Valentino Mazzola (2nd Half)
50s : Ferenc Puskas (1st Half), Raymond Kopa (2nd Half)
60s : Lev Yashin (1st Half), George Best (2nd Half)
70s : Johan Cruyff (1st Half), Michel Platini (2nd Half)
80s : Michel Platini (1st Half), Marco Van Basten (2nd Half)
90s : Roberto Baggio (1st Half), Luis Figo (2nd Half)
00s : Zinedine Zidane (1st Half), Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd Half)
10s : Cristiano Ronaldo (1st Half), Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd Half)


The Greatest European Footballers of All-Time





By Nations

Italy : 11, Germany : 7, Hungary : 6, Netherlands : 4, France : 4, Spain 3, England 2, Czechoslovakia 1, Denmark 1




European Footballer of The Year



Table of Medals (Since 1930)





Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
France
12
12
7
Hungary
12
3
5
Portugal
11
6
3
Italy
11
8
9
Germany
9
18
11
UK
8
10
13
Holland
8
10
6
Spain
6
8
6



30 comments:

  1. Anonymous9/11/2014

    Are you going to post your top 100 European footballers?

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    1. Yes, please give me a time as I’m very busy now.

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  2. Anonymous1/14/2015

    Where's Ronaldo? He isn't reserve to be on substitution bench? sorry for my poor english

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    1. I just forgot to update. He will replace Stanley Matthews. I'll update it..
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  3. Anonymous2/09/2015

    You must put Berti Vogts instead of Thruam. You ranked vogts higher than Thuram in positional hall of fame.

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    1. I select Thuram because of his higher peak than Vogts. The squad selection is given more weight in peak than positional hall of fame and it is an exceptional case that Thuram played as right-back in a few years before switch to center-back position where he was declined in performance.

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    2. Thuram was born in Central America, on the island of Guadalupe, a French territory. Eusébio was born in Africa, in Mozambique, a Portuguese territory. Both played and made a career for European teams. Sorry, it is unfair to remove Eusébio from the European team for (apparently) legal reasons, when FIFA itself does not follow such guidance.

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    3. Well, the significant between them is Thuram was relocated with his family to France at his 10 years old so he was growing up with early football background.

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  4. the reason of the absence of Eusebio?

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  5. Mozambique did not exist as a nation in its time, so Eusebio was Portuguese.

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    1. Eusebio is named in all-time Portugal squad but the selection in the continental legendary museum is more identified on race and birthplace. All players who born in Africa and also 100 % succeed the African blood has been mentioned.

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  6. On The Greatest European Footballers of All-Time you put Lev Yashin twice - position 14 and 17.
    Sugestions for the free place :Stoickov,Riva,Dalglish,P.Rossi,Nordhal,Liedholm,Klinsman,Fontaine,Beckham,Rush,Zarra,Raul,Elkjær-Larsen,Stoikovic,Suker,Hidegkuti,Deyna,Lato,Shevcenko,Blochin,Zamora,Bloomer,Greaves,Keegan,Sammer,Bergkamp,Totti,Del Piero,....

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    1. Thanks for notice repetitive rank of Lev Yashin. The space would be filled Gordon Banks at 50th (based on the list in competition level-based greatest ever)

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  7. Anonymous2/17/2016

    Cristiano Ronaldo 6 gold.

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  8. Why don't you put Ronaldo on the forward line replaces for Muller? Even if he has played most of his matches at left wing forward, he still always tries to run into the penalty area to score huge amount of goals. Head attempts, finishing, clear-cut chances, he is good at all. Sorry for my poor English!

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    1. Thanks for notifying. C.Ronaldo has been deserved a place surely and it had not been updated. Let me think to adjust the formation and update soon.

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  9. Anonymous2/25/2017

    There is a mistake in your formation. You have to switch positions between Moore and Thuram.

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    1. Some big names must be left out in order to keep team balance... here is my European 11...

      4-3-3

      Cruyff Van Basten Best
      Zidane Matthaus
      Rijkaard
      Maldini Kohler Baresi Lahm
      Schmeichel

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    2. There are very many right-backs better than Lahm. Other than that is OK.

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  10. Marco van Basten should be the first choice striker in an all time European team, he's the most complete number 9 to ever play the game.

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    1. He is not consistent enough for the selection of first eleven.

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  11. FOOTBALL HISTORIAN7/13/2017

    Formation XI (4-2-3-1)

    BUFFON; THURAM, BECKENBAUER, BARESI, MALDINI; RIJKAARD, MATTHAUS; CRUYFF PLATINI, RONALDO; MULLER

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  12. Anonymous4/08/2020

    No stoichkov in top 50 ?

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  13. Anonymous4/11/2020

    To have a more balanced team I would have done a 4231
    Yashin
    Vogts Moore Baresi Maldini
    Beckenbauer Matthaus
    Cruyff Platini C.Ronaldo
    Puskas

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  14. Cristiano Ronaldo is the best european player,why do you have cruyff in first?7 times best euro golden player and cruyff only 3 times.i dont understand you,and I dont agree.i am portuguese and I think you are not fair.

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    1. Cruyff is unarguably a better player than CR7 as he is more complete in vision, passing and dribbling. I'm sure Cruyff played better than CR7 in a large number of games.

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  15. Yashin,Maldini,Sammer,Beckenbauer,Rijkaard,Matthaeus,Gullit,Cruyff,Plattini,vanbasten,Best

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  16. Anonymous8/19/2021

    Maybe the ranking should be updated , following the last changes you have made (Xavi, Iniesta). Same for America all of fame (I guess Neymar and Suarez are higher now)

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