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We document the European football players who have the biggest seasons and made the best contributions to their teams.

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Peter Mellor: Played As A Goalkeeper For Three Decades

Peter Mellor played as a goalkeeper for three decades as a professional soccer player. Burnley, Fulham, Hereford United, and Portsmouth were some of his clubs in the top three tiers of English professional soccer. Now he coaches in the United …

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Philipp Lahm: The German And Bayern Munich Big Name Fullback

By winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Philipp Lahm finally became one of Germany’s most successful soccer players of all time, having taken his first steps in the sport at a small club on the outskirts of Munich many years …

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Chris Woods: Goalkeeper, Football Coach And Ex International

With a career spanning more than 20 years and multiple league titles, Chris Woods played in two FIFA World Cups. In 1976, Woods became an apprentice goalkeeper at Nottingham Forest, learning his craft from Peter Shilton. As Forest reached the …

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Pia Sundhage: Coached US Women To Two Olympic Gold Medals

A former professional player and current manager, Pia Sundhage, hails from Sweden. In addition to playing as a forward for most of her career, Sundhage also played as a midfielder and sweeper for the Sweden national team. Playing Career Of …

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Barry Kitchener: Millwall Legend Who Made 602 Appearances

In 2012, Millwall football legend Barry Kitchener died aged 64. It was a sad day for Milwall fans with the news that Big Kitch, the gentle giant center-half, has passed. From 16, he went on to make over 602 appearances, …

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Scott Parker: Played For Five London Based Football Clubs

Scott Parker is an English former player who played as a midfielder. He is now a football manager, and his recent job was managing Bournemouth. Some claim he’s overrated as a player; others maintain that he did not get enough …

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Real Madrid English Players: Only Five Englishman Ever

There have only ever been five Real Madrid English Players in the history of the most famous football club in the world. Those Englishman are: Laurie Cunningham 1979-1984 Steve McManaman 1999-2003 David Beckham 2003-2007 Michael Owen 2004-2005 Jonathan Woodgate 2004-2007 …

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Shay Given: Premier League And National Team Goalkeeper

The former Irish goalkeeper Shay Given played professionally as a goalkeeper. The Republic of Ireland’s second-most capped national team player with 134 caps. Given was regarded as an agile, athletic, committed, and courageous goalkeeper with exceptional reflexes. His Premier League …

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Gary Lineker: England Striker And 1986 Golden Boot Winner

After three decades of tedious crisp adverts and 23 years of even more tedious Match of the Day links, it is easy to forget that Gary Lineker was a great striker. Well, he was. With 48 goals in 80 international …

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Alfredo Di Stefano: Regarded As One Of The Best Of All Time

On 4th July 1926, Alfredo di Stefano was born to a first-generation Italian-Argentine father and an Argentine mother of French-Irish descent. Alfredo’s early years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were spent working on his parents’ farm and helping other Italian immigrants, …

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