Pulse Sports has put together 14 things yo need to know about Stephen Appiah
2. The former Black Sars skipper was nicknamed Tornado, after he played in snow for Juventus, becoming one of the few black players to do so.
3. He played in two FIFA U-17 World Cups - 1995 and 1997 - making him one of the few to do so.
4. Appiah was one of the few players to have played for all the national teams in international competitions. He played for the Black Starlets in 1995, Starlets in 1997, Black Meteors in 2004 and Black Stars since the early 2000's.
5. He won gold with the Black Stars in Ecuador at the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
6. Appiah was the first Ghanaian to play for Juventus FC in the Italian Serie A
7. He played for Accra Hearts of Oak in the 1990s and emerged as the best player in the 1996 FA Cup, with Phobians winning the national knockout contest.
8. The former Brescia midfielder was the first Black Stars skipper to qualify Ghana for the FIFA World Cup in 2006. The Black Stars had failed on countless occasions to book a place in the Mundial until 2005 when Appiah led the West African giants to their first FIFA World Cup appearance. He would lead Ghana to qualify for the second time in 2010.
9. Pep Guardiola was his roommate during his playing days at Brescia in Italy.
10. He was the longest serving Black Stars skipper in post-independence era, serving from 2002 to 2010.
11. Stephen Appiah retired from professional football n 2010 at age 29.
12. Appiah was twice voted as the Ghana Player of the Year
13. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Appiah was a member of the technical team of the Black Stars.
14. The Black Stars Technical Coordinator was adjudged the Footballer of the Year in the Turkish League in 2007.