Thursday, April 22, 2010

Arsenal's 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final: Where Are They Now?

The 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match played on 4 May 1994 between Arsenal of England and Parma of Italy. It was the final match of the European Cup Winners' Cup 1993–94 and the 34th European Cup Winners' Cup Final. The final was held at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, and Arsenal won 1–0 with the goal coming from Alan Smith. In the final Arsenal beat favourites and holders Parma 1–0 with a George Graham-tight defensive performance and Alan Smith's 21st minute goal from a left foot volley eventually proved enough to give Arsenal the cup.

Arsenal's Road to ECWC Champions
Odense BK Denmark     2 - 3     England Arsenal FC
Arsenal FC England     10 - 0     Belgium Standard Liège
Torino Calcio Italy     0 - 1     England Arsenal FC
Paris Saint-Germain France     1 - 2     England Arsenal FC
Arsenal England     1–0     Italy Parma
This is what the then-victorious Arsenal players are now up to:
GK     1     England David Seaman
David Seaman is famous for a series of bad haircuts culminating in a dreadful ponytail, which he had chopped off for charity. The late Brian Clough said of him, "That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror, rather than at the ball. You can't keep goal with hair like that."
Seaman's on-screen presence made him a popular choice for chat-shows and televised appearances during his sporting career, and he can occasionally be spotted on British television. He briefly replaced Gary Lineker as team captain on the television quiz They Think It's All Over before producers decided to drop him in favour of former Arsenal team-mate Ian Wright.
Seaman hosts a "Safe Hands" charity golf event annually, and has released two football-themed DVDs entitled David Seaman's Goalkeeping Nightmares in 2003 and Jeepers Keepers in 2004.

DF     2     England Lee Dixon
He formed part of the highly-respected Arsenal defence from the late 1980s, throughout the 1990s, until 2002; Capped 22 times for England, scoring once. Lee currently works for the BBC's Match of the Day (and MOTD2) as a football pundit and writes a corresponding column for their website. At one point he had played at 91 out of the 92 Football League grounds - every one except Craven Cottage. In retirement, Dixon has concentrated on several business interests including the Riverside Brasserie in Bray, Berkshire, originally with his friend Heston Blumenthal. He tries to play golf daily, aiming to reduce his golf handicap to Level at Woburn club. He is also making his name as a pundit for the BBC, appearing on Match of the Day, Score, and Football Focus.

DF     3     England Nigel Winterburn
Winterburn, now retired, lives in Weston Turville, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire with his wife and three children. He now works as a pundit on the game. When interviewed, Winterburn hinted that he wants to be a coach.
"The thing I'd really like to be is a defensive coach. If that meant working part-time with one club or several clubs I wouldn't mind, even in the lower leagues or a non-league club. I have a passion for the art of defending. A lot of people say 'oh that's not the exciting part of the game' and that may be so, but it's still an important part. If I could go off and do something along those lines, along with the media stuff I'm doing, that would be the perfect world for me at the moment."

MF     4     England Paul Davis
Davis works for the Professional Footballers' Association as their Football Development Officer, encouraging black players to take up coaching qualifications, having been a youth coach at Arsenal up until 2003. The Show Racism the Red Card Campaign for 2009 got off to a great start with two high-profile events – and with Paul Davis, Arsenal legend and lately PFA Regional Coach, being inducted into their Hall of Fame.

DF     5     England Steve Bould
After retiring, he began working towards his UEFA coaching badges and in June 2001 moved back to Arsenal and became a coach for the youth teams. He is currently head coach of Arsenal's U18 Academy side, whom he led to the Premier Academy League and FA Youth Cup "double" in 2008-2009.

DF     6     England Tony Adams
The former manager of English Premier League side Portsmouth. Adams has served as a part-time Arsenal scout starting while he was at Feyenoord, watching games in Italy, France, and the Netherlands.

FW     7     England Kevin Campbell
In 2003 Campbell announced that he had invested money into his own record label, "2 Wikid". He is now the co-owner of a security company, named "T1 Protection", specialising in supplying bodyguards to celebrities and other wealthy customers whilst they are traveling abroad. The company also offer regular security patrols of clients' properties. He also commentates with Asia-based TEN Sports for their Premier League and Champions League coverages.

