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KeeperI don't think Brad Friedel belongs in this fantasy league. A very good keeper but not an All-Time great. DefenseBobby Moore is an excellent starting. One of finest center backs available. Excellent defensive qualities and good at taking the ball out from the back. Rio Ferdinand is a very good partner. One of the best center backs in the world over the last 10-15 years. Very good defensive qualities and good passing skills. I think his reputation varies quite a bit from place to place but I have always rated him very highly. Djalma Santos sounds like a really good right back. A terrific defender. Solid going forward. Andres Brehme was an excellent attacking full back. Excellent crosser of the ball. Good defensively. I think he'll provide brilliant wide play on the left wing alongside Ryan Giggs. I think I had him around 5th or 6th on left back choices. I think you got him pretty late in the draft so he was great value. MidfieldI am Chelsea fan so I am big Makelele booster. A terrific ball-winner. Excellent at plugging holes and maintaining his team's shape. Filling for full backs who go forward. Dropping back when a defender brings it out from the back. Anything defensive, Makelele was top-class. Limited in the attacking sense but a functional short-passer who moved the ball forward quickly. Di Stefano and Platini is an absolutely incredible attacking midfield duo and both can chip in with a large number of goals. They are the fulcrum of your team and as good as any team's in this fantasy league. An excellent starting point to build the rest of your squad around.Di Stefano was a guy I overlooked in the draft. I kept thinking of him as a forward and was uncomfortable with the idea of him there (1950s, good but not great pace, I worried about how he'd translate to more modern football as a forward - Puskas too) but after thinking about him more as an attacking midfielder, I am absolutely in love with him. I can't think of a more perfect attacking central midfielder. A great leader and playmaker who can run/organize your entire team. I would actually play Di Stefano a little deeper in midfield (in a box-to-box type role so he roam all over the pitch) to give Makelele a bit more protection and let Platini be the furthest forward since he has the least defensive quality. Di Stefano more well-rounded. I think your back 5 is a bit exposed at present. I talked about Beckham above. I don't think he fits in well. Ryan Giggs is one of those players who I feel takes a hit in this fantasy setup because we consider players at their peak rather than their whole career. Giggs' ability to play at the top with Man Utd for around 20 years and win everything that he has won is his biggest selling point / accomplishment ... but there was never really a time in those 20 years where you could say Giggs was the best player at Man Utd. It was always someone else. Giggs never really had a clear peak where he destroyed everyone as you would expect with a player with his incredible individual talent. As a result, Giggs was a player I had a tough time rating in this fantasy league (like I had with Roberto Baggio albeit for different reasons). It's shame Giggs never moved abroad. Every big European team wanted him. I would have loved to have seen what he could have done in a more advanced wing role (wing forward type role) in his prime. StrikerRomario is a very good center forward. I like strikers who can dribble and beat defenders. Very good goal-scorer. I generally prefer big strikers when playing with only one up front. If it's a small guy, I think you need to get more midfielders up around him to play into his feet. I don't think Beckham fits that style of play. I do think Giggs does. And Platini and Di Stefano obviously do. I'd feel better if Becks was replaced by more of a advanced midfielder on the right balance wise. I think I had Romario around 7th-10th on my list of center forwards. Very good player.
