Top Defenders of FIFA 1978-2006

by on June 20, 2010

Lilian Thuram

“They say that the best defense is offense, and I intend to start offending right now.” Captain James

Defending is a beautiful blend of calm and offensive approach. Being calm helps defenders to think what needs to be done and offense helps them to keep the opponent off their net. Their movements and control on the ball play a major role in the win of any team. Whether offensive or defensive, these boys are a pride of any team. Here is a quick glance at the defenders of 1978-2006:

2006 FIFA World Cup (Germany)

• Roberto Ayala (Argentina)
• John Terry (England)
• Lilian Thuram (France)
• Philipp Lahm (Germany)
• Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
• Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal)

2002 FIFA World Cup (Korea/Japan)

• Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
• Jeremiah “Sol” Campbell (England)
• Fernando Hierro (Spain)
• Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea)
• Alpay Ozalan (Turkey)

1998 FIFA World Cup (France)

• Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
• Marcel Desailly (France)
• Lilian Thuram (France)
• Frank de Boer (Netherlands)
• Carlos Gamarra (Paraguay)

1994 FIFA World Cup (USA)

• Jorginho (Brazil)
• Marcio Santos (Brazil)
• Paolo Maldini (Italy)

1990 FIFA World Cup (Italy)

• Andreas Brehme (Germany)
• Paolo Maldini (Italy)
• Franco Baresi (Italy)

1986 FIFA World Cup (Mexico)

• Josimar (Brazil)
• Manuel Amoros (France)
• Julio Cesar (Brazil)

1982 FIFA World Cup (Spain)

• Luizinho (Brazil)
• Junior (Brazil)
• Claudio (Italy)
• Fulvio Collovati (Italy)

1978 FIFA World Cup (Argentina)

• Berti Vogts (Germany)
• Rudolf Krol (Netherlands)
• Daniel Passarella (Argentina)
• Alberto Tarantini (Argentina)

Brazil has been dominant and brilliant in defense as the list shows the maximum number of Brazilian defenders. Surely this list will expand more with Brazilian names in FIFA World Cup 2010.

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Most Stylish/Handsome Players

Gabriel Batistuta

Football is a team game and it is played between two teams to score as many goals as possible in order to win the game. But, the game is not all about only scoring the goals and it also includes art of dribbling, tackling as shooting the ball. Some of the players have fantastic football skills and they become famous in the fans. But with fantastic football skills, some players also become famous due to their style off the ground. Let us look at some of the stylish players of the football.

1. David Beckham: This Englishman has the most number of fans following for his game of football as well as for his hairstyles and his clothing style. Beckham and his wife Victoria (who was a part of Spice Girls) are very famous for their lavish lifestyle. It is said that Victoria felt in love with David Beckham after he saw David Beckham’s stylish football game.

2. Gabriel Batistuta: This former Argentine footballer is also famous amongst his fans for his stylish lifestyle along with his impressive game. The mix of faithfulness and sex appeal made his heart-throb impression amongst Argentine and Italian women.

3. Paolo Maldini: Maldini is a former Italian footballer who has helped Italy in its best performances. Just like his father, Maldini was one of the best defender of the soccer game and was also famous amongst his fan following for his stylish lifestyle.