World Soccer (magazine)

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World Soccer
EditorStephen Fishlock
Circulation331,000 (Jan–Dec 2013)[1]
PublisherKelsey Media
Year founded1960
Based inFarnborough, Hampshire, UK

World Soccer is an English-language football magazine, published by Kelsey Media. The magazine was established in 1960 and is the oldest continually published football magazine in the United Kingdom.[2][3] It specialises in the international football scene. Its regular contributing writers include Brian Glanville, Keir Radnedge, Sid Lowe and Tim Vickery. World Soccer is a member of the European Sports Magazines (ESM), an umbrella group of similar magazines printed in other languages. The members of this group elect a European "Team of the Month" and a European "Team of the Year".

Since 1982, World Soccer has also organised "Player of the Year", "Manager of the Year" and "Team of the Year" awards.[4]


The magazine was first published in London in October 1960, by Echo Publications. The first edition featured an image of Titus Buberník and Svatopluk Pluskal on the front cover.[5] It was edited by Robert Bolle, with Graham Payne, editor of weekly sister publication Soccer Star, as features editor; Jack Rollin, who later edited The Football Yearbook for many years, as home editor; and Eric Batty as overseas editor.[6][7] Batty, who later edited the magazine, published an annual World XI from 1960 to 1992.[8] Brian Glanville has written a column for the magazine since April 1963.[9][10] In 1970, Soccer Star, which was first published on 20 September 1952 as Raich Carter's Soccer Star, was incorporated into World Soccer.[11] Keir Radnedge, who had been associate editor, took over from Philip Rising as editor in the late 1980s and was replaced by deputy editor Gavin Hamilton in January 1998 and became executive editor.[12] Radnedge continues to have a monthly column in the magazine.[13][14][15]

TI Media (formerly IPC Magazines, IPC Media and Time Inc. UK) published the magazine until the May 2020, issue with Kelsey Media taking over the following issue after acquired the title from Future plc, the successor of TI Media.[16] Hamilton, who had worked for World Soccer for 26 years, stepped down as editor after publishing the 60th anniversary edition in June 2020.[17]

Other regular contributors have included Paul Gardner, with a focus on football in the United States; David Conn; Jonathan Wilson; Mark Gleeson on African football; Tim Vickery, Brian Homewood and Eric Weil on South American football.

Award winners[edit]

Lionel Messi is the record winner of World Soccer awards having won a total of eight: five men's world player of the year awards and three (consecutive) young player of the year awards. He has also been included in the greatest XI of all time.

Men's World Player of the Year[edit]

Year Player Club
1982  Paolo Rossi (ITA) (23%) Italy Juventus
1983  Zico (BRA) (28%) Italy Udinese Calcio
1984  Michel Platini (FRA) (54%) Italy Juventus
1985  Michel Platini (FRA) (21%) Italy Juventus
1986  Diego Maradona (ARG) (36%) Italy S.S.C. Napoli
1987  Ruud Gullit (NED) (39%) Italy A.C. Milan
1988  Marco van Basten (NED) (43%) Italy A.C. Milan
1989  Ruud Gullit (NED) (24%) Italy A.C. Milan
1990  Lothar Matthäus (GER) (22%) Italy Inter Milan
1991  Jean-Pierre Papin (FRA) (25%) France Olympique de Marseille
1992  Marco van Basten (NED) (19%) Italy A.C. Milan
1993  Roberto Baggio (ITA) (14%) Italy Juventus
1994  Paolo Maldini (ITA) (27%) Italy A.C. Milan
1995  Gianluca Vialli (ITA) (18%) Italy Juventus
1996  Ronaldo (BRA) (17%) Spain FC Barcelona
1997  Ronaldo (BRA) (27%) Spain FC Barcelona & Italy Inter Milan
1998  Zinedine Zidane (FRA) (23%) Italy Juventus
1999  Rivaldo (BRA) (42%) Spain FC Barcelona
2000  Luís Figo (POR) (26%) Spain FC Barcelona & Spain Real Madrid
2001  Michael Owen (ENG) (31%) England Liverpool F.C.
2002  Ronaldo (BRA) (26%) Italy Inter Milan & Spain Real Madrid
2003  Pavel Nedvěd (CZE) (36% Italy Juventus
2004  Ronaldinho (BRA) (29%) Spain FC Barcelona
2005  Ronaldinho (BRA) (39%) Spain FC Barcelona
2006  Fabio Cannavaro (ITA) (40%) Italy Juventus & Spain Real Madrid
2007  Kaká (BRA) (52%) Italy A.C. Milan[18]
2008  Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) (48.4%) England Manchester United[19]
2009  Lionel Messi (ARG) (43.2%) Spain FC Barcelona[20]
2010  Xavi (ESP) (25.8%) Spain FC Barcelona[21]
2011  Lionel Messi (ARG) (60.2%) Spain FC Barcelona[22]
2012  Lionel Messi (ARG) (47.33) Spain FC Barcelona[23]
2013  Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Spain Real Madrid[24]
2014  Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Spain Real Madrid[25]
2015  Lionel Messi (ARG) Spain FC Barcelona[26]
2016  Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Spain Real Madrid[27]
2017  Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Spain Real Madrid[28]
2018  Luka Modrić (CRO) Spain Real Madrid[29]
2019  Lionel Messi (ARG) Spain FC Barcelona[30]
2020  Robert Lewandowski (POL) Germany Bayern Munich[31]
2021  Robert Lewandowski (POL) Germany Bayern Munich[32]

