As the captain of the Argentina national football team, Daniel Passarella was soul of the Argentina side, which won the first place at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Not only was he a creative center-back, but also he was a strict captain who has experienced great success and overwhelming agony. He experienced all happiness and sorrow brought by football. Although not as famous as Maradona, nicknamed the king of football – saving the football at emergency time, he is still one of the greatest professional football players in today’s football field.
He scored 134 goals in 451 games throughout his whole playing career. The great achievements event could be paralleled with a striker. Daniel Passarella was widely considered as the most successful professional footballer of his generation. On the basis of great success won by him, Passarella turned to be a member of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers. At the 1986 World Cup, he played as a captain in Argentina football shirt, creating chances for teammate to score.
Hong Myung-bo was born in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 12, 1969. As an excellent professional footballer of the South Korea national football team, he was known for outstanding performance on football fields. Having took the position of defender, Hong starred in the South Korea national football team on the basis of his competent power, played for Korea in football shirts. He was widely regarded one of the best footballers of his generation.
In 1990, he accomplished the first appearance at a major competition, starting catching attentions of all spectators and football fans. After the ending of playing career, he turned to be an assistant coach of the South national football team. In the managerial career, he devoted himself to the football industry of Korea side, pulling on Korea football shirt in a special way and making great contributions to the development of Korean football. Then, he became the coach of the U23 football team, worked for the national football heart and soul.
Hidetoshi Nakata was a Japanese professional football player, who was born in Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan on January 22, 1977. Taking the advantages of speed, creativity competitive ability, Nakata was widely taken as one of the best footballers of his generation. In 1995, Nakata started his professional career as a midfielder, finished as a member of the Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998.
He played for Japan at the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification, scoring three goals in the final with Iran. Having played in several season at Serie A and the English Premier League, Nakata declared the end of football playing career aged 29 on Jul. 2, 2006. Considering fabulous performances on football fields, he was list into the FIFA 100 by Pelé in Mar. 2004. All spectator could catch the figure of Nakata on football fields, played for his country in Japan football shirt. Besides, he was also engaged himself in runway show, showing designers’ clothes on stage.
Andriy Shevchenko was an extremely excellent forward, who was born in Dvirkivschyna, Soviet Union on Sep. 29, 1976. He was widely regarded as one of the world-class greatest footballers of his generation. He started the professional playing career at the age of 16. In 1999, Andriy Shevchenko transferred to AC Milan at a sky-high price – $25 million. As we all know, he was famous for speed, dynamic energy and aggressive playing style as a centre-forward.
Throughout the whole playing career, he fight for the country for more than 100 times, winning 48 goals totally as an excellent center-forward of the Ukraine side. After the ending of his playing career, he was appointed as the coach of Ukraine national football team, pulling on cheap football shirt in a special manner. Besides great achievements in the field of football, he was also an active member in politics, ending with big failing in his political career. As a professional footballer, Andriy Shevchenko earned numerous accolades for his country.
Emre Belözoğlu was born in İstanbul, Turkey on Sep. 1, 1980. He was widely regarded as one excellent footballer of his generation for ferocious shot and aggressive playing style. Emre Belözoğlu has played for many well-known clubs, such as Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Newcastle United, Atlético Madrid and Fenerbahçe. In 2000, he played for the country with Norway for the first time. Belözoğlu missed the Euro 2000 for the haunting of injuries, and then becoming a member of Turkey at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, played for the country in Turkey football shirt.
From 2000, he was an inevitable member of the Turkey national football team, turning to be an extremely good midfielder after receiving the beckoning of Turkey. He played for the Turkey squad more than 90 times, winning numerous accolades, titles and trophies, helping the Turkey side reaching to the semi-finals at the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2008. He also became a member of the FIFA 100 and the 125 greatest living footballers.