Cheers and tears as Shearer bids farewell

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One of the game’s great careers came to a fitting end last night when Alan Shearer – part modern-day hero, part quintessential, old-fashioned centre-forward – bade a fond, final farewell to an adoring St James’s Park.

So perfectly staged-managed was the Tyneside legend’s testimonial match that Newcastle United were even awarded a highly dubious last-minute penalty and, with the score perfectly and predictably poised at 2-2, not even the torn knee ligament that forced his premature retirement could prevent the 35-year-old from entering the field to drill home the winner.

Opponents Celtic, whose vast, affable army of travelling fans make them the club of choice for such events, adhered graciously to the script, and Shearer, having wheeled for one last trademark, straight-arm celebration, was left uncharacteristically emotional at the remarkable show of affection afforded to him by a crowd of 52,275.

"Where else in the world would you get that?" he mused afterwards, his voice trembling. "I had more than one tear in my eye to be honest, but I defy anyone not to have a tear in their eye with an atmosphere like that."

Yet it’s not only in Newcastle that they are wondering if they will see Shearer’s like again, and no wonder. A cursory glance at the English Premier League’s all-time scoring charts re-affirms, after all, that this was a peerless player, one whose tally of 260 top-flight goals leaves him fully 75 and 96 better off than his nearest rivals, Andy Cole and Thierry Henry respectively.

Many speculate, of course, that this mammoth tally would be even greater had Shearer not twice turned down Manchester United – first in 1992 to join Blackburn Rovers, then to make a British-record transfer to his hometown team – and yet Shearer remains adamant that, despite failing to lift silverware during his decade on Tyneside, he has never once regretted snubbing Sir Alex Ferguson.

"(Newcastle) will always be my club, it always has been," he said this week ahead of his testimonial, the proceeds of which are to benefit various charities. "I would just say – look at every kid in every playground in the North East and the joy they get when they score a goal. I’m exactly the same. This (St James’s Park) has been my playground for the last 10 years." 

Eriksson and Robson laud a legend
It is a source of irony and no small embarrassment on Tyneside that Shearer was rejected by Newcastle as a schoolboy, although, for all that the decision ultimately cost his boyhood heroes to the tune £15 million, the player himself appeared to benefit from beginning his career instead with south coast club Southampton. Certainly, it was there in 1988, at the age of 17 and just a month after his senior debut, that he smashed three goals past Arsenal to eclipse Jimmy Greaves as the youngest hat-trick scorer in English top-flight football and shatter a record that had stood for over three decades.

The goals never dried up thereafter, either for Southampton or for Blackburn, whom he joined for £3.6 million in 1992 and left four years later with a Premier League medal, having scored 130 goals in 170 appearances for the unfashionable Lancashire outfit.

After spurning Manchester United a second time, Shearer’s reward was an 18,000-strong welcoming party at St James’s Park and, though even his best efforts couldn’t bring an end to the Toon Army’s long wait for silverware, this season did witness the veteran striker surpass Newcastle legend Jackie Milburn’s 49-year-old goalscoring record, with his 206th and final goal for the club securing a precious away victory over bitter North East rivals Sunderland.

With England, and despite retiring from international football while still in his prime, he came close to a goal every other game, scoring 30 times in 63 appearances to finish level with Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney as the country’s fifth-top all-time marksman. 

It also said a great deal for Shearer’s performances after departing the international scene in 2002 that, in the programme for his testimonial, England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson bemoaned the fact he had not been able to coax Newcastle’s talismanic striker out of retirement.

"It is hard for anyone not to admire Alan Shearer," wrote the Swede. "He is a tremendous ambassador for the game of football. He is admired by his fellow professionals, and if any young player wants a role model or someone to learn from, then look no further."

Sir Bobby Robson, meanwhile – who revealed that he had unsuccessfully petitioned Barcelona to sign Shearer during his time in charge at the Camp Nou – was even more effusive in his praise of the player he later made captain while manager at St James’s Park. "He had everything, on and off the field," enthused the former Newcastle and England manager. "Alan Shearer is up there with the best strikers this country has ever produced." 

What next?
Shearer is now reported to desire, and has certainly earned, a break from the beautiful game to devote some time both to his family and the local golf course. "One day I’d like a bash at management – I am doing my badges at the moment – but I want a few years off to enjoy life first," he insisted earlier this year.

Not for the first time, however, the 35-year-old’s emotional ties to Newcastle may cloud the issue, particularly if – as appears likely – the Magpies follow through in appointing Glenn Roeder manager on a permanent basis. Shearer has, after all, been assisting Roeder during the former West Ham coach’s period in caretaker charge and, though an ambassadorial role had originally been set aside, it appears the club’s all-time leading goalscorer may yet assume a more hands-on position. 

"He knows me very well, I know him very well and we trust each other," is all Shearer will say for the time being on his relationship with Roeder. Nevertheless, when he supplements this with the considerably less non-committal comment, "This my club and I want to stay involved," one would be forgiven for suspecting that last night’s farewell might not have been so final after all.

FIFA team lists

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Angola
1 GK JOAO RICARDO – (no club affiliation)
2 DF MARCOS AIROSA – (Barreirense, POR)
3 DF JAMBA – (AS Aviacao, ANG)
4 DF LEBO LEBO – (Petro Atletico, ANG)
5 DF KALI – (Barreirense, POR)
6 MF MILOY – (Interclube, ANG)
7 MF FIGUEIREDO – (Varzim, POR)
8 MF ANDRE – (Al Kuwait, KUW)
9 FW MANTORRAS – (Benfica, POR)
10 FW AKWA – (no club affiliation)
11 MF MATEUS – (Gil Vicente, POR)
12 GK LAMA – (Petro Atletico, ANG)
13 MF EDSON – (Pacos Ferreira, POR)
14 MF MENDONCA – (Varzim, POR)
15 DF RUI MARQUES – (Hull City, ENG)
16 FW FLAVIO – (Al Ahly, EGY)
17 MF ZE KALANGA – (Petro Atletico, ANG)
18 FW LOVE – (AS Aviacao, ANG)
19 FW ANDRE TITI BUENGO – (Clermont, FRA)
20 DF LOCO – (Primeiro de Agosto, ANG)
21 DF DELGADO – (Petro Atletico, ANG)
22 GK MARIO – (Interclube, ANG)
23 DF MARCO ABREU – (Portimonense, POR)

