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Best defender (Pompey or not) you've ever seen?

Best defender (Pompey or not) you've ever seen?

Having seen this, a question of the day on The Ivory FC - Nivea for men Great Football Experiment (here) - vital site I thought why not throw it open to you guys here on Vital Pompey too?

After all, lets face it there is not really much going on is there as we wait for our new manager, something we could be waiting for yet for a while to come!

QOTD: Best Defender You've Ever Seen? - Here.

This is what the article said...

Last time we met up with Ray Wilkins we had a really good chat about all things football. I then asked him, as you would expect, who the best player he ever played with was. His response, in an instant, was Franco Baresi when he was at AC Milan. He then regaled us with stories a plenty, my favourite of which was letting Karl Heinz Rummenigge have a head start in a game at the San Siro, before laughing at him, running after him and then winning the ball with consummate ease.

This got me thinking. We've spoken about favourite players, favourite goals and other things which no doubt favour the more attacking, creative player. But how about those the stop the goals from being scored? A focus last night at training was around us defending better as a unit. Yes we are good going forward but defensively we can still improve.

I wont necessarily limit this to players you've seen play live, but I always feel that there is so much more you can see around a players ability when you watch them at the stadium. Their movement off the ball, their positional sense etc. For me the best defender I have seen was Jaap Stam.

He is one of the only players that Ferguson has said he regrets selling and he's one of the few players I have been genuinely gutted that we let go. Yes he looked average when we first signed him but once he found his feet he was class. His movement, his awareness, his strength, his pace, his ability in the air, his tackling - all of it, for me at least, were first class and he was a joy to watch. If I am honest I don't think he is held in as a high a regard as he should be.

So, come on lads, best defender you've seen?

Interesting debate to be had here is there not with so many views and opinions that could be shared. As the article itself says few actually pay as much attention to 'the art of defending' as it is the attacking prowess that catches the imagination more.

Go on guys, who is 'the best defender you've seen', be that Pompey and/or otherwise?

Let us know with some comments below and also share these thoughts on The Ivory FC GFE website as well please, a quick copy and paste onto this link would be appreciated!

QOTD: Best Defender You've Ever Seen? - Here.


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Date:Wednesday October 26 2011
Time: 11:13PM


we have seen some VERY good defenders at pompey over the years, in more recent years some top class international ones but the likes of symons and awford were from my 'early days'. thought linvoy was something else and actually outshone sol for a while, with distin also quality but think i would just about go de zeeuw as my best in a pompey shirt...

best defender fullstop, maldini was fantastic and consistently good for, what, 20-years - so you cannot look too far past him, but moore was up there for a few years and you have beckenbauer. from those i have seen i would say baresi is a good shout but would go maldini.
26/10/2011 23:20:00
Good question Rug - I am not going international for my answers though. The best Pompey defender was in my book Malcolm Manley - only a short career but he oozed class on the ball and always had time even on some very poor surfaces - Swindon FA Cup replay 1974 as my evidence. So sad that he picked up that injury at Notts County after so few games.

Away from Pompey I would have to go for Des Walker. If Brian Clough said he was the best then that is good enough for me!!
27/10/2011 07:53:00
I think Sol Campbell would be right up there, obviously in his pre Pompey days (he was past his best when he came to us but still a great signing)
Steve C
27/10/2011 08:28:00
picking out an individual for me is near impossible, esp when the pairings of old were so good (bruce & pallister, bould, adams & keown etc) but if i had to pick 1,,,, i would have to say jaap stamm for his all round toughness and skill.
27/10/2011 10:51:00
I agree with Eastney, was tempted by Gavin Maguire but Manley edges it. He did not gwt sent off as far as I can remember
27/10/2011 12:55:00
Bobby Moore
27/10/2011 13:12:00
Dejan, not bad at left back either, Younis was quite useful, Glen's best days were with us. de Zeeuw or Blake, not Campbell. Tindall even had a go in goal. Seem to remember George Ley got best looking defender one season. Linvoy was a legend Nope, it has to be de Zeeuw.
27/10/2011 15:00:00
de zeeuw with linvoy a close second very underated. we've had a few good ones went, manley, cambell, foster
27/10/2011 22:28:00
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