Football is full of unfortunate events, sometimes football clubs just make a mistake during the transfer window and sign a wrong player.
Here’s our list of five (5) most unfortunate football transfers:
1) There he is, sleeping on a bench of Real Madrid
Julien Faubert a French footballer who still plays for Bordeaux might have missed a lifetime opportunity. Playing for West Ham United he got an incredible opportunity and got loaned to Real Madrid for a fee of 2 million euros with an option for Real to purchase him. The French afterwards actually missed training when he mistakenly thought he had the day off, and was later pictured asleep on the bench during Real Madrid’s match against Villarreal. His loan finished with only two appearances and he got transferred to turkish Elazığspor.
2) Forgotten Spaniard in the Newcastle United
Striker Francisco Jiménez Tejada, known as Xisco, was a member of Newcastle United from 2008 to 2013. We can bet that you didn’t know that fact as the unfortunate player who signed for Newcastle United for a reported initial fee of around 7 million euros only had 11 official appearances for the club during his spell and scored one goal. First he was only seventh choice behind Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Peter Løvenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll. After only four months Newcastle United attempted to sell Xisco, but was blocked by FIFA who did not allow for a player to be registered for three clubs in one season. He was afterwards loaned to Racing Santander and Deportivo La Coruña.
3) 17 million euros for an injured player
What was Real Madrid thinking when they signed Jonathan Woodgate for almost 17 million euros? Woodgate was actually injured at the time of the transfer and did not make any appearances for Real Madrid in his first season. He eventually made his debut a year later in a league match against Athletic Bilbao, scoring an own goal and later being sent off. Otherwise a great but unfortunate defender was voted the worst signing of the 21st century by users of the website of Spain’s leading sports newspaper.
4) Unfortunate in Aston Villa and a monster in Brugge
Nine appearances in two and a half years as a striker and not a solitary goal for Aston Villa. Boško Balaban was just a terrible Premier League player. When he was loaned back to Dinamo Zagreb he started scoring again (15 times in 24 appearances) and later signed for Club Brugge on a free transfer. Amazingly Balaban scored 25 goals in 24 appearances for Club Brugge in his second season adding 27 more in 30 games for Brugge in his third year.
5) Transferred to Italy where he loved the food
Craig Davies started his career in Manchester City, went to Oxford United and wanted to make an international career, so he attracted the attention of Hellas Verona from Italian Serie B. The Welshman said: “I like the food. A lot! I would struggle to come back to England and eat what I used to because I have been eating very well over here. Pastas, meats – all sorts.” On the pitch things weren’t great and Davies only made one appearance for Verona before heading on a loan to Wolverhampton.