Argentina
1 GK ABBONDANZIERI Roberto – (Boca Juniors, ARG)
2 DF AYALA Roberto – (Valencia, ESP)
3 DF SORIN Juan – (Villarreal, ESP)
4 DF COLOCCINI Fabricio – (Deportivo La Coruna, ESP)
5 MF CAMBIASSO Esteban – (Inter, ITA)
6 DF HEINZE Gabriel – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
7 FW SAVIOLA Javier – (Sevilla FC, ESP)
8 MF MASCHERANO Javier – (Corinthians, BRA)
9 FW CRESPO Hernan – (Chelsea, ENG)
10 MF RIQUELME Juan – (Villarreal, ESP)
11 FW TEVEZ Carlos – (Corinthians, BRA)
12 GK FRANCO Leonardo – (Atletico Madrid, ESP)
13 DF SCALONI Lionel – (Deportivo La Coruna, ESP)
14 FW PALACIO Rodrigo – (Boca Juniors, ARG)
15 DF MILITO Gabriel – (Zaragoza, ESP)
16 MF AIMAR Pablo – (Valencia, ESP)
17 DF CUFRE Leandro – (AS Rome, ITA)
18 MF RODRIGUEZ Maxi – (Atletico Madrid, ESP)
19 FW MESSI Lionel – (Barcelona, ESP)
20 FW CRUZ Julio – (Inter, ITA)
21 DF BURDISSO Nicolas – (Inter, ITA)
22 MF GONZALEZ Luis – (Porto, POR)
23 GK USTARI Oscar – (Independiente, ARG)

Australia
1 GK SCHWARZER Mark – (Middlesbrough, ENG)
2 DF NEILL Lucas – (Blackburn Rovers, ENG)
3 DF MOORE Craig – (Newcastle, ENG)
4 MF CAHILL Tim – (Everton, ENG)
5 MF CULINA Jason – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
6 DF POPOVIC Tony – (Crystal Palace, ENG)
7 MF EMERTON Brett – (Blackburn Rovers, ENG)
8 MF SKOKO Josip – (Wigan, ENG)
9 FW VIDUKA Mark – (Middlesbrough, ENG)
10 FW KEWELL Harry – (Liverpool, ENG)
11 MF LAZARIDIS Stan – (Birmingham City, ENG)
12 GK COVIC Ante – (Hammarby, SWE)
13 MF GRELLA Vince – (Parma, ITA)
14 DF CHIPPERFIELD Scott – (Basel, SUI)
15 FW ALOISI John – (Alaves, ESP)
16 DF BEAUCHAMP Michael – (Central Coast Mariners, AUS)
17 FW THOMPSON Archie – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
18 GK KALAC Zeljko – (AC Milan, ITA)
19 FW KENNEDY Joshua – (Dynamo Dresden, GER)
20 MF WILKSHIRE Luke – (Bristol City, ENG)
21 MF STERJOVSKI Mile – (Basel, SUI)
22 DF MILLIGAN Mark – (Sydney FC, AUS)
23 MF BRESCIANO Marco – (Parma, ITA)

Brazil
1 GK DIDA – (AC Milan, ITA)
2 DF CAFU – (AC Milan, ITA)
3 DF LUCIO – (Bayern Munich, GER)
4 DF JUAN – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
5 MF EMERSON – (Juventus, ITA)
6 DF ROBERTO CARLOS – (Real Madrid, ESP)
7 FW ADRIANO – (Inter, ITA)
8 MF KAKA – (AC Milan, ITA)
9 FW RONALDO – (Real Madrid, ESP)
10 MF RONALDINHO – (Barcelona, ESP)
11 MF ZE ROBERTO – (Bayern Munich, GER)
12 GK ROGERIO CENI  – (Sao Paulo, BRA)
13 DF CICINHO – (Real Madrid, ESP)
14 DF LUISAO – (Benfica, POR)
15 DF CRIS – (Lyon, FRA)
16 DF GILBERTO – (Hertha Berlin, GER)
17 MF GILBERTO SILVA – (Arsenal, ENG)
18 MF EDMILSON – (Barcelona, ESP)
19 MF JUNINHO PERNAMBUCANO – (Lyon, FRA)
20 MF RICARDINHO – (Corinthians, BRA)
21 FW FRED – (Lyon, FRA)
22 GK JULIO CESAR – (Inter, ITA)
23 FW ROBINHO – (Real Madrid, ESP)

Costa Rica
1 GK MESEN Alvaro – (Herediano, CRC)
2 DF DRUMMOND Jervis – (Saprissa, CRC)
3 DF MARIN Luis – (Alajuelense, CRC)
4 DF UMANA Michael – (Brujas, CRC)
5 DF MARTINEZ Gilberto – (Brescia, ITA)
6 MF FONSECA Danny – (Cartagines, CRC)
7 MF BOLANOS Christian – (Saprissa, CRC)
8 MF SOLIS Mauricio – (Comunicaciones, GUA)
9 FW WANCHOPE Paulo – (Herediano, CRC)
10 MF CENTENO Walter – (Saprissa, CRC)
11 FW GOMEZ Ronald – (Saprissa, CRC)
12 DF GONZALEZ Leonardo – (Herediano, CRC)
13 FW BERNARD Kurt – (Puntarenas, CRC)
14 MF AZOFEIFA Randall – (Saprissa, CRC)
15 DF WALLACE Harold – (Alajuelense, CRC)
16 MF HERNANDEZ Carlos – (Alajuelense, CRC)
17 DF BADILLA Gabriel – (Saprissa, CRC)
18 GK PORRAS Jose – (Saprissa, CRC)
19 FW SABORIO Alvaro – (Saprissa, CRC)
20 MF SEQUEIRA Douglas – (Real Salt Lake, USA)
21 FW NUNEZ Victor – (Cartagines, CRC)
22 DF RODRIGUEZ Michael – (Alajuelense, CRC)
23 GK ALFARO Wardy – (Alajuelense, CRC)

C魌e d’Ivoire
1 GK TIZIE Jean-Jacques – (Esperance, TUN)
2 DF BOKA Arthur – (Strasbourg, FRA)
3 MF AKALE Kanga – (Auxerre, FRA)
4 DF TOURE Kolo – (Arsenal, ENG)
5 MF ZOKORA Didier – (Saint-Etienne, FRA)
6 DF KOUASSI Blaise – (Troyes, FRA)
7 MF FAE Emerse – (Nantes, FRA)
8 FW KALOU Bonaventure – (Paris St-Germain, FRA)
9 FW KONE Arouna – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
10 MF YAPI YAPO Gilles – (Young Boys, SUI)
11 FW DROGBA Didier – (Chelsea, ENG)
12 DF MEITE Abdoulaye – (Marseille, FRA)
13 DF ZORO Marc – (Messina, ITA)
14 FW KONE Bakary – (Nice, FRA)
15 FW DINDANE Aruna – (Lens, FRA)
16 GK GNANHOUAN Gerard – (Montpellier, FRA)
17 DF DOMORAUD Cyrille – (Creteil, FRA)
18 MF KEITA Kader – (Lille, FRA)
19 MF TOURE Yaya – (Olympiakos, GRE)
20 MF DEMEL Guy – (Hamburger SV, GER)
21 DF EBOUE Emmanuel – (Arsenal, ENG)
22 MF ROMARIC – (Le Mans, FRA)
23 GK BARRY Boubacar – (Beveren, BEL)

