The extensive preparations of the US Olympic winners is reflected in the Women's Century Club list issued half-yearly to record which players have made one hundred appearances or more for their country.


Kristine Lilly from the US Women's National Team
Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm, both of whom have still not turned thirty, clearly top the current ladies' list. No fewer than seven players from the present United States squad feature among the top ten of the still active players. Linda Medalen (Norway), World Cup winner in 1995, with 139 caps to her credit is the highest classified non-American who is still active. With only a few months to go before the kick-off to the Women's World Cup in the USA on 19 June and eighteen months until the Women's Olympic Tournament gets under way in Australia (where the women's "A" teams will be lining up), the 200 mark seems to be well within the grasp of some women players.

Thomas Ravelli is still leading the Men's Century Club with 143 matches to his credit for Sweden. The next few months will prove whether Lothar Matthäus - with a current 132 caps under his belt - will manage to catch him up.

In addition to the Saudi Arabian player, Majed Abdullah, several players from eastern European associations have also had deductions made to their records. This was because they had incorrectly included Olympic Football Tournament or Olympic qualifying competition matches, which FIFA does not count as "A" internationals, even if some associations regularly line up their top teams

NAME COUNTRY CAPS   ACTIVE
Thomas RAVELLI SWE 143 1981-1997
Majed ABDULLAH KSA 140 1978-1994
Lothar MATTHÄUS GER 132 1980-1999
Andoni ZUBIZARRETA ESP 126 1985-1998
Marcelo BALBOA USA 125 1988-1998
Peter SHILTON ENG 125 1970-1990
Masami IHARA JPN 120 1988-1998
Patrick JENNINGS NIR 119 1964-1986
Heinz HERMANN SUI 117 1978-1991
Gheorghe HAGI ROM 115 1983-1998
Björn NORDQVIST SWE 115 1963-1978
Soon-ho CHOI KOR 113 1980-1991
Alain GEIGER SUI 112 1980-1995
Cobi JONES USA 112 1992-1999
Dino ZOFF ITA 112 1968-1983
Carlos VALDERRAMA COL 111 1985-1998
Paul CALIGIURI USA 110 1990-1997
Wail Sulaiman AL-HABASHI KUW 109 1986?-1996
Claudio SUAREZ MEX 109 1992-1998
Jürgen KLINSMANN GER 108 1987-1998
Bobby MOORE ENG 108 1962-1973
Peter SCHMEICHEL DEN 107 1987-1998
Bobby CHARLTON ENG 106 1958-1970
Héctor CHUMPITAZ PER 105 1965-1981
Jürgen KOHLER GER 105 1986-1998
Billy WRIGHT ENG 105 1946-1959
Ladislau BÖLÖNI ROM 104 * 1975-1988
Michael LAUDRUP DEN 104 1982-1998
Thorbjørn SVENSSEN NOR 104 1947-1962
Franz BECKENBAUER GER 103 1965-1977
Kenny DALGLISH SCO 102 1971-1986
Borislav MIHAYLOV BGR 102 1983-1998
Morten OLSEN DEN 102 1970-1989
Eric WYNALDA USA 102 1990-1997
Leonel ALVAREZ COL 101 1985-1997
Oleg BLOKHIN USR 101 * 1972-1988
Claudio TAFFAREL BRA 101 1988-1998
Ari HJELM FIN 100 1982-1996

Joachim STREICH GDR 98 * 1969-1984
Hans Jürgen DÖRNER GDR 96 * 1969-1985
Jószef BOZSIK HUN 95 * 1947-1962
Grzegorz LATO POL 95 * 1971-1984
Kazimierz DEYNA POL 84 * 1968-1978

*After the deduction of Olympic Football Tournament competition matches from the original total

AS OF 15 FEBRUARY 1999

The Men's Century Club was compiled with the help of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics(IFFHS) in Wiesbaden/Germany

NAME COUNTRY CAPS REMARKS
Kristine LILLY USA 163 still active
Mia HAMM USA 157 still active
Heidi STOERE NOR 151
Carolina MORACE ITA 150
Pia SUNDHAGE SWE 146
Linda MEDALEN NOR 139 still active
Julie FOUDY USA 138 still active
Carla OVERBECK USA 128 still active
Michelle AKERS USA 126 still active
Joy FAWCETT USA 126 still active
Carin GABARRA USA 117
Antonella CARTA ITA 114 still active
Elisabeth LEIDINGE SWE 112
Gillian COULTARD ENG 111 still active
Silvia NEID GER 111
Tisha VENTURINI USA 111 still active
Lena VIDEKULL SWE 111
Gunn NYBORG NOR 110
Hege RIISE NOR 110 still active
Elisabetta VIGNOTTO ITA 110
Martina VOSS GER 110 still active
Doris FITSCHEN GER 109 still active
Heidi MOHR GER 104
Liu AILING CHN* 103 still active
Tiffeny MILBRETT USA 102 still active

Caps for various players of China PR are currently under review

AS OF 15 JANUARY 1999

The Ladies Century Club was compiled with the help of Rainer Hennies, Barsinghausen/Germany