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
BANKS- One of
the best goalkeepers in history. World Cup winner for England
- PELÉ -
The only man to win three World Cups. Scored 12 goals in the
four World Cups he played in.
Probably the greatest defender in the game of all time. World
Cup winner in 1974.
Faithful and reliable Italian defender and World Cup winner as
an 18 year-old in 1982.
German left-back who was matchwinner in the 1990 final.
Controversial and classy German full-back and later
midfielder. World Cup winner 1974.
BUTRAGUEÑO- Great Spanish center-forward of the
The Italian star of the 1990s.
- Great Belgian player and one
of Europe's best midfielders in the 1980s.
Arguably the greatest English player in the greatest era of
their national team. World Cup winner in 1966.
Playmaker and captain for the Dutch team that invented the
- EUSEBIO -
Portugal's greatest ever player. Topscorer of the 1966 World
Probably the greatest South American goalkeeper ever. World
Cup winner for Argentina in 1978.
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
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.
KEMPES- The man
who did everything in 1978. Topscorer and World Cup winning
hero for Argentina.
KLINSMANN- Great German striker with 11 goals from
three World Cups. Winner in 1990.
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
- Ruud Krol-
Elegant Dutch defender. Member of the Total-Football teams of the 1970s.
Perhaps the greatest pre-war Brazilian player. Topscorer in 1938 with 8 goals.
the greatest English striker in modern time. Topscorer in 1986
with 6 goals.
German goalkeeper of the 1970s. World Cup winner in 1974.
MARADONA- One of
the all-time greats. Played 21 games in four World Cups and
won the 1986 WC almost singlehandedly.
MATTHÄUS- Only outfield player with five tournaments.
Captained West Germany to the title in 1990.
The great star and member of two Italian World Cup winning
teams in 1934 and 1938.
"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.
English defender and captain of their 1966 World Cup winning
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.
midfielder with a powerful shot. Beaten finalist in 1974 and
- 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
The outstanding central defender of the past 15 years.
Runner-up for Italy in 1994.
PLATINI- May be the greatest French player
of all time. Captain for two great teams in 1982 and
1986. Played in three World Cups.
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.
RIVELINO- Attacking Brazilian midfielder
with a powerful shot in the 1970s. World Cup winner
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.
Ruggeri- Commanding Argentinian central
defender. World Cup winner in 1986.
RUMMENIGGE- Arguably the greatest German
player of the post-Beckenbauer era. He is the only
captain to lose two World Cup finals.
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.
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
have scored in four different World Cups. Reached
three semifinals, but never won the cup.
Skoglund- Excellent Swedish winger of the
1950s. Beaten finalist in 1958.
- SOCRATES - Elegant Brazilian midfielder and captain of their
"Dreamteam" in 1982.
- Topscorer of the very first
World Cup in 1930 with 8 goals. Helped Argentina to
STOITCHKOV- Temperamental Bulgarian striker who
was topscorer at the 1994 World Cup.
- Superb Polish goalkeeper who
contributed so much to his team winning bronzemedals
VALDERRAMA- Skillful and creative playmaker who
captained Colombia in three World Cups.
Varela- Captain of Uruguay's team that won
the World Cup in 1950.
VOGTS- Tough German defender of the
seventies. World Cup winner in 1974.
VÖLLER- Prolific goalscorer for Germany in
the eighties and early nineties. World Cup winner in
- Fritz Walter- Playmaker and captain of West
Germany's 1954 World Cup winning team.
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.
ZOFF- Another legendary goalkeeper. Was the
oldest ever winner of the World Cup when he
captained Italy to the title in 1982.
ZUBIZARRETA - Great Spanish goalkeeper with four
World Cups under his belt.
Stanley MATTHEWS -
His magical skills graced
the soccer pitches of the world for an unprecedented third of
Van BASTEN - Flamboyant