#TFHB100 Players of All-Time: 100-91

To mark our 4th birthday we have decided once more develop a list of the greatest players of all-time. In our infancy, we attempted to countdown the top 250 players through a public vote. However, over the past year a new poll was created gaining a far greater number of votes from almost 50 countries around the world! Alongside the public vote is a judging panel made up of:
Football has been pivotal to the last 100 years of history and players from all areas of the globe have become heroes, villains and even symbols of national identity in the process. Without further ado - here is The Football History Boys - Top 100.



100. Luis SUAREZ Miramontes


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D.O.B: 02.05.35

Place in #TFHB250: 152 

Nation: Spain

Club(s): Deportivo La Coruna, Espana Industrial, Barcelona, Inter, Sampdoria

League Apps (Goals):
458 (115)

International:
32 (14)

Honours:
La Liga x2; Copa Del Rey x2; UEFA Cup x2; Serie A x3; European Cup x2; Intercontinental Cup x2; UEFA European Championship

Individual:
Ballon d'Or 1960

Inside Spanish Football: "Luis Suárez Miramontes is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish playmakers in the history of the beautiful game, having graced European football during the 50s and 60s. He was responsible for revolutionising the midfielder’s role into something quite spectacular and mesmerising for the eye to behold." 


99. Oliver KAHN


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D.O.B: 15.06.69 

Place in #TFHB250:
49

Nation:
 Germany

Club(s): 
Karlsruher, Bayern

League Apps (Goals): 
630 (0)

International: 
86 (0)

Honours: B
undesliga x8; DFB-Pokal x6; DFB LigaPokal x6; UEFA Champions League; UEFA Cup; Intercontinental Cup, UEFA European Championship

Individual: 
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball 2002

They said it: "It’s one-dimensional to say titles are the only thing that last in a career. What’s the point if you win 100,000 titles but are an idiot as a person? Nothing."


98. Pavel NEDVED


D.O.B:
30.08.72
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Place in #TFHB250:
80   

Nation:
 Czech Republic

Club(s): 
Dukla Prague, Sparta Prague, Lazio, Juventus

League Apps (Goals):
501 (110)

International: 
91 (18)

Honours:
Czech League x3; Czech Cup; Serie A x3; Coppa Italia x2; Supercoppa Italiana x4; UEFA Cup Winner's Cup' UEFA Super Cup

Individual: 
Ballon d'Or 2003





97. Karl-Heinz RUMMENIGGE

Image result for rummeniggeD.O.B: 25.09.55

Place in #TFHB250: 
76  

Nation:
 Germany

Club(s): 
Bayern, Inter, Servette

League Apps (Goals): 
424 (220)

International: 
95 (45)

Honours: 
European Cup x2; Bundesliga x2; DFB Pokal x2; Intercontinental Cup; UEFA European Championship

Individual: 
Ballon d'Or 1980, 1981

Lothar Matthaus: "However, Matthaus himself went on record early in his career to hail another man he personally considered an all-time great - and it was not Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller or Fritz Walter. So who was it? “I've come up against Zico and Maradona, and I now know who’s the best player in the world: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge," Matthaus declared in the 1980s." 


96. Sir Stanley MATTHEWS


Image result for stanley matthewsD.O.B: 01.02.15

Place in #TFHB250: 
45  

Nation:
 England

Club(s): 
Stoke City, Blackpool

League Apps (Goals): 
697 (71)

International:
54 (11)

Honours: 
FA Cup

Individual: 
Ballon d'Or 1956

BBC Sport: His sudden bursts of speed over 20 yards or so was one of the wonders of the game, and earned him his nickname of "The Wizard of Dribble". His passing was extraordinarily accurate, and he was not so much a scorer as a creator of goals for others. His sportsmanship was exemplary and he was never booked in his career. He was often referred to as "the first gentleman of soccer". It was said Matthews' presence in a team could add 10,000 to away gates.


