A-Z World Cup Superstars – F is for Just Fontaine

by Dexy Longshot

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
 

With the World Cup less than 2 months away, we have decided to start the build up early doors with an A to Z list of our favourite players who set the World Cup alight. Some are recent stars, some are relics from the days of black and white TV but all were mustard. The thing is, each week we will be using just stars whose surname was that week’s letter, eg: this week it is letter D which gives us loads of Frenchies & oldies. Tricky already! Gawd help the banter when we get to M, – Messi, Maradonna, Maldini, Moore, ….McCoist!!!

This week’s letter is F, feel free to slate our selections and put it right with players who in your opinion are truly The World Cup Superstars

A-Z. Agree or Disagree?

F

The F word this week and its another chok-a-blok edition in my top World Cup Stars.

Kicking of with the man who was Zidane’s inspiration, Enzo Francescoli Uriate was Uruguay’s most capped player and played in 86 and 90. He had a bit of a hooter on him and nose for goal too but it was his effortless skill that made him stand out for Uruguay and Marseille. A young Zidane based his style on him and even named his son Enzo. He was a great player but never managed to bring home a 4th world cup to Uruguay. PS: I used to have a picture of him on bedroom wall in 1990, next to Sabrina.

Falco or Falcao with a squiggle above the A if your hot your grammar (I’m not). Another Brazilian from the greatest non-winning team at a World Cup. He was at Espana 82 and Mexico 86 and was brilliant in the Samba boy’s talented midfield although he strangely only won 29 caps for his country. He also managed the national side as well as USA & Japan in the early 90s.

Argie Ubaldo Matildo Fillol, nicknamed El Pato (The Duck!), was arguably the World’s best goalkeeper in the 70’s & 80’s. The funny thing about this outstanding No1 was that he was actually a No 5 in the 78 finals because the Argentina numbers were based on alphabetical order. he was number No7 4 years later. He probably didn’t give a monkey’s toss when the Blue and White stripy boys did the business on home turf in 78.

Honorable mentions to some more winners. Fontana was a defender of the samba boys when they won the 70 final & Alfredo Foni who was a fine defender for The Azurri in the late 30s winning the 38 tournament but my top F is reserved for a truly fearsome Frenchy.

Just Fontaine (pronounced like Vince Fontaine in Grease) or Justo for short was acknowledged as the countries bestiest player of the last 50 years at the turn of the century. 165 goals in 200 competitive games speaks for itself. In a career blighted by injury, the forward was different class when he pulled on the Blue shirt for his country. He scored a hatrick in his 1st game for France in 1953. In the 1958 World Cup, he scored an unbelievable 13 goals in just 6 matches!!!!!! Not surprisingly he took home the golden boot and the record still stands today. Just think how many more he might have scored if he wasn’t forced to retire at 29.

G-men next week.

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