Croatia
1 GK PLETIKOSA Stipe – (Hajduk Split, CRO)
2 MF SRNA Darijo – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
3 DF SIMUNIC Josip – (Hertha Berlin, GER)
4 DF KOVAC Robert – (Juventus, ITA)
5 DF TUDOR Igor – (Siena, ITA)
6 MF VRANJES Jurica – (Werder Bremen, GER)
7 DF SIMIC Dario – (AC Milan, ITA)
8 MF BABIC Marko – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
9 FW PRSO Dado – (Rangers, SCO)
10 MF KOVAC Niko – (Hertha Berlin, GER)
11 DF TOKIC Mario – (Austria Vienna, AUT)
12 GK DIDULICA Joe – (Austria Vienna, AUT)
13 DF TOMAS Stjepan – (Galatasaray, TUR)
14 MF MODRIC Luka – (Dinamo Zagreb, CRO)
15 MF LEKO Ivan – (Club Bruges, BEL)
16 MF LEKO Jerko – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
17 FW KLASNIC Ivan – (Werder Bremen, GER)
18 FW OLIC Ivica – (CSKA Moscow, RUS)
19 MF KRANJCAR Niko – (Hajduk Split, CRO)
20 MF SERIC Anthony – (Panathinaikos, GRE)
21 FW BALABAN Bosko – (Club Bruges, BEL)
22 FW BOSNJAK Ivan – (Dinamo Zagreb, CRO)
23 GK BUTINA Tomislav – (Club Bruges, BEL)

Czech Republic
1 GK CECH Petr – (Chelsea, ENG)
2 DF GRYGERA Zdenek – (Ajax, NED)
3 DF MARES Pavel – (Zenit St Petersburg, RUS)
4 MF GALASEK Tomas – (Ajax, NED)
5 MF KOVAC Radoslav – (Spartak Moscow, RUS)
6 DF JANKULOVSKI Marek – (AC Milan, ITA)
7 MF SMICER Vladimir – (Bordeaux, FRA)
8 MF POBORSKY Karel – (Ceske Budejovice, CZE)
9 FW KOLLER Jan – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)
10 MF ROSICKY Tomas – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)
11 MF NEDVED Pavel – (Juventus, ITA)
12 FW LOKVENC Vratislav – (Austria Salzburg, AUT)
13 DF JIRANEK Martin – (Spartak Moscow, RUS)
14 MF JAROLIM David – (Hamburger SV, GER)
15 FW BAROS Milan – (Aston Villa, ENG)
16 GK BLAZEK Jaromir – (Sparta Prague, CZE)
17 MF STAJNER Jiri – (Hanover 96, GER)
18 FW HEINZ Marek – (Galatasaray, TUR)
19 MF POLAK Jan – (Nuremberg, GER)
20 MF PLASIL Jaroslav – (Monaco, FRA)
21 DF UJFALUSI Tomas – (Fiorentina, ITA)
22 DF ROZEHNAL David – (Paris St-Germain, FRA)
23 GK KINSKY Antonin – (Saturn Moscow Region, RUS)

Ecuador
1 GK VILLAFUERTE Edwin – (Deportivo Quito, ECU)
2 DF GUAGUA Jorge – (El Nacional, ECU)
3 DF HURTADO Ivan – (Al Arabi, QAT)
4 DF DE LA CRUZ Ulises – (Aston Villa, ENG)
5 DF PERLAZA Jose – (Olmedo, ECU)
6 MF URRUTIA Patricio – (LDU Quito, ECU)
7 MF LARA Christian – (El Nacional, ECU)
8 MF MENDEZ Edison – (LDU Quito, ECU)
9 FW BORJA Felix – (El Nacional, ECU)
10 FW KAVIEDES Ivan – (Argentinos Juniors, ARG)
11 FW DELGADO Agustin – (LDU Quito, ECU)
12 GK MORA Cristian – (LDU Quito, ECU)
13 DF AMBROSSI Paul – (LDU Quito, ECU)
14 MF CASTILLO Segundo – (El Nacional, ECU)
15 MF AYOVI Marlon – (Deportivo Quito, ECU)
16 MF VALENCIA Luis – (Recreativo Huelva, ESP)
17 DF ESPINOZA Giovanny – (LDU Quito, ECU)
18 DF REASCO Neicer – (LDU Quito, ECU)
19 MF SARITAMA Luis – (Deportivo Quito, ECU)
20 MF TENORIO Edwin – (Barcelona, ECU)
21 FW TENORIO Carlos – (Al Sadd, QAT)
22 GK LANZA Damian – (Aucas, ECU)
23 FW BENITEZ Christian – (El Nacional, ECU)

England
1 GK ROBINSON Paul – (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG)
2 DF NEVILLE Gary – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
3 DF COLE Ashley – (Arsenal, ENG)
4 MF GERRARD Steven – (Liverpool, ENG)
5 DF FERDINAND Rio – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
6 DF TERRY John – (Chelsea, ENG)
7 MF BECKHAM David – (Real Madrid, ESP)
8 MF LAMPARD Frank – (Chelsea, ENG)
9 FW ROONEY Wayne – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
10 FW OWEN Michael – (Newcastle, ENG)
11 MF COLE Joe – (Chelsea, ENG)
12 DF CAMPBELL Sol – (Arsenal, ENG)
13 GK JAMES David – (Manchester City, ENG)
14 DF BRIDGE Wayne – (Chelsea, ENG)
15 DF CARRAGHER Jamie – (Liverpool, ENG)
16 MF HARGREAVES Owen – (Bayern Munich, GER)
17 MF JENAS Jermaine – (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG)
18 MF CARRICK Michael – (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG)
19 MF LENNON Aaron – (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG)
20 MF DOWNING Stewart – (Middlesbrough, ENG)
21 FW CROUCH Peter – (Liverpool, ENG)
22 GK GREEN Robert – (Norwich, ENG)
23 FW WALCOTT Theo – (Arsenal, ENG)

France
1 GK LANDREAU Mickael – (Nantes, FRA)
2 DF BOUMSONG Jean-Alain – (Newcastle, ENG)
3 DF ABIDAL Eric – (Lyon, FRA)
4 MF VIEIRA Patrick – (Juventus, ITA)
5 DF GALLAS William – (Chelsea, ENG)
6 MF MAKELELE Claude – (Chelsea, ENG)
7 MF MALOUDA Florent – (Lyon, FRA)
8 MF DHORASOO Vikash – (Paris St-Germain, FRA)
9 FW CISSE Djibril – (Liverpool, ENG)
10 MF ZIDANE Zinedine – (Real Madrid, ESP)
11 FW WILTORD Sylvain – (Lyon, FRA)
12 FW HENRY Thierry – (Arsenal, ENG)
13 DF SILVESTRE Mikael – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
14 FW SAHA Louis – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
15 DF THURAM Lilian – (Juventus, ITA)
16 GK BARTHEZ Fabien – (Marseille, FRA)
17 DF GIVET Gael – (Monaco, FRA)
18 MF DIARRA Alou – (Lens, FRA)
19 DF SAGNOL Willy – (Bayern Munich, GER)
20 FW TREZEGUET David – (Juventus, ITA)
21 DF CHIMBONDA Pascal – (Wigan, ENG)
22 MF RIBERY Frank – (Marseille, FRA)
23 GK COUPET Gregory – (Lyon, FRA)

