José Leandro ANDRADE


Born: November 20, 1901; Salto

Died: October 5, 1957

Clubs: Club AtléticoMisiones (Uruguay), Bella Vista (Uruguay), Nacional (Uruguay), Peñarol (Uruguay), Wanderers (Uruguay)

International record: 41 caps, 1 goal

Position: Right-half

  • He dazzled opponents and spectators with his dribbling skills, his quick change of rhythm and his elegance.  Although he was not a prolific goal-scorer, his play making provided abundant scoring opportunities for his teammates.

  • He was the cornerstone of the Uruguayan football teams during the 1920s and 1930s. Throughout Andrade’s international career, the Uruguayans were only defeated three times.

  • Won the Inaugural World Cup in 1930.

  • Won Olympic Gold Medals in 1924 and 1928

  • Won Copa America Championship in 1923 and 1926

  • Won League Championship with Peñarol in 1932.


Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Born: September 11, 1945; Munich

Clubs: Munich 1906 (Germany), Bayern Munich (Germany), New York Cosmos (USA), Hamburg (Germany)

International record: 103 caps, 13 goals

Position: Midfield, Sweeper  

Year Inducted: 1998


·        Was renown for his keen positional sense, precise distribution and an attacking flair

·        Regarded as the inventor of the modern attacking sweeper

·        First man to captain (1974) and coach (1990) a World Cup winning team

·        "Der Kaiser" was the first German to reach 100 international caps

·        Twice voted European Footballer of the Year in 1972 and 1976

·        European Championship winner 1972

·        European Cup winner with Bayern Munich in 1974, 1975, and 1976


George Best

Northern Ireland

Born: May 22,1946; Belfast

Clubs: Manchester United (England), Dunstable Town (England), Stockport County (England), Los Angeles Aztecs (USA), Cork Celtic (Ireland), Fulham (England), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USA), Motherwell (Scotland), Hibernian (Scotland), San Jose Earthquakes (USA), Bournemouth (England), Tampa Bay (USA)

International record: 37 caps, 9 goals

Position:  Forward

Year Inducted: 2000


·        Considered one of the most outstanding players in post-war British football

·        Thrilled crowds with his magical dribbling mastery and seemingly impossible goals

·        European Footballer of the Year in 1968

·        European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968

·        League championship winner with Manchester United in 1965 and 1967

·        Scored six goals in one match in 1970

Played in all four home countries in the space of just ten days with matches for Northern Ireland in Belfast and for Fulham away to Cardiff and St Mirren and at home to Crystal Palace.


Sir Bobby Charlton


Born: October 11, 1937; Ashington

Clubs: Manchester United (England), Preston North End (England)

International record: 106 caps, 49 goals

Position: Inside-left, outside-left, centre-forward

Year Inducted: 1998


·        England's ambassador for football

·        Known for his accurate passing, his ability to beat defenders with a body-swerve, and his trademark powerful shooting.

·        European Footballer of the Year in 1966

·        Signed with Manchester United at the age of 17 and became one of the "Busby Babes"

·        Scored twice in debut for Manchester United

·        Survived Munich air crash (1958) and was an important part of Manchester United's resurrection

·        Inspired England to World Cup victory in 1966

·        Captained and scored twice for Manchester United in European Cup victory in 1968

·        Joined Manchester United board in 1984

·        Knighted in Birthday Honours List in 1994


Johan Cruyff


Born: April 25, 1947; Amsterdam

Clubs: Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Barcelona (Spain), Los Angeles Aztecs (USA), Washington Diplomats (USA), Levante (Spain), Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord (Holland)

International record: 48 caps, 33 goals

Position: Centre-forward

Year Inducted: 1998


·        A natural goal scorer blessed with superb control, deadly acceleration and remarkable balance

·        His footballing intelligence was crucial in the development and implementation of "total football"

·        He successfully transferred his tactical awareness to management with Ajax and Barcelona

·        First player to win European Footballer of the Year three times (1971, 1973, and 1974)

·        As a player led Ajax to three successive European Cups (1971, 1972, and 1973)

·        Captained Holland to the 1974 World Cup Final (losing 2-1 to hosts West Germany)

·        Managed Ajax to the 1987 European Cup-winner's Cup

·        Managed Barcelona to the 1989 European Cup-winner's Cup and 1992 European Cup championships


Didi (Waldyr Pereira)


Born: October 8, 1928; Campos

Died: May 12, 2001;

Clubs: FC Rio Branco, FC Lencoes, Madureiro, Fluminense, Botafogo (all Brazil), Real Madrid (Spain), Valencia (Spain), Botafogo (Brazil)

International record: 85 caps, 31 goals

Position:  Inside-right, midfield

Year Inducted: 2000


·        "One of the greatest midfield generals."

