Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona is a French footballer, striker. The most famous performances for the French national team and the English club “Manchester United”, which won the four championship titles of the Premier League. Still, there is a legend among fans of United who gave him the nickname King Eric (King Eric). After completing the player’s career in 1997, then she was filming. One of Eric Canton’s works as an actor was the role of Monsignor de Foix in the historical drama “Elizabeth”. Currently serving as head coach of the French national football team. He was devoted to the film “In Search of Eric” by British film director Ken Loach.

Cantona came in 1981 to the French club Auxerre where his career began. But the professional career did not begin until the 1986/1987 season. His efforts in the highest French league led the French national team to catch up with Cantona, the debut came on August 12, 1987 against West Germany, and Cantona made the team’s only goal in the 1-2 loss. In June 1988, he went for a record £ 2.3 million to Olympique Marseille, but in 1988 Cantona’s discipline problems began to pose a concern for him throughout his career. After insulting the French national coach Henri Michel, the Cantona was closed off from further national games. After just over a year in Marseille, he changed club to Montpellier-Herault, the 1989/1990 season ended with a victory in the French Cup, and Michel Platini was named the new national team captain, who made a comeback for Cantona. In the middle of 1990, he returned to Olympique Marseille where the season was ruined by a knee injury that kept him from playing for three months but also difficulties in taking place in a star-studded team. After another year in Olympique, Cantona chose to leave the club again for Nimes-Olympique.

Throughout his career, he was hit by various disciplinary penalties and the suspension in the French league was numerous. But after throwing the ball at the referee, Cantona, who in Nimes-Olympique was appointed team captain, was suspended for one month by the French Football Association and after calling the all-member idiots board members doubled the length of the punishment. The spectacle allowed Cantona to think it was enough, and in December 1991 he broke his contract and announced that he would break off the football.

But Sheffield Wednesday convinced him to come over to England but when the club demanded a trial period, Cantona pulled out of the deal. Instead, Leeds United recruited him on January 31, 1992, where he made his debut in February. Leeds won the league in 1992 and Cantona became cult-declared on Elland Road, perhaps not least for his hat-trick against Liverpool FC in Charity Shield in the fall -92. Surprisingly, he had difficulty taking his place in the team’s first leg during the coming season, culminating in a move to Manchester United in November 1992. Together with Manchester, Cantona won his second straight league gold, United’s first 26-year-old, thus becoming the first to take league gold in England with two different clubs.

Even more successful was the 1993/94 season, when Manchester United took a double, both league gold and cup victory. Cantona became the team’s best scorer with 18 hits and scored two penalties against Chelsea in the FA Cup final. FA’s members to the Player of the Year 1994 also appointed him.

The discipline problems continued in United and when the club returned to Elland Road, in meeting with Leeds, Cantona spat a supporter on the face and was awarded £ 1,000 in fines. After being caught up with Turkish police after a match in the Champions League against Galatasaray, four European matches were closed. He then succeeded with the company being expelled twice in four days and closed by four games in the English league.

In January 1995, he was expelled in a match against Crystal Palace, on his way out of the pitch, he jumped over the advertising pitch and kicked a supporter who insulted him with racist words. The club was forced to shut him off for the rest of the season and the highest fine his contract allowed hit him. Criticism was widespread against Cantona and in the media the suggestion was that he would be shut down for life. In February, the FA ruling closed him from all competition matches until September 1995, and Fifa, the International Football Association, issued the same game ban for Cantona worldwide. In March, he was sentenced for assault in court and sentenced to two weeks in prison. Cantona claimed he was hardly a danger to society and was also punished for 120 hours of community service.

