Liverpool vs Chelsea UEFA Super Cup: What happened next to the stars of 2005 Champions League victory as Reds return to Istanbul

14 Aug

Liverpool are returning to Istanbul 14 years after their Champions League triumph over AC Milan.

Rafael Benitez’s side famously came back from 3-0 down at half-time to win on penalties in 2005.

They return to Turkey as the current European champions to face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, with commentary live on talkSPORT.

Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties
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Here is what happened to those players following that unbelievable night.

Jerzy Dudek

Left Liverpool in 2007 to become Iker Casillas’ deputy at Real Madrid, where he spent four seasons before retiring in 2011.

Jerzy Dudek was a hero in the penalty shootout before being replaced in Liverpool’s goal by Pep Reina
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Steve Finnan

Spent an injury-affected season at Espanyol after leaving Anfield in 2008 and then joined Portsmouth, retiring after their 2010 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea. Currently involved with London-based construction firm Finnan Developments.

Djimi Traore

After spells at Charlton, Birmingham, Monaco and Marseille, the Frenchman spent two years in the United States with the Seattle Sounders before retiring in 2014. He is now one of the assistant coaches with the Major League Soccer club.

Sami Hyypia

He bid farewell to Anfield in 2009 and headed to Bayer Leverkusen where he finished his playing career before becoming assistant manager and then manager.

After being sacked in April 2014 he became Brighton boss in June but lasted just six months. He spent the 2015/16 season in charge of Swiss side FC Zurich before being dismissed. He now has a keen interest in ice hockey and motocross.

Jamie Carragher

The centre-back retired in 2013 after 737 appearances for Liverpool and has since become a Sky Sports pundit.

John Arne Riise

Riise spent three years with Roma after leaving Anfield in 2008 before returning to England with Fulham.

He then went on to have spells with APOEL in Cyprus, Indian club Delhi Dynamos, Norwegian outfit Aalesund and Indian side Chennaiyin before hanging up his boots.

He had a brief spell as technical director of Maltese club Birkirkara earlier this year before resigning due to personal reasons.

Dietmar Hamann and John Arne Risse celebrate in Istanbul in 2005
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Steven Gerrard

The final player from that night in Istanbul to depart Anfield, Gerrard left his boyhood club in 2015 to tackle a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

He spent a year in America before retiring in November 2016, and 18 months later was handed the managerial reins at Scottish club Rangers.

Steve Gerrard was the last player to leave the club
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Luis Garcia

After his departure for Atletico Madrid in 2007 the Spaniard spent two seasons in the Spanish capital before spells at Racing Santander, Panathinaikos and Mexican sides Puebla Club and Universidad Nacional.

He announced his retirement in January 2014 only to make a short-lived comeback for newly formed Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata, with another brief stint following in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners in 2016.

Xabi Alonso

Played a pivotal role for Real Madrid for five seasons after his Liverpool exit in 2009, culminating in the club’s 10th Champions League victory in 2014. Alonso then spent three years patrolling Bayern Munich’s midfield and returned to Madrid to coach Real’s under-14s in 2018 before moving last month back to his first professional club, Real Sociedad, to take charge of their youth team.

Harry Kewell

The Australian left Anfield for Galatasaray in 2008 for three seasons and returned home to play for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart – either side of a short spell with Qatari’s Al-Gharafa – where he retired in March 2014.

He has since taken his first steps in management with Watford’s youth team, Crawley and most recently Notts County.

Milan Baros

Left for Aston Villa immediately after the Istanbul win and later played for Lyon, Portsmouth and Galatasaray before three times rejoining Banik Ostrava – the club he originally left in 2001 to join Liverpool – amid stints with Turkish side Antalyaspor and Czech outfits Mlada Boleslav and Slovan Liberec.

Dietmar Hamann

Left for Manchester City after Liverpool’s 2006 FA Cup win, having initially agreed to join Bolton, before finishing his playing career in 2011 at Milton Keynes Dons where he was player-coach.

Hamann joined Leicester as first-team coach before a short, ill-fated spell as manager of newly relegated Conference Premier side Stockport. Now a media pundit.

Vladimir Smicer

His last Liverpool appearance was the final, in which he scored, and his career could never match up to those heights. He spent two seasons with Bordeaux before returning to first professional club Slavia Prague and retiring in May 2010.

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Vladimir Smicer scored one of the goals that helped Liverpool come back from 3-0 down[/caption]

Djibril Cisse

Enjoyed a nomadic existence after leaving Anfield in 2006, with stints at Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio, QPR, Al-Gharafa and Kuban Krasnodar before returning to his homeland with Bastia and then briefly Saint-Pierroise.

