More amazing Zapsportz facts: Mark Hughes, Alvin Martin, Zlatan Ibrahimovic – take a bow

Date: Friday 24th March 2017 at 12:45 pm
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  1. Mark Hughes had just signed for Bayern and was due to play for Wales against Czechoslovakia in Prague in a Euro ’88 qualifier. He had dinner with Uli Hoeness who asked him what time the Wales match was. Hughes recalls: “I told him it was around midday and he said ‘that’s OK then, you can play in the evening as well’.

2. West Ham legend Alvin Martin achieved the feat playing for the Hammers against Newcastle in 1986. His first goal came against Martin Thomas, who was an actual keeper, but was forced off with injury. Martin then scored against defender Chris Hedworth, who also injured himself meaning Peter Beardsley was next. The Hammers won 8-1.

3. László Kubala is the only player to play for three countries (as recognised by FIFA). Born to parents of Czech origin in Budapest, Kubala, a Barcelona icon, played for Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Spain. Former Real Madrid striker Alfredo Di Stefano played for Argentina, Spain and Colombia, however, his Colombia caps won in the early 1950s came at a time when the country’s football association was not officially recognised by FIFA.

4. Jimmy Rimmer is the only player to have won European Cup winners’ medals with two different English clubs. He was on the Manchester United bench in 1968 and started for Aston Villa in 1982, however, he was forced off with injury and replaced by Nigel Spink against Bayern Munich.

5. Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for six clubs that have won the Champions League, but he has never actually won the trophy himself. The striker has been at Ajax, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Milan and now United.


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