Zidane was an elite playmaker renowned for his elegance, vision, passing, ball control, and technique. He received many individual accolades as a player, including being named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and won the 1998 Ballon d'Or. He was voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001, and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002.

Playing Career

Full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane

Date of birth: 23 June 1972 (age 47)

Place of birth: Marseille, France

Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

National Team

  • 1994–2006 France   108 (31)

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998; runner-up: 2006
  • UEFA European Championship: 2000
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2006

 

FIFA World Cup appearances: 3

  • Winner - 1998 France
  • First Round - 2002 South Korea
  • Runner-up - 2006 Germany

 

Club Career

  • 1989–1992 Cannes  61   (6)
  • 1992–1996 Bordeaux 139 (28)
  • 1996–2001 Juventus 151 (24)
  • 2001–2006 Real Madrid 155 (37)

 

Honours

  • Bordeaux - UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1995
  • Juventus - Serie A: 1996–97, 1997–98; Supercoppa Italiana: 1997; UEFA Super Cup: 1996; Intercontinental Cup: 1996; UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999
  • Real Madrid - La Liga: 2002–03; Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003; UEFA Champions League: 2001–02; UEFA Super Cup: 2002; Intercontinental Cup: 2002

 

Individual Honours

  • Ballon d'Or: Bronze award 1997
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: Bronze award 1997, 2002
  • Ballon d'Or: 1998
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1998, 2000, 2003
  • Ballon d'Or: Silver award 2000

Xavi made his competitive debut for FC Barcelona on 18 August 1998, going on to win numerous honours. He is known for providing crucial passes that set up the play. He spent 17 years with the club. He won 8 La Liga titles, 4 Champions League, 3 Copa Del Rey.  Along with Andres Iniesta and Xavi Alonso he made up possibly the greatest midfield of the modern generation while on duty for Spain. He won two Euro Cups and a FIFA World Cup with Spain. He is regarded as one of the greatest players Spain has ever produced. 

 

Playing Career

Full name: Xavi Hernandez

Date of birth: 25 January 1980 (age 40)

Place of birth: Terrassa, Spain

Height:   1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

National Team:

  • 2000–2014 Spain 133 (13)

Honours:

  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
  • FIFA World Cup appearances: 4
  • Quarter-finals - 2002 South Korea’
  • Round of 16    - 2006 Germany
  • Winner -  2010 South Africa
  • First Round 2014 Brazil

Club Career

  • 1997–1999 Barcelona B 55   (3)
  • 1998–2015 Barcelona    505 (58)
  • 2015–2019 Al Sadd 82   (21)

 

honours

  • Barcelona - La Liga: 1998–99, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15; Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15; Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15; UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011; FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011

Fabio Cannavaro is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time, spending the majority of his career in Italy. He started at Napoli, before spending seven years at Parma, with whom he won two Coppa Italia titles, the 1999 Supercoppa Italiana, and the 1999 UEFA Cup.

After spells at Internazionale and Juventus, he transferred along with manager Fabio Capello from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2006, with whom he won consecutive La Liga titles in 2007 and 2008.

As a youngster, Cannavaro played for a team from Bagnoli before being quickly spotted by the scouts of Napoli, his hometown and favourite childhood team. Cannavaro initially served as the club's ball boy and would often watch his idols Diego Maradona and Ciro Ferrara play; he later joined the club's youth team.

He gained a reputation when, in a training session at Napoli, the young Fabio produced a strong tackle on Maradona, who was then the undisputed star of the club. The rough challenge angered teammates and staff at Napoli; Maradona himself, however, defended the promising player and encouraged him to play the way he wanted.

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Playing Career

Full name            Fabio Cannavaro

 

Date of birth          13 September 1973 (age 46)

Place of birth                Naples, Italy

Height   1.75 m (5 ft 9 in

 

International team

1997–2010       Italy      136

Honours

UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 1994, 1996

FIFA World Cup: 2006

FIFA World Cup 2006: Silver Ball

FIFA World Cup 2006: Team of the Tournament

UEFA Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 1996

UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2000

 

 

FIFA World Cup appearances: 4

Quarter-finals        France 1998

Round of 16           South Korea 2002

Winner                   Germany 2006

 First Round           South Africa 2010

 

Club Career

1992–1995       Napoli  58  (1)

1995–2002       Parma  212       (5)

