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Compile a team of YOUR all time favourite players

Here’s The Spoilers… now rip it apart!

The Spoiler’s Favourite Player XI 

As anyone who has grown up watching football knows, there is a huge difference between THE “greatest players ever” and YOUR “greatest players ever”.

With that in mind, The Spoiler thought that it might be fun to wile away a snowy Friday afternoon compiling your own personal Dream Team, from players who impressed you growing up.

Above is The Spoiler’s, which is very much open to criticism.

Stuart Pearce just makes it, in a bid to toughen things up, Gullit crept past Lothar Mattheus as a link between defence and attack, and just imagine Le Tissier, Waddle and Fowler in their prime as England’s attack!

In addition, were The Spoiler forced at gunpoint to select the greatest player of all time, it would probably be Maradona. But take the gun out of the equation and it would be Michael Laudrup or Socrates.

Now do yours…

54 responses so far
  • Part-time Pundit // December 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Why on earth would you play Gullit in defensive mid!? Surely he was better utilised up front, no?… but whatevs it’s your team; just a little bemused is all im saying

  • JoshBurt // December 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    That was what made him so good Part-time Pundit – he was absolutely brilliant everywhere on the pitch! Kind of like a trillionaire’s Dion Dublin

  • V // December 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Oh yes, I see what you did there, Josh!

    Since such teams are impossible, I might as well throw 8 Michael Laudrups plus a Puyol, a Beckenbauer and some Schmeichel. Oh yes, I love my Schmeichels and Laudrups and Schmeichels and Laudrups and Schmeichels and Laudrups.

    (no I’m not danish)

  • Marzzi // December 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    GK Peter Schmeichel

    RB Cafu
    LB Roberto Carlos
    CB Paul McGrath
    CB Paolo Maldini

    DM Roy Keane

    AMC Zidane
    AMC Le Tissier
    AMC Messi

    FC Di Canio

  • Marzzi // December 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Just realised thats only ten men, but still better than the current liverpool squad

  • CK // December 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    GK Higuita

    RB Thuram
    LB Carlos
    CB Adams
    CB Nesta

    CM Pirlo
    CM Iniesta

    AMR Messi
    AML Ribery
    AMC Bergkamp

    CF Batistuta

  • SumDogMillionaire // December 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    That ‘V’ is a right miserable bastard, ain’t he?

    Anyway, here’s my FAVOURITE team ever…

    GK- Roger Freestone (Swansea City)
    RB- Alan Tate (Swansea City)
    LB- Paulo Maldini (AC Milan)
    CB- Franco Baresi (AC Milan)
    CB- Tony Adams (Arsenal)
    RM- Zinedine Zidane (Rest Of The World Team, Soccer Aid)
    LM- Ryan Giggs (Man Utd)
    CM- Roy Keane (Celtic)
    CM- Paul Scholes (Man Utd)
    S- Gianfranco Zola (Cagliari)
    S- Thierry Henry (Monaco)

    Ever so slightly lacking in pace at the back…

  • mustard // December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    van der vaart

  • Roberto // December 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    GK Peter Schmeichel

    RB Gary Neville
    LB Roberto Carlos
    CB Roger Johnson
    CB Gerard Pique

    CM Paul Scholes
    CM Luis Enrique

    AMR Ray Houghton
    AMC Roberto Baggio
    AML Ryan Giggs

    CF Eric Cantona

  • Kamz // December 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    GK – Santiago Canizares

    RB – Daniel Alves
    CB – Nemanja Vidic
    CB – Lucas Radebe
    LB – Sinisa Mihajlovic

    RM – Steve McManaman
    CM – Fernando Redondo
    CM – Paul Scholes
    LM – Ryan Giggs

    ST – Marcelo Salas
    ST – Robbie Fowler

  • JoshBurt // December 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    No offence to anyone, but I still think that mine is the best….

  • Dazinho // December 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    That’s unbelievably difficult. Picking your eleven favourite players is hard enough, but what do you do if nine of those players happen to be freewheeling inside-rights? Doesn’t lend itself to much of a formation. Anyway, with that that caveat in mind, here’s my team, which for obvious reasons is managed by Ossie Ardiles and plays in some sort of 3-1-2-3-1 make-it-up-as-we-go-along formation:

    GK Peter Schmeichel
    SW Laurent Blanc
    CB Gary Pallister
    CB Steve Bruce
    MC Bryan Robson
    MC Glenn Hoddle
    MC Michel Platini
    AMR Cristiano Ronaldo
    AML Paolo Di Canio
    FC Eric Cantona
    ST Steve Archibald

  • PurchaseButter // December 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm


    Eboue Eboue Eboue Eboue

    Eboue Eboue Eboue Eboue

    Eboue Eboue



    Eboue Adams Maldini Carlos

    Vieira Fabregas


    Messi Zidane


  • Roberto // December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Maybe so Josh, but Ray Houghton has better celebration tekkers than your lot…

  • Avram Magic // December 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Bit of a rush job, and tried to stick to late 90s, so go easy on me!

