Thursday, April 24, 2014

The uncapped, Part Three

1- Gunnar Sauer
West German Gunnar Sauer was a defender with Werder Bremen with whom  he won the Bundesliga title in 1988.
His performances that season earned him a place on West Germany’s Finals squad for the 1988 Euros at home as well as the 1988 Olympics Finals squad.
However, despite being part of both squads, he never played in either and never gained a cap.

Photo from: Fussball Magazin, January 1988
(Gunnar Sauer) 

2- Andy Linighan
Englishman Andy Linighan was a defender whose best spell was with Norwich City (1988/90).
His displays earned him selection for the England ‘B’ Team.
His transfer to Arsenal in 1990 might have opened up opportunities for the full national team, however, he was unable to break into the famous Arsenal back four defense and was mainly used as a defensive cover.

Photo from: World Soccer, January 1991
(Andy Linighan with Arsenal, 1990/91)

3- Stefano Desideri
Italian midfielder Stefano Desideri had his best years at AS Roma from the mid 80s to early 90s. His performances earned him a spot in Italy’s squad for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, however, full international honors eluded him.
Even his transfer to Internazionale Milano in 1991 did not improve his chances and he left shortly thereafter to Udinese.

Photo from: Mondial, new series, Issue 106, January 1989
(Stefano Desideri, December 7, 1988, UEFA Cup, AS Roma 0-Dinamo Dresden 2)

4- ‘Isaias’ Marques Soares
Isaias was a Brazilian forward who made his name in Portuguese club Football. He had his best spell at giants Benfica with whom he won the League title in 1991 and 1994.
Despite his performances he was never selected ay Brazil. He later had a short spell at Coventry City before returning to Portugal.

Photo from: World Soccer, December 1991
(Isaias and Lee Dixon, November 6, 1991, Champions League, Arsenal 1-Benfica 3)

5- Henk Vos
Henk Vos was a dutch striker who played for many clubs in his career.
He most notably played in France with Metz and Sochaux and Standard Liege in Belgium.
Despite satisfactory performances away from home, he was never selected for the full national team.

Photo from: Onze-Mondial, Issue 27, April 1991
(Henk Vos with Metz, 1990/91)


  1. Nice post!!

    Here in Brazil, we currently have a surprising example of uncapped player: Darío Conca, a very talented Argentinian midfielder, who plays for Fluminense FC. In 2010, he was simply chosen the best player in Brazilian League, after leading Fluminense FC to the trophy.

    We just can't believe that Argentina has never called him up, not even for a single match. Some time ago, fans have even started a campaign for him to be called for Brazil (something that is very uncommon here, you know!).

  2. yeah it is amazing how some talented players are never given opportunities, how could brazil overlook a player like Deco for example

  3. Yes, Deco departed to Portugal as an unknown player. But at least he has succeeded there. I wonder how many talents are simply lost, without opportunities...