|4) the biggest talents
With names like
Maradona, Sammer, Möller, Figo, Boban, Suker etc this world cup has
brought out already spectacular stars, equally there have however already
been winner-teams also from big countries, from which an international
career has hardly followed. So, the by far knownest name from the German
winner-team of 1981 is Michael Zorc, who indeed became a valuable player
for Borussia Dortmund, but whose European popularity might not be too big.
Reflecting on the 1997
edition, one thinks of names like Owen, Anelka, Henry, Trezeguet, and many
more. While Michael Owen attracted attention in Malaysia after all, some
present-day sizes were rather a disappointment there. The stars were others:
the Argentinian Riquelme (from him one will hear more in the future), the
Uruguay players Zalayeta and Oliviera, or the Brazilian Adailton, a type
South American Gerd Müller.
The three last-named belong
to the pitiful, that pulled the attention of the big European clubs on
themseleves and made up the fate of so many talents after it: They became
indebted from names like Juventus Turin or AC Parma, where of course against
competition like Zidane, Crespo, Chiesa & Co. they never have had a
chance yet. While other players now develop in their old roles in their
home clubs maybe to stars, their own furure remains uncertain.
Considering teams like Japan,
USA, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Costa Rica etc, one will see indeed as collection
of the biggest talents, as well with the Spaniards, there has been the
legal demand by the association for club release. Not so with Germans and
Englishmen: The best have brought it into the first teams of the pro-clubs
whose protests lead to the release of the players and the call-up of second
ranks. In the case of Germany, this did not matter too much, since it was
only about few players, and Germany has arrived with a surprising accumulation
In the case England, however
only a B-team is at the start. Rumours said, England had only not withdrawn
fearing consequences for their 2006 World Cup hosting bid.