Friday, February 27, 2015

Short International Careers, Part Nine

1- David Gerald Unsworth
Everton defender David Unsworth caught the eye of Terry Venables in Everton’s FA Cup winning run of 1994/95.
For the Umbro Cup that was to take place in the summer of 1995, Unsworth was called up as a replacement after Tony Adams had to withdraw because of injury.
His only cap was in the very first match on June 3rd, 1995 vs. Japan (2-1 win).
He was never called up again.

Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 27, February 2000
(David Unsworth)

2- Pascal Baills
French defender Pascal Baills was a teammate of Laurent Blanc at Montpellier. His solid performances allowed Montpellier to reach the quarterfinals of the Cup Winners Cup in 1990/91 where they were eliminated by Manchester United.
He earned his only cap a few weeks after this elimination when he came on as a substitute for Pascal Vahirua in the 56th minute of France’s EC Qualifier vs. Albania at Paris (March 30, 1991, France 5-Albania 0).
His total International career amounted to 34 minutes. He was never called up again as a big move to Olympique Marseille in the offseason did not increase his chances, since he was unable to break into such a competitive squad full of Internationals.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 25, February 1991
(Pascal Baills with Montpellier, 1990/91)

3- Massimiliano Cappioli
Italian Midfielder Massimiliano Cappioli was a member of the Cagliari squad that earned promotion to the Serie A in 1990 and qualified for the UEFA Cup in 1993.
These performances earned him a move to AS Roma in 1993. Arrigo Sacchi selected him only once in a Friendly vs. France in Naples on February 16, 1994 (1-0 France win).
He replaced Giovanni Stroppa in the 65th minute. Therefore his International career amounted to 25 minutes.

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo-January 30-February 5, 1991
(Massimiliano Cappioli with Cagliari, 1990/91)

4- Jerry Murrien de Jong
Dutch defender Jerry De Jong was signed by PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 1989. He earned only 3 caps in his career and all were during the 1990/91 season and all were European Championship qualifiers.
November 21, 1990-Holland 2-Greece 0
December 19, 1990-Malta 0-Holland 8
April 17, 1991-Holland 2-Finland 0
He is the father of current Dutch International Nigel De Jong.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, de histoire van oranje, 1989-1995, Authors: Matty Verkamman and Henk Mees
(Jerry De Jong before his first ever cap, November 21, 1990, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Greece 0)

5- Paul Steiner
Long serving Koln defender Paul Steiner was previously uncapped when he was surprisingly chosen, as a 33 year old,  as one of the final 22 members of West Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning squad by Franz Beckenbauer.

His only cap was prior to the World Cup, when he replaced Klaus Augenthaler in the second half of a Friendly vs. Denmark on May 30, 1990 at Gelsenkirchen (1-0 win). He never played for Germany again.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, January february 1984
(FC Koln’s Paul Steiner, 1983/84)

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