GK: Harald Schumacher (West Germany)
For all the controversy of his infamous foul on Patrick Battiston in the 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-final, Schumacher never let the negative publicity affect him. A worthy successor to Sepp Maier, he was a winner and ever present in his first major finals, the 1980 UEFA European Championship. West Germany made a disappointing defence in 1984 but Schumacher performed heroically, a memorable last-minute save securing a 2-1 win against Romania. A beaten World Cup finalist in 1982 and 1986, he issued an outspoken biography, Anpfiff, in 1987 that brought an end to his 15-year association with Köln and his 76-cap international career.
DF: João Pinto (Portugal)
A legendary right-back and one-club man who spent 16 years at Porto, João Pinto first came to prominence for his country at the 1984 UEFA European Championship. Capped six times prior to the tournament, he was as adventurous going forward as he was resilient in defence. There would be only one other major tournament appearance in his 70-cap career (42 as captain) – a disappointing 1986 FIFA World Cup – but at club level Pinto repeatedly hit the heights. He won nine league titles and four Portuguese Cups and was skipper in the 1987 European Champion Clubs' Cup final as Porto beat Bayern München 2-1.
DF: Karlheinz Förster (West Germany)
The younger of two brothers in West Germany's EURO '80-winning squad, Karlheinz outshine older sibling Bernd throughout a career that brought recognition as one of the world's most irrepressible central defenders. Aged 21, Förster neutralised Belgian dangerman Jan Ceulemans in the EURO '80 final to round off an exceptional championship. He accumulated 81 international caps, twice finishing a FIFA World Cup runner-up. A Bundesliga champion with Stuttgart in 1984, Förster left for Marseille in 1986 and retired in style after winning the French double in 1990.
DF: Morten Olsen (Denmark)
Olsen's international career spanned almost two decades, but it was not until the mid-80s that he was established as one of the world's finest liberos. This was Denmark's first major tournament for 20 years and Olsen, 34, graced it with commanding displays as captain before missing the semi-final through injury. Olsen led Denmark at their first FIFA World Cup two years later, appeared at the 1988 UEFA European Championship and won his 100th cap the following year. Olsen was Denmark coach from 2000 until the end of last year, guiding them to the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and UEFA EURO 2004.
DF: Andreas Brehme (West Germany)
Brehme scored the winner in the 1990 World Cup final, burying a late right-footed penalty to give West Germany victory over Argentina. Brehme, who scored a free-kick in the previous round against England with his left, is one of the finest wing-backs to have graced the game, his 86 international caps testifying to the legend. His career began and ended at Kaiserslautern, sandwiching spells at Bayern München and Internazionale Milano – he won league titles with all three. Brehme was ever present in three successive UEFA European Championships.
MF: Fernando Chalana (Portugal)
A key figure in 1984 UEFA European Championship qualifying, Chalana was even more prominent at the finals and his two assists for Rui Jordão in the semi-final against France came close to eliminating the hosts. The left-footed playmaker recovered from injury against Romania to complement his man-of-the-match displays versus West Germany and Spain with another sublime showing against Les Bleus. The Benfica stalwart joined Bordeaux after the tournament, but struggled with injuries and when he returned to Benfica in 1987 the spark had gone.
MF: Alain Giresse (France)
A diminutive, zestful midfielder, Giresse was the perfect lieutenant to Michel Platini. He shone for Les Bleus at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice against Northern Ireland and another in the epic semi-final defeat by West Germany. At the 1984 UEFA European Championship he was equally influential, knitting the play together and living up to his Moteur (motor) nickname. At club level Giresse made 500 appearances and won two French league titles at Bordeaux before joining Marseille. He went on to coach Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse as well as the national teams of Georgia, Gabon and Mali.
MF: Jean Tigana (France)
Tigana was second only to Platini in the Ballon d'Or in 1984. A perfect amalgam of technique and stamina, the Mali-born midfielder demonstrated his class when it mattered most with a scything run to the byline to set up Platini's extra-time winner in the semi-final against Portugal. Tigana also starred for Les Bleus in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups and ended his international career with 52 caps. He won the Ligue 1 title on five occasions, three times with Bordeaux and twice at Marseille. He has since coached Lyon, Monaco, Fulham, Beşiktaş, Bordeaux and Shanghai Shenhua.
MF: Frank Arnesen (Denmark)
Attacking midfielder Arnesen was a key member of the Denmark side that graced the 1984 UEFA European Championship and the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Scorer of two spot kicks in the 1984 group phase, he set up Denmark's goal in the semi-final before going off injured and missing the penalty shoot-out. Arnesen shone again in Mexico two years later until a red card excluded him from the last-16 defeat, also against Spain. After three Eredivisie titles with both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, injury forced his retirement aged 31. Arnesen has enjoyed roles at Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Hamburg.
MF: Michel Platini (France)
Platini exceeded all expectation when he captained Les Bleus to their first international trophy in 1984, scoring in all five matches, including hat-tricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia. His other three goals were all winners, including strikes in the semi-final and the final. Having top-scored in Serie A for champions Juventus just before the tournament, Platini retained the Ballon d'Or and would become the only player to win it three years running. A star at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, he scored 41 goals in 71 internationals. Platini coached France (1988–1992) and became UEFA President in January 2007.
FW: Rudi Völler (West Germany)
With 47 goals in 90 international appearances, Völler is among the greatest European goalscorers. He appeared in three UEFA European Championships and three FIFA World Cups, winning in 1990. His first major finals, the 1984 UEFA European Championship, ended with group stage elimination and four years later his campaign was cut short by a broken arm. Völler's club career, largely spent at Werder Bremen and Roma, peaked in 1993 when he won the UEFA Champions League with Marseille. He coached Germany to the 2002 World Cup final.
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