Monday, December 30, 2013

Short International Careers, Part Three

1- Gérard Buscher
Gérard Buscher was a striker who started out at OGC Nice.
He exploded on the scene during the 1984/85 season, after joining Brest Armorique from Nantes. During this season, he was one of top goalscorers in the League.
He did receive a few call ups, but his actual debut for the French national team was in a friendly vs. Switzerland on August 19, 1986 (0 to 2 loss).
He started the match but was substituted by Bruno Bellone in the 68th minute.
The following year, after transferring to ambitious Matra Racing Paris, he earned his second and final cap in a friendly vs. West Germany on August 12, 1987 (1 to 2 loss).
In this match he replaced Jean-Pierre Papin in the 55th minute.

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 112, April 1985
(Gérard Buscher with Brest Armorique, 1984/85)

2- Earl Delisser Barrett
Ear Barrett was a defender who made his name with Manager Joe Royle at Oldham Athletic.
He earned his first cap in England’s Tour of Oceania in the summer of 1991 in a match on June 3, 1991 vs. New Zealand (1 to 0 win).
After being overlooked for two years he earned a recall as an Aston Villa player by taking part in another summer tour. This time in 1993 in United States for the US Cup.
He played on June 13, 1993 vs. Brazil (1 to 1 tie) and on June 19th vs. Germany (1 to 2 loss).

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 37, February 1992
(Earl Barrett, June 3, 1991, New Zealand 0-England 1)

3- Alessandro Melli
Alessandro Melli was part of the exciting Parma squad that had earned promotion to Serie A in 1990. In his first few seasons, many predicted a bright future for him with the Azzurri.
It came as no surprise when Arrigo Sacchi selected him for Italy’s World Cup qualifier vs. Malta on March 24, 1993 ( 6 to 1 win).
He earned his second and final cap a few weeks later on April 14, 1993 in another World Cup qualifier vs. Estonia (2 to 0 win).
The following season he fell out of favor as a starter at Parma after the arrival of Gianfranco Zola.
He never recaptured his old form and as a result did not earn any more caps.

                               Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 27, April 1991

(Alessandro Melli)

4- Sebastiano Losada
Sebastiano Losada was a Real Madrid youth product who was on the fringes of the first team, but never really established himself there despite a successful loan spell with RCD Espanol (1987/88).
After leaving Real Madrid, he had two unsuccessful spells for Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
He joined Celta Vigo in 1993 and earned his only cap in a friendly vs. Uruguay on January 18, 1995, when he replaced Juan Antonio Pizzi at halftime.
That was his one and only cap and he retired at the conclusion of that season, aged just 27.

Photo From: Don Balon-Espana-January 23-29, 1995
(Sebastiano Losada, January 18, 1995, Spain 2-Uruguay 2)

5- Abel Resino
Abel Resino was Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper during the Jesus Gil era.
He had his personal best season during the 1990/91 season when he kept a clean sheet in the League from November to March.
He broke the Spanish First Division record as well as Dino Zoff’s record set in 1972-74 for the Italian national team.
He earned his only two caps during this season in Luis Suarez last two matches as Spain Manager.
In both matches he replaced Andoni Zubizaretta and both matches were losses: March 27, 1991 (came on at haltime, Spain 2-Hungary 4, 3 goals conceded by Abel) and April 17, 1991 (came on 84th minute, Spain 0-Romania 2).

Photo From: World Soccer, April 1991
(Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Abel Resino)

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