Category Archives: Flair Icons

Flair Icons #19: Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier

by Paz Bassra (@PazBassra)

Born: 14/10/1968, Guernsey (yes, really)

Clubs: Southampton (540 games, 210 goals in all competitions)

International: England (8 caps, 0 goals), England B (6 caps, 3 goals), England U21 (21 caps,
3 goals)

Xavi Hernández – “His talent was simply out of the norm. He could simply dribble past
seven or eight players but without speed – he just walked past them. For me he was
sensational”.

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Flair Icons #18: Denis Compton

Denis Compton

by Paz Bassra

 

Born: 23/05/1918 (Hendon, Middlesex)

Died: 23/04/1997 (Windsor, Berkshire)

Clubs: Arsenal

International: 12 wartime internationals for England, no official caps

Denis Compton is one of the greatest cricketers ever, as evidenced in his induction to the ICC
Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. He had a batting average of 50, including 17 centuries, over
78 Tests. His first class record was also astounding: over 500 matches, nearly 39000 runs, at
an average of almost 52 with 123 centuries. On top of that, he was also a useful slow left-arm
Chinaman bowler with 25 Test wickets.

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Flair Icons #17: Hristo Stoichkov

Hristo Stoichkov

by Tom Stewart

Born: 8/2/66 (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Clubs: Zavod; Hebros; CSKA Sofia; Barcelona; Parma; Barcelona; CSKA Sofia; Al-Nassr; Kashiwa Reysol; Chicago Fire; DC United

International: Bulgaria (83 caps, 37 goals)

Management: Bulgaria; Celta Vigo; Mamelodi Sundowns; Litex Lovech

Do you remember the 90’s? Do you share my love for Bulgarian’s? If the answer to these questions was ‘yes’ then I can only suggest you read on. Our latest entrant to the Flair Hall of Fame was known as ‘The Dagger’, ‘The Dog’, ‘The Modern Left’ and ‘The Gunslinger’. You may know him as Hristo Stoichkov.

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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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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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