The Brazilians were the best team at the 82 and 86 World Cups. The fact they didn't win doesn't mean anything, they were the most exciting international football teams ever with the possible exception of previous Brazilian sides. They should ditch the futebol de resultados and go back to joga bonito. It doesn't matter if they don't win in the future either if we can watch that kind of football every four years.
I’m not sure if you know how football works, but usually it’s 11 against 11. :rolleyes:
It’s so disrespectful to the Italy side when people spout on about the ‘82 Brazil side being the best ever, it’s bullshit. Italy had stylish players like Antognoni and Conti that would’ve got in any team , and although Gentile was a no nonsense defender, Scirea and Cabrini oozed elegance.
And let’s not forget that Italy beat This so called best ever team from Brazil, Maradona’s (at his peak) Argentina team that were reigning World Champions, and Germany “Der Mannschaft.” And we all know that there has never been a bad Germany side.
Nobody, Absolutely nobody has ever beaten that many quality sides to win a World Cup.
Look back and you’ll see I’m right.
Maradona's peak was 1986 not 1982.
After the ‘82 WC , Maradona went to Barcelona and got into trouble on and off the pitch, started to be led astray, and in ‘83 had his ankle broken by that violent tackle from The butcher of Bilbao , Goikoetcchea. That tackle would’ve finished a lot of people’s careers. He’d had hepatitis, loads of cortisone injections and obviously started taking recreational drugs because he was a superstar.
Without all of this imagine what a player he could’ve been.
Nobody ever wanted to watch that boring cynical catenaccio shit outside of Italy and the Italian diaspora. And nobody could give a shit about that Italian team. The Brazilian teams of the post war years of the World Cup but particularly the eighties were beloved the world over.
Five aside you need to be a bit of an all rounder so some total football is in order, a Dutch five aside team beats them all, although a Scottish five aside team with Duncan disorderly Ferguson upfront might beat them by knock out....
Dutch gits, Cruyff, gullit, rijkaard, koeman(who funnily enough scored more goals in his career than former Dutch national team top scorer Patrick Kluivert :S) .... Stanley menzo in goal for fun although obviously it'd really be van der saar. The Dutch gits especially cruyff were way ahead of their time....
Ronaldinho would be an obvious pick, and as annoying as neymar is the git is top class
The Italy side that won the world cup 2006 and knocked out Germany were a good side. That was the best match of that tournament.
Football fans all over the world would disagree with you on that one.
Fifa actually changed the rules of the game after the 86 World Cup to prevent teams like Italy playing the way they did. The tackle from behind was banned, refs were told to card shirt pulling and spitting and the various similar stuff, passing back to goalkeepers was banned along with keepers wasting time and timewasting in general. It improved the game no end.
Is there anything you haven’t blamed on Italy? You’ll be saying Covid was their fault next!:rolleyes:
I’m pretty sure spitting was punished before ‘86. And your wholesale rule changes didn’t deter Rijkaard from spitting at Voller 4 years later did it? I suppose he’s Italian as well now? Smfh.
“Teams like Italy” for fucks sake.
2 Jap Stam
3 Brian Robson
4 Ryan Giggs
5 Mark Hughes