·        Teammates are quoted as saying "Didi could make the ball talk"

·        Possessed deadly shooting skills and perfected the swerving "goal of dry leaf" penalty kick

·        Overcame a severe childhood injury that had him temporarily confined to a wheelchair.

·        Played in three World Cups winning twice, in 1958 and 1962

·        Brazilian Championship winner with Botafogo in 1957 and 1960

·        Scored the first goal in the history of the Maracana stadium in June 1950.

·        Managed the Peru national team in the 1970 World Cup.



Alfredo Di Stefano

Argentina and Spain

Born: July 4, 1926; Barracas, Argentina

Clubs: River Plate (Argentina), Huracan (Argentina), Millonarios Bogota (Colombia), Real Madrid (Spain), Espanyol (Spain)

International record: Argentina 8 caps, 6 goals; Spain 31 caps, 23 goals

Position: Centre-forward

Year Inducted: 1998


·        One of football’s most brilliant leaders

·        Capable of attacking and defending with equal effectiveness, he is considered the first "total football" player

·        A prolific marksman, he scored 29 international goals, 49 goals in 59 European matches, 219 in Spanish league matches

·        Twice voted European Footballer of the Year in 1957 and 1959

·        Led Real Madrid to the first five successive European Cup titles (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960)

·        Won the South American Championship with Argentina in 1947

·        Won the European Cup-winners Cup as manager of Valencia in 1980



Eusebio da Silva Ferreira


Born: January 25, 1942; Maputo, Mozambique

Clubs: Benfica (Portugal), Boston Minuteman (USA), Toronto Metros-Croatia (Canada), Las Vegas Quicksilver (USA), Monterrey (Mexico)

International record: 64 caps, 41 goals

Position: Forward

Year Inducted: 1998


·        Considered the greatest African-born footballer

·        Widely popular not only for his footballing ability but also his exemplary sportsmanship and commitment.

·        Trademarks were a spectacular shot, powerful running, and fine dribbling skills

·        European Footballer of the Year in 1965

·        World Cup semi-finalist and top scorer with 9 goals in 1966

·        Won two Golden Boot awards with 43 goals in 1968 and 40 goals in 1970

·        Lead Benefica to the 1962 European Cup victory over Real Madrid (5-3) scoring twice



Just Fontaine

Born: August 18, 1933; Marrakesh, Morocco
Clubs: AC Marrakesh (Morocco), USM Casablanca (Morocco), Nice (France), Reims (France)

International Record: 20 caps, 27 goals

Position: Centre-forward

Year Inducted: 1999


·        French centre-forward was the inspiration of the French national team during the late 1950s

·        Holds World Cup record for scoring 13 goals during 1958 World Cup in Sweden

·        Set phenomenal scoring rate with 27 goals over 20 international matches for France

·        Proved to be one of the most formidable strikers in the history of French football, twice leading the French league in scoring with Reims

·        Career was twice interrupted by severe leg injuries

·        Became President of the French players’ union and briefly, national team manager



Garrincha (Manoel Francisco dos Santos)


Born: October 28, 1933; Pau Grande

Died: January 20, 1983

Clubs: Pau Grande, Botafogo, Corinthians, Atletico Junior Barranquilla (Colombia),
Flamengo, Bangu, Red Star Paris, Portuguesa, Olaria

International record: 54 caps, 34 goals

Position: Outside-right

Year Inducted: 1999

·        Childhood polio required extensive corrective surgery, nickname: “Little Bird” 

·        Perhaps the quickest and most dangerous right winger of all time

·        Brazilian Championship winner with Botafogo 1957, 1961 and 1962

·        581 matches with Botafogo, scoring 232 goals

·        Played in three World Cups, winning the championship twice in 1958 and 1962

·        Rose to stardom by playing pivotal role in winning 1962 World Cup, scoring twice in both the quarter-final and semi-final victories



Sir Stanley Matthews


Born: February 1, 1915; Hanley, Midlands

Died: February 23, 2000; North Staffordshire

Clubs: Stoke City (England), Blackpool (England)

International record: 54 caps, 11 goals

Position: Outside-right

Year Inducted: 1998


·        Known for his enduring talent, exemplary fitness and dedication

·        Longest first-class career of any player, played top-class soccer through his 50th Birthday

·        The "Wizard of Dribble" possessed an extraordinary ability to get past his opponents

·        He was never booked during his 33-year league career

·        The first winner of the European Player of the Year award in 1956 at age 41

·        Hero of the 1953 Football Association Cup final Blackpool over Bolton 4 - 3 (the "Matthews Final")

·        The first soccer player to be knighted (1965)

·        Received the PFA merit award in 1987

·        Received the FIFA Gold Merit Order in 1992

Although he won relatively few honours, Sir Stanley Matthews became a household name by virtue of his wonderful balance and skill, which enabled him to create countless scoring opportunities for his teammates.



