Ali Daei is a former Iranian football player and coach. He is a former captain of the Iran national football team, and is the world's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches. Daei as of June 2007 is also a member of the FIFA Football Committee. At the moment, Daei is the manager of the popular Iranian team Persepolis F.C. and signed a 18 month contract with the club in late December 2009.
Carsten Ramelow (born 20 March 1974 in Berlin) is a retired German international footballer who last played for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. He played as a Central defender and often as a defensive midfielder. He is best known for his tough tackling and defensive positioning.
Niko Kovač (born 15 October 1971 in West Berlin) is a former Croatian footballer who last played as a midfielder for Red Bull Salzburg. He was the long-standing captain of Croatia before retiring from international football in January 2009.
Otto Rehhagel (born 9 August 1938 in Essen) is a German football coach and former football player. With Helmut Schön, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Udo Lattek and Hennes Weisweiler, he is one of the most successful German managers ever. He is currently manager of the Greece national football team, having led them to the European Championship title in 2004. Rehhagel is the only person who, as player and as manager, has participated in over 1000 Bundesliga-matches.
Kjetil André Rekdal (born 6 November 1968) is a Norwegian football coach and a former player. He is currently managing Aalesund in Norwegian Tippeligaen. His previous tenure was at Kaiserslautern of the 2. Bundesliga from 1 July 2007 until his contract was terminated on 9 February 2008. As a player he had spells in France, Germany and Belgium as well as his homeland. Rekdal has 83 games for the Norwegian national team, after his debut against Italy in 1987, and played in two FIFA World Cups.
Ivica Olić (born 14 September 1979 in Davor) is a Croatian footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Croatian national team. Olić is well-known for his stamina on the pitch, his pace, his ability to draw away two or three defenders before feeding his team mates, his clinical finishing and his ability to play as a striker or on the wing. He has often been praised by his fellow teammates and fans alike for his consistent work rate.
Michél Sinda Mazingu-Dinzey (born 15 October 1972) is a retired Congolese football player. He played for several clubs in Germany, including Hertha BSC, 1860 München, Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig. He was part of the Congolese 2004 African Nations Cup team, that finished bottom of their group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals.
Walter Junghans (born 26 October 1958 in Hamburg) was a German football (soccer) player who played goalkeeper. Junghans started his professional career with Bayern Munich in 1977, where he was the backup for legendary Sepp Maier. In 1979, Maier had to end his career after a car accident, giving Junghans the opportunity to replace him. Junghans immediately enjoyed success and Bayern won the Bundesliga title in 1980 and 1981 with him between the posts.
Sebastian Toni Deisler (born 5 January 1980 in Lörrach) is a former professional football player, and a former international player for Germany. During his career, Deisler was employed as right winger and attacking midfielder.
Tomasz Mirosław Kuszczak (born 20 March 1982) is a Polish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club side Manchester United and the Polish national team. Kuszczak has previously played for Śląsk Wrocław in Poland, as well as for the German clubs KFC Uerdingen 05 and Hertha BSC, before moving in 2004 to England's West Bromwich Albion. During the summer of 2006 he made the switch to Manchester United after a season of starting for West Brom in the Premiership.
Karl-Heinz Granitza (born November 1, 1951 in Lünen) was a German football (soccer) player. In the United States, he is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Granitza played in Germany for VfB Lünen, Eintracht Dortmund, Lüner SV, DJK Gütersloh, SV Röchling Völklingen and Hertha BSC. In 1978, he transferred to the Chicago Sting of the NASL, leading the team to two league championships. He also excelled at the indoor game. Granitza was known for his powerful and accurate left foot.
Arne Friedrich (born 29 May 1979) is a German football defender, who plays for Hertha BSC and the German national team. As of September 2009, the Hertha BSC captain has represented his country on 67 occasions, his debut coming in the 2–2 draw against Bulgaria in Sofia, on 21 August 2002. He was included in the 23-man squad in 2006 World Cup, where Germany finished third. Friedrich started almost every game and was very instrumental in getting Germany to the Third Place match.
Andreas Köpke (born 12 March 1962 in Kiel) is a former German football goalkeeper, who was in the German squad that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and was also part of the 1994 FIFA World Cup squad. Though he did not appear in any of the matches, with Bodo Illgner preferred in goal, Köpke's chance to shine came soon after.
Thomas Helmer is a former German international footballer. His preferred playing position was sweeper, but he was primarily deployed as a centre-back. Helmer spent most of his club career with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, and won the European Championship in 1996.
Pál Dárdai (born 16 March 1976) is an Hungarian footballer currently playing for German club Hertha BSC. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he played for over a decade in the same club abroad, Hertha BSC, also being one of its vice-captains. With 280 Bundesliga appearances, Dárdai is Hertha's most capped player.