95. Roberto RIVELINO


D.O.B: 01.01.46


Place in #TFHB250: 94  

Nation:
 Brazil

Club(s):
Corinthians, Fluminense, Al Hilal

League Apps (Goals): 
686 (217)

International: 
92 (26)

Honours: 
Kings Cup, Campeonato Carioca x2, FIFA World Cup

Individual:
FIFA 100

FIFA: Thanks in large part to the trademark bushy moustache and expressive eyebrows that remain from his days as a player, Roberto Rivelino continues to be an easily recognisable figure, even 32 years after hanging up his boots. Endowed with a powerful shot, a wand-like left foot and a vast array of dribbles and feints, Rivelino is considered one of Brazil’s finest ever forward players. Not only that, the attacker was an integral member of the legendary Seleção side that triumphed in such virtuoso and spectacular style at the 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™. Perhaps the most revered national team of all time, said Canarinho crop are still regularly held up as the pinnacle of all that is good about the beautiful game. 


94. Gianfranco ZOLA


D.O.B: 05.07.66
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Place in #TFHB250: 
41  

Nation:
 Italy

Club(s): 
Nuorese, Torres, Napoli, Parma, Chelsea, Cagliari

League Apps (Goals): 
629 (193)

International: 
35 (10)

Honours: 
FA Cup x2; League Cup; UEFA Super Cup x2; UEFA Cup Winner's Cup; UEFA Cup; UEFA Super Cup x2; Charity Shield; Serie A; Supercoppa Italiana

Individual: 
FWA Footballer of the Year 1997




93. Philipp LAHM


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D.O.B: 11.11.83

Place in #TFHB250:
57  

Nation:
 Germany

Club(s): 
Bayern

League Apps (Goals): 
435 (17)

International: 
113 (5)

Honours: 
Bundesliga x7; DFB-Pokal x6; DFB-LigaPokal; DFL-Supercup x3; UEFA Champions League; UEFA Super Cup; FIFA World Club Cup; FIFA World Cup

Individual:
FIFA World XI 2013, 2014

Fantastic article from The Guardian: Philipp Lahm was 11 years old when he joined Bayern Munich. He arrived at Säbener Strasse full of enthusiasm and with the diminutive attacking midfielder Mehmet Scholl as his hero. The only problem was that Lahm soon found himself playing at full-back. The youngster had to rethink, he had to adapt. “I quickly realised that I couldn’t have Mehmet as my role model any more,” he once said, “so I changed it to Paolo Maldini instead.”


92. Laszlo KUBALA

Related imageD.O.B: 10.06.27

Place in #TFHB250: 
N/A

Nation: Hungary/Spain/Czechoslovakia

Club(s): 
Ferencvaros, Slovan Bratislava, Vasas, Pro Patria, Hungaria, Barcelona, Espanyol, Zurich, Toronto Falcons

League Apps (Goals): 
379 (217)

International:
ESP19 (11); HUN - 3 (0); CZE - 6 (4)

Honours: 
La Liga x4; Copa Del Rey x5; UEFA Cup x2;

Individual: 
N/A

TheseFootballTimes:  "However, despite being one of the most colourful characters in the game’s history, his name is barely ever brought up in conversation. He does not appear on lists of ‘Football’s Greatest’, despite his momentous achievements. Sadly, and unfairly, he is overshadowed by other greats of the same era. Yet László Kubala was undeniably an artist and a man who transformed persecution and displacement, issues still very prominent today, into beautiful football. He deserves to be celebrated and remembered as such."



91. Paul BREITNER
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D.O.B: 05.09.51

Place in #TFHB250: 
198  

Nation:
 West Germany

Club(s): 
Real Madrid, Bayern, Eintracht Braunschweig

League Apps (Goals): 
369 (103)

International: 
48 (10)

Honours: 
Bundesliga x5; DFB-Pokal x2; European Cup; La Liga x2; Copa Del Rey; UEFA European Championship; FIFA World Cup

Individual:
FIFA 100; FIFA World Cup All-Time Team

Bayern Munich:
"Eccentric, revolutionary, firebrand, uncompromising rebel: Paul Breitner was a player who split opinions. He is remembered for the strategic vision on the football pitch which decisively helped to shape Bayern’s game in the early 1980s, and he also became one of the leading lights in the Germany team."


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