Friday, December 17, 2010

David Platt

David Andrew Platt (born 10 June 1966 in Oldham, Lancashire) is a former English footballer, who played as a midfielder and current coach.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gary Lineker

Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960) is a former English footballer, who played as a striker. He is a sports broadcaster for the BBC, Al Jazeera Sports and Eredivisie Live. He remains England's top scorer in the FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 goals.

Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi (born 23 September 1956 in Prato) is an Italian former football striker. In 1982, he led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot/top scorer honors, and the Golden Ball. Rossi is one of only two players to have won all three honours at a single tournament (the other is the Argentinian Mario Kempes, in 1978). Javier Saviola, Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Dominic Adiyiah accomplished this in junior teams, in the 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cups respectively. He is listed among Pelé's 125 all-time greatest footballers.

Alain Giresse

Alain Giresse (born 2 August 1952 in Langoiran, Gironde) is a retired French professional football midfielder.

Michel Platini

Michel François Platini (born 21 June 1955) is a French (but of Italian ancestry) football player, manager and current president of UEFA. Platini was a member of the French national team that won the 1984 European Championship, a tournament in which he was voted the best player and top goalscorer. He participated in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two.

Ciro Ferrara

Ciro Ferrara (born 11 February 1967) is a former Italian footballer and current head coach of the Italy U-21 team. He spent his playing career as a defender initially at Napoli and later on at Juventus. He is also a former manager of Juventus.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Jürgen Klinsmann

Jürgen Klinsmann (born 30 July 1964 in Göppingen) is a German football manager and former football player, who played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the West German team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the German one that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. He was one of West Germany's/Germany's premier strikers during the 90s. Klinsmann scored in all 6 major international tournaments he participated, from Euro 1988 to 1998 World Cup.

He managed the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup. On 12 July 2006, Klinsmann officially announced that he would step down as Germany's coach after two years in charge and be replaced by assistant coach Joachim Löw. He took over as coach of Bayern Munich in July 2008, when Ottmar Hitzfeld stepped down to take over as the head coach of the Swiss National Team. He was fired from this position on 27 April 2009 despite winning five of his last seven matches.