FIFA World Cup Winning Captain

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  1. Iker Casillas

    Iker Casillas


    Iker Casillas Fernández (born 20 May 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Porto and the Spain national team as a goalkeeper. In 2008 he was the captain of the Spanish team that won their first European Championship in 44 years, the Spanish team that went on to win Spain's first World Cup in 2010 (a tournament in which he won the Golden Glove also known as the Yashin Award) and the 2012 European Championship.

  2. Fabio Cannavaro

    Fabio Cannavaro


    Fabio Cannavaro, (born 13 September 1973) is an Italian football coach and former player who was the head coach of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. He is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time and was given the name "Muro di Berlino" ("The Berlin Wall") by Italian supporters. He spent the majority of his career in Italy. He started his career at Napoli, before spending seven years at Parma, with whom he won two Coppa Italia and the 1999 UEFA Cup. After spells at Internazionale and Juventus, he transferred along with manager Fabio Capello from Juventus to Real Madrid, with whom he won consecutive La Liga titles in 2007 and 2008. After returning to Juventus for one season in 2009–10, he joined Al-Ahli in Dubai, where he retired from football in 2011 after an injury-troubled season. After his retirement, he became a coaching staff of Al-Ahli, notably as global ambassador and technical director from 2011 to 2013 and assistant coach from 2013 to 2014. In November 2014, he was appointed as head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande.

  3. Diego Armando Maradona

    Diego Armando Maradona


    Diego Armando Maradona Franco (Spanish pronunciation: born 30 October 1960) is a retired Argentine football player, and current manager of Al Wasl FC in Dubai. Many experts, football critics, former and current players consider Maradona the greatest football player of all time. He won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury.

  4. Franz Beckenbauer

    Franz Beckenbauer


    Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born 11 September 1945) is a German former professional footballer and manager. Early in his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser ("The Emperor") because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. A versatile player who started out as a midfielder, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper or libero.

  5. Philipp Lahm

    Philipp Lahm


    Philipp Lahm (born 11 November 1983) is a German professional footballer who plays as a right back or defensive midfielder for Bayern Munich. He played for the German national team until his retirement in 2014 from international football. He is the captain of his club, having skippered them to numerous honours including the 2013 UEFA Champions League as part of the Treble. He is also a former captain of his national team, which he led to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before retiring from international football.

  6. Lothar Matthäus

    Lothar Matthäus


    Lothar Herbert Matthäus (born 21 March 1961 in Erlangen, West Germany) is a German football manager and former player. After captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, he was named European Footballer of the Year. In 1991, he was named the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year, and remains the only German to have received the award.

  7. Bobby Moore

    Bobby Moore


    Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English professional footballer. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time, and was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he had ever played against. Moore is a member of the World Team of the 20th Century.

  8. Fritz Walter

    Fritz Walter


    Friedrich "Fritz" Walter (31 October 1920 – 17 June 2002) was a German footballer. In his time with the German national team, he made 61 caps and scored 33 goals. He usually played as an inside forward or attacking midfielder.

  9. Diego Maradona

    Diego Maradona


    Diego Armando Maradona Franco (born 30 October 1960) is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as the national team of Argentina. Many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans regard Maradona as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.

  10. Dino Zoff

    Dino Zoff


    Dino Zoff (born 28 February 1942) is an Italian former football goalkeeper and is the oldest winner ever of the World Cup, which he earned as captain of the Italian national team in the 1982 tournament in Spain, at the age of 40 years, 4 months and 13 days, also winning the award for best goalkeeper of the tournament, and being elected to the team of the tournament, for his performances, keeping two clean-sheets, an honour he also received after winning the 1968 European Championship on home soil. Zoff also achieved great club success with Juventus, winning 6 Serie A titles, 2 Coppa Italias, and an UEFA Cup, also reaching two European Champions' Cup finals in the 1972–73 and 1982–83 seasons, as well as finishing second in the 1973 Intercontinental Cup final.

