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This page belongs to our Who's Who of Football History, a listing of prominent players, coaches and officials. In this section you'll find an overview of people who's last name starts with the letter B.

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Roberto Baggio (Player 1983-2004)
Roberto Baggio
Forward - Roberto Baggio rose to fame at Fiorentina, but was most successful with Juventus. What might have been his finest hour turned into a nightmare as the gifted playmaker botched his effort in the penalty shoot-out that decided the 1994 World Cup. Baggio was voted European Footballer of the year in 1993.
Clubs: Vicenza, Fiorentina, Juventus, AC Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan, Brescia
Born: February 18, 1967 (Caldogno, Italy)
Caps: 56 (27 goals)
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Marco van Basten (Player 1982-1993)
Marco van Basten
Forward - Marco van Basten's five goals at Euro 1988 helped the Dutch national team win it's only ever trophy. His spectacular volley in the final stands as one of the finest goals ever scored. Van Basten was voted European Footballer of the year in 1988, 1989 and 1992. Sadly an ankle injury cut short his career.
Clubs: Ajax, AC Milan
Born: October 31, 1964 (Utrecht, Holland)
Caps: 58 (24 goals)
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Franz Beckenbauer (Player 1964-1984)
Franz Beckenbauer
Defender - Nicknamed 'Der Kaiser', Franz Beckenbauer was a innovative sweeper that was the mainstay of the triple European Cup winning Bayern Munich team of the 1970's, and the German national team that won the 1974 World Cup. Beckenbauer was voted European Footballer of the year in 1972 and 1976.
Clubs: Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos, Hamburger SV
Born: September 11, 1945 (Munich, Germany)
Caps: 103 (14 goals)
Full Profile: Franz Beckenbauer

Igor Belanov (Player 1979-1997)
Igor Belanov
Forward - In 1986 Igor Belanov won the Cup Winners Cup with Dynamo Kiev, scored four goals in four games at the World Cup, and was voted European Footballer of the Year. But the fragile striker had his limitations. Belanov's penalty miss in the final of Euro 88 seemed to typify his lack of productivity in the box.
Clubs: Dynamo Kiev, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Eintracht Braunschweig, a.o.
Born: September 25, 1960 (Odessa, Soviet Union)
Caps: 33 (8 goals)
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George Best (Player 1963-1984)
George Best
Forward - A superb dribbler of the ball, George Best (1946) was undoubtedly the most naturally gifted British player of his generation. A combination of lightning pace, perfect balance, and ability to produce goals with both feet, meant Best was a handful for even the best of defenders.
Clubs: Manchester United, LA Aztecs, Fulham, FL Strikers, Hibernian, a.o.
Born: May 22, 1946 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Caps: 37 (9 goals)
Full Profile: George Best

Oleg Blokhin (Player 1969-1990)
Oleg Blokhin
Forward - Oleg Blokhin helped Dynamo Kiev win the European Cup Winners Cup in 1975 and 1986. One of the best players produced by the Soviet Union, he was a powerful striker who combined speed and athleticism with an excellent technique. Blokhin was voted European Footballer of the year in 1975.
Clubs: Dynamo Kiev, Vorwärts Steyr, Aris Limassol
Born: November 5, 1952 (Kiev, Soviet Union)
Caps: 101 (35 goals)[1]
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#1: Not included are matches played at the Olympics as these are no longer recognised as full caps by FIFA (after a decision in 1999). Otherwise the numbers would be 112 caps with 42 goals scored, as some sources report.

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