Germany
1 GK LEHMANN Jens – (Arsenal, ENG)
2 DF JANSEN Marcell – (Borussia Moenchengladbach, GER)
3 DF FRIEDRICH Arne – (Hertha Berlin, GER)
4 DF HUTH Robert – (Chelsea, ENG)
5 MF KEHL Sebastian – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)
6 DF NOWOTNY Jens – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
7 MF SCHWEINSTEIGER Bastian – (Bayern Munich, GER)
8 MF FRINGS Torsten – (Werder Bremen, GER)
9 FW HANKE Mike – (Wolfsburg, GER)
10 FW NEUVILLE Oliver – (Borussia Moenchengladbach, GER)
11 FW KLOSE Miroslav – (Werder Bremen, GER)
12 GK KAHN Oliver – (Bayern Munich, GER)
13 MF BALLACK Michael – (Bayern Munich, GER)
14 FW ASAMOAH Gerald – (Schalke 04, GER)
15 MF HITZLSPERGER Thomas – (VfB Stuttgart, GER)
16 DF LAHM Philipp – (Bayern Munich, GER)
17 DF MERTESACKER Per – (Hanover 96, GER)
18 MF BOROWSKI Tim – (Werder Bremen, GER)
19 MF SCHNEIDER Bernd – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
20 FW PODOLSKI Lukas – (FC Cologne, GER)
21 DF METZELDER Christoph – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)
22 MF ODONKOR David – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)
23 GK HILDEBRAND Timo – (VfB Stuttgart, GER)

Ghana
1 GK ADJEI Sammy – (Ashdod, ISR)
2 DF SARPEI Hans – (Wolfsburg, GER)
3 FW GYAN Asamoah – (Modena, ITA)
4 DF KUFFOUR Samuel – (AS Rome, ITA)
5 DF MENSAH John – (Rennes, FRA)
6 DF PAPPOE Emmanuel – (Hapoel Kfar Saba, ISR)
7 DF SHILLA Illiasu – (Asante Kotoko, GHA)
8 MF ESSIEN Michael – (Chelsea, ENG)
9 MF BOATENG Derek – (AIK Solna, SWE)
10 MF APPIAH Stephen – (Fenerbahce, TUR)
11 MF MUNTARI Sulley – (Udinese, ITA)
12 FW TACHIE-MENSAH Alex – (St Gall, SUI)
13 DF MOHAMED Habib – (King Faisal, GHA)
14 FW AMOAH Matthew – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)
15 DF PANTSIL John – (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, ISR)
16 GK OWU George – (AshantiGold, GHA)
17 DF QUAYE Daniel – (Hearts, GHA)
18 MF ADDO Eric – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
19 FW PIMPONG Razak – (Copenhagen, DEN)
20 MF ADDO Otto – (Mainz 05, GER)
21 DF AHMED Issah – (Randers FC, DEN)
22 GK KINGSTON Richard – (Ankaraspor, TUR)
23 MF DRAMANI Haminu – (Crvena Zvezda, SCG)

Iran
1 GK MIRZAPOUR Ebrahim – (Foolad Ahvaz, IRN)
2 MF MAHDAVIKIA Mehdi – (Hamburger SV, GER)
3 DF BAKHTIARIZADEH Sohrab – (Saba Battery Tehran, IRN)
4 DF GOLMOHAMMADI Yahya – (Saba Battery Tehran, IRN)
5 DF REZAEI Rahman – (Messina, ITA)
6 MF NEKOUNAM Javad – (Al Sharjah, UAE)
7 MF ZANDI Ferydoon – (Kaiserslautern, GER)
8 MF KARIMI Ali – (Bayern Munich, GER)
9 FW HASHEMIAN Vahid – (Hanover 96, GER)
10 FW DAEI Ali – (Saba Battery Tehran, IRN)
11 FW KHATIBI Rasoul – (Pas Tehran, IRN)
12 GK ROUDBARIAN Hassan – (Pas Tehran, IRN)
13 DF KAABI Hossein – (Foolad Ahvaz, IRN)
14 MF TEYMOURIAN Anderanik – (AbooMoslem, IRN)
15 FW BORHANI Arash – (Pas Tehran, IRN)
16 FW ENAYATI Reza – (Esteghlal Tehran, IRN)
17 FW KAZEMEIAN Javad – (Pirouzi, IRN)
18 DF ZARE Sattar – (Bargh Shiraz, IRN)
19 DF SADEQI Amir Hossein – (Esteghlal Ahvaz, IRN)
20 DF NOSRATI Mohammad – (Pas Tehran, IRN)
21 MF MADANCHI Mehrzad – (Pirouzi, IRN)
22 GK TALEBLOO Vahid – (Esteghlal Tehran, IRN)
23 MF SHOJAEI Masoud – (Saipa Karadj, IRN)

Italy
1 GK BUFFON Gianluigi – (Juventus, ITA)
2 DF ZACCARDO Cristian – (Palermo, ITA)
3 DF GROSSO Fabio – (Palermo, ITA)
4 MF DE ROSSI Daniele – (AS Rome, ITA)
5 DF CANNAVARO Fabio – (Juventus, ITA)
6 DF BARZAGLI Andrea – (Palermo, ITA)
7 FW DEL PIERO Alessandro – (Juventus, ITA)
8 MF GATTUSO Gennaro – (AC Milan, ITA)
9 FW TONI Luca – (Fiorentina, ITA)
10 MF TOTTI Francesco – (AS Rome, ITA)
11 FW GILARDINO Alberto – (AC Milan, ITA)
12 GK PERUZZI Angelo – (Lazio, ITA)
13 DF NESTA Alessandro – (AC Milan, ITA)
14 GK AMELIA Marco – (Livorno, ITA)
15 FW IAQUINTA Vincenzo – (Udinese, ITA)
16 MF CAMORANESI Mauro – (Juventus, ITA)
17 MF BARONE Simone – (Palermo, ITA)
18 FW INZAGHI Filippo – (AC Milan, ITA)
19 DF ZAMBROTTA Gianluca – (Juventus, ITA)
20 MF PERROTTA Simone – (AS Rome, ITA)
21 MF PIRLO Andrea – (AC Milan, ITA)
22 DF ODDO Massimo – (Lazio, ITA)
23 DF MATERAZZI Marco – (Inter, ITA)

