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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Famous Football Player: Philipp Lahm (Germany)

by on June 15, 2010

Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm has earned international recognition as a strong defender for both his club (Bayern Munich) as well as the German National Team. Born in 1983, at age 26, Philipp Lahm has earned international recognition as a strong defender for both his club (Bayern Munich) as well as the German National Team.

He began his professional career with Bayern Munich’s Junior Team and enjoyed some success with the club until he found himself on loan to VFB Stuttgart for the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons. He returned to Bayern Munich in July of 2005 but was forced to endure a stint in rehab for a torn cruciate ligament before he could resume his defensive position with the team and make his first Bundesliga appearance with Bayern Munich in November of 2005.

In 2009/2010, Philipp Lahm was able to once more play right back, his preferred position. Though he got of to something of a slow start, he persevered and this past season was probably one of Lahm’s best ever.

Lahm missed nearly a year of International play with injuries in 2005/2006 but bounced right back, scoring the opening goal in the 2006 World Cup match between Germany and Costa Rica. He also played in the 2008 EURO where he was part of the starting line-up for all of Germany’s matches. In addition, he made this year’s German World Cup Team and after Michael Ballack withdrew, became the team captain.

Some of Philip Lahm’s personal achievements include:

• Man of the Match (Germany vs. Poland 2006 World Cup)
• WC MasterCard All Star Team 2006
• EURO 2008 Team of the Tournament
• Man of the Match (Semi-Final Germany Vs. Turkey 2008 EURO)
• Team of the Year UEFA (2006 and 2008)
• Team of the Year FIFA (2008)

There is little doubt that, if Lahm can stay healthy, he will be given more opportunities to hone his skills and to prove himself in both Germany and in the international arena.

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