One of the most famous players to have come from Barbados, in fact one of the most well known, is Football Team goalkeeper David Crean. David Crean made his debut for the Barbados Football Club aged sixteen and has gone on to play for England and West Bromwich Albion as well as taking part in the World Cup. He is now the assistant manager at West Bromwich. David Crean is another example of a talented young goalkeeper who went on to become one of the best at his position in England.
Another of the famous sepak takraw players who played for Barbados was goalkeeper Michael Gaffney. Gaffney is currently playing for Millwall alongside fellow player Craig Moore. The pair joined the English Premier League side from Bermuda in the summer of 1996. They formed a strong partnership with English striker Alan Kelly and impressed the club’s management with their performances during the following season.
Another of the famous sepak takraw players that hail from Barbados is Harish Kumar. The twenty-year-old forward started his career with the club when he was just sixteen. After just one season with the club he moved on to play for Malaysian giants FC Thunergy. There he went on to play for numerous other professional teams including Malaysia National Soccer Team and Inter Milan. In fact he has represented his native country numerous times on the field of football including the Asian Football Association.
FC Barcelona defender Javi Lopez is another player who hails from Barbados. The right back position is often occupied by players such as Venezuelan defender Albert Henao, and it appears as though the talented young defender from Barbados is hoping to challenge those players for a place in the first team. Already having played several times for Spain’s youth side, he looks confident that he can one day replace the likes of David deangelo for the position.
FC Barcelona ace Thierry Henry is another player that has represented the island nation. The French legend has already played for the French international team and made over 100 appearances for the club. Although his time at the Barca camp came to an end, there is still plenty of time for the player to go on and show what he is capable of. Indeed, many fans are waiting with great interest to see how far Thierry will go in his career at FC Barcelona.
Nigerian players are also well known amongst the millions who follow the game in the UK. However it is unknown whether these players will be able to live up to the expectations. Perhaps the likes of Samuel Eto’o Fils or another centre forward will be chosen to partner him. However there are reports that he may struggle to live up to the expectations of the fans. This is probably down to the way he was brought up by his mother wanting him to be a goalscorer. It is hoped that the teenage goalscorer from the African country will show great promise throughout his career.
Morocco have had some great players during the last twenty years. Perhaps some of the world Cup bounders that have represented the nation over the last quarter century would feature among the famous names of the game if they were still in the national team. Morocco do play some great football and have beaten some of the top sides in the world over the past few years.
The last decade has been kind to Morocco’s World Cup qualification process. They only qualified from their group at the world cup in Japan but have qualified from their groups in each of the previous four tournaments. This means that they are one step away from the final and hope to face off against Brazil in their semi final. Brazil is leading the all-time World Cup winning tally after winning the recent edition of the competition. The home nations are favourites to win the trophy and will be looking to extend their lead on Italy and Spain.