Greatest non-Premier League Champions

Matt Le Tissier Southampton legend
Matt Le Tissier

Matthew Le Tissier undoubtedly makes it into the team. He spent his whole career at Southampton scoring spectacular goals and single handedly keeping them in the top flight. Le Tissier was often criticised for his laid back attitude and poor work rate but the Saints fans worshipped him. As well as scoring outrageous goals from outside the box, Le Tissier also had nerves of steel proven by his career record of 47 successful penalties from 48 taken.

 

Juninho Middlesbrough legend
Juninho

Juninho arrived in Middlesbrough in 1995 and immediatley became a favourite amongst the Teesiders. His small size and low centre of gravity combined with his pace and trickery meant he was able to terrorise opposition defenders to the delight of his fans. Juninho helped Middlesbrough to the final of both the FA Cup and League Cup in 1997 but the season ended in heartache as they lost both finals and were relegated from the top flight on the final day of the season where Juninho famously cried on the pitch after the final whistle.

 

David Ginola Tottenham legend
David Ginola

David Ginola was a player that split opinion amongst football fans. Some loved him for his dribbling and outstanding goals. Others hated him for his prima donna image and the fact that he received so much female attention. Either way the fact remains that Ginola was an exceptional talent and his entertaining play was rewarded when he received both the Player’s and Writer’s Player of the Year award in 1999, beating David Beckham to the prize.


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Gianfranco Zola

 

Gianfranco Zola spent seven years at Chelsea and has gone down as one of the club’s greatest ever players. At only 5ft 6, Zola had to rely on his technique and creativity to find his way through defences as well as being a dead ball specialist. His most famous goals came against Man Utd where he walked through several challenges to the edge of the six yard box and placed a shot past Peter Schmeichel, and against Norwich where he scored with a backheeled volley from a corner to the near post.

 

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Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler became known as God on the red half of Merseyside because of his fantastic goalscoring record. He is widely considered as the most natural finisher in Premier League history and sits fourth on the all time leading goalscorer table. Fowler also boasts the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League when he netted three times in four minutes 33 seconds against Arsenal in 1994.

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