Young Player of the Year[edit]

Year Player Club
2005  Robinho (BRA) (30%) Brazil Santos FC & Spain Real Madrid
2006  Lionel Messi (ARG) (36%) Spain FC Barcelona[33]
2007  Lionel Messi (ARG) (34%) Spain FC Barcelona[34]
2008  Lionel Messi (ARG) (44%) Spain FC Barcelona[19]
2009  Sergio Agüero (ARG) (45.1) Spain Atlético Madrid[20]
2010  Thomas Müller (GER) (45.8) Germany Bayern Munich[21]
2011  Neymar (BRA) (29.2%) Brazil Santos FC[22]

Men's World Manager of the Year[edit]

Year Manager Team
1982  Enzo Bearzot (ITA) (49%) Italy Italy
1983  Sepp Piontek (GER) (29%) Denmark Denmark
1984  Michel Hidalgo (FRA) (30%) France France
1985  Terry Venables (ENG) (30%) Spain FC Barcelona
1986  Guy Thys (BEL) (15%) Belgium Belgium
1987  Johan Cruijff (NED) (25%) Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam
1988  Rinus Michels (NED) (48) Netherlands Netherlands & Germany Bayer Leverkusen
1989  Arrigo Sacchi (ITA) (42%) Italy AC Milan
1990  Franz Beckenbauer (GER) (53%) Germany Germany
1991  Michel Platini (FRA) (42%) France France
1992  Richard Møller-Nielsen (DEN) (28) Denmark Denmark
1993  Alex Ferguson (SCO) (21%) England Manchester United
1994  Carlos Alberto Parreira (BRA) (17%) Brazil Brazil
1995  Louis van Gaal (NED) (42%) Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam
1996  Berti Vogts (GER) (28%) Germany Germany
1997  Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER) (17%) Germany Borussia Dortmund
1998  Arsène Wenger (FRA) (28%) England Arsenal
1999  Alex Ferguson (SCO) (60%) England Manchester United
2000  Dino Zoff (ITA) (18%) Italy Italy
2001  Gérard Houllier (FRA) (28%) England Liverpool F.C.
2002  Guus Hiddink (NED) (28%) South Korea South Korea
2003  Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) (20%) Italy A.C. Milan
2004  José Mourinho (POR) (36%) Portugal FC Porto & England Chelsea
2005  José Mourinho (POR) (34.1%) England Chelsea[35]
2006  Marcello Lippi (ITA)(36%) Italy Italy
2007  Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) (26%) England Manchester United
2008  Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) (38%) England Manchester United
2009  Pep Guardiola (ESP) (62.1%) Spain FC Barcelona[20]
2010  José Mourinho (POR) (48.3%) Italy Inter Milan & Spain Real Madrid[21]
2011  Pep Guardiola (ESP) (33.1) Spain FC Barcelona[22]
2012  Vicente del Bosque (ESP) (28.49%) Spain Spain[23]
2013  Jupp Heynckes (GER) Germany Bayern Munich[24]
2014  Joachim Löw (GER) Germany Germany[25]
2015  Luis Enrique (ESP) Spain FC Barcelona[26]
2016  Claudio Ranieri (ITA) England Leicester City[36]
2017  Zinedine Zidane (FRA) Spain Real Madrid[28]
2018  Didier Deschamps (FRA) France France[37]
2019  Jürgen Klopp (GER) England Liverpool F.C.[30]
2020  Hansi Flick (GER) Germany Bayern Munich[31]
2021  Roberto Mancini (ITA) Italy Italy[31]

