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Where Are They Now? Thomas Brolin – Living life large!



TOMAS BROLIN didn’t exactly set the Premier League alight when he arrived in ’95. In fact, the Swede’s turbulent and ill-fated spells with Leeds United and Crystal Palace between 1995 and 1998 became something of a running joke with rival supporters, with many regarding him to be one of the worst Premier League imports of all time.

It hadn’t always been doom and gloom for Brolin though. Between 1990 and 1994, he was an outstanding talent, illuminating the World Cup in both Italy and the USA with a great Swedish team, scoring 27 times in 47 appearances as a midfielder, whilst his creative spark helped develop Parma into one of the best European sides of that era.

After the ’94 World Cup, however, Brolin began to struggle with his fitness and showed signs of being overweight and Parma began to leave the once integral part of the team on the bench. After turning down opportunities to sign for several Italian clubs, Brolin was convinced by Howard Wilkinson to sign for Leeds Utd in November 1995 for £4.5 million with the promise of being given the leading role in centre midfield as main provider for star striker Tony Yaboah.

Despite being in his mid-twenties, it soon became clear that Brolin was far from the model professional, often seen puffing and panting as he waddled around the centre circle. In two years he made 20 appearances scoring 4 goals and his relationship with both Howard Wilkinson and George Graham were disastrous.

After the two failed loan deals, Brolin returned to Leeds and continued to train and play in the reserves. However, it was clear he had no future at the club and was told to find a contract elsewere. The final straw for Leeds came in October 1997 when Brolin failed to turn up to a match in order to attend his father’s 50th birthday. He was openly criticised by George Graham in the media and was fined £90,000 by the club. As a result, the Swede threatened to take the club to a Premier League tribunal and on the 28th October 1997, both the club and Brolin’s representatives agreed to terminate Brolin’s contract for a reported £140,000.

Unable to find a club for a number of months, Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace decided to have a punt on Brolin. The club seem to be destined for the drop and many saw the signing as an act of desperation, putting faith in the once world-class reputation of a falling star. Unfortunately for Palace the critics were correct, managing just 13 appearance with 0 goals before Palace were relegated and Brolin was released.

Out of contact Brolin moved back to his native Sweden to weigh up his options and on 12th August 1998, aged just 29, the Swede announced his retirement from the game, making his last appearance on 29 August in the last 15 minutes for Hudiksvalls A.B.K. against Kiruna FF, as a goalkeeper.


But if you thought Brolin had a colourful career within football, the shenanigans continued almost as fast as his weight gain out of it.


After leaving the game, Brolin found himself building a business portfolio almost as wide as the man himself.

Brolin put his love of food to good work, opening a Swedish-Italian restaurant in his hometown and, despite a number of fines from the local government for selling drink to underage customers, the restaurant is still going strong today.

More amusingly, Brolin also began producing vacuum cleaner nozzles for sale on the internet, as well as finding success with a shoe and skin-care brand and a property firm he part-owned with his father.


You’d think after all that big Tom would want a rest, but no! He later went on to release a record with Doctor Alban and Bjorn Borg, starred in a Jacuzzi advert and bought four racehorses.

And just when you thought he could do no more… He recently hit the headlines after being involved in a nasty car crash with an elk.

Wow! The man’s been busy. But that’s not all. Most recently, Brolin has found success as a high stakes poker player and can often be found at the tables of some of the world’s most prestigious competitions.

He certainly had a lucky hand when Leeds gave him a deal worth £12,000 a week in return for just 20 starts and four goals!

Despite his success and weight gain, Brolin still turns out on the pitch every now and again for a local charity game.

If you would like to keep up with the weird and wonderful world of Thomas Brolin, fear not, we’d highly recommend you get regular updates from his Instagram account… It’s a treat.





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The Top Ten Worst January Signings in the Premier League



For every Coutinho or Suarez to join the Premier League during the January transfer window, there have been a few players who have not quite hit the same heights. Often clubs will spend large sums of money in order to improve their team. Unfortunately, this does not always have the desired impact and some teams have ended up with costly flops over the years. Here are ten of the worst mid-season signings made by Premier League clubs.

