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Premier League legends: Where are they now?

Asprilla spent three years with Newcastle United (©GettyImages)
Asprilla spent three years with Newcastle United (©GettyImages).

 

The Premier League is well into its 20th year and, with players coming and going quicker than ever, it's time we took a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the top league's most memorable players. 

If I was to include them all this wouldn't be an article, more an essay or short novel, so here are some hand-picked Premier League legends: 

Claude Makelele 

Claude Makelele, with his massive haul of medals, finally retired at the end of the 2010/11 season while back in France with Paris St Germain.

After a year out he returned to PSG in 2012 as assistant coach after his former boss at Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti, was appointed as manager.

David Ginola

The flamboyant Frenchman retired from playing in 2002, finishing his career at Everton after spells with Newcastle United, Tottenham and Aston Villa. 

Since retiring Ginola has mainly been involved with television work and has appeared on numerous programmes in the UK. He has also appeared in two films.

Dennis Bergkamp

A firm fan favourite with Arsenal, Dennis Berkgamp finally finished his playing career in 2006. 

Upon retiring, the Dutchman was adamant that he wouldn't move into a coaching role. However in the 2011/12 pre-season, Bergkamp was appointed assistant coach and striker trainer at Ajax, working alongside former team-mate Frank de Boer.

Duncan Ferguson

A rather eventful career ended for Duncan Ferguson when he retired from the game in 2006 at Everton.

Ferguson was renowned for his aggressive and highly-competitive style of play, which led to nine red cards and a three-month jail sentence following an on-field assault on Raith Rovers' John McStay in 1994.

In October 2011, Ferguson rejoined the Toffees, coaching the youth team in an unofficial capacity, as he prepared to take his coaching qualifications.

Not formally an employee, he is currently assisting Alan Irvine, the Everton academy manager.

Eric Cantona

Former Manchester United striker Cantona retired from professional football at the relatively tender age of 30 and, instead, went on to captain the France beach football side. He also managed the side that won the 2005 FIFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Brazil. 

In addition to his beach football career, Cantona has appeared in numerous TV commercials and films displaying his dry on-screen humour. He also provided vocals for the French rock band Dionysos's album "La mechanique du couer".

In 2011 Cantona returned to football with the reformed New York Cosmos, where he has been appointed Director of Football.

Faustino Asprilla

Regarded as a hero at Newcastle United for his hat-trick against Barcelona and his inventive, animated goal celebrations, Faustino Asprilla called time on his career in July 2009, although he hadn't been actively employed by a professional club for five years.

Since retirement, controversy has never been too far away, and in 2008 he was arrested for allegedly firing a machine gun at security forces near his farm in Colombia. He has also appeared on various Columbian reality TV shows.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Retiring from playing in 2008 after a successful Premier League career with Chelsea and Middlesbrough, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink started to do some media work as a pundit.

After obtaining his UEFA coaching badges in July 2011 he was appointed first-team coach at Nottingham Forest, where he worked alongside his ex-manager at Middlesbrough, Steve McLaren. 

McLaren had a largely unsuccessful spell and was sacked but Hasselbaink stayed on, obtaining his role. But in January 2013 Hasselbaink left his role at Nottingham Forest after manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked.

Juninho Paulista

With godlike status amongst the fans of Middlesbrough, Juninho had three spells in the Premier League with the Teeside club over a period of eight years. 

He is now back in his native Brazil as President of club side Ituano.

Jurgen Klinsmann

A firm fan favourite at Tottenham thanks to his fantastic goalscoring exploits for the club in two spells during the Nineties, Klinsmann made his last professional appearance for Spurs in 1998. 

Since retirement, he has moved into management, first the German national team and then with Bayern Munich. He also has a sports marketing and business development company which is based in the United States.

In July 2011 Klinsmann was named as Head Coach of the United States National Team.

Patrick Viera

One of the most decorated players in history with World Cup and European Championship winners' medals to his name, Patrick Vieira decided to hang up his boots in July 2011 after a spell with Manchester City.

Vieira is currently Football Development Executive at Manchester City - a role that involves overseeing aspects such as youth development, commercial partners and the club's social responsibility programme, City in the Community.

Peter Schmeichel

Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel finally hung up his gloves in 2003 after finishing his illustrious career at Manchester City, despite being mostly remembered for his heroic displays for the red side of Manchester.

Since retiring from playing, Schmeichel has mostly worked as a television pundit, both in his native Denmark and also for the BBC in England.

So there we have it, just a few of the most entertaining players the English Premier League has ever seen.

Who would you put in your Premier League hall of fame?

 

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