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Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Carlos Alberto Torres is most famous for captaining Brazil in the 1970 World Cup and for scoring one of the greatest goals in the competition’s illustrious history. Despite being made famous for his attacking prowess, Carlos Alberto was also a brilliant defender, who was great at reading the game, tackling , and tactical awareness. Being great with the ball was an addition that was not usual in the mid-1960s and ensured that the World-Cup winning captain was always respected as being the best of his generation.

Playing Career

Name: Carlos Alberto Torres
Date of birth: 17 July 1944
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Playing Position: Right back

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1964-1977 (53 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1970 FIFA World Cup

 

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1970
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
  • National Soccer Hall of Fame: 2003
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 6 caps; 1 goal; 6 wins; 0 draw; 0 losses

 

Mexico 1970

  • Brazil 4-1 Czechoslovakia
  • Brazil 1-0 England
  • Brazil 3-2 Romania
  • Brazil 4-2 Peru
  • Brazil 3-1 Uruguay
  • Brazil 4-1 Italy

Club Career

  • 1963-1966 Fluminese
  • 1966-1974 Santos
  • 1974-1976 Fluminese
  • 1976-1977 Flamengo
  • 1977-1980 New York Cosmos
  • 1981 California Surf
  • 1982 New York Cosmos

        

Honours

  • Fluminese – Campeonato Carioca: 1964, 1975, 1976; Taça Guanabara: 1966
  • Santos – Recopa Sul-Americana: 1968; Taça de Prata: 1968; Paulista Championship: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973
  • New York Cosmos – NASL Soccer Bowl Championships: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982

Keith Arthurton did not have a stellar career with the West Indies but there was one day in particular that his prodigious talent was on show and it was a beautiful moment to watch.

The New York Giants selected Jamaican Matt peart, a 318-pound tackle out of the University of Connecticut as the 99th overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday and he couldn’t be happier.

Standing at six feet and seven inches, Peart’s first love was basketball and the New York Knicks, but when he moved from Kingston, Jamaica as a child everything changed.

Peart moved to New York and went to Governor’s Academy courtesy of the Oliver Scholars programme for high-achieving students. There he fell in love with American football, and most importantly, the Giants.

"Just watching them on the TV, just the culture and everything the Giants stand for was something that was appealing for me as a young kid," said Peart in an interview with giants.com’s Dan Salomone.

"Especially growing up, especially that moment in high school when they had that Super Bowl (XLVI) win my freshman year. That was a very, very fun time for me," he said.

The offensive tackle is a fan of Eli Manning and while he won’t be protecting him, missing out on that honour by a year, at least he will have the opportunity to play in front of the same fans.

"My favourite player, my favourite Giant always would be Eli Manning, for sure," Peart said. "The man is just tough, tough as nails. I respect his game and I just respect everything he does for the game. You know, he's definitely my favourite Giant, 100 per cent."

At his height, it isn’t surprising that Peart grew up playing basketball in the Bronx where he lived, especially because of how few green spaces there are for playing a game like American Football.

"You know, Jamaicans call it 'The Concrete Jungle,'" he said. "So it's easier to pick up a ball and shoot some hoops because there weren't really that many fields open," he said.

When Peart went to Governor’s Academy he played both sports but soon found his love for American Football greater.

Playing both sports has helped him both physically and technically.

"I feel like when it comes to basketball, you have to have real fine footwork," said Peart.

"I really feel like that helped correlate on the field when it comes to football. Being a post player, you have to be able to have good footwork to work in the post. It's just what you have to have. I really feel like that helped me correlate over to football. Just being a tough and dominant player in the post as well helped me be a dominant football player as well."

At 318 pounds, Peart still paints a lean, very athletic figure, not at all what you would expect from somebody his size.

"It's rare to describe someone as 315 pounds and skinny, but that's what he is," said Giants coach Joe Judge.

"He's an athletic guy, he has a lot of length to him," he said.

According to the coach, Peart’s raw materials leave him with a lot of improvement still to be made.

“He's got tremendous work ethic, he's got a great attitude. I think we are going to see a lot better football in the future than we've seen from him already. That's what makes us really excited,” he said.

Here’s how it’s going to go.

With the Coronavirus killing sports, everybody has been in a nostalgic mood. We remember fondly, the greatest sporting moments in our rich Caribbean history and sometimes turn our eyes to the rest of the world for that instance when we felt unbridled jubilation or shock and awe at a performance.

Here at SportsMax it has been no different and after the early end to the West Indies Championship, we had vigorous debates about which region had, collectively, produced the best cricket team.

Out of that ‘conversation’, if you can indeed call it that, we wondered if you selected the best playing XI of all time from each regional team, who would win.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking to build a BestXI from each regional team. At the end of coming to a consensus about what those BestXIs would like, we will pit them against each other, just for laughs.

