Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzut ˈøːzil]; born 15 October 1988) is a footballer who plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and for the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, when he debuted for first professional league season and a member of the German national team since 2009. He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award which is awarded to the tournament's best player. Following his breakout performance at the World Cup, he was transferred to Real Madrid in August 2010.
His nicknames include “der neue Diego” – the new Diego – in reference to Brazilian Diego Ribas da Cunha whose playmaker-role he inherited at Werder Bremen, "German Messi" and "German Zidane".
- Lukas Podolski (German pronunciation: [ˈluːkas poˈdɔlski]) (born as Łukasz Podolski on 4 June 1985 nicknamed (Prinz) Poldi) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for FC Bayern Munich and is a member of the German national team.
- Keisuke Honda (本田 圭佑, Honda Keisuke?, born 13 June 1986) is a Japanese footballer who currently plays for Russian CSKA Moscow. and the Japan national football team. His current position is as a deep-lying playmaker, but he can equally play as an attacking midfielder or second striker. He is also a very skilled free kick taker scoring two in the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
- Lee Chung-Yong (Hangul: 이청용; born July 2, 1988) is a South Korean football midfielder who currently plays for FC Seoul.
Lee Chung Yong currently is one of the most promising South Korean footballing talents. His first under-23 match was against Syria in Damascus, October 17, 2007. He was a first choice for the 2008 Beijing Olympics squad, as the manager highly bought his agility and passing ability. He scored his first national team goal against Syria in Seoul World Cup Stadium, 2008.
Ángel Fabián di María (born 14 February 1988 in Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays as a winger for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Argentina national football team. He is also nicknamed as El Angelito, Di Magia, El Flaco, El Pibito and Fideo, the Spanish word for noodle.