    GK: Chilavert
    DL: Mihajlovic
    DC: Nesta
    DC: Ferdinand
    DR: Zanetti
    MC: Keane
    MC: Seedorf
    AML: Nedved
    AMC: Del Piero
    AMR: Duff
    SC: van Nistelrooy

  • Shane // December 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    GK José Luis Chilavert (World Cup 98′)/Packie Bonner (Rep Of Ireland)

    RB Paulo Maldini (AC Milan)
    CB Paul McGrath (Rep Of Ireland)
    LB Roberto Carlos (Brazil)

    AMR Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton Wanderers)
    CM Juninho (Lyon)
    AMC Messi (Barcelona)
    CM Zinedine Zidane (Anytime)
    AML Damien Duff (Rep Of Ireland)

    CF Bergkamp (Arsenal & Netherlands)
    CF Henry (Arsenal & France)

  • jamjamus // December 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    GK: Shmicheal
    CB: Maldini
    CB : Terry
    RB: Ramos
    LB: Roberto Carlos
    CDM: Essienb
    CM: Gerrard
    CM: Pirlo
    AM: Kaka
    CF: Owen
    ST: phenomeno

  • Sherif // December 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Ivan JT Alex Cole
    Essien Lampard Malouda
    Zola Drogba Anelka

  • Falcon // December 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    GK: Schmeichel
    RB: Thuram
    CB: Bruce
    CB: Matthaus
    LB: Irwin
    CM: Makelele
    CM: Roy Keane
    AMC: Zidane
    AMC: Rivaldo
    AMC: Scholes
    SC: van Nistelrooy

  • Falcon // December 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I don’t know why I typed ‘Matthaus’ when I actually meant Christian Worns. IDIOT.

    GK: Schmeichel
    RB: Thuram
    CB: Bruce
    CB: Worns
    LB: Irwin
    CM: Makelele
    CM: Roy Keane
    AMC: Zidane
    AMC: Rivaldo
    AMC: Scholes
    SC: van Nistelrooy

  • V // December 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Ahah RandomDog’sBillionaire, I wonder what’s your major problem. But ok, I’ll play serious:

    out of the top of my head I’d probably go with (no, not 8 laudrups again)


    Zanetti Puyol Maldini


    Zidane Rui Costa Laudrup

    Ronaldinho (Bergkamp) Okocha (Nedved)
    Ronaldo (Cantona)

  • kinelref // December 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Breigel Krol Hansen Maldini
    Tardelli Neeskens Redondo Eder
    Zico Batistuta

  • Mitch // December 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    G: Buffon

    D: Maldini
    D: Beckenbauer
    D: Adams
    D: Nadal

    M: Platini
    M: Zidane
    M: Xavi
    M: Gerrard

    AM: Maradona

    F: Batistuta

  • Fritz // December 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    GK: Oliver Kahn

    RB: Cafu
    CB: Mathias Sammer
    LB: Paolo Maldini

    RM: Lionel Messi
    DM: Lothar Matthaeus
    LCM: Zinedine Zidane
    RCM: Xavi
    LM: Thierry Henry

    F: Juergen Klinsmann
    F: Ronaldo (Brazilian)

  • GUSTAVOOOO // December 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    GK: Buffon

    LB: P. Maldini
    CB: Lucio
    RB: J. Zanetti

    RW: L. Messi
    CDM: Edgar Davids (C)
    ACM: Zidane
    ACM: Xavi
    LW: Ronaldinho

    F: Ronaldo
    F: D. Bergkamp

  • Paddy // December 4, 2010 at 1:12 am


    LB:van Bronkhorst


    ST:Van Basten

  • NADZ // December 4, 2010 at 2:23 am

    GK Peter Schmeichel

    RB Paolo Maldini
    LB Roberto Carlos
    CB Stam
    CB Thiago Silva

    DM Gattusso

    AMC Zidane
    AMC Pirlo
    AMC Rivaldo

    F Berbatov
    F Ronaldo

  • jittah // December 4, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Jorge Campos

