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Where are they now? Swansea’s 2013 League Cup-winning team

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 12:10, 21 March 2020

With the 2020 EFL Cup final on the horizon, we look back at a classic League Cup final that happened on this day.

In 2013, Swansea City took on League One Bradford City at Wembley Stadium. The Bantams had done superbly well to get to the final, beating Arsenal and this season’s finalists Aston Villa along the way, but once there they were brutally outmatched by a magnificent Swansea side led by Michael Laudrup.

The Swans smashed Bradford 5-0 to record the biggest ever winning margin in League Cup final history.

But seven years hence, where are the members of that magical side that so enchanted us? The side that won at Anfield and Stamford Bridge en route to their historic triumph at Wembley? Read on and find out!

Goalkeeper: Gerhard Tremmel

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 6 (2011-2017)
Swansea appearances: 49
Retired in: 2017

Gerhard Tremmel was a long-time back-up goalie for Swansea but Laudrup showed faith with him for the final and he delivered a solid performance. He retired a Swan in 2017 and is currently a scout for the club, based in his native Germany.

Right-back: Angel Rangel

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 11 (2007-2018)
Swansea appearances: 374
Current club: QPR

The Spaniard with the rhyming name joined the Swans all the way back in League One as one of the first signings under the Roberto Martinez regime. By the time of the final he was already a legend, and his assist (for the fifth goal) only added to that. He is currently still playing at 37 years old, in the Championship with QPR.

Centre-back: Ki Sung-yueng

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 6 (2012-2018)
Swansea appearances: 162
Current club: Mallorca

The South Korean was a key figure under Laudrup and played at the heart of defence in the final despite being a midfielder by trade (he was covering for the injured Chico Flores). He recently Newcastle for Mallorca in search of minutes on the pitch.

Centre-back: Ashley Williams

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 9 (2007-2016)
Swansea appearances: 352
Current club: Bristol City

An iconic captain, Williams was merely a stand-in during the final and only inherited the armband full-time at the end of the season. Still, a monumental figure in Swansea’s history is now, in the twilight of his career, playing for promotion-chasing Bristol in the Championship.

Left-back: Ben Davies

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 2 (2012-2014)
Swansea appearances: 85
Current club: Spurs

Ben Davies was only 19 when he started for Swansea in the 2013 final. He had been given his debut by Laudrup and impressed so much that he became the club’s starter. Currently at Spurs (who he joined in 2014) where he is thriving as part of José Mourinho‘s defensive system.

Centre-midfield: Leon Britton

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 15 (2002-2010 + 2011-2018)
Swansea appearances: 520
Retired in: 2018

The Wandsworth Xavi was well into his second spell at Swansea at this point and was the key cog in midfield, the pivot around which the entire passing system turned. Britton was a little genius and ran the show at Wembley. He retired in 2018, fifth in Swansea’s all-time league appearances table with 460 and with a spell as Caretaker Manager under his belt as well. He has held various backroom jobs since then, but is currently the Swans’ Sporting Director, shaping the club for the future.

Centre-midfield: Jonathan De Guzman

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 2 (2012-2014)
Swansea
appearances: 93
Current club: Frankfurt

De Guzman signed to play for Laudrup and, like a few others, left after the Dane had been sacked midway through the 2013/14 campaign. But back in February 2013 he was resplendent in midfield, scoring twice to turn an incredible win into a historic one. He now plies his trade for Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

Attacking midfield: Pablo Hernandez

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 2 (2012-2014)
Swansea
appearances: 71
Current club: Leeds

Laudrup’s iconic status allowed Swansea to attract a lot of top talent, perhaps none moreso than Pablo Hernandez who joined from Valencia. The Spaniard was Swansea’s creative hub and it was no surprise that he picked up an assist with a delightful pass for Michu’s goal. Currently playing for Leeds in the Championship under the mercurial Marcelo Bielsa, he will be hoping for a Premier League return next season.

Right-wing: Nathan Dyer

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 11 (2008-2015 + 2016-present)
Swansea
appearances: 346
Current club: Swansea

Swansea’s little winger had a big day out at Wembley. Dyer scored twice, including the game’s opening goal, to bag the man of the match award. Apart from a brief loan spell to Leicester (impeccably timed to allow him to pick up a Premier League winner’s medal), he has remained a Swan since 2008. At 32 he is starting to fade, but he’s still there!

Left-wing: Wayne Routledge

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 9 (2011-present)
Swansea
appearances: 277
Current club: Swansea

Routledge bagged an assist (for fellow winger Dyer) in the 2013 final and has been a beacon of longevity and loyalty. Routledge is still playing for Swansea in the Championship now, even at 35.

Striker: Michu

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 2 (2012-2014)
Swansea
appearances: 67
Retired in: 2017

The mighty Michu was a truly magical force in English football for his first season. Laudrup plucked him from Rayo Vallecano and gave him the no. 9 shirt, playing him as a false nine. Michu rattled in 22 goals across all competitions, including the second in the final itself. He was never the same after that season, however, as injuries took their toll. He retired in 2017, back with his native Oviedo, and had a spell as sporting director of Burgos CF. He’s now technical secretary of Oviedo.

He’s also the hero of Erling Haaland.

Sub: Garry Monk

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 10 (2004-2014)
Swansea appearances: 270
Retired in: 2014

Swansea’s legendary skipper was only a sub in 2013 and, after being allowed the share the trophy lift with Williams, eventually passed on the armband in the summer and a year after the final, he was made interim player-manager. After success in that role, he got the job permanently and record an eighth place Premier League finish. The next season began poorly and he was sacked after a dreadful run of form. He rebounded, however, and is currently in charge of Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

Sub: Dwight Tiendalli

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 3 (2012-2015)
Swansea appearances: 46
Retired in: 2018

Tiendalli was a useful sub for Swansea during the Laudrup years. He left in 2014 and retired in 2018.

Sub: Roland Lamah

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 1 (2013-2014)
Swansea appearances: 24
Current club: Unattached

Lamah had only joined Swansea a month before the final in 2013, but he could never establish himself in South Wales. He is currently without a club, having left MLS side FC Cincinnati in January of this year.

Unused sub: Michel Vorm

Where are they now? Swansea's 2013 League Cup-winning team

Years at Swansea: 3 (2011-2014)
Swansea appearances: 97
Current club: Spurs

Whilst he played no part in the historic final, it’s worth mentioning Vorm was Swansea’s goalkeeper for three impressive seasons. Laudrup stuck with Tremmel for the final but Vorm was a rock in the league for a brief spell. He joined Spurs as a back-up for Hugo Lloris in 2014, a role he still fills today.