All-time wins[edit]

By manager[edit]
# Manager Wins
1  Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) 4
2  José Mourinho (POR) 3
3  Pep Guardiola (ESP) 2
By country[edit]
# Country Wins
1  Germany 8
2  Italy 7
3  France 6
4  Netherlands 4
7  Portugal 3
8  England 1

Men's World Team of the Year[edit]

By team[edit]

# Team Wins
1  France 5
2  Barcelona (ESP) 4
3  Liverpool (ENG) 3
 Milan (ITA)
6  Brazil 2
 Bayern Munich (GER)

Women's World Player of the Year[edit]

Women's World Manager of the Year[edit]

Women's World Team of the Year[edit]

Referee of the Year[edit]

Greatest XI of All Time[edit]

The list is based on the voting poll consisted of 74 experts (journalists, TV pundits, current and former players and managers) from around the world.[40]

(Published July 2013)[40]

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

 Lev Yashin (URS)

 Cafu (BRA)
 Franz Beckenbauer (GER)
 Bobby Moore (ENG)
 Paolo Maldini (ITA)

 Alfredo Di Stéfano (ARG)
 Zinedine Zidane (FRA)
 Diego Maradona (ARG)
 Johan Cruyff (NED)

 Lionel Messi (ARG)
 Pelé (BRA)


Lev Yashin
Pos. Name Votes % of votes
1  Lev Yashin (URS) 31 41.89%
2  Gordon Banks (ENG) 6 8.11%
 Dino Zoff (ITA)
4  Gianluigi Buffon (ITA) 5 6.76%
 Peter Schmeichel (DEN)
6  Iker Casillas (ESP) 4 5.41%
7  Sepp Maier (GER) 3 4.05%
8  Pat Jennings (NIR) 2 2.70%
 Oliver Kahn (GER)
 Edwin van der Sar (NED)

Full backs[edit]

Paolo Maldini
Pos. Name Votes % of votes
1  Paolo Maldini (ITA) 48 64.86%
2  Cafu (BRA) 24 32.43%
3  Carlos Alberto Torres (BRA) 18 24.32%
4  Roberto Carlos (BRA) 13 17.57%
5  Djalma Santos (BRA) 11 14.86%
6  Giacinto Facchetti (ITA) 7 9.46%
7  Nílton Santos (BRA) 6 8.11%
8  Berti Vogts (GER) 4 5.41%
9  Lilian Thuram (FRA) 3 4.05%
10  Ruud Krol (NED) 2 2.70%
 Víctor Rodríguez Andrade (URU)
 Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (GER)

Central defenders[edit]

Franz Beckenbauer
Pos. Name Votes % of votes
1  Franz Beckenbauer (GER) 68 91.89%
2  Bobby Moore (ENG) 23 31.08%
3  Franco Baresi (ITA) 22 29.73%
4  Daniel Passarella (ARG) 4 5.41%
5  Fabio Cannavaro (ITA) 3 4.05%
 John Charles (WAL)
 Marcel Desailly (FRA)
 Paul McGrath (IRE)
9  Giuseppe Bergomi (ITA) 2 2.70%


Pos. Name Votes % of votes
1  Diego Maradona (ARG) 64 86.49%
2  Johan Cruyff (NED) 58 78.38%
3  Zinedine Zidane (FRA) 28 37.84%
4  Alfredo Di Stéfano (ARG) 24 32.43%
5  Michel Platini (FRA) 18 24.32%
6  Garrincha (BRA) 15 20.27%
7  George Best (NIR) 12 16.22%
8  Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) 7 9.46%
9  Bobby Charlton (ENG) 5 6.76%
 Lothar Matthäus (GER)
11  Andres Iniesta (ESP) 4 5.41%
 Xavi (ESP)
13  Didi (BRA) 3 4.05%
 Sócrates (BRA)
15  Roberto Baggio (ITA) 2 2.70%
 Toninho Cerezo (BRA)
 Francisco Gento (ESP)
 Ryan Giggs (WAL)
 Stanley Matthews (ENG)
 Johan Neeskens (NED)
 Rivelino (BRA)
 Zico (BRA)


