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.
Romário de Souza Faria or popularly known to be Romario was born on the 29th of January, 1966 in Brazil. The former footballer played as a striker in his team. Later on he also became the manager of the team. He also participated in politics for some time. He has greatly helped the national football team of Brazil to gain the trophy at the FIFA World Cup 1994 after which he was considered to be among the most prolific strikers in the world. He was also awarded to be the FIFA World Player of the Year and also won the World Cup Golden Ball after which he was forwarded to FIFA Dream Team and was added among the 125 Greatest Living Football Players in the 100th anniversary celebrations of FIFA. In addition to this, he is also among those few strikers who crossed the mark of making 1000 goals.
Being a part of the National Brazilian team, Romario managed to win the silver medal at Olympics in Seoul in the year 1988 by scoring a total of 7 goals. He also participated in the team in the World Cup of 1990 and 1994. He played 85 international matches in which he scored 71 goals grabbing the position to become the second highest goal scorer in the history of Brazilian team. Moreover, he served as a reserve player in the World Cup of 1990 and played for only 66 minutes against Scotland. In April, 2005, Romario played his last match with the Brazilian national team in a friendly match against Guatemala. He was made the captain of the team in that match and won it.
Born on the 19th of April, 1972, Rivaldo was a professional football player from Brazil. He was the player who last played for Kabuscorp in Angola. His position in the team is the attacking midfielder or a supporting striker. His father Romildo died in a road accident in the year 1989 however, the year marked him to sign his first professional contract. Rivaldo was also inducted in the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame.
He debuted for the Brazilian football team in the year 1993 in a friendly match against Mexico in which he managed to score a goal. For 5 years he played for FC Barcelona, a Spanish club and during this time he won the Spanish La Liga Championship in the years 1998 and 1999. He also won Copa del Rey in 1998. In ten years between 1993 to 2003, Rivaldo appeared in 74 matches and made 34 goals for his team. He was also considered to be a major player of the winning team in the FIFA World Cup 2002. The player’s extraordinary performance earned him distinction to become the top scorer of the tournament of Copa America having 5 goals to his credit among which one was an equalizer over a 2-1 win against argentine in the quarter final match. He was referred to be the Most Valuable Player in that tournament as well. His career high performance was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in which he scored in the first 5 matches of the team. He was named by that time coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to be the best player in the entire tournament.
Born on the 26th of September, 1976, Michael Ballack is a former football player from Germany. In the history of the international team, the player is counted to be among the top goal scorers he started his career at an early age and played for his local team Chemnitz however, his professional debut match was held in the year 1995. Michael Ballack always used to wear a shirt numbered 13 for every team he played except for the Kaiserslautern. His first season in the club bought him success and is team won the Bundesliga. Moreover, he is also accredited to earn the first national cap for Germany. His main skills lie in the area of passing range, ball skills, commanding presence within the midfield and scoring ability.
Michael Ballack was selected by Pele to be among the top 100 Greatest Living Players of FIFA. He was also selected to be the player of UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in the year 2002. In addition to this, he also won the title of German Footballer of the Year in the years 2002, 2003 and 2005. He was the part of the team when it won the German Club and Bundesliga in the year 2003, 2005 and 2006. In the mid of 2006, he joined the Premier league Club and earned his first English honor The League Cup and the FA Cup in the first season. He was also appointed as the captain of the national team by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2004.
Born on the 27th of September, 1953, Claudio Gentile was a former football defender as well as an Italian coach of the 1970’s and 1980’s. He was born in a Sicilian family and has played for Italy in two football World Cup tournaments which are inclusive of the winning Italian team in the final match of 1982 World Cup. Moreover, his club career mainly comprises of a period he spent with Juventus who made him appear in 300 leagues in which Claudio Gentile won six national level titles and two European trophies.