MF     8     Northern Ireland Steve Morrow
He is currently International Partnerships Performance Supervisor at Arsenal Football Club, where he also played for much of the 1990s. On 12 September 2008 Morrow returned to Arsenal as International Partnerships - Performance Supervisor, managing Arsenal's international partnerships, which currently include the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in the United States, BEC Tero of Thailand and Hoang Anh Gia Lai of Vietnam, and assisting Arsenal's academies in countries such as Egypt and Ghana. He has also worked as a live match analyst for Arsenal's online webcasts.

He also coached FC Dallas in the MLS from 2006 to 2008. He has this to say about soccer in United States,
"The U.S. has one of the most competitive youth soccer markets in the world and there is an incredibly high standard of soccer coaches and programs available. However, Arsenal Soccer Schools' 20 years of experience has enabled us to establish one of the leading soccer educational programs worldwide,"

FW     9     England Alan Smith
He now works as a media pundit.Writes in the Telegraph.

MF     10     England Paul Merson         Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
Merson has since decided to forge a career as a Sky Sports pundit. In August 2006 he also commenced a column for the official Arsenal FC magazine. He continues to play for the England Legends, a 16-man squad of former internationals who have played Italy, Germany, Scotland, Ireland and The Rest of The World. Merson also has commentated on Arabic channels, again covering the EPL. These are all recorded in London, not abroad. Merson can also be found on Twitter.

MF     11     England Ian Selley
Former Arsenal player Ian Selley is loving the chance to pass on his vast experience of the game to youngsters at Havant and Waterlooville.

GK     13     England Alan Miller
Miller and his brother Gary set up the appropriately-named 'Tailormade', which is proving highly successful. "There are three main parts to the business - yacht charter around the Balearic Islands, apartment and villa rentals and executive car hire, although we can arrange just about any activity," explained Miller. "We can do anything from organising a two-bedroom apartment to private jet hire, literally taking care of everything from when you close your front door at home to arriving at your holiday accommodation."

DF     12     England Andy Linighan
Retired completely from the game to run his own plumbing business.

MF     14     Republic of Ireland Eddie McGoldrick         Substituted on in the 86th minute 86'
He is now an Academy Staff coach at Northampton FC.

MF     15     England Ray Parlour
"The Romford Pelé" is now a pundit on television, as well as on radio stations BBC Radio 5 Live and Talksport, and is a professional poker player. Parlour has emerged as one of the most influential players for The England Legends, a 16-man squad of former internationals who have played Italy, Germany, Scotland, Ireland and The Rest of The World. Ray was in Malaysia recently playing in the annual EPL Masters.

FW     16     Scotland Paul Dickov
The combative Scot who is known as "The Pest" or "The Wasp" is currently playing for Leeds United.

Scotland George Graham
Concentrating on his career as a football pundit for Sky Sports. He had this to say about winning the European Cup Winners Cup in 1994 against a world-class Parma side.
"Winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in Copenhagen was also magnificent – we were real underdogs against a very good Parma team full of international players like Zola. We were so much the underdogs, with injuries and everything. That was a fantastic performance and result, to win that one."


GK     1     Italy Luca Bucci
DF     2     Italy Antonio Benarrivo
DF     3     Italy Alberto Di Chiara
MF     4     Italy Lorenzo Minotti
DF     5     Italy Luigi Apolloni
DF     6     Argentina Roberto Sensini
FW     7     Sweden Tomas Brolin
MF     8     Italy Gabriele Pin         Substituted off in the 71st minute 71'
MF     9     Italy Massimo Crippa
FW     10     Italy Gianfranco Zola
FW     11     Colombia Faustino Asprilla
GK     12     Italy Marco Ballotta
DF     13     Italy Roberto Maltagliati
DF     14     Italy David Balleri
MF     15     Italy Daniele Zoratto
FW     16     Italy Alessandro Melli         Substituted on in the 71st minute 71'
Italy Nevio Scala

The grandfather to the now current Europa League, will we see an English club win the first ever Europa League Cup this year? Will it be an all-English final in Hamburg? Will Liverpool finally put some gloss on their miserable season with a European trophy? or will Fulham defy the odds and write history as the first ever Europa League champions?

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