10 Best Algerian Football Players of all time

The Algerian national team won the African Cup of Nations in 1990 but their 1982 World Cup squad is their best ever with great players. These are the best Algerian soccer players in the history of the game.

10. Mehdi Cerbah

Mehdi Cerbah

Date of Birth: January 3, 1953

Mehdi Cerbah represented Algeria in the 1980 Summer Olympics, three African Cup of Nations (1980, 1982 & 1984) and the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Mehdi Cerbah is the best Algerian goalkeeper ever.

9. Abdelhafid Tasfaout

Abdelhafid Tasfaout

Date of Birth: February 11, 1969
Abdelhafid Tasfaout is the Algerian all-time top scorer with 35 goals in 88 games. He represented Algeria in five African Cup of Nations (1992, 1996, 1998, 2000 & 2002) and was the 10th best African Footballer of the year in 1993. Abdelhafid Tasfaout, the last great Algerian player, couldn’t take their weak side to the World Cup during his time.

8. Cherif El-Quazani

El Quazani

Date of Birth: July 10, 1967
Cherif El-Quazani played in the 1990 African Cup of Nations where he was selected in the Team of the tournament and was the 2nd African Footballer of the year (1990). He also played in the 1992 and 1996 African Cup of Nations before he retired from the national team. Cherif El-Quazani is one of the best Algerian midfielders ever.

7. Ali Fergani

Ali Fergani

Date of Birth: September 21, 1952
Ali Fergani played in the 1980 Summer Olympics; he was the 3rd African Footballer of the year in 1981 before leading the Algerian team to the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He represented Algeria in four African Cup of Nations (1980, 1982, 1984 & 1986) and was in the Team of the tournament in the 1980 edition. Ali Fergani is one of the finest Algerian midfielders ever.

6. Hacene Lalmas

Hacene Lalmas

Date of Birth: March 12, 1943
Hacene Lalmas was the 5th African Footballer of the year in 1970 and 6th in 1971. He scored three goals in the 1968 African Cup of Nations and he is the all-time top scorer in the Algerian league with 150 goals. Hacene Lalmas is one of the best African soccer players ever though Algeria couldn’t make the World Cup during his time.

5. Salah Assad

Salah Assad

Date of Birth: March 13, 1958
Salah Assad represented Algeria in two African Cup of Nations (1980 & 1982), two World Cups (1982 & 1986) and the 1980 Summer Olympics. He was in the 1980 African Cup of Nations Team of the tournament and was the 2nd African Footballer of the year in 1982. Salah Assad is the Algerian Pele with great skills.

4. Djamel Menad

Djamel Menad

Date of Birth: July 22, 1960
Djamel Menad was the 3rd African Footballer of the year in 1985. He represented Algeria in the 1980 Summer Olympics, 1986 FIFA World Cup and five African Cup of Nations (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 & 1992). He was in the African Cup of Nations Team of the tournament in 1984 and was the highest goal scorer in the 1990 edition with 4 goals.

3. Ali Bencheikh

Ali Benchiekh

Date of Birth: November 9, 1955
Ali Bencheikh aka Alilou was the 3rd African Footballer of the year in 1976, 5th in 1977 and 2nd 1978. He represented Algeria in the 1982 African Cup of Nations and 1982 FIFA World Cup. Ali Bencheikh is one of the best African players to play the game.

2. Lakhdar Belloumi

Lakhdar Belloumi

Date of Birth: December 29, 1958
Lakhdar Belloumi was the African Footballer of the Year in 1981, 3rd in 1982 and 4th in 1980. He represented Algeria in four African Cup of Nations (1980, 1982, 1984 & 1988), two World Cups (1982 & 1986) and the 1980 Summer Olympics. He was in the 1984 African Cup of Nations Team of the tournament. Lakhdar Belloumi is the most capped Algerian player and widely regarded by many as the best Algerian player ever.

1. Rabah Madjer

Rabah Madjer

Date of Birth: December 15, 1958
Rabah Madjer represented Algeria in the 1980 Summer Olympics, five African Cup of Nations (1980, 1982, 1984, 1986 & 1990) and two World Cups (1982 & 1986). He was in the 1982 African Cup of Nations Team of the tournament and was the best player in the 1990 edition. Rabah Madjer won the African Footballer of the Year award in 1987, 2nd in 1985 and 3rd in 1990. He’s popular with his back-heel goal in the 1987 European Champions Cup final.