Let’s begin with the Leeward Islands, a region known for producing tremendous cricketers, who have made themselves an integral cog in the West Indies machinery. We figured that for each region, we would pick six batsmen, a wicketkeeper and four bowlers.

 

Leeward Islands BestXI

 

Stuart Williams (St Kitts & Nevis)

Stuart Williams was the heir apparent to Desmond Haynes in the West Indies setup but his cavalier way of batting proved his undoing at the highest level. But in first-class cricket, his strokeplay and appetite for runs made him dangerous. He would end his career with 26 first-class centuries and 36 half-centuries to his name from his 151 matches for the Leeward Islands.

 

Kieran Powell (St Kitts & Nevis)

Kieran Powell is a tall elegant left-hander, who now captains the Leeward Islands. He is graceful timer of the ball but you have to watch out for the power that underlines that grace. His 31 average is lower than his talent suggests but his seven centuries and 37 half-centuries mean you never know when he will come off and opposing bowlers will be in trouble.

Richie Richardson (Antigua)

Richie Richardson captained the West Indies as replacement for Viv Richardson, guiding a new set of stars. He did the same for the Leeward Islands, leading from the front just as Viv did before him. Richardson would play 234 first-class matches in which he scored 14,618 runs. Those runs included 37 centuries, 68 half-centuries at an average of 40.71.

Viv Richards (Antigua)

Sir Vivian Richards achievements on the international stage have been given their due and he is undoubtedly the best player to ever come from the Leeward Islands. The Antigua native captained the West Indies with the same confidence and swagger with which he led the Leeward Islands. During his first-class career, Sir Viv was a beast, scoring a mammoth 36 thousand plus runs inclusive of 114 centuries and 162 half-centuries. His average of 49.40 when you consider he played 507 first-class matches is nothing to scoff at either. Interestingly, he also took 223 first-class wickets.

Keith Arthurton (St Kitts & Nevis)

Keith Arthurton was a stylish left-hander whose flair made even the smallest total an attractive thing to watch him compile. His talent did not manifest itself at the Test level but as a first-class batsman he was devastating. Averaging 45.29, his 129 matches cost his opponents 7,926 runs, inclusive of 19 centuries and 47 half-centuries.

Runako Morton (St Kitts & Nevis)

Runako Morton died in a car crash at just 33 years old. By that time, his relationship with the West Indies side had spanned eight years even though he never did command a consistent place in the regional unit. Still, he was a mainstay for the Leeward Islands, playing 95 matches and accumulating 5,980 runs along the way. He scored 14 centuries and 37 half-centuries.

Ridley Jacobs (Antigua)

Ridley Jacobs was an unorthodox wicketkeeper but there weren’t many who were safer. He was also an obstinate batsman, who made sure every innings at whatever level he played, would be prolonged for that much longer. On the way to ensuring he does that, Ridley managed to score 7,518 runs in the 157 first-class matches he played. Included in those runs were 17 centuries and 40 half-centuries at an average of 38.75. Ridley was the man you wanted in your corner in a dogfight and according to his results, he usually won.

 

Andy Roberts (Antigua)

Andy Roberts needs no introduction to this list and, like Viv Richards is an automatic pic after his exploits with the West Indies put him in the category as one of the greatest fastbowlers of all time. Roberts, ended his first-class career after 228 matches, taking an incredible 889 wickets at an average of 21.01.

Eldine Baptiste (Antigua)

From a region of incredible fast bowlers, Eldine Baptiste is perhaps unlucky not to have played more Test cricket but he was a giant of first-class cricket in the region, taking 723 wickets in 245 matches at an average of 24.65. His best bowling figures of 8-76, while special, shows the consistency of effort from a man who has taken five wickets or more in an innings on 32 occasions. He has also taken 10 wickets in a match four times.

Kenny Benjamin (Antigua)

Antiguan-born Kenny Benjamin formed an important partnership with Winston Benjamin in the early 1990s for the West Indies. The two served as backups to Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose and helped to keep the legend of dangerous four-pronged pace attacks from the region alive until the West Indies were overtaken as kings of cricket in 1995 by Australia. Benjamin got his chance with the West Indies because he was impressive for the Leewards, even more so than his impressive namesake, Winston. In just 108 matches, Benjamin took 403 wickets at an average of 23.71, grabbing five-wicket hauls in an innings on 18 occasions. He also grabbed 10 in a game twice.

Curtly Ambrose (Antigua)

Curtly Ambrose is arguably the greatest first-class bowler the West Indies region has ever seen. His well-known accomplishments at the Test level aside, Ambrose was a giant. In just 239 first-class matches the Antiguan bagged 941 wickets, taking five-wicket hauls on 50 occasions and 10-wicket hauls in a match on eight.

Eighty-five minutes into the 1990 World Cup final, Andreas Brehme, became a West German hero when he converted a penalty won by Jurgen Klinsmann to give his side a famous victory over defending champions and the best player in the World at the time, Diego Maradona.

