World Cup Hall of Fame: ReactionsPosted: Tuesday June 04, 2002 12:22 PM
Updated: Tuesday June 04, 2002 3:21 PM
CNNSI.com's World Cup Hall of Fame provoked a huge reaction from readers. Published below is a selection of your views and opinions.
Gabriel Batistuta. The top scorer in the history of argentinian soccer. He is amazing. Put him on the list.
Roberto Baggio is and will always the best soccer player in the world. It was a big mistake ,that he was not picked for wc2002.If he was picked Italy would have had a better chance.
You're perfectly right when affirming that Maradona's '86 Goal is the best one ever.
Maradona as a player and genious is the best one ever!
What is about Günther Netzer, the most genius player ever in Germany, even better than Beckenbauer.
Where is Matthias Sammer, the great Libero, even called the "new Beckenbauer"? He was a tragic hero: 1990 he still played for Eastern Germany, in the 1994 Quarter-final-out he was injured, after a great tournament, in 1998 the biggest german talent yet ended his career because of his knee!
Helmut Sparwasser, the man who scored the only goal in the Eastern Germany against Western Germany-match. He is a legend in the eastern parts of Germany: "If I die, just write "Hamburg 1974" on the Grave, then everyody knows, who is buried there."
There are not enough German striker in "Hall of Fame"!
Gordon Banks was not injured in 1970 before the quarter-final with W. Germany, but had food poisoning. There is little doubt that he would not have let in the three that Germany conceded. In my opinion the greatest keeper of all time-bar none. A gracious gentleman to boot.
How about Micheal Owen getting a place? Although France walked away with the World Cup four years ago, for me, the highlight of the tournament was the emergence of an 18 year old, who scored arguably one of the greatest goals of the tournament. Despite England succumbing to Argentina in the ensuing penalty shoot-out, the name on everyone's lips after that game was Micheal Owen. After the match, all the top clubs of Europe, sat up and took notice. He also scored against Romania, don't forget.
While I agree with some of the inclusions, I can't believe some others weren't include. Where are Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rikjaard? Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano? Enzo Scifo? Rudi Voeller, Harold Schumacher?
As a Colombian, I was happy to read two familiar names on the list. Most of all, thank you for putting Andrés Escobar's name on the list. His memory lives on in the hearts and minds of all Colombians even 8 years after his tragic death.
How can you leave out such great players like Djalma Santos, Tostão and Zagallo (the only man to win four World Cup Titles. They should be on the list intead of players like Saeed Owairan just got on it for one single goal, while the Brazilians were brilliant in several World Cups.
There's no such thing too many Brazilians on the list, justice should be done.
How could Ruud Gullit be off any top 25 list let alone a top 100 list? for many years he was the best player in the world. he won at club level with A.C. Milan and at the national level with Holland in 1988. knee injuries cut short a still brilliant career, but his work with Franck Riijkard and Marco Van Basten was almost unparalleled.
I believe that Maldini is one of soccer's top defensemen, and no one will ever be able to top or match his skills. He is very unique and talented.
Many brazilians stars are missing, like Gerson and Tostao members of 1970 team, Falcao the brain of the 1982 team and Bebeto who alongside Romario led the way for the 1994 title and was runner up in 1998.
If for no other reason then his tears in the semifinal against Germany in Italia 1990, Paul Gascoigne clearly met your standard of "making a mark on the world's greatest tournament." The image of the budding England star being reduced to tears after recieiving a yellow card (realizing that he would miss the final if England advanced) is burned into the memory of anyone who watched this epic match between two historic powers.
Frankly Speaking.... Where is Florian Albert? The Great(and Maybe The Last)Magical Margyar Superstar. in 1962 tournament, He Scored 4 Goals to be honoured The Co-Scoring Champion. and in 1958 tournament, He Played Spectacular... in the Several Worldcup Documentary Films, many specialists chose Albert one of the Greatest
Striker in History... I think He shoud be joined that list...
I am sitting here trying my best not to let nationalism have the best of me, but I could not resist taking an eraser to this line drawn on the number of Brazilians on the list. If this list truly reflects the stars who made World Cup history, then it cannot take into account ONE GOAL by a Saudi against Belgium, however incredible it may have been, and not pay its respects to the genius of Tostão or to Zagallo and his four world titles! If however, I were to let nationalism speak for me, I would simply advise you to add to the names already on the list and throw both the entire 1970 squad and the entire 1982 squad on there and call it quits! But that is the Brazilian in me doing the talking... Oh, and by the way, Mara-who??? I keep seeing this yellow shirt with the number 10 on the back, something about 1,283 career goals, 3 World Titles, etc, etc...
A list should never include Careca as the 17 selected Brazilian players and leave Tostao out. It is like selecting Kevin McHale and leaving Michael Jordan out of a list. Careca (and Dunga as well) was a great player, but not close to the level that Tostao played at.