    Sami Hyypia
    Jeff Agoos
    Carles Puyol

    Marco Etcheverrey
    Carlos Valderrama
    Dirk Kuyt
    Cobi Jones

    Fernando Torres
    Diego Forlan
    Tony Yeboah

  • Ricky // December 4, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Gk . Schemichael (man utd)
    RB . G.neville (man utd)
    Cb. Nesta ( lazio)
    Cb. Coughlan (Plymouth)
    Lb. Maldini (AC Milan)
    Dm . Wotton (Plymouth)
    Dm . Guardiola (Barca)
    Amc. Rivaldo (Barca)
    Amc . Zidane (madrid)
    Amc . Friio (Plymouth)
    St . Cantona (Man Utd)

  • danny // December 4, 2010 at 5:22 am

    in a loose 4-3-1-1

    Ramos Carrager Terry Hughes
    Robben Gerrard Zidane
    Van Nistelrooy (with Henry on the bench for him, its 50/50 or thereabouts)

  • markomania // December 4, 2010 at 11:04 am

    gk toldo

    lb maldini
    rb thuram
    cb ivanovic
    cb vidic

    dmc schweinsteiger
    mc hamsik
    am zidane
    am djorkaeff

    sc messi
    fw ronaldo da lima

  • fleet // December 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    GK Steve Ogrizovic

    LB Maldini
    CB Tony Adams
    CB Billy Wright
    RB Thuram

    MF zidanne
    MF Messi (pushed back to midfield)
    MF Roy Keane

    FW Bergkamp
    FW Henry
    FW Berbatov (im a fool for lazy genuises)

  • Conbo // December 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    GK: Peter Shmeichel

    DR: Cafu
    DL: Stuart Pearce
    DC: Paolo Maldini
    DC: Steve Bruce

    MR: David Beckham
    ML: David Eyres
    MC: Paul Scholes
    MC: Tonton Zola Moukoko

    SC: Ian Wright
    SC: To Madeira

    Some championship manager references in there (And 1 fake player) but at the time CM was better than life

  • Falcon // December 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    CM / FM Dream Team

    GK: Akinfeev
    RB: Srna
    CB: Corluka
    CB: Nesta
    LB: Lahm
    MR: Bakircioglu
    MC: Vieira
    MC: Kallstrom
    ML: Mads Jorgensen
    SC: Salas
    SC: Heskey

  • petemoon // December 6, 2010 at 1:37 am



    Le Tissier


  • MBA // December 6, 2010 at 1:57 am


    cafu hierro vidic evra


    best zidane scholes giggs


  • Jay // December 6, 2010 at 4:35 am

    GK – Lev Yashin

    RB – Phil Neal
    CB – Paolo Maldini
    CB – Bobby Moore
    LB – Ashley Cole

    DM – Claude Makelele

    RW – Lionel Messi
    CAM – Juninho Paulista
    LW – Paul Gascoigne

    FW – Dennis Bergkamp
    FW – Luis Ronaldo

  • Matt // December 6, 2010 at 6:36 am

    GK – Lev Yashin

    LB – Maldini
    CB – Thuram
    CB – Beckenbauer
    RB – Cafu

    DM – Deschamps

    LM – Giggs
    AM – Zidane
    RM – Cruyff

    ST – Ronaldo
    ST – Pele

  • Dazinho // December 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Wow. I really thought that Steve Archibald would get more than my solitary, paltry vote.

    How can you not love a Scottish centre-forward with a scraggy ginger beard who not only played for Barcelona and Clyde – and how many other people can say that? – but also managed two appearances on Top of the Pops?

  • jamjam // December 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    GK: Casilias
    DMF: Makele
    CM: Matheus
    ST:Ronaldo (the original)

  • TomG // December 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Greatest. survey. ever.

    GK: Kaaaaaaahn! (B Munich)

    RB: Zanetti (Inter)
    CB: Big Sol Campbell (Arsenal) – Captain
    LB: Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

    MC: Scholes (Man Utd)
    DMC: Vieira (Arsenal)
    MC: Zidane (Juventus)

    AMC: Le Tissier (Saints) – free role

    RWF: Henry (Arsenal)
    CF: THE Ronaldo (Inter)
    LWF: Giggs (Man Utd)

  • Matt // December 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    3-5-2 – Managed

    DM:Roy Keane
    ST:Luis Enrique

  • Chris M // December 8, 2010 at 5:29 am


    GK: Oli Kahn
    LB: Paolo Maldini
    CB: Alessandro Nesta
    CB: Laurent Blanc
    RB: Lillian Thuram
    DM: Edgar Davids
    CM: Xabi Alonso
    CM: Roberto Baggio
    CM: Pavel Nedved
    RF: Alessandro Del Piero
    CF: Ronaldo (Brazilian)
    LF: Marco Van Basten

    Tactically inept, but at least I got everyone in..

