Top 10 Defensive Duos All Time

#10. Franz Beckenbauer and Hanz-Georg Schwarzenback

This list pays tribute to those who did justice around the box taking on the opponents strike force. Franz Beckenbauer may arguably be regarded as the best defender to ever set foot onto a football pitch. And while the powerful German had an outstanding career, he could not have done it without his team mate Hanz-Georg Schwarzenback. The two started playing together in 1966 and by the 1970s the pair had pretty much conquered the game at the club and international levels. Watch on:

#9. Bobby Moore and Jack Charlton

Bobby Moore and Jack Charlton were part of the legendary world cup squad in 1966 that saw England triumph over West Germany in a thoroughly entertaining match. During their International appearances they frequently extinguished any assaults from their opponents and were quiet tough lads as well. They definitely deserve a place on this list. Watch on:

#8. Cafu and Roberto Carlos

These guys are two of the best Brazilian defenders to ever to put on a yellow shirt. They were a pleasure to watch during the 90s all the way up to the 2002 FIFA world cup victory in South Korea. Apart from having terrific strength they also had incredible vision as shown throughout their numerous tournaments.Watch on:

#7. Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc

This was the golden era for French football. It was the late 1990s and the team won the 1998 World Cup in addition to Euro 2000. The side was unstoppable with many legends among the ranks. Their defense was none other than Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc. They were a complete rock at the back for the National side. Watch on:

#6. Paolo Maldini and Mauro Tassotti


Paolo Maldini was a household name throughout the 90s after enjoying a successful and fulfilling career at AC Milan. What made this possible was his pairing with Mauro Tassotti. Their amazing performances helped their club trump Barcelona in the Champions League final and set the mark for defenders the world over. Watch on:


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