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In the mid to late nineties, English football was awash with new money, and the ‘Spice Boys’ stereotype was born. Here, we go in search of the Liverpool star who most epitomised this phenomenon.
Robert Prosinečki was so talented that the Championship was simply child's play to him. It is a wonder how this mercurial, overweight, cigarette-puffing 32-year-old even wound up on the south coast – but Fratton Park was a richer place for it.
It's easy to see why David James was sold on the idea of coming to finish his career on this picturesque island.
Though he never fulfilled his potential at Liverpool, Gabriel Paletta has made a fine career for himself elsewhere. Amongst his fellow Italo-Argentinos, he is a symbol of working-class perseverance.
At times, the story of Jose Leandro Andrade sounds semi-fictional – and aspects of it probably are. But, rather than diminish his incredible legacy, this uncertainty strengthens the intrigue surrounding one of football's first truly global icons.
Considering his background, Javier Zanetti’s affinity with the impoverished people of Mexico was unsurprising. So he forged a bond with the Zapatista rebel movement, and Inter Milan followed his lead.
Several months on from the passing of one of the game's greatest icons, Shirsho Dasgupta examines how Johan Cruyff's upbringing in sixties Amsterdam prepared him for hero status among the Catalan people.
While it's not nearly time for Leeds fans to start thinking about promotion parties, the vast improvement in the team's form under Garry Monk cannot go unmentioned. Could the Yorkshire side finally be headed back to the Premier League?