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From the user comme on the BigSoccer forum: http://www.bigsoccer.com/threads/the-10 ... e.1317884/

Note that this position is split between "centre backs" and "sweepers", this list is strictly for stoppers and there's another list for the more ball-playing defenders. Although the criteria for which list each player belongs to seems to be somewhat subjective, and seemingly random at some points.

100. :BEL: Michel RENQUIN
99. :SPA: Abelardo FERNÁNDEZ
98. :WAL: Kevin RATCLIFFE
97. :ENG: Terry BUTCHER
96. :FRA: Bernard BOSQUIER
95. :BRA: Ricardo ROCHA
94. :EGY: Hany RAMZY
93. :ENG: Des WALKER
92. :FRA: William GALLAS
91. :CHI: Alberto QUINTANO
90. :ITA: Aristide GUARNERI

89. :ENG: Wilf COPPING
88. :ARG: Walter SAMUEL
87. :ROM: Costică ȘTEFĂNESCU
86. :FRA: Basile BOLI
85. :BRA: Wilson PIAZZA
84. :ITA: Luigi DE AGOSTINI
83. :ENG: Dave WATSON
82. :ESG: Bernd BRANSCH
81. :FRA: André LEROND
80. :BUL: Georgi DIMITROV

79. :NET: Ernie BRANDTS
78. :PER: Victor BENÍTEZ
77. :ENG: John TERRY
76. :ITA: Fulvio COLLOVATI
75. :ARG: Jorge GRIFFA
74. :SPA: Miguel Ángel NADAL
73. :BRA: ORLANDO
72. :SPA: MIGUELI
71. :BRA: EDINHO
70. :GER: Wolfgang WEBER

69. :POR: Fernando COUTO
68. :FRA: Armand PENVERNE
67. :ITA: Pietro VIERCHOWOD
66. :DEN: Ivan NIELSEN
65. :RUS: Vagiz KHIDIYATULLIN
64. :AUT: Karl STOTZ
63. :GER: Guido BUCHWALD
62. :HUN: Ernő SOLYMOSI
61. :FRA: Robert HERBIN
60. :FIN: Sami HYYPIÄ

59. :ARG: Luis GALVÁN
58. :BRA: Ricardo GOMES
57. :ENG: Jack CHARLTON
56. :URU: Hugo DE LEÓN
55. :PER: Julio MELÉNDEZ
54. :GER: Rolf RÜSSMANN
53. :BRA: LUIZINHO
52. :WAL: Mike ENGLAND
51. :SPA: Andoni GOIKOETXEA
50. :ENG: Tony ADAMS

49. :GEO: Murtaz KHURTSILAVA
48. :FRA: Gérard JANVION
47. :IRL: David O'LEARY
46. :SCO: Billy McNEILL
45. :SPA: Carles PUYOL
44. :HUN: László BÁLINT
43. :CRO: Ivan BULJAN
42. :ENG: Roy McFARLAND
41. :UKR: Vladimir KAPLICHNY
40. :ARG: Roberto PERFUMO

39. :BRA: ALDAIR
38. :SCO: Willie WOODBURN
37. :ITA: Riccardo FERRI
36. :PAR: Carlos GAMARRA
35. :ARG: José SALOMÓN
34. :SCO: John GREIG
33. :POL: Jerzy GORGOŃ
32. :NET: Cor VAN DER HART
31. :BRA: LÚCIO
30. :ENG: Neil FRANKLIN

29. :RUS: Anatoli BASHASHKIN
28. :BUL: Manol MANOLOV
27. :GER: Herbert ERHARDT
26. :ITA: Roberto ROSATO
25. :ENG: Emlyn HUGHES
24. :ITA: Alessandro COSTACURTA
23. :UKR: Oleg KUZNETSOV
22. :NET: Jaap STAM
21. :SWE: Björn NORDQVIST
20. :URU: Roberto MATOSAS

19. :BRA: Hilderaldo BELLINI
18. :GER: Hans-Georg SCHWARZENBECK
17. :HUN: Gyula LÓRÁNT
16. :ITA: Fabio CANNAVARO
15. :SWE: Åke JOHANSSON
14. :SVK: Ján POPLUHÁR
13. :ARG: Roberto AYALA
12. :NET: Barry HULSHOFF
11. :ARG: Oscar RUGGERI

10. :ENG: Sol CAMPBELL
9. :RUS: Albert SHESTERNYOV
8. :GER: Jürgen KOHLER
7. :BRA: Luís PEREIRA
6. :PER: Héctor CHUMPITAZ
5. :GER: Karl-Heinz FÖRSTER
4. :FRA: Marcel DESAILLY
3. :WAL: John CHARLES
2. :URU: / :SPA: José SANTAMARÍA
1. :ENG: Bobby MOORE


Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:26 am
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John Charles... :?


Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:01 pm
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I think the guy that made the lists said that if players could play multiple positions he’d put them in the list that they’d place the highest in, so he’s basically 3rd in this list because he was a legendary centre forward. Doesn’t make any sense to me tbh, Charles was a great centre back but I don’t think he’d be in anybody’s list of 100 centre backs if he was being judged solely on how well he played in that position...

Other than that, weren’t Luigi de Agostini and Gérard Janvion full backs? I’ve stopped trying to figure out his logic at this point, these lists are more of a novelty rather than something to be taken seriously...


Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:36 pm
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If i remember right, Jánvion started to play more centrally later on his career (like his compatriots Bossis and Thuram), but unlike those two, i believe he's more recognized as a fullback (the modern definition of course :mrgreen: )


Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:41 pm
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