Kevin Kurányi

Kevin Kurányi was born in 1982 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He played as a striker. Having a choice between four countries to play for, due to his mixed background (a German father of Hungarian descent and a Panamanian mother), he eventually chose to play for the German national football team, scoring 19 goals in 52 games between 2003 and 2008.

Kurányi speaks Brazilian Portuguese and German, as well as conversational English, Russian, Spanish, and Hungarian. His career total is 542 appearances and 210 goals scored.

Kevin Kurány signed his first professional contract in 2001 at the age of 19 with VfB Stutgart, playing 99 matches for the professional team (following 33 matches with 10 goals scored for the amateur team) and scoring an impressive 40 goals. He was the top scorer from Germany in the Bundesliga in the 2002/03 season, being largely responsible for the team finishing second in the league.

In 2005 Kurányi transferred to Schalke, singing a contract to 2009–10.

In spring 2010 Kurányi announced moving to Dynamo Moscow for a three-year contract. The contract was renewed until 2015, with Kevin becoming the team's captain in 2012.

After the expiration of the contract, he came back to Germany, signing for 1899 Hoffenheim for one year.

In 2017 Kurányi announced hanging up the boots, stating that at his age (35 at the time) it was time for him to focus on other things in life.

He is married to a Croatian Viktorija Peličić. Their first son Karlo was born in 2005, and their daughter Vivien Carmen in 2008.

Nuno Gomes

Nuno Gomes is a former Portuguese football player (played as a striker). Unlike the name of most footballers, his is a nickname given to him during childhood after Fernando Gomes, a famous footballer and recipient of about 50 caps for Portugal.

Nuno Gomes is one of the most popular offensive players between the 1990s and 2000s, scoring consistently for both his native country and the club. He spent most of his football career playing for Benfica, netting 166 goals in 398 games throughout 12 seasons. Gomes also played for Boavista, Fiorentina, Braga and Blackburn Rovers. His career total appearance count is 609 and goals scored count is 227.

Gomes was born in Amarante, making his debut in the Primeira in the 94/95 season at the age of 18. He won his first Taça de Portugal in 1997, contributing a goal to the 3-2 winning score in the final against Benfica. Following his hugely successful two seasons, with 79 games played and 23 goals scored, the Portuguese was transferred to Benfica. Before that he ranked joint-forth top scorer in his last year with Boavista.

Following three seasons at Benfica, Gomes scored more than 60 goals during 100 appearances, a success that resulted in a 17 mln. € transfer to Fiorentina. He later returned to Benfica following two seasons with Fiorentina, helping the club win the domestic cup in 2003/04, as well as the league in the next season, despite a series of injuries. His finest season was probably 2005/06, with 15 goals scored in the league, which included a hat trick against U.D. Leiria.

Gomes represented his native country in a total of two world cups and three European championships, contributing to the team winning silver during Euro 2004 and bronze in Euro 2000. He won 79 senior caps total.

Gomes was quoted saying hard work and self-belief are crucial for a striker, as even though your career may be going well, there are times you may be losing confidence.