Some of the Great Heroes of the World Cups (click on the names to know more):
  • CARECA - Best Brazilian striker of the 1980s. Scored 7 goals in his two World Cups.
  • Gordon BANKS- One of the best goalkeepers in history. World Cup winner for England in 1966.
  • PELÉ - The only man to win three World Cups. Scored 12 goals in the four World Cups he played in.
  • Franz BECKENBAUER- Probably the greatest defender in the game of all time. World Cup winner in 1974.
  • Giuseppe BERGOMI- Faithful and reliable Italian defender and World Cup winner as an 18 year-old in 1982.
  • Andreas BREHME- Great German left-back who was matchwinner in the 1990 final.
  • Paul BREITNER- Controversial and classy German full-back and later midfielder. World Cup winner 1974.
  • Emilio BUTRAGUEÑO- Great Spanish center-forward of the 1980s.
  • Roberto BAGGIO- The Italian star of the 1990s.
  • Jan CEULEMANS - Great Belgian player and one of Europe's best midfielders in the 1980s.
  • Bobby CHARLTON- Arguably the greatest English player in the greatest era of their national team. World Cup winner in 1966.
  • Johann CRUYFF- Playmaker and captain for the Dutch team that invented the Total-Football.
  • EUSEBIO - Portugal's greatest ever player. Topscorer of the 1966 World Cup.
  • Ubaldo Fillol  - Probably the greatest South American goalkeeper ever. World Cup winner for Argentina in 1978.
  • Juste Fontaine  - French record holder for most goals in a single World Cup. 13 goals in 1958.
  • GARRINCHA - Brazilian winger and great dribbler. World Cup winner in 1958 and 1962.
  • Gheorghe HAGI- Romanian captain and playmaker in three World Cups. One of the best players in the world in the 1990s.
  • Geoff HURST- World Cup winner in 1966. Hat-trick hero in the final.
  • JAIRZINHO - Another great Brazilian winger. Member of the magical World Cup winning team in 1970.
  • Mario KEMPES- The man who did everything in 1978. Topscorer and World Cup winning hero for Argentina.
  • Jürgen KLINSMANN- Great German striker with 11 goals from three World Cups. Winner in 1990.
  • Sandor Kocsis- Goal machine for Hungary as they won silver in 1954. Topscorer with 11 goals.
  • Hans Krankl- Great Austrian striker regarded as one of Europe's top players in the late 70s.
  • Ruud Krol- Elegant Dutch defender. Member of the Total-Football teams of the 1970s.
  • Leonidas- Perhaps the greatest pre-war Brazilian player. Topscorer in 1938 with 8 goals.
  • Gary LINEKER- Perhaps the greatest English striker in modern time. Topscorer in 1986 with 6 goals.
  • Sepp MAIER- Legendary German goalkeeper of the 1970s. World Cup winner in 1974.
  • Diego MARADONA- One of the all-time greats. Played 21 games in four World Cups and won the 1986 WC almost singlehandedly.
  • Lothar MATTHÄUS- Only outfield player with five tournaments. Captained West Germany to the title in 1990.
  • Meazza- The great star and member of two Italian World Cup winning teams in 1934 and 1938.
  • Roger MILLA- The "super-sub" who turned Cameroon into a world class team at the age of 38 in 1990. Played in three World Cups.
  • Luis Monti- Only player to have played for two countries in a WC final. Winner in 1934 with Italy.
  • Bobby MOORE- Classy English defender and captain of their 1966 World Cup winning team.
  • Gerd MÜLLER- The World Cup's all time topscorer with 14 goals. World Cup winner in for West Germany 1974 and topscorer in 1970 with 10 goals.
  • Johann NEESKENS- Dutch midfielder with a powerful shot. Beaten finalist in 1974 and 1978.
  • Thomas N'Kono- Greatest African goalkeeper ever. Member of Cameroon's memorable 1990 team.
  • Wolfgang Overath Hardworking German midfielder with a great left foot. World Cup winner in 1974.
  • Daniel PASSARELLA- The great central defender who captained Argentina to the title on home soil in 1978.
  • Franco BARESI  - The outstanding central defender of the past 15 years. Runner-up for Italy in 1994.
  • Michel PLATINI- May be the greatest French player of all time. Captain for two great teams in 1982 and 1986. Played in three World Cups.
  • Ferenc PUSKAS- One of the greatest players of all time. Captain of Hungary's marvellous team in 1954.
  • Rensenbrink- Dutch forward and penalty expert. Twice silvermedalist in 1974 and 1978.
  • Luigi Riva- All time topscorer for the Italian national team. Silvermedalist in 1970.
  • Roberto RIVELINO- Attacking Brazilian midfielder with a powerful shot in the 1970s. World Cup winner in 1970.
  • Paolo ROSSI- The skinny forward who became topscorer in 1982 on 6 goals as well as helping Italy to their first post-war World Cup title.
  • Oscar Ruggeri- Commanding Argentinian central defender. World Cup winner in 1986.
  • Karl-Heinz RUMMENIGGE- Arguably the greatest German player of the post-Beckenbauer era. He is the only captain to lose two World Cup finals.
  • Hector Scarone- Inside-forward of Uruguay's 1930 World Cup winning team. 
  • Juan Schiaffino- Influential Uruguayan player who helped his team win the World Cup in 1950.
  • Enzo SCIFO- Creative Belgian playmaker with great vision. Played in four World Cups.
  • Scirea- Elegant and fair playing Italian defender. World Cup winner in 1982.
  • Uwe Seeler- The only player, apart from Pelé, to have scored in four different World Cups. Reached three semifinals, but never won the cup.
  • Lennart Skoglund- Excellent Swedish winger of the 1950s. Beaten finalist in 1958.
  • SOCRATES - Elegant Brazilian midfielder and captain of their "Dreamteam" in 1982.
  • Guillermo Stàbile  - Topscorer of the very first World Cup in 1930 with 8 goals. Helped Argentina to the final.
  • Hristo STOITCHKOV- Temperamental Bulgarian striker who was topscorer at the 1994 World Cup.
  • Jan Tomaszewski  - Superb Polish goalkeeper who contributed so much to his team winning bronzemedals in 1974.
  • Carlos VALDERRAMA- Skillful and creative playmaker who captained Colombia in three World Cups.
  • Obdulio Varela- Captain of Uruguay's team that won the World Cup in 1950.
  • Berti VOGTS- Tough German defender of the seventies. World Cup winner in 1974.
  • Rudi VÖLLER- Prolific goalscorer for Germany in the eighties and early nineties. World Cup winner in 1990.
  • Fritz Walter- Playmaker and captain of West Germany's 1954 World Cup winning team.
  • Lev YASHIN- Probably the greatest ever goalkeeper. Played for the Soviet Union in three World Cups.
  • ZICO - Regarded by many as the best player in Brazil since Pelé. Despite playing in three World Cups, he never managed to play in a final.
  • Dino ZOFF- Another legendary goalkeeper. Was the oldest ever winner of the World Cup when he captained Italy to the title in 1982.
  • Andoni ZUBIZARRETA - Great Spanish goalkeeper with four World Cups under his belt.
  • Sir Stanley MATTHEWS -  His magical skills graced the soccer pitches of the world for an unprecedented third of a century
  • Marco Van BASTEN - Flamboyant Dutch man

 

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