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The Top 250 Players of All-Time: 150-141

In February 2013 up in the attic bedroom of our student house, Gareth Thomas, Ben Jones and Ollie Jackson after another prolonged football debate decided it was time we did something about the question, 'Who is the best player in the World?'. Housemate Liam suggested setting out to find the greatest 50 players of all time, this swiftly grew to 100, 150 and 200 before we settled on 250. Our original website is still there to answer the debate but we furthered our work to blogging about the beautiful game starting up

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NATION: Brazil (54/32)

CLUB(s): America, Cruzeiro, Vasco da Gama (All BRA)

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Brazilian League, 5x Mineiro State Championships


"Fate works in mysterious ways. The fact that Tostao was forced to hang up his boots early not because of a broken knee or a hurt ankle, but because of an eye injury, was a chance event. But in a roundabout way, it was a symbolically suitable manner to end his playing career.

After all, it was his all-seeing eyes – and the sharp brain wired to them – that was the secret behind Eduardo Goncalves de Andrade’s genius as a player. Several attributes may have been missing from the diminutive striker’s game, but one thing he had in abundance was vision." 

149. Matt LE TISSIER

POSITION: Midfielder / Forward; 

NATION: England (8/0); 

CLUB: Southampton (ENG)

"Born in Guernsey, Matt Le Tissier signed for his only professional club, Southampton, in 1986. Known for his amazing shooting ability from midfield, he featured regularly in “Goal of the Month” competitions. He won the 1994-95 “Goal of the Season” with an outrageous lob over his former team mate, Blackburn keeper Tim Flowers. As a penalty taker Le Tissier was almost unstoppable, scoring 47 out of 48. Many observers believe he deserved more than his 8 caps for England, which surely would have happened if he had moved to a more fashionable club."
English Football Hall Of Fame

148. Marco TARDELLI

POSITION: Midfielder;

NATION: Italy (81/6);

CLUB(s): Pisa, Como, Juventus, Inter (All ITA), St Gallen (SWI);

CLUB HONOURS: 5x Serie A, 2x Coppa Italia, 1x UEFA Cup, 1x UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 1x UEFA European Cup


"A prolific player for the Old Lady, making 259 appearances, Tardelli provided a great balance in the midfield with passing skills, tackling and positioning. His interception along with vision made him an indispensable member for both the Azzuris and Bianconeri. During his decade-long stint at the Turin club, he won all the three major European competitions: the UEFA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and European Cup as well as five times the Italian Serie A championship (1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84)."
Anand Sindhu - Part of his "Juventus: All-Time XI" blog written for TFHB

147. Sepp MAIER

POSITION: Goalkeeper; 

NATION: West Germany (95/0); 

CLUB: Bayern Munich (GER); 

CLUB HONOURS: 4x Bundesliga, 4x DFB-Pokal, 3x UEFA European Cup, 1x UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 1x Intercontinental Cup; 

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x FIFA World Cup, 1x UEFA European Championship

"The move to Bayern was the beginning of an incredible career, with the gifted shot-stopper signing professional terms at 18 and subsequently cementing a regular first-team berth. Once the Bavarian giants had won promotion to the Bundesliga, and playing alongside the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, Maier was part of the club's all-conquering 1970s side.

Four Bundesliga titles, four German Cup winners’ medals and five continental and intercontinental trophies are testament to his success, with Maier and Bayern lifting the European Cup in 1974, 1975 and 1976, as well as the latter year’s edition of the Intercontinental Cup. All of which helped earn Maier, Beckenbauer and Muller berths in Bayern’s finest XI of the past century, as voted for by the club’s fans."

146. Gianni RIVERA

POSITION: Midfielder

NATION: Italy (60/14);

CLUB(s): Alessandria, Milan (Both ITA);

CLUB HONOURS: 3x Serie A, 4x Coppa Italia, 2x UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 2x European Cup, 1x FIFA World Club Cup

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x UEFA European Championship, FIFA World Cup - Runner Up

"He is known as the Golden Boy of Italian football and is a legend of calcio in every sense of the world. Quite simply, Gianni Rivera is one of the world’s greatest football players."

