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African All-Star XI

African football arose from the doldrums and gained global respect when Cameroon reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990.

Since then African Football has gone from strength to strength and in modern times, you can find top quality African footballers in all positions across all of Europe’s the major Leagues. 

So during the African Cup of Nations, The lads on the V2 Football Podcast decided to select their African All-Star XI.

The lads decided to go for a 3-4-3 Formation and selected players at the played since 1990.

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Bruce Grobbelaar (Championed by Chris Lappin)

Grobbelaar was part of the dominant Liverpool team of the 1980’s. He won six league titles and three domestic cups and the European Cup in 1984.

Capped over 30 times by Rhodesia and then Zimbabwe during a 20 year international career.

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Lauren (Championed by Chris Lappin)

A member of Arsenal’s legendary Invincibles team, he made the PFA Team of the Year in 2004.

He won the Premier League twice with Arsenal and 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth.

He won African Cup of Nations twice in 2000 & 2002 and bagged the Olympic gold in 2001. He was Player of the Tournament for the Cup of Nations triumph in 2000.

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Lucas Radebe (Championed by Richard ‘Hero’ Hudson)

Radebe was Leeds United's Player of the Season in 1998 and won the Cup of Nations in 1996. He also represented South Africa at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

He was once identified by Nelson Mandela as the great man's "Hero".

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Rigobert Song (Championed by Shane Lees)

Song holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Cameroon national team representing his country 137 times between 1993 – 2010.

He won African Cup of Nations twice in 2000 & 2002 and represented Cameroon at a remarkable four World Cups

He won the Super Lig titles twice and the Turkey Cup at Galatasaray and the Turkey Cup twice more with Trabzonspor.

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Geremi (Championed by Alex Slobom)

Geremi was a versatile talent comfortable in midfield or defence as well as being is a bit of a set-piece specialist.

He won African Cup of Nations twice in 2000 & 2002 and bagged the Olympic gold in 2001.

He won the Champions League twice and La Liga once with the Real Madrid and the Premier League Twice and the 2007 FA Cup with Chelsea.

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Yaya Toure (Championed by Anthony Kendrick)

Twice named African Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012, Toure was also named in the PFA Premier League team of the Year in 2012.

He won the La Liga title twice and the Champions League with Barcelona and the Premier League Twice and the FA Cup with Man City.

He has represented the Ivory Coast at two World Cups.

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Jay-Jay Okocha (Championed by Ash Calver)

Okocha won Olympic in 1996 and the African title in 1994. He represented Nigeria at three World Cups.

Okocha’s flair for the game was recognised by the BBC as he twice won their African Footballer of the Year award.

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Abedi Pele (Championed by Chris Lappin)

Pele is a three-time African Footballer of the Year and a one-time BBC African Player of the Year.

He won the Cup of Nations with Ghana in 1982 and in 1992 he was player of the tournament.

Pele won two Ligue 1 titles and the Champions League with Marseille

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Samuel Eto'o (Championed by Richard ‘Hero’ Hudson)

A four-time African Footballer of the Year, Eto'o has won three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and Internazionale.

Eto’o won two Cup of Nations tournaments, Olympic gold and represented the Cameroon in three World Cups.

Eto'o remains Cameroon’s all-time scorer and is the all-time scorer in Cup of Nations history.

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George Weah (Championed by Chris Lappin)

A two-time African Footballer of the Year, Weah is the only African player to win the Ballon d’Or—receiving the award in 1995. That year he was also named European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year.

Weah won two Serie A titles with Milan, the FA Cup winner with Chelsea and a Ligue 1 champion with Paris Saint-Germain.

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Roger Milla (Championed by Alex Slobom)

Milla was twice African Footballer of the Year and was voted by CAF as the African Player of the Century.

He represented Cameroon at three World Cups and won the Cup of Nations twice. He was top scorer at the tournament twice and was Player of the Tournament in 1986.

He remains the oldest player at 42 to score at a World Cup.

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