His international career includes appearances in 71 occasions between the year 1975 and 1984. Representing Italy, he played all the matches of the World Cup tournaments held in 1978 and 1984 giving Italy the honor to win the tournament in the year 1982. He also man-marked the famous football player Diego Maradona in the 1982 World Cup after which it was popularly quipped that ‘Football is not for ballerinas!’ in the year 1973-73, he started his club career and played in Serie B with Varese. After this he moved to Juventus for whom he played the Coppa Italia match in the year 1973 against Ascoli Calcio. As a whole he played around 414 matches for Juventus which is inclusive of 283 in the Serie A. within a decade in Turin, Claudio Gentile also managed to win two major European club trophies which include the UEFA Cup of 1976-77 and the European Cup in the year 1983-84. He also won six Serie A Championships in addition to 2 Coppa Italias.
Marcos Evangelista de Moraes or popularly called Cafu was born on the 7th of June, 1970 in Brazil. The former Brazilian Player has been referred to be the highest internationally capped Brazilian player. He has also managed to make history by playing for Milan, Roma and Sao Paulo. Brazilian player Ronaldo and Cafu are those two football players who have participated in three final matches of FIFA World Cup from which they won titles in the year 1994 as well as 2002. He was also referred to by Pele among the FIFA 125 Greatest Players in the year 2004 who are still alive. His best quality is the diligent overlapping runs.
The player has made appearances in 142 matches which are inclusive of 21 appearances in the final match of World Cup tournaments. He has also won the 1994 and 2002 World Cup. He also has the record of gaining victory in most number of matches during World Cups figuring to be around 16. Cafu also appeared in the final match played against Italy which was followed by the injury of Jorginho after 22 minutes of the game. He was also made the part of the Brazilian team when it won the Copa America in the year 1997and 1999. In March, 2009, Cafu was admitted among the 125 Greatest Living Players by Pele. Both Brazilian team and Cafu became short of expectations that were placed in the team after they lost the match against France however, he was among few Brazilian players who cleared the situation to the press. He retired from international football in the year 2008.
Javier Pedro was born on the 11th of December, 1981 and was a former football player from Argentine and played for Spain as a striker. He has also represented Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and has also been referred to be the youngest player on FIFA’s 100 Greatest Living Players. He holds Spanish nationality since 2004 but, he represented Argentine in the 2004 Copa America and 2006 World Cup.
He started his football career at an early age of 16 as a club player however; his professional career highlight is hid performance in the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Not only his team won the tournament but, Javier Pedro was also given the award of the best player of the tournament. This performance earned him many offers from the European club but, because of this he lost his position in the national football team of Argentina for the FIFA World Cup 2002. In the year 2004, he played for the Olympic Games and managed to grab hands on the gold medal. Javier Pedro was also nominated to play for the team in the World Cup of 2006. Although, this position was strongly contended by Luciano Galetti and Luciano Figueroa but, the excellent performance of Pedro made him secure the position in the team. In the entire tournament his presence was felt since he managed to score a goal for his team against Cote d’Ivoire in the opening game. Moreover, he also holds the credit of gaining victory to Argentina against Montenegro and Serbia by 6-0.the player retired from international football in 2005 and continued his career in club football.
Ronald Koeman is a professional and highly trained Dutch football player who played for his country formerly. He was born on the 21st of March 1963 in Holland. he is famous and highly popular for his long-range related extraordinary accuracy particularly where free kicks are concerned. Throughout his career, he played as a defender or a midfielder. He is also known for his influential right-footed free kicks and his dead ball ability. He possesses the record of playing 25 successive penalty conversions in la liga. at present, he is the manager of Feyenoord. he belongs to the family with remarkable football playing traits.
Ronald Koeman turned professional in the year 1980 at Groningen. he played for vitesse, from 1999 to 2001, for ajax from 1980 to 1983 and 2001 to 2005, for benfica from 2005 to 2006, for psv from 1986 to 1989 and 2006 to 2007, and for valencia from 2007 to 2008. he also played for AZ in the year 2009 and finally completed his career playing for feynoord in 2011. he played for feynoord in the time period 1995 to 1997 as well. He achieved a number of remarkable and outstanding victories in his life. He won a couple of UEFA European cup titles and won the Dutch championships 5 times. Moreover, he was also successful in winning three times , the Dutch cup and the Spanish championships four times and a single Spanish cup. He was part of the proud and winning national team of Dutch, in 1988 also at UEFA euro. Ronald is famous for picking up 78 caps in total for the Netherlands in the world cups and scored fourteen goals.