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Football Players

Although not quite legendary, these players have an extraordinary football story to tell nonetheless!

Feature articles in this category:

Milene Domingues - Don't Call Her Ronaldinha! - Anjana Gadgil, February 2003

Milene Domingues has a problem. She has played club football since the age of 14, and holds the world record for keepie-uppies, (55,187 touches in nine hours and six minutes). She broke the European transfer fee record when the Spanish club Rayo Vallecano tried to sign her, and is now the most recognisable female footballer playing on this side of the Atlantic.

Dave Wiseman - Jon Wilkinson, August 2002

"There's something we need to tell you Dave," said the doctor, "Yes I know, you've taken my leg!" replied Dave Wiseman. That was three years ago but Dave's love for the game hasn't stopped him playing regularly and he is now on the edge of representing England.

Sammy Kuffour - Roy Fairbairn, March 2002

Football is what he plays, faith in God is what he practises. For "without God nothing in life is possible," Bayern Munich's Sammy Kuffour will tell you.

Imran Khan - Grassroots Muslim Footballer - Jon Wilkinson, March 2002

"I always thought that people with beards and praying were a bit weird, that they were missing out on something." So says Imran Khan, goalkeeper for London APSA (Asian People Sports Association), a mostly Muslim football team. "But then I realised I was the one missing out on something.

Desiree Ellis - Mohammed Allie, January 2002

Such is Desiree Ellis' commitment to her footballing career that she was prepared to lose her job to fulfil her duty as captain of South Africa's national women's team.

Kelly Smith - Michael Lee, November 2001

"The Wayne Gretsky of soccer", was how Sports Illustrated for Women described England's 22 year old star striker from Watford, Kelly Smith.

Teeratep Winothai - October 2001, Michael Lee

The Palace of Dreams - Thai prodigy Winothai on making the grade in South London. This is the remarkable story of Teeratep Winothai, who at the age of 15 moved to England to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer and one day playing for his idols, Manchester United.

Emmanuel Olisadebe - Michael Lee, October 2001

Nigeria's loss is Poland's gain - how Nigerian Emmanuel Olisadebe ended up leading Poland to the 2002 World Cup.

Bhaichung Bhutia - July 2001, Michael Lee

From Bengal to Bury - India's captain on the struggle to succeed in the home of football. As the first Indian player ever to play in the English football league, Bhutia has attracted a great deal of attention both in England, and back home, where Bhutia was accustomed to playing in front of crowds of up to 140,000 in East Bengal's Salt Lake stadium.

Shaun Bartlett - June 2001

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Shaun now plays for London based club Charlton Athletic in the English Premiership. The full South African international player is now settled at the club following playing spells in New York and Switzerland. We talked to Shaun about playing and living in Britain.

Robert Pires - A True English Heart - By Xavier RIVOIRE of L'Equipe, May 2001

One of Arsenal's latest French recruits, Robert Pires has adjusted quickly to the English game. For a midfielder whose talent was not at all physical strength, Pires has shown commitment on the pitch. In this interview he explains why he likes playing in England so much. He underlines two major factors: the passion of the supporters and the beauty of a competition like the FA Cup.

Mark Bright's FA Cup Final, 1990 - By Mark Brignt, May 2001

Mark Bright tells us what it felt like to play in the FA Cup final for his old club Crystal Palace at Wembley in May 1990 against Manchester United

Danny Tiatto - May 2001

Danny is a full Australian International who has played his league football in both Italy and Switzerland before moving to England and signing for Manchester City FC in July 1998.

Mattheiu Louis-Jean - May 2001

Matthieu, a former French Under 21 international, joined Nottingham Forest in September 1998 following a successful loan spell. The Martinique born defender has fully settled in Nottingham now and enjoys playing in the English league. We talked to Matthieu about playing and living in Britain.

Juergen Klinsmann - Crossing The Divide - October 2001, Michael Lee

Tired of the muted atmosphere of playing amongst the aristocrats of Monte Carlo, Klinsmann shocked the world when he moved from Monaco to Tottenham Hotspur in 1994.

Gary Mabutt - An Ambassador For The Game - June 2001

As a player, Gary Mabbutt was the epitome of professionalism and sportsmanship. His lengthy career saw him win major honours whilst battling the affects of diabetes and serious injuries. Gary has easily earned the honour of being described as a true ambassador for the game.

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