A list of our favourite footballers from the 1980's, a decade that was home to some of the Goalhanger's favourite-ever players, and undoubtedly inspired by the beautiful football conjured up by some of the national teams of this period, such as the Brazilian team of 1982, and the French team of 1984 and 1986.

It's also distinctly possible that we had a few of the players as a multiple-swap in a Panini album and they've stuck in our subconscious ever since, or that they one had a half-decent game in a European Cup Winners Cup final and we believed like they played like that in every match.

Whatever the reason, they're on our list...

So here's a list of the Goalhanger's favourites from the 1980's, including the club(s) they were playing at when we really liked them...

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Algeria

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Lakhdar Belloumi GC Mascara Classy midfielder who graced the 1982 and 1986 World Cup. If he'd moved to one of the big European leagues he would surely have been a huge star.

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Argentina

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Osvaldo Ardiles Spurs
José Luis Brown Estudiantes LP Small things amuse small minds. And so it was with José Luis Brown, as we laughed heartily in the school playground about an Argentinian footballer called Brown at the 1986 World Cup. He had the last laugh though, scoring in the final against West Germany and heroically refusing to be substituted despite injuring his shoulder.
Jorge Burruchaga Independiente, Nantes
Ramón Díaz River Plate
Mario Kempes Valencia, River Plate
Diego Maradona Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli
Daniel Passarella River Plate, Fiorentina
Alberto Tarantini River Plate
Jorge Valdano Real Madrid
Ricardo Villa Spurs

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Austria

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Hans Krankl Barcelona, Rapid Vienna
Herbert Prohaska Inter Milan, Austria Vienna
Bruno Pezzey Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Australia

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Craig Johnston Middlesborough, Liverpool

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Belgium

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Jan Ceulemans Club Brugge
Nico Claesen Standard Liège
Eric Gerets Standard Liege, PSV Eindhoven
Jean-Marie Pfaff Beveren, Bayern Munich
Enzo Scifo Anderlecht, Auxerre
François Van Der Elst West Ham Utd
Erwin Vandenbergh Lierse, Anderlecht, Lille
Franky Vercauteren Anderlecht

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Brazil

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Branco Brescia, Porto
Careca Napoli
Walter Casagrande Corinthians
Falcão Roma
Júnior Flamengo, Torino Awesome left-back.
Josimar Botafogo
Müller São Paulo, Torino
Sócrates Corinthians
Zico Flamengo, Udinese

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from the Czechoslovakia

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Antonín Panenka Rapid Vienna Ok, so he didn't do 'that' penalty in the 1980's, but he was still a quality player.

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from the Denmark

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Søren Busk K.A.A. Gent
Preben Elkjær Lokeren, Verona
Søren Lerby Ajax, Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven
Jesper Olsen Ajax, Manchester Utd
Morten Olsen Anderlecht
Allan Simonsen Barcelona, Charlton Athletic, Vejle BK

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from England

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Tony Agana Sheffield Utd
Paul Bracewell Everton Classy midfielder who would have surely won more than 3 caps for England had it not been for serious injuries.
Kevin Brock Oxford Utd
Steve Bull Wolves
Nigel Clough Notts Forest
Gorden Cowans Aston Villa
Laurie Cunningham Real Madrid
Brian Deane Sheffield Utd
Alan Devonshire West Ham
Louie Donowa Norwich City
Trevor Francis Notts Forest, Sampdoria
Tony Galvin Spurs
Paul Goddard West Ham
Vince Hilaire Crystal Palace
Ricky Hill Luton Town
David Hirst Sheffield Wednesday
Glenn Hoddle Spurs, Monaco
Steve Hodge Notts Forest
Paul Lake Man City
Brian Marwood Sheffield Wednesday
Kevin Keegan Southampton, Newcastle Utd
Tony Morley Aston Villa
Alan McLoughlin Swindon Town
Andy Mutch Wolves
Stuart Pearce Notts Forest
Bryan Robson West Brom, Man Utd
David Rocastle Arsenal Beautifully elegant player, with lovely dribbling skills.
Kenny Sansom Crystal Palace, Arsenal
Mel Sterland Sheffield Wednesday
Chris Waddle Newcastle, Spurs, Marseille
Des Walker Notts Forest
Tony Woodcock 1. FC Köln, Arsenal

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from France

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Manuel Amoros Monaco, Marseille
Patrick Battiston St Etienne, Bordeaux
Maxime Bossis Nantes
Bernard Genghini Sochaux, St Etienne, Monaco
Alain Giresse Bordeaux
Jean-François Larios St Etienne
Michel Platini St Etienne, Juventus
Dominique Rocheteau Paris Saint-Germain
Didier Six VfB Stuttgart
Jean Tigana Bordeaux

