1974 FIFA World Cup players

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  1. Johan Cruyff

    Johan Cruyff


    Hendrik Johannes Cruijff born 25 April 1947), known as Johan Cruyff, is a former Dutch footballer and was until recently the manager of the Catalonia football team. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, a record jointly held with French playmaker Michel Platini and Dutch compatriot Marco van Basten.

  2. Franz Beckenbauer

    Franz Beckenbauer


    Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born 11 September 1945) is a German football manager, and former player, nicknamed Der Kaiser ("The Emperor") because of his elegant style; his leadership; his first name "Franz" (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors), and his dominance on the football pitch. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest German footballers of all time and one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the game. Beckenbauer was a versatile player, who started out as a midfielder, but made his name as a defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper or libero.

  3. Gianni Rivera

    Gianni Rivera


    Giovanni "Gianni" Rivera (born 18 August 1943 in Alessandria) is an Italian former football midfielder, who was mostly utilised as an offensive playmaker; he was awarded the Ballon d'Or, one of the most prestigious individual awards in football, in 1969. Dubbed Italy's "Golden Boy" by the media, he played the majority of his career with Serie A side A.C. Milan where he enjoyed a highly successful career in domestic and European football. Internationally, he represented Italy, 63 times scoring 15 goals, at four World Cups (1962, 1966, 1970, and 1974). Rivera is widely remembered for scoring the decisive goal in Italy's extra-time win over West Germany in the semi-final of the 1970 World Cup, leading them to final against Brazil, where they would be defeated 4-1, however. Rivera was also a member of the first Italian side to win the European Football Championship in 1968, on home soil.

  4. Gerd Müller

    Gerd Müller


    Gerhard "Gerd" Müller (born 3 November 1945) is a German retired footballer. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, especially inside the penalty box, he is regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers of all time.

  5. Giorgio Chinaglia

    Giorgio Chinaglia


    Giorgio Chinaglia (24 January 1947 – 1 April 2012) was an Italian footballer. He grew up and played his early football in Cardiff, Wales, and began his career with Swansea Town in 1964. He later returned to Italy to play for Massese, Internapoli and S.S. Lazio in 1969. He played international football for Italy, including two appearances at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

  6. Jupp Heynckes

    Jupp Heynckes


    Josef "Jupp" Heynckes (born 9 May 1945) is a former German football manager and former footballer. As a player, he spent the majority of his career as a striker for Borussia Mönchengladbach in its golden era of the 1960s and 1970s, where he won many national championships and the DFB-Pokal, as well as the UEFA Cup. During this period the team also played in its only European Cup final in 1977, losing to Liverpool. He is the third highest goalscorer in the history of the Bundesliga, with 220 goals. He was a member of the West German national squad that won the European Championship and the World Cup in the first half of the 1970s. As manager he won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and two UEFA Champions Leagues; with Real Madrid in 1997–98 and Bayern in 2012–13.

  7. Kenny Dalglish

    Kenny Dalglish


    Kenneth Mathieson "Kenny" Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951) is a Scottish former footballer and manager. In a career spanning 22 years, he played for Celtic and Liverpool, winning numerous honours with both. He is Scotland's most capped player of all time with 102 appearances, and also Scotland's joint-leading goal scorer, with 30 goals. Dalglish won the Ballon d'Or Silver Award in 1983, the PFA Player of the Year in 1983, and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1979 and 1983. In 2009 FourFourTwo named Dalglish as the greatest striker in post-war British football, and in 2006 he topped a Liverpool fans' poll of "100 Players Who Shook the Kop". He has been inducted into both the Scottish and English Football Halls of Fame.

  8. Billy Bremner

    Billy Bremner


    William John "Billy" Bremner (9 December 1942 – 7 December 1997) was a Scotland international footballer and manager.

  9. Grzegorz Lato

    Grzegorz Lato


    Grzegorz Bolesław Lato (born 8 April 1950 in Malbork) is a former Polish football winger, and coach. He was the leading scorer at the 1974 World Cup. Lato's playing career coincided with the golden era of Polish football, which began with Olympic gold in Munich in 1972 and ended a decade later with third place at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, a repeat of the Poles' impressive finish in 1974 in Germany. He is the only Polish player ever to win the Golden boot at a World Cup.

  10. Fabio Capello

    Fabio Capello


    Fabio Capello (born 18 June 1946) is an Italian manager and a former professional footballer who currently is the head coach of the Russia national football team .

  11. Dino Zoff

    Dino Zoff


    Dino Zoff (born 28 February 1942) is an Italian former football goalkeeper and is the oldest winner ever of the World Cup, which he earned as captain of the Italian team in the 1982 tournament in Spain, at the age of 40 years, 4 months and 13 days, also winning the award for best goalkeeper of the tournament, and being elected to the team of the tournament, for his performances, keeping two clean-sheets, an honour he also received after winning the 1968 European Championship on home soil. Zoff also achieved great club success with Juventus, winning 6 Serie A titles, 2 Coppa Italias, and an UEFA Cup, also reaching two European Champions' Cup finals in the 1972-73 and 1982-83 seasons, as well as finishing second in the 1973 Intercontinental Cup final.

