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The obscure players from the 90's you forgot you knew about.

Back in the 90's, the game was a lot more innocent. Way back before every match was televised and each player had their own instagram account - premier league football players were a lot more down to earth. Without millions of pounds in their bank account and commerical sponsorship deals with multi national super businesses - the players we saw on Match of the Day would more often resemble me and you, the typical fan - rather than millionaire superstars living a life most of us couldn't begin to imagine.

Nowadays, the football fan knows every player, every club they've played for and how many goals they scored in the 2011/12 Italian serie B season. The internet has in many ways ruined the charm football once had. The 90's saw an influx of foreign superstars join the British game, yet it was also the decade in which premier league football players were about as famous as you or I.

Aston Villa fans will probably not remember Najwan Ghrayib. A defender who joined from Hapoel Haifa, Ghrayib played only 5 times across two years for the club. The Israeli international clearly struggled to adapt to the English game.

 

People would often assume the first brazilian player to play in the premier league, would be a memorable one. Unfortunately, it wasn't really the case - as Coventry City signed Isaias a prolific goalscorer for Benfica who made only 12 appearances for the club. Apart from the classic mid nineties kit, we've failed to find too much info about his time at coventry.

 

Even the most hardcore Hammers Fans will struggle to remember a portuguese winger called Hugo Porfirio. Hugo joined on loan from sporting in 1996 but his career never really took off. At least he managed to make the cut for the Topps Premier Gold Trading cards.

 

 

The Saints also joined the obscure 90's club in 1998 when they signed French full back Patrick Colleter. With a decent enough CV under his belt, Colleter mustered 24 appearances at the dell and effectively called it quits on his career after that. 

 

The award for the out and out best name in obscure 90's football player history goes to Orlando Trustfull - a dutch midfielder who joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1996. Other than that amazing name under his belt, he proved somewhat of a flash in the pan in the premier league.

 

Istvan Kozma is a Hungarian player who joined Liverpool in 1992 from Dunfermline, apparently. He played 6 times, and the left - leaving a pretty forgettable stint behind.

 

 

So dig out your panini stickers from 1994 and rediscover your clubs players - you'll be suprised how few you actually remember.