IFFHS' Century Elections

  • World Elections
  • Continental Elections
  • Countrywise Elections
  • Winners' List for all Countries (separate file)

  • The IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics)
    has been organizing elections for the "Football Player of the Century" for
    various countries and continents, and separate elections for the "Goal
    'Keeper of the Century".  Apparently elections were based on polls of
    journalists and former players, but no specific details are known.
    
    Players above the dotted lines in the continental elections were eligible 
    for the worldwide elections.
    
    Players whose country is given in italics were (implicitly) chosen
    as the best of their country.
    
    


    World Elections

  • World - Player of the Century
  • World - Keeper of the Century
  • World - Female Player of the Century

  • World - Player of the Century

     1."Pelé"                 (Brazil)        1705  (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
     2.Johan Cruijff          (Netherlands)   1303
     3.Franz Beckenbauer      (Germany)       1228
     4.Alfredo di Stéfano     (Argentina)     1215
     5.Diego Armando Maradona (Argentina)     1214
     6.Ferenc Puskás          (Hungary)        810
     7.Michel Platini         (France)         722
     8.Garrincha              (Brazil)         624  (Manoel dos Santos Garrincha)
     9.Eusébio                (Portugal)       544  (Eusébio Ferreira da Silva)
    10.Robert Charlton        (England)        508
    11.Stanley Matthews       (England)        368
    12.Marco van Basten       (Netherlands)    315
    13.Gerd Müller            (Germany)        265
    14.Zico                   (Brazil)         207
    15.Lothar Matthäus        (Germany)        202
    16.George Best            (N. Ireland)     187
    17.Juan Alberto Schiaffino(Uruguay)        158
    18.Ruud Gullit            (Netherlands)    119
    19.Valdir Pereira Didi    (Brazil)         116
       Gianni Rivera          (Italy)          116
    21.Giuseppe Meazza        (Italy)          108
    22.Matthias Sindelar      (Austria)        106
    23 Fritz Walter           (Germany)        103
    24.Robert Moore           (England)         98
    25.José Manuel Moreno     (Argentina)       96
    26.Hugo Sánchez           (Mexico)          85
    27.George Weah            (Liberia)         79
    28.Roger Milla            (Cameroon)        78
    29.José Leonardo Andrade  (Uruguay)         74
    30.Just Fontaine          (France)          73
       Francisco Gento        (Spain)           73
    32.Ladislao Kubala        (Spain)           71
    33.Franco Baresi          (Italy)           70
    34.Josef Bican            (Czechoslovakia)  63
    35.Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  (Germany)         59
    36.Omar Sivori            (Argentina)       56
    37.Elias Figueroa         (Chile)           55
    38.Kevin Keegan           (England)         53
    39.Sándor Kocsis          (Hungary)         52
    40.Héctor Scarone         (Uruguay)         51
    41.Josef Masopust         (Czechoslovakia)  46
    42.Giacchinto Facchetti   (Italy)           44
    43.Raymond Kopa           (France)          41
       Alessandro Mazzola     (Italy)           41
    45.Uwe Seeler             (Germany)         40
    46.Gunnar Nordahl         (Sweden)          36
    47.Zizinho                (Brazil)          35
    48.Teófilo Cubillas       (Peru)            34
    49.Arsenio Erico          (Paraguay)        30
    50.Denis Law              (Scotland)        29
    

    World - Keeper of the Century

     1.Lev Yashin             (Soviet Union)  1002
     2.Gordon Banks           (England)        717
     3.Dino Zoff              (Italy)          661
     4.Sepp Maier             (Germany)        456
     5.Ricardo Zamora         (Spain)          443
     6.José Luis Félix Chilavert(Paraguay)     373
     7.Peter Schmeichel       (Denmark)        291
     8.Peter Shilton          (England)        196
     9.František Plánicka     (Czechoslovakia) 194
    10.Amadeo Raúl Carrizo    (Argentina)      192
    11.Gilmar dos Santos Neves(Brazil)         160
    12.Ladislao Mazurkiewicz  (Uruguay)        144
    13.Patrick Jennings       (N. Ireland)     132
    14.Ubaldo Matildo Fillol  (Argentina)      121
    15.Antonio Carbajal       (Mexico)         105
    16.Jean-Marie Pfaff       (Belgium)         95
    17.Rinat Dasaev           (Soviet Union)    89
    18.Gyula Grosics          (Hungary)         87
    19.Thomas Ravelli         (Sweden)          66
    20.Walter Zenga           (Italy)           62
    