10: Alberto Paloschi

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

A product of the AC Milan academy, Paloschi spent five years at Chievo Verona before getting his big break in the Premier League. Swansea City had struggled after several good years with one-season wonder Michu, Ivorian hitman Wilfried Bony and even the unfashionable Danny Graham spearheading their attack during a multitude of mid-table finishes. Despite the promise shown by Andre Ayew, and Bafetimbi Gomis chipping in with a few goals, the Swans were still struggling to find a prolific goalscorer to replace Bony. They turned to Paloschi spending £8m on the Italian. He scored just twice in ten Premier League appearances before being sold to Atalanta. His form did not improve and he joined newly-promoted SPAL on loan this season having failed to score for his parent club last year.

9: Juan Cuadrado

The tricky Columbian winger joined Chelsea from Fiorentina in February 2015 for an initial fee of £23.3m. He failed to make an impact but was backed by manager Jose Mourinho who said Cuadrado would be “amazing next season.” Things didn’t quite go to plan as Juventus signed him on an initial loan deal which was later made permanent for around £17m. With just fifteen appearances to his name and no goals in England, Cuadrado will be remembered in England as an expensive flop. Although the same was said about Mohamed Salah who joined Fiorentina on loan as part of the deal to bring Cuadrado to West London. And look how that turned out…

8: Wilfred Bony

He may have been a major hit for Swansea when he first arrived from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013, however it has been downhill ever since for Wilfried Bony. As a £25m signing for Manchester City in January 2015, big things were expected of the hitman who had struck 35 goals in 70 games for the Swans. Yet, it turned out to be a nightmare all round as he found the back of the net just ten times during a year and a half in Manchester. It got worse as a loan spell at Stoke during the 2016/17 season yielded just two goals and eleven appearances in all competitions. City cut their losses and sold him back to Swansea for £12m, although his fortunes have hardly improved since with only two goals so far this season.

7: Afonso Alves

Premier League signings from the Eredivisie tend to go one of two ways. They generally turn out to be either brilliant signings along the lines of Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie, or major flops such as Vincent Janssen or Afonso Alves. The Brazilian had a brilliant record in Holland scoring 48 goals in as many appearances for Heerenveen. When he arrived on Teeside for just under £13m back in January 2008 big things were expected. He scored a respectable six goals in eleven appearances during his first season in England, although half of those came in Boro’s famous 8-1 thrashing of Manchester City. In his second season however he struck just four times as his side were relegated to the Championship. He moved to Qatar in the summer of 2009 where he played out the remainder of his career.

6: Kostas Mitroglou

The free-scoring Greek couldn’t stop finding the back of the net during the first half of the 2013/14 season. He struck three hat-tricks in the league for Olympiacos and one in the Champions League by the beginning of October and continued to score consistently throughout the next few months. This prompted relegation-threatened Fulham to make him their record signing during the January transfer window.
Injuries restricted him to just three appearances in which he failed to score and the Cottagers ultimately ended up in the Championship. With no desire to play in the second tier, Mitroglou re-joined Olympiacos on loan in the 2014/15 season before heading to Benfica on another temporary deal the following year. He eventually joined the Portuguese giants for around half the £12m he had cost Fulham. The man known as “Mitrogoal” has to be a strong contender for Fulham’s worst ever signing.

5: Jean-Alain Boumsong

The French defender had only been at Glasgow Rangers for a few months when Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness decided to spend £8m to bring him to Tyneside. Boumsong had a nightmare in the North-East and was responsible for his side conceding several goals. He formed one of the Premier League’s worst ever partnerships alongside the man voted 2004’s worst player in the Premier League by readers of The Fiver, Titus Bramble. Newcastle lost more than half their transfer fee when he was sold to Juventus for £3.3m in 2006 following the Italian giants’ relegation to Serie B as part of their punishments for involvement in the infamous Calciopoli match-fixing scandal. Funnily enough, he wasn’t missed by Newcastle fans after his departure.