Having announced his retirement due to injury in October 2015, he hoped to make a comeback but announced his retirement again in February 2017 and told Yahoo Sport, where he was set to work as a pundit: “I’m going to give myself body and soul to my career as a DJ, a producer, and as a pundit, as well as develop my line of clothing.”

He came out of retirement again to play for Swiss side Yverdon two years ago and then Italian Serie D team AC Vicenza 1902 last year.

Steven Gerrard and Rafael Benitez celebrate with the Champions League trophy in 2005
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Manager: Rafael Benitez

Disagreements with the owners and failing results resulted in the Spaniard leaving Anfield in 2010. A similar scenario saw him sacked after just six months in charge at Inter Milan.

He succeeded Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea despite being deeply unpopular at Stamford Bridge because of his Liverpool connections but did lead them to Europa League glory in 2013.

He then joined Napoli shortly afterwards, winning the Coppa Italia in his first season, and guiding them to within one goal of the 2015 Europa League final. Named Real Madrid boss in June 2015 but lasted little over six months, before in March 2016 being handed the Newcastle reins. Could not save the Magpies from relegation but guided them straight back up, before stepping down when his contract expired in June this year. Benitez was named manager of Chinese side Dalian Yifang last month.

Liverpool vs Chelsea UEFA Super Cup: What happened next to the stars of 2005 Champions League victory as Reds return to Istanbul

14 Aug

Liverpool are returning to Istanbul 14 years after their Champions League triumph over AC Milan.

Rafael Benitez’s side famously came back from 3-0 down at half-time to win on penalties in 2005.

They return to Turkey as the current European champions to face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, with commentary live on talkSPORT.

Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties
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Here is what happened to those players following that unbelievable night.

Jerzy Dudek

Left Liverpool in 2007 to become Iker Casillas’ deputy at Real Madrid, where he spent four seasons before retiring in 2011.

Jerzy Dudek was a hero in the penalty shootout before being replaced in Liverpool’s goal by Pep Reina
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Steve Finnan

Spent an injury-affected season at Espanyol after leaving Anfield in 2008 and then joined Portsmouth, retiring after their 2010 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea. Currently involved with London-based construction firm Finnan Developments.

Djimi Traore

After spells at Charlton, Birmingham, Monaco and Marseille, the Frenchman spent two years in the United States with the Seattle Sounders before retiring in 2014. He is now one of the assistant coaches with the Major League Soccer club.

Sami Hyypia

He bid farewell to Anfield in 2009 and headed to Bayer Leverkusen where he finished his playing career before becoming assistant manager and then manager.

After being sacked in April 2014 he became Brighton boss in June but lasted just six months. He spent the 2015/16 season in charge of Swiss side FC Zurich before being dismissed. He now has a keen interest in ice hockey and motocross.

Jamie Carragher

The centre-back retired in 2013 after 737 appearances for Liverpool and has since become a Sky Sports pundit.

John Arne Riise

Riise spent three years with Roma after leaving Anfield in 2008 before returning to England with Fulham.

He then went on to have spells with APOEL in Cyprus, Indian club Delhi Dynamos, Norwegian outfit Aalesund and Indian side Chennaiyin before hanging up his boots.

He had a brief spell as technical director of Maltese club Birkirkara earlier this year before resigning due to personal reasons.

Dietmar Hamann and John Arne Risse celebrate in Istanbul in 2005
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Steven Gerrard

The final player from that night in Istanbul to depart Anfield, Gerrard left his boyhood club in 2015 to tackle a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

He spent a year in America before retiring in November 2016, and 18 months later was handed the managerial reins at Scottish club Rangers.

Steve Gerrard was the last player to leave the club
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Luis Garcia

After his departure for Atletico Madrid in 2007 the Spaniard spent two seasons in the Spanish capital before spells at Racing Santander, Panathinaikos and Mexican sides Puebla Club and Universidad Nacional.

He announced his retirement in January 2014 only to make a short-lived comeback for newly formed Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata, with another brief stint following in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners in 2016.

Xabi Alonso

Played a pivotal role for Real Madrid for five seasons after his Liverpool exit in 2009, culminating in the club’s 10th Champions League victory in 2014. Alonso then spent three years patrolling Bayern Munich’s midfield and returned to Madrid to coach Real’s under-14s in 2018 before moving last month back to his first professional club, Real Sociedad, to take charge of their youth team.

Harry Kewell

The Australian left Anfield for Galatasaray in 2008 for three seasons and returned home to play for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart – either side of a short spell with Qatari’s Al-Gharafa – where he retired in March 2014.