Japan
1 GK NARAZAKI Seigo – (Nagoya Grampus Eight, JPN)
2 DF TANAKA Makoto – (Jubilo Iwata, JPN)
3 DF KOMANO Yuichi – (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, JPN)
4 MF ENDO Yasuhito – (Gamba Osaka, JPN)
5 DF MIYAMOTO Tsuneyasu – (Gamba Osaka, JPN)
6 DF NAKATA Koji – (Basel, SUI)
7 MF NAKATA Hidetoshi – (Bolton Wanderers, ENG)
8 MF OGASAWARA Mitsuo – (Kashima Antlers, JPN)
9 FW TAKAHARA Naohiro – (Hamburger SV, GER)
10 MF NAKAMURA Shunsuke – (Celtic, SCO)
11 FW MAKI Seiichiro – (JEF United Chiba, JPN)
12 GK DOI Yoichi – (FC Tokyo, JPN)
13 FW YANAGISAWA Atsushi – (Kashima Antlers, JPN)
14 DF SANTOS Alessandro – (Urawa Reds, JPN)
15 MF FUKUNISHI Takashi – (Jubilo Iwata, JPN)
16 FW OGURO Masashi – (Grenoble, FRA)
17 MF INAMOTO Junichi – (West Bromwich Albion, ENG)
18 MF ONO Shinji – (Urawa Reds, JPN)
19 DF TSUBOI Keisuke – (Urawa Reds, JPN)
20 FW TAMADA Keiji – (Nagoya Grampus Eight, JPN)
21 DF KAJI Akira – (Gamba Osaka, JPN)
22 DF NAKAZAWA Yuji – (Yokohama F Marinos, JPN)
23 GK KAWAGUCHI Yoshikatsu – (Jubilo Iwata, JPN)

Korea Republic
1 GK LEE Woon Jae – (Suwon Bluewings, KOR)
2 DF KIM Young Chul – (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, KOR)
3 DF KIM Dong Jin – (FC Seoul, KOR)
4 DF CHOI Jin Cheul – (Chonbuk Hyundai Motors, KOR)
5 MF KIM Nam Il – (Suwon Bluewings, KOR)
6 DF KIM Jin Kyu – (Jubilo Iwata, JPN)
7 MF PARK Ji Sung – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
8 MF KIM Do Heon – (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, KOR)
9 FW AHN Jung Hwan – (MSV Duisburg, GER)
10 FW PARK Chu Young – (FC Seoul, KOR)
11 FW SEOL Ki Hyeon – (Wolverhampton, ENG)
12 DF LEE Young Pyo – (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG)
13 MF LEE Eul Yong – (Trabzonspor, TUR)
14 FW LEE Chun Soo – (Ulsan Hyundai, KOR)
15 MF BAEK Ji Hoon – (FC Seoul, KOR)
16 FW CHUNG Kyung Ho – (Gwangju Sangmu, KOR)
17 MF LEE Ho – (Ulsan Hyundai, KOR)
18 DF KIM Sang Sik – (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, KOR)
19 FW CHO Jae Jin – (Shimizu S-Pulse, JPN)
20 GK KIM Yong Dae – (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, KOR)
21 GK KIM Young Kwang – (Chunnam Dragons, KOR)
22 DF SONG Chong Gug – (Suwon Bluewings, KOR)
23 DF CHO Won Hee – (Suwon Bluewings, KOR)

Mexico
1 GK SANCHEZ Oswaldo – (Guadalajara, MEX)
2 DF SUAREZ Claudio – (Chivas, USA)
3 DF SALCIDO Carlos – (Guadalajara, MEX)
4 DF MARQUEZ Rafael – (Barcelona, ESP)
5 DF OSORIO Ricardo – (Cruz Azul, MEX)
6 MF TORRADO Gerardo – (Cruz Azul, MEX)
7 MF ZINHA – (Toluca, MEX)
8 MF PARDO Pavel – (America, MEX)
9 FW BORGETTI Jared – (Bolton Wanderers, ENG)
10 FW FRANCO Guillermo – (Villarreal, ESP)
11 FW MORALES Ramon – (Guadalajara, MEX)
12 GK CORONA Jose – (Tecos UAG, MEX)
13 GK OCHOA Guillermo – (America, MEX)
14 DF PINEDA Gonzalo – (Guadalajara, MEX)
15 DF CASTRO Jose Antonio – (America, MEX)
16 DF MENDEZ Mario – (Monterrey, MEX)
17 FW FONSECA Jose – (Cruz Azul, MEX)
18 DF GUARDADO Andres – (Atlas, MEX)
19 FW BRAVO Omar – (Guadalajara, MEX)
20 MF GARCIA Rafael – (Atlas, MEX)
21 FW ARELLANO Jesus – (Monterrey, MEX)
22 DF RODRIGUEZ Francisco – (Guadalajara, MEX)
23 MF PEREZ Luis – (Monterrey, MEX)

Netherlands
1 GK VAN DER SAR Edwin – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
2 DF JALIENS Kew – (AZ Alkmaar, NED)
3 DF BOULAHROUZ Khalid – (Hamburger SV, GER)
4 DF MATHIJSEN Joris – (AZ Alkmaar, NED)
5 DF VAN BRONCKHORST Giovanni – (Barcelona, ESP)
6 MF LANDZAAT Denny – (AZ Alkmaar, NED)
7 FW KUYT Dirk – (Feyenoord, NED)
8 MF COCU Phillip – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
9 FW VAN NISTELROOIJ Ruud – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
10 MF VAN DER VAART Rafael – (Hamburger SV, GER)
11 FW ROBBEN Arjen – (Chelsea, ENG)
12 DF KROMKAMP Jan – (Liverpool, ENG)
13 DF OOIJER Andre – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
14 DF HEITINGA John – (Ajax, NED)
15 DF DE CLER Tim – (AZ Alkmaar, NED)
16 MF MADURO Hedwiges – (Ajax, NED)
17 FW VAN PERSIE Robin – (Arsenal, ENG)
18 MF VAN BOMMEL Mark – (Barcelona, ESP)
19 FW VENNEGOOR OF HESSELINK Jan – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
20 MF SNEIJDER Wesley – (Ajax, NED)
21 FW BABEL Ryan – (Ajax, NED)
22 GK TIMMER Henk – (AZ Alkmaar, NED)
23 GK STEKELENBURG Maarten – (Ajax, NED)

