Football trivia: Name these five legendary European players

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Everyone loves a bit of football trivia from time to time, but do you have what it takes to name our five players based only on a few little facts? Why not give it a go, you’ll find the answers at the bottom – so no cheating!


1 – Scotland’s Finest


This player started his career in his home nation of Scotland playing for St Johnstone. After a spell at Sunderland between 1981 and 1983, he returned to play for Rangers under John Greig. During his time at Ibrox between 1983 and 1998, he managed to score 250 goals in 418 appearances – no surprise then that he was given a hero’s welcome when he returned to manage the team a few years later – but who is he?


2 – A Welsh Rare Bit


He is famous for having been one of the centrepieces of the Manchester United squad since 1991, but this legendary midfielder started his youth career on the other side of town at rivals Manchester City. Not only has he had a successful career as a club player and international star for Wales, but his current boss has reportedly said he could be the man to manage him after he leaves, but can you name him?


3 – Raw English Power


One of the most enduring memories of this player will no doubt be his penalty against Spain in the 1996 European Championship. But whether he was playing for his club or his country, one thing you could never doubt about him was his sheer dedication. Successful spells at a number of British clubs – most notably Nottingham Forest – led him to management at Manchester City, before a number of international duties for the England Under-21s and Olympic team.


4 – The Dutch Dynamo


By the time this striker arrived at Arsenal in 1995, he already had 114 goals under his belt for Ajax and Inter Milan. But it was during late 1990s and early 2000s that he truly set the Premiership fixtures alight week after week with goals for the north London club. His tally for the team had reached 87 by the time he retired in 1996 – but he will forever be remembered as the non-flying Dutchman due to his phobia of flight, something which had a significant impact on his European club career.


5 – A Sharp Dressed Man


Proving that every girl is crazy about a sharp-dressed man, this midfielder married a former FHM UK ‘Sexiest Woman in the World’ winner in 1998 and made a name for himself at Liverpool between 1991 and 2002. He started his professional career at Bournemouth and spent time at Southampton and Tottenham, but nowadays he can be found on Sky Sports as a popular pundit and commentator.


So, what were the answers? 1) Ally McCoist, 2) Ryan Giggs, 3) Stuart Pearce, 4) Dennis Bergkamp, 5) Jamie Rednapp

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This article was published on 2012/03/24