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Who among these was the best player of 1950?

  • Zizinho (Bangu - Brazil)

    Votes: 5 83.3%
  • Alcides Ghiggia (Peñarol - Uruguay)

    Votes: 3 50.0%
  • Larbi Benbarek (Atlético Madrid - Morocco)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Jair (Palmeiras - Brazil)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Adrián Escudero (Atlético Madrid - Spain)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Henry Carlsson (Atlético Madrid - Sweden)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    6
  • Poll closed .
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Hello, I'm conducting a poll to help further construct my team of the year list. Just to provide you guys with some details on these players:

Zizinho (Bangu - Brazil)
-1950 World Cup runner-up & Golden Ball winner
-22 goals in more than 36 games (all the goals are accounted for but perhaps not his appearances. Unsure about whether or not he came off the bench in the first 2 games of the World Cup and how many fixtures he played for Flamengo at the beginning of the year before moving to Bangu)
-He is often considered as the best Brazilian footballer before Pele

Alcides Ghiggia (Peñarol - Uruguay)
-1950 World Cup winner
-Scored in all of Uruguay's world cup matches (4 goals in 4 games), including the goal that put Uruguay 2-1 up against Brazil in the final and won Uruguay the cup
-Highlights

Larbi Benbarek (Atlético Madrid - Morocco)
-1949-50 La Liga champion
-19 goals in 22 games
-The first successful African footballer in Europe
-Benbarek may have been injured from September to November this year, as he didn't feature in any of the games at the beginning of the season and only made his return on November 5 in the La Liga.

Jair (Palmeiras - Brazil)
-1950 World Cup runner-up
-São Paulo State Championship winner
-He was known as the Zidane of his time. Check out this video to get a glimpse of why.

Adrian Escudero (Atlético Madrid - Spain)
-1949-50 La Liga champion
-23 goals in 30 games
-May have been injured at the beginning of the year (January; made his return to the La Liga on February 12)

Henry Carlsson (Atlético Madrid - Sweden)
-1949-50 La Liga champion
-9 goals in 32 games
 

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and considering the number of Jair's that played for Brazil, you cann't even tell if this is the right Jair :D
 

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To be honest, I don't think Ghiggia, Escudero or Carlsson were feasible candidates.

Of course, we would have to assume a lot, but from what I believe from what I have read I think the top 3 candidates are not mentioned in your poll and my likely 1st place did not play the World Cup:

1. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Budapest Honvéd): He has already through his peak performance and from what I have read he was an impressive creative and powerful forward as it had not been seen before. He was champion and top scorer of both Hungarian League tournaments that year, scored more than one goal per game in all competitions at club level and between July 1949 and October 1950 had an impressive streak in 9 consecutive matches at international level.

2. Ademir de Menezes (Brazil & Vasco da Gama): He apparently had a huge club season. In the first half he was a star figure and was about to win the Río-São Paulo Tournament and in the second half led Vasco da Gama to win the Carioca Championship being the competition's top scorer with 25 goals in 20 games, besides being one of the stars of the World Cup and the top scorer too. At that time he was considered the best South American player.

3. Gunnar Nordahl (Sweden & AC Milan): In my opinion, the most prominent member of the "Gre-No-Li" trio. In the 1949-50 season he set a scoring record in Serie A and it was the first of 5 times that he proclaimed himself Capocannoniere. He was at a spectacular level at the time, but he could have been forgotten because even though Sweden reached the World Cup Final Phase, neither he nor his famous AC Milan teammates were part of the team.

After that podium I would name:

4. Zizinho (Brazil & Flamengo): Probably the great star of the World Cup, however, what would prevent me from including him in the top 3 is that he had a mediocre year at the club level with Flamengo, although he had a positive impact with Bangu in the second half of the year. I think he would be an edge candidate.