4: Christopher Samba

After five successful years in the Premier League with Blackburn, Samba left for big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala. Following just one year in Russia which was marred by claims of racial abuse, Samba joined QPR in the middle of the 2012/13 season. Like Anzhi, QPR at the time were highly ambitious and brought several big names to the club including Jose Bosingwa, Esteban Granero and Park Ji-Sung. Also like Anzhi, the QPR experiment ended in disaster and Samba had a big part to play in that. He publicly apologised for two costly blunders in a 3-2 defeat to Fulham and made just ten largely forgettable performances during a season which saw Rangers finish bottom of the league. Remarkably, they recouped the majority of their transfer outlay when the giant Congolese defender was sold back to Anzhi in the summer.

3: Savio Nsereko

Back in 2009 when the forward joined West Ham from Brescia, £9m was a lot of money for a Premier League side to spend. That is what the Hammers paid for the highly-rated former Germany youth international and it turned out to be a disaster. After just one start and a handful of substitute appearances he was sold to Fiorentina for a big loss. He had scored three times in as many years for Brescia, but it was not for over five years that his next strike came during a short spell in Kazakhstan. Still only 28, he last played for a club almost a year ago, that club being Pipinsried, then of the German fifth division. Aside from his disastrous spell in East London, he is best known for a false kidnapping claim in Thailand in which he attempted to extort a ransom from his own family after racking up large debts.

2: Andy Carroll

Liverpool broke their transfer record at the end of January 2011 to bring Andy Carroll to the club for £35m from Newcastle. On the same day they bought a lesser-known striker from Ajax called Luis Suarez. The two strikers ended up taking opposite paths with Suarez becoming one of the world’s best players and Carroll establishing a reputation as one of Liverpool’s greatest flops. Whilst the Englishman has since had relative success at West Ham, he never lived up to expectations and left for just £15m. Liverpool bought Carroll to replace Fernando Torres who joined Chelsea for a then-record £50m on the same day…

1: Fernando Torres

If Carroll was the second-worst January transfer the Premier League has ever seen, then Torres has to go down as the worst. In terms of ability, Torres certainly was not one of the worst players of his time, but considering the enormous price tag and his drop in form from one of the world’s best strikers at Liverpool to bang average at Chelsea, the Spaniard was undoubtably a major flop in West London. He scored just once in his first 18 appearances and failed to improve significantly throughout his 2.5-year spell at Stamford Bridge. An unsuccessful spell at AC Milan followed before he headed back to Atletico Madrid where he initially made his name. Whilst he has improved since returning to his homeland, he has never reached the heights he found during his first spell at the club and his stint at Liverpool. An expensive mistake for Chelsea who only lost his record-signing status in July 2017 when compatriot Alvaro Morata joined the club.

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The BIGGEST Upsets in the History of Football.



In 1969, on league cup final day, the Arsenal went to Wembley, they walked the Wembley way. They thought they had it easy, they thought they won the cup, and along came Swindon Town FC and f***ed the bastards up.

Swindon, at the time, were minnows in Division 3 of the football pyramid. Considered huge underdogs in comparison to Arsenal, a team much bigger than Swindon and two divisions above them. Swindon somehow won, possibly thanks to some of Arsenal players having ‘flu’ and Swindon’s attitude of never say never. It was Swindon’s first ever game at Wembley, and what a result it was to match the occasion.
Considered one of the huge upsets in the History of football – I’ll be taking a look at some other nearly as good underdog wins.

Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal:

Sticking on the topic of Arsenal, in 1992 Wrexham, who at the time were in the fourth division of English football, stunned First Division Arsenal. A free kick from Wrexham icon Micky Thomas helped them overcome their much larger opposition. Arsenal boasted talent such as Alan Smith, David Seaman, Lee Dixon and Tony Adams – but despite all the huge names playing – they still couldn’t overcome the dragons at the Racehorse ground.

Wrexham v Arsenal 4/1/92 FA Cup 3rd Round
Pic : Action Images Mickey Thomas (Wrexham) scores the first goal from a free kick

Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 Celtic:

How often do you hear fireman and taxi drivers playing against one of the most recognised teams in football? Well, in June of 2016, part timers Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar beat Celtic 1-0 in the second qualifying round of the Champions league. A goal from Casciaro, a fu**ing police officer may I add, was enough to beat the Scottish side. Sadly, the Imps lost 3-0 at Celtic Park – but their win is a result that will not be forgotten by many.

