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11 players signed off the back of major tournaments that categorically flopped

1 John Jensen (Denmark/Euro 1992)

After watching Jensen score for Denmark in the final of Euro 1992 Arsenal fans probably thought they were on to a winner.

The Dane moved to North London from Brondby to play under George Graham but one goal in 99 games later and he was on his way back to Denmark.

It then came out that Jensen’s move was in part motivated by Graham’s relationship with agent Rune Hauge which resulted in the Scot being sacked and banned from football for 12 months.



2 Florin Raducioiu (Romania/Euro 1996)

Despite losing every game at Euro 96 Harry Redknapp clearly saw something in Romania’s Raducioiu, bringing him to West Ham from Espanyol.

But the striker earned ‘Arry’s wrath after going shopping with his wife at Harvey Nichols instead of playing against Stockport.

To be fair, can you really blame him?



3 Zlatko Zahovic (Slovenia/Euro 2000)

Cast your mind back to Euro 2000 and Slovenia’s side that drew to Yugoslavia and Norway, and only lost to Spain by a solitary goal.

The leader of the side was majestic playmaker Zahovic, whose performances earned him a move to Valencia.

But his time in La Liga only lasted one season after clashing with manager Hector Cuper and the Valencia supporters, to the point he wasn’t allowed to play for his own safety.



4 Savo Milosevic (Yugoslavia/Euro 2000)

Milosevic was Euro 2000’s joint-top scorer, along with Patrick Kluivert, after notching five goals for Yugoslavia.

He moved from Zaragoza to Parma for €25million to replace the recently departed Hernan Crespo.

But he was a massive failure, spending three loan spells away from Serie A before joining Osasuna on a permanent deal four years later on a free transfer.



5 Kleberson (Brazil/World Cup 2002)

Big Phil Scolari described Kleberson as the driving force behind Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning side containing Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

That was enough for Man United to sign him for what appeared to be a bargain price of £6.5million.

But injury scuppered any chance of the Brazilian settling in and, after 20 appearances in two seasons, he was soon off to Besiktas, along with fellow Brazilian Ailton.



6 El Hadji Diouf (Senegal/World Cup 2002)

For Diouf you could read pretty much any member of Senegal’s 2002 World Cup squad.

Diouf was named in the All-star team after being the driving force behind Senegal’s quarter-final run, moving to Liverpool from Lens after the tournament finished.

We’ll leave Jamie Carragher to sum up the forward’s time at Anfield.



7 Theodoros Zagorakis (Greece/Euro 2004)

Zagorakis was named Player of the Tournament at Euro 2004 as Greece surprised everyone to beat Portugal’s golden generation in the final.

He moved to Bologna off the back of the tournament, where the club’s owner described him as ‘our Greek Baggio’.

But Bologna were relegated with Zagorakis failing to register a league goal. He swiftly returned to Greece to be greeted with a hero’s welcome.



8 Thomas Helveg (Denmark/Euro 2004)

After playing every game of Denmark’s Euro 2004 campaign Helveg moved to newly promoted Norwich from the mighty Inter.

But his only season of Premier League football was a mixture of poor form and injuries, and Norwich succumbed to relegation back down to the Championship.



9 Cristian Riveros (Paraguay/World Cup 2010)

Swapping Mexico City for the North East would be a culture shock for most people.

So it’s hardly surprising Riveros failed to settle after moving to Sunderland off the back of an impressive 2010 World Cup campaign.

His most memorable moment was… well, yeah…



10 DeAndre Yedlin (USA/World Cup 2014)

Yedlin burst onto the scene as one of the quickest players at the 2014 World Cup.

The American defender moved from Seattle to Spurs where he was expected to provide competition for Kyle Walker.

Now he’s at Newcastle, and Mauricio Pochettino prefers Kieran Trippier, which tells you all you need to know.



11 Marcos Rojo (Argentina/World Cup 2014)

Come on then, who was impressed when Rojo pulled out a rabona in his own penalty box at the World Cup?

We certainly were, as were Man United, who snapped him up from Sporting.

But he hasn’t particularly impressed, to the point that former boss Louis van Gaal started playing 16-year-olds in his place.