Manchester United remained loyal to his star and in March 1995 he was offered a three-year contract by the club, but without Cantona in the team, the match for the league gold season lost 94/95. The comeback came on October 1, 1995, against Liverpool FC, where Cantona scored a goal in the game that ended the draw 2-2. Towards the end of the season he became the captain of United and after victory against Middlesbrough in the last match of the league, the team became the season 95/96. They also won the FA Cup after the finals against Liverpool. Then he was awarded the English Football Journalists’ Prize of the Year 1996. The 96/97 season became his last and as the team captain he won the fourth title for the club. One week after the 96/97 season, Eric Cantona came with the announcement that he ended up with professional football with immediate effect and he returned to France with his family. He came to be very popular in Manchester United and England for his gaze for the game, its precise fit and the abundant shooting.

Of the club’s supporters, he was named the King of Old Trafford. But in France he never won the same respect. He was considered a good player, but something of a breakthrough and he never made a comeback in the French national team after his long suspension.

After the active football career, Cantona has participated in several film productions. This includes the 1998 Elizabeth, Looking for Eric (2009) and The Salvation from 2014

Didier Drogba

Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (born March 11, 1978 in Abidjan) – Ivorian player footballer in the American club Phoenix Rising. In the years 2002-2014 a representative of the Ivory Coast.

Initially a player of French clubs, in the years 2004-2012 a Chelsea player. Together with the London band m.in. he won the English championship four times (2005, 2006, 2010, 2015) and won the Champions League (2012). In the final match of these games against Bayern Münz scored the equalizing goal in the end, and in the series of penalty kicks scored a decisive goal for the victory of his team. Two-time Premier League Riflemen (2007, 2010). Four times classified in the top ten of the FIFA Player of the Year competition, including in 2007 in the fourth place.

Two-time silver medalist of the African Championships (2006, 2012), participant of the world championships in Germany and South Africa, in which he played a total of five games and scored two goals. Record holder in terms of goals scored for the representation of Cote d’Ivoire. Twice elected the best player in Africa (2006, 2009).

From 24 January 2007, he was a goodwill ambassador in the United Nations AIDS program. In 2010, placed on the list of 100 most influential people in the world of Time magazine

At a young age, he emigrated to France. Initially, he was in the position of the right defender. His first club in a professional football career was the second league Le Mans FC, whose colors he represented until January 2002. Then he was a player of En Avant Guingamp, in which he made his debut in Ligue 1. This took place on January 30, 2002 in a match against FC Metz; in this match he also scored his first goal. In the 2002/2003 season he was the primary player of his club, he was also one of the best French forward strikers – with the achievements of 17 scored goals he came in third in the league’s top scorers ranking.

In the summer of 2003 Drogba went to Olympique de Marseille. In the new team he quickly won the place in the basic line-up and in the 2003/2004 season he scored 19 goals in Ligue 1. In the colors of the club from Marseille he made his debut in European competitions, also scored his first goal in this competition. Together with his team he reached the UEFA Cup final, in which he played for the full 90 minutes, while Olympique lost with Valencia 0: 2. In addition, in the 2003/2004 season, Drogba scored three goals in the Champions League group match against Partizan Belgrade.

Being a player in Marseilles, Drogba began to refer his first individual successes. In 2003 he was voted the best foreign player in the Ligue 1, and the goal scored by him on February 4, 2004 in the meeting with Montpellier HSC was chosen the “goal of the year” of the French Premier League. In 2004 he was also in the “eleven of the season” and was elected the best player playing in Ligue 1.

In 2004 Drogba went to Chelsea, the transfer amount was 24 million pounds. In the new team he made his debut on August 15 in a 1-0 win against Manchester United. He scored his first goal nine days later in a meeting with Crystal Palace.

In the season 2007/2008 Drogba scored six goals in the Champions League, and with his club reached the finals of this competition. In it Chelsea lost after a series of penalty kicks with Manchester United. The striker began the match in the basic composition, and at the end of the extra time he was punished with a red card by the judge Ľuboš Micheľ for hitting Nemanja Vidic’s face. Four years later (2012) Drogba along with the London club won the Champions League – in the first semi-final match against Barcelona scored the only goal, contributing to the promotion to the final, while in a duel with Bayern Munich, deciding on triumph, scored a goal at the end of the regular time of the game , leading to a tie and extra time. In a series of penalty kicks he scored, which determined the final victory of the London team.