    Keepers that figured between places 21 and 50 include:
       Jorge Campos           (Mexico) 
       Edwin van der Sar      (Netherlands) 
       René Higuita           (Colombia)
       Mohammed Al-Deayea     (Saudi Arabia)
       Andreas Köpke          (Germany)
    

    World - Female Player of the Century

     1.Mia Hamm               (USA)            443
     2.Michelle Akers         (USA)            411
     3.Heidi Mohr             (Germany)        250
     4.Carolina Morace        (Italy)          230
     5.Sissi                  (Brazil)         212
     6.Linda Medalen          (Norway)         181
     7.Liu Ailing             (China)          165
     8.Kristine Lilly         (USA)            160
     9.Heidi Støre            (Norway)         141
    10.Pia Sundhage           (Sweden)         129
    11.Joulie Foudy           (USA)            117
    12.Gao Hong               (China)          100
    13.Silvia Neid            (Germany)         83
    14.Joy Fawcett            (USA)             82
    15.Elisabetta Vignotto    (Italy)           77
    16.Helge Riise            (Norway)          76
    17.Bettina Wiegmann       (Germany)         73
    18.Sun Qing-Mei           (China)           63
    19.Pretinha               (Brazil)          46
    20.Martina Voss           (Germany)         39
    21.Gro Espeseth           (Norway)          32
       Lena Videkull          (Sweden)          32
    23.Ann Kristin Aarønes    (Norway)          29
    24.Charmaine Hooper       (Canada)          27
       Gunn Nyborg            (Norway)          27
    26.Carin Gabarra-Jennings (USA)             25
       Fan Yunjie             (China)           25
    28.Anette Börjesson       (Sweden)          24
    29.Doris Fitschen         (Germany)         23
    30.Alicia Vargas          (Mexico)          22
    31.Roseli                 (Brazil)          21
    32.Elisabeth Leidinge     (Sweden)          20 
    33.Birthe Hegstadt        (Norway)          18
    


    Continental Elections

  • Africa - Player of the Century
  • Africa - Keeper of the Century
  • Asia - Player of the Century
  • Asia - Keeper of the Century
  • Central and North America - Player of the Century
  • Central and North America - Keeper of the Century
  • Europe - Player of the Century
  • Europe - Keeper of the Century
  • Europe - Female Player of the Century
  • Oceania - Player of the Century
  • Oceania - Keeper of the Century
  • South America - Player of the Century
  • South America - Keeper of the Century

  • Africa - Player of the Century

     1.George Weah            (Liberia)         95
     2.Roger Milla            (Cameroon)        77
     3.Abedi Ayew "Pelé"      (Ghana)           72
     4.Lakhdar Belloumi       (Algeria)         56
     5.Rabah Madjer           (Algeria)         51
     6.Théophile Abega        (Cameroon)        39
     7.Laurent Pokou          (Ivory Coast)     38
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     8.François Omam-Biyik    (Cameroon)        37
     9.Ahmed Faras            (Morocco)         35
    10.Finidi George          (Nigeria)         32
    11.Kalusha Bwalya         (Zambia)          31
       Mahmoud El-Khatib      (Egypt)           31
    13.Japhet N'Doram         (Chad)            30
    14.Youssouf Fofana        (Ivory Coast)     29
    15.Abdel Aziz Bouderbala  (Morocco)         28
       Tarek Dhiab            (Tunisia)         28
    17.Rachidi Yekini         (Nigeria)         27
    18.Daniel Amokachi        (Nigeria)         26
    19.Labri Ben Barek        (Morocco)         22
       Ali Bencheikh          (Algeria)         22
       Segun Odegbami         (Nigeria)         22
       Ibrahim Youssef        (Egypt)           22
    23.Tahar Abou-Zeid        (Egypt)           21
    24.Petit Sorry            (Guinea)          20
       Anthony Yeboah         (Ghana)           20
    26.Emmanuel Amunike       (Nigeria)         19
       Tshimemu Bwanga        (Congo-Kinshasa)  19
    28.Ali Abugreisma         (Egypt)           18
       Papa Camara            (Guinea)          18
    30.Mohamed Timoumi        (Morocco)         17
    31.Karim Abdul Razak      (Ghana)           16
       Chérif Souleymane      (Guinea)          16
    33.Nwankwo Kanu           (Nigeria)         15
    34.Victor Ikpeba          (Nigeria)         14
       Jean Manga Onguene     (Cameroon)        14
       Bengaly Sylla          (Guinea)          14
    37.Magdi Abdelghani       (Egypt)           13
       Opoku (N'Ti) Afriye    (Ghana)           13
    39.Etefe Kakoto           (Congo-Kinshasa)  12
       Robert Mensah          (Ghana)           12
       Hany Ramzy             (Egypt)           12
    42.Cheik Mohamed Keita    (Guinea)          11
       Djamel Lalmas          (Algeria)         11
    44.Adolf Armah            (Ghana)           10
       Salah Assao            (Algeria)         10
       Mark Fish              (South Africa)    10
       Salif Keita            (Mali)            10
       Serge-Alain Magui      (Ivory Coast)     10
       Paul Moukila           (Congo-Brazzavl.) 10
       Sunday Oliseh          (Nigeria)         10
       Ibrahim Sunday         (Ghana)           10
    

