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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 March, 2004, 12:45 GMT
Fifa to unveil 100 greatest
Brazil legend Pele has picked his top 100
Fifa will unveil its 100 greatest living footballers at a centenary gala in London on Thursday.

England skipper David Beckham has been named in the 100, which was selected by Brazilian legend Pele.

Other Englishmen include Gordon Banks, Bobby Charlton, Kevin Keegan, Gary Lineker, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

But Pele's selections caused a stir back home as he has picked more French and Italians than Brazilians and overlooked former team-mate Jairzinho.

Other notable absentees include Denis Law, Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs and 1966 World Cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst.

Scotland's Kenny Dalglish and Northern Ireland's George Best made the list.

In February Thierry Henry, Roy Keane, Mia Hamm, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Roberto Baggio were named as the first five in the list of 100.

Fifa limits substitutions
28 Feb 04  |  Football

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