  12. Denis Law

    Denis Law


    Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former football player, who enjoyed a long and successful career as a striker from the 1950s to the 1970s.

  13. Kazimierz Deyna

    Kazimierz Deyna


    Kazimierz Deyna (23 October 1947 – 1 September 1989)  pronunciation  was a Polish footballer, who played as an offensive midfielder in the playmaker role and was one of the most highly regarded players of his generation.

  14. Johan Neeskens

    Johan Neeskens


    Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens (born 15 September 1951) is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of the Dutch national team that finished as runners-up in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups and is considered to be one of the greatest Dutch midfielders. Former England manager Alf Ramsey said Neeskens was "as good as any player" in the tournament. He was the assistant coach to Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona but was sacked along with Rijkaard as the end of the 2007–08 season. He was the head coach of the Dutch B national team until June 2009, at which date he has been appointed as the assistant coach to Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray SK.

  15. Mario Kempes

    Mario Kempes


    Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi (born 15 July 1954 in Bell Ville, Córdoba) is a retired Argentine footballer. His father, Mario, also a footballer, inspired him to play from a young age. At the age of seven he began playing with a junior team and at fourteen, he joined the Talleres reserves. A prolific goalscorer, at club level he is most notable for playing for Valencia, finishing as La Liga's top goalscorer twice, and amassing 116 goals in 184 league games for the club.

  16. Giacinto Facchetti

    Giacinto Facchetti


    Giacinto Facchetti (18 July 1942 – 4 September 2006) was an Italian football player. From January 2004 until his death, he was President of Internazionale, the club for which he played for his whole career during the 1960s and 1970s, playing 634 official games and scoring 75 goals. He played for the Internazionale team remembered as “Grande Inter”. Facchetti is remembered as one of the first truly great attacking full-backs, and one of the best ever in his position; his excellent physical and technical traits, as well as his ability with both feet, his elegance, strength, pace, stamina, distribution, and ball skills, allowed him to excel in this position, where he notably scored 10 goals in Serie A during the 1965-66 Season. He also excelled defensively, playing as a sweeper later in his career due to his ability to read the game, man-marking, positioning, anticipation and tackling. In addition to his footballing ability, he was also known for his correct behaviour on the pitch, as well as his leadership. In March 2004, Pelé named him one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebrations.

  17. Hector Chirola Yazalde

    Hector Chirola Yazalde


    Héctor Casimiro Yazalde (29 May 1946 – 18 June 1997) was an Argentine footballer who played as a striker.

  18. Roberto Rivelino

    Roberto Rivelino


    Roberto Rivellino (also Rivelino, born 1 January 1946 in São Paulo) is a former Brazilian footballer. He was one of the stars of Brazil's 1970 FIFA World Cup winning team. Rivellino currently works as a pundit for Brazilian TV Cultura.

  19. Arie Haan

    Arie Haan


    Arend "Arie" Haan (born 16 November 1948 in Finsterwolde, Netherlands) is a former Dutch footballer and coach, who scored 6 goals in 35 matches for the Dutch national squad of the 1970s. At club level he enjoyed a successful career with AFC Ajax, R.S.C. Anderlecht, Standard Liège and PSV Eindhoven. He participated seven times in European Cup finals with five victories and two defeats. He was also known for his goals from long distance.

  20. Branko Oblak

    Branko Oblak


    Branko Oblak (born on 27 May 1947 in Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian football coach and former international player. He usually played as an attacking midfielder or deep-lying playmaker, notable for his excellent dribbling, stamina, great vision and precision passing. He was also capable of helping out defensively.

  21. Uli Hoeness

    Uli Hoeness


    Ulrich "Uli" Hoeneß (born 5 January 1952) is the former president of German football club Bayern Munich and a retired German footballer who played as a forward for club and country. Hoeneß represented Germany at one World Cup and two European Championships, winning one tournament in each competition.

  22. Luis Cubilla

    Luis Cubilla


    Luis Alberto Cubilla Almeida (28 March 1940 – 3 March 2013) was a Uruguayan football player and coach. He had a successful playing career winning 16 major titles. He then went on to become one of the most successful managers in South American football with 17 major titles.

  23. Ruud Krol

    Ruud Krol


    Rudolf ("Ruud" or "Rudi") Jozef Krol (born 24 March 1949 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch footballer who was capped 83 times for his native country. Most of his career he played for his home town club, Ajax, and he became a coach after retirement. One of the best defenders of his generation, Krol mainly played as a sweeper or left-back, however he could play anywhere across the back four or as a defensive midfielder.

  24. Paul Breitner

    Paul Breitner


    Paul Breitner (born 5 September 1951 in Kolbermoor, Bavaria) is a former German footballer. One of Germany's most controversial players, he earned 48 caps for West Germany. He was known for his partnerships with Franz Beckenbauer and Berti Vogts in defence for the German national team, and his midfield combination with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for Bayern.

  25. Carlos Caszely

    Carlos Caszely


    Carlos Humberto Caszely Garrido (born July 5, 1950 in Santiago, Chile) is a former Chilean-Hungarian footballer, nicknamed "Rey del metro cuadrado" (English: King of the square meter, Portuguese: O Rei do Metro Quadrado).

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