    Africa - Keeper of the Century

     1.Joseph-Antoine Bell    (Cameroon)        39
     2.Thomas N'Kono          (Cameroon)        30
     3.Sadok Attouga          (Tunisia)         26
     4.Badou Zaki             (Morocco)         24
     5.Mwemba Kazadi          (Congo-Kinshasa)  19
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     6.Jacques Songo'o        (Cameroon)        13
     7.Bruce Grobbelaar       (Zimbabwe)        11
     8.Ahmed Shoubeir         (Egypt)           10
     9.Alain Gouaméné         (Ivory Coast)      9
    10.Peter Rufai            (Nigeria)          6
    

    Asia - Player of the Century

     1.Bum-Kun Cha            (South Korea)    112
     2.Joo-Sung Kim           (South Korea)     93
     3.Abdullah Majed         (Saudi Arabia)    87
     4.Kazuyoshi Miura        (Japan)           71
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     5.Kunishige Kamamoto     (Japan)           70
     6.Said Al-Owairan        (Saudi Arabia)    68
     7.Ali Daei               (Iran)            64
     8.Khodadad Azizi         (Iran)            59
     9.Ahmed Rahdi            (Iraq)            48
    10.Karim Bagheri          (Iran)            47
    11.Soon-Ho Choi           (South Korea)     33
    12.Masami Ihara           (Japan)           31
    13.Pardip Kumar Banderjee (India)           27
    14.Faisal Ali Ak-Dakhil   (Kuwait)          23
       Ali Parvin             (Iran)            23
    16.Zhi-Yi Fan             (China)           22
       Myung-Bo Hung          (South Korea)     22
       Yashuhiko Okudera      (Japan)           22
    19.Piyapong Pue-Oun       (Thailand)        21
       Hassan Rowshan         (Iran)            21
    21.Doo-Ik Pak             (North Korea)     19
    22.Avi Cohen              (Israel)          17
    23.Hae-Won Chung          (South Korea)     16
       Guangming Gu           (China)           16
    25.Hussain Saeed          (Iraq)            15
       Natipong Sritong-In    (Thailand)        15
    27.Fahad Al-Bishi         (Saudi Arabia)    14
       Sun-Hong Hwang         (South Korea)     14
    29.Ahmad Fandhi           (Singapore)       13
    30.Mokhtar Dahari         (Malaysia)        12
       Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani(UAE)            12
    

    Asia - Keeper of the Century

     1.Mohammed Al-Deayea     (Saudi Arabia)    54
     2.Naser Hejazi           (Iran)            18
     3.In-Young Choi          (South Korea)     15
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     4.Hui-Kang Zhang         (China)           14
     5.Yubin Fu               (China)            8
       Hamoud Sultan          (Bahrain)          8
       Peter Thangaraj        (India)            8
     8.Khaled Al-Fadhli       (Kuwait)           7
       Mohammed Wafah Saami   (Qatar)            7
    10.Chow Chee Keong        (Malaysia)         6
    

    Central and North America - Player of the Century

     1.Hugo Sánchez           (Mexico)         107
     2.Luis Funete            (Mexico)          45
     3.Carlos Hermosillo      (Mexico)          42
     4.Horacio Casarin        (Mexico)          40
     5.Raúl Cárdenas          (Mexico)          39
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     6.William Gonsalves      (USA)             33
     7.Salvador Reyes         (Mexico)          30
     8.Julio César Dely Valdéz(Panama)          29
       Bruce Wilson           (Canada)          29
    10.Jorge Alberto González (El Salvador)     24
    11.José Mauricio Cienfuegos(El Salvador)    21
       Eryc Wynalda           (USA)             21
    13.Walter Alfred Bahr     (USA)             17
    14.Jesús del Muro         (Mexico)          15
    15.Raúl Ignacio Díaz Arce (El Salvador)     14
       Alejandro Morera       (Costa Rica)      14
    17.Mario López            (Cuba)            13
    18.Gustavo Peña           (Mexico)          11
    19.Marcelo Balboa         (USA)             10
       Robert Lenarduzzi      (Canada)          10
       Oscar "Conejo" Sánchez (Guatemala)       10
    22.Benjamin Galindo       (Mexico)           9
       Ronald Gómez           (Costa Rica)       9
       Juan Carlos Plata      (Guatemala)        9
       Gilberto Yearwood      (Honduras)         9
       Dwight Yorke           (Trinidad/Tobago)  9
    27.Juan Carreño           (Mexico)           8
       Roger Gómez            (Costa Rica)       8
       José Rafael Meza       (Costa Rica)       8
       Nicolás Suazo          (Honduras)         8
    31.Jorge Roldán           (Guatemala)        7
       Luis Ernesto Tapia     (Panama)           7
    

