24. Mahmoud Guendouz (60) was heavily involved in one of the Algerian national team’s greatest achievements, their maiden qualification for the FIFA World Cup™. At the tournament proper (Spain 1982), Les Fennecs enthralled the watching world by defeating both West Germany and Chile. Four years later, the imposing defender was part of the squad that repeated the feat by reaching Mexico 1986. He had also previously appeared at the Olympic Football Tournament Moscow 1980. At club level, Guendouz played for two Algerian sides, namely NA Hussein Day and JS El Biar, as well as for Martigues in France.
25. Yuji Nakazawa (35) appeared at two successive FIFA World Cups for Japan, at Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. During an impressive international career in which the composed centre-back amassed over 100 caps, he lifted two AFC Asian Cups in a row, in 2000 and 2004, and secured fourth place in 2007. In his younger days, he also turned out for the Samurai Blue’s Olympic side at Sydney 2000. Following a spell at Verdy Kawasaki, Nakazawa put pen to paper with Yokohama Marinos, where he won two J. League titles. He was named Japanese Footballer of the Year in 2004.
26. Fernando Llorente (28) hoisted aloft the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 UEFA EURO Championship trophy with Spain. His other accomplishments with La Roja include a third-place finish at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and an appearance at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he came second in the battle for the adidas Golden Shoe award, just behind a young Lionel Messi. The clinical striker started out at modest fourth-tier outfit Baskonia, before joining nearby Athletic Bilbao. Boosted by Llorente’s goals, the Basque club has returned to the forefront of Spanish football over the past few seasons, notably reaching the final of the UEFA Europa League, the Copa del Rey (twice) and the Supercopa de Espana. The Spanish forward recently signed a pre-contract with Juventus, and will move to Turin over the summer.
27. Koo Jacheol (24) has, over the last few seasons, established himself as one of Korea Republic’s major attacking assets, as demonstrated by his incisive performances at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar, where he finished top of the scoring charts and propelled the Taeguk Warriors to third place at the continental tournament in the process. Last summer, he earned a bronze medal at London 2012, and is currently immersed in South Korea’s closely contested qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The skilful front man turned professional at Jeju United in his homeland, prior to joining Wolfsburg in the 2011 January transfer window. In order to gain more playing time, Jacheol moved to Bundesliga rivals Augsburg on loan earlier this year.
28. Dino Zoff (71) is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the Italian game. He enjoyed great success with La Nazionale, playing in three consecutive FIFA World Cups, West Germany 1974, Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982. As the side’s 40-year-old captain, he had the privilege of holding aloft the prestigious trophy at the lattermost event. The legendary shot-stopper also picked up a winners’ medal at UEFA EURO 1968, Italy’s first-ever triumph in the competition, and was also part of the XI that secured fourth spot on home soil twelve years later. Zoff began his club career at Udinese and had subsequent stints at Mantova and Napoli, but it was his transfer to Juventus that proved to be a turning point in terms of silverware, as he went on to land six Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and a UEFA Cup during his time in Turin. After putting away his gloves for good, he turned his hand to coaching, taking charge of Juventus – with whom he again won the Italian Cup and UEFA Cup – and then of Lazio, as well as of the Italian national team, whom he guided to the final of EURO 2000, a match that his charges lost to France in extra time. The former Italy No1 then returned to club football, taking the reins at Lazio once more, and at Fiorentina.
1. Martin O'Neill (61) tasted success first as a player, helping Northern Ireland to return to the FIFA World Cup in 1982 after a 24-year absence, and later as a manager, claiming silverware with several British clubs. He started off at Northern Irish outfit Lisburn Distillery, where he won the national cup, before moving to England to represent Nottingham Forest. The midfielder’s time at the City Ground coincided with a golden era for the East Midlands side, as they captured the English League title, two English League Cups, the Charity Shield, successive European Cups and the European Super Cup. O'Neill would later go on to star for Norwich City, Manchester City, Notts County and Fulham, where he brought the curtain down on a remarkable playing career. A move into management saw the astute Northern Irishman guide Wycombe Wanderers to both Football Conference and FA Trophy glory, and to a second promotion in a row, this time via the third division play-offs. O'Neill then took over at Norwich, at Leicester City, where he oversaw victories in two League Cup finals, and then at Celtic, where his players bagged three SPL Championships, three Scottish Cups and the Scottish League Cup. He returned to England to manage Aston Villa, and was handed the reins of current club Sunderland in December 2011.
2. Jong Tae-Se (29) enabled Korea DPR to make an unexpected return to the global stage at South Africa 2010, more than 40 years after the nation's previous appearance at FIFA’s flagship tournament, at England 1966. In addition, the Japan-born striker participated in the Asian Cup in Qatar two years ago. He began his professional career with Japanese outfit Kawasaki Frontale, prior to signing for Bochum in Germany. After a brief spell at Cologne, he committed himself to Korean heavyweights Suwon Samsung Bluewings at the turn of the year.