Pos. Name Votes % of votes
1  Pelé (BRA) 56 75.68%
2  Lionel Messi (ARG) 46 62.16%
3  Ferenc Puskas (HUN) 11 14.86%
4  Ronaldo (BRA) 9 12.16%
5  Marco van Basten (NED) 5 6.76%
6  Gerd Müller (GER) 4 5.41%
7  Oleh Blokhin (URS) 2 2.70%
 Eusébio (POR)

Greatest Managers of All Time[edit]

Map of FIFA members by number of managers ranked by France Football (2019), World Soccer (2013) or ESPN (2013)
Map of FIFA members by number of managers ranked by France Football (2019), World Soccer (2013) and ESPN (2013)

The list is based on the voting poll consisting of 74 experts (journalists, TV pundits, current and former players and managers) from around the world with each having been allotted 5 managerial picks.

(Published July 2013)[40][41]


Managers in bold are ranked by World Soccer, France Football and ESPN[42][43][44]
  Managers ranked top 10 by World Soccer, France Football and ESPN[42][43][44]
Pos. Name Years Notable teams Votes % of votes
1  Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) 1974–2013 Aberdeen, Scotland national team, Manchester United 49 66.22%
2  Rinus Michels (NED) 1960–1992 AFC Ajax, Barcelona, Netherlands national team 46 62.16%
3  José Mourinho (POR) 2000– Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham, Roma 21 28.38%
4  Helenio Herrera (ARG) 1944–1970, 1973–1981 Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan 19 25.68%
5  Pep Guardiola (ESP) 2007– Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City 18 24.32%
6  Arrigo Sacchi (ITA) 1985–1999, 2001 Parma, Milan, Italy national team, Atlético Madrid 15 20.27%
7  Valeriy Lobanovskyi (UKR) 1969–2002 Dnipro, Dynamo Kyiv, Soviet Union national team, Ukraine national team 14 18.92%
8  Bob Paisley (ENG) 1974–1983 Liverpool 12 16.22%
9  Herbert Chapman (ENG) 1907–1918, 1921–1934 Northampton Town, Leeds City, Huddersfield Town, Arsenal 9 12.16%
 Béla Guttmann (HUN) 1933–1939, 1945–1951, 1953–1962, 1964–1967, 1973 Milan, São Paulo, Porto, Benfica, Peñarol
 Ernst Happel (AUT) 1962–1992 Feyenoord, Sevilla, Netherlands national team, Brugge, Hamburger SV
 Mário Zagallo (BRA) 1966–1991, 1994–2001 Botafogo, Flamengo, Brazil national team, Vasco da Gama
13  Vittorio Pozzo (ITA) 1912–1922, 1924–1926, 1929–1948 Italy national team, Torino, Milan 8 10.81%
 Vicente del Bosque (ESP) 1987–1990, 1994, 1996, 1999–2005, 2008–2016 Real Madrid, Beşiktaş, Spain national team
 Marcello Lippi (ITA) 1982–2006, 2008–2010, 2012–2014, 2016–2019 Napoli, Juventus, Inter Milan, Italy national team, Guangzhou Evergrande, China national team
 Telê Santana (BRA) 1969–1996 Atlético Mineiro, São Paulo, Botafogo, Flamengo, Brazil national team
17  Brian Clough (ENG) 1965–1993 Derby County, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest 7 9.46%
18  Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER) 1983–2004, 2007–2014 Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Switzerland national team 6 8.11%
19  Sepp Herberger (GER) 1930–1942, 1945–1946, 1950–1964 Germany national team, Eintracht Frankfurt 5 6.76%
 Bill Shankly (SCO) 1949–1974 Huddersfield Town, Liverpool
 Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) 1974–2013 Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, Italy national team
22  César Luis Menotti (ARG) 1970, 1972–1984, 1986–1994, 1996–1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 Argentina national team, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Boca Juniors, Independiente 4 5.41%
23  Enzo Bearzot (ITA) 1964–1986 Italy national team 3 4.05%