    Central and North America - Keeper of the Century

     1.Antonio Carbajal       (Mexico)          52
     2.Luis Gabelo Conejo     (Costa Rica)      25
     3.Kasey Keller           (USA)             24
     4.Jorge Campos           (Mexico)          22
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     5.Henri Francillon       (Haiti)           17
     6.Raúl Estrada           (Mexico)           9
     7.James Kennaway         (Canada)           7
     8.Craig Forrest          (Canada)           6
     9.Ignacio Calderón       (Mexico)           5
    10.Manuel "Tamalón" Garay (El Salvador)      4
    

    Europe - Player of the Century

     1.Johan Cruijff          (Netherlands)    753
     2.Franz Beckenbauer      (Germany)        709
     3.Alfredo di Stéfano     (Spain)          708
     4.Ferenc Puskás          (Hungary)        667
     5.Michel Platini         (France)         505
     6.Eusébio                (Portugal)       370  (Eusébio Ferreira da Silva)
     7.Robert Charlton        (England)        303
     8.Stanley Matthews       (England)        282
     9.Gerhard Müller         (Germany)        249
    10.Marco van Basten       (Netherlands)    240
    11.George Best            (N. Ireland)     193
    12.Gianni Rivera          (Italy)          113
    13.Matthias Sindelar      (Austria)        110
    14.Fritz Walter           (Germany)        105
    15.Giuseppe Meazza        (Italy)           90
    16.Giacinto Facchetti     (Italy)           79
    17.Bobby Moore            (England)         74
    18.Raymond Kopa           (France)          72
       Uwe Seeler             (Germany)         72
    20.Franco Baresi          (Italy)           66
    21.Ruud Gullit            (Netherlands)     63
    22.Oleg Blokhin           (Soviet Union)    61
    23.Sándor Kocsis          (Hungary)         54
    24.Ladislao Kubala        (Spain)           53
       Michael Laudrup        (Denmark)         53
       Alessandro Mazzola     (Italy)           53
    27.Francisco Gento        (Spain)           49
    28.Josef Bican            (Czechoslovakia)  47
    29.Silvio Piola           (Italy)           46
    30.Kevin Keegan           (England)         45
    31.Ernst Ocwirk           (Austria)         44
    32.Lothar Matthäus        (Germany)         43
    33.József Bozsik          (Hungary)         41
    34.Just Fontaine          (France)          40
       Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  (Germany)         40
    36.Gunnar Nordahl         (Sweden)          39
    37.Denis Law              (Scotland)        38
    38.Josef Masopust         (Czechoslovakia)  35
    39.Paul Van Himst         (Belgium)         28
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    40.Georgi Asparukhov      (Bulgaria)        27
       Paolo Rossi            (Italy)           27
    42.James Greaves          (England)         26
       Luigi Riva             (Italy)           26
       Imre Schlosser         (Hungary)         26
    45.Stephen Bloomer        (England)         25
    46.Zbigniew Boniek        (Poland)          24
       Kenneth Dalglish       (Scotland)        24
       Allan Simonsen         (Denmark)         24
       Eduard Streltsov       (Soviet Union)    24
    50.Gerhard Hanappi        (Austria)         23
       Luis Suárez            (Spain)           23
    52.William "Dixie" Dean   (England)         22
    53.Roberto Baggio         (Italy)           21
       Kazimierz Deyna        (Poland)          21
       Dragan Dzajic          (Yugoslavia)      21
    56.Gheorghe Hagi          (Romania          19
       Gaetano Scirea         (Italy)           19
    58.Nils Liedholm          (Sweden)          18
    59.Gunnar Gren            (Sweden)          17
    60.Mário Coluna           (Portugal)        16
       Györgi Sárosi          (Hungary)         16
    62.Thomas Lawton          (England)         15
       Hristo Stoichkov       (Bulgaria)        15
    64.Dennis Bergkamp        (Netherlands)     14
       Raymond Braine         (Belgium)         14
    66.Thomas Finney          (England)         13
       Gary Lineker           (England)         13
       James Edward McGrory   (Scotland)        13
       Herbert Prohaska       (Austria)         13
    70.Eric Cantona           (France)          12
       Karl Koller            (Austria)         12
       Paolo Maldini          (Italy)           12
    73.Liam Brady             (Ireland)         11
       Nándor Hidegkuti       (Hungary)         11
       Anton Polster          (Austria)         11
       Jean Tigana            (France)          11
       Bernard Vukas          (Yugoslavia)      11
       Vivian John Woodward   (England)         11
    79.Ruud Krol              (Netherlands)     10
       Dejan Savicevic        (Yugoslavia)      10
    81.Roberto Bettega        (Italy)            9
       Alex James             (Scotland)         9
       Karel Pesek "Káda"     (Czechoslovakia)   9
    84.Flórián Albert         (Hungary)          8
       Paul Breitner          (Germany)          8
       Emilio Butragueño      (Spain)            8
       John Charles           (Wales)            8
       Ronald Koeman          (Netherlands)      8
    89.Wsjevolod Bobrov       (Soviet Union)     7
       Hugh Gallacher         (Scotland)         7
       Wlodzimierz Lubanski   (Poland)           7
       Dragan Stojkovic       (Yugoslavia)       7
    93.Nicolae Dobrin         (Romania)          6
       Günter Netzer          (Germany)          6
       Ian Rush               (Wales)            6
    96.Jackey Carey           (Ireland)          5
       Richard Hofmann        (Germany)          5
       Severino Minelli       (Switzerland)      5
       Wolfgang Overath       (Germany)          5
    100.Grzegorz Lato         (Poland)           4
        Fritz Szepan          (Germany)          4
    

