A footballing thought experiment

To tide me over after the end of the World Cup and before the start of the new domestic football seasons, I’ve been spending some time trying to put together teams of international legends of the game for my foosball table (which currently lives in the Whitespace office). The table is a Garlando with a 2-5-3 formation. I put a further restriction for my team selections by only picking one player per country.

I realise that “a team is more than a collection of individuals” – but like all good clichés, it’s also the truth. Besides, with players of this caliber when they were at the peak of their game, I think either of these teams would be a match for pretty much anyone.

Maybe a team of present-day greats with their associated higher professionalism and fitness would give them a good game – that’s a game I’d love to see.

I’d be interested to see your suggestions!

Red Team

Dino Zoff Italy


Bobby Moore England

Franz Beckenbauer Germany


George Best N. Ireland

Johan Cruyff Netherlands

Alfredo Di Stefano Argentina

Michel Platini France

Kenny Dalglish Scotland


Ferenc Puskás Hungary

Pelé Brazil

Eusébio Portugal

Blue Team

Lev Yashin Russia


Franco Baresi Italy

John Charles Wales


Zinadine Zidane France

Diego Maradona Argentina

Marco van Basten Netherlands

Garrincha Brazil

Bobby Charlton England


Gerd Muller Germany

Sandor Kocsis Hungary

Zbigniew Boniek Poland

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