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Inter Milan – World Cup Dream Team
There is a distinctly more international flavour in the dream teams from the Milan clubs than from Juventus, especially in midfield and up front.
Walter Zenga gets the goalkeeping gloves, ahead of Gianluca Pagliuca. The back four comprises 3 stalwarts of Italian world cup history, Giuseppe Bergomi, Tarcisio Burgnich, and Giacinto Facchetti, who are joined at left back by Germany’s 1990 World Cup winner, Andreas Brehme, contributing an impressive 3 goals. Marco Materazzi and Lucio were strong contenders at centre back.
The midfield is a quality international unit, consisting of Javier Zanetti, Lothar Matthaus, and Wesley Sneijder with 10 goals between them. Sneijder’s 5 goals from 7 games in 2010 is a remarkable tally from midfield. The nearly men who just missed out on selection to the Inter Milan midfield were: Wim Jonk, Nicola Berti, Youri Djorkaeff, Diego Simeone, Herbert Prohaska, and Luis Figo.
We go back to 1934 and 1938 to select Giuseppe Meazza as an old-fashioned inside forward, operating between the midfield and the main strikers. As a world cup winning captain and an all-time great, he sees off competition from Dennis Bergkamp and Sandro Mazzola.
It is just as cut throat up front. Alessandro Altobelli’s goals in a winning cause in 1982 provide strong support to all-time top world cup goalscorer, Ronaldo, who scored 12 of his 15 world cup goals while at Inter. Jurgen Klinsmann and Christian Vieri therefore miss out; Brazil’s Adriano and England’s Gerry Hitchens do not come close.
From the analysis in the club section introduction, we can conclude that Inter Milan has been the most influential club in World Cup history. This dream team is certainly very strong, but is slightly behind Bayern Munich on goals and playing time, and trails Juventus on captaincy. However, you underrate this team at your peril.