User:GoldDragon/List of football players with domestic, continental and world titles
This is a list of football players who have achieved all top tier domestic league, continental cup and international cup honours defined as winning:
- a top tier domestic league title with a club, including all FIFA sanctioned national top level divisions, and
- a top tier confederation club competition title with a club, including all the six main club competitions:
- a top tier confederation nation competition title with a national team, including all the six main nation competitions:
- a FIFA World Cup title with a national team.
The World Cup, held every four years, is the most prestigious international football competition. The confederations each organise their own confederation trophy as listed above, which is the main football competition of the men's national football teams within a given region. The confederations also organise major international club competitions of which those listed above are the most prestigious. The governing bodies in each country operate league systems in a domestic season, normally comprising several divisions, in which the teams gain points throughout the season depending on results. This is usually considered to be the most prestigious football trophy within a given nation.[Note 1]
National sides only rarely manage to hold both a World Cup and a confederation title at the same time and this has been achieved on only five occasions in football history: Uruguay 1930-35, West Germany 1972-74, France 1998-2000, Brazil, 2002-04 and Spain 2008-10. The majority of players who have achieved success in all four of the top tier competitions have played in these squads and others who have achieved feat have generally done so by having a lengthy career at the very highest level. A number of players who have achieved this feat have not also won the top club honours. Some of them, along with a number of other prominent exceptions are listed below amongst those who nearly qualify for the main list.
As of 24 May 2014 a total of 39 players have achieved this feat. Thirteen have represented Spain, nine Germany (and/or West Germany), nine Brazil, seven France and one player has represented Argentina. The first time any player won a World Cup and a Confederation Club title in the same year was in 1974 when six players from Bayern Munich were in the successful German national squad. All six also won a domestic league title with Bayern in that year and had been in the UEFA Euro 1972 winning team and are listed below.
- Bold denotes players still playing professional football.
No nation outside of Europe or South America has won the FIFA World Cup (as of 2010), so there are no players representing such nations on this list. Nonetheless, Christian Karembeu was born in New Caledonia and Marcel Dessaily in Ghana, so Oceania and Africa are indirectly represented.
Various sub-sets of the main list have also been compiled. For example, a total of 44 players have won both the Copa América for South American countries and the Copa Libertadores for club teams. Several of the above players on the main list are amongst those who have won both a World Cup and a World Club Cup title or its predecessor club competitions.
World Cup finalists who nearly qualify
A variety of players who have played in the final of a world cup have come close to meeting the criteria.
No continental club cup
Lothar Matthäus won the 1980 European Championship and 1990 World Cup with West Germany, seven domestic league titles with Bayern Munich and one with Internazionale but was on the losing side in the 1987 European Cup final and the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, the latter defeat coming when Manchester United scored twice in stoppage time to overturn a 0-1 deficit and get a 2-1 win. Bayern Munich managed to win its fourth European Champion Clubs' Cup in 2001, one year after he retired. Similarly, Jürgen Klinsmann was a 1990 World Cup and a 1996 European Championship winner and a 1996-7 Bundesliga winner with Bayern but never made it to the finals of the European Cup/Champions League.
Robert Pires and Patrick Viera won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, as well as several FA Premier League titles with Arsenal FC, however neither won the Champions League. Viera left Arsenal for Juventus before the 2005-06 season hoping to improve his chances in UEFA competitions (which Arsenal had struggled in), however his team was knocked out by Pires' Arsenal in the quarterfinals. Arsenal made it to the 2006 Champions League Final but lost to FC Barcelona, where Pires was substituted in the 18th minute. In 2010, Viera transferred from Internazionale to Manchester City F.C. a few months before Inter won the Champions League.
Ronaldo has had success in all three categories but has never won a Continental cup title. He was a World Cup winner in 1994 (where he did not play) and 2002 (winning the Golden Shoe) and a Copa América winner in 1997 and 1999 with Brazil. He won the 2002-03 La Liga with Real Madrid. That same season, in the UEFA Champions League, his hat trick helped his team beat Manchester United in the quarter-finals, but Madrid then lost to Juventus in the semi-finalist. In 2006-07, he transferred to A.C. Milan which did win the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, however Ronaldo was cup-tied and ineligible to take part. 
Dino Zoff won the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship and the 1982 FIFA World Cup (being the oldest player to achieve this feat), as well as six Scudetto titles with Juventus FC, however his team lost the 1973 European Cup Final to AFC Ajax.
No international-level Confederation cup
Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles won a domestic league title, a European Cup medal and a World Cup medal, but no European international trophy.[Note 3] Paolo Rossi, Gaetano Scirea, Antonio Cabrini, Marco Tardelli, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Del Piero are amongst Italian players and Karl-Heinz Riedle and Bodo Illgner Germans with a similar record.
Pelé won the World Cup with Brazil on three occasions (1958, 1962, 1970), the Copa Libertadores with Santos twice (1961, 1962) and top domestic honours in both Brazil and the USA (the latter with New York Cosmos in 1977). However, he never won a Copa América.