2002–2004       Internazionale 50  (2)

2004–2006       Juventus    74  (6)

2006–2009       Real Madrid     94  (0)

2009–2010       Juventus    27  (0)

2010–2011       Al-Ahli 16  (2)

Honours

Parma

UEFA Cup: 1998–99

Coppa Italia: 1998–99, 2001–02

Supercoppa Italiana: 1999

Real Madrid

La Liga: 2006–07, 2007–08

 

 

Individual

FIFA World Player of the Year: 2006

Ballon d'Or: 2006

World Soccer Player of the Year: 2006

Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2006

FIFPro World XI: 2006

Outside of being one of the greatest defenders of all time, Daniel Passarella was also a proficient goalscorer. At one point he was football's top-scoring defender, with 134 goals in 451 matches, a record subsequently broken by Dutch defender Ronald Koeman.

In 2004, Passarella was named one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony. As one of the pillars of the Argentine national team, he eventually captained the side during the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina, becoming the first of his countrymen to lift the trophy.

During the qualifying rounds of the 1986 World Cup, Passarella contributed to the goal which ensured Argentina's qualification in the final minutes of their match against Peru, assisting teammate Ricardo Gareca.  

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Full name            Daniel Alberto Passarella

 

Date of birth          25 May 1953 (age 66)

Place of birth         Chacabuco, Argentina

Height   1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

 

International team

1976–1986       Argentina  70  (22)

Honours

FIFA World Cup: 1978, 1986

Footballer of the Year of Argentina: 1976

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1978

 

FIFA World Cup – 2 appearances

 

Winner                1978 Argentina

 

Winner                 1986 Mexico

 

 

Club Career

1971–1973       Sarmiento 36  (9)

1973–1982       River Plate 226       (90)

1982–1986       Fiorentina  109       (26)

1986–1988       Internazionale 44  (9)

1988–1989       River Plate 32  (9)

Honours

River Plate

Primera División (6): 1975 Metropolitano, 1975 Nacional, 1977 Metropolitano, 1979 Metropolitano, 1979 Nacional, 1980 Metropolitano, 1981 Nacional

 

Individual

Footballer of the Year of Argentina: 1976

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1978[18]

FIFA 100: 2004[19]

Golden Foot Legends Award: 2015

World-famous for his smooth, distinctively elegant style and deftly-planned, intelligent tactics, Beckenbauer earned the admiration and respect of his fellow football players, coaches and managers.

An incredibly versatile, intelligent and graceful footballer who played in three World Cup finals, Beckenhauer received the honor of being touted "der Kaiser" or "Emperor Franz".

He also achieved international fame by inventing the modern position of the attacking sweeper (also known as "libero"), a key player whose role is to initiate the offense from central defense using powerful long runs and incisive passes.

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Playing Career

Full name            Franz Anton Beckenbauer

 

Date of birth          11 September 1945 (age 74)

Place of birth         Munich, Allied-occupied Germany

Height   1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in

 

International team

1965–1977       West Germany      103       (14)

 

Honours

FIFA World Cup: 1974

UEFA European Championship: 1972

FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award: 1966

FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 1966

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1966, 1970, 1974

FIFA XI: 1968[51]

FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 1974

FIFA Order of Merit: 1984[52]

FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994

 

 

FIFA World Cup – 3 appearances

 

Second                1966 England

 

 Third                   1970 Mexico

 

Winner                1974 Germany

 

Club Career

1964–1977       Bayern Munich      427       (60)

1977–1980       New York Cosmos 80  (17)

1980–1982       Hamburger SV 28  (0)

1983     New York Cosmos 25  (2)

 

Honours

Bayern Munich

Bundesliga: 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74

DFB-Pokal: 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71

European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1966–67

Intercontinental Cup: 1976

Hamburger SV

Bundesliga: 1981–82

New York Cosmos

North American Soccer League: 1977, 1978, 1980

 

Individual

Ballon d'Or: 1972, 1976

German Footballer of the Year: 1966, 1968, 1974, 1976

kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77: 2017

World Team of the 20th Century: 1998

FIFA Order of Merit: 1984

FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994

The dominant Manuel Neuer has often been described as a ‘sweeper-keeper’ because of his unique playing style and speed when rushing off his line to anticipate opponents.

