Daryl Johnston, a former American football player, was born in New York, on 10th February,1966 His complete career, since 1989 -1999 was spent in playing among the Dallas Cowboys. In 1983, Johnston was recognised as a distinguished football player from his High School. He was introduced in the American national football team in 1988. Johnston took 46 passes through his career at college and ran for 1,830 yards. Since 1989 to 1997, he played successively in 149 games. Johnson succeeded in scoring 22 touchdowns which included additional receptions as compared to carries. As a young football player, Johnson began to play for special teams and started playing at fullback, in 1986.
In 1993, Johnston held 50 receptions and had an average of 7.4 yards for every catch. It was mostly due to his input that the NFL was able to generate the fullback in the demonstration match. The same year he became the first ever fullback chosen for playing in the Pro Bowl. He was ranked amongst the finest fullback players of his time. He retired by the last fraction of 1999, following an injury of the neck that reduced his football career. Johnston remained associated with the three captivating teams of Super Bowl. These days, Johnston is working as a sports analyst in a Fox Sports production, together with Kenny Albert. Lately he was appointed as a forecaster, by NFL Network, for the programme, “Total Access”. Besides this, Johnston performed as a guest star, in one of the episodes of ‘Wishbone’, a popular television series of the PBS.
Roberto Carlos or born as Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha was born on the 10th of April, 1973 and is a former footballer who played for Brazil. He also worked s a sporting director for the Russian Premier League. The player was mostly positioned as left wingback however, his career initially made him to play as a forward player.
In the year 1992, he started his professional football career with the Brazilian national team and was made part of the three to play three World Cup tournaments. Among these three matches, the Brazilian team managed to reach the finals in the 1998 World Cup and won the 2002 World Cup. For 11 years he played for the La Liga club in Real Madrid and appeared in over 370 matches. His team won four leagues, 3 UEFA Champions League as well as 2 Intercontinental Cups. Roberto Carlos attained a total of 125 caps by scoring about 11 goals. In the World Cup of 1998, Carlos played 7 matches which are inclusive of the final match which the team lost against France. He was also included in the All Star Team of the World Cup. The player got prominence for his famous free kick in a match against France in 1997. The kick was shot from a distance of 115 ft from the very centre right of the channel by using the left foot and made a goal. On the 2nd of August, 2012, Roberto Carlos took retirement from international football when he reached the age of 39.
Oliver Rolf Kahn played as a goalkeeper for the German football team and was born on the 15th of June, 1969. His career started by playing on behalf of a junior team Karlsruher SC however, the player made his professional debut match in international football in the 1987. The year 1994 marked his transfer to the Bayern Munich at a fee amounting to 4,600,600 DM and he continued playing for the team until his career ended in the year 2008. After seeking retirement, he joined hands with ZDF sports team and became an analyst for the games played by the German National Team. He also participated in the jury of 2009 in which China’s best goalkeeper reality show.
Oliver Kahn was a very successful German player and holds to his title 8 German championships, 6 times German cups, one time the UEFA Cup in the year 1996, the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Champions League. In addition to this, his extraordinary performance as an individual player which made him earn the UEFA Best European Goalkeeper four times in a row, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper as well as two trophies of being the German Footballer of the Year. Moreover, he was also the only goalkeeper of the FIFA World Cup in the year 2008 who won the Golden Ball. Oliver Kahn also saw the worst of his football career in a match against England in the year 2001. In the match team Germany was favored to win however, the team lost the match. In spite of the defeat, Germany managed to win the World Cup and Kahn was named to be the best goalkeeper by IFFHS of the 2nd time in his professional football career.
Born as Ruddy Lillian Thuram-Ulien or popularly known as Lillian Thuram was born on the 1st of January, 1972 in Guadeloupe. He was a retired football player and holds the position of a defender in the national football team of France. He also holds the title of being the highest capped football player of the France football national team as well as among the twenty highly capped football player of all times. In about 15 seasons, Lillian Thuram has played in top positions for Spain, Italy and France. These 15 seasons include 10 seasons played with Serie A and includes playing with Juventus and Parma. In addition to his football career, Thuram was also engaged in certain political engagements.
Playing as a team member of the France team Lillian Thuram succeeded in attaining the Euro 2000 Cup and the World Cup of 1998. He also participated in the World Cup tournaments of 2002 and 2006, the Euro Cup of 1996, 2004 and 2008. France managed to reach the final of the 1998 World Cup and won after beating Brazil by 3-0. Although Thuram scored only two major goals and that two in one game, his extraordinary performance made him win the Bronze Ball as well as the title of being the most valuable player of the tournament. After seeking retirement from Euro football, Lillian Thuram carried on with his club career and played for one year with the Paris Saint-Germain. But later on, when the player was detected to be a heart patient, the contract was cancelled.