    Europe - Keeper of the Century

     1.Lev Yashin             (Soviet Union)   498
     2.Dino Zoff              (Italy)          373
     3.Gordon Banks           (England)        360
     4.Ricardo Zamora         (Spain)          304
     5.Sepp Maier             (Germany)        263
     6.František Plánicka     (Czechoslovakia) 204
     7.Peter Schmeichel       (Denmark)        148
     8.Peter Shilton          (England)        124
     9.Gyula Grosics          (Hungary)        117
    10.Jean-Marie Pfaff       (Belgium)        100
    11.Patrick Jennings       (N. Ireland)      76
    12.Vladimir Beara         (Yugoslavia)      72
    13.Rudi Hiden             (Austria)         63
    14.Thomas Ravelli         (Sweden)          59
    15.Harald Schumacher      (Germany)         51
    16.Giampiero Combi        (Italy)           49
       Rinat Dasaev           (Soviet Union)    49
    18.Jan Tomaszewski        (Poland           44
    19.Michel Preud'homme     (Belgium)         41
    20.Hans van Breukelen     (Netherlands)     37
       Andreas Köpke          (Germany)         37
    22.Ronnie Hellström       (Sweden)          31
       Andoni Zubizarreta     (Spain)           31
    24.Edwin van der Sar      (Netherlands)     21
       Ivo Viktor             (Czechoslovakia)  21
    26.Walter Zeman           (Austria)         19
    27.Walter Zenga           (Italy)           18
    28.Frank Victor Swift     (England)         17
    29.Jürgen Croy            (East Germany)    16
    30.Angelo Peruzzi         (Italy)           13
       Neville Southall       (Wales)           13
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    32.Enrico Albertosi       (Italy)           12
       David Seaman           (England)         12
    34.Samuel Hardy           (England)         10
       José Ángel Iríbar      (Spain)           10
       József Mlynarczyk      (Poland)          10
       Gianluca Pagliuca      (Italy)           10
       Alberto Costa Pereira  (Portugal)        10
       Hans Tilkowski         (Germany)         10
    40.Vítor Damas            (Portugal)         9
       Heinrich Stuhlfauth    (Germany)          9
    42.Yevgheni Rudakov       (Soviet Union)     8
    43.Luis Arconada          (Spain)            7
       Giuliano Sarti         (Italy)            7
       Anton Turek            (Germany)          7
    46.Bernard Lama           (France)           6
    47.Pierre Chayriguès      (France)           5
       Alexej Khomitch        (Soviet Union)     5
       Antoni Ramallets       (Spain)            5
       Ronald Simpson         (Scotland)         5
       Károly Zsák            (Hungary)          5
    

    Europe - Female Player of the Century

     1.Heidi Mohr             (Germany)
    
    23.Vera Pauw              (Netherlands)
    