But it was good to see names like Didi, Garrincha, Leonidas, Ademir in the list of Brazilian players. They were great Brazilian players, but are not very known in the US world. Big + for SI for doing your homework!
Rumo ao Penta Brasil!
I have to disagree with a few of your inclusions and a number of omissions from the list. It is quite incredulous that Gaetamo Scirea, one of the greatest defenders of all time who performed so magnificently in both '78 and '82, is not included. He would be an automatic selection on most of so called World Cup dream teams.
Also, Pak Doo Ik certainly is more deserving of a place than Larry Gaetjens since the former helped to humiliate the then two-time winners Italy('34&'38) who had a much more greater contribution in the World Cup than England, the team downed by Gaetjens strike. One must also consuder the fact that the beaten England team of 1950 was playing in Brazil, in South America, where normally European teams tend to suffer. Whilst in the case of Italy in 1966, they were playing in England, in Europe - which was certainly more friendlier to them but would have been completely alien to Park and colleagues who were from the dark realms of pro-communist Nort Korea. I think a little bit of 'home' bias has crept in here.
Most of the names on the hall of fane List are deservedly there, and I will not contest those that should not be there because I do not know the critera for selection, however my dissapointment is that they seem to have forgotten the Coaches, who rightly deserve their moment of glory.
Your inclusion of Yordan Letchkov, i believe is a great addition to the top 100, although i admit i was suprised to see him in the list, What he did against Germany in 94 deserves to be here. it's great to see that you have a very non-biased selection team. Thank You for being this way.
Whenever I start getting excited about the rise in the level of knoweldge of Americans in soccer, they manage to bring me back to reality.
How does this guy: Owairan, Saeed make history? S.Arabia only made the cup once and had to bribe Morocco to let them beat them, still what's his mark on history? Don't tell me Escobar wasn't a sympathy vote! He played in 1 cup and died at age 23 not having won anything????? Putting Davor Suker on the list is like putting Buster Douglas in boxing Hall of Fame, it's called a one hit wonder. What has Suker done since Croatia lucked into 3rd place? Where's Zaki, Morocco's keeper who helped them become the 1st African country to both go to the 2nd round and win their group? Cubillas was a great player but he didn't win in 82(as you state) or ever for that matter. Actually he belongs more in the hall of shame for knowingly taking part in that game in 78 Peru sold to Argentina to allow them to beat Germany on goal difference. Bettega, Facchetti, etc all weren't as good as say, Owairan? Amazing! Please stick to baseball and leave soccer to those that have it in their blood not just think about it every four years.
Quite a list you've got there but certainly one name is missing:
Marco van Basten
also known as 'San Marco'.
Unfortunately he had to stop when he was on his best. He was lucky to still be able to walk after all these attacks on his legs & knees by all kinds of defenders. In Holland he is ranked almost as high as Johan Cruijff. Then again, nobody's as good as Cruijff, not even Pele!
You guys are great at reporting about foot ball, basket ball beisball etc. but, when it comes to soccer it just shows that is not a sport you know as well as others; maybe because there is not enough tradition in this country and you've never been as involved as fans from european countries or latin american ones.
Your "selection" of some names are totally out of logic - for those who really know soccer - and can not be taken seriously. Obviously it would be nice if some day a serious and knowledgeable organization decides to take on the task of creating a real Soccer Hall of Fame, maybe FIFA itself. For now, let soccer to real soccer fans and go back to what you know. Soccer is a serious sport, we need serious proposals.
I think it would be nice to have an addendum in which you briefly address the world's great players who did *not* make the Hall of Fame, and why. For example, George Best, because his country never made the World Cup. That one I know, but why was Alfredo DiStefano not included? What's his World Cup story?
What happened to the best european players of the year and recepients of silver boots Oleg Blokhin and Igor' Belanov from Soviet Union? And how could you forget 2-years best serie-A scorer Andriy Shevchenko?
The only explanation is that the list was made with a huge anti-Soviet background. C'mon guys. You put in there bunch of no-names, have some decency.
The omission of the Great Mario Zagallo and Tostao in the top 100 of all time is a travesity.
I think that Emmanuel Sanon of Haiti should be one
of the greatest players. Not only he led Haiti to its first and only World Cup in 1974; he score against the best defense in the world. The Italian defense along with their goalie Dino Zoft were superb in preventing scoring for two years leading to the 1974 world cup. Emmanual Sanon not only score againt them, he had managed to dribble past the two middle defenders and then Dino to score. I beleive he also scored against Agentina. His performance earned him a contract with a team in Belgium for several years.
Your selection shows that even people from the US know a lot of things about football or soccer as you may call it.
However, I wonder why you left out some very important and great players from recent world cups, such as Rudi Völler, Alain Gires, Paul Gascoigne or Gabriel Batistuta...
I guess each player you listed has done great things for "King-Football" in the world but I'm also of the opinion that the Names above are to be honoured, too...