A-Z

A celebration of These Football Times’ writers’ favourite stars of the 2000s, from Alonso and Kaka to Zidane and Henry.

A-Z of the 2000s: Thierry Henry

There are few players who define a generation as adroitly as Thierry Henry, the man who reinvented what it meant to be a striker in England

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A-Z of the 2000s: Guti

Some people will argue Guti should be nowhere near this list, but they miss the point of what he was: the most bafflingly brilliant footballer of his era

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A-Z of the 2000s: Luís Figo

To this day “Luís Figo pig head” is the first search suggested by Google when you type his name. It’s a shame. He was greater than that, far greater

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A-Z of the 2000s: Samuel Eto’o

The greatest son of his nation and a true African legend, Samuel Eto’o would forge a unique path to immortality at Barcelona in 2000s

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A-Z of the 2000s: Didier Drogba

Over the course of the 2000s, how strikers played changed vastly, and much of this was down to the attributes Didier Drogba brought to his game

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A-Z of the 2000s: Iker Casillas

Through his rise above adversity, Iker Casillas can instigate a change in one’s perception of greatness, which suggests a talent worth celebrating

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A-Z of the 2000s: Michael Ballack

Despite his near-misses, when leading men, when redefining a role and offering hope where none was to be found, Michael Ballack was king

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A-Z of the 2000s: Xabi Alonso

The owner of an absorbent footballing brain, Xabi Alonso would become one of the world’s most perceptive and intelligent midfielders in the 2000s

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