Giuseppa MEAZZA


Born: August 23, 1910; Milan

Died: August 21, 1979

Clubs: Internazionale (Italy), Milan (Italy), Juventus (Italy), Varese (Italy), Atlanta (Italy)

International record: 53 caps, 33 goals

Position: Inside-forward

  • He was Italy’s most prolific goal scorer in the 1930’s. He scored 33 goals in 53 international appearances, 269 goals in 440 Italian Serie A games, and a total 355 goals at the senior level. He also excelled in “defense-splitting” passes.

  • He won the World Cup twice in 1934 and 1938, playing a crucial role in Italy’s success.

  • He was captain of the victorious 1938 team.

  • He made his Serie A debut in 1927 at age 17.

  • He scored twice on his international debut, against Switzerland in February 1930.

  • Briefly managed Inter

  • The San Siro stadium in Milan was renamed the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in his honor.   


Sir Bobby Moore

Born: April 12, 1941; Barking

Died: February 24, 1993
Clubs: West Ham United, Fulham, San Antonio Thunder (USA), Seattle Sounders (USA)

International record: 108 caps, 2 goals

Position: Centre or wing half

Year Inducted: 1999


·        Legendary English central defender

·        Widely recognized as one of the most important ambassadors for his sport and country

·        “The best defender I have ever faced.” Pelé

·        Captained England to World Cup victory in 1966

·        Captained West Ham United to victory in the 1964 FA Cup Final

·        Captained West Ham United to victory in the 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final

·        Captained England in 90 of his 108 international games and missed only 10 games over a ten year period

·        Played a record 18 times for the England youth team

·        Knighted (OBE) in 1967

·        Managed Oxford City and Southend United



Gerd Müller

West Germany
Born: November 3, 1945; Zinzen
Clubs: TSV Nordlingen, Bayern Munich, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USA)

International record: 62 caps, 68 goals

Position: Centre-forward

Year Inducted: 1999


·        Renown for opportunist goal-scoring and powerful heading ability

·        Over 600 total career goals

·        Scored the game-winning goal against Holland in 1974 World Cup championship

·        Scored two goals in the Final to win the 1972 European Championship

·        Led 1974 World Cup scoring charts with 10 goals

·        Holds record for most career World Cup goals with 14

·        Holds Bundesliga record for most career goals with 365

·        European Cup winner three times 1974, 1975 and 1976 with Bayern Munich

·        Won Four league titles with Bayern

·        European Footballer of the Year in 1970

·        Awarded FIFA’s prestigious Order Of Merit in 1998 for services to the game



PELE (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)


Born: October 23, 1940; Tres Coracoes, Brazil

Clubs: Santos (Brazil), New York Cosmos (USA)

International Record: 92 caps, 77 goals

Position: Inside-forward

Year Inducted: 1998


·        Revered around the world not only for his extraordinary talent, but also for his sportsmanship and his unfailing respect for the game of football and those who play it.

·        Exceptional athletic gifts, courage, sublime control, and a touch of fantasy made him both a feared opponent and a hero to football fans around the world.

·        Made his league debut with Santos at age 15

·        Made his international debut at age 16 scoring against Argentina in 1957

·        Made his World Cup debut at age 17 and scored three goals in the 1958 World Cup semifinals and two goals in the Final as Brazil beat Sweden

·        Scored 1,090 goals for Santos in 1,114 matches

·        Played in four World Cup tournaments, winning the trophy three times (1958, 1962 and 1970)

·        Appointed Brazil's Minister of Sport in 1994

·        FIFA Gold Medal in 1982

·        Honorary British Knighthood in 1997

·        In all competitions, he averaged scoring almost a goal a game for over 1300 matches.

·        He had 120 hat tricks.


Michele Platini


Born: June 21, 1955; Jouef, France

Clubs: Nancy-Lorraine (France), Saint-Etienne (France), Juventus (Italy)

International record: 72 caps, 41 goals

Position: Midfielder

Year Inducted: 1998


·        Michel Platini is famous for his extraordinary vision, passing ability, and expertise from dead-ball situations.