10 Best Cameroonian Football Players of all time

The indomitable lions of Cameroon became a force to reckon with since the early 80’s and they are still one of the best soccer teams in Africa. They have a lot of good players and picking ten out of them is not an easy task. These are the ten best Cameroonian soccer players of all time:

10. Alexandre Song

Alexandre Song

Date of Birth: September 9, 1987

Alexandre Song is one of the best defensive midfielders in the continent right now and he has a lot to offer in the years to come. He has played in two African Cup of Nations and was in the CAF team of the tournament on both occasions in 2008 and 2010. He was in the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Alexandre Song is the ‘Edgar Davids’ of the Cameroonian National team.

9. Andre Kana-Biyik

Kana-Biyik

Date of Birth: September 1, 1965

Kana-Biyik was a utility player for the indomitable lions for eight years. He was in four African Cup of Nations (1986, 1988, 1990 & 1992) and made the CAF Team of the Tournament on two occasions (1986 & 1990). He represented Cameroon in two World Cups in 1990 and 1994. He was a strong man on the pitch in his playing days and was sent off in the opening game of the Italia’90 World Cup;  Cameroon defeated defending Champions Argentina but ended the game with nine men.

8. Patrick Mboma

Patrick Mboma

Date of Birth: November 15, 1970

Patrick Mboma is the second highest goal scorer for Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations with 11 goals in three appearances (2000, 2002 & 2004). He was in the CAF Team of the Tournament in 2000 and 2002. He represented Cameroon in two World Cups (1998 & 2002) and was in the Sydney 2000 Olympics team that won gold. He was named the African Footballer of the year in 2000. Patrick Mboma is one of the best strikers of all time in Cameroon.

7. Joseph-Antoine Bell

Joseph Antoine-Bell

Date of Birth: October 8, 1954

Antoine Bell represented Cameroon in three African Cup of Nations (1984, 1988 & 1992) and three World Cups (1982, 1990 & 1994). He was second in the African Footballer poll twice (1984 & 1989). He was the best goalkeeper in the 1984 and 1988 African Cup of Nations. Antoine Bell is one of the best African goalkeepers of all time.

6. Francois Omam-Biyik

Omam-Biyik

Date of Birth: May 21, 1966

Francois Omam-Biyik represented Cameroon in three World Cups (1990, 1994 & 1998) and four African Cup of Nations (1988, 1990, 1992 & 1996). He scored the winning goal against Argentina at the opening of the 1990 World Cup after his brother (Kana-Biyik) was sent off in the match. He was third in the African Footballer of the Year award on three occasions (1987, 1990 & 1991). Omam-Biyik is one of the best attacking midfielders of his generation.

5. Rigobert Song

Rigobert Song

Date of Birth: July 1, 1976

Rigobert Song is the most capped Cameroonian with 138 caps. He is the only player to have played in eight consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1996 to 2010; He won twice in 2000 and 2002 and was selected in the CAF Team of the tournament on three occasions (2000, 2002 and 2006). He represented Cameroon in Australia’93 U-20 World Cup and four World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002 & 2010). He became the youngest player to be sent off in a World Cup match at 17 years in USA’94. Rigobert song is one of the best defenders in Africa ever.

4. Thomas Nkono

Thomas Nkono

Date of Birth: July 20, 1955

Thomas Nkono was outstanding with Canon Yaounde and won many laurels before he went to Espanyol where he played for almost a decade. He was the third African Footballer of the year in 1978 before he would win the award twice in 1979 and 1982. He represented Cameroon in three World Cups (1982, 1990 & 1994) and four African Cup of Nations (1982, 1984, 1986 & 1990). He was the best goalkeeper at the 1982 and 1986 African Cup of Nations. Thomas Nkono is the best African Goalkeeper of all time.

3. Theophile Abega

Theophile Abega

Date of Birth: July 9, 1954

Theophile Abega led the Cameroonian team to the 1984 African Cup of Nations which they won and was selected as the best player of the tournament. He was the African Footballer of the year in 1984. He won five league titles, five cups and two African Champions Cup with the famous Cameroonian Club (Canon Yaounde). He is one of the best African midfielders of all time.

2. Roger Milla

Roger Milla

Date of Birth: May 20, 1952

Roger Milla represented Cameroon in three African Cup of Nations (1984, 1986 & 1988) and three World Cups (1982, 1990 & 1994). He was in the 1986 and 1988 African Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament and was the leading scorer on both occasions. He led the Cameroonian team to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Italia’90 and was in the All-star-team. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1990. While playing for Tonnerre Yaounde he won the African Footballer of the Year in 1976 despite Cameroon’s inability to qualify for the African Cup of Nations. He is widely regarded as the best Cameroonian player of all-time by many.

1. Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto'o

Date of Birth: March 10, 1981

Samuel Eto’o is the most decorated Cameroonian player ever. Four time African Footballer of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2010); Olympic Gold medal winner (2000); African Cup of Nations all-time leading scorer (18 goals in six appearances); Cameroon all-time leading scorer (54 goals in 109 matches); third FIFA World Player of the Year (2005); twice African Cup of Nations winner and top scorer; twice UEFA Team of the Year (2005, 2006); three World Cups participation (1998, 2002 & 2010). He is the first player ever to win two European Trebles back to back with Barcelona and Internazionale. Samuel Eto’o is Cameroonian best soccer player of all time.

10 Best Ivorian Football Players of all time

The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire won the African Cup of Nations in 1992. They have many good players and this list will show the top ten Ivoirian soccer players of all time.

10. Serge-Alain Maguy

Serge-Alain Maguy

Date of Birth: October 20, 1970

Serge-Alain Maguy is one of the few Ivoirians to have played in most age level competitions of FIFA. Young Maguy was in Canada’87 U-17 World Cup when they won bronze. He played for Cote d’Ivoire in four consecutive African Cup of Nations (1988, 1990, 1992 & 1994). Serge-Alain Maguy is one of the best African midfielders of his generation.

9. Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure

Date of Birth: March 19, 1981

Kolo Toure has played in four African Cup of Nations (2002, 2006, 2008 & 2010) and two World Cups (2006 & 2010). He was Arsenal’s central defender when they went undefeated for the whole season. Kolo Toure is one of the best defenders of his generation.

8. Ibrahima Bakayoko

Date of Birth: December 31, 1976

Ibrahima Bakayoko represented Cote d’Ivoire in four consecutive African Cup of Nations (1996, 1998, 2000 & 2002). He scored 30 goals in 45 matches for the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire and was voted third African Footballer of the year in 1999.

7. Joel Tiehi

Joel Tiehi

Date of Birth: June 12, 1964

Joel Tiehi played in the African Cup of Nations from 1992 to 1998 and scored 11 goals. He was the only Ivorian that missed his penalty in the final match against Ghana when they won the African Cup of Nations in 1992. He is one of the best Ivorian strikers of all time.

6. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

Date of Birth: May 13, 1983

Yaya Toure has represented Cote d’Ivoire in three African Cup of Nations (2006, 2008 & 2010) and was in the 2008 CAF Team of the Tournament. He was also in 2006 and 2010 World Cup. He is the ‘Patrick Vieira’ in the Ivorian team with his style of play. He is the 2011 African Footballer of the year and has few more years to play the game.

5. Alain Gouamene

Alain Gouamene

Date of Birth: June 15, 1966

Alain Gouamene participated in seven consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1988 to 2000 which is an Ivorian record. He stopped two penalties in Senegal’92 final match against Ghana to help the Elephants win the African Cup of Nations and was selected as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

4. Abdoulaye Traore

Abdoulaye Traore

Date of Birth: March 4, 1967

Abdoulaye Traore (Ben Badi) represented Cote d’Ivoire in six consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1986 to 1996. Ben Badi was the undiscovered Zidane of the 80’s, playing as an attacking midfielder or as a striker. He led a strong Ivorian team and they won the African Cup of Nations in 1992. They almost qualified for USA’94 World Cup finals ahead of Nigeria. Abdoulaye Traore is one of the best Ivorian players of all time.

3. Youssouf Fofana

Youssou Fofana

Date of Birth: July  26, 1966

Youssouf Fofana represented Cote d’Ivoire in five consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1984 to 1992. Fofana was a household name in the 80’s because of his style of play and won the African Cup of Nations before he retired from the National team. He was the second African Footballer of the year in 1987 and was third in 1988. He was not only a Monaco FC star but also one of the Africa’s best midfielders ever.

2. Laurent Pokou

Laurent Pokou

Date of Birth: October 8, 1947

Laurent Pokou is the second highest goal scorer in the African Cup of Nations with 14 goals in only two appearances (1968 & 1970). He was the overall highest goal scorer for twenty-eight years before he was toppled in 2008 by Samuel Eto’o. He was the second African Footballer of the year in 1970 and was third in 1973. He was a legend during his playing days despite that his country was an underdog during that period.

1. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

Date of Birth: March  11, 1978

Didier Drogba is the all-time goal scorer in Cote d’Ivoire with 50 goals in 76 matches. He scored his country’s first World Cup goal in their first ever World Cup. He won the African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009. He has been in three African Cup of Nations (2006, 2008 & 2010) and two World Cups (2006 & 2010). Drogba’s goal rate and strength is incomparable, he is the best Ivorian player of all time.

10 Best Ghanain Football Players of all time

Black Stars of Ghana have been to the FIFA World Cup twice and they have many good players that have proved themselves. The best Ghanaian soccer players ever are listed below.

10. Richard Kingson

Richard Kingson

Date of Birth: June 13, 1978

Richard Kingson (Olele) impressive moves at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 2008 African Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup is a justification of his inclusion on this list. He was in the All-Star Team in both 2008 and 2010 African Cup of Nations. He is also known as ‘Faruk Gursoy’.

9. Mohammed Ahmed

Mohammed Ahmed

Mohammed Ahmed (Polo) aka Dribbling Magician was in the Ghanaian team that won the 1978 African cup of Nations. He was the Ghanaian player of the year in 1975 and was 4th in the 1977 African Player of the year poll. Mohammed Ahmed is one of the most skillful Ghanaian players ever.

8. Stephen Appiah

Stephen Appiah

Date of Birth: December 24, 1980

Stephen Appiah is probably the most successful captain of the Ghanian National team after leading the Black Stars to two World Cup finals. He won the U-17 World Cup in Ecuador’95 and was in both the 2004 Summer Olympics All-Star Team and the 2006 African Cup of Nations All-Star Team. He won the Ghanaian Footballer of the year in 2005 and 2007.

7. Ibrahim Sunday

Ibrahim Sunday

Date of Birth: July 22, 1944

Ibrahim Sunday represented Ghana in the 1968 and 1970 African Cup of Nations. In 1970 he won the African Champions Cup with Asante Kotoko and was the African Footballer of the year in 1971. His two year period with Werder Bremen was unsuccessful as he was not regular in the team.

6. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

Date of Birth: November 22, 1985

Asamoah Gyan scored Ghana’s first ever World Cup goal in Germany 2006. In 2010 FIFA World Cup he missed a penalty that could have taken the Black Stars into the semi-finals of the World Cup. He was the second African Footballer of the year in 2010 and was in the 2010 African Cup of Nations all-star team. Asamoah Gyan is one of the best Ghanaian strikers of all time.

5. Samuel Osei Kuffour

Osei Kuffour

Date of Birth: September 3, 1976

Samuel Osei Kuffour won the U-17 World Cup with Ghana in 1991 and was also in the Japan’93 U-17 team that lost to Nigeria. He won silver with the Ghana’s U-20 World Cup team in Australia’93 and bronze in Barcelona’92 Summer Olympics. He was the second African Footballer of the year in 1999 and 2001. Samuel Osei Kuffour is one of the best defenders of his generation.

4. Karim Abdul Razak

Karim Abul Razak

Date of Birth: April 18, 1956

Abdul Razak (The Golden Boy) won the African Footballer of the year in 1978 after helping Ghana to win the 1978 African Cup of Nations with his dazzling skills. He played in New York Cosmos alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto. He was twice player of the year in Egypt in his two year spell with Arab Contractors. The Golden Boy is one of the most creative African midfielders ever.

3. Tony Yeboah

Tony Yeboah

Date of Birth: June 6, 1966

Tony Yeboah is Ghana’s most prolific goal scorer. He is noted for scoring spectacular goals and his goal against Wimbledon in 1995 was the goal of the season in England. He was the third African Footballer of the year in 1992 and 1993. Yeboah is one of the best African strikers ever.

2. Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Date of Birth: December 3, 1982

Michael Essien is both a defender and a midfielder and could fit into any team in the World. He represented Ghana at the 1999 U-17 World Cup and 2001 U-20 World Cup. He was in Ghana’s first ever World Cup in 2006 and also in the 2008 African Cup of Nations all-star team. He was the third African Footballer of the year on four occasions (2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009) and was second in 2007. Michael Essien is probably the best African Defender/Midfielder ever.

1. Abedi Pele

Abedi Pele

Date of Birth: November 5, 1963

Abedi Pele was the African Footballer of the year in 1991 and 1992 and was ninth World Player of the year in 1992. He was the best player in the 1992 African Cup of Nations and also Ghana’s highest goal scorer with 33 goals. He provided the assist for Basile Boli in the 1993 UEFA Champions League final when Marseille defeated AC Milan 1-0. Abedi Pele is one of the most skillful soccer players ever.