  11. Didier Deschamps

    Didier Deschamps


    Didier Claude Deschamps ( ; born 15 October 1968) is a retired French footballer and current manager of France. He played as a defensive midfielder for such clubs as Chelsea, Juventus and Marseille. In this position, he primarily excelled at impeding the opposition's attacking movements, and was capable of subsequently starting up attacking plays once he won back possession. This was made possible due to his high work-rate, tenacity, stamina, and his efficacy at pressing and tackling opponents. He also had an excellent positional and organisational sense, and was known for his tactical intelligence, versatility, and his leadership. As an international, he captained France to victories in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

  12. Obdulio Varela

    Obdulio Varela


    Obdulio Jacinto Muiños Varela (September 20, 1917 — August 2, 1996) was a Uruguayan football player. He was the captain of the Uruguayan national team that won the 1950 World Cup after beating Brazil in the decisive final round match popularly known as the Maracanazo. He was nicknamed "El Negro Jefe" (The Black Chief) because of his dark skin and the influence he had on the pitch, especially during the unlikely victory over Brazil. He was of African, Spanish and Greek ancestry. Commonly regarded as one of the greatest classic holding midfielders, Varela was adept in defence and was renowned for his tenacity and leadership.

  13. Carlos Alberto Torres

    Carlos Alberto Torres


    Carlos Alberto Torres (born 17 July 1944, Rio de Janeiro) is a former Brazilian footballer. He is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time. He captained Brazil national team to victory in the 1970 World Cup, scoring the fourth goal in the final, considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament.

  14. Giuseppe Meazza

    Giuseppe Meazza


    Giuseppe "Peppino" Meazza (23 August 1910 – 21 August 1979), also known as il Balilla, was an Italian footballer playing mainly for Internazionale in the 1930s, scoring 242 goals in 365 games for the club. He led Italy to win two consecutive World Cups: in 1934 on home soil, and in 1938 as captain, winning the Golden Ball Award in 1934. He is widely considered one of the best players of his generation, and among the greatest of all time, as well as being the greatest Italian player of all time to some. Due to his technical skill, prolific goalscoring, and creative ability, he was often given the nickname "il genio" (the genius) by the Italian press during his career. He has been ranked fourth-best player in the history of the World Cup. With 33 goals, Meazza is also the second highest goalscorer for the Italian national team, and with 216 goals in Serie A, he is the fourth all-time highest goal scorer in Serie A, alongside José Altafini. With 338 goals, he is the third-highest goalscoring Italian player in all competitions.

  15. Cafú



    Marcos Evangelista de Morais (born 7 June 1970), known as Cafu is a Brazilian former professional footballer. He is the most internationally capped male Brazilian player and also made history playing for São Paulo, Roma and Milan. He is the only player to have appeared in three World Cup finals, winning two, 1994 and 2002.

  16. Dunga



    Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri (born October 31, 1963 in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul), commonly known as Dunga (pronounced ), is a former Brazilian footballer and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the current head coach of Brazil. Along with Xavi, he is one of only two men to have played in a World Cup, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and continental championship final. He is currently head coach of Brazil, being appointed in 2014 for a second time. He was previously from 2006 to 2010, where he led them to win the 2007 Copa América and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after which he was dismissed by the Brazilian Football Confederation. He was also head coach of Internacional in 2013.

  17. Daniel Passarella

    Daniel Passarella


    Daniel Alberto Passarella (born 25 May 1953) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a centre back, and former manager of the Argentina and Uruguay national football teams. He was captain of the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup. He was president of the River Plate sports club for 4 years after winning the elections by a very close margin in December 2009.

  18. Hilderaldo Bellini

    Hilderaldo Bellini


    Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini (7 June 1930 – 20 March 2014) was a Brazilian footballer of Italian origin who played and was known in Brazil as one of the most solid Central defender.

  19. José Nasazzi

    José Nasazzi


    José Nasazzi Yarza (24 May 1901 – 17 June 1968) was the Uruguayan footballer who captained his country when they won the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930.

  20. Gianpiero Combi

    Gianpiero Combi


    Gianpiero Combi (20 December 1902, Turin, Piedmont – 13 August 1956) was one of Italian football's greatest goalkeepers of all-time. He spent his entire career at Juventus FC and won the 1934 World Cup with the Italian national team. He was considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world during the 1930s, alongside Ricardo Zamora and František Plánička, and is regarded as one of Italy's greatest goalkeepers. Despite his small stature, he was a commanding keeper, who possessed notable strength, which he combined with his elegance, intelligence, and excellent technique; rather than for his flamboyance, he stood out in particular throughout his career due to his consistency. He is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

  21. Mauro Ramos

    Mauro Ramos


    Mauro Ramos, full name Mauro Ramos de Oliveira, (August 30, 1930 in Poços de Caldas – September 18, 2002) was an association footballer. He played centre-back for São Paulo F.C., Santos F.C. and the Brazilian national team.

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