1919: Engelbert Koenig (90) – Austrian attacker who spent 12 of his 14 year career in Italy, playing with the likes of Fiorentina, Lazio, Sampdoria and Genoa in Serie A. Most prolific stint came with the Aquile, where he managed to score 45 times in just 71 matches, meaning that he was scoring at an average of more than one goal per game.
1922: Nils Liedholm (died 2007) – Extremely talented midfielder, who burst onto the scene in Italy, scoring 18 goals in 37 appearances in his first season with Milan. Well known for his sublime passing skills, the Swedish international played with the Rossoneri until the age of 41, before hanging up the boots with 359 appearances and 81 goals to his name. Won four Scudetti with the Italians in the 1950s, and he continued this into his coaching career, as he picked up a further two – one with the Milanese outfit in 1978/1979, and one with Roma four seasons later. Also led the Giallorossi to three Coppa Italia titles in the early 80s, and was the man in charge when they were defeated on penalties in the final of the European Cup in 1984 to Liverpool.
1957: Antonio Cabrini (52) – World Cup winning left-back for Italy, who is arguably one of the greatest to ever play the position. Following three impressive seasons with Cremonese and Atalanta respectively, Cabrini earned a move to the giants of Italian football Juventus, where he would go on to spend the next 13 years from 1976-1989, winning a respectable six Scudetti along the way. Nicknamed ‘Bell’Antonio’ due to his good looks whilst on the field, he earned his first cap for the Azzurri in the 1978 World Cup group stage, when the Italians squared off against France. From there, he would go on to become an integral part of the squad for many years to come, making 73 appearances and scoring on nine occasions – a record for a defender – over his nine year career. Went on to coach the lower levels in Italy, before a brief stint with Syria that came to an end in 2008.
1959: Antonio Tempestilli (50) – Pint-sized defender, who was purchased by Inter at the age of just 20. Made five appearances in one season there, before being offloaded to Como, where he made his mark on Italian football. Joined Roma in 1987, and went on to make 105 appearances, scoring five times, and clinching an Italian Cup in 1991.
1968: Zvonimir Boban (41) – Intellectual midfield genius who joined Bari for a brief period from Dinamo Zagreb, prior to going on to link up with Milan, where he managed to win four Scudetti at in a seven year period. All up he spent a decade with the Milanese outfit, scoring just 21 times in 178 appearances. He earned eight caps for the Yugoslav national team between 1988-1991, before seeing the remainder of his international days out with Croatia. Was a member of the Croatian side that finished in third place at the World Cup in France ‘98.
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com