10 Best Egyptian Football Players of all time

The Egyptians have dominated the game of soccer on the African continent both locally and at the African Cup of Nations. They have won the Nations Cup a record of seven times and their clubs Zamalek and Al-Ahly are the two best African Clubs of the century. These are their best players ever.

10. Ahmed Hossam

Date of Birth: February  23, 1983

Ahmed Hossam (Mido) unlike most of his counterparts has played in most European leagues. He won the Belgian Ebony Shoe award in 2000. He was in three African Cup of Nations (2002, 2004 & 2006) though he was sent home in 2006 after an argument with Coach Hassan Shehata. He was the third African Footballer of the year in 2002.

9. Ibrahim Hassan

Date of Birth: August 10, 1966

Ibrahim Hassan represented Egypt in three African Cup of Nations (1988, 1992 & 2000). He played together with his twin brother (Hossam Hassan) during his playing days. He was in the Egyptian squad at Italia’90 World Cup. He won fourteen Egyptian League titles, two African Champions League, four African Cup Winners Cup and five Egyptian Cups. Ibrahim Hassan is one of the best right back defenders of his generation.

8. Wael Gomaa

Date of Birth: August 3, 1975

Wael Gomaa has played in five consecutive African Cup of Nations from 2002 to 2010 winning three times (2006, 2008 & 2010) and was in the CAF team of the tournament thrice (2006, 2008 & 2010). He has won many other awards majorly with Ah-Ahly including five Egyptian League titles and four CAF Champions League. Wael Gomaa is one of the best Egyptian defenders of all time.

7. Ibrahim Youssef

Date of Birth: 1959

Ibrahim Youssef (Black Deer) was the second African footballer of the year in 1984 and was third in 1985. With Zamalek FC he won one Egyptian League title, one Egyptian Cup and two African Champions league. He played twice in the African Cup of Nations and was the best defender in Abidjan’84. Ibrahim Youssef is one of the best Egyptian defenders ever.

6. Saleh Selim

Date of Birth: September 11, 1930

Saleh Selim (El Maestro) represented Egypt in two African Cup of Nations in 1959 and 1962 winning in 1962. He scored over hundred goals for Al-Ahly winning eleven League titles and eight Egyptian Cups. Saleh Selim is one of the best Egyptian players ever.

5. Hany Ramzy

Date of Birth: March 10, 1969

Hany Ramzy represented Egypt in six consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1992 to 2002 winning in 1998 and was in the CAF team of the tournament in 1992 and 2002. He was in the Pharaoh’s team at Italia’90 World Cup and was fifth best African Footballer of the year same year. Hany Ramzy is one of the best defenders of his
generation.

4. Essam El-Hadary

Date of Birth: January 15, 1973

Essam El-Hadary has played in five African Cup of Nations (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008 & 2010) and was selected as the best goalkeeper thrice (2006, 2008 & 2010). He is more popular with the African best club of the century (Al-Ahly) where he won twelve Egyptian League titles and Four CAF Champions League. Essam El-Hadary is one of
the best African Goalkeepers of all time.

3. Ahmed Hassan

Date of Birth: May 2, 1975

Ahmed Hassan is the most capped soccer player ever with about 179 appearances for the Pharaohs of Egypt. He has played in eight consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1996 to 2010 winning on four occasions (1998, 2006, 2008 & 2010). He was the most valuable player in both 2006 and 2010 African Cup of Nations and was also in the CAF Team of the tournament on both occasions. He won the CAF Champions League and the Egyptian Premier League with Al-Ahly. Ahmed Hassan is one of the best African midfielders ever.

2. Mahmoud El-Khatib

Date of Birth: October 30, 1954

Mahmoud El-Khatib (Bibo) played for Al-Ahly for sixteen years and scored over hundred goals winning ten Egyptian League titles, two African Champions League and three African Cup Winners Cup. He was in the 1984 Summer Olympics and represented Egypt in three African Cup of Nations (1980, 1984 and 1986); he was in the 1980 CAF team of the tournament and won the Cup of Nations in 1986. El-Khatib was the 1983 African Footballer of the year and is regarded by many as the best Egyptian player ever.

1. Hossam Hassan

Date of Birth: August 10, 1966

Hossam Hassan won several laurels with Al-Ahly, Zamalek and other clubs. He won thirteen Egyptian League titles, two CAF Champions League and four African Cup Winners Cup. He was in seven African Cup of Nations (1986, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002 & 2006) and was a winner on three occasions (1986, 1998 & 2006). Africa’s Maradona played for the Egyptians in Italia’90 World Cup but was suspended and unable to play in Tunisia’94 after assaulting a referee in the qualifiers. Hossam Hassan is the best Egyptian player ever.