    Oceania - Player of the Century

     1.Wynton Rufer           (New Zealand)     62
     2.Frank Farina           (Australia)       41
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     3.Christian Karembeu     (New Caledonia)   40
     4.Joseph Marsto          (Australia)       34
     5.John Kosmina           (Australia)       33
     6.Alan Davidson          (Australia)       22
     7.Paul Okon              (Australia)       17
       Robert Slater          (Australia)       17
     9.Reginald Date          (Australia)       14
    10.Eddie Krncevic         (Australia)       13
    11.Paul Wade              (Australia)       11
    12.Craig Peter Johnston   (Australia)        6
       Stanley Lazaridis      (Australia)        6
       David Mitchell         (Australia)        6
    15.Kenneth Armstrong      (New Zealand)      5
       Erroll Bennett         (Tahiti)           5
       Brian Turner           (New Zealand)      5
       Jacques Arte "Zimako"  (New Caledonia)    5
    19.Pascal Vahirua         (Tahiti)           4
       Aurelio Vidmar         (Australia)        4
    

    Oceania - Keeper of the Century

     1.Mark Bosnich           (Australia)       53
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     2.Frank Van Hattum       (New Zealand)     21
     3.James McNabb           (Australia)       14
     4.Marc Schwarzer         (Australia)        4
       James Taylor           (New Zealand)      4
     6.Kevin Curtin           (New Zealand)      3
    

    South America - Player of the Century

     1."Pelé"                 (Brazil)         220  (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
     2.Diego Armando Maradona (Argentina)      193
     3.Alfredo di Stéfano     (Argentina)      161
     4.Garrincha              (Brazil)         142  (Manoel dos Santos Garrincha)
     5.José Manuel Moreno     (Argentina)       82
     6.Juan Alberto Schiaffino(Uruguay)         52
     7."Zico"                 (Brazil)          51  (Arthur Antunes Coimbra)
     8.Arsenio Pastor Erico   (Paraguay)        42
       Elías Ricardo Figueroa (Chile)           42
    10.Thomas Soãres "Zizinho"(Brazil)          40
    11.Luis Alberto Cubilla   (Uruguay)         25
    12.Adolfo Pedernera       (Argentina)       24
    13.Arthur Friedenreich    (Brazil)          21
       "Tostão"               (Brazil)          21  (Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade) 
       Obdulio Jacinto Varela (Uruguay)         21
    16.Enrique Omar Sivori    (Argentina)       19
    17.Teófilo Cubillas       (Peru)            17
       Valdir Pereira Didi    (Brazil)          17
       Willington Ortiz       (Colombia)        17
    20.José Leandro Andrade   (Uruguay)         16
       Héctor Scarone         (Uruguay)         16
       Alberto Spencer        (Ecuador)         16
     - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    23.Mario Alberto Kempes   (Argentina)       15
    24.Enzo Francescoli       (Uruguay)         13
       Leônidas da Silva      (Brazil)          13
    26.Angel Amadeo Labruna   (Argentina)       12
       José Nasazzi           (Uruguay)         12
       Nílton dos Santos      (Brazil)          12
       Ronaldo                (Brazil)          12  (Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima)
    30.Romário de Souza Faria (Brazil)          11
    31.Paulo Roberto Falcão   (Brazil)          10
       Roberto Rivelino       (Brazil)          10
       José Marcelo Salas     (Chile)           10
    34.Ademir da Guía         (Brazil)           9
    35.Héctor Chumpitaz       (Peru)             8
       Daniel Alberto Passarella(Argentina)      8
    37.Luís Edmundo Pereira   (Brazil)           7
       Pedro Virgilio Rocha   (Uruguay)          7
    39.Carlos Alberto Valderrama(Colombia)       6
    40.Carlos Alberto Torres  (Brazil)           5
       Leonel Sánchez         (Chile)            5
       Iván Luis Zamorano     (Chile)            5
    43.Domingos Antônio da Guía(Brazil)          4
    44.Ademir Marquez de Menezes(Brazil)         3
       Pedro Cea              (Uruguay)          3
       Raimundo Orsi          (Argentina)        3
    

