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PSG and Bayern Munich’s last European game was full of Premier League cult heroes

Laurent Robert, Bernard Mendy and Nicolas Anelka were just some of the players on show when PSG and Bayern Munich last met

Cast your minds back to the year 2000, before the Millennium bug wiped us all out.

PSG and Bayern Munich met twice in the old fashioned group stages of the Champions League.

The Germans came out on top, winning 3-1, but at the time we didn’t realise we were effectively watching the future stars of Premier League Years.


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Spot any familiar faces?

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Spot any familiar faces?

No fewer than 13 former or future Premier League players were on show.

Four- Patrik Andersson, Michael Tarnat, Roque Santa Cruz and Owen Hargreaves- played for Bayern while the other nine played for PSG.

So what became of the likely lads?


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Patrik Andersson (Blackburn Rovers)

Andersson appeared in the very first Premier League when he moved from Malmo to Blackburn in 1992.

He made just 12 appearances before joining Borussia Monchengladbach on a journey that would take him to Bayern, Barcelona and, to complete a full circle, Malmo.

Andersson is now wheeled out every Europa League draw

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Andersson is now wheeled out every Europa League draw

Michael Tarnat (Man City)

Tarnat specialised in one thing and one thing only, hitting the ball as hard as humanly possible.

His one and only season in England came complete with a trademark thunder*******, much to the delight of City fans.

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Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers, Man City)

Santa Cruz is the first, and probably last, Paraguayan to play for Blackburn and City.

Rumour had it that if you looked into Senor Santa Cross’ eyes for too long you turned into Sam Allardyce.

Don’t look straight into his eyes

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Don’t look straight into his eyes

Owen Hargreaves (Man United, Man City)

Before dividing the nation as a commentator Hargreaves did his best to play for United and City.

Injuries denied him what should have been a long career spent at the very top, but he can still look back on a Premier League and Champions League medal from his time in England.

Like a scene from the bible

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Like a scene from the bible

Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea, West Brom)

It would be quicker to name the Premier League clubs Anelka didn’t play for.

Look up the word ‘nomadic’ and you’ll probably find a picture of Anelka, but wherever he went one thing remained constant. Goals.

Hands up who forgot Anelka played for Liverpool

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Hands up who forgot Anelka played for Liverpool

Laurent Robert (Newcastle, Portsmouth, Derby)

Robert had a subtle touch about everything he did until the moment it came to shoot.

At that point he’d release his hammer of his left foot and clear out everything in the way, even if that meant almost killing team-mates.

Stephane Dalmat (Spurs)

Dalmat’s most memorable Spurs moment came when he hit team-mate Jamie O’Hara.

Unsurprisingly Spurs decided not to make his loan move from Inter Milan permanent and he was allowed to move on.

He might not have stayed long but he did get to wear one of the best Spurs kits ever

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He might not have stayed long but he did get to wear one of the best Spurs kits ever

Sylvain Distin (Newcastle, Man City, Portsmouth, Everton, Bournemouth)

The man that will not age.

Distin played for five Premier League clubs and always looked exactly the same. Never young, never old.

Forever looking 27

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Forever looking 27

Bernard Mendy (Bolton, Hull)

You can’t accuse Mendy of not being ambitious.

After spending a year on loan at Bolton the Frenchman stated his desire to move to Man United. In the end he had to settle for Hull.

It didn’t take Mendy long to make friends in England

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It didn’t take Mendy long to make friends in England

Talal El Karkouri (Sunderland, Charlton)

Eight games on loan for Sunderland convinced Charlton to sign El Karkouri permanently.

He enjoyed his three years with the Addicks although he wasn’t afraid of collecting the odd card during his stay in England.

‘I was going for the ball ref’

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‘I was going for the ball ref’

Ali Benarbia (Man City)

Kevin Keegan signed Benarbia on a free transfer in 2001, sparking a love affair with City fans that was all too quick.

The mercurial midfielder spent two years in Manchester before retiring. He remained a cult hero even after the money came in.


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He’s braver than us

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He’s braver than us

Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton, Hull)

One of the best entertainers the Premier League has ever seen.

Ronaldinho idolised him, which is good enough for us.

Okocha doing Okocha things

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Okocha doing Okocha things

Edouard Cisse (West Ham)

Cisse was part of the best team ever to be relegated from the Premier League.

Imagine not being able to stay up with Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Paolo Di Canio, Frederic Kanoute and Joe Cole in your team.

Another lovely kit

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Another lovely kit