But there is much more to the story of Andy Brehme, a versatile attacking full back who had an eye for goal. His versatility meant he could play on either flank, crossing the ball accurately with either foot. He was also a major threat from free kicks.

Playing for Inter Milan alongside legends of the game like Lothar Mathaus and Klinsmann, Brehme was impactful enough to earn a player of the year accolade for the club in 1989.

Brehme was different in that he was not a quick defender, but his technical ability, stamina, anticipation and tactical intelligence meant he seemed to be everywhere, always involved and to dangerous effect for opponents. In fact, Mathaus, certainly one of the best midfielder Germany has ever produced, paid Brehme the compliment of saying he was the best player he has ever played with.

Playing Career

Name: Andreas Brehme
Date of birth: 9 November 1960
Birthplace: Hamburg, West Germany

Playing Positions: Left back/Left wing-back, Left midfield

 

International career

  • West Germany/Germany: 1984-1994 (86 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1986 FIFA World Cup: Runner-up
  • 1990 FIFA World Cup
  • 1992 UEFA Euro: Runner-up

Individual

  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1984, 1992
  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1985–86
  • Guerin d'Oro (Serie A Footballer of the Year): 1989
  • Pirata d'Oro (Internazionale Player of the Year): 1989
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1990
  • Ballon d'Or – Third place: 1990

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 19 caps; 4 goals; 15 wins; 1 draw; 3 losses

 

Mexico 1986

  • West Germany 1-1 Uruguay
  • West Germany 2-1 Scotland
  • West Germany 0-2 Denmark
  • West Germany 1-0 Morocco
  • West Germany 0-0 Mexico (4-1 Pen)
  • West Germany 2-0 France
  • West Germany 2-3 Argentina

 

Italy 1990

  • West Germany 4-1 Yugoslavia
  • West Germany 5-1 United Arab Emirates
  • West Germany 1-1 Colombia
  • West Germany 2-1 Netherlands
  • West Germany 1-0 Czechoslovakia
  • West Germany 1-1 England (4-3 Pen)
  • West Germany 1-0 Argentina

 

United States 1994

  • Germany 1-0 Bolivia
  • Germany 1-1 Spain
  • Germany 3-2 South Korea
  • Germany 3-2 Belgium
  • Germany 1-2 Bulgaria

Club Career

  • 1978-1980 HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst
  • 1980-1981 1. FC Saarbrücken
  • 1981-1986 FC Kaiserslautern
  • 1986-1988 Bayern Munich
  • 1988–1992 Inter Milan
  • 1992-1993 Zaragoza
  • 1993-1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern

        

Honours

  • Kaiserslautern - Bundesliga: 1997–98; runner-up 1993–94, DFB-Pokal: 1995–96; DFL-Supercup: runner-up 1996
  • Bayern Munich - Bundesliga: 1986–87; runner-up 1987–88; European Cup: runner-up 1986–87; DFL-Supercup: 1987
  • Inter Milan - Serie A: 1988–89; Supercoppa Italiana: 1989; UEFA Cup: 1990–91
  • Real Zaragoza - Copa del Rey: runner-up 1992–93

Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior (Júnior), also known as Capacete because of his very discernible afro. A versatile left back, Junior was often also employed in midfield and is most noted for playing in the Brazil team of 1982, considered the greatest to not win the World Cup. Júnior plied his trade with the great Flamengo sides of the 1970s and ‘80s, winning four Brazillian Championships with them. He is the most ‘capped’ player in Flamengo’s history with a remarkable 857 matches under his belt. He played for Brazil from 1979-1992 before turning his attention to beach football where he represented the football-crazy country from 1993-2001, scoring more than 200 goals. Júnior, at 30 years old, turned out for Torino in the Serie A as a midfielder and won the league’s Players of the Year title in his first season. Interestingly, Júnior’s appearances for country, though playing at left back, came despite being naturally right footed. The regard for Júnior came because of the elegance with which he played the game and the tactical awareness he displayed. Júnior could do it all, he was even known for being accurate from free-kicks and his crosses were a thing of beauty. He never stinged on his defensive duties and was well-known for being in the right place at the right time. 