 Jimmy Hogan (ENG) 1910–1912, 1914–1921, 1924, 1924–1927, 1931–1939 MTK Budapest, Netherlands national team, Fulham, Aston Villa
 Hennes Weisweiler (GER) 1948–1983 Borussia Mönchengladbach, Barcelona, 1. FC Köln
 Helmut Schön (GER) 1952–1984 Germany national team
 Fabio Capello (ITA) 1991–2015, 2017–2018 Milan, Real Madrid, Roma, Juventus, England national team
28  Franz Beckenbauer (GER) 1984–1991, 1993–1994, 1996 Germany national team, Bayern Munich, Marseille 2 2.70%
 Carlos Bilardo (ARG) 1971, 1973–1993, 1996, 1998–2000, 2003–2004 Estudiantes, Colombia national team, Argentina national team, Sevilla, Boca Juniors
 Johan Cruyff (NED) 1985–1996 AFC Ajax, Barcelona
 Vicente Feola (BRA) 1937–1942, 1947–1950, 1955–1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1966 São Paulo, Brazil national team, Boca Juniors
 Alf Ramsey (ENG) 1955–1974, 1977–1978 Ipswich Town, England national team
 Gusztáv Sebes (HUN) 1940–1946, 1949–1957 Hungary national team
 Jock Stein (SCO) 1960–1985 Celtic Glasgow, Scotland national team, Leeds United
 Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA) 1982–2019 Brazil national team, Portugal national team, Grêmio, Palmeiras, Chelsea
36  Luis Aragonés (ESP) 1974–2009 Atletico Madrid, Real Betis, Barcelona, Sevilla, Spain national team 1 1.35%
 Leo Beenhakker (NED) 1965– AFC Ajax, Netherlands national team, Real Madrid, Feyenoord
 Rafael Benítez (ESP) 1993– Valencia, Liverpool, Internazionale, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, Newcastle United
 Marcelo Bielsa (ARG) 1990– Newell's Old Boys, América, Vélez Sarsfield, Argentina, Chile, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Leeds United
 Bob Bradley (USA) 1981– Chicago Fire, MetroStars, United States national team, Egypt national team, Los Angeles FC
 Matt Busby (SCO) 1945–1969, 1970–1971 Manchester United
 Jack Charlton (ENG) 1973–1996 Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United, Republic of Ireland national team
 Kazimierz Górski (POL) 1959–1985 Legia Warsaw, Poland national team, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos
 Jupp Heynckes (GER) 1979–2018 Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Benfica, Schalke
 Gérard Houllier (FRA) 1973–2011 Paris Saint-Germain, France national team, Liverpool, Lyon
 Tomislav Ivić (CRO) 1967–2004 Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia national team, Ajax, Anderlecht, Standard Liège, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, Panathinaikos, Porto, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid, Marseille
 Ștefan Kovács (ROM) 1952–1987 Steaua București, Ajax, France national team, Romania national team, Panathinaikos, Monaco
 Udo Lattek (GER) 1970–2000 Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Barcelona
 Hugo Meisl (AUT) 1912–14, 1919–37 Austria national team
 Otto Rehhagel (GER) 1972–2010, 2012 Fortuna Düsseldorf, Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Greece national team
 Carlos Alberto Parreira (BRA) 1968–2010 Fluminense, Brazil national team, Valencia, Fenerbahçe, Corinthians, South Africa national team
 Antoni Piechniczek (POL) 1973–1990, 1993–1997 Polish national team
 Nereo Rocco (ITA) 1947–1977 Padova, Milan
 Árpád Weisz (HUN) 1926–1940 Internazionale, Bologna
 Arsène Wenger (FRA) 1984–2018 Monaco, Nagoya Grampus Eight, Arsenal
 Walter Winterbottom (ENG) 1946–1962 England national team

The Greatest Players of the 20th century[edit]

In the December 1999 issue, a readers' poll listing the 100 greatest football players of the 20th century was published.[45]

Eric Batty's World XI[edit]

