Pierre Littbarski was born in West Berlin on Apr. 16, 1960. Known as a famous professional footballer of Germany national football team, his great success as a competent attacking midfielder and winger could be attributed to precision, speed, long-range shooting and short-time breakthrough. For extraordinary performances in football, he played for 1. FC Köln, RC Paris, JEF United Ichihara and Brummel Sendai, winning the DFB-Pokal once, the second place in Bundesliga.
Before turning to be an attacking midfielder, he was a forward for the team. For superb achievements and unprecedented techniques on dibbling ability, he got the first chance to represent the West German national football team in 1981, playing at the World Cup qualification against Austria. With a promising start of his international career, he won two goals in that match.
After retired as a professional footballer, he began his managerial career with Yokohama FC of Japan Football League. In addition to football teams referred above, he also coached the Sydney FC, Avispa Fukuoka, Saipa FC, FC Vaduz and VfL Wolfsburg.
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, known as Lionel Messi, born on 24, June, 1987, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has been widely regarded as another Maradona.
Messi, together with the players of Argentina national team, got the champion in 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Besides, he, as the leader of the team, got three consecutive victories in La Liga, UEFA Champions League, andCopa del Rey in 2008/09 season.
When he was five years old, Messi started to play football in local youth team, and the coach was his father. At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a developmental hormone deficiency that would hinder his bony growth from growing taller. But, his family can not afford the treatment costs. Fortunately, he was taken to Barcelona by coach Cuca because of his talent in 2000. 13-year-old Messi, only 140cm, went to Barcelona training camp in September. His performance conquered the coach of Barcelona youth team, so they had signed a work contract with Messi until 2012. FC Barcelona helped Messi do exercises to make him become tall. Now, he is 170cm.
Messi is well known by his stunning header and speed. His feet are extremely flexible and strong. With superb technique, he can kick a ball with an amazing angle. In addition, his shoot by free kick also becomes a unique landscape in La Liga. Excellent ball handling skills let Messi pass a defender as a breeze. It’s easy for him to create space and opportunities for teammates when a defender is constantly trying to use body check to stop him. The fact that Messi got 1 point from Getafe team in 2007 is considered as a successful copy of Maradona, because he passed the ball successfully with 5 players’ defence.
Harald Schumacher was born in Düren, West Germany in Mar. 6, 1954. Played as a football goalkeeper of Germany national football team, football brought him both sadness and joy. He played for the West German national football team at many international sports events from 1976 to 1986, experiencing numerous domestic and abroad fierce competitions. During this period, he participated in more than 10 World Cup qualifying matches and 14 World Cup matches.
Under his help, the Germany national football team won the 1980 European Championship. But the national team performed bad at the World Cup finals in 1982 and 1986. He was a controversial football player for the man-made disaster at the FIFA World Cup in 1982. In the match, a French footballer was heavily injured for impact of Harald Schumacher. After ending of his playing career, he became a professional coach of SC Fortuna Köln. But unfortunately, he was fired for bad results of competition against Waldhof Mannheim in 1999. Although many controversial events happened in his playing career, it’s no doubt that he is a high-caliber talents on football.
Andreas Brehme was born in Hamburg, West Germany on Nov. 9, 1960. At the 1990 FIFA World Cup, he caught attentions from all football lovers, football fans and spectators by a winning goal for Germany. For superb techniques in free kick, he was also an extraordinary football player with strong control ability of left and right foot. Then he was widely regarded as one of the best footballers of his generation by sophisticated skills on penalties. In addition to his accurate shooting with right foot, his left-foot shooting is more powerful than right.
At the very beginning, he started his professional football playing career from 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1981. After played for the club, he transferred to Bayern Munich, Inter Milan successively, winning an important competition in 1987. He also played for Real Zaragoza prior to back to Germany in La Liga. On behalf of the West German national football team, he appeared at the FIFA World Cup in 1986. In 1998, he decided to get out of his football playing career as a football player.
Uwe Seeler was born in Hamburg, Germany on Nov. 5, 1936. Having been one of the greatest footballer of Germany national football team, he made prominent contributions for the Germany national football team. Played as a striker of his team, he was known for distinguished advantages in stamina, consistency, leading ability as well as overhead kicks.
When he was young, he started his splendid playing career from Hamburger SV, following football steps of his father. He cut a striking figure at a DFB-Pokal match at the age of 18, accomplishing the first team appearance in 1954. As a loyal follower of Hamburg, he represented the club in 72 matches, also an important footballer for Germany national football team. In 2004, he became a member of FIFA’s 125 greatest living players.
In 1972, he said goodbye to domestic fields. After countless injuries on football fields, he was injured again in 1965, nearly an ending of his football playing career. He went back to football fields after a transplantation surgery.
Günter Netzer was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany on Sep. 14, 1944. From 8 to 19, he played for 1. FC Mönchengladbach prior to move to city rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach. He won goals in his first appearance against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. Under his help, the football club has made great progress in matches.
For outstanding and distinguished performances on football fields, he was widely considered to be a football player of the greatest footballers in the game’s history. In view of great achievements, unremitting efforts and constant footsteps, he was awarded the honor of Footballer of the Year in Germany two times, in 1972 and 1973.
Played as a professional attacking midfielder, Günter Netzer was a celebrated team member of the Germany national football team. In 1965, he accomplished the first appearance on behalf of the Germany national football team. During the rest international playing career, he pulled on Germany football kits 37 times until 1975, winning numerous accolades, titles and honors for the team.