Playing Career

Name: Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior (Júnior)
Date of birth: 29 June 1954
Birthplace: João Pessoa, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1979-1992 (70 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1982 FIFA World Cup: Round 2 (Fifth place)
  • 1983 Copa América – Runner-up
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup: Quarter-finals (Fifth place)

Individual

  • 1980 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1981 - Bronze ball South American Player of the Year
  • 1982 - FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, FIFA XI[20]
  • 1983 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1984 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1985 - Serie A player of the year
  • 1991 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1992 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team, Bola de Ouro Brazilian Footballer of the Year, South American Team of the Year
  • 2004 - FIFA 100
  • Most appearances in Flamengo's History – 857 apps

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 10 caps; 8 wins; no draws; 2 losses

 

Spain 1982

  • Brazil 2-1 Soviet Union
  • Brazil 4-1 Scotland
  • Brazil 4-0 New Zealand
  • Brazil 3-1 Argentina
  • Brazil 2-3 Italy

 

Mexico 1986

  • Brazil 1-0 Spain
  • Brazil 1-0 Algeria
  • Brazil 3-0 Northern Ireland
  • Brazil 4-0 Poland
  • Brazil 1-1 France (3-4)

Club Career

  • 1975–1984 Flamengo     
  • 1984 – 1987 Torino
  • 1987-89 Pescara
  • 1988 – 1993 Flamengo

        

Honours

Flamengo

  • Intercontinental Cup – 1981
  • Libertadores Cup – 1981
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A – 1980, 1982, 1983, 1992
  • Brazil Cup 1990
  • Mitropa Cup – 1991

Brazil’s Roberto Carlos epitomized the idea that hard work brings success and that talent wasn’t everything. But if in that message you missed how talented the left back was, it would be to your peril.

Over the course of a long career with Brazil and with LaLiga giants Real Madrid, Carlos enjoyed immense successes, but his personal performances over the years were a thing to watch.

Blessed with blinding pace, Carlos would make marauding runs down the left side that would leave his opponents hapless. But that wasn’t all. Carlos would learn to adjust to the adjustments made for him.

An intelligent player, Carlos realized that when he received the ball in his own half, his opposition would back right off so as to stop his solo runs. The diminutive left-back then became the proponent of the diagonal pass. Playing that pass accurately over 60 yards meant that on occasion he would scythe through an opposing back line and put his teammates through on goal. The pass became even more destructive than his runs.

Another way opponents tried to stop Carlos was by halting his runs illegally.

But Carlos adjusted to this as well, becoming a real threat from free kicks, making it dangerous to foul him in the wrong place.

Many don’t know, but Carlos began life as a forward before switching to left back because he would have otherwise been surplus to requirements. The decision proved golden as he would go on to play for Brazil 125 times over the course of 14 years, winning the 2002 World Cup. Carlos was also a part of the Galacticos, a Real Madrid unit considered to have the best players in the world in all positions. Giants of the game. There he won four LaLiga titles and three Champions League crowns.

 

Playing Career

Name: Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (Roberto Carlos)
Date of birth: 10 April 1973
Birthplace: Garça, São Paulo, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1992-2006 (125 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1997 Copa America
  • 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 1999 Copa America
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup™

Individual

  • Bola de Prata: 1993, 1994, 2010
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1997 (Silver Award)
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
  • Trofeo EFE: 1997–98
  • UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 2002, 2003
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2002, 2003
  • Ballon d'Or: 2002 (Runner-up)
  • Golden Foot: 2008
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2010
  • FIFA 100
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 19 caps; 16 wins; no draws; 3 losses

 

France 1998

  • Brazil 2-1 Scotland
  • Brazil 3-0 Morocco
  • Brazil 1-2 Norway
  • Brazil 4-1 Chile
  • Brazil 3-2 Denmark
  • Brazil 1-1 Netherlands (4-2 Pen)
  • Brazil 0-3 France

 

South Korea & Japan 2002

  • Brazil 2-1 Turkey
  • Brazil 4-0 China PR
  • Brazil 5-2 Costa Rica
  • Brazil 2-0 Belgium
  • Brazil 2-1 England
  • Brazil 1-0 Turkey
  • Brazil 2-0 Germany

 

Germany 2006

  • Brazil 1-0 Croatia
  • Brazil 2-0 Australia
  • Brazil 4-1 Japan
  • Brazil 3-0 Ghana
  • Brazil 0-1 France

 

Club Career

  • 1991–1993 União São João      
  • 1992 → Atlético Mineiro (loan)
  • 1993–1995 Palmeiras     
  • 1995–1996 Inter Milan 
  • 1996–2007 Real Madrid        
  • 2007–2009 Fenerbahçe   
  • 2010–2011 Corinthians  
  • 2011–2012 Anzhi Makhachkala 
  • 2015 Delhi Dynamos     

Honours

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1993, 1994
  • Campeonato Paulista: 1993, 1994
  • Torneio Rio-São Paulo: 1993

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07
  • Supercopa de España: 1997, 2001, 2003
  • UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002

Fenerbahçe

  • Turkish Super Cup: 2007, 2009

Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos could very have been the prototype from which Brazillian legend Cafu fashioned himself. The first great wing back from the country, Santos was a veteran of four World Cups, playing in 1954, ’58, ’62, and ’66. Of course, history tells us that the man considered one of the greatest right-backs of all time, was a World Cup winner in ’58 and ’62. What is also interesting, is that Santos has the fairly unique distinction of making three FIFA World Cup All-Star teams. Only Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Philipp Lahm can lay claim to also achieving this. His longevity was remarkable, the right-back having had more than 1,000 club appearances in his career. Pele also named Santos as on the top 125 greatest living footballers in 2004. Santos died in 2013 at 84 years old. Before his playing days would come to an end, Santos had played in 98 matches for Brazil over the course of 16 years.

