This section shows a breakdown of all the teams and players and their abilities. The quotes for each team are taken from the Super Soccer manual.
The table below compares the overall attributes of each team.
"A strong defence and super-charged attack are the keys to this team's overwhelming success against other teams. Of course, this team is the hot favourite to win."
Lotar (No. 7) and Rudi (No. 10) who appear to be based on the real-life players Lothar Matthäus and Rudi Voller. I rate Lotar as the third best player in Super Soccer behind Diego of Argentina and Jiro of Japan (seriously!).
"Argentina has one of the best players in the world. He led them to the world championship a few years ago."
Diego (No. 7) and Oscar (No. 10). Diego seems to be based on real-life player Diego Maradona, one of the best real-life players of all time, and the best player on Super Soccer.
"A team conditioned to win. Italy's well-balanced offence and defence makes them one of the world's top teams."
Luigi (No. 1) and Primo (No. 10). Primo is a good forward and quite fast, Luigi is probably the second best goalie in Super Soccer.
"This is a great soccer nation that has produced many famous players. With a solid defence and lightning quick attacks, this team will definitely challenge for the cup."
Paulo (No. 8) and Edson (No. 10) who I guess I based on Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento). Both are relatively fast runners and have a decent shot.
"They've somehow lost a little of their magic, but pride will help Holland win the big game."
Strikers Rolfe and Lane are Holland's best players, along with defender Hayes. Hayes is good for making runs from defence, while Lane and Rolfe are typical good forwards.
"This team is renowned for fair play which is appropriate for a country of gentlemen. England possesses a strong defence and plays well as a unit."
Midfielder Allan and forward Brock are England's finest, probably based on Gascoigne and Lineker, the England heroes of the time. They are both decent players with good running speed, but nothing special.
"Cameroon is the most destructive team around. Their shoulder charges and rough play really stand out, so you'll have to keep a sharp eye on these hit men."
Strikers Roger (No. 10) and Omam (No. 11), who are clearly based on Cameroon's real-life stars of the 1990 World Cup, Roger Milla and Francois Omam-Biyik. Roger is easily the best player for Cameroon and is one of the better forwards in Super Soccer.
"Romania has a decent offence and defence, but the players don't have any outstanding abilities."
Nicul (No. 8) is by far Romania's best player is every area - he is as good as most of the players in the Germany and Argentina teams. Seems to be based on real-life Romanian star, Gheorghe Hagi.
"This team's defence is fantastic. They also boast a goalkeeper with the suitable nickname of 'Iron Curtain'!"
Riley, the goalkeeper keeper is by far Ireland's best player and is also the best goalie in Super Soccer. He is based on real-life keeper, Pat Bonner. Ireland don't really have any other good players.
"This is a team of skilled individuals. The midfielders' exceptional ball-handling skills can be tough to handle."
France's best players are Herve (No. 6) and Regis (No. 9). They also have a hidden gem sitting among the reserves, Yves (No. 13). Yves has a higher attack and defence rating than anyone else in the team, so if you play as France be sure to select him for the first team.
"The Americans like to show off their kicking strength, but they don't have much technique. Their enthusiasm is unmatched and could help generate an upset of a more powerful and experienced foe."
The USA team doesn't really have any players that are stars but they have Brett (No. 8) who is a bit faster than all the other players. They also have a hidden good player in the reserves, Jason (No. 13) - his defence and attack ratings are the highest in the team but his terrible running speed lets him down.
"Japan's strikers are quick and attack with deadly accuracy. They must improve their defence, however, if they expect to challenge for the top spot in the world."
Midfielder Jiro (No. 7) and forward Yoshi are infinitely better the rest of the Japan team put together. Apart from these 2 players. Japan have the worst team in the entire game, by a long way. However, Yoshi is a very good forward who has a better attack rating than anyone else in the whole game and Jiro is the second-best all round player in Super Soccer. Two very good secret weapons in an otherwise useless team. Japan also have to 'hidden' good players in the reserves - Jun and Shin. They are certainly not great players but if you play as Japan always make sure you select them in the starting eleven.
"This team has incredible jumping ability and constantly hustles to the ball. The Colombians often press into the offensive end without leaving many players back on defence. This aggressive style of play usually leads to high scoring contests."
The goalkeeper, Loco, probably based in René Higuita, nicknamed "el loco" -the mad-, is by far the best player in this team. He can be used to make long runs -something Higuita used to do- from his goal as he is quicker and better than any attacking player for Colombia. The striker, Rico, is also a good player.
"The players on this team are great passers. Victories are a real possibility if the Yugoslavs can maintain pressure on their opponent's goal."
Lajos (No. 9) is the only player in this team that stands out as being half decent, but he's still not very good. Yugoslavia are generally an all-round poor team.
"This team always uses sliding tackles to help them on the way to the top. They were once one of the mightiest teams in the world."
Uruguay's best player is Cecil (No. 7) and he still isn't very good. This an all round poor team.
"This is the lowest ranked team, but if they compose themselves, take control of the situation, and attack, they could pull off an upset."
Belgium's only decent player is midfielder Shell (No. 7). He still not very good though, compared to the star players of other teams.
Nintendo All Stars
- Player: "What are you doing? Return the trophy to us!"
- Referee: "Ha! Winning the trophy doesn't mean you are the true World Champions. If you want your trophy back you'll have to play against my team to determine the true World Champion."
Well seeing as every player in the squad has at least one maximum rating of 15 and most have a 16 rating (which is above the normal maximum!!!), I guess the whole team are star players. But technically the very best players are Phil (MID), Mark (FOR) & Jeff (FOR). Every player is better than anything in any other team - if only you could be them!