Best Players In The World 1961 – Part 2: 61-80

Welcome to the second part of my countdown of the world’s best footballers of 1961. If you missed the first part of this countdown in which I revealed my selections from 81 through 100, you can view it here.

Rob Fielder

61. Ivan Kolev (CSKA Sofia) Inside-forward 

The best player Bulgaria have ever produced. Clever forward who makes and scored goals and is admired across the continent.

62. Waldo  (Valencia) Centre-forward 

Unstoppable for Fluminense, Waldo is a powerful and precise striker who has recent made the move to Spain. Flu’s all-time top scorer with over 300 goals.

Hungary63. Florian Albert  (Ferencváros) Inside-forward 

The new golden boy of Hungarian football and the bright hope of the post-revolution generation. Technically excellent and already the Fradi centre piece.

64. Slava Metreveli (Torpedo Moscow) Outside-right. 

One of the stars of the Soviets’ Euro win last year. Quick and direct runner with an eye for goal and powerful shot.

65. Eulogio Martinez (Barcelona) Centre-forward. 

Prolific goalscorer who has made a home in Catalonia after his switch from Libertad. Probably the best Paraguayan footballer since Arsenio Erico.

66. Milan Galic (Partizan Belgrade) Centre-forward. 

Top scorer at both the Olympics and the European Championship last year. Won a first league title with Partizan last season and is a constant threat in front of goal.

67. Francisco Lojacono (Roma) Inside-forward. 

Well travelled Argentine who has now switched allegiance to Italy. Has enjoyed success with Vicenza and Fiorentina before joining Roma where he forged a good understanding with compatriot Manfredini.

68. Coen Moulijn (Feyenoord) Outside-left

 The most exciting Dutch player to emerge for years. Well balanced and dangerous dribbler who is technically excellent and a real fan favourite.

69. Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool) Right-back 

Now well established as the premier full-back in England, Armfield is a model of consistency. Quick and likes to get forward when he can.

70. Branko Zebec (Alemannia Aachen) Left-back 

Hugely versatile figure who is capable of playing in almost any position but has excelled on the left flank. Lightning quick, he’s now proving his talents in West Germany.

71. Costa Pereira (Benfica) Goalkeeper. 

Mozambique-born keeper who has proved a tower of strength for the Eagles of Lisbon. European Cup winner with a commanding presence of his area.

72. Humberto Maschio (Atalanta) Centre-forward 

Now occupying a slightly deeper role than he once did, Maschio has taken well to life in Bergamo. Touted for an Italian call up thanks to his ancestry, but previously a star for Argentina.

73. Harald Nielsen (Bologna) Centre-forward 

Top scorer at last year’s Olympics and has made a strong start since his move to Serie A. Ice cold in front of goal, Bologna have placed great faith in his abilities.

74. Bobby Smith (Tottenham Hotspur) Centre-forward.

 The cutting edge in Spurs’ Double victory. Pre-eminent striker whose goals helped fire his side to domestic success.

75. Antoni Ramallets (Barcelona) Goalkeeper

Nicknamed the ‘Cat of the Maracana’ for his heroics more than a decade ago, the Barca man is still one of the best in the world. Agile and nimble, he remains one of the great shot-stoppers.

76. Rik Coppens (Olympique Charleroi) Centre-forward 

A summer mover after an incredible career with Beerschot, Coppens has been one of the past decade’s foremost strikers. No longer quite the force of old, but still a danger man.

77. Gerry Hitchins (Inter) Centre-forward 

His prolific goalscoring at Aston Villa was just part of the reason that Inter spent £85,000 to bring him to Milan. He also impressed many when scoring two goals for England against Italy in May.

78. Pedro Manfredini (Roma) Centre-forward 

One of a host of Argentines in Serie A, Manfredini made his name originally excelling domestically with Racing Club. Instrumental in Roma’s Fairs Cup victory with a glut of goals.

79. Fahrudin Jusufi (Partizan Belgrade) Full-back 

Has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world, capable on either flank. Has impressed for Yugoslavia and just won a first league title with Partizan.

80. William Martinez (Penarol) – Defender

 One of the most decorated players in the world, Penarol skipper Martinez has won the lot. Back to back Libertadores winner, multiple domestic titles as well as the World Cup: he’s a serial winner.

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