 

Playing Career

Name: Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos (Djalma Santos)
Date of birth: 27 February 1929
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1952-1968 (98 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1952 Panamerican Championship
  • 1958 FIFA World Cup™
  • 1962 FIFA World Cup™

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1954, 1958, 1962
  • World Soccer World XI: 1962, 1963, 1965[9]
  • FIFA XI: 1963[10]
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • FIFA 100[11]
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50[12]
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 15 caps; 11 wins; 4 draws; 3 losses

 

Switzerland 1954

  • Brazil 5-0 Mexico
  • Brazil 1-1 Yugoslavia
  • Brazil 1-1 Sweden
  • Brazil 2-4 Hungary

 

Sweden 1958

  • Brazil 3-0 Austria
  • Brazil 0-0 England
  • Brazil 2-0 Soviet Union
  • Brazil 1-0 Wales
  • Brazil 5-2 France
  • Brazil 5-2 Sweden

 

Chile 1962

  • Brazil 2-0 Mexico
  • Brazil 0-0 Chechoslovakia
  • Brazil 3-1 England
  • Brazil 4-2 Chile
  • Brazil 3-1 Chechoslovakia

 

England 1966

  • Brazil 2-0 Bulgaria
  • Brazil 1-3 Hungary
  • Brazil 1-3 Portugal

 

Club Career

  • 1948-1959 Portuguesa
  • 1959-1968 Palmeiras
  • 1969-1970 Atlético Paranaense

 

Honours

Portuguesa

  • Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1952, 1955

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Paulista: 1959, 1963, 1966
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1960, 1967, 1967
  • Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1965

Marcos Engelista de Morais, without much fanfare, has put together, one of the most impressive careers as a right-back the World has ever seen. In a country notorious for being able to field a number of world-class teams at a time, Cafu became a mainstay in Brazil’s starting 11 for 12 of the 16 years he played. In those 12 years, he was a World Cup winner twice, once as captain. He also won the Copa America on two occasions as well as the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup. He was South American Footballer of the Year in 1994 and in 2004 Pele named him in a FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. He made the FIFA World XI in 2005.

For clubs, he enjoyed the most success with Roma and AC Milan and is widely considered one of the greatest to ever play in the Serie A. Cafu was the picture of efficiency, swapping out the traditional flair for speed and simple, uncomplicated football. His decision-making in attack as well as his positioning in defence, combined with real pace meant he rarely made mistakes and oppositions almost never had any joy down his side of the field.

To vote for Cafu to be part of SportsMax's Ultimate XI, visit SportsMax's Ultimate XI page and watch the SportsMax Zone today as Brent Sancho, Howie Bell, and Colin Murray take a look at your picks. The SportsMax Zone airs on SportsMax at 4:30 pm Jamaica time/5:30 pm Eastern Caribbean time with a repeat on SportsMax 2 at 6 pm Jamaica time/7 pm Eastern Caribbean time.

 

Playing Career

Name: Marcos Egelista de Morais (Cafu)
Date of birth: 7 June 1970
Birthplace: Itaquaquecetuba, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1990-2006 (142 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1994 FIFA World Cup™
  • 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 1997 Copa America
  • 1999 Copa America
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup™

Individual

  • South American Team of the Year: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002 (Reserve)
  • FIFA 100 inductee
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005
  • FIFPro World XI: 2005
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
  • World Soccer Greatest XI of all time: 2013
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • S. Roma Hall of Fame
  • World XI: Team of the 21st Century

 

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 25 caps; 20 wins; 2 draws; 3 losses

 

The United States 1994

  • Brazil 2-0 Russia
  • Brazil 3-0 Cameroon
  • Brazil 1-1 Sweden
  • Brazil 1-0 United States
  • Brazil 3-2 Netherlands
  • Brazil 1-0 Sweden
  • Brazil 0-0 Italy (3-2 Pen)

 

France 1998

  • Brazil 2-1 Scotland
  • Brazil 3-0 Morocco
  • Brazil 1-2 Norway
  • Brazil 4-1 Chile
  • Brazil 3-2 Denmark
  • Brazil 1-1 Netherlands (4-2)
  • Brazil 0-3 France

 

South Korea & Japan 2002

  • Brazil 2-1 Turkey
  • Brazil 4-0 China PR
  • Brazil 5-2 Costa Rica
  • Brazil 2-0 Belgium
  • Brazil 2-1 England
  • Brazil 1-0 Turkey
  • Brazil 2-0 Germany


