By Souptik Chakrabarti
It has always been a tough time for coaches to select players for a World Cup squad which leads to shocking omissions and even more shocking inclusions.Then there are people who got one opportunity in their playing career to prove their worth in the biggest stage of football and utilised every bit of it.
Let’s take a look at the 11 players who had played a single World Cup but played every minute of the tournament with their flesh and sweat.
GK: Amadeo Carrizo (Argentina,1958): Considered to be a revolutionist of the position,he was the first one to wear gloves and introduced the concept of using goal kicks as an initiator of counter attacks.
RB: Carlos Alberto (Brazil,1970): Captain, Leader, Legend. Three words to define the captain of the 1970 World Cup winning squad.He is credited with one of the finest goals in a World Cup final and to change the game forever for wing backs.
CB:Tony Adams (England 1998): The legendary Arsenal defender managed only a single World Cup before his brilliant show in England’s unsuccessful Euro 2000 campaign.He played in the ’98 World Cup leading the Three Lions’ defence before getting knocked out in the quarter finals.
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CB: John Charles (Wales,1958): With the most outstanding combination of strength, pace, technique, vision and the Herculean talent to play successfully as a forward and a centre back, this gentleman was the shining light in Wales’ only World Cup campaign.
LB: Jose L. Andrade (Uruguay,1930): Nicknamed as the “Black Marvel”, he was regarded as one of the finest footballers at his time. He was a part of Uruguay’s golden generation.
CM: Igor Belanov (USSR,1986): A mind boggling performance in the Mexico World Cup with 4 goals and 6 assists and a huge contribution to Dynamo’s European success led to him being the European Footballer of the year.
CM: Johan Cruyff (Netherlands, 1974): The name speaks for the legend itself. A 3 time Ballon D’Or winner and the father figure of “Total Football” had surprisingly played only a single World cup, leading the Dutch to the finals.
CM: Paul Gascoigne (England,1990): The most gifted English midfielder of his generation and the most flamboyant individual in any playing 11 has only one World Cup to his name.
RF: Sandor Kocsis (Hungary,1954): A player with a goal scoring record of 2.2 goal/game and second to only Just Fontaine in the number of goals scored in a World Cup final fills in the right forward position in this team.
CF: Just Fontaine (France,1958): World Cup and Just Fontaine has the most decorated relationship of scoring 13 goals in a World Cup, which is the most scored by a player till date.
LF: Eusebio(Portugal,1966): The Black Panther is one of the most renowned strikers of all time. The prolific nature of Eusebio led to a record of 733 goals in 745 matches and a Ballon D’Or in 1965.
Few players who deserve a place in the bench of this team are Alcides Ghiggia (RM) (Uruguay, 1950), Salvatore Schillaci (CF) (Italy,1990), Fernando Couto (CB) (Portugal,2002), Ricardo Zamora (GK) (Spain,1934), Uli Stielke (CM) (Germany,1982).