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Liam Brady

In April 2008's Arsenal Magazine, legendary Gunner Liam Brady picked his dream team of players he either played with or played against during his career. Below is his starting XI - and what a team it is!

 

 

GoalkeeperPat Jennings I played against him when he was at Spurs and then with him when he joined Arsenal. He had superb careers at both clubs, and also for Northern Ireland for whom he made more than 100 caps. One of the greatest keepers of all time.

 

 

Right-backManfred Kaltz The Hamburg and Germany defender, I played against him for Ireland and he had it all. Great strength, an excellent defender, but he was also an attacking full-back.

 

 

Left-backAntonio Cabrini A former Juventus team-mate of mine, but I also played against him for the national team. A bit like Kaltz, a brilliant defender who was quick in the tackle. He won the World Cup for Italy in 1982.

 

 

Centre-backRuud Krol A Dutch defender who played for Napoli when I was in Italy. A very elegant defender who was excellent on the ball. He had a fine passing range and would look to play the ball out of defence. Could also play midfield and was a cultured player.

 

 

Centre-backGeatano Scirea A team-mate of mine at Juventus, he won the World Cup with Italy in 1982. A great sweeper and reader of the game – much like an Italian Franz Beckenbauer.

 

 

Centre midfield Alan Ball A team-mate of mine at Arsenal who is unfortunately now deceased. He was a big help to me when I arrived and was one of the best one-touch players I ever saw. A good goalscorer too, he was the greatest player I played with at Arsenal.

 

 

Centre midfield Paul McGrath He could also play at centre-half but I choose him in midfield where I played with him a lot for Ireland. Quiet off the pitch but a giant on it. He was superb tackler and excellent at breaking up the play. A Rolls Royce of a footballer.

 

 

Centre midfield Michel Platini He replaced me at Juventus when I left, but I had many battles against him for teams in Italy and in international football. Undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever.

 

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

 

Attacking midfieldDiego Maradona I played against him so many times when he played in Italy for Napoli and he was an amazing player. He was like a rubber ball, you just couldn’t keep him down. He had such a low centre of gravity and basically he was an absolute genius.

 

 

Centre forwardZico The Brazilian striker who played for Udinese when I was in Italy. He was full of imagination, invention and was a goalscoring machine. I don’t know who would take the free-kicks in this team – Zico, Maradona and Platini would all have to argue over it!

 

 

Centre forwardKarl-Heinz Rummenigge I played with him at Inter, and he could score goals out of nothing. He didn’t rely on the service from others, he could do it all himself. He was a big, powerful strong striker who was also brave and possessed a great shot.

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