Wednesday, August 05, 2009





Full Name: Hendrik Johannes Cruijff
Born 25 April 1947
World Cups: 1974

Cruyff was the captain and leader of the Great Total Football Dutch team in the 1974 World Cup. In fact He is the Player associated with Total Football.Cruyff was breathtaking on the ball. Cruyff was an excellent creator of goals with his breathtaking skills and accurate passes & crosses. His brilliance for the Dutch side in the 1974 World Cup was compared to that of Pele’s for Brazil. He was absolutely superb for the Dutch against Uruguay and especially Bulgariawhere Cruyff created all 4 of the Dutch Goals. He continued his classy and skillfull performances in the 2nd Group Phase against Argentina with 2 excellent goals by dancing through the Argentine Defense with ease. Against Brazil he was once again brilliant. In the final against the West Germans he was took the ball from deep and skipped passed Vogts only to be fouled in the penalty area by the West Germans. Neeskens convereted the penalty but the West Germans came back to win the game and surprise Cruyff and the rest of the World. Johan Cruyff was primarily a Centre Forward in the Dutch Team, but because of his many superb runs down the left flank as well as him being the main exponent of Total football, I have put him under the Position Left Wing Position. JohanCruyff was the greatest player of the 1974 World Cup, The greatest Dutch Footballer of All Time and among the greatest footballers ever. He was a beautiful footballer to watch. Absolutely Brilliant and True Class. Cruyff was a footballing Legend.

Born 1 January 1946
World Cups: 1970, 1974 & 1978

Rivelino was an important member of the Great Brazilian front line in the 1970 World Cup. Rivelino was a free kick specialist. He featured as a left winger in the great team and was constantly a threat. His link play with both Tostao and Rivelino was superb. Rivelino was deadly as a free kick taker for the mighty Brazilians. Rivelino scored 3 cracking goals for Brazil in the 1970 World Cup. In 1974 with the loss of many of Brazil’s superstars from 1970 Rivelinocontinued his brilliant performances but could not lead Brazil passed the mighty Dutch and ultimately finished 4th. Rivelino was agin selected for the 1978 World Cup but played a bit part role. He featured mainly as a sub but still made an effect.

Full Name: Zoltan Czibor Suhai
23 August 1929 – 1 September 1997
World Cups: 1954

Zoltan Czibor was the brilliant left winger for Hungary’s Mighty Magyars in the 1950’s Along with Puskas, Kocsic & Hidegkuti they formed one of the most lethal forward lines of all time. Czibor was the left wing in the Great Hungarian team in the 1954 World Cup that demolished all their opposition on the way to the finals. His dribbling and finishing skills were excellent. In the final he scored the 2nd goal to give the Magyars a 2-0 lead against West Germany only to lose 3-2. Czibor was one of the greatest left wingers of all time.


Full Name: Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo
Born 9 August 1931
World Cups: 1958 & 1962

Mario Zagallo was the left winger for Brazil in both their 1958 & 1962 World Cup successes. Perhaps not as devastating as right winger Garrincha, Zagallo still was important for Brazil in attack. He was a versatile player who constantly helped out in midfield and defense. Zagallo was a tireless runner for the Brazilian team. He scored the 4th goal in the final against Sweden and created another for Pele in the same game. In 1962 Zagallo became more of a Left Midfielder rather than a Left Winger to assist Brazil more in midfield as the game had demanded at that time. He was again successful along with Brazil in defending their title.

In 1970 although retired as a player Zagallo became the first person to win the World Cup as both player and manager as he led Brazil to their third success as manager. In Brazil’s 1994 World Cup victory Zagallo was back again as technical advisor for Brazil. In 1998 he was again head coach and led Brazil to the Finals only to lose out to France.

Full Name: Pieter Robert Rensenbrink
Born 3 July 1947
World Cups: 1974 & 1978

Rensenbrink was part of the Great Total Football Dutch Sides of the 70’s. His primary position in the team was Left Wing. Rensenbrink was perhaps the surprise success story of the Dutch Total Football World Cup Side of 1974. He was selected by coach Rinus Michels and was the only player not familiar to the Total Football System employed by the Dutch during the World Cup. Most of the Dutch squad were from Ajax and Feyenoord who employed the above system at club level, however Rensenbrink played his football in Belgium. Rensenbrink fitted into the team with great success and took to the Total Football System as if he was used to it. In the Final he was replaced due to injury. In 1978 Rensenbrink was again instrumental for the Dutch reaching the finals once again, this time losing to hosts Argentina, and scored a hatrick against Iran in the opening round.

Which 2 Players (Fathers) were squad members of their national teams that faced each other at the FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament, and years later both of their sons were also squad members of their respective national teams that also faced each other at the FIFA World Cup?

Same rules as Right Wing section applies: You can vote for any 1 player you like and are not limited to the ones mentioned above. Voting procedure is same as last: Send your vote and answer via email to as well as email/cell phone number.

The prize for the overall winner of the competition which is the person who correctly guesses the correct World XI and answers all Trivia Questions Correctly will be Copies of The Complete Set of World Cup Highlights DVD’s from 1954-2006, a total of 14 Discs. At the end of the Forwards section the leader of the Forward Section will win a copy of a Selected World Cup DVD of your choice.

The answer to last months question of the reason for outfield players Noberto Alonso in 1978 and Osvaldo Ardiles in 1982 both wearing the No 1 Jersey for Argentina is that Argentina’s squad numbering system for those 2 World Cups were done alphabetically by surname.



  1. What about Gazza.The boy that became a man

  2. Cruyff a true Legend.

  3. Where is Rivaldo.Come now.The man was a magician.He made fat Ronaldo


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