Michael James Owen is one of the greatest football stars in England and the world as well. He announced his retirement in 2013. During his football career, he is the most successful and wins numerous team and individual awards.
Owen was the member of “golden generation” that consisted of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, and so on.
He played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team. His performance at the 1998 FIFA World Cup brought him to national and international prominence. When Owen played for Liverpool, the club won five titles of major international sporting events in 2001, including English Football League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, the Football Association Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup, which proved Owen’s strength. At the same time, Owen won FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
Owen, putting on England football shirt, scored six times during 2002 World Cup qualifying, including a hat-trick against Germany at Munich’s Olympiastadion, as England won the qualifying group. He was named as European Footballer of the Year for 2001 consequently. In April 2002, he was appointed as England’s captain in place of the injured captain David Beckham, which made him become the youngest England captain since Bobby Moore in 1963.
After his retirement, as always, Owen loves football. He has been to Wuhan, China to promote soccer among the youth. He met his loyal fans and watched a futsal football game. Besides Wuhan, he would go to Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dongguan.
In the ups and downs of the development of Scottish, many top football stars are written into their history. Since the introduction of modern football, it evolves to the most popular recreational sport among people. Kenneth Dalglish is one of those stars who have won numerous honors and made great contributions to the development of the Scottish football.
He was born in Glasgow, Scotland on Mar. 4, 1951. In his 22-year-long career, he has worked as a player and a manager for many years. He has played for Celtic and Liverpool for many times, scoring 30 goals at 102 matches. For his lifetime achievements, he became one number of Scottish and English Football Halls of Fame. In many matches play with England footballers in England football shirts, he played an important role in his team.
Among the golden era of Liverpool, he won Football League First Divisions six times, FA Cup two times, League Cup four times, FA Charity Shield seven times and European Cup three times. He was awarded a nickname – King Kenny by his supporters of Liverpool. As a footballer having leave deep impression to football fans, various trophies and achievements gained by him are the most obvious evidence of his efforts.
As one of the mostly watched sport in Croatia, football in Croatia has experienced long-term development. The foundation of football club is prior to the World War I. At many international and local matches, there are many professional footballers who have made sacrifices to the Croatia national football team. Davor Šuker has made prominent achievements in the process.
He was born in Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia on Jan. 1, 1968. When he was 16 years old, he started his playing career as a member of NK Osijek. For his outstanding performance in the final season, he signed one bigger club in 1989.
As a professional and experienced footballer, he played for the Croatia national football team in Croatia football shirt. Hoping to facilitate the health and high-speed development of football, he hold the position of current president from Jul. 2012.
The golden era of his playing career was in France. Not only became he a lead scorer, but also won the Golden Boot at seven matches, being the second-best player of tournament second to Ronaldo.
As the most popular sport in Russia, most of people are interested in football to a certain extent. After the broke of Soviet Union, the Russian league returned to its previous status by large sponsorship deals. Many domestic and abroad well-known footballers have played for the Russian league. He has played for the Russia squad many times in Russia football shirt. The Russia national football team caught the attention of people once again when they defeat the competent Netherlands squad in the Euro 2008 before defeated by the eventual champions.
Rinat Dasayev is one of the footballers who have made great contributions to the development of football. He was born in Astrakhan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union on Jun. 13, 1957. As a coach and former goalkeeper of Soviet-Russia, he has won great achievements in numerous matches at local and international level. Second to Lev Yashin, he was regarded as the second best goalkeeper and the best goalkeeper in the 1980s.
Since the introduction of football, the development of football in Northern Ireland has undergoing ebb and flow at international level. There are many first-tier footballers who have played and made great contributions to the Northern Ireland football team. George Best is just one of them.
He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 22, 1946. At the beginning of his playing career, he played for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national football team as a winger. In 1968, he was selected as the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer after the winning of European Cup. He was widely regarded as the greatest footballer who pull on green Northern Ireland football shirt.
He began popular among football fans from his first appearance aged 17. As a lead goal-scorer of the league, he won 179 goals at 470 matches. As a versatile footballer, he combined his playing style, pace, skill, balance, feint and scoring ability together to defeat opposite teams. For his outstanding performance and brilliant achievements on football fields, he was awarded a name – El Beatle.
In the ups and downs of the Dutch football, Dennis Bergkamp has made great contributions to the development of the Dutch football. He was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on May 10, 1969. Football was introduced into the earth of Netherlands in 1954. From then on, it became the most popular recreational sport in their free time. They playing football from when they were young until an old age people failing to play it on football fields.
As a son of an electrician, he started his playing career form a lower League. When he was an 11-year-old boy, he entered into and became a member of Ajax. Before progress to a second striker and the main striker, he started as a wide midfielder. He began catching the attention of people on football fields from his debut in 1986. After unremitting efforts and long-term sweat shedding on playground, he has made great achievements. With his help, Arsenal won titles of Premier league three times, FA Cup trophies four times and entered in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. Another golden era of his career is his managerial career in the Netherlands.