  • Locode // December 9, 2010 at 5:40 am

    My all time Pompey 11 that I’ve actually seen play (or in the case of Jimmy Dickinson, read volumes about).

    GK – Alan Knight
    LB – Matt Taylor
    CB – Sol Campbell
    CB – Dejan Stefanovic
    RB – Linvoy Primus
    LM – Jimmy Dickinson
    CM – Robert Prosinecki
    CM – Sulley Muntari
    RM – Steve Stone
    ST – Yakubu
    ST – Lua Lua


    GK – David James
    CB – Herman Hreidarsson
    ST – Teddy Sheringham
    ST – Kanu
    M – Paul Merson

  • Martin // December 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    GK – Yashin

    CB – Baresi
    CB – Beckenbauer
    CB – Nesta

    DM – Guardiola

    LM – Cruyff
    CM – Laudrup
    CM – Zidane
    RM – Messi

    AM – Maradona

    ST – Pele

  • Chris // December 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    GK – Oliver Kahn (Bayern München)

    RB – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
    CB – Carlos Puyol (Barcelona)
    CB – Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur)
    LB – Jeff Strasser (1. FC Kaiserslautern)

    RM – David Beckham (Manchester United)
    CM – Pavel Nedved (Juventus)
    CM – Zinédine Zidane (Juventus)
    LM – Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

    CF – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

    ST – RONALDO Luís Nazário de Lima (The Real One, El Fenomeno)

  • Samberto // December 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    GK- Seaman (Divine Moustache)
    RB- Neville (c)
    CB- Maldini
    CB- Mellberg
    LB- Bale

    RM- Anderton
    CM- Redknapp
    CM- Gerrard
    LM- Giggs

    CF- Batistuta
    CF- Sheringham

  • Ciaran // December 27, 2010 at 12:36 am


    Nesta Adams/Vidic
    Cafu Irwin

    Viera Keane

    Messi C Ronaldo

    Xavi and Iniesta (even tho they should’ve started but i’d love to see keane and viera in same team boss midfeild)
    Van Nistleroy (just in case you need someone to put ball in back of net!!)

  • xavier // December 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    gk rinat dassaev (dynamo kiev)
    rb manuel amoros (monaco)
    cb : gerard piqué (barça), alain roche (paris sg)
    lb bixente lizarazu (bayern)
    r/c/lm andres iniesta (barça), xavi (barça), zinedine zidane (real)
    r/c/lf leo messi (barça), éric cantona (manchester), gary lineker (barça).
    coach : pep guardiola.
    bench : samuel eto’o (barça), jean tigana (bordeaux), hristo stoichkov (barça), lilian thuram (juventus), ronaldo (the true one, real), steven gerrard (liverpool), diego maradona (napoli) and rabah madjer (posrto).

  • whitehartpain // December 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    gk: casillas
    cb: beckenbauer
    cb: stam
    lb: cafu
    rb: ramos
    cm: gazza
    cm: zidane
    lm: bale:
    rm: messi
    st: ronaldo (the old fat one)
    st: pele

  • tomzinho // December 28, 2010 at 1:44 am

    GK rene higuita
    LB roberto carlos
    CB puyol
    CDM beckenbauer
    RB zanneti
    LM ronaldhino
    CAM laudrup
    CAM maradona
    RM messi
    ST ronaldo
    CF pele

  • tomzinho // December 28, 2010 at 1:46 am

    wish cruyff could be in there

  • Martin // December 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm


    GK – Yashin

    LB – Maldini
    CB – Beckenbauer
    CB – Baresi
    RB – Ramos

    LM – Cruyff
    CM – Laudrup
    CM – Baggio
    RM – Messi

    CF – Maradona
    ST – Romario

    Schmeichel, Puyol, Iniesta, Guardiola, Pele, Best, and .. Zidane

  • Tofel // July 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    GK – Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)

    RB – Sergio Ramos
    CB – Fernando Hierro
    CB – Jaap Stam
    LB – Paolo Maldini

    DM – Xabi Alonso
    DM – Claude Makelele

    RM – Luis Figo
    LM – Ricardo Kaka
    AMC – Zinedine Zidane

    CF – Smauel Eto’o

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