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Diego Armando Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona was born as the fifth of eight children in the slums of Villa Fiorito near Buenos Aires. He entered professional football at the astonishing age of 15 and debuted with the Argentine national team a year later. Despite Maradona's tal...
Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane was born in France on the 23-rd of June 1972. His parents of Algerian descent had a total of five children. As a kid, school was not his strength so he turned to football. At the age of 16, he was recruited to Cannes. One year later, Zidan...

Pelé: “There Will Never be Another Pelé”

Pelé, one of the greatest players of all time recently sat down to talk about the state of football in South America, Brazil’s current crop of stars and how he sees the 2006 FIFA World Cup shaping up. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter recently said...

Pelé

Pelé is one of the first soccer players to achieve global acclaim. His name is regularly mentioned today, more than a quarter century after his retirement. Pelé started playing football as a boy in the slums of Tres Coracoes, Brazil. His father, Dondinho,...

David Beckham

David Beckham signed with Manchester United in July of 1991, at the age of sixteen. It took him about five years of playing on the youth squad, the reserves and on loan with Preston North End until he made it into the first team. By the 1998 season, Be...

Luís Figo

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo was born on the 4th of November, 1972. He grew up in a modest family setting in Almada, the working-class district of Lisbon. Luís began his career Os Pastilhas, before joining Sporting Lisbon at the age of 11. As a youngst...

Pavel Nedved

Pavel Nedved was born in the town of Cheb near Prague, capital of former Czechoslovakia. Parents Vaclav and Ana raised Pavel along with his older sister and encouraged him to become an accountant. By the age of 19, Nedved debuted with Dukla Praga and less...

Ronaldo

Ronaldo was born Luis Nazario de Lima and grew up in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Inspired by his childhood hero Zico, he joined a youth club called Valqueire. There, Ronaldo played futsal or "futebol de salão". In the following few years, he took part...

Eskandarian: “Pro Teams Contain Only the Best Players”

In January of 2003, Alecko Eskandarian was selected as the #1 overall pick in the MLS Superdraft by DC United. Alecko played three seasons at the University of Virginia as a forward and established himself as one of the college's finest soccer players. Du...

Hristo Stoichkov

Hristo Stoichkov was born in Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria. His father played as a goalkeeper for the local club Spartak. In 1976, at the age of 10, Stoichkov joined the youth academy of Maritza in his hometown and remained there until 1984...

Raúl González Blanco

Raúl González Blanco was born on June 27th 1977 in Madrid, Spain. He was brought up in a modest quarter of the city, the colony of San Cristobal de los Angeles. Raúl is a product of Atletico Madrid's youth system, but was picked up by rivals Real during a...

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