The Alternative List: Boffins pick their best British footballers to play abroad

12 March 2009 05:49
 Sportsmail celebrates the top 50 Brits to have played abroad in ouralways entertaining, ever-controversial latest instalment of The List.

Don'tagree with our selection? Neither do the boffins at ChampionshipManager, who've selected their own roll call of excellence.

 THE LIST: Sportsmail's 20-11 of the best British footballers to play abroad

The Alternative List: Nos 50-41

The Alternative List: Nos 40-31

The Alternative List: Nos 30-21



Read Nos 20-11 below and then compare it against our offering

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER'S BEST BRITS ABROAD - 20-1120 Paul Gascoigne (Lazio) Finally made his debut for Lazio in 1992 after his serious injury in the 1991 Cup final. His time there was marred by injury but he produced some memorable performances, notably in Rome derbies. He had a stint in China when his career was hitting rock bottom and it sadly hasn't picked up since.

Italian job: Paul Gascoigne was a big hit with Lazio fans

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19 Tony Woodcock (FC Koln)Made his name in Brian Clough's Forest team of the late 70's helping them win the League, European cup and League Cup in his time. He joined FC Koln and made a decent impact there scoring 28 times in 81 games. He moved back to the UK in 1982 and played for Arsenal for four seasons before returning to FC Koln.

Mark Hughes

18 Mark Hughes (Barcelona, Bayern Munich)Played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich in between his two spells at Manchester United.  He joined Barcelona in 1986 and Bayern Munich on loan during the 1987/88 season.  He played 28 games for Barcelona, scoring four goals.  At Bayern he scored six times from 18 appearances.

17 Mark Hateley (AC Milan, Monaco)His great form for Portsmouth led to an England call up in 1984 and he scored against Brazil in a 2-0 win, mainly remembered for a John Barnes wonder goal. AC Milan obviously liked what they saw and signed him up, and he did pretty well during his three seasons scoring 17 times. A move to Monaco was also a success where he linked up with Glen Hoddle. He also had two stints in the USA.

Mark Hateley played for Italian giants AC Milan and later Monaco

Graeme Souness left Liverpool to join the Italian club Sampdoria

16 Graeme Souness (Sampdoria)Sandwiched between his time at Liverpool and Glasgow Rangers, Souness spent two seasons at Sampdoria. Having shelled out £650,000 for his services, he helped them win the Coppa Italia by beating AC Milan 3-1 in 1985. He's also briefly managed Galatasaray and Benfica.

15 Steve Archibald (Barcelona)

Joined Barcelona from Tottenham in 1984 having made 131 appearances for Spurs. He scored 24 goals in 55 games for Barca, winning the league title in 1985 and becoming a cult hero at the club. Also clocked up 27 Caps for Scotland and scoring four goals.

        HAVE YOUR SAY.     Who is the most successful British footballer to play abroad? David Beckham has finally extended his loan spell at Italian giants AC Milan after impressing during his short stay. The England international has also played at Real Madrid and LA Galaxy but where does he rank against other British stars to try their luck in Europe and beyond?



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14 Trevor Francis (Sampdoria, Atalanta)Britain's first Million pound player joined the then Italian side Sampdoria in 1982 for £700,000 in a stay which would last three years. He made 68 appearances during stay, scoring 17 goals which contributed to Sampdoria winning the Coppa Italia in 1985. He signed for Atalanta in 1985 for £800,000, making 21 appearances for the club but only managing to score once.

13 Ray Wilkins (AC Milan, Paris St Germain)Started at Chelsea, joined Manchester United in 1979 and then moved to AC Milan for £1.5m in 1984. The established England midfielder's style of play suited the Italian giants and he played for three seasons before a move to Paris St Germain. This didn't work out and he moved to Glasgow Rangers to rejuvenate his career.

12 John Collins (Monaco)Joined Monaco from Celtic on a free transfer in 1996. He won the French championship in 1997, playing with the likes of Henry, Trezeguet and Lilian Thuram and reached the Champions League semi final in 1998.

John Collins in action for Monaco against Juventus in the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1988

Paul Ince was sold to Inter Milan by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

11 Paul Ince (Inter Milan)An excellent domestic career in England with West Ham United and Manchester United, plus a much publicised fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson led Ince to Italy and a big money move to Italian giants, Internazionale. Inter finished 7th in his 1st season at the club with Ince only missing four of Inter's league matches. The next season proved to be a good season for Ince and Inter as they finished 3rd in the league and also reached the UEFA Cup final. Ince's stay in Italy was a great success and the club president, Massimo Moratti is still considered by Ince to be a good friend.





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 THE LIST: Sportsmail's 20-11 of the best British footballers to play abroad

The Alternative List: Nos 50-41

The Alternative List: Nos 40-31

The Alternative List: Nos 30-21



 

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