Germany 2006

  • Brazil 2-0 Australia
  • Brazil 4-1 Japan
  • Brazil 3-0 Ghana
  • Brazil 0-1 France

 

Club Career

  • 1990-1994 Sao Paulo
  • 1994-1995 Real Zaragoza
  • 1995-1997 Palmeiras
  • 1997-2003 Roma
  • 2003-2008 AC Milan

Honours

São Paulo

  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1991
  • Campeonato Paulista: 1991, 1992
  • Copa Libertadores: 1992, 1993
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1992, 1993
  • Supercopa Sudamericana: 1993
  • Recopa Sudamericana: 1993, 1994
  • Copa CONMEBOL: 1994

Real Zaragoza

  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1994–95

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Paulista: 1996

Roma

  • Serie A: 2000-01
  • AC Milan
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007
  • Serie A: 2003–04
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2004
  • UEFA Champions League: 2006–07
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

T20 cricket will not go away like some purists of cricket have expected. It’s faster, more intense, and for the average watcher, all-a-round more entertaining.

The biggest proponent of this big-hitting genre of the game has been the West Indies’ very own Christopher Henry Gayle.

Gayle has been dominant, setting benchmarks in almost every aspect of batsmanship in the T20 game with heirs to the throne well off the pace.

To date, the big left-hander has been at this T20 game for 15 years.

In those 15 years, his contribution to the growth of the sport has been immense.

Along the way, he has played in 404 games, scored 13,296 runs, smashed 22 centuries, 82 half-centuries and boasts a healthy strike rate of 146.94.

There is nobody close to that kind of body of work and Gayle should be proud.

He’s lasted longer than many thought he would or could and he may have more big innings left in him.

In fact, his last outing for the Chattogram Challengers in the Bangladesh Premier League including a typically destructive 64.

But the truth is, the Universe Boss is ageing and while runs have still come they are few and far between.

I was one of the few who felt Gayle should have been allowed more Test cricket before that option was taken off the table.

I believed that Gayle’s late, but growing maturity, meant he would have been dominant in Test cricket, just as he has been over the last 15 years in T20s, but that horse has gone through the gate and alas, there is nothing more for Gayle to prove.

I learned with deep concern earlier this week that Gayle would be turning out for the St Lucia Zouks in the Hero Caribbean Premier League and while that means I will get to see him live whenever the CPL gets the go-ahead to start, I can’t help but feel I will be disappointed.

The Chris Gayle who I saw at the last CPL, while still a most-impressive cricketer, is nowhere near the man I had been seeing over the last 15 or so years.

There was still the worry for the opposition that he would get off and they would have hell to pay, but there seemed some unsaid secret. The whispers said, ‘yeah he’s dangerous, but he’s not likely to be today’.

I do not want to abide by that. I do not want to see a man I considered a hero in the wake of the retirement of absolute legends like Brian Charles Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, be reduced to being a mere mortal.

His T20 average of 38.20 is quite brilliant, but it used to be higher.

Bowlers are still afraid of him, but they used to be more scared.

Teams used to plan for him as the key to beating a team he played on, they still do but now bank on success.

There has been much talk of Gayle retiring since he seemed to suggest he would do just that after his last World Cup in 2019. It hasn’t happened and while I am glad to have seen some more of this most explosive of enigmas, I am also saddened because I wanted him to go out at the top of his game.

I did not want to see a day when an available Chris Gayle does not make a West Indies T20 side. He is too good a player for that. Yet that day has come.

Two seasons ago, I watched at Sabina Park as Oshane Thomas bowled a quick length ball that crashed into Gayle’s pads. It was the first ball of the evening and my hero, though he played for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the time, was sent packing, beaten for pace.

Gayle is blessed with great hand-eye coordination, but Thomas’ delivery said to me, that is going.

There was a time it didn’t matter how quick you were. Gayle would find a way to hit you to all parts of the ground. That day is past.

Now there have been a number of athletes who have waited too long to call it a day for varying reasons.

For some, they needed those last few paychecks to guarantee their futures, while others just loved the game they had dedicated their whole lives to so much, that walking away was like kicking a heroin habit, nigh on impossible.

I believe Gayle falls into the latter of the two categories. Financial future already secure, I believe Gayle is playing on for the love of the game.

But maybe he should consider something else as well. Maybe he should consider his legacy and his health.

I’ve watched Gayle unable to train because of a nagging back problem. I saw him chase down a cricket ball at Sabina Park and not be able to come out to bat until much later in the innings.

His diminishing ability and health hurts his image but it also hurts his team. Already Gayle’s stocks around the world have plummeted and he is not so sought after anymore.

Before it gets to the stage where he is not wanted by anybody, I ask that my hero calls it a day.

I ask that Cricket West Indies (CWI), as soon as it is safe to do so, give the Universe Boss, a fitting send-off.

