Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teams of the year, Part Five

France Football annually ranks National Teams per calendar year, and ESM (European Sports Magazines) select the ‘Team of the season’ by position

France Football’s Team of the Year

Year 1982:
Europe: Italy
Africa: Algeria
South America: Brazil

The rankings and matches of the year
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1917, January 4, 1983 / French) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1918, January 11, 1983 / French) 

Photo From: (Magazine Source unknown) / Contribution From a blog viewer
(Italy squad, Top, left to right:  Dino Zoff, Francesco Graziani, Bruno Conti, Fulvio Collovati, Gaetano Scirea, Claudio Gentile, Giuseppe Bergomi, Paolo Rossi, Gabriele Oriali, Antonio Cabrini, Marco Tardelli   , July 11, 1982, World Cup, Italy 3-West Germany 1)

ESM’s Team of the Year

Season 1998/99:
Carlos Roa (Argentina and Real Mallorca)
Lilian Thuram (France and Parma)
Laurent Blanc (France and Olympique Marseille)
Jaap Stam (Holland and Manchester United)
Bixente Lizarazu (France and Bayern Munich)
Sinisa Mihajlovic (Yugoslavia and Lazio)
David Beckham (England and Manchester United)
Stefan Effenberg (Germany and Bayern Munich)
Rivaldo (Brazil and Barcelona)
Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina and Fiorentina)
Raul (Spain and Real Madrid)

Photo From: World Soccer, Summer 1999
(ESM team of the season 1998/99)


  1. Carlos Roa is one whose story really deserves an entry on this blog, a story that reminds me of the "athletes" who played football at the end of 19th century and the start of the 20th, or films like "Chariots of fire".

    1. Yes definitely an interesting life story
      I may have mentioned it in the blog somewhere

  2. Carlos Roa <3
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