He has since taken his first steps in management with Watford’s youth team, Crawley and most recently Notts County.

Milan Baros

Left for Aston Villa immediately after the Istanbul win and later played for Lyon, Portsmouth and Galatasaray before three times rejoining Banik Ostrava – the club he originally left in 2001 to join Liverpool – amid stints with Turkish side Antalyaspor and Czech outfits Mlada Boleslav and Slovan Liberec.

Dietmar Hamann

Left for Manchester City after Liverpool’s 2006 FA Cup win, having initially agreed to join Bolton, before finishing his playing career in 2011 at Milton Keynes Dons where he was player-coach.

Hamann joined Leicester as first-team coach before a short, ill-fated spell as manager of newly relegated Conference Premier side Stockport. Now a media pundit.

Vladimir Smicer

His last Liverpool appearance was the final, in which he scored, and his career could never match up to those heights. He spent two seasons with Bordeaux before returning to first professional club Slavia Prague and retiring in May 2010.

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Vladimir Smicer scored one of the goals that helped Liverpool come back from 3-0 down[/caption]

Djibril Cisse

Enjoyed a nomadic existence after leaving Anfield in 2006, with stints at Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio, QPR, Al-Gharafa and Kuban Krasnodar before returning to his homeland with Bastia and then briefly Saint-Pierroise.

Having announced his retirement due to injury in October 2015, he hoped to make a comeback but announced his retirement again in February 2017 and told Yahoo Sport, where he was set to work as a pundit: “I’m going to give myself body and soul to my career as a DJ, a producer, and as a pundit, as well as develop my line of clothing.”

He came out of retirement again to play for Swiss side Yverdon two years ago and then Italian Serie D team AC Vicenza 1902 last year.

Steven Gerrard and Rafael Benitez celebrate with the Champions League trophy in 2005
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Manager: Rafael Benitez

Disagreements with the owners and failing results resulted in the Spaniard leaving Anfield in 2010. A similar scenario saw him sacked after just six months in charge at Inter Milan.

He succeeded Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea despite being deeply unpopular at Stamford Bridge because of his Liverpool connections but did lead them to Europa League glory in 2013.

He then joined Napoli shortly afterwards, winning the Coppa Italia in his first season, and guiding them to within one goal of the 2015 Europa League final. Named Real Madrid boss in June 2015 but lasted little over six months, before in March 2016 being handed the Newcastle reins. Could not save the Magpies from relegation but guided them straight back up, before stepping down when his contract expired in June this year. Benitez was named manager of Chinese side Dalian Yifang last month.

Leeds United vs West Brom: How Leeds lined-up the last time they beat the Baggies back in 2002

1 Mar

Leeds United have had to wait a long time since they last beat West Bromwich Albion.

It was 2002 when they last enjoyed success over the Midlands club.

They have lost the last four meetings between the sides’ and conceded an astonishing 14 goals in those games.

The two sides paths have surprisingly rarely crossed over the last 30 years considering the yo-yo nature of each team.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds take on West Brom tonight

West Brom have the upper hand over the most recently clashes and they thrashed Marcelo Bielsa’s side 4-1 in November.

The two will meet at Elland Road on Friday, live on talkSPORT 2, with Leeds third and the Baggies in fourth in the Championship.

The Yorkshire club last tasted victory over West Brom in August 2002, the clubs have met five times since then and the best they managed was a 0-0 draw.

Expectation was high at Leeds after five successive top five finishes in the Premier League.

All was clearly not right at the club and they began selling off their best players, including Rio Ferdinand to Manchester United for £30million and then Robbie Keane at the end of August 2002.

Terry Venables was the manager at Leeds in 2002

That season started well for new manager Terry Venables as they began off with a 3-0 home win against Manchester City.

They followed that up with a 3-1 victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Harry Kewell, Lee Bowyer and Mark Viduka all scored for Leeds with Lee Marshall getting a last minute consolation for the Baggies.

Mark Viduka spent four seasons at Leeds

Here’s how both teams lined-up for that game:

West Brom: Hoult, Clement, Gilchrist, Sigurdsson, Moore, Gregan, Balis, McInnes, Johnson, Dobie, Roberts.

Leeds: Robinson, Matteo, Woodgate, Mills, Harte, Bowyer, Bakke, Barmby, Kewell, Smith, Viduka.

Where are the Leeds players now:

Paul Robinson

The goalkeeper played nearly 500 games during his career and only retired in 2017 after spells at Tottenham, Blackburn and Burnley.