10 Best Moroccan Football Players of all time

Morocco Mexico'86 teamThe Atlas Lions of Morocco have participated in fourteen African Cup of Nations and four World Cups. They were the first African team to enter the second round of the World Cup in Mexico’86 and that squad is their best ever. These are the ten best Moroccan soccer players of all time.

10. Mustapha El-haddaoui

Mustapha El-Haddaoui

Date of Birth:  July 28, 1961

Mustapha El-haddaoui was the ninth African footballer of the year in 1983. He represented Morocco in two African Cup of Nations (1986 & 1988), two World Cups (1986 & 1994) and in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

9. Youssef Chippo

Youssef Chippo

Date of Birth: May 10, 1973

Youssef Chippo represented Morocco in four African Cup of Nations (1998, 2000, 2002 & 2006) and in Barcelona’92 Summer Olympics. He was outstanding in France’98 World Cup but the Atlas Lions was unable to qualify for the second round.

8. Salahedinne Bassir

Salahedinne Bassir

Date of Birth: September 5, 1972

Salahedinne Bassir was in three African Cup of Nations (1998, 2000 & 2002) and also in France’98 World Cup. His two goals against Scotland in France’98 were not enough for the Atlas Lions to qualify for the second round as Norway defeated Brazil in their last group match.

7. Tahar El-Kalej

Tahar El-Khalej

Date of Birth: June 16, 1968

Tahar El-Kalej represented morocco in three African Cup of Nations (1992, 1998 & 2000) and two World Cups (1994 and 1998). Tahar El-Kalej missed a match and would have been in the list of footballers with hundred caps but he’s one of the best Moroccan defenders ever.

6. Mustapha Hadji

Mustapha Hadji

Date of Birth: November 16, 1971

Mustapha Hadji represented morocco in two African Cup of Nations (1998 & 2000) and two World Cups (1994 & 1998). He scored a good goal against Norway in France’98 World Cup and was named the African footballer of the year 1998.

5. Badou Zaki

Badou Zaki

Date of Birth: April 2, 1959

Badou Zaki won the African footballer of the year award in 1986. He represented Morocco in 1984 Summer Olympics, four African Cup of Nations (1980, 1986, 1988 & 1992) and led the Atlas Lions to the 1986 World Cup where they narrowly lost to West Germany in the second round. Badou Zaki is one of the best African goalkeepers ever.

4. Abdel Aziz Bouderbala

Aziz Bouderbala

Date of Birth: December 26, 1960

Aziz Bouderbala was the second African Player of the year in 1986. He represented Morocco in four African Cup of Nations (1980, 1986, 1988 & 1992) and was the best player in Maroc’88. He was in their great World Cup squad of 1986. Aziz Bouderbala is one of the best African players of all time.

3. Mohammed Timoumi

Mohammed Timoumi

Date of Birth: January 15, 1960

Mohammed Timoumi won the African footballer of the year award in 1985 and came fifth in 1986. He was in 1980 and 1988 African Cup of Nations. He represented Morocco in 1984 Summer Olympics, 1986 World Cup and won the CAF Champions League with the Moroccan club (FAR Rabat) in 1985. Mohammed Timoumi is one of the best Moroccan players of all time.

2. Noureddine Naybet

Nourredine Naybet

Date of Birth: February 10, 1970

Noureddine Naybet is the most capped Moroccan player with 115 caps and was the fifth African footballer of the year in 2001. He represented morocco in five African Cup of Nations (1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 & 2006), two World Cups (1994 & 1998) and was in the 1998 African Cup of Nations CAF team of the tournament. Noureddine Naybet is one of the best African defenders ever.

1. Ahmed Faras

Ahmed Faras

Date of Birth: 1946

Ahmed Faras is Moroccan highest goal scorer with 42 goals and was twice highest goal scorer in the Moroccan league. He was the fifth African Player of the year from 1972 to 1974 before winning it in 1975 only to retain his traditional fifth position in 1976. He represented Morocco in three African Cup of Nations (1972, 1976 & 1978) and was in the 1970 World Cup. Ahmed Faras was the best player in Ethopia’76 when they won their first ever African Cup of Nations; he’s the best Moroccan player of all time.

10 Best Nigerian Football Players of all time

USA'94 TeamThere are many good Nigerian players in the history of the game. The USA’94 team is Nigeria’s best squad ever at senior level and below are the ten best Nigerian soccer players of all time.

10. Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi

Date of Birth: January 13, 1962

Stephen Keshi (Big Boss) represented Nigeria in four African Cup of Nations (1982, 1984, 1992 and 1994) and was in the 1984 African Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament. He led a generation of Nigerian players to the Mecca of Nigerian Football (Belgium) in the 80’s and also to their first ever World Cup in USA’94. Super Eagles coach (Clemens Westerhof) used to work with Keshi on team selection during his playing days.

9. Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh

Date of Birth: September 14, 1974

Sunday Oliseh represented Nigeria in three African Cup of Nations (1994, 2000, 2002) and two World Cups (1994, 1998). He scored a great goal against Andoni Zubizarreta of Spain in France’98. He was a member of the Nigerian team that won gold in Atlanta’96 summer Olympics. Oliseh is one of the best defensive midfielders of his generation.

8. Muda Lawal

Muda Lawal

Date of Birth: June 8, 1954

Muda Lawal is the joint most capped Nigerian player alongside Kanu Nwankwo with 86 games. He is the first player in Africa to play in five consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1976 to 1984. He was a member of the Nigerian team that won the African Cup of Nations in 1980 and was a legend with the famous Nigerian club (IICC Shooting Stars) in his playing days.

7. Christian Chukwu

Christian Chukwu

Date of Birth: January 4, 1951

Christian Chukwu led the Nigerian team to the 1980 African Cup of Nations which they won on home soil and he was the best player of the tournament. He played in three consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1976 to 1980. He is probably the best Nigerian defender ever. He was also the captain of the famous Nigerian club (Enugu Rangers) during his playing days.

6. Victor Ikpeba

Victor Ikpeba

Date of Birth: June 12, 1973

Victor Ikpeba (Prince of Monaco) represented Nigeria at the U-17 World Cup in Saudi’89 and their coach (Sebastian Broderick) said he’s the best player he ever managed. He was part of the Nigerian team that won gold at the summer Olympics in Atlanta’96. He won the Belgian African Footballer of the Year award in 1993 before he would win the CAF Player of the Year award in 1997. He represented Nigeria in four African Cup of Nations (1992, 1994, 2000, 2002) and two World Cups (1994, 1998).

5. Finidi George

George Finidi

Date of Birth: April 15, 1971

Finidi George made his debut for Nigeria against Burkina Faso in 1991 where he provided three assists for Rashidi Yekini and scored once in a 7-1 win. He created almost all the assists for Nigeria in USA’94. Finidi won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and was regarded as the best winger in the world during that time. He represented Nigeria in four African Cup of Nations (1992, 1994, 2000 and 2002) and two World Cups (1994 and 1998). Finidi is one of the best midfielders of his generation.

4. Segun Odegbami

Segun Odegbami

Date of Birth: August 27, 1952

Segun “Mathematical” Odegbami was the highest goal scorer in both the 1978 and 1980 African Cup of nations. He was also in the CAF Team of the Tournament on both occasions. He represented Nigeria in three African Cup of Nations and played for the famous Nigerian club (IICC Shooting Stars) between 1970 and 1984. Odegbami is regarded as the best Nigerian soccer player ever by some analysts.

3. Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini

Date of Birth: October 23, 1963

Rashidi Yekini (the gangling striker) is Nigeria’s highest goal scorer with 37 goals in 60 matches. He was the highest goal scorer for most of the teams he played for in his career. He is the third highest goal scorer in the history of the African Cup of Nations with 13 goals in five appearances (1984, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994). He scored Nigeria’s first World Cup goal in USA’94 and was also part of the Nigerian team in France’98. Yekini won the African Footballer of the Year award in 1993.

2. Austin Okocha

Austin Okocha

Date of Birth: August 14, 1973

Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha is one of the best dribblers of all time and he is the most skillful African player in the history of the game. He scored the goal of the season in the German League in 1993. He represented Nigeria in five African Cup of Nations (1994, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006) and three World Cups (1994, 1998 and 2002). Jay Jay Okocha is widely regarded by some as the best Nigerian player ever.

1. Nwankwo Kanu

Kanu Nwankwo

Date of Birth: August 1, 1976

Nwankwo “Papillo” Kanu is the most decorated Nigerian player ever. He represented Nigeria in all age levels of soccer. He won the U-17 World Cup in 1993 and led the Nigerian U-23 team (Dream Team) to Atlanta’96 where they won gold. He won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998. He was twice African Footballer of the Year (1996 and 1999) and was the sixth World best player in 1999. He represented Nigeria in five consecutive African Cup of Nations from 2000 to 2010 and three consecutive World Cups (1998, 2002, and 2010). Kanu is the best Nigerian soccer player ever.

