World Cup Meteors: Grosso, the Last Minute Man

“You will take the last penalty, because you have always been decisive so far.” This is what coach Marcello Lippi told Fabio Grosso before the penalty shootouts that determined the outcome of World Cup 2006 Final between Italy and France. Lippi’s choice to bet on a player who was not even part of his original starting lineup proved to be a winning one.

World Cup Meteors: Guivarc’h, Goalless World Champ

Sometimes, you make it to history not because of what you did, but of what you didn’t do. The France squad that won World Cup 1998 featured strikers like Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet. Yet, their starting forward was Stéphane Guivarc’h. Today’s World Cup Meteor (Number 9 on the pitch, and in our countdown) is the striker who won a world title without scoring a goal.