Hernán Jorge Crespo (born 5 July 1975) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for Parma of the Italian Serie A. Crespo has scored over 300 goals in a career spanning 17 years. His honours include an Olympic Games silver medal, a Copa Libertadores, and an English Premier League title.
Michael Laudrup (born 15 June 1964 in Frederiksberg) is a Danish former professional football player. Most recently, he has been linked with the potential coaching vacancy at Spanish side Atlético de Madrid. His most prominent run of football came with Spanish club FC Barcelona, with whom he won four straight La Liga championships. He famously moved to arch rivals Real Madrid in 1994, with whom he won his fifth La Liga title in a row.
Paul John Gascoigne, commonly referred to as Gazza, is a retired English professional football player who also had spells as a manager at Kettering Town. Playing in the position of midfield, Gascoigne's career included spells at Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton. He was capped 57 times for the England national football team. Gascoigne was involved in many off-field incidents, and is believed never to have fulfilled his potential as a player.
José Marcelo Salas Melinao (born December 24, 1974 in Temuco), better known as Marcelo Salas, is a former football player from Chile. He, with Elías Figueroa and Iván Zamorano, have been some of Chile's most recognized football players. Nicknamed El Matador (The Killer), he has a deft touch with his left foot with which has led to some spectacular goals. Marcelo Salas is of Mapuche descent.
Alessandro Nesta, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI (born March 19, 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Milan. Considered by some as one of the best centre backs to have ever played the game, he is a four-time member of the annual UEFA Team of the Year, second only to French striker Thierry Henry with five appearances.
Pavel Nedvěd (born 30 August 1972 in Cheb) is a former Czech football midfielder. He is one of the most successful Czech players to have played in a top European league, winning numerous accolades with Lazio and Juventus. Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the modern era, he was the recipient of the prestigious Ballon d'Or, the first Czech player since the break up of Czechoslovakia, in 2003 while at Juventus.
Karel Poborský (born March 30, 1972 in Třeboň) is a former Czech footballer. A right winger, Poborský is the all-time leader in appearances for the Czech national team, and was most noted for his technical ability.
Paolo Di Canio (born 9 July 1968) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a striker. Active in Italy, Scotland and England, Di Canio made over 500 league appearances in his career, scoring over 100 league goals.
Jakob "Jaap" Stam (born 17 July 1972 in Kampen) is a retired Dutch football player who was twice voted best defender in the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League. He currently works on the non-playing staff at FC Zwolle.
Fernando Manuel Silva Couto, (born 2 August 1969) is a former Portuguese professional football player. Couto has played in a number of top clubs in Portugal, Spain, and Italy and he has won the national league title of each country, as well as the European UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup trophies. At the international level, he represented the Portugal national football team in 110 matches, and took part in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as three European Championship tournaments.
Juan Sebastián Verón (born 9 March 1975 in La Plata) is an Argentine professional football player who currently plays as the captain and midfielder for Estudiantes de La Plata in the Argentine first division. Verón's career started in Estudiantes, continued in Argentina's Boca Juniors, and included stints in several Serie A clubs, and England's Manchester United and Chelsea. In 2006, Verón returned to Estudiantes, where he is team captain.
Silvio Piola (29 September 1913 – 4 October 1996) was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final. Piola is third in the all-time goalscoring records of the Italian national team. He is also the highest goalscorer in Serie A history, with 274 goals, 49 ahead of anyone else.
Dino Baggio (born July 24, 1971 in Camposampiero) is an Italian retired football defensive midfielder. He has 60 caps at international level for the Italian national team. He was known as a tough, tackling, defensive midfielder, who had a modicum of pace and an astute passing game.
Siniša Mihajlović is a Serbian former football player turned manager. He is the current head coach of Serie A side Catania, being appointed at the helm of the Sicilians on December 8, 2009 as a replacement for dismissed coach Gianluca Atzori. Mihajlović has 63 caps and scored 9 goals for the Yugoslav and Serbia and Montenegro national team. He played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 tournaments. He is known as one of the best free kickers of all time.
Carlo Cudicini (born 6 September 1973 in Milan) is an Italian goalkeeper who currently plays for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. He is the son of former AC Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini and grandson of Circolo Sportivo Ponziana 1912 defender Guglielmo Cudicini.
Roberto Mancini is an Italian football manager and former player and current manager of English Premier League team Manchester City. As a player he was best known for his time at Sampdoria, where he played more than 550 league matches, and helped them win the Serie A league title and the Cup Winners Cup. Following the end of his accomplished playing career he moved into management with a cash stricken Fiorentina and managed to win a Coppa Italia trophy with them.
Alen Bokšić (born January 21, 1970) is a former football attacker from Croatia. He was a renowned forward known for his technique. Bokšić was born in Makarska and started his career in the club Zmaj from Makarska. As a young player he moved to Hajduk Split and was introduced into the first team (1987–91). With Hajduk, he won the Yugoslav League Cup in 1987 and 1991. In 174 games for Hajduk, he scored 60 goals.
Luigi di Biagio (born June 3, 1971 in Rome) is an Italian former football defensive midfielder, who last played for Ascoli Calcio 1898 (2006–07). Prior to join Ascoli, Di Biagio played for Lazio (1988–89), Monza (1989–92), Foggia (1992–95), AS Roma (1995–99), Internazionale (1999–2003), and Brescia Calcio (2003–2006). He was capped 31 times for Italy, scoring two goals.
Demetrio Albertini (born August 23, 1971) is an Italian former professional football midfielder who spent most of his career with AC Milan of the Italian Serie A, winning five national league championships and one UEFA Champions League title with that club. He also played for FC Barcelona in the Spanish League before retiring.