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

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 14:45, 23 February 2022 | Updated: 17:17, 25 February 2022


Manchester City have won six of the last eight EFL Cups, while no side outside the apparent “Big Six” has lifted the trophy during that time.

However, it wasn’t always this way. 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 Aston Villa along the way, but once there they were brutally outmatched by a magnificent Swansea side led by Michael Laudrup.

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

But nine 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
Retired in: 2020

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 left Swansea for QPR in 2018, and retired two years later in 2020.

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: FC Seoul

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). After spells with Newcastle and Mallorca didn’t work out, Ki returned to FC Seoul where he is currently club captain.

Centre-back: Ashley Williams

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

Years at Swansea: 9 (2007-2016)
Swansea appearances: 352
Retired in: 2021

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, the centre-back is a monumental figure in Swansea’s history who, after short spells with Everton, Stoke and Bristol, retired in 2021.

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 Antonio Conte’s three-man defence.

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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
Current club: Ammanford AFC

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.

Britton 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, and after leaving as Swans’ Sporting Director in 2020, has since rejoined them in a mentoring role within their youth set-up. He’s also come out of retirement to play amateur football in Wales.

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: OFI

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 OFI on Crete.

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: Castellón

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.

After a great spell for Leeds under the mercurial Marcelo Bielsa, Hernandez went back to Spain where he now plays for Castellón, a club where he also is part owner. Guess that’s one way to ensure you don’t get dropped!

Right-wing: Nathan Dyer

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

Years at Swansea: 11 (2008-2015 + 2016-2020)
Swansea
appearances: 347
Retired in: 2021

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 remained a Swan from 2008 all the way up to his retirement in 2021.

Left-wing: Wayne Routledge

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

Years at Swansea: 10 (2011-2021)
Swansea
appearances: 304
Retired in: 2021

Routledge bagged an assist (for fellow winger Dyer) in the 2013 final and has been a beacon of longevity and loyalty. Routledge played on for Swansea until last season, when he finally retired after 10 years and over 300 games for the Welsh side.

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 Burgos CF.

He’s also the hero of one Erling Haaland.


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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 with Sheffield Wednesday but got sacked a year later, having won just 18 of his 58 games in charge.

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: Memphis 901

Lamah had only joined Swansea a month before the final in 2013, but he could never establish himself in South Wales. He is currently playing for USL Championship (the second division of US Soccer) side Memphis 901.

Unused sub: Michel Vorm

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

Years at Swansea: 3 (2011-2014)
Swansea appearances: 97
Retired in: 2020

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 filled with varying degrees of success. He retired in 2020.

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