·        As a central component of France's superb midfield of the mid-1980s, he was capable of unlocking any defense.

·        European Footballer of the Year for three successive years (1983, 1984, and 1985)

·        European Cup Winners Cup and Italian Championship winner in 1984 with Juventus

·        Captained France to victory in the European Championship in 1984

·        European Cup winner with Juventus in 1985

·        Coaches the French national team to the finals of Euro 92

·        Co-President of the Organising Committee for France 98.



Ferenc Puskas

Hungary and Spain

Born: April 2, 1927; Budapest

Clubs: Honved formerly Kispet (Hungary), Real Madrid (Spain)

International record: Hungary 84 caps, 83 goals; 

Spain 4 caps, 0 goals            

Position:  Inside-left

Year Inducted: 1998


·        The leading force in the “Magical Magyars” who dominated European football in the 1950’s

·        Olympic gold medal winner with Hungary in 1952

·        Played a key role in the historical 6-3 defeat of England at Wembley in 1953

·        Captained Hungary in World Cup final against West Germany (2-3) in 1954 

·        Scored four goals for real Madrid in the European Cup final victory in 1960

·        Scored a hat-trick against Benfica in European Cup final in 1962

·        Coached Panathinaikos of Athens to the European Cup Final in 1971



Marco Van Basten


Born: October 31,1964; Amsterdam

Clubs: Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Milan (Italy)

International record: 58 caps, 24 goals

Position:  Centre forward

Year Inducted: 2000


·        FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992

·        European Footballer of the Year in 1988, 1989, and 1992

·        European Golden Boot winner for the 1985-86 season (37 goals)

·        World Club Cup champion with Milan in 1989 and1990

·        European Champions Cup winner with Milan in 1989 and 1990

·        Scored one of the all-time great international goals for Holland in

their 2-0 victory over the Soviet Union in the Euro 88 Final

·        Scored in his debut for Ajax at age 17

·        Career prematurely ended by serious ankle injuries



Lev Yashin


Born: October 22, 1929; Moscow

Died: March 20, 1990

Clubs: Moscow Dynamo (Russia)

International record: 75 caps, 70 goals against

Year Inducted: 1998


·        Generally considered to be the greatest goalkeeper of all time.

·        Nicknamed the "Black Panther" for his acrobatic athleticism and his ability to save seemingly unstoppable shots

·        Admired throughout his career for his sportsmanship, Yashin was much loved as an ambassador for football and fairplay.

·        Reputed to have saved over 150 penalties during his career

·        Won five Soviet Championships with Moscow Dynamo

·        Olympic gold medal winner with the Soviet Union in 1956

·        European Championship winner with Moscow Dynamo in 1960

·        European Footballer of the Year in 1963

·        Received the Order of Lenin in 1968



Zico (Artur Antunes Coimbra)


Born: March 3, 1953; Rio de Janeiro

Clubs: Flamengo (Brazil), Udinese (Italy), Flamengo (Brazil), Kashima Antlers (Japan)

International record: 88 caps, 66 goals

Position: Forward

Year Inducted: 2000


·        South American Player of the Year in 1977, 1981, and 1982

·        Played in three World Cups (1978, 1982, and 1986)

·        World Club Cup winner with Flamengo in 1981, creating all three of Flamengo's goals

·        Copa Liberatores winner with Flamengo in 1981

·        Three time Brazilian Championship winner with Flamengo

·        Made his debut with Flamengo in 1969 at age 16

·        Scored in his international debut against Uruguay in 1976

·        Served as Brazil's Minister of Sport

·        Helped launch the professional J-league in 1993



Dino Zoff

Born: February 28, 1942; Mariano del Friuli
Clubs: Udinese, Mantova, Napoli, Juventus

International record: 112 caps, 91 goals against

Position: Goalkeeper

Year Inducted: 1999


·        Italy’s most capped player

·        Captained Italy to 1982 World Cup victory in Spain

·        Set record by playing twelve international games (1143 minutes) without conceding a single goal

·        European Championship winner in 1968

·        Won the UEFA Cup in 1977 with Juventus

·        Won the League championship six times and the domestic Cup once with Juventus

·        Runner-up to the European Footballer of the Year in 1973

·        Managerial career includes the Italian National Team, Italian Olympic team, Juventus and Lazio,

·        UEFA Cup winner 1990 as manager of Juventus

·        Has served as club president of Lazio