Ruud van Nistelrooy


Ruud van Nistelrooy was born in Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands on Jul. 1, 1976. As a famous former striker and the fourth –highest goal-scorer, he was known for outstanding performances and unremitting efforts on football fields. In 1993, he started his professional playing career with Netherlands second division side. After winning 12 goals in 31 matches in the 1996-97 campaign, he became a professional football player of Heerenveen, where he won 13 goals in 31 matches with the club.

After played with the club in a season, he transferred to PSV for a then-record transfer fee. In this season with PVS, he won 31 goals in 34 matches, obtaining splendid achievements. In addition to football clubs referred above, he also played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburger SV and Málaga. For distinguished talents and outstanding performances at many important games, he also capped for the Netherlands national football team for 70 times, winning 35 goals for his team. After his playing career, he devoted himself to coaching intern work with the U17.

Excellent Striker or Left Winger Ryan Babel

Ryan Babel, born in Amsterdam in December 1986, has served for Netherlands national football team and Turkish football club Beşiktaş as a forward or left winger. With inspirations from local football stars like Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard, Ryan Babel started his football playing career with S.V Diemen prior to moving to Fortius.

In 1998, he became a football player of Ajax and played for the division one in 1999-2000 season. Then, he reached his first professional football contract with Ajax in 2004. Shortly after his 17-year-old birthday, Babel appeared in the match of first team in Ajax’s 4-0 home win over ADO Den Haag. Although his team was the winner of the Dutch league title, but Babel didn’t play for Ajax in the season’s following football matches. On Nov. 2004, the young footballer netted his first senior goal in the match against De Graafschap. In Dutch Super Cup, Ryan Babel won goals for his team in 2-1 defeat of PSV Eindhoven at the beginning of the season. In the 2005-06 season, Babel experienced a tougher season in spite of his two league goals.

However, he has not been called up to the national football team anymore in the season. Although have not been called up to the Netherlands national football team, he was taken as a substitute in the second-half 2-1 victory over PSV. He moved to club Liverpool for reported £14 million by signing a five-year contract. From then on, he began his spell with the No. 19 jersey.

Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona, born on 24 May 1966 in Marseille, France, is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for France national team. He is called “King” by loyal fans for his unparalleled leadership.

In youth team of AJ Auxerre

Eric Cantona joined the youth team in 1981 and one year later he and the team won the title of Coupe Gambardella.

In Leeds United Association Football Club

In 1991, Cantona joined Leeds, an England professional football club, because of his conflict with other players. Leeds won the final Football League First Division championship before it was replaced by the Premier League as the top division in English football. Cantona made 15 appearances scoring three goals.

In Manchester United Football Club

Cantona transferred to Manchester United Football Club for £1.2 million in November, 1991. He made his competitive debut against Manchester City at Old Trafford on 6 December 1992, wearing the shirt with number 12. Manchester United won 2–1 Manchester City. In 1993-94 season, Cantona helped the club won the titles of Premier League and FA Cup. Therefore, he got the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.

In France national team

Cantona, putting on France football shirt, finished his debut against Bundesrepublik Deutschland and scored one goal for the national team.

In 1996, he was the central figure in a Nike commercial titled “Good vs Evil” in a gladiatorial game set in a Roman amphitheatre. There were other football players from around the world, including Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Luís Figo, Patrick Kluivert and Jorge Campos They defend “the beautiful game” against a team of demonic warriors, which ended with Cantona striking the ball and destroying evil.

Eric Cantona announced his retirement in 1997. After that, he focused his later career mostly as an actor in French cinema.


Zico was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Mar. 3, 1953. Known as a famous and excellent attacking midfielder of Brazil, he was widely regarded as a creative footballer for his distinguished competitiveness in outstanding technique, vision as well as pass. As the fifth highest goal-scorer of Brazil national football team, he played for Brazil squad in 71 matches, winning 48 goals in his whole international playing career. Having participated three World Cups in 1978, 1982 and 1986, he spared no efforts at these international competitions, simply ending with no titles and accolades of them.

At the very beginning, Zico was not physically strong. After hard work with special diet provided by his team, he turned to be a professional football player with strong body. All these contribute to his wonderful and great successes achievements in football, laying a solid foundation for later successes. For outstanding performances in football, he played for many football clubs successively, such as Flamengo, Udinese and Kashima Antlers.

René van de Kerkhof

René van de Kerkhof was born in Helmond, Netherlands on Sep. 16, 1951. As a Netherlandish former footballer, he was known for extraordinary talents on football and unremitting efforts. Throughout whole international career of René van de Kerkhof, he has won five goals at 47 matches. He left a deep impression to people for an incident prior to World Cup final in 1978.

In 1978, he experienced his prime career, winning the second place of the UEFA Cup, Netherlands champion and KNVB Beker. For unique technique, consistency, enthusiasm and dynamic energy, he won respects, supports and great accolades for his team. He has won anything as much as possible, such as titles, the Dutch Cup, the UEFA cup. Not only won he unprecedented honors and titles, but also he won competent team mates during this process. As long as pulling on Netherlands football kits, he will be refreshed and lighten up by the bright aspiration for the country. In 2004, he became a member of the top 125 greatest living footballers.

Nilton Santos

Nilton Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 16, 1925. Known as the greatest defender of Brazil national football team of his generation, he has played for two football teams, including Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas and Brazil squad. Nilton Santos, a legendary football player, played for Botafogo in 718 matches. The extraordinary contributions for football by him is that defenders could engage in defending and attacking. In that time, duty of wingback is still restricted in defending rather than attacking, being the pioneering who opened another gate for football. In matches, he participated in shoot and even accomplished shot directly, changing the responsibility of wingbacks on football fields greatly.

He was taken as a critical football player at the World Cup in 1954, 1958 and 1962. He began cutting a striking figure in the sphere of football for an important goal in the 1958 tournament. In his whole international playing career, he capped for Brazil side for 75 times, winning 3 goals in Brazil football kit.


Sócrates was born in Belém, Pará, Brazil on Feb. 19, 1954. Played as a professional attacking midfielder, he was known for unique pass, broad vision at many competitions and dynamic energy. Not only was he good at football, but also he performed well in medicine and political. For his bachelor’s degree and performances in politics, he was nicknamed “Doctor Socrates”. Attributing to noticeable beards and headbands, Sócrates was taken as a symbol of cool for many football lovers.

Due to distinguished talents, fabulous performances and great achievements in football, he was widely regarded as one of the best footballer of Brazil national football team. During the 7-year-long services for Brazil squad, Sócrates won 22 goals for Brazil national football team at two World Cups. He turned to be a captain of Brazil squad at the FIFA World Cup. He, along with some famous footballers like Zico, Falcão and Éder, was widely regarded as one of excellent footballers of Brazil. In 1983 and 2004, he turned to be a member among South American Footballer of the Year and the FIFA 100.