A Manchester United legend, Peter Schmeichel is notorious for pulling off last-ditch saves that have played no small part in bringing the club much of its success throughout the 1990s. Schmeichel, a Dane, would go on to play at Sporting CP, at Aston Villa and then at Manchester City, but never regained the same kind of success he had teaming up with Sir Alex Ferguson. There was not a great deal of international success for Schmeichel because he played for Denmark, who were not a world power in football during his playing days, however, even there he has had some memorable moments, in one of which he scored for Denmark in a 2-1 friendly loss to Belgium. He also scored in an EPL game for Manchester United and once for Aston Villa. Schmeichel would eventually end up playing in 129 games for Denmark, the most in the country’s history. He would play 292 matches for Manchester United and 748 total throughout his career. In those Manchester United years, Schmeichel would win five EPL titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, four Charity Shields, one European Super Cup and one Champions League.

 

Full name: Peter Boleslaw Schmeichel

Date of birth: 18 November 1963 (age 56)

Birthplace: Gladsaxe, Denmark

 

International Career

Denmark: 1987-2001

 

Club Career

1981-1984 Gladsaxe-Hero (46)

1984-1987 Hvidovre (78)

1987-1991 Brondby (119)

1991-1999 Manchester United (292)

Sporting CP (55)

Aston Villa (29)

Manchester City (29)

 

Honours

Brondby

Danish First Division/Danish Superliga: 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991

Danish Cup: 1989

Manchester United

Premier League: 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99[71]

          FA Cup: 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99

          Football League Cup : 1991–92

          FA Charity Shield: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997

          UEFA Champions League: 1998–99

          European Super Cup: 1991

Sporting CP

          Primeira Liga: 1999–2000

          Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2000

Aston Villa

UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2001

 

Individual

Det Gyldne Bur (Danish Goalkeeper of the Year): 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992

Danish Football Player of the Year: 1990, 1993, 1999

UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1992

UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year: 1992, 1993, 1998

IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 1992, 1993

PFA Team of the Year: 1992–93 Premier League

Premier League Player of the Season: 1995–96

UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year: 1997–98

UEFA Champions League 10 Seasons Dream Team (1992 to 2002): 2002

English Football Hall of Fame: 2003

PFA England League Team of the Century (1907 to 2007): 2007

Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02):

Overseas and overall Team of the Decade

Save of the Decade (vs. Newcastle, 21 December 1997)

Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12):

Fantasy Teams of the 20 Seasons public and panel choice

FIFA 100

Danish Football Hall of Fame

World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time

Football League 100 Legends

A player with a more glittering career, much less a goalkeeper, would be hard to find. Gianluigi Buffon has been around for a long time and at 42 he would still command a place in most teams around the world. Safe and authoritative, Buffon is a veteran of four World Cup campaigns, winning in 2006. At the club level, Buffon has won everything except the Champions League but outside of that has so many individual awards, he would need a home just for the trophies. The many awards speak to a drive to succeed found in few people, let alone sportsmen and women, but to exceptional talent as well. He was once quoted as saying “If I do something, I do it with the idea to get to the top -without that, I would stop living.”

A genius at positioning, Buffon never seems to have to go too far to make a save and for that reason, does not have the reputation as a high flier, but fly he can. In 2006 Buffon earned the Yashin Award, the highest for a goalkeeper in any year, but he can claim to have been the best for a lot longer. “I have not lost an awful lot in my life, but the defeats have taught me more than the victories. Whenever I lose, I focus on the ability of my opponent and on the mistakes I made,” Buffon once said. That attitude makes him one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

Full name: Gianluigi Buffon

Date of birth: 28 January 1978 (age 42)

Birthplace: Carrara, Tuscany, Italy

 

International Career

Italy: 1997-2018

 

Honours

2006 FIFA World CupTM winner

2012 UEFA European Championship Runner-up

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Third Place

 

 

FIFA World Cup appearances

16 caps, 18 goals conceded

11 wins, 5 draws, 6 losses

 

France 1998

Italy 2-2 Chile

Italy 3-0 Cameroon

Italy 2-1 Austria

Italy 1-0 Norway

Italy 0-0 France (3-4 Pen.)