Being a Chelsea player he was twice the king of Premier League shooters: in the 2006/2007 season he scored 20 goals (including three in a meeting with Watford), while in the 2009/2010 season he scored 29 goals (he scored a hat-trick in the ending season of the match with Wigan Athletic). In addition, in 2010 he was elected the best player of the London club.

Along with the London club he won the English championship three times (2005, 2006, 2010), twice reached the English League Cup (2005 – in the final match against Liverpool scored one of the goals, 2007 – in the final match against Arsenal he scored two goals for Chelsea, which ensured her victory 2-1), four times reached for the FA Cup (2007 – in the final match against Manchester United scored the only goal, 2009 – in the final match against Everton scored one of two goals for Chelsea, 2010 – in the final duel with Portsmouth scored the only goal , 2012 – in the final match against Liverpool scored one of two goals for his team) and twice won the Community Shield (2005 – in the match against Arsenal scored two goals, which secured the Londoners a 2: 1 win; 2009 – in a series of penalty shootouts with Manchester United scored a goal).

On May 22, 2012, Drogba announced that it would not prolong the contract with Chelsea that expired at the end of June. In the colors of the London team he played a total of 342 matches and scored 157 goals

Being a Chelsea player he was twice the king of Premier League shooters: in the 2006/2007 season he scored 20 goals (including three in a meeting with Watford), while in the 2009/2010 season he scored 29 goals (he scored a hat-trick in the ending season of the match with Wigan Athletic [18]). In addition, in 2010 he was elected the best player of the London club.

Along with the London club he won the English championship three times (2005, 2006, 2010), twice reached the English League Cup (2005 – in the final match against Liverpool scored one of the goals, 2007 – in the final match against Arsenal he scored two goals for Chelsea, which ensured her victory 2-1), four times reached for the FA Cup (2007 – in the final match against Manchester United scored the only goal, 2009 – in the final match against Everton scored one of two goals for Chelsea, 2010 – in the final duel with Portsmouth scored the only goal , 2012 – in the final match against Liverpool scored one of two goals for his team) and twice won the Community Shield (2005 – in the match against Arsenal scored two goals, which secured the Londoners a 2: 1 win; 2009 – in a series of penalty shootouts with Manchester United scored a goal).

On May 22, 2012, Drogba announced that it would not prolong the contract with Chelsea that expired at the end of June. In the colors of the London team he played a total of 342 matches and scored 157 goals

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, activists of the Turkish Galatasaray announced that a sniper from Côte d’Ivoire would sign a one and a half year contract with that club. During the Champions League match against Real Madrid he scored a goal, contributing to the victory of the Turkish club 3-2, but in the first match Real won 3-0.

On September 28, 2013, after the Turkish coach Fatiha Terima Drogba was released, he became a temporary team coach. Ultimately, Drogba led the team two days, because on September 30, 2013, Roberto Mancini became the new coach. On May 19, 2014, Drogba announced that he was leaving the club.

On July 25, 2014, he signed a one-year contract with Chelsea. He scored the first goal when he returned in the match against Maribor.

On July 27, 2015, he became a member of the Montreal Impact club.

In November 2018 he ended his football career.

Basile Boli

Basile Boli – French football player, central defender.

He began his professional career at Auxerre. Later there was the Marseille “Olympic” of Bernard Tapie. At this period of time, and came the peak of his career. With this club, he three times became the champion of France, won the 1992/93 Champions League, where in the final he scored the only goal for Milan. Subsequently, the title of champion of France was deprived in connection with the scandal involving contractual matches. Later spent one season in the Scottish Glasgow Rangers and Monaco. Finished his playing career in the Japanese J-League.

