1- Christian Karembeu and Real Madrid 1998/2000
French midfielder Christian Karembeu joined Real Madrid from Sampdoria in the midseason of the 1997/98 season after a tug-of-war involving Barcelona.
His first half season at Real Madrid was solid and he won the Champions League.
However, starting his first full season (1998/99) and the following season (1999/2000), he was overlooked by successive Real Madrid Managers (Guus Hiddink, John Toshack, Vicente Del Bosque) and was often benched.
In the end he had no option but to leave and joined Middlesbrough in 2000.
Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 111, April 1998
(Christian Karembeu at Real Madrid, 1997/98)
2- Peter van Vossen and Ajax Amsterdam 1993/95
Dutch forward Peter van Vossen joined Ajax Amsterdam in the summer of 1993 after a solid season Internationally and for his Belgian club Anderlecht.
However, he was unable to crack the starting lineup in Louis van Gaal’s young and emerging Ajax side and often made appearances as a substitute.
In the summer of 1995, he joined Turkey’s Istanbulspor and then Rangers Glasgow.
Photo From: de Internationals, de Historie van Oranje, Authors Matty Verkamman, Henri van der Steen, John Volkers
(Peter van Vossen , February 10, 1999, Portugal 0-Holland 0)
3- Bernardo and Bayern Munich 1991/92
Brazilian defender ‘Bernardo’ Fernandes da Silva joined Bayern Munich in the summer of 1991 from Sao Paulo. While his compatriot, the striker Mazinho II adapted better, he was poor in a side that was about to implode and only made a handful of appearances. By midseason he had left and joined Brazilian club Internacional.
Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, Issue 878 (Number 3), January 15-21, 1992
(Brazilian defender Bernardo at Bayern Munich, 1991/92)
4- David Speedie and Liverpool 1991
Scottish forward David Speedie was Kenny Dalglish’s last ever signing as Liverpool boss in January 1991, joining from Coventry City.
In the summer of 1991, new Manager Graeme Sounesss transferred him out to Blackburn Rovers.
According to the player, there were personal issues with Souness and did not get along with him.
Though he is often referred as a Liverpool flop due to his short stay, many point out that he scored six goals in twelve matches.
Photo From: Mondial, new series, Issue 90, September 1987
(David Sppedie, August 1, 1987, FA Charity Shield, Everton 1-Coventry City 0)
5- Gerhard Rodax and Atletico Madrid 1991/92
Austrian striker Gerhard Rodax joined Atletico Madrid in the summer of 1990 as one of Europe’s top goalscorers in the previous season with Admira WackerHowever, he was unable to adapt to the Spanish La Liga and by the following year had returned to the Austrian League.
Photo From: Panini, World Cup 2002