 

South Korea & Japan 2002

Italy 2-0 Ecuador

Italy 1-2 Croatia

Mexico 1-1 Italy

South Korea 2-1 Italy

 

Germany 2006

Italy 2-0 Ghana

Italy 1-1 United States

Czech Republic 0-2 Italy

Italy 1-0 Australia

Italy 3-0 Ukraine

Germany 0-2 Italy (AET)

Italy 1-1 France (5-3 Pen)

 

 

South Africa 2010

Italy 1-1 Paraguay

Italy 1-1 New Zealand

Slovakia 3-2 Italy

 

Brazil 2014

England 1-2 Italy

Italy 0-1 Costa Rica

Italy 0-1 Uruguay

 

Club Career

1995-2001 Parma (168)

2001-2018 Juventus (509)

2018-2019 Paris Saint-Germain (17)

2019-Present Juventus (7)

 

Honours

1998-‘99 Coppa Italia (Parma)

1998-‘99 Supercoppa Italiana (Parma)

1998-‘99 UEFA Cup (Parma)

2001-’02 Serie A (Juventus)

2002-’03 Serie A (Juventus)

2011-’12 Serie A (Juventus)

2012-’13 Serie A (Juventus)

2013-’14 Serie A (Juventus)

2014-’15 Serie A (Juventus)

2015-’16 Serie A (Juventus)

2016-’17 Serie A (Juventus)

2017-’18 Serie A (Juventus)

2014-’15 Coppa Italia (Juventus)

2015-’16 Coppa Italia (Juventus)

2016-’17 Coppa Italia (Juventus)

2017-’18 Coppa Italia (Juventus)

2018-’19 Ligue 1 (PSG)

2018 Trophée des Champions (PSG)

 

 

Individual

Bravo Award: 1999

Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year Award: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year: 2002–03, 2016–17

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2002–03

UEFA Team of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2016, 2017

ESM Team of the Year: 2002–03, 2016–17

Best European Goalkeeper: 2003, 2016, 2017

IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2017

FIFA 100

FIFA World Cup Yashin Award: 2006

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006

Serie A "Fan" Award: 2006, 2007

FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2006, 2007, 2017

FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2016

FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2013, 2015

FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2014, 2018

UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008, 2012

Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009

ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009

IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the Decade: 2000–2010

IFFHS Best goalkeeper of the past 25 years: 1987–2012

IFFHS Best goalkeeper of the 21st Century

Serie A Team of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Pallone Azzurro: 2013, 2016

UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2013–14

Premio Nereo Rocco: 2014

UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2014–15, 2016–17

UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year substitute (published 2015)

France Football World XI: 2015

Gianni Brera Award for Sportsman of the Year: 2015

Juventus MVP of the Year: 2015–16

UEFA Euro All-time XI (published 2016)

Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea": 2016

Golden Foot: 2016

Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2016–17

The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: 2017

IFFHS Men's World Team: 2017

Gazzetta Sports Awards Man of the Year: 2017

Juventus Greatest XI of All Time: 2017

If there is a goalkeeper who could challenge Dino Zoff as the greatest ever produced by Italy, Walter Zenga would be that man.

Dino Zoff is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in Italy’s history and that says much given the country is the joint second-most successful country in the world with four World Cup titles.

In 1936 Jesse Owens won four gold medals at a single Olympics. That has been equalled on the track but has never been surpassed. The moment was something track & Field would never forget.

The Olympics were to be held in Berlin, Germany in 1936 and while the World was not to know this just yet, but a second World War would give the event added significance.

Owen’s achievement, on the back of what was to come in the world of men and war, was important. The achievement was special, the where, when and why of it cannot be overstated, however, I would like to focus on one of those gold medals, more specifically, the long jump.

Owens would win the 100, 200, 4x100-metre relay, and the long jump. The last of these has a fantastic story and makes for an absolutely brilliant moment in time.

The American was an unknown quantity to the World, though he did achieve World record-runs in 1935 during his final year on the collegiate circuit.

At the Olympics a year later, the sprinter made his first gold medal look easy.

He would run away with the 100-metre dash, equaling the world record and winning by a tenth of a second.

Now that he was no longer an unknown quantity at the ’36 Olympics, Owens was in for a challenge.

The story goes, the officials would not allow Owens to win a second gold medal, especially since Adolf Hitler, the charismatic German leader, was intent on showing the world that his country was, again, a force to reckon with and Luz Long, a countryman, was a serious challenger in the event.

The story goes on to suggest that Owens was deliberately called for foul jumps on his first two attempts in the final, but that Long suggest the American jump from further back, making it impossible for there to be a discrepancy.

Even with the disadvantage and only one clean jump, Owens still managed 8.06 metres, just three and a quarter inches outside of his World Record.

Long was beaten, but the moment to remember still hadn’t come yet.

That moment would come immediately after the medal ceremony for the long jump where Long and Owens would celebrate their achievements by walking arm in arm around the stadium.

The symbol was powerful and that, even more than a black man dispelling the myth that there was a superior Aryan race in existence, every man should be respected.

Even in the midst of differing opinions on politics and what have you, people could find common ground. That common ground, on this particular occasion, was sport.

For that reason, while Owens’ achievement during those Olympics was remarkable, there was another hero who should be celebrated. Long’s gestures, during the event and at the medal ceremony, should be remembered for the great sporting moment it was.

Hitler would go on to lose World War II but the first battle he lost came at those ’36 Olympics right in his backyard.

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