    South America - Keeper of the Century

     1.Amadeo Raúl Carrizo    (Argentina)       68
     2.José Luis Félix Chilavert(Paraguay)      57
     3.Ubaldo Matildo Fillol  (Argentina)       53
     4.Gilmar dos Santos Neves(Brazil)          47
     5.Ladislao Mazurkiewicz  (Uruguay)         46
     6.Roque Gaston Máspoli   (Uruguay)         26
     7.Hugo Orlando Gatti     (Argentina)       20
     8.José René Higuíta      (Colombia)        18
     9.Sergio Livingstone     (Chile)           15
    10.Émerson Leão           (Brazil)          13
    11.Barbosa Moacir Nascimento(Brazil)        11
    12.Roberto Antonio Rojas  (Chile)            6
       Rodolfo Rodríguez      (Uruguay)          6
     - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    14.Américo Tesorieri      (Argentina)        5
    15.Manga Aílton Corrêa Arruda(Brazil)        4
       Andrés Mazali          (Uruguay)          4
       Antonio Roma           (Argentina)        4
    


    Countrywise Elections

    Winners' List for all Countries

    Major Countries

  • Argentina - Player of the Century
  • Argentina - Keeper of the Century
  • Austria - Player of the Century
  • Austria - Keeper of the Century
  • Belgium - Player of the Century
  • Belgium - Keeper of the Century
  • Brazil - Player of the Century
  • Brazil - Keeper of the Century
  • England - Player of the Century
  • England - Keeper of the Century
  • France - Player of the Century
  • France - Keeper of the Century
  • Germany - Player of the Century
  • Germany - Keeper of the Century
  • Hungary - Player of the Century
  • Hungary - Keeper of the Century
  • Italy - Player of the Century
  • Italy - Keeper of the Century
  • Netherlands - Player of the Century
  • Netherlands - Keeper of the Century
  • Spain - Player of the Century
  • Spain - Keeper of the Century
  • Uruguay - Player of the Century
  • Uruguay - Keeper of the Century

  • Argentina - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the South American election.
    
     1.Diego Armando Maradona 193
     2.Alfredo di Stéfano     161
     3.José Manuel Moreno      82
     4.Adolfo Pedernera        24
     5.Enrique Omar Sivori     19
     6.Mario Alberto Kempes    15
     7.Angel Amadeo Labruna    12
     8.Daniel Passarella        8
     9.Raimundo Orsi            3
    10.Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri    1
    

    Argentina - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the South American election.
    
     1.Amadeo Raúl Carrizo     68
     2.Ubaldo Matildo Fillol   53
     3.Hugo Orlando Gatti      20
     4.Américo Tesorieri        5
     5.Antonio Roma             4
    

    Austria - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Matthias Sindelar      110
     2.Ernst Ocwirk            44
     3.Gerhard Hanappi         23
     4.Herbert Prohaska        13
     5.Karl Koller             12
     6.Toni Polster            11
     7.Ernst Happel             3
     8.Hans Krankl              2
    

    Austria - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Rudi Hiden              63
     2.Walter Zeman            19
     3.Michael Konsel           3
    

    Belgium - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
     
     1.Paul Van Himst          28
     2.Raymond Braine          14
     3.Eric Gerets              3
     4.Jan Ceulemans            2
       Jozef Mermans            2
    

    Belgium - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Jean-Marie Pfaff       100
     2.Michel Preud'homme      41
     3.Jean De Bie              3
    

    Brazil - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the South American election.
    
     1."Pelé"                 220  (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
     2.Garrincha              142  (Manoel dos Santos Garrincha)
     3."Zico"                  51  (Arthur Antunes Coimbra)
     4.Thomas Soãres "Zizinho" 40
     5.Arthur Friedenreich     21
       "Tostão"                21  (Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade) 
     7.Valdir Pereira Didi     17
     8.Leônidas da Silva       13
     9.Nílton dos Santos       12
       Ronaldo                 12  (Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima)
    11.Romário de Souza Faria  11
    12.Paulo Roberto Falcão    10
       Roberto Rivelino        10
    14.Ademir da Guía           9
    15.Luís Edmundo Pereira     7
    16.Carlos Alberto Torres    5
    17.Domingos Antônio da Guía 4
    18.Ademir                   3  (Ademir Marquez de Menezes)
    19."Bebeto"                 2  (Jorge Roberto Gama de Oliveira)
       "Jairzinho"              2  (Jair Ventura Filho)
        
    

    Brazil - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the South American election.
    