Dominic Matteo

Enjoyed a successful 17-year playing career and retired in 2009 after a number of injuries in his latter years.

Revealed in his autobiography he struggled with gambling addiction and was declared bankrupt in 2015. He is now a TV pundit and analyst.

Jonathan Woodgate

The defender played 142 times for Leeds before moving to Newcastle for two seasons and had a surprise transfer to Real Madrid.

His debut in Madrid did not go to plan as he scored an own goal and was sent off.

He later had spells at Middlesbrough, Spurs and Stoke before retiring in 2016.

Woodgate is currently a first team coach at Middlesbrough under Tony Pulis.

Woodgate started his career at Leeds

Danny Mills

Mills was loaned to Middlesbrough the following season and then sold to Manchester City.

He retired in 2008 after injury problems and is regularly seen as a pundit on TV.

Ian Harte

The defender made 288 appearances for Leeds over nine seasons until their relegation from the Premier League.

He had a short spells in Spain and then at teams in the Championship and League One.

Following retirement he became a football agent.

Lee Bowyer

The midfielder spent seven seasons at Leeds before a move to West Ham followed by Newcastle, the Hammers again, Birmingham and Ipswich.

He is now the manager of Charlton Athletic, where he started his career.

Lee Bowyer moved to Leeds from Charlton

Eirik Bakke

The former Norway international spent eight seasons at Elland Road before returning to his home country.

He retired in 2012 and got his first management job in 2015. He guided Sogndal to the top tier of Norwegian football.

Nick Barmby

Barmby played just 31 games over two seasons for Leeds before a loan spell at Nottingham Forest in the 2003/04 season.

He spent a number of seasons at Hull City and went on to manage the club before being sacked in 2012.

The former England international is reportedly coach of his local team Barton Town Old Boys Under 19’s.

Harry Kewell

The Australian was sold at the end of the 2002/03 season to Liverpool where he won the Champions League in 2005.

He moved into management after retiring, first at Crawley Town and then Notts County but was sacked in November 2018.

Leeds United players Alan Smith and Harry Kewell

Alan Smith

Smith started his career at Leeds but moved to Manchester United after they were relegated.

He won the Premier League in 2006/07 but he was hampered by serious injury problems.

He started as a striker but was moved into midfield during his later career. From United he went to Newcastle and worked his way down the Football League to MK Dons and then Notts County in League Two and retired in 2018.

Mark Viduka

The Australian striker scored 59 Premier League goals in four seasons at Elland Road before moving to Middlesbrough and then Newcastle before retiring in 2009.

Viduka is now a coach at Melbourne Knights.

Notts County sack Harry Kewell after just 10 weeks as manager

13 Nov

Notts County have sacked manager Harry Kewell after just 10 weeks in charge, the League Two club have confirmed.

Kewell, the former Australia international, was appointed boss on August 31 to replace Kevin Nolan. The 40-year-old signed a three-year contract with the Meadow Lane club.

Harry Kewell had been in charge of Crawley since May 2017

However, after guiding County to wins in just three of 14 matches in all competitions, chairman Alan Hardy has decided to axe the former Leeds and Liverpool player.

A statement published by the club read: “Notts County have parted company with first-team manager Harry Kewell.

“The Australian leaves his role with immediate effect, along with assistant manager Warren Feeney and first-team analyst Paul Murphy.”

Hardy added: “Harry’s passion and commitment as a coach is unquestionable.

“I enjoyed seeing first-hand his love for the job and it gives me absolutely no pleasure to take that away from him.

“Unfortunately, however, things quite simply were not working out for him here at Meadow Lane.

“Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern. We see no reason to continue with something we don’t think can work.”

Kewell leaves with Notts County third from bottom in the League Two table, seven points ahead of last-placed Macclesfield.

Gabriele Cioffi replaces Harry Kewell as new Crawley Town head coach

7 Sep

Crawley Town have announced the appointment of Italian Gabriele Cioffi as their new head coach.

The former defender has signed a three-year contract with the League Two club to replace Harry Kewell, who left to take over at Notts County last week.

Crawley’s director of football Selim Gaygusuz told the club’s official website: “In our extensive discussions with Gabriele, we were impressed with his ideas and enthusiasm for the job and his short and long-term vision.”

Cioffi, 43, played for 11 clubs in Italy during his playing career – mostly in the lower leagues – making nearly 400 appearances.

Cioffi in action for Italian club AlbinoLeffe in 2010

He was part of Gianfranco Zola’s coaching staff during his time in charge of Birmingham in the 2016/17 season.