Monthly Archives: January 2012

Flair Icons #15: Philippe Albert

Philippe Albert

by Robin Woolley (@rwoolley)


Born: 10/8/67, Bouillon, Belgium

Clubs: Charleroi, KV Mechelen, Anderlect, Newcastle United, Fulham

International: Belgium (41 caps, 5 goals)

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Flair Icons #14: Benito Carbone

Benito Carbone 

by Michael Laskey (@mike_laskey)

Born: 14/08/71

Clubs: Torino, Reggina, Casertana, Ascoli, Napoli, Inter Milan, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Bradford City, Derby County, Middlesborough, Como, Parma, Catanzaro, Vicenza, Sydney FC, Pavia

Management: Pavia, Varese

Former Premier League journeyman Benito ‘Benny’ Carbone is perhaps best remembered in Britain for his penchant for spectacular goals and flowing black hair.
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Top Tens: Fictional Footballers

by Tom Stewart

Football has occasionally crossed the small but significant divide into mainstream media via films, television, and back in the day- comics. Fictional footballers are often portrayed as having quite frankly ridiculous levels of skill and are caught up in scenarios that even Mario Balotelli would deem ‘over the top’

Here are our top 10 fictional footballers

10. Jack Scully- Neighbours

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Flair Icons #13: Eyal Berkovic

Eyal Berkovic

By Paz Bassra

Born: 02/04/1972, Regba, Israel

Clubs: Maccabi Haifa, Southampton (loan), West Ham United, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers (loan), Manchester City, Portsmouth, Maccabi Tel Aviv

International: Israel (82 caps, 14 goals)

Arguably Israel’s greatest ever player; the jewel in the Israeli Football Hall of Fame’s crown. His Hebrew nickname Ho-Kasem literally translates as ‘The Magician’, which is befitting of this midfield maestro. Here is the story of the man who the Israeli public consider to be their 94th greatest ever child.

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Flair Icons #12: Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio

by Sam Parish



Born: 9/7/68, Rome, Italy

Clubs: Lazio; Juventus; Napoli; Milan; Celtic; Sheffield Wednesday; West Ham; Charlton; Lazio; Cisco Roma

Management: Swindon Town


Just where do you start with this craziest of Italian characters? If you go purely on the numbers, Paolo had a very good but not quite great career, turning out 532 times for a variety of clubs including Sheffield Wednesday (when they were good), West Ham (when they were good), Charlton (when they were good), Lazio, Juventus, Celtic, Napoli and Milan, and scoring 127 times in the process. He also played nine times for the Italian under-21 team, scoring two goals. But as we know, Paolo is about so much more than the numbers.
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Flair Icons #11: Mark Bosnich

Mark Bosnich

by Sam Cutting

Bosnich, perhaps trying to even things up with a Winston Churchill impression


Born: 13/1/72, Fairfield, Australia

Clubs: Sydney Croatia, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Central Coast Mariners, Sydney Olympic

International: Australia (17 caps, 1 goal)


Back in those halcyon days of the mid-to-late 90’s, when society was happy remaining its normal size and football clung to those last ticket stubs of innocence, one middling-to-good football team with a middling-to-absurd goalkeeper led me tentatively through my first sojourns into the beautiful game.
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