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Hungary

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
László Kiss Vasas
Tibor Nyilasi Ferencvaros, Austria Vienna

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Iceland

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Siggi Jónsson Sheffield Wednesday

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Italy

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Alessandro Altobelli Inter Milan
Giancarlo Antognoni Fiorentina
Franco Baresi AC Milan
Antonio Cabrini Juventus
Claudio Gentile Juventus
Paolo Rossi Juventus
Marco Tardelli Juventus
Dino Zoff Juventus

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from the Netherlands

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
John Metgod Real Madrid, Notts Forest
Frans Thijssen Ipswich Town
Hans van Breukelen Notts Forest, PSV Eindhoven

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from the Northern Ireland

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Kingsley Black Luton Town

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Poland

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Zbigniew Boniek Widzew Lódz, Juventus, Roma
Wlodzimierz Smolarek Widzew Lódz, Eintracht Frankfurt

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from the Republic of Ireland

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Ray Houghton Oxford Utd, Liverpool
Mike Milligan Oldham Athletic
John Sheridan Leeds Utd, Sheffield Wednesday

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Scotland

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Steve Archibald Spurs, Barcelona
George Burley Ipswich Town
Davie Cooper Rangers
Kenny Dalglish Liverpool
Ian Durrant Rangers
Gary Gillespie Coventry City, Liverpool Elegant central defender and one of the few players whose autograph the Goalhanger had, after attending a West Brom v Coventry match and spotting him afterwards.
Alan Hansen Liverpool
Maurice Malpas Dundee Utd
Paul McStay Celtic
Pat Nevin Chelsea, Everton
Charlie Nicholas Celtic, Arsenal
Steve Nicol Liverpool
John Robertson Notts Forest
Graeme Souness Liverpool, Sampdoria, Rangers
David Speedie Chelsea, Coventry City
Gordon Strachan Aberdeen, Man Utd
Paul Sturrock Dundee Utd
John Wark Ipswich Town

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Spain

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Luis Arconada Real Sociedad
José Antonio Camacho Real Madrid
Francisco José Carrasco Barcelona Winger with some fantastic displays of creative dribbling for Barca in La Liga and some European matches.
Rafael Gordillo Real Madrid Was there any better sight in the 1980's than Rafael Gordillo rampaging down the left flank with his socks rolled down and a host of bemused defenders and midfielders in his wake ? One of our all-time favourites who had a great laid-back style and was equally comfortable at full back or on the left side of midfield.
Juanito Real Madrid
Quini Barcelona
Santillana Real Madrid
Roberto López Ufarte Real Sociedad
Jesus Zamora Real Sociedad

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Uruguay

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Rubén Sosa Lazio Nicknamed El Principito (The Little Prince) by Uruguayan fans, Sosa was a quick and creative left-footed forward. Great skills and capable of smashing home some long range efforts too.

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from the USA

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Roy Wegerle Luton Town, QPR Skillful forward capable of playing in a number of attacking roles.

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from the USSR

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Sergei Baltacha Dynamo Kiev, Ipswich Town
Oleg Blokhin Dynamo Kiev
Aleksandre Chivadze Dinamo Tbilisi
Rinat Dasayev Spartak Moscow
Ivan Yaremchuk Dynamo Kiev

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Wales

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Dean Saunders Oxford Utd, Derby County

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from West Germany

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Klaus Allofs 1. FC Köln
Hans-Peter Briegel 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Hellas Verona
Karlheinz Förster VfB Stuttgart
Hansi Müller VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan
Manfred Kaltz Hamburger SV One of our all-time favourites. There was no better sight than 'Manni' getting forward from right back and bending in one of his famous "Bananenflanken" (banana crosses).
Pierre Littbarski 1. FC Köln
Felix Magath Hamburger SV
Lothar Matthäus Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Servette
Harald Schumacher 1. FC Köln Like him or loathe him for 'that challenge', there's no doubting that Schumacher was a top keeper.
Bernd Schuster Barcelona, Real Madrid
Uli Stielike Real Madrid

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Yugoslavia

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Vahid Halilhodžic Nantes
Safet Sušic FK Sarajevo, Paris Saint-Germain

Favourite Footballers of the 1980's from Zimbabwe

Player Favourite Club(s) in the 1980s Why ?
Bruce Grobelaar Liverpool Eccentric. Flamboyant. And not too shabby in the nets either.