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Imports, Exports, Homegrown & the Turncoats

"This month's topic takes a look at who we consider to have been the most successful British exports (obviously not Ian Rush who described his torrid time in Turin with Juventus as, "It's like living in a foreign country"!), Outstanding Premier League imports (Cantona, Zola, Bergkamp), great players who came through the ranks at Man Utd (Beckham), West Ham (Moore) and Barcelona (Xavi), and ones that got away at Arsenal (Gus Caesar!). To top things off, the lowest of the low, the turncoats who showed no loyalty or dignity and turned out for their bitter rivals."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMPORTS (The Johnny Foreigners)

F1

Subs: Ruud Gullit - Jussi Jaaskelainen - Thierry Henry - Nemanja Vidic - Sami Hypia - Christiano Ronaldo - Gus Poyet - Fernando Torres - Gianfranco Zola - Brad Friedel - Lauren Etame - David Ginola - Juninho Paulista - Olof Mellberg - Paulo Di Canio - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - Eidur Gudjohnsen

Manager: Arsene Wenger  -  Assistant Manager: Gerard Houllier

 

 

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EXPORTS (Brits Abroad)

F2

Subs: Trevor Steven - Murdo MacLeod - Ray Wilkins - Graeme Souness - Trevor Francis - David Platt - Steve Archibald - Mark Hateley - Tony Woodcock - Tony Cascarino - Gordon Cowans - Paul Rideout

Manager: John Toshack  -  Assistant Manager: Terry Venables

 

 

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FC CATALONIA (From the arms of the Barcelona streets & schools)

F3

Subs: Gabri - Pepe Reina - Ivan De La Pena - Gerard Pique - Fran Merida - Bojan Krkic - Gerard Lopez - Albert Luque - Arnau Riera - Albert Jorquera - Sergi Busquets - David Garcia

Manager: Pichi Alonso  -  Assitant Manager: Carles Rexach

 

 

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THE ACADEMY (From Youth Team to full Hammer)

F4

Subs: George Parris - Paul Brush - Paul Ince - Rio Ferdinand - Mark Noble - Joe Cole - Frank Lampard jnr - Jermain Defoe - Jack Collison - Stephen Bywater - John Sissons - Paul Allen - Anton Ferdinand - Freddie Sears - James Tomkins - Junior Stanislas - Richard Garcia - Adam Newton - Jordan Spence - Zavon Hines - Bondz Ngala - Josh Payne

Manager: John Lyall  -  Assistant Manager: Harry Redknapp  -  Coach: Tony Carr

 

 

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MAN UTD YOUTH TEAM SQUAD 1992-95' (You can't win anything with kids!)

F5

Subs: John Curtis - Ben Thornley - Ronnie Wallwork - Pat McGibbon - Grant Brebner - Terry Cooke - Robbie Savage - Graeme Tomlinson - Simon Davies - Paul Gibson - John O'Kane - Phil Mulryne

Manager: Eric Harrison  -  Assistant Manager: Brian Kidd

 

 

 

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GOONER REJECTS (Ones that got away to fullfil their potential elsewhere...albeit, some not much!)

F7

Subs: Rohan Ricketts - Graham Stack - Fabrice Muamba - Igor Stepanovs - Paolo Vernazza - Sebastian Larsson - Arturo Lupoli - Lee Chapman - Jay Bothroyd - Alan Miller - Jason Crowe - Luis Boa Morte

 

 

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JUDAS! (Turncoats who have turned out for one club AND their bitter rivals!)

F8

Subs: Nigel Quashie (Pompey & Southampton) - Pat Jennings (Spurs & Arsenal) - Alan Smith (Leeds Utd & Man Utd) - Rio Ferdinand (Leeds Utd & Man Utd) - Liam Ridgwell (Aston Villa & Birmingham) - Darren Jackson (Hibs & Hearts) - Peter Barnes (Man City & Man Utd) - Mo Johnstone (Celtic & Rangers) - Peter Beardsley (Liverpool & Everton) - Peter Schmeichel (Man Utd & Man City) - Abel Xavier (Everton & Liverpool) - Chris Waddle (Newcastle & Sunderland) - Graham Alexander (Preston & Burnley) - El Hadj Diouf (Bolton & Blackburn) - Peter Beadle (Bristol Rovers & Bristol City) - Kevin Phillips (Aston Villa & Birmingham) - Willie Young (Spurs & Arsenal) - Gary Charles (Nottingham Forest & Derby)

Manager: Harry Redknapp (Pompey & Southampton)  -  Assistant Manager: Ron Saunders (Aston Villa & Birmingham)  -  Coach: Terry Neill (Spurs & Arsenal)