They each left an indelible mark on the Bundesliga. Nine legends in their own right, now proudly flying the Bundesliga flag across the globe.
Like Anthony Baffoe, the son of a diplomat who was best known for his ruthless style of play against opposition defenders.
'The Diplomat' was as dynamic off the pitch as he was on it, actively fighting racism in sport and everyday life, and continuing to do so now in his role as Ghanaian football's General Secretary.
Get to know the iconic members of the Bundesliga Legends Network below.
- Name:Anthony Baffoe
- Date of birth: May 25th, 1965 in Bonn/Germany
- Bundesliga Games: 74 (4 goals)
- Bundesliga Clubs: FC Köln, SC Fortuna Köln, Stuttgarter Kickers, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, Fortuna Düsseldorf
- Caps: 25
Born in Bonn, Germany, the son of a diplomat, Anthony Baffoe was less diplomatic with the treatment he reserved for opposition forwards. His attacking instincts – he originally played as a forward for 1.FC Köln – remained in his repertoire when he moved to full-back, with his dynamic runs and crosses getting Bundesliga fans on the edge of their seats.
He was one of the architects of one of the most spectacular stories in German football, helping Bundesliga 2 side Stuttgarter Kickers reach the final of the DFB Cup, where he set up the opening goal for the rank outsiders before being beaten 3-1 by Bundesliga champions Hamburger SV in front of 76,000 fans in Berlin's Olympiastadion.
Overall, he made 74 Bundesliga appearances for Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorf, scoring four goals, as well as his 25 international caps for Ghana, thanks to his roots with the African country.
He now works in his homeland as General Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana.