06 - Kevin-Prince Boateng (24) was born in Germany and played for their national team at U-21 level, before opting to represent his mother country Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The midfielder excelled in South Africa, scoring a memorable goal against the United States to propel the Black Stars into the quarter-finals. His performances were rewarded with a transfer to the San Siro, where he hopes to help AC Milan wrest back the Italian title from neighbours Inter.
07 - Hatem Ben Arfa (24) showed incredible promise from an early age and wasted no time fulfilling that potential while picking up four consecutive leagues titles with French side Lyon. Hatem, who is of Tunisian descent, had a spell with rivals Marseille before being loaned to Newcastle United of the Premier League. Unfortunately, the midfielder suffered a double leg fracture last October and is unlikely to play again this season.
08 - Joao Batista da Silva (56) is best remembered for his exploits at the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, where he played all seven of Brazil’s matches en route to a third place finish. The defender also took part in the 1982 edition in Spain but was restricted to just one appearance as a substitute. Batista spent two years with Serie A side Lazio in the mid-80s before returning to his homeland and retiring in 1988.
09 - Lucas Neill (32) made his mark playing for Australia at the highest level. He represented his country in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and also graced the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Last January the rugged defender captained the Socceroos in their quest for the AFC Asian Cup, only narrowly failing to take the continental title after going down to Japan in the final.
10 - Samuel Eto’o (30) is one of the most skilled and respected players in the modern game, having left his mark on every team he has played for. A born entertainer, Eto’o has won almost every honour in the game, including two African Nations Cup titles with Cameroon and four African Player of the Year awards. In 2009, the striker claimed a league, domestic cup and UEFA Champions League treble in his final season with Barcelona, before making history by doing it all again the following year with current side Inter Milan.
11 - Didier Drogba (33) was a late starter by today’s standards, not becoming a professional until he was 21. However, he quickly made up for lost time, earning a transfer to Marseille after a season-and-a-half with modest French outfit Guingamp. After just one season at the Stade Velodrome, he left for Chelsea, where he has helped the London side to multiple league and cup successes. However, for all his accolades, the Ivorian front man has his heart on winning two hitherto-elusive titles, the UEFA Champions League and the African Nations Cup. With time ticking, Drogba may not have too many more opportunities to realise his dream.
12 - Nejib Ghommidh (58) was a member of the legendary Tunisia side from the 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina. With a 3-1 victory over Mexico, the Eagles of Carthage made history by becoming the first Arab nation to win a match at the finals of the tournament. Ghommidh and Co gained further respect at the showpiece event by holding then world champions West Germany to a scoreless draw.