World Cup 2014: Pablo Armero, Julio Cesar, Gervinho...11 Premier League flops who’ve made the grade in Brazil
They may not have set the English top-flight alight, but have excelled for their respective countries in Brazil
A C Grayling
A. C. Grayling is an English philosopher and founder of independent undergraduate college, New College of the Humanities. He is the author of several books including The Refutation of Scepticism (1985), The Meaning of Things (2001) and The Good Book (2011).
Tuesday 01 July 2014
Six months ago, Julio Cesar was sitting on the QPR bench wondering whether he would ever get his career back on track. On Saturday evening, the veteran goalkeeper was the hero, saving several efforts against Chile in a World Cup penalty shootout ensuring Brazil's dream to win the tournament on home soil was still alive.
Cesar might have flopped in the Premier League but he is certainly not the only one to have excelled in Brazil after a poor spell in England.
As a matter of fact, his experience in the Premier League appears to have had a repetitive effect, with a host of Premier League flops performing better in South America.
Almost reminiscent of Diego Forlan's disastrous spell with Manchester United, followed by a series of impressive stints in Spain with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, the World Cup has given some players the opportunity for redemption.
Here, we've formed a team of 11 players who may have just turned their careers around.
Let us know who you think should be in the team by entering your comments in the section below.
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