Paraguay
1 GK VILLAR Justo – (Newells Old Boys, ARG)
2 DF NUNEZ Jorge – (Estudiantes, ARG)
3 DF TOLEDO Delio – (Zaragoza, ESP)
4 DF GAMARRA Carlos – (Palmeiras, BRA)
5 DF CACERES Julio Cesar – (River Plate, ARG)
6 MF BONET Carlos – (Libertad, PAR)
7 MF CABANAS Salvador – (Jaguares Chiapas, MEX)
8 MF BARRETO Edgar – (NEC Nijmegen, NED)
9 FW SANTA CRUZ Roque – (Bayern Munich, GER)
10 MF ACUNA Roberto – (Deportivo La Coruna, ESP)
11 MF GAVILAN Diego – (Newells Old Boys, ARG)
12 GK GOMEZ Derlis – (Sportivo Luqueno, PAR)
13 MF PAREDES Carlos – (Reggina, ITA)
14 DF DA SILVA Paulo – (Toluca, MEX)
15 DF MANZUR Julio – (Santos, BRA)
16 MF RIVEROS Cristian – (Libertad, PAR)
17 MF MONTIEL Jose – (Olimpia Asuncion, PAR)
18 FW VALDEZ Nelson – (Werder Bremen, GER)
19 MF DOS SANTOS Julio – (Bayern Munich, GER)
20 FW CARDOZO Jose – (no club affiliation)
21 DF CANIZA Denis – (Cruz Azul, MEX)
22 GK BOBADILLA Aldo – (Libertad, PAR)
23 FW CUEVAS Nelson – (Pachuca, MEX)

Poland
1 GK BORUC Artur – (Celtic, SCO)
2 DF JOP Mariusz – (FC Moscow, RUS)
3 DF GANCARCZYK Seweryn – (Metalist Kharkiv, UKR)
4 DF BASZCZYNSKI Marcin – (Wisla Krakow, POL)
5 MF KOSOWSKI Kamil – (Southampton, ENG)
6 DF BAK Jacek – (Al Rayyan, QAT)
7 MF SOBOLEWSKI Radoslaw – (Wisla Krakow, POL)
8 MF KRZYNOWEK Jacek – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
9 FW ZURAWSKI Maciej – (Celtic, SCO)
10 MF SZYMKOWIAK Miroslav – (Trabzonspor, TUR)
11 FW RASIAK Grzegorz – (Southampton, ENG)
12 GK KUSZCZAK Tomasz – (Slask Wroclaw, POL)
13 MF MILA Sebastian – (Austria Vienna, AUT)
14 DF ZEWLAKOW Michal – (Anderlecht, BEL)
15 MF SMOLAREK Ebi – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)
16 MF RADOMSKI Arkadiusz – (Austria Vienna, AUT)
17 DF DUDKA Dariusz – (Wisla Krakow, POL)
18 DF LEWANDOWSKI Mariusz – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
19 MF GORAWSKI Damian – (FC Moscow, RUS)
20 MF GIZA Piotr – (Cracovia, POL)
21 FW JELEN Ireneusz – (Wisla Plock, POL)
22 GK FABIANSKI Lukasz – (Legia Warsaw, POL)
23 FW BROZEK Pawel – (Wisla Krakow, POL)

Portugal
1 GK RICARDO – (Sporting, POR)
2 DF PAULO FERREIRA – (Chelsea, ENG)
3 DF CANEIRA – (Sporting, POR)
4 DF RICARDO COSTA – (Porto, POR)
5 DF FERNANDO MEIRA – (VfB Stuttgart, GER)
6 MF COSTINHA – (Dynamo Moscow, RUS)
7 FW LUIS FIGO – (Inter, ITA)
8 MF PETIT – (Benfica, POR)
9 FW PAULETA – (Paris St-Germain, FRA)
10 MF HUGO VIANA – (Valencia, ESP)
11 FW SIMAO SABROSA – (Benfica, POR)
12 GK QUIM – (Benfica, POR)
13 DF MIGUEL – (Valencia, ESP)
14 DF NUNO VALENTE – (Everton, ENG)
15 FW BOA MORTE – (Fulham, ENG)
16 DF RICARDO CARVALHO – (Chelsea, ENG)
17 FW CRISTIANO RONALDO – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
18 MF MANICHE – (Chelsea, ENG)
19 MF TIAGO – (Lyon, FRA)
20 MF DECO – (Barcelona, ESP)
21 FW NUNO GOMES – (Benfica, POR)
22 GK BRUNO VALE – (Estrela Amadora, POR)
23 FW HELDER POSTIGA – (Saint-Etienne, FRA)

Saudi Arabia
1 GK AL DEAYEA Mohammed – (Al Hilal, KSA)
2 DF DOKHI Ahmed – (Al Ittihad, KSA)
3 DF TUKAR Redha – (Al Ittihad, KSA)
4 DF AL MONTASHARI Hamad – (Al Ittihad, KSA)
5 DF AL QADI Naif – (Al Ahli, KSA)
6 MF AL GHAMDI Omar – (Al Hilal, KSA)
7 MF AMEEN Mohammed – (Al Ittihad, KSA)
8 MF NOOR Mohammed – (Al Ittihad, KSA)
9 FW AL JABER Sami – (Al Hilal, KSA)
10 MF AL SHLHOUB Mohammad – (Al Hilal, KSA)
11 FW AL HARTHI Saad – (Al Nasr, KSA)
12 DF KHATHRAN Abdulaziz – (Al Hilal, KSA)
13 DF SULIMANI Hussein – (Al Ahli, KSA)
14 MF KHARIRI Saud – (Al Ittihad, KSA)
15 DF AL BAHRI Ahmed – (Al Ittifaq, KSA)
16 MF AZIZ Khaled – (Al Hilal, KSA)
17 FW AL ANBAR Mohammed – (Al Hilal, KSA)
18 MF AL TEMYAT Nawaf – (Al Hilal, KSA)
19 MF MASSAD Mohammed – (Al Ahli, KSA)
20 FW AL KAHTANI Yaser – (Al Hilal, KSA)
21 GK ZAID Mabrouk – (Al Ittihad, KSA)
22 GK KHOJAH Mohammad – (Al Shabab, KSA)
23 FW MOUATH Malek – (Al Ahli, KSA)

Serbia and Montenegro
1 GK JEVRIC Dragoslav – (Ankaraspor, TUR)
2 MF ERGIC Ivan – (Basel, SUI)
3 DF DRAGUTINOVIC Ivica – (Sevilla FC, ESP)
4 MF DULJAJ Igor – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
5 DF VIDIC Nemanja – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
6 DF GAVRANCIC Goran – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
7 MF KOROMAN Ognjen – (Portsmouth, ENG)
8 FW KEZMAN Mateja – (Atletico Madrid, ESP)
9 FW MILOSEVIC Savo – (Osasuna, ESP)
10 MF STANKOVIC Dejan – (Inter, ITA)
11 MF DJORDJEVIC Predrag – (Olympiakos, GRE)
12 GK KOVACEVIC Oliver – (CSKA Sofia, BUL)
13 DF BASTA Dusan – (Crvena Zvezda, SCG)
14 DF DJORDJEVIC Nenad – (Partizan, SCG)
15 DF DUDIC Milan – (Crvena Zvezda, SCG)
16 FW VUCINIC Mirko – (Lecce, ITA)
17 MF NADJ Albert – (Partizan, SCG)
18 MF VUKIC Zvonimir – (Partizan, SCG)
19 FW ZIGIC Nikola – (Crvena Zvezda, SCG)
20 DF KRSTAJIC Mladen – (Schalke 04, GER)
21 FW LJUBOJA Danijel – (VfB Stuttgart, GER)
22 MF ILIC Sasa – (Galatasaray, TUR)
23 GK STOJKOVIC Vladimir – (Crvena Zvezda, SCG)