5. Juan Alberto Schiaffino (Uruguay & Peñarol): Although many remember Ghiggia as the hero for his goal in the final or Varela for his anecdotal leadership in the World Cup, I think "Pepe" was clearly the great Uruguayan star of the moment and was the director of his teams. That year he lost the national title in Uruguay, but apparently stood out individually. He was seen as one of the most creative offensive players ever from South America.

6. Rinaldo Martino (Argentina & Juventus): He was a great playmaker who completed a spectacular first and only season with Juventus and played the second half of the year being a key player in the title won by Nacional in Uruguay.

Honorable Mentions:

Estanislao Basora (Spain & Barcelona)
József Bozsik (Hungary & Budapest Honvéd)
Jair (Brazil & Palmeiras)
Nils Liedholm (Sweden & AC Milan)
Ernst Ocwirk (Austria & Austria Vienna)


Not so sure about Larbi Ben Barek (France & Atlético de Madrid).
 

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This is a poll to see who you guys think was the best player AMONG the six that I've listed. I actually already have those players you listed in my personal list for 1950 and even have Puskás as my player of the year. :) Big fan of your blog, btw. I appreciate your works!

To be honest, I don't think Ghiggia, Escudero or Carlsson were feasible candidates.

Of course, we would have to assume a lot, but from what I believe from what I have read I think the top 3 candidates are not mentioned in your poll and my likely 1st place did not play the World Cup:

1. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Budapest Honvéd): He has already through his peak performance and from what I have read he was an impressive creative and powerful forward as it had not been seen before. He was champion and top scorer of both Hungarian League tournaments that year, scored more than one goal per game in all competitions at club level and between July 1949 and October 1950 had an impressive streak in 9 consecutive matches at international level.

2. Ademir de Menezes (Brazil & Vasco da Gama): He apparently had a huge club season. In the first half he was a star figure and was about to win the Río-São Paulo Tournament and in the second half led Vasco da Gama to win the Carioca Championship being the competition's top scorer with 25 goals in 20 games, besides being one of the stars of the World Cup and the top scorer too. At that time he was considered the best South American player.

3. Gunnar Nordahl (Sweden & AC Milan): In my opinion, the most prominent member of the "Gre-No-Li" trio. In the 1949-50 season he set a scoring record in Serie A and it was the first of 5 times that he proclaimed himself Capocannoniere. He was at a spectacular level at the time, but he could have been forgotten because even though Sweden reached the World Cup Final Phase, neither he nor his famous AC Milan teammates were part of the team.

After that podium I would name:

4. Zizinho (Brazil & Flamengo): Probably the great star of the World Cup, however, what would prevent me from including him in the top 3 is that he had a mediocre year at the club level with Flamengo, although he had a positive impact with Bangu in the second half of the year. I think he would be an edge candidate.

5. Juan Alberto Schiaffino (Uruguay & Peñarol): Although many remember Ghiggia as the hero for his goal in the final or Varela for his anecdotal leadership in the World Cup, I think "Pepe" was clearly the great Uruguayan star of the moment and was the director of his teams. That year he lost the national title in Uruguay, but apparently stood out individually. He was seen as one of the most creative offensive players ever from South America.

6. Rinaldo Martino (Argentina & Juventus): He was a great playmaker who completed a spectacular first and only season with Juventus and played the second half of the year being a key player in the title won by Nacional in Uruguay.

Honorable Mentions:

Estanislao Basora (Spain & Barcelona)
József Bozsik (Hungary & Budapest Honvéd)
Jair (Brazil & Palmeiras)
Nils Liedholm (Sweden & AC Milan)
Ernst Ocwirk (Austria & Austria Vienna)


Not so sure about Larbi Ben Barek (France & Atlético de Madrid).
 

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This is a poll to see who you guys think was the best player AMONG the six that I've listed. I actually already have those players you listed in my personal list for 1950 and even have Puskás as my player of the year. :)
Oh!, sorry mate, I think I misunderstood the direction of the poll.

In that case it can be understood that my vote will be for Zizinho, although help by his performances in the World Cup because apparently Jair had a better whole season with Palmeiras.
 
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