Okay, so I had two rules when I began the draft(1) Do not pick any defenders for the first few rounds [broke it in the first round with Beckenbauer](2) Do not pick any strikers early because the depth there is incredible [broke it in the second round with Van Basten]Some Information On The PlayersStriker = Marco Van Basten. I picked Van Basten because he is a big striker with good quickness, had excellent technique and an excellent goal-scoring record. Lots of individual and team accomplishments at Ajax and AC Milan. Plus won the European Championship with Holland. A three time winner of the Ballon D'Or.Attacking Midfielder = Ruud Gullit. A big strong powerful attacking midfielder. Very well rounded football capable of playing anywhere on the pitch. Best as an attacking midfielder but can play in wide areas, deeper in midfield and even played sweeper for Chelsea. Lots of physical power / athleticism. Great partnership with Van Basten at AC Milan. Ballon D'Or winner.Attacking Midfielder = Cristiano Ronaldo. I picked Ronaldo for his incredible goal-scoring record. I wanted more goals from midfield. Excellent dribbler and trickery in wide areas. Provides real width. Big lad too, physical presence. Lethal in counter attack. Gives me three big attackers in Van Basten, Gullit and C.Ronaldo who can put a lot of pressure technically and physically on opposition. Ronaldo has won everything at an individual (Ballon D'Or) and club level (Champions League winner + runner up, three time Premier League winner, FA Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey). Attacking Midfield = Rivelino. Since this is a fantasy team, I decided I wanted more flair and creativity in my team. Trickery. Excitement. Clever interplay. Exciting attackers. So I decided for a third attacking midfield instead of a third central midfielder as I had originally planned and I went with Rivelino who I felt was the best playmaker / dribbler available at the time.Central Midfield = Didi. Greatest playmaker of all-time from central midfield (not out of advanced midfiedlers although Didi can play there as well). Golden ball winner. Was the orchestrator behind the 1958 World Cup winning Brazilian team and an integral member of the 1962 World Cup winning team.Central Midfield / Defensive Midfield = Frank Rijkaard. The best defensive midfielder of all time although probably more of a box-to-box midfielder than an out and out holding midfielder. Very good center back also. Excellent defensive qualities and really good going forward. Scores a lot of goals with surging runs from deep midfield. Good passer. Another big lad at 6 foot 3 and again has a previous partnership with Van Basten and Gullit at both club and national team levels. Lots of success. Third place Ballon D'Or twice.Right back = Johan Neeskens. Typically a central midfielder (box-to-box) but one of the most well-rounded players ever to play and can succeed in just about any position. Played at right back in 1971 for Ajax when they won their first European Cup (Champs League) before moving to central midfield full time. Part of that great three-peat European Cup Ajax team that dominated Europe in the early 1970s and a Holland team that twice came runners-up in the World Cup in 1974 (to Beckenbauer) and in 1978 (to Kempes). Was a member of the 1974 World Cup All-Star team and second leading scorer with 5 goals. Left Back = Ruud Krol. can play anywhere across the backline. Played left back for those great early 1970s Ajax teams before moving to center back later in his career as he got older. A terrific passer from the back. Good defensive qualities. Excellent runs down the left wing.Center Back = Elías Figueroa. I never saw him play and limited footage available on the internet so I can only go on reputation and his reputation is immense. Regarded as the best player ever player from Chile, the best defender ever from South America and one of the greatest defenders of All-Time. Won the South American Football of the Year award for three years straight while playing in Brazil in a time when many of the top players stayed in Brazil / South America. Won player of the year honours twice in Uruguay, twice in Brazil and twice in Chile. Became the captain of every team he joined. Big physical presence. Pele called him the "finest central defender in the history of football in the Americas". César Luis Menotti (great Argentian coach who won world cup in 1978) called him "Is the best defender I've ever seen in my life" and he coached Passarella (the other main contender for best South American CB). Beckenbauer called him the best defender in the world + said he (himself) was the European-Figueroa. Named the best defender at the 1974 World Cup in a World Cup that included great all-time defenders like Beckenbauer, Facchetti and Berti Vogts (plus my Ruud Krol who was also on the World Cup Dream Team with Figueroa and Beckenbauer). An excellent ball-winner (tackler, interceptor) who had a great aerial presence. Read the game extremely well. And was a very good passer out of the back. Made surging runs out of the defense bringing the ball forward for quick attacks.Center Back / Libero = Franz Beckenbauer = the greatest defender of All-Time and regularly talked about amongst the top 4-6 footballers of All-Time in that next group after Pele, Maradona and Cruyff. A very good defensive player with excellent attacking qualities. Having Beckenbauer is like having an extra attacker. A deep lying playmaker who can run the game from the defense in the same way an Andrea Pirlo runs Juventus / Italy a little further up the field. Two time winner of the Ballon D'Or. One of the greatest winners of all-time who won absolutely everything