Lev Yashin was nicknamed ‘The Black Spider’ and was born on the 22nd of October, 1929. He was a football goalkeeper from the Soviet-Russian and was also considered to be the best goalkeeper in the history of football. His best abilities lies in the athleticism he invests in his game giving amazing refluxing saves, imposing stature and putting the idea of a goalkeeper sweep in the forefront. He was also awarded to be the best goalkeeper by IFFHS of the 20th century.
His professional career expands over a period of 20 years from 1950 to 1970 and played mostly for Dynamo Moscow. During his professional career he won five USSR Football Championship and the USSR Cup three times. In the year 1954, Yashiin was added in the national team and managed to attain 78 caps. With his participation, his team won the Summer Olympics of 1956 and the European Championship of 1960. His performance was outshone in the three World Cup matches of 1958, 1962 as well as 1966 however, only the 1956 World Cup led the team to the quarter finals of the tournament. Because of his performance, Yashin was added in the All Star Team of the World Cup that year. Another example of his performance was in the FA Centenary match in the year 1963 when he was inducted in the team Rest of the World XI’ which was played against England. In these matches, he made some really unbelievable saves. He was the only goalkeeper who was awarded the European Footballer of the Year in 1963. He was also given the Order of Lenin which is the highest title in the USSR.
Arthur Antunes Coimbra or more popularly known to be Zico was born on the 3rd of March, 1953. He is known to be a former Brazilian football player and a coach to the team as well. Presently, he is serving his services as the head coach to the National football team of Iraq in the early 80’ico was considered to be among the finest players and is also known for his passes and skillful finishes. In the history of football, the name of Zico is known as a free kick specialist who has the ability to bend the game ball with every pace.
In his professional career he played about 72 international matches as a part of the Brazilian team and scored 52 goals. He also represented his team in the World Cup tournaments held in the years 1978, 1982 as well as 1986. In the year 1981 and 983, Zico was referred to be the Player of the Year and in the year 2004, he was also added among the 125 Greatest Living Footballers by Pele. He was the head coach of the national football team of Japan when it participated in the FIFA World Cup of 2006 in addition to becoming the coach of the Japanese team when it won the Asian Cup in the year 2004. After this he was the head coach of the CSKA Moscow in the year 2009. In 2010, Zico announced to become the Executive Director of Soccer Flamengo after which he won most of his titles and honors.
Ronaldinho or Ronaldo de Assis Moreira by birth was born on the 21st of March, 1980 in Brazil. He was a former Brazilian football player. He had the position of attacking midfielder or forward player in the Brazilian national team. He is presently playing for a Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. He has won the award of FIFA World Player of the Year twice in 2004 and 2005.in January, 2007, he applied for Spanish citizenship. He was also added in FIFA 100 which is a list of greatest footballers and has been compiled by Pele. He also had FIFPro World XI title for 4 consecutive years from 2004 to 2007.
His career high performances include his appearance in the Brazilian team when it won the FIFA U-17 World Championship in the year 1997. In this game, his first game came out to be a penalty against Austria which was later on won by Brazil. He player scored two goals and was awarded with the Bronze Ball. In 1999, Ronaldinho was quite busy playing international cricket. His first appearance was in the South American Youth Championship where his extraordinary performance led the team to secure third place. He also participated in the same year’s FIFA World Youth Championship but, the team was defeated by Uruguay in the quarter finals. Three days prior to the Copa America of 1999, Ronaldinho earned his first ca for the team by winning 3-0 against Latvia. He was also included in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1999 in which made hat-trick goals in the semi final round against The Saudi Arabia. He won the Golden ball award to be the best player in the tournament along with the Golden Boot award for being the top scorer of the game.
Javier Zanetti was born on the 10th of August, 1973 at Dock Sud, Buenos Aires. He was a former Argentine football player and used to play for Serie A club at the Inter Milan. The player holds the record of being the most capped player in the history of Argentine football national team and has also played for his team in the Olympics held in 1996. He also participated in two World Cups that were held in 1998 and 2002. He was given a nickname of ‘El Tractor’ after he moved on to Italy because of his ability to make a quick run from the defenders of the opposing team.
Javier Zanetti played his debut game for the team against Chile on the 16th of November, 1994. He was coached by Daniel Passarella. He has also represented argentine in two FIFA World Cups of 1998 and 2002. E won a silver medal in Atlanta in the Summer Olympics in the year 1996. In the 1998 FIFA World Cup he cleanly finished off a free kick against Juan Sebastian Veron making the score at 2-2 against England. The match was won by Argentina on penalties by 4-3 however; the team lost the quarter finals against Netherlands. Javier Zanetti made his 100th cap by helping his team win the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2005 against Mexico. He also managed o pick the Man of the Match award in this game. He was also [resented with the prestigious National Giuseppe Prisco Award and was made the captain of the Argentina team after the retirement of Ayala.