10 Best South African Football Players Ever 

The South African soccer team returned to World Football in 1992 after the apartheid ban was lifted. They won the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and have participated in three World Cups (1998, 2002 & 2010). In 2010 South Africa became the first country to host the FIFA World Cup from Africa. These are their best soccer players ever.

10. Jomo Sono

Jomo Sono

Date of Birth: July 17, 1955

Ephraim Matsilela Sono aka Jomo Sono was a former South African player who played brilliantly when their national team was banned from international competitions because of apartheid. He played with great players like Pele. Jomo Sono is one the best South African soccer players ever.

9. Doctor Khumalo

Doctor Khumalo

Date of Birth: June 26, 1967

Doctor Khumalo was the South African player of the year in 1992 and was named 62nd in the Top 100 Great South Africans of all time poll in 2004. He represented South Africa in the 1996 African Cup of Nations and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

8. Siyabonga Nomvete

Siyagboga Nomvete

Date of Birth: December 2, 1977

Siyabonga Nomvete was the South African Player of the year in 2000. He represented South Africa in four consecutive African Cup of Nations from 2000 and 2006. He was in two FIFA World Cups (2002 & 2010) and the 2000 Summer Olympics. Siyabonga Nomvete is one of the best South African strikers ever.

7. Sibusiso Zuma

Sibusiso Zuma

Date of Birth: June 23, 1975

Sibusiso Zuma won the Danish league in 2001 and was named Copenhagen FC player of the season that year. He was the 29th World Footballer of the year in 2001 and was named into Copenhagen hall of fame in 2005. He represented South Africa in four consecutive African Cup of Nations from 2002 to 2008. He was also in their 2002 FIFA World Cup team. Sibusiso Zuma is one of the best South African midfielders ever.

6. Mark Fish

Mark Fish

Date of Birth: March 14, 1974

Mark Fish was in the 1996 and 1998 African Cup of Nations all star team and was named the 4th African Footballer of the year in 1996. He represented South Africa in two African Cup of Nations (1996 & 1998) and was in their 1998 World Cup team.

5. Aaron Mokoena

Aaron Mokoena

Date of Birth: November 25, 1980

Aaron Mokoena is the first and only South African player with a century caps. He represented South Africa in four African Cup of Nations (1998, 2002, 2004, 2008), two World Cups (2002 & 2010) and the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the captain of the South African team in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and was also Portsmouth FC captain in 2009.

4. Shaun Bartlett

Shaun Bartlett

Date of Birth: October 31, 1972

Shaun Bartlett scored the goal of the season in the English Premier League in 2000 with Charlton Athletic and was named the 9th African Footballer in 2000. He represented South Africa in three African Cup of Nations (1996, 2000 & 2002) and was the top scorer in the 2000 edition with five goals. He scored two beautiful goals for South Africa in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

3. Lucas Radebe

Lucas Radebe

Date of Birth: April 12, 1969

Lucas Radebe was a hero at Elland Road when Leeds United was a force to reckon with in the ‘90s. He represented South Africa in three African Cup of Nations (1996, 1998 & 2000) and was the captain of the South African team in two World Cups (1998 & 2002). He won the FIFA Fair play award in 2000 and was named 54th in the Top 100 Greatest South Africans of all time poll in 2004.

2. Pule Ntsoelengoe

Pule Ntsoelengoe

Date of Birth: February 26, 1955

Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe is the most talented South African soccer player ever. He was a legend with Kaizer Chiefs in the ‘70s before moving to theUnited Stateswhere he played for eleven seasons. He was in the North American Soccer League (NASL) all-star team in 1979 and 1982 and was abducted into the US Soccer Hall of fame in 2003. Pule Ntsoelengoe is widely regarded by many as the best South African soccer player ever but the apartheid ban denied him that spot on this blog.

1. Benni McCarthy

Benni Mccarthy

Date of Birth: November 12, 1977

Benni McCarty is the all time South African top scorer with 31 goals in 79 appearances. He was the 5th African Footballer of the year in 1998 and 4th in 2004. He represented South Africa in three African Cup of Nations (1998, 2002 & 2006), two World Cups (1998 & 2002) and the 2000 Summer Olympics. Benni McCarthy was a joint top scorer with seven goals in the 1998 African Cup of Nations alongside Hossam Hassan and was in the all star team of the tournament. He was also the 2004 Portuguese League highest goal scorer with twenty goals. Benni McCarthy is the best South African Soccer Player ever.

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