Season Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards


 Gyula Grosics (HUN)

 Orvar Bergmark (SWE)
 José Santamaría (ESP)
 Nílton Santos (BRA)

 Martí Vergés (ESP)
 Julinho (BRA)
 Ante Žanetić (YUG)
 Francisco Gento (ESP)

 Pelé (BRA)
 Alfredo Di Stéfano (ESP)
 Ferenc Puskás (HUN)


Hungary Gyula Grosics

Sweden Orvar Bergmark
 Germano (POR)
Brazil Nílton Santos

 Danny Blanchflower (NIR)
 Paul Bonga Bonga (DRC)
Spain Francisco Gento

 László Kubala (ESP)
Brazil Pelé
Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano
Hungary Ferenc Puskás


 Gernot Fraydl (AUT)

 Djalma Santos (BRA)
Portugal Germano
 Fahrudin Jusufi (YUG)

 Zito (BRA)
 Josef Masopust (TCH)
Spain Francisco Gento

 Garrincha (BRA)
Brazil Pelé
Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano
Hungary Ferenc Puskás


 Lev Yashin (URS)

Brazil Djalma Santos
 Cesare Maldini (ITA)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Fahrudin Jusufi

 Mário Coluna (POR)
 Raymond Kopa (FRA)
 Jim Baxter (SCO)
 Luis Suárez (ESP)

Brazil Pelé
Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano
Spain Ferenc Puskás


Soviet Union Lev Yashin

 Tarcisio Burgnich (ITA)
 Ján Popluhár (TCH)
 Giacinto Facchetti (ITA)

Portugal Mário Coluna
 José Augusto (POR)
Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust
Spain Luis Suárez

Brazil Pelé
Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano
 Denis Law (SCO)


 Costa Pereira (POR)

Brazil Djalma Santos
Portugal Germano
Italy Giacinto Facchetti
 Orlando (BRA)

Portugal Mário Coluna
Portugal José Augusto
Spain Luis Suárez

 Sandro Mazzola (ITA)
 Eusébio (POR)
Brazil Pelé


Soviet Union Lev Yashin

 Aleksandar Shalamanov (BUL)
 Franz Beckenbauer (FRG)
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

 Néstor Gonçalves (URU)
 Dimitar Yakimov (BUL)
Portugal Mário Coluna
 Mario Corso (ITA)

Brazil Pelé
 Ferenc Bene (HUN)
 János Farkas (HUN)


Soviet Union Lev Yashin

Portugal Mário Coluna
Czechoslovakia Ján Popluhár
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
 Kálmán Mészöly (HUN)
Bulgaria Dimitar Yakimov

Italy Sandro Mazzola
Hungary Ferenc Bene
 Geoff Hurst (ENG)
Hungary János Farkas


 Dino Zoff (ITA)

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Fahrudin Jusufi
Czechoslovakia Ján Popluhár
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
 Martin Peters (ENG)
 Bobby Moore (ENG)

Hungary Ferenc Bene
Italy Sandro Mazzola
England Geoff Hurst
 Włodzimierz Lubański (POL)


 Gordon Banks (ENG)

 Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (FRG)
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

England Martin Peters
England Bobby Moore
 Dragan Džajić (YUG)

Hungary Ferenc Bene
England Geoff Hurst
 Gerd Müller (FRG)
Poland Włodzimierz Lubański

1970 Did not publish


England Gordon Banks

 Carlos Alberto (BRA)
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
England Bobby Moore
 Berti Vogts (FRG)

Italy Sandro Mazzola
 Gérson (BRA)
 Rivellino (BRA)

 Jairzinho (BRA)
West Germany Gerd Müller
 Gigi Riva (ITA)


England Gordon Banks

 Paul Breitner (FRG)
England Bobby Moore
 Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck (FRG)
 Karol Dobiaš (TCH)

 Günter Netzer (FRG)
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer

Poland Włodzimierz Lubański
West Germany Gerd Müller
 Johan Cruyff (NED)
Brazil Jairzinho


 Pat Jennings (NIR)

 Dragoslav Stepanović (YUG)
England Bobby Moore
 Barry Hulshoff (NED)
 Petar Krivokuća (YUG)

