Tuesday, 26 June 2012

SPECIAL EDITION: LEGENDS XI



Special Edition team dedicated to the true greats of football.

LEGENDS XI

The team consists of 11 players from 11 different nations.

1 Goalkeeper, 4 Defenders, 4 Midfielders and 2 Strikers.

The team is 100% Hand Painted and also feature individual hair styles created by hand.

Each player stands on Gold Subbuteo Bases with Green Inners.

Also each player wears Golden boots.


The Team:


1. Lev Yashin
(Soviet Union)

The greatest goalkeeper to have played the greatest game. Yashin nicknamed the 'Black Spider' or 'Black Panther' is the only goalkeeper ever to win the European Footballer of the Year Award in 1963. He is also believed to have stopped around 150 penalty kicks during his career, far more than any other goalkeeper in history. When asked what his secret was, he would reply that the trick was "to have a smoke to calm your nerves, then toss back a strong drink to tone your muscles."

Famous quote:

"What kind of a goalkeeper is the one who is not tormented by the goal he has allowed? He must be tormented! And if he is calm, that means the end. No matter what he had in the past, he has no future."
—Yashin himself






2. Franz Beckenbauer
(West Germany)

Beckenbauer is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and one of the greatest and most decorated footballers in the history of the game. He was nicknamed Der Kaiser ("The Emperor") because of his elegant style and his leadership. 

Twice selected the European Footballer of the Year, he appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three World Cups. He lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in 1974. With Bayern Munich, he won three consecutive European Cups from 1974 to 1976, and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1967.




3. Paolo Maldini
(Italy)

A truly sensational defender who spent all 25 seasons of his career at Serie A club Milan, before retiring at the age of 41 in 2009, becoming a symbol and a legend of the club.

 During that period, he won the Champions League five times, as well as seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups. He played for 14 years for the Italian national team, making his debut in 1988 before retiring in 2002 with 126 caps and four World Cup participations. 






4. Bobby Moore
(England)

Bobby captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he had ever played against.
He won a total of 108 caps for the England team, which at the time of his international retirement in 1973 was a national record. 







5. Fernando Hierro
(Spain)

Hierro is mostly known for his spells with Real Madrid and Spain, appearing in more than 500 official games with the former and representing the latter on nearly 100 occasions, whilst appearing in four World Cups and two European Championships.
Equally at ease as a central defender or defensive midfielder, he had the ability, at his peak, to combine solid defensive play with a near-unlimited passing range and surprising goalscoring talent, which made him one of the world's most sought-after players. For the Merengues, he won five La Liga and three UEFA Champions League trophies, over the course of nearly 15 years.
His goalscoring feats were simply amazing with 545 Club appearances and 109 goals and even at International level with 29 goals from 89 appearances.







6. George Best
(Northern Ireland)

Best played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and Football Writers' Association Player of the Year. 

 Best began his club career with Manchester United, who had spotted his talent at the age of 15. He went on to see success with United scoring 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years. His playing style combined pace, acceleration, balance, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to beat defenders.  In international football, he was an automatic choice when fit, being capped 37 times and scoring nine goals from 1964 to 1977.





7. Michel Platini
(France)

Platini was a member of the French national team that won the 1984 European Championship, a tournament in which he was the top goalscorer and voted the best player. He also participated in the 19781982 and 1986 World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two. 

Considered one of the best passers in football history as well as one the best free kick specialists and finishers, he holds the record for most goals (9) scored in European Championship final tournaments despite only appearing in the 1984 edition. Despite being a midfielder, he held the national team top scorer record until striker Thierry Henry surpassed the 41 goals mark in 2007.





8. Diego Maradona
(Argentina)

 Many experts, football critics, former and current players consider Maradona the greatest football player of all time.  He won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury.

 Maradona played for Argentinos JuniorsBoca JuniorsBarcelonaNapoliSevilla and Newell's Old Boys. In his international career, playing for Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals.

He played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 tournament, where he captained Argentina and led them to their victory over West Germany in the final, winning the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player. In that same tournament's quarterfinal round, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England that entered football history, though for two different reasons. The first goal was via an unpenalized handball known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players, voted "The Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.





9. Johan Cruyff
(Holland)

 He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Cruyff was one of the most famous exponents of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in association football.

Cruyff played 48 matches, scoring 33 goals. The national team never lost a match in which Cruyff scored.






10. Pele
(Brazil)

Pele is widely regarded as the best football player of all time.  He is the most successful League goal scorer in the World with 541 League goals. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games.

During his career, he became known as "The King of Football", and  is hailed as a national hero in Brazil. Pelé’s electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a star around the world. His team Santos toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity. Pelé played most of his career as a centre forward. Pelé's technique and natural athleticism have been universally praised and during his playing years he was renowned for his excellent dribbling and passing, his pace, powerful shot, exceptional heading ability, and prolific goalscoring.

 Pelé began playing for Santos at 15 and his national team at 16, and won his first World Cup at 17. He is the all-time leading scorer of the Brazil national football team and is the only footballer to be a part of three World Cup-winning squads.

Simply the Best.






11. Eusebio
(Portugal)

He is considered one of the best footballers of all-time by the IFFHS, experts and fans. He helped the Portuguese national team reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals and receiving the Bronze Ball award. He won the Ballon d'Or award in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966. 

He played for Benfica for 15 years out of his 22 as a footballer, thus being mainly associated with the Portuguese club, and is the team's all-time top scorer with 638 goals scored in 614 official games. There, he won 11 Primeira Liga titles, 5 Portuguese Cup titles, 1 European Cup title and managed to help them reach three additional European Cup finals. He was the European Cup top scorer in 1965, 1966 and 1968. He also won the Bola de Prata seven times (a national record). He was the first ever player to win the European Golden Boot award, in 1968, a feat he later replicated in 1973.

Eusébio scored 733 goals in 745 competitive games in his career. He was known for his speed and his powerful, accurate right-footed strike, making him an outstanding prolific goalscorer. He is considered Benfica's and Portugal's most renowned player and one of the first world-class African strikers.




Legends XI - The Full Team





Legends XI - In Custom Box




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