     1.Gilmar dos Santos Neves 47
     2.Émerson Leão            13
     3.Barbosa                 11  (Barbosa Moacir Nascimento)
     4.Manga                    4  (Manga Aílton Corrêa Arruda)
    

    England - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Bobby Charlton         303
     2.Stanley Matthews       282
     3.Bobby Moore             74
     4.Kevin Keegan            45
     5.James Greaves           26
     6.Stephen Bloomer         25
     7.William "Dixie" Dean    22
     8.Thomas Lawton           15
     9.Thomas Finney           13
       Gary Lineker            13
    11.Vivian John Woodward    11
    

    England - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Gordon Banks           360
     2.Peter Shilton          124
     3.Frank Victor Swift      17
     4.David Seaman            12
     5.Samuel Hardy            10
     6.Harry Hibbs              3
    

    France - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Michel Platini         505
     2.Raymond Kopa            72
     3.Just Fontaine           40
     4.Eric Cantona            12
     5.Jean Tigana             11
     6.Robert Jonquet           2
    

    France - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Bernard Lama             6
     2.Pierre Chayriguès        5
     3.Julien Darui             4
     4.Fabien Barthez           3
    

    Germany - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Franz Beckenbauer      709
     2.Gerd Müller            249
     3.Fritz Walter           105
     4.Uwe Seeler              72
     5.Lothar Matthäus         43
     6.Karl-Heinz Rummenigge   40
     7.Paul Breitner            8
     8.Günter Netzer            6
     9.Richard Hofmann          5
       Wolfgang Overath         5
    11.Fritz Szepan             4
    12.Andreas Brehme           2
       Bernd Schuster           2
    14.Andreas Möller           1
       Rudi Völler              1
    

    Germany - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Sepp Maier             263
     2.Harald Schumacher       51
     3.Andreas Köpke           37
     4.Jürgen Croy             15
     5.Hans Tilkowsky          10
     6.Heiner Stuhlfauth        9
     7.Toni Turek               7
     8.Bodo Illgner             4
     9.Hans Jakob               3
    10.Uli Stein                2
    

    Hungary - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Ferenc Puskás          667
     2.Sándor Kocsis           54
     3.József Bozsik           41
     4.Imre Schlosser          26
     5.Györgi Sárosi           16
     6.Nándor Hidegkuti        11
     7.Flórián Albert           8
     8.Györgi Orth              2
    

    Hungary - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Gyula Grosics          117
     2.Károly Zsák              5
    

    Italy - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Gianni Rivera          113
     2.Giuseppe Meazza         90
     3.Giacinto Facchetti      79
     4.Franco Baresi           66
     5.Sandro Mazzola          53
     6.Silvio Piola            46
     7.Paolo Rossi             27
     8.Luigi Riva              26
     9.Roberto Baggio          21
    10.Gaetano Scirea          19
    11.Paolo Maldini           12
    12.Roberto Bettega          9
    13.Giampiero Boniperti      3
    

    Italy - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Dino Zoff              373
     2.Giampiero Combi         49
     3.Walter Zenga            18
     4.Angelo Peruzzi          13
     5.Enrico Albertosi        12
     6.Gianluca Pagliuca       10
     7.Giulano Sarti            7
     8.Lorenzo Buffon           3
    

    Netherlands - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Johan Cruijff          753
     2.Marco van Basten       240
     3.Ruud Gullit             63
     4.Dennis Bergkamp         14
     5.Ruud Krol               10
     6.Ronald Koeman            8
     7.Frank Rijkaard           3
     8.Faas Wilkes              2
    

    Netherlands - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Hans van Breukelen      37
     2.Edwin van der Sar       21
     3.Eddy Pieters Graafland   3
    

    Spain - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Alfredo di Stéfano     708
     2.Ferenc Puskás          667
     3.Ladislao Kubala         53
     4.Francisco Gento         49
     5.Luis Suárez             23
     6.Emilio Butragueño        8
     7.Miguel González "Michel" 3
     8.Amancio Amaro            2
       Telmo "Zarra"            2
    

    Spain - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the European election.
    
     1.Ricardo Zamora         304
     2.Andoni Zubizarreta      31
     3.José Ángel Iríbar       10
     4.Luis Arconada            7
     5.Antoni Ramallets         5
     6.Francisco Buyo           3
    

    Uruguay - Player of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the South American election.
    
     1.Juan Alberto Schiaffino 52
     2.Luis Alberto Cubilla    25
     3.Obdulio Jacinto Varela  21
     4.José Leandro Andrade    16
       Héctor Scarone          16
     6.Enzo Francescoli        13
     7.José Nasazzi            12
     8.Pedro Virgilio Rocha     7
     9.Pedro Cea                3
    10.Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia  2
    

    Uruguay - Keeper of the Century

    Simply chosen as a sublist of the South American election.
    
     1.Ladislao Mazurkiewicz   46
     2.Roque Gaston Máspoli    26
     3.Rodolfo Rodríguez        6
     4.Andrés Mazali            4
    

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    Thanks to Vlad Doob (vdoob@yahoo.com) for providing the worldwide elections

    Prepared and maintained by Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

    Author: Karel Stokkermans
    Last updated: 30 Jan 2000

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