there was to win = World Cup winner (plus a 2nd place and 3rd place finish), European Championship winner and runner-up, three European Cups, the Cup Winners Cup, five domestic leagues and four cups in Germany and more in the US.Goalkeeper = Gianluigi Buffon = the best keeper of his era. Now regularly talked about as the best Italian keeper ever ahead of Dino Zoff. Arguably the second best keeper of All-Time. Second place in the Ballon D'Or in 2006. Key leader in Italy's World Cup win in 2006. Has won almost everything at a club level with Juventus although has yet to win the Champions League (runner up medal).Substitute = Mario Kempes. Golden Ball winner, Golden Boot and World Cup winner of the 1978 World Cup. A match winning / tournament winning performance against Holland to secure the World Cup for Argentina. A very good goal-scorer who was prolific in Argentina and Spain. He scored lots of goals from outside the box. Excellent change of pace dribbler who was very good at going past people. Good size and quickness. Can play up front on his own or alongside someone. I think his qualities would work well alongside Van Basten or replacing Van Basten.Beckenbauer is the leader and captain. I think his team-work, determination and winning ways provide the perfect type of leadership for my team. Originally, I had planned on coupling Neeskens and Rijkaard as the backbone of my midfield with Didi freed to play a little more advanced. At the tip of a three man midfield with three attackers further forward. A 4-3-3. I changed that to pick Rivelino just because I wanted more "fantasy" in my fantasy team. Ended up with Neeskens anyway as my right back. A little uncomfortable with Cristiano Ronaldo's selfishness but I suppose sometimes it's good to have someone selfish who'll look for the killer blow at all times. I would have liked more team-work there but sometimes that can a good quality too as well as a negative. [/list]
Edgar, I forgive for you the Magico pick But, seriously? Yashin, Casillas and Buffon ahead of Schmeichel? Man, you're crazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvZf5Zp-27Y10 championships (4 in Denmark, 5 in England along with three FA Cups, one championship in Portugal), twice voted best goalkeeper in the world, European Champion 1992, CL Champion 1999, winning the treble (Premier League, FA Cup) with MUFC that same year.Schmeichel should, in my honest but also very humble opinion, be the GK that everyone wants to pick first when making a fantasy team. I mean, I liked Dasaev, too, but what about someone like Pfaff? Grobbelaar? van der Sar? Neuer? I could go on naming people. I think they're up there, too but not up where Peter Schmeichel is.
Quote from: ACF on November 30, 2012, 05:02:15 AMEdgar, I forgive for you the Magico pick But, seriously? Yashin, Casillas and Buffon ahead of Schmeichel? Man, you're crazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvZf5Zp-27Y10 championships (4 in Denmark, 5 in England along with three FA Cups, one championship in Portugal), twice voted best goalkeeper in the world, European Champion 1992, CL Champion 1999, winning the treble (Premier League, FA Cup) with MUFC that same year.Schmeichel should, in my honest but also very humble opinion, be the GK that everyone wants to pick first when making a fantasy team. I mean, I liked Dasaev, too, but what about someone like Pfaff? Grobbelaar? van der Sar? Neuer? I could go on naming people. I think they're up there, too but not up where Peter Schmeichel is.So angry couldn't get him, but still happy with my teamMy attack is dominant, gonna kick heaps of goals. Also gotta good midfield and defense
I wonder if Rumminegge is a better option than Baggio. He was so well-rounded and capable of playing anywhere across the front-line. Great team player. Does what was needed of him. Maybe he'd tie things together better than Baggio would despite not being quite as individually brilliant as Baggio was.
Quote from: fitzhickey on December 01, 2012, 12:56:07 AMhttp://www.footballuser.com/587487/FC_Bayern_MunchenMy teamI think you got to get Kaka and Garrincha further up the pitch. I think Kaka needs to be just in behind the main striker. I don't think he's a midfielder. More of a deep lying forward. And Garrincha is more of a wing forward than a midfielder and too special a creative force not to be in a more advanced position. I would move Falcao back deeper alongside Ballack and Vieira in a three man midfield. I would love to get a left winger in there to balance Garrincha on the right. To really stretch the opposing team's defense out.I don't see how you can do that without sacrificing Kaka or one of your central midfielders though. So maybe it's best not to do that and just stick with a front three of Kaka, Muller and Garrincha with Kaka and Muller in more central positions. Kaka likes to float and Garrincha is talented enough to beat anyone on the wing (best winger in the draft). I think moving Mario Gomez for a central defender is a good move. I don't think Gomez belongs in this fantasy league. Very overrated player in my opinion. Not a fan. I consider him one of the weak points in club football with Bayern and in International football with Germany. He just doesn't do enough to help either team or to be considered a top class striker. Not a fan. Or, maybe just play a three man defense and swap Gomez for a left winger. Very attacking lineup (3-3-3-1). Or maybe sacrifice Ballack or Vieira for that extra defender and use Gomez to land a winger. Play a 4-2-3-1 with wing forwards. I really like that three man midfield though. Tough trio to play against. I think that 4-2-3-1 is the best formation for your team if you move Gomez.