Bradford 4-2 Chelsea:

Giants Chelsea came into this game overwhelming favourites. Suffering from complacency, the Premier League titans were completely bamboozled and embarrassed in their own backyard. With stars such as Salah, Cech and Drogba the Seven-time FA Cup winners couldn’t overcome the likes of McArdle, Knott and Hanson.

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln:

Ahh who can remember this game? A late headed goal saw Lincoln overcome a Burnley side who looked solid. Lincoln had just one shot on target for the entirety of the 90 minutes. They became the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. An incredible achievement made even better by their promotion to the Football League.

I thought I’d finish with a special result. A result that shocked the footballing gods. A result that made England look like absolute tw*ts.

England 1-2 Iceland:

Any English person would get triggered by this result. An absolute sh*tshow that highlighted how we have really fallen as a nation. An embarrassment. The result was so appalling and so bad that Roy Hodgson actually resigned – a result that almost ruined England’s reputation – and really showed the world what we are all about! Thanks to some amazing finishing, world-class goalkeeping and incredible Lovren style defending, Iceland ran out 2-1 winner in the Last 16 of the Euros.

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Top 10 Crazy Footballers. No 9 Mark Bosnich



Mark Bosnich. Usually loved by their own but hated by everyone else. Often frustrating, the traits of the unhinged can often get your club into more trouble than it’s worth. But, all the same, we all secretly love a nutter. It makes things interesting. Which is why we’ve sieved through the badass history books to uncover the Top 10 Crazy Bastards the Footballing World has seen.


No 9 Mark Bosnich

Mark Bosnich, or Bozza as he was better-known to his team mates, first entered the English game in 1989 after moving to England from Austrailia, aged 17, signing for Manchester Utd on a non-contract basis. Bosnich, however, only managed three pre-season appearances for the Red Devils before his registration with the club was cancelled and he was forced to return home. However, after just a year back in his native Australia, Bosinch managed to secure a return to England. Signing for Aston Villa in 1992, after a number of years learning his trade with the youth team, Bozzer managed to cement himself as a Villa first team regular during the 95/96 season, lighting up the Premiership with some fantastic displays and his chirpy personality. However, we only had to wait 12 months for the Aussie to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons


The Nazi salute

Tottenham v Aston Villa October 1996

It was during the previous year’s fixture in 1995 that Mark Bosnich first fell out with Tottenham fans after he was involved in a nasty clash with Spurs’ golden boy Jurgen Klinsman. The collision saw the German being stretchered off with a concussion and many Spurs fans feeling Bosnich had gone into the challenge with intent. Now we all know it’s not like football fans to hold a grudge, however, Spurs’ fans decided to make an exception in Bozza’s case and, during the repeat fixture, bombarded the Aussie with a barrage of abuse throughout the game. Bosnich’s response?  Pull out a Hitler salute.

Yes, how else would you respond to supporters known for their strong Jewish ties?  Pull out your finest genocidal dictator impression of course. Needless to say, this got Bozza into a spot of bother. The Villa favourite would later call the BBC to apologise, explaining that he was mimicking Basil Fawlty and had not meant to cause any offence. Yeah, alright mate.

The Sex Tape

Off the field, Bozzer had also developed a reputation for being  a bit of a ladies man, often appearing in the red tops gossip sections more frequently than the back pages. However, despite this reputation, Villa’s top shagger he was not. That crown firmly belonged to Trinidad & Tobago international Dwight Yorke, who was renowned for his nocturnal activities.

Needless to say, the pair’s mutual appreciation of the female form saw Yorke and Bozzer strike up a close friendship and they were often seen out on the town together.  However in 1998, the rampant behaviour of  Bosnich and Yorke left the pair red-faced after a video emerged in the press involving an orgy with four local girls.


Two Premier League footballers involved in an orgy…”So what” you say? Nothing new. But this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill gang bang, the pair were filmed with the four girls in Yorke’s luxury apartment, dressed up as women! Bozzer, who was engaged at the time, was filmed wearing a white mini skirt, being whipped and having his toes sucked by two women at once. Dirty buggers. The exploits would never have seen the light of day but Yorke, who filmed the exploits himself,  decided to toss the tape in the bin rather than just erasing the footage, only for a bin-dipping journo to strike gold in amongst the previous week’s pizza boxes. Although the whole situation is completely ridiculous, hats off to Bosnich. If the many rumours are true, Yorke doesn’t exactly fall short in the trouser department, and you’d have to be a braver man than me to whip you todger out in the presence of the Trinidadian. 