Padraig Whelan - Forza Italian Football - Legend of Calcio

145. Mario KEMPES

POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Argentina (43/20); 

CLUB(s): Instituto (ARG), Rosario Central (ARG), Valencia (SPA), River Plate (ARG), Hercules (SPA), First Vienna (AUT), St. Polten (AUT), Kremser SC (AUT), Fernandez Vial (CHL), Pelita Jaya (IDN); 

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Copa del Rey, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 1x UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 1x Nacional Championship; 


"With the exception of Diego Maradona, nobody shines brighter than Mario Kempes in Argentina's star-studded football firmament. Successful as he was as a club player in Argentina, Kempes' greatest achievements came with the national team. "My country is extremely fortunate in that it produces great footballers. I am just one of many who have played their part in Argentina's football history," he said with characteristic modesty when he retired." 

144. Gennaro GATTUSO

POSITION: Midfielder; 

NATION: Italy (73/1); 

CLUB(s): Perugia (ITA), Rangers (SCO), Salernitana (ITA), Milan (ITA), Sion (SUI); 

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti, 2x Serie A, 1x Coppa Italia, 2x Supercoppa Italiana, 2x UEFA Champions League, 2x UEFA Super Cup, 1x FIFA World Club Cup; 

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x UEFA Under-21 European Championship, 1x FIFA World Cup

"When describing Gennaro Gattuso, the old 'Marmite' analogy comes to mind...some love him, some hate him. The Rossoneri midfielder has to be one of the twenty-first-century's fiercest players, with a tough tackle, ferocious attitude and a spiky temper. However, Gattuso managed to mix this passion with evident skill and quite excellent distribution. In a long line of Milanese legends, Gattuso has to rank up there with the very best.....I wonder if Joe Jordan would agree?"
Ben Jones - TFHB 

143. Fabio BARTHEZ

POSITION: Goalkeeper; 

NATION: France (87/0); 

CLUB(s): Toulouse (FRA), Marseille (FRA), Monaco (FRA), Manchester United IENG), Nantes (FRA); 

CLUB HONOURS: 1x UEFA Champions League, 2x Ligue 1, 1x Trophee des champions, 2x Premier League; 

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x FIFA World Cup, 1x FIFA World Cup Runner Up, 1x UEFA European Championship 1x FIFA Confederations Cup

“Some players have obsessive habits with their socks or their boots; some don’t put their shirt on until they leave the dressing room,” explained France defender Laurent Blanc, “but my little superstition was more heartfelt.” The World Cup winner was referring, of course, to his habit of planting a smacker on the head of slaphead goalkeeper Fabien Barthez prior to matches at France ‘98. “I just think it’s a bit odd, really,” admitted coach Aime Jacquet, “but it doesn’t do any harm, I suppose.” Indeed not. France lifted the trophy as hosts, even though Blanc had to kiss Barthez’s bonce as a nervous spectator because he was suspended for the final." 

142. Jari LITMANEN

POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Finland (137/32); 

CLUB(s): Reipas (FIN), HJK (FIN), MyPa (FIN), Ajax (NED), Barcelona (SPA), Liverpool (ENG), Lahti (FIN), Hansa Rostock (GER), Malmo FF (SWE), Fulham (ENG); 

CLUB HONOURS: 2x Finnish Cup, 1x Veikkausliiga, 4x Eredivisie, 3x KNVB Cup, 3x Johan Cruijff Shield, 1x UEFA Champions League, 1x Intercontinental Cup, 2x UEFA Super Cup, 1x UEFA Cup, 1x FA Cup, 1x Football League Cup, 1x FA Charity Shield

"I've never seen a player with such a good eye for the final forward next to him or his team-mates. He never missed a pass, his vision was just unbelievable. He wasn't the quickest when he came to us but his performance on his debut at Aston Villa was one of the best I've ever seen in a Liverpool shirt."
Didi Hamann 

141. Emmanuel PETIT

POSITION: Midfielder; 

NATION: France (63/6); 

CLUB(s): Monaco (FRA), Arsenal (ENG), Barcelona (SPA), Chelsea (ENG); 

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Ligue 1, 1x Coupe de France, 1x Premier League, 1x FA Cup, 2x FA Charity Shield; 

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x FIFA World Cup, 1x UEFA European Championship

"The left-footed Petit operated from a deep-lying position, equally adept at breaking up play as he was in conducting the style of Arsenal's attack. The back-to-front floater was his trademark, unlocking opposing defences with razor-sharp accuracy.

But the bedrock of Petit's game was his intellect and strength. His days as a defender ensured his positioning was impeccable and covering team-mates who had ventured forward came as second nature. He was abrasive in the tackle, fearsome in the air and a staunch worker on and off the ball." - Greatest Gunners - #22 

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