As part of the national team, he debuted on August 19, 1986 in a friendly game against Switzerland (0: 2). On November 17, 1990, he scored his only goal for the national team in the Euro-1990 qualifying match against Albania. Finished his career in the national team July 28, 1993 in a friendly match against the Russian team. Total for the “tricolour” played 45 matches.

Jean-Pierre Papin

Jean-Pierre Papin – French footballer, striker. After the end of the game career – a football coach.

The best footballer of Europe in 1991 according to the magazine France Football. Included in the list of “125 best players of the world” (known as “FIFA 100”), compiled in 2004 at the request of FIFA to the centenary of this organization legendary Pele

In grown-up football, he made his debut in 1983 for “Vichy”, in which he spent one season, taking part in 29 matches of the championship.

Subsequently, from 1984 to 1986, he spent the season in the “Valenciennes” and “Bruges”.

His game for the last team attracted the attention of the coaching staff of the club “Olympic” (Marseille), which joined in the summer of 1986. Played for the team from Marseilles for the next six seasons of his game career. Most of the time spent in the “Olympics” was the main player in the attacking team team. As a part of the team he was one of the team’s main scorers, having an average score of 0.62 goals per game of championship, which allowed him to continuously become the best scorer of the League from 1988 to 1992. This performance was rewarded with the Golden Ball in 1991 .

During 1992-1994, two seasons defended the colors of Milan, which won the Italian Super Bowl title, became the double Italian champion and winner of the UEFA Champions League.

From 1994-1996 he was in favor of Bayern Munich, which became the holder of the UEFA Cup.

After that he returned to his homeland, where he played for “Bordeaux” and “Gengam”.

After completing his professional career in Saint-Pierrease’s club from the Reunion Premier League, which he spoke for during 1999-2001.

After a long time he played for amateur football teams.

Jairzinho

Jairzinho – Brazilian football player, striker, fielder and attacking midfielder. 1970 World Champion in the Brazilian national team.

Junior Zhair lived on the street Generale Severiano, not far from the Botafogo stadium, but started playing football in the children’s team of the Estrela de Botafogo quarter, subordinated to the Flamengo club. Then he got into the youth team of this club, but did not get along with her coach, and soon returned to Estrela, who soon played a match with the team from the neighbouring Forte do Leze quarter. In this game, Zhair scored 2 goals, and Botafogo defender Lucas, who was in charge of the Forte, invited him to his team. With juniors, “Fogo” Zhair three times (1961-1963) won the Rio Championship, and then in 1963, he successfully went to the Pan American Games. When Zhair was already close to the transition to the adult team “Botafogo”, he got his nickname “Jairzinho”, because the team then played his namesake Zhair Bala.

At the beginning of Zhairzinho it was very difficult to break into the main squad, as in the attack, Fogo played 5 extra-class stars: Garrincha, Didi, Quarentigna, Amarildo and Zagallo. In 1962, Garrincha broke his leg and Jairzinho took the place of his idol on the right edge, then they continued to compete, including in the national team.

In 1974, Jairzinho’s old dream came true – he tried his hand at European club football, moving to Marseille’s Olympic, but the football player failed to adapt to the new conditions. A year later, the Brazilian moved to Cruzeiro and in 1976 helped the club win the Libertadores Cup, which was not given to any Brazilian club before for almost 15 years. The club dedicated its victory over River Plate to Roberto Batate, shortly before the midfielder who had tragically died, whose car came under the refrigerator on the day he received an invitation to the national team.

Then Jairzinho moved from the strongest South American club to provincial Portuguesa, which won the Venezuelan Championship long ago, which is considered the weakest on the continent. The reason for this was that at that time football in this country was experiencing a rise, powerful agricultural corporations invested money in it, and a number of stars reached there. Then Zhairzinho played in the United States, tried himself in the championship of Bolivia, then returned to his native Botafogo, and then played in Ecuador.

Jairzinho is also known for having discovered the famous Ronaldo at the age of 14.