Edmílson won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, domestic league titles with Lyon in 2002, 2003, 2004 and with FC Barcelona in 2005, 2006 and the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2006, but never won the Copa America. Similarly, Juliano Belletti won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, La Liga in 2005 and 2006 and the UEFA Champions League in 2006 with FC Barcelona, but has not won the Copa America. Lúcio was in the Brazilian World Cup-winning side of 2002, has won the Bundesliga in 2005, 2006, and 2008 with Bayern Munich, and Serie A and the Champions League in 2010 with Inter Milan.
No World Cup winners' medal
Argentinian Claudio Caniggia did win the Copa América in 1991, and both the Copa Libertadores and the Primera División with River Plate in season 1985-86. He also won a Scottish domestic title with Rangers in 2003. He appeared in three World Cups, losing in the 1990 final in the Stadio Olimpico, Rome.
The German player Felix Magath won the UEFA European Football Championship in 1980, and the UEFA European Cup in 1983 and the Bundesliga in season 1978-79, 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Hamburg. Magath reached the FIFA World Cup final twice in 1982 and 1986 with Germany, but he was a runner-up on both occasions.[Note 4]
Michael Ballack has achieved the unique distinction of having come runner-up in all the above categories - including the German and English leagues, the Champions League in 2002 and 2008, the 2008 UEFA European Championship and the 2002 World Cup, with three of them occurring in a single year on two separate occasions. He has, however, won four national titles in Germany and the Premier League.
Miroslav Klose also has all the silver medals in the above categories - including the German leagues in 2009, the Champions League in 2010, Euro 2008 and the 2002 World CUP.
Frenchman Michel Platini won the UEFA European Football Championship in 1984 (scoring 9 goals in 5 games, a record which still holds) and the UEFA Champions League in 1985 with Juventus F.C.; he also won one French domestic title with Saint-Étienne in 1981 and two Italian Serie A titles with Juventus in 1984 and 1986. However, he never won the World Cup, with France losing twice in semi-finals against Germany in 1982 and 1986.
No domestic title
Fernando Torres and Juan Mata both won the UEFA Champions league with Chelsea F.C. in 2012 and the World Cup in 2010 and the UEFA European Championship in 2012 (also 2008 for Torres) with Spain but have never won a domestic league title.
As of 1 July 2012, only Vicente del Bosque has succeeded in winning a career quadruple of the trophies detailed above. He coached Real Madrid to Champion's League titles in 2000 and 2002, and La Liga titles in 2001 and 2003, and went on to lead Spain to success in the World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
Luiz Felipe Scolari comes closest, winning the Brazilian Championship in 1996 with Grêmio, the Copa Libertadores in 1995 & 1999 with Grêmio and Palmeiras respectively, the World Cup in 2002 with Brazil, and as a runner-up in Euro 2004 with Portugal.
Franz Beckenbauer is remarkable for appearing on the successful list of players and also having been a Bundesliga and World Cup winning manager in 1993–1994 and 1990 respectively. He was also a runner-up in the World Cup Final as both a player and manager, in 1966 and 1986 respectively.
Johan Cruyff achieved a club cup Treble as both a player and manager, but in both regards he falls short of meeting the criteria for this list. As a player he won the Eredivisie on eight occasions and European Cup with Ajax three times and was a World Cup runner-up with Holland in 1974. As a manger of Barcelona he won La Liga and the European Cup. However he did not win a European international trophy as a player and has never managed a national side.
Helmut Schön is the only coach, besides Vicente del Bosque , to win both a World Cup and a European Championship. Mário Zagallo can claim a similar achievement. Twice a World Cup winning player he also managed Brazil to success in this competition in 1970 and in the 1997 Copa América.
- List of UEFA Champions League winning players
- European Cup and Champions League records and statistics
- UEFA club competition records
- List of players who have won multiple FIFA World Cups
- Category:FIFA World Cup-winning players
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- Cafu and Dida are amongst only five players ever to have won both the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores.
- Ian Callaghan also won a domestic league title, a European Cup medal and a World Cup medal but did not play in the 1966 World Cup final.
- Another German, Matthias Sammer won the UEFA European Football Championship in 1996, and both the UEFA Champions League in 1997 and the Bundesliga in season 1994-95 and 1995-1996 with Borussia Dortmund. He also won two East-German domestic titles with Dynamo Dresden in 1988-89 and 1989-90 and was member of the VfB Stuttgart team which won the domestic title in 1991-1992. His only World Cup appearance was in 1994, when Germany failed to reach the final in Pasadena after three consecutive final appearances.
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- Karembeu has stated "I played for France and won many medals and I am proud of the team and what we achieved together. But I am also Oceanian, born in the South Pacific, and it is logical for me to acknowledge this part of my heritage.""A fitting tribute to Karembeu" fifa.com. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
- Full list available at "South American Country and Club Champions" Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
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