 Bloated Bozzer

In 1999, Bosnich became the only player Sir Alex Ferguson re-signed, arriving on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Although Ferguson later admitted after his retirment that the re-signing of Bosnich was one of his worst. Ferguson described him as a ‘terrible professional’ in his book, admitting that his love for fatty foods made him a nightmare to deal with.

“We played down at Wimbledon and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu.” the book reads.

“We arrived back in Manchester and Mark was on the mobile phone to a Chinese restaurant to order a takeaway. I said: ‘Is there no end to you?”

Bosnich managed just 23 appearances for United before French international Fabian Bartez was brought in from Monaco. From there, Bozzer spent the next 12 months with his fat arse parked on the bench, not making another first team appearance and eventually making a move to Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2001.

Surprisingly, problems with his fitness and injury meant Bozzer didn’t make his Chelsea debut until the following season, making only 5 appearances during the tail-end of the 2001/2002 campaign. Bosnich’s resurgence to first team football however wasn’t to last long…

Cocaine Addiction

Bosnich was earning approximately £45,000 a week at Chelsea and, after returning from injury during the pre-season of 2002, this was his opportunity to once again prove his worth. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be the case as he failed a drugs test and got sacked by his new employers.

Testing positive for cocaine, Bosnich initially claimed he had had his drink spiked with the drug whilst in a nightclub. The FA, however, weren’t having any of it and Bozzer was banned from the game for nine months.

Bosnich would later admit to a £5000 a week, 10 gram a day coke habit. However he stood by his spiking story and, instead, blamed his drugs ban on turning him into a coke head.

Taken from an interview with Austrailian website –

August 18, 2003

“This is my confession,” Bosnich said.

“Until a couple of weeks ago I was addicted to cocaine.

“My life was ruled by drugs and I was a mess. I was staying awake on coke for days on end. It was destroying me.”

“I know people won’t believe me but I want to come clean,” he said.

“I wasn’t taking any drugs when I was found guilty by the FA. In 15 years of football I never touched them.

“But everybody believed that I was into drugs, especially because of my relationship with Sophie [Anderton, his girlfriend]. So one day I thought, f— it, I’m going to do it.

Rock Bottom

“I went to a club, bought a £50 wrap of coke, and brought it home to try. Basically, I cracked.

“I was angry and bitter and I succumbed to what everyone said I was, a coke fiend.”

Bosnich later claimed he used the drug to try to frighten his high profile girlfriend Sophie Anderton, a model with a history of drug and alcohol abuse, into going clean.

“I told her that for every line of cocaine she would take, I would take two. And that’s exactly what I did,” he said.

“I knew it would hurt her and, to be honest, I felt invincible.

“But I reached a stage where I was taking six grams of cocaine a day.

“I was staying awake on coke for days on end, just constantly playing computer games and watching TV. Once I was up for four nights in a row.”

Bosnich said he was shocked into going clean after he almost shot his father, after mistaking him for a burglar.

“I was high on coke and I had my airgun in my hands,” he said.

“I’d been up for three or four days and was playing around in the house.

“I heard a noise downstairs and I thought it was a burglar, so I raced down with my pistol.

“As he came around the corner I grabbed him and put the gun to his head. I was so high I didn’t know what I was doing.

“My father was shocked … he said he wouldn’t leave until I had kicked drugs. It was that moment that I realised I couldn’t do this to my family and the people I loved. I had to take control of my drug problem.”



After his ban, Bosnich unsuccessfully tried to secure a contract in England, training with QPR and Portsmouth. He later moved back to his native Australia and finished his career with non-league Sydney Olympic in 2010.

These days, Bosnich is said to have turned his back on the drugs and is now a commentator and analyst for Fox Sports football programmes. He has also been known to work as a player agent. Well I suppose if you need advice from your agent, you might as well take it from someone who has already made all the mistakes.




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