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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