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FF All Time XI - Box-to-Box Midfielder Nominations

Discussion in 'FF All Time XI' started by kaboose, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. kaboose

    kaboose LIFE LONG LIVERPOOL FAN SINCE JUNE 1, 2019

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    Nominate as many Box-to-Box Midfielders as you want, top 8 nominated will battle it out.
     
  2. Odiseo

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    For me (central midfielders/box-to-box)

    1. Lothar Matthaus
    2. Luis Suárez
    3. Paulo Roberto Falcao
    4. Jozsef Bozsik
    5. Josef Masopust
    6. Xavi
    7. Johan Neeskens
    8. Wim van Hangem
    9. Paul Breitner
    10. Ernst Ocwirk
    11. Steven Gerrard
    12. Andrea Pirlo
    13. Bryan Robson
    14. Mario Coluna
    15. Danny Blanchflower
    16. Igor Netto
    17. Gerhard Hanappi
    18. Billy Bremner
    19. Osvaldo Ardiles
    20. Paul Scholes
    21. Fritz Szepan
    22. Bastian Schweinsteiger
    23. Yaya Touré
    24. Stefan Effenberg
    25. Josef Smistik
    26. Jim Baxter
    27. Johnny Giles
    28. Herbert Prohaska
    29. Arturo Vidal
    30. Juan Sebastián Verón
     
  3. Arsenal Tone

    Arsenal Tone Mr Arsenal

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    Patrick Vieira
     
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    Hashtag55 Aka Andy-gers1
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    Just a couple?
     
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    Again, no point wasting time nominating loads.

    The best ever B2B midfielder was Lothar Matthaus. He gets my only vote.
     
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    Xavi
    Iniesta
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    Didi
    Gerson
    Roy Keane
    Patrick Vieira

    Not all are B2B but deserving of a mention.
     
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    & some players to make up the numbers...

    Falcao
    Didi
    Graeme Souness
    Paul Breitner
    Mario Coluna
    Jozsef Bozsik
    Josef Masopust
    Johan Neeskens
    Steven Gerrard
    Gerson
    Jose Pirri
    Patrick Vieira
    Roy Keane
    Billy Bremner
    Johnny Giles
    Marco Tardelli
    Clarence Seedorf
    Edgar Davids

    I wouldn't want Pirlo or Xavi in a double pivot.
     
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    Andrea Pirlo
     
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    Not all of those are b2b mate.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Lothar Matthäus was the complete package (defending/passing/goalscoring). The best box-to-box force in football history (peak late 80's/early 90's) for Bayern/Inter/Germany. As we're playing 4-2-3-1, Lothar is the perfect partner for Rijkaard.

    Honorable mention:

    Paulo Roberto Falcão (an artist on the ball, gives us an extra dynamic for that pivot)
    Xavi (probably won't make our team based on the formation, but the best CM i've seen in the last 15 years. Arguably a Top 5 CM of all-time too).
    Johan Neeskens (Mr. totaalvoetbal. I'd have faith in him fullfilling nearly every role on the pitch)
    Breitner (big balls. big impact. big career.)
     
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    Breitner is a great shout tbf.
     
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    Can't believe people aren't including Vieira!
     
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    poacher Forza Walsall!

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    Not all of these are really box-to-box, but not sure where else they could fit in the team. Again, only picking players I've actually seen:

    Ballack
    Davids
    Deco
    Effenberg
    Gerrard
    Iniesta
    Lampard
    Pirlo
    Scholes
    Vidal
    Vieira
    Xavi
     
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    Because Vieira played a role box-to-box but was a defensive midfielder ... I think it is necessary a player more advanced, I mean a central midfielder.
     
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    He always played the more advanced (box to box) role next to a DM (Petit or Gilberto). He'd be the perfect partner for Rijkaard imo.
     
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    The position and the role are not the same ... the position is defensive midfielder, central midfielder, center-back, lateral defender, striker, etc... the role is destroyer, box-to-box, deep lying playmaker, stopper, libero, wing-back, etc..

    I mean ... there are defensive midfielder with box-to-box role like Vieira, Davids, Tigana, Tardelli, even Rijkaard and there are central midfielders with box-to-box role like Matthaus, Paulo Roberto Falcao, Paul Breitner, Johan Neeskens, Wim Van Hanegem.

    There are central midfielders more playmakers (but not box-to-box) like Xavi or Pirlo.
     
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    Bryan Robson was the best. Problem is he was injured a lot which opens it up.
     
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    kaboose LIFE LONG LIVERPOOL FAN SINCE JUNE 1, 2019

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