WC Countdown – Would this be Italy’s best side of all time?

by Mystical Mike

Monday, May 17th, 2010

With the World Cup less than a month away, we’d thought we get the Ultimate 11’s going again.

First up is Melanios’ Italy, now Mel has bored us all to death with his tales of playing against some of the all time Italian greats. We are of course talking about Subbuteo, Melanio won the World Cup representing Italy way back in 1974.

We were looking forward to a rare all mustard 11 but was let down by an over rated Totti, a one tournament wonder and a pensioner still plying his trade in Serie A.

Do you really know your teams proud history or are you just a teenage glory hunter? (not mentioning any names from the Kings Road & Eastlands). Remember you must pick a decent 11, not 10 forwards and a goalie. We’ll have a butchers and I’ll give my verdict from Mustard to Pony.

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  • Iain

    Thats a good team. In my opinion Giuseppe Bergomi would be at right back, but he could never get forward the same was Zambrotta does.

    Also disappointed that Demetrio Albertini and Gianluca Vialli didn’t make the cut.

    Saddest of all is that Gianfranco Zola doesn’t really deserve a place. Wasn’t ever good enough for Italy, but one of the best footballers I’ve ever seen at Chelsea.

    Is this international XI going to become a regular feature? It’s a great game!

  • Dexy

    that team took us 2 hours to put together, so many mustard players to choose from, but in the end we went for a mix of the 82 -2006 world cup winning teams. Personally I think Totti is over rated but he’s been their play maker for years.

    Alessandro Altobelli could of also staked a claim being the first ever substitute to score in a World Cup final. Salvatore Schillaci may have a case too, although he was a one tournament pony

    We’ll be doing more of the Internationals XI’s in the run up to the world cup, so feel free to send us yr teams

  • mickeymarbles

    Dexy, I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned Di Canio yet.

  • dexylongshot

    Di Canio is probably the greatest ever Italian never to represent at senior level. A lot of it has to do with his relationship with all the National managers when he was at the peak of powers. He was forever getting into confrontations with all the big boys at the time. I’ve read his book (and it is one of the best autobiographies out there). I think he had aggro at Ac Milan and Juve with Maldini Senior, Trappotoni (It may have Saacthi,) & even our own Fabio can’t recall of top of my head, will have a check tomorrow. Proper argie bargy. He also chinned Ron Atkinson when at West Brom. Ron respected all the more after the confrontation, Ron said something along the lines of “least he cares”.

  • Ash

    don’t think I’d have Totti in there. Never thought he deserved the praise that he often gets and can’t ever remember watching a Roma/Italy game where I thought ‘WOW’. Del Piero would start for me. Also agree with Dexy bout Di Canio – he was class!

  • dexylongshot

    Totti is the nemesis of Di Canio, Roma v Lazio, the biggest derby in Seria A. Do you remember that bubble bath ad with the gushing Doris dreaming about him in the bath and all the orchestral behavoir going on in the background, bellisimo!!.

    …Paulo Di Canio, Paulo Di Canio, (lower) Paulo Di Canio, Paulo Di Canio!!!

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