Spain
1 GK CASILLAS Iker – (Real Madrid, ESP)
2 DF SALGADO Michel – (Real Madrid, ESP)
3 DF DEL HORNO Asier – (Chelsea, ENG)
4 DF MARCHENA Carlos – (Valencia, ESP)
5 DF PUYOL Carlos – (Barcelona, ESP)
6 MF ALBELDA David – (Valencia, ESP)
7 FW RAUL – (Real Madrid, ESP)
8 MF XAVI – (Barcelona, ESP)
9 FW TORRES Fernando – (Atletico Madrid, ESP)
10 MF REYES Jose Antonio – (Arsenal, ENG)
11 FW GARCIA Luis – (Liverpool, ENG)
12 DF LOPEZ Antonio – (Atletico Madrid, ESP)
13 MF INIESTA – (Barcelona, ESP)
14 MF XABI ALONSO – (Liverpool, ENG)
15 DF RAMOS Sergio – (Real Madrid, ESP)
16 MF MARCOS SENNA – (Villarreal, ESP)
17 MF JOAQUIN – (Betis Sevilla, ESP)
18 MF FABREGAS Cesc – (Arsenal, ENG)
19 GK CANIZARES Santiago – (Valencia, ESP)
20 DF JUANITO – (Betis Sevilla, ESP)
21 FW VILLA David – (Valencia, ESP)
22 DF PABLO – (Atletico Madrid, ESP)
23 GK REINA Jose Manuel – (Liverpool, ENG)

Sweden
1 GK ISAKSSON Andreas – (Rennes, FRA)
2 DF NILSSON Mikael – (Panathinaikos, GRE)
3 DF MELLBERG Olof – (Aston Villa, ENG)
4 DF LUCIC Teddy – (Haecken, SWE)
5 DF EDMAN Erik – (Rennes, FRA)
6 MF LINDEROTH Tobias – (Copenhagen, DEN)
7 MF ALEXANDERSSON Niclas – (Gothenburg, SWE)
8 MF SVENSSON Anders – (Elfsborg, SWE)
9 MF LJUNGBERG Freddie – (Arsenal, ENG)
10 FW IBRAHIMOVIC Zlatan – (Juventus, ITA)
11 FW LARSSON Henrik – (Barcelona, ESP)
12 GK ALVBAGE John – (Viborg, DEN)
13 DF HANSSON Petter – (Heerenveen, NED)
14 DF STENMAN Fredrik – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
15 DF SVENSSON Karl – (Gothenburg, SWE)
16 MF KALLSTROM Kim – (Rennes, FRA)
17 FW ELMANDER Johan – (Brondby, DEN)
18 FW JONSON Mattias – (Djurgarden, SWE)
19 MF ANDERSSON Daniel – (Malmo, SWE)
20 FW ALLBACK Marcus – (Copenhagen, DEN)
21 MF WILHELMSSON Christian – (Anderlecht, BEL)
22 FW ROSENBERG Markus – (Ajax, NED)
23 GK SHAABAN Rami – (Fredrikstad, NOR)

Switzerland
1 GK ZUBERBUEHLER Pascal – (Basel, SUI)
2 DF DJOUROU Johan – (Arsenal, ENG)
3 DF MAGNIN Ludovic – (VfB Stuttgart, GER)
4 DF SENDEROS Philippe – (Arsenal, ENG)
5 MF MARGAIRAZ Xavier – (FC Zurich, SUI)
6 MF VOGEL Johann – (AC Milan, ITA)
7 MF CABANAS Ricardo – (FC Cologne, GER)
8 MF WICKY Raphael – (Hamburger SV, GER)
9 FW FREI Alexander – (Rennes, FRA)
10 FW GYGAX Daniel – (Lille, FRA)
11 FW STRELLER Marco – (FC Cologne, GER)
12 GK BENAGLIO Diego – (Nacional Madeira, POR)
13 DF GRICHTING Stephane – (Auxerre, FRA)
14 FW DEGEN David – (Basel, SUI)
15 MF DZEMAILI Blerim – (FC Zurich, SUI)
16 MF BARNETTA Tranquillo – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
17 DF SPYCHER Christoph – (Eintracht Frankfurt, GER)
18 FW LUSTRINELLI Mauro – (Sparta Prague, CZE)
19 MF BEHRAMI Valon – (Lazio, ITA)
20 DF MUELLER Patrick – (Lyon, FRA)
21 GK COLTORTI Fabio – (Grasshopper-Club, SUI)
22 FW VONLANTHEN Johan – (NAC Breda, NED)
23 DF DEGEN Philipp – (Borussia Dortmund, GER)

Togo
1 GK TCHAGNIROU Ouro-Nimini – (Djoliba, MLI)
2 DF NIBOMBE Dare – (Mons, BEL)
3 DF ABALO Jean-Paul – (Apoel Nicosia, CYP)
4 FW ADEBAYOR Emmanuel – (Arsenal, ENG)
5 DF TCHANGAI Massamasso – (Benevento, ITA)
6 MF AZIAWONOU Yao – (Young Boys, SUI)
7 FW SALIFOU Moustapha – (Stade Brest, FRA)
8 MF AGBOH Kuami – (Beveren, BEL)
9 MF DOSSEVI Thomas – (Valenciennes, FRA)
10 MF MAMAM Cherif Toure – (Metz, FRA)
11 FW MALM Robert – (Stade Brest, FRA)
12 DF AKOTO Eric – (Admira, AUT)
13 FW FORSON Richmond – (JA Poire sur Vie, FRA)
14 FW OLUFADE Adekanmi – (Al Sailiya, QAT)
15 MF ROMAO Alaixys – (Louhans-Cuiseaux, FRA)
16 GK AGASSA Kossi – (Metz, FRA)
17 FW MOHAMED KADER – (Guingamp, FRA)
18 FW SENAYA Yao Junior – (YF Juventus, SUI)
19 DF ASSEMOASSA Ludovic – (Ciudad Murcia, ESP)
20 MF ERASSA Affo – (Moulins, FRA)
21 DF GUEDE Karim – (Hamburger SV, GER)
22 GK OBILALE Kodjovi – (Etoile Filante, TOG)
23 DF TOURE Assimiou – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)