 Ladislav Kuna (TCH)
West Germany Günter Netzer
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić
West Germany Gerd Müller
Poland Włodzimierz Lubański


 David Harvey (SCO)

West Germany Paul Breitner
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
 Luís Pereira (BRA)
 Rolando García (CHI)

 Jovan Aćimović (YUG)
 Kazimierz Deyna (POL)
Italy Sandro Mazzola

 Robert Gadocha (POL)
West Germany Gerd Müller
 Grzegorz Lato (POL)


Italy Dino Zoff

 Rainer Bonhof (FRG)
 Colin Todd (ENG)
 Humberto Coelho (POR)
West Germany Berti Vogts

West Germany Paul Breitner
West Germany Günter Netzer
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer

 Jupp Heynckes (FRG)
 Ralf Edström (SWE)
Poland Grzegorz Lato


 Ivo Viktor (TCH)

West Germany Paul Breitner
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
 Anton Ondruš (TCH)
England Colin Todd

 Branko Oblak (YUG)
 Viktor Kolotov (URS)
 Antonín Panenka (TCH)

 Oleg Blokhin (URS)
West Germany Gerd Müller
 Ruud Geels (NED)


 Sepp Maier (FRG)

 Ruud Krol (NED)
Brazil Luís Pereira
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany Berti Vogts

Netherlands Johan Cruyff
West Germany Rainer Bonhof
 Jan Peters (NED)

 Rob Rensenbrink (NED)
West Germany Gerd Müller
 Franco Causio (ITA)


 Peter Shilton (ENG)

 Alberto Tarantini (ARG)
Brazil Luís Pereira
 David Watson (ENG)
Netherlands Ruud Krol

 Teófilo Cubillas (PER)
 Osvaldo Ardiles (ARG)

Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
 Roberto Bettega (ITA)
West Germany Gerd Müller
Italy Franco Causio

1979 Did not publish
1980 Did not publish
1981 Did not publish

England Peter Shilton

 Alain Giresse (FRA)
 Jaime Duarte (PER)
 Daniel Passarella (ARG)
 Marius Trésor (FRA)

 Sócrates (BRA)
Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
 Michel Platini (FRA)
 Falcão (BRA)

 Paolo Rossi (ITA)
 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (FRG)


England Peter Shilton

France Alain Giresse
Argentina Daniel Passarella
France Marius Trésor
Peru Jaime Duarte

Brazil Sócrates
Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
 Toninho Cerezo (BRA)
France Michel Platini
Brazil Falcão

West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge


 Rinat Dasayev (URS)

France Alain Giresse
 Morten Olsen (DEN)
 Maxime Bossis (FRA)

 Allan Simonsen (DEN)
Brazil Sócrates
 Jean Tigana (FRA)
France Michel Platini
 Diego Maradona (ARG)

West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
 Bruno Conti (ITA)


England Peter Shilton

Denmark Morten Olsen
 Antonio Maceda (ESP)

 Ray Wilkins (ENG)
France Jean Tigana
France Alain Giresse
 Carlos Manuel (POR)
France Michel Platini
 Søren Lerby (DEN)
 Khoren Oganesian (URS)

West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge


Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

 Manuel Amoros (FRA)
Denmark Morten Olsen
Spain Antonio Maceda
France Maxime Bossis

 Luis Fernández (FRA)
France Jean Tigana
 Frank Arnesen (DEN)
France Alain Giresse
 Míchel (ESP)

 Gary Lineker (ENG)


Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

France Manuel Amoros
 Celso (BRA)
 Glenn Hysén (SWE)
 Giovanni Francini (ITA)

France Luis Fernández
France Jean Tigana
Argentina Diego Maradona
Spain Míchel

England Gary Lineker
 Hugo Sánchez (MEX)

1988 Did not publish

England Peter Shilton

 Ronald Koeman (NED)
 Franco Baresi (ITA)
 Aron Winter (NED)
 Luis Carlos Perea (COL)

 Frank Rijkaard (NED)
Spain Míchel
 Paulo Silas (BRA)
 Rafael Martín Vázquez (ESP)

 Ruud Gullit (NED)
 Marco van Basten (NED)


England Peter Shilton

 Stéphane Demol (BEL)
Italy Franco Baresi

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