The dependable custodian admits to having modelled his game off a trio of legendary shot-stoppers in Jens Lehman, Oliver Khan, and Dutchman Edwin van der Sar. The result has been every attacking player's worst nightmare, as the keeper became known for routinely turning 50-50 one-on-one breakaways to 80-20s. With his quick reflexes, strength, long throwing range, command of his area and polished all-round game, Neuer is considered by some in the sport to be the best goalkeeper in football since Lev Yashin.

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Full name: Manuel Peter Neuer

Date of birth: 27 March 1986 (age 34)

Birthplace:   Gelsenkirchen, West Germany

International Career

Germany: May 2009 –

Caps: 92

Honours: 

FIFA World Cup 2014

FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2014

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2014

FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 2009

 

FIFA World Cup appearances: 3

 

South Africa 2010

Germany 4–0 Australia

Germany 0–1 Serbia    

Ghana 0–1 Germany

Second Round

Germany 4-1 England

Quarterfinals

Argentina 0-4 Germany

Semi-finals

Germany 0-1 Spain

 

Brazil 2014

Germany 4–0 Portugal

Germany 2–2 Ghana

United States 0–1 Germany

Second Round

Germany (a.e.t.) 2-1 Algeria    

Quarterfinal

France 0-1 Germany

Semi-final

Brazil 1-7  Germany

Final

Germany (a.e.t.) 1-0  Argentina  

 

Russia 2018

Germany 0–1 Mexico

Germany 2–1 Sweden

South Korea 2–0 Germany

 

Club Career

 2004–2006  Schalke 04 II  29

2006–2011   Schalke 04   156    

2011– Present Bayern Munich  241 appearances    

 

Honours

DFB-Pokal: 2010–11

Bundesliga: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19

DFB-Pokal: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2018–19

UEFA Champions League: 2012–13

 

Individual

Footballer of the Year in Germany: 2011, 2014

IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015

Bundesliga Team of the Year: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17

Nicknamed "Die Katze von Anzing" ("the cat from Anzing”) Maier was renowned for his fast reflexes, agility, flexibility, speed, and consistency in goal.  The revered shot-stopper was also known for commanding his area and inspiring confidence throughout his team. 

The most internationally capped German goalkeeper in history, Maier once said “I’ll give up playing football when there’s moss growing on my knees”, Maier once said and had it not been for a cruel twist of fate, he would likely have stood between the posts for the Reds for far longer than proved to be the case. As it was, however, a serious car accident in 1979 forced him to hang up his gloves for good, putting paid to the challenge of career longevity he had set himself.  Locally the goalkeeper spent his entire career with German club Bayern Munich.

Full name: Josef Diete Maier

Date of birth: 28 February 1944 (age 76)

Birthplace: Metten, Germany

International Career

Italy: 1966–1979 (95 caps)

Honours

-Made West German squad for 4 straight World Cups

- Won the1974 FIFA World Cup on home soil

- UEFA European Championship: 1972

FIFA World Cup appearances 4

1966 – substitute

1970

West Germany   2–1     Morocco

West Germany   5–2     Bulgaria

West Germany   3–1     Peru

Quarterfinals

West Germany   3-2     England

Semi-finals

Italy (aet) 4-3   West Germany

 1974

 West Germany 1–0     Chile 

Australia            0–3    West Germany 

East Germany    1–0     West Germany 

Second Round

Yugoslavia    0–2     West Germany 

West Germany   4–2     Sweden

Poland     0–1     West Germany 

Final

Netherlands 1–2     West Germany

1978

West Germany   0–0     Poland   

West Germany   6–0     Mexico   

West Germany   0–0     Tunisia  

Second Round

Italy    0–0     West Germany 

Netherlands 2–2     West Germany 

Austria     3–2     West Germany 

Club Career

1962–1980   Bayern Munich

Honours

Bundesliga: 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74

DFB-Pokal: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71

European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1966–67

Intercontinental Cup: 1976

Individual

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974

Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1974–75

German Footballer of the Year: 1975, 1977, 1978

Named German Goalkeeper of the century

 

Arnett Gardens were ruthless as they destroyed Harbour View 3-0 in Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) Monday night action.

The Bulgarian Football Union has also been fined $94,000 (€85,000) for the "racist behavior of its supporters and the throwing of objects" and "causing disturbances during a national anthem." $83,000 of the fine was for "racist behavior."

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