Era: 1987 - 2004
Team(s): FC Kaiserslautern, Rot-Weiss Essen, Hertha BSC, Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich, Al-Rayyan
Caps: 30 - 2 goals (Germany)
Trivia: Bundesliga top-scorer in 1995 and a squad-member of the German national team that qualified for Euro 1996. Basler however missed the final stages in England because of an injury, Germany managed to secure the European title without him.
Era: 1991 - 2005
Team(s): Olympique Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Marseille, Celta de Vigo, SC Bastia, FC Istres, LB Chateauroux
Caps: 6 - 1 goal (France)
Trivia: Made his debut for the French national team in August 1996, under national manager Aimé Jacquet. However, Maurice’s progress was halted during the 1996-97 season, when he suffered a ruptured achilles tendon and went through several months of recovery.
Era: 1986 - 2006
Team(s): Newell’s Old Boys, Udinese, Parma FC, Lazio Roma
Caps: 59 (Argentina)
Trivia: One of the oldest players of the 2005/2006 Serie A, holding even the record as the oldest foreign player to score a goal in first division, at the age of 39 years, two months and 26 days. With over 380 matches in the top level, Roberto Nestor Sensini was considered as one of the most experienced defenders of the Italian league, and often nicknamed nonno (grandfather) by Italian sports journalists.
Era: 1984 - 2000
Team(s): Winterslag, RSC Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven, Aston Villa
Caps: 56 - 10 goals (Belgium)
Trivia: During his time with PSV, Nilis formed one of the deadliest partnerships in Europe with team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy. In the 1998–1999 season, Nilis and van Nistelrooy scored 55 league goals between them. van Nistelrooy finished as top-scorer, Nilis came second. In the following season, Nilis’ last for PSV, they scored 48 league goals between them. Ronaldo occasionally names him as one of the best strike partner he had played with despite sharing only a brief time with him at PSV. Van Nistelrooy has also stated on several occasions that Nilis was one of the best players, if not the best, he had ever played with.
Era: 1987 - 2009
Team(s): SSD Licata, Trento, AC Milan, Como Calcio, Piacenza Calcio, SSC Venezia, Manchester United, Reggina Calcio, Atalanta BC, Torino FC, Ascoli
Trivia: In 1999, Manchester United purchased him for 4.5 million pounds. Taibi competed with the other two Manchester United goalkeepers, Mark Bosnich and Raimond van der Gouw, for the first-team place, but lost out after a gaffe against Southampton that resulted in Matt Le Tissier scoring a goal. This match led to Taibi being dubbed ‘The Blind Venetian’ by one newspaper. He returned to Italy after playing only four matches for the Mancunians.
Era: 1989 - 2005
Nationality: South African
Team(s): Kaizer Chiefs, Leeds United
Caps: 70 - 2 goals (South Africa)
Trivia: Signed by Kaizer Chiefs as a midfielder. In 1991 however, Radebe was shot whilst driving, though luckily he was not critically wounded. The motive for the shooting never became clear, but Radebe himself believes that someone had been hired to shoot him in order to prevent him from moving to another club. Partially motivated by the shooting incident and at the request of his FIFA agent, Lucas and another South African player, Philemon Masinga, moved to Leeds United in 1994. Over the course of several years Radebe firmly established himself as a club legend, retiring after having played over 200 matches for the Yorkshire side.
Era: 1986 - 2005
Team(s): Stakhanovets Stakhanov, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kyiv, Spartak Moscow, Real Oviedo, Rayo Vallecano, Alania Vladikavkaz, FC Saturn
Caps: 4 (Commonwealth of Independent States) / 109 - 7 goals (Russia)
Trivia: Although Onopko was eligible to play for Ukraine, he chose to play for Russia and amassed 109 caps, the first coming in 1992. He played in the 1994 and 2002 World Cup, as well as Euro 96. Onopko was in the preliminary squad for Euro 2004 but was dropped due to injury. He currently (anno 2012) holds the record for most international appearances for the Russian national team.
Era: 1993 - 2008
Team(s): Universidad de Chile, River Plate, Lazio Roma, Juventus
Caps: 71 - 37 goals (Chile)
Trivia: Moved on to Argentina to play with River Plate in 1996, a move that was met with some criticism by the Argentine press and Diego Maradona as they didn’t see a future for a Chilean player in Argentina. Salas quickly silenced his critics and won over Argentine fans, as a major contributor to one of the clubs greatest runs ever. From 1996-1998 Salas scored 26 goals in 51 games, helping River to win the Torneo de Apertura 1996, the Clausura 1997, the Apertura 1997 and the 1997 Supercopa Sudamericana. These accomplishments would cement his legacy in Argentina as one of its greatest foreign born players.
