Friday, August 21, 2015

Error in Casting, Part Seven

1- Davor Suker and Arsenal 1999/2000
Croatian striker Davor Suker left Real Madrid in the summer 1999 after being unable to command a starting spot. He joined Arsenal as an extra attacking option after Nicolas Anelka had left that summer. However, his time at Arsenal was just as frustrating as his last season at Real Madrid. At the end of the season he joined West Ham United.

Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 27, February 2000
(Davor Suker at Arsenal, 1999/2000)

2- Marcio Santos and Fiorentina 1994/95 and Ajax Amsterdam 1995/97
Brazilian defender Marcio Santos stood out during the 1994 World Cup, where he earned a starting spot in the victorious squad. He was rewarded with a transfer to Fiorentina for the 1994/95. However, his time there was frustrating and failed to settle. The new European Champions of Ajax of Louis van Gaal took a gamble on him by recruiting him in the summer of 1995. But he had a disappointing time at Ajax as well and after two seasons he left European Football.

Photo From: World Soccer, February 1995
(Marcio Santos with Roger Milla and Aldair, June 24, 1994, World cup, Brazil 3-Cameroon 0)

3- Fernando De Napoli and AC Milan 1992/94
Italian International midfielder joined AC Milan in the summer of 1992 after six successful seasons at Napoli, where he won the Scudetto twice. However, his arrival coincided with a spending spree at Milan that brought other midfielders such as Stefano Eranio, Zvonimir Boban, Gianluigi Lentini, Dejan Savicevic to a midfield already containing Ro0berto Donadoni, Alberigo Evani, Demetrio Albertini and Franck Rijkaard. Needless to say, his playing was so limited that he played less than 10 matches in two seasons. He left in 1994 for Reggiana to wind down his career.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 151, July 1988
(Fernando De Napoli during the 1988 Euros)

4- Thomas Haessler and Borussia Dortmund 1998/99
International German midfielder Thomas Haessler joined Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 1998. Much was expected of him and his partnership with fellow International Andy Moeller. However, he was unable to settle into the squad and had problems with young manager Michael Skibbe. In all he managed to play 18 matches all season. At the end of the season, he joined TSV Munich 1860.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 14, March 1990
(Thomas Haessler in action with the West German Olympics squad in 1988)

5- Nigel Clough and Liverpool 1993/96
English striker Nigel Clough joined Liverpool as an expensive transfer after his father’s squad Nottingham Forest was relegated.
His time at Liverpool was frustrating with the Manager Graeme Souness who had signed him resigned in midseason, The emergence of young striker Robbie Fowler also restricted his opportunities.

Midway through the 1995/96 season, he transferred to Manchester City.

Photo From: World Soccer, September 1993
(Nigel Clough and Thomas Helmer, June 19, 1993, US Cup, Germany 2-England 1)

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