22. Garba Lawal (37) was a distinguished member of the Nigeria side that promised so much at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™ before falling to Denmark in the Round of 16. The midfielder was also on duty for his country at Korea/Japan 2002, and took part in four CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. The much-travelled Lawal had an eventful club career, making his professional debut in Nigeria before switching to Tunisia, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden and Bulgaria and then hanging up his boots in China PR.
23. Daniele Massaro (50) was a member of the Italy squad that tasted glory at Spain 1982, looking on admiringly from the bench as the competition’s top scorer Paolo Rossi fired La Nazionale to the title. Twelve years on he made a significant contribution to his nation's stirring run at USA 1994, though he will have less than fond memories of the Final against Brazil, in which he missed a penalty in a fateful shoot-out. At club level Massaro won virtually everything there was to win with AC Milan, helping them to two UEFA Champions League titles, four Serie A trophies, one UEFA European Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. The forward ended his career at Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse in 1996.
24. DaMarcus Beasley (29) is a figurehead of the USA team and has appeared in three FIFA World Cups with the Stars and Stripes. He also has three CONCACAF Gold Cup wins to his name and was a member of the US side that finished runners-up at the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009. Beasley made the move into European football when he left Chicago Fire to join PSV, winning the Eredivisie with them and the Dutch Cup. A brief encounter with Manchester City in the English Premier League followed before a move north of the border to Rangers, where the American added further league and cup successes to his CV. He has since left Scotland for Bundesliga outfit Hannover.
25. Daniel Passarella (58) is regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. He played a prominent role in Argentina’s maiden FIFA World Cup triumph in 1978, captaining his country to victory over the Netherlands in the Final and lifting the Trophy amid scenes of jubilation at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires. Passarella also featured in the squad that Diego Maradona carried to victory at Mexico 1986, although a troublesome injury prevented him from making a contribution on the pitch. Passarella’s club career took him to Inter Milan and Fiorentina, though it was with his beloved River Plate in Argentina that he enjoyed his finest hours. After calling time on his successful playing career, he moved into coaching, taking charge of La Albiceleste and guiding them to France 1998. After winning a number of trophies with River, he set off for Italy once more, taking charge of Parma and then returning to South America to see Uruguay through the qualifying competition for Korea/Japan 2002. Then came a Mexican league crown with Monterrey, followed by a stint with Corinthians before he returned to River Plate in 2009 to take over as club president.
26. Luca Toni (34) will never forget the July evening five years ago when he lifted the FIFA World Cup Trophy at Germany 2006, Italy’s first world title in 24 years. The tall forward had shot to prominence with Fiorentina, finishing the 2005/06 season as Serie A’s top scorer, an achievement that prompted Bayern Munich to swoop for his services a year later. Toni won the Bundesliga with the Bavarian giants and was also joint-leading marksman in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup along with Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. Running out for Roma on his return to Italy, he then joined Genoa and ended the current season at Juventus.
27. Gervinho (24) caught the eye with Côte d'Ivoire at the last two CAF Africa Cup of Nations competitions and appeared in all three of his country’s matches at South Africa 2010. A French league and cup winner with Lille this season, the attacking midfielder has a bright future ahead of him.
28. Hans-Jorg Butt (37) is a member of the select band of goalkeepers who are also proven goalscorers. Butt’s speciality is the penalty kick, the custodian having converted 36 of them during his career. He was on the losing side with Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, and after a spell with Portuguese giants Benfica he replaced the great Oliver Kahn between the posts at Bayern Munich. Though he won a league and cup double with the Bavarians in 2010, he endured further Champions League disappointment in that season’s final, with Inter Milan downing Bayern 2-0. Butt has appeared at two FIFA World Cups: Korea/Japan 2002, when he was understudy to Kahn, and South Africa 2010, when he was second-choice again, this time behind Manuel Neuer as the Germans took third place on the podium.