Trinidad and Tobago
1 GK HISLOP Shaka – (West Ham, ENG)
2 DF COX Ian – (Gillingham, ENG)
3 DF JOHN Avery – (New England Revolution, USA)
4 DF ANDREWS Marvin – (Rangers, SCO)
5 DF SANCHO Brent – (Gillingham, ENG)
6 DF LAWRENCE Dennis – (Wrexham, WAL)
7 MF BIRCHALL Christopher – (Port Vale, ENG)
8 DF GRAY Cyd – (San Juan Jabloteh, TRI)
9 MF WHITLEY Aurtis – (San Juan Jabloteh, TRI)
10 FW LATAPY Russell – (Falkirk, SCO)
11 MF EDWARDS Carlos – (Luton Town, ENG)
12 FW SAMUEL Collin – (Dundee Utd., SCO)
13 FW GLEN Cornell – (Los Angeles Galaxy, USA)
14 FW JOHN Stern – (Coventry, ENG)
15 FW JONES Kenwyne – (Southampton, ENG)
16 MF SPANN Silvio – (no club affiliation)
17 DF CHARLES Atiba – (W Connection, TRI)
18 MF THEOBALD Densill – (Falkirk, SCO)
19 FW YORKE Dwight – (Sydney FC, AUS)
20 FW SCOTLAND Jason – (St. Johnstone, SCO)
21 GK JACK Kelvin – (Dundee FC, SCO)
22 GK INCE Clayton – (Coventry, ENG)
23 MF WOLFE Anthony – (San Juan Jabloteh, TRI)

Tunisia
1 GK BOUMNIJEL Ali – (Club Africain, TUN)
2 FW ESSEDIRI Karim – (Rosenborg, NOR)
3 DF HAGGUI Karim – (Strasbourg, FRA)
4 DF YAHIA Alaeddine – (Saint-Etienne, FRA)
5 FW JAZIRI Zied – (Troyes, FRA)
6 DF TRABELSI Hatem – (Ajax, NED)
7 DF MERIAH Mehdi – (ES du Sahel, TUN)
8 MF NAFTI Mehdi – (Birmingham City, ENG)
9 FW CHIKHAOUI Yassine – (ES du Sahel, TUN)
10 MF GHODHBANE Kaies – (Konyaspor, TUR)
11 FW SANTOS – (Toulouse, FRA)
12 MF MNARI Jaouhar – (Nuremberg, GER)
13 MF BOUAZIZI Riadh – (Erciyesspor, TUR)
14 MF CHEDLI Adel – (Nuremberg, GER)
15 DF JAIDI Radhi – (Bolton Wanderers, ENG)
16 GK NEFZI Adel – (US Monastir, TUN)
17 FW JOMAA Issam – (Lens, FRA)
18 DF JEMMALI David – (Bordeaux, FRA)
19 DF AYARI Anis – (Samsunspor, TUR)
20 MF NAMOUCHI Hamed – (Rangers, SCO)
21 DF SAIDI Karim – (Lecce, ITA)
22 GK KASRAOUI Hamdi – (Esperance, TUN)
23 MF MELLITI Sofiane – (Gaziantepspor, TUR)

Ukraine
1 GK SHOVKOVSKIY Oleksandr – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
2 DF NESMACHNIY Andriy – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
3 DF FEDOROV Serhiy – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
4 MF TYMOSCHUK Anatoliy – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
5 DF YEZERSKIY Vladimir – (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, UKR)
6 DF RUSOL Andriy – (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, UKR)
7 FW SHEVCHENKO Andriy – (AC Milan, ITA)
8 MF SHELAYEV Oleg – (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, UKR)
9 MF GUSEV Oleg – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
10 FW VORONIN Andriy – (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
11 MF REBROV Serhiy – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
12 GK PYATOV Andriy – (Vorskla Poltava, UKR)
13 DF CHIGRYNSKIY Dmytro – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
14 MF GUSIN Andriy – (CSK VVS Samara, RUS)
15 FW MILEVSKIY Artem – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
16 FW VOROBEY Andriy – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
17 DF VASHCHUK Vladislav – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
18 MF NAZARENKO Serhiy – (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, UKR)
19 MF KALINICHENKO Maksim – (Spartak Moscow, RUS)
20 FW BYELIK Oleksiy – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
21 MF ROTAN Ruslan – (Dynamo Kyiv, UKR)
22 DF SVIDERSKIY Vyacheslav – (Arsenal Kyiv, UKR)
23 GK SHUST Bogdan – (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)

USA
1 GK HOWARD Tim – (Manchester Utd., ENG)
2 DF ALBRIGHT Chris – (Los Angeles Galaxy, USA)
3 DF BOCANEGRA Carlos – (Fulham, ENG)
4 DF MASTROENI Pablo – (Colorado Rapids, USA)
5 MF O BRIEN John – (Chivas, USA)
6 DF CHERUNDOLO Steve – (Hanover 96, GER)
7 DF LEWIS Eddie – (Leeds, ENG)
8 MF DEMPSEY Clint – (New England Revolution, USA)
9 FW JOHNSON Eddie – (Kansas City Wizards, USA)
10 MF REYNA Claudio – (Manchester City, ENG)
11 FW CHING Brian – (Houston Dynamo, USA)
12 DF GIBBS Cory – (ADO Den Haag, NED)
13 DF CONRAD Jimmy – (Kansas City Wizards, USA)
14 MF OLSEN Ben – (Washington DC Utd., USA)
15 MF CONVEY Bobby – (Reading, ENG)
16 FW WOLFF Josh – (Kansas City Wizards, USA)
17 MF BEASLEY DaMarcus – (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
18 GK KELLER Kasey – (Borussia Moenchengladbach, GER)
19 GK HAHNEMANN Marcus – (Reading, ENG)
20 FW MC BRIDE Brian – (Fulham, ENG)
21 MF DONOVAN Landon – (Los Angeles Galaxy, USA)
22 DF ONYEWU Oguchi – (Standard Liege, BEL)
23 DF POPE Eddie – (Real Salt Lake, USA)

The lowdown on the world’s best

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The quadrennial, month-long carnival that is the FIFA World Cup™ finals is not just about the football, just as football itself is so much more than just ’22 hirelings kicking a leather ball’, as was once famously suggested.

From the tens of thousands of visiting fans to the hard-working volunteers, many factors conspire to make the FIFA World Cup a spectacle without peer in the world of organised sport. However, one thing is certain: without the players, 736 footballers from 32 different nations spread over six continents, nothing else would really matter.

Whether they started their journey on bumpy Caribbean pitches or in the cathedrals of the European game, they come to Germany all in search of the same thing: glory, respect and a chance to lift the most-coveted prize in sport, the FIFA World Cup.