Era: 1990 - 2008
Team(s): Portsmouth FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, AFC Bournemouth
Caps: 30 - 7 goals (England)
Trivia: On 8 September 2006, 36-year old Anderton joined League One side Bournemouth on a ‘pay-as-you-play’ basis. Following a pre-season friendly with Portsmouth in July 2007, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp heaped praise on Anderton, telling the Bournemouth Daily Echo: “In the right team and with the right players around him, I honestly think he could still be playing in the Premiership”.
Era: 1988 - 2007
Team(s): FC Porto, FC Barcelona
Caps: 80 (Portugal)
Trivia: The 2003-04 season was one of the most impressive seasons of his career, winning the Champions League and his seventh league trophy with FC Porto. Consequently, he was selected as the UEFA Club Best Goalkeeper of the Year, being the first Portuguese goalkeeper to win this individual title; this was not, however, good enough for a Euro 2004 – played on home soil – selection, with Sporting’s Ricardo being controversially preferred.
Era: 1993 - 2010
Team(s): Santarritense, Sao José EC, SE Palmeiras, AC Milan, Leeds United, AC Siena, Bayer Leverkusen, MSV Duisburg, Al-Rayyan, Ituano FC
Caps: 48 - 2 goals (Brazil)
Trivia: An iconic footballer for Palmeiras, not so much for Leeds United. There was excitement at Elland Road when Peter Reid brought Roque Junior on loan, but it was short lived as the team conceded 24 times in his 7 appearances and Roque was sent off on his debut against Birmingham City. However, he did score two goals in a Worthington Cup game against Man U (Leeds lost 3–2) but it was not enough to win the hearts of the Leeds United fans and he’s now regarded as one of the Elland Road clubs biggest ever flops, earning the nickname The Roque Horror Show.
Miguel Angel Nadal
Era: 1986 - 2005
Team(s): RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona
Caps: 62 - 3 goals (Spain)
Trivia: Began and ended his career with RCD Mallorca, but his greatest achievements came whilst at FC Barcelona. During 19 professional seasons, he played in 492 matches (462 of those in La Liga). Nadal was also a very important part of Spain’s setup during the 1990s and the recipient of 62 international caps, he represented the nation in three World Cups and at Euro 1996, where he had the misfortune of missing a penalty at Wembley against England, in a Euro 1996 shoutout loss. After appearing in four complete matches at the 2002 World Cup, at almost 36, he retired from the international scene.
Era: 1987 - 1999
Team(s): Malmö FF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, AS Roma, Blackburn Rovers, Hamburger SV
Caps: 60 - 29 goals (Sweden)
Trivia: Transferred from AS Roma to Blackburn Rovers in mid-1997 and made 21 appearances in the 1997–98 season, scoring four goals. In the 1998–99 season, Dahlin only played five games when an injury in a training game ruled him out for the rest of the season and contributed to his retirement from the game after a short spell at Hamburger SV in 1999.
Era: 1986 - 2005
Team(s): CS Meaux Academy, Stade Lavallois, RC Strasbourg, Chelsea FC, Olympique Marseille, Al-Sadd, Al-Wakrah
Caps: 50 - 4 goals (France)
Trivia: Although he was mainly a substitiute in the 1998 World Cup, he stepped in for red carded Laurent Blanc to play in the final, a 3–0 win against Brazil, a match in which he famously man-marked Ronaldo. In the final Ronaldo only was able to do a couple of his trademark runs thanks to an almost flawless defensive performance by Leboeuf
Era: 1989 - 2005
Team(s): FK Partizan, Proleter Zrenjanin, Vitoria Guimaraes, FC Porto, Olympiacos FC, Valencia CF, SL Benfica
Caps: 80 - 35 goals (Slovenia)
Trivia: Clashing with almost all of his coaches, returning from holidays late when Dusan Bajevic was in charge at Olympiakos, then arguing with his successor Alberto Bigon over tactics and complaining to Che boss Hector Cuper he was not being given enough opportunities. Even at the World Cup 2002 in South Korea and Japan after being replaced by Slovenia manager Srecko Katanec in the 63rd minute of the first group match against Spain (1–3 loss), Zahovič insulted the coach, who immediately sent him home following the match.