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What happened next? Hodgson’s Fulham team that beat Juventus en route to the Europa League final

By Squawka News

Published: 8:15, 18 March 2020

It might seem like a lifetime ago now, but it’s only been 10 years since Roy Hodgson guided Fulham all the way to the Europa League final.

They were heartbreakingly defeated in extra-time by Atletico Madrid but what a journey they undertook nevertheless.

On the road to that match, Fulham had to get past one of Europe’s greats in Juventus, and it seemed it wouldn’t happen after a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Turin.

But, despite going further behind in the opening two minutes at Craven Cottage, Fulham fought back and claimed a 4-1 result that astonishingly sent them through at the expense of the Old Lady.

But what has happened to those players since?

Fulham

Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer

Age: 47

Fulham appearances: 220

Current Club: Retired

Many thought the experienced shot-stopper was closing in on the end of his career after helping Fulham to the Europa League final, but Schwarzer would play for another six years.

The Australian was released by Fulham in 2013 and joined up with Chelsea as their new back-up, playing 12 times across two seasons. The goalkeeper spent a year with Leicester, sitting on the bench as they won the league before his release in 2016, and quietly retired soon after.

Right-back: Stephen Kelly

Age: 36

Fulham appearances: 71

Current Club: Retired

Kelly was Fulham’s first signing in the season they took on the Europa League and the right-back was on their books for four years. He was eventually permitted to leave in 2013, joining Reading.

A lack of regular football saw Kelly turn down a new deal with the Royals and the Irishman linked up with Rotherham, making 35 appearances across two seasons before leaving the club at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Centre-back: Brede Hangeland

Age: 38

Fulham appearances: 270

Current Club: Retired

Hangeland’s form with Fulham often saw the imposing centre-back linked with big money moves to the likes of Arsenal, but the Norwegian spent seven years with the Cottagers.

It all ended sadly for Hangeland at Fulham amid reports of a bizarre relationship with Felix Magath and his statement that indicated the club had released him via email. A two-year stint with Crystal Palace followed before he opted to retire, after being released.

Centre-back: Aaron Hughes

Age: 40

Fulham appearances: 250

Current Club: Retired

After seven years on the books with Fulham, Hughes eventually left the club in January 2014 for QPR. He was released just six months later however, and signed for Brighton.

Only a season later and another move took Hughes to Melbourne City, before he was announced as Indian side Kerala Blasters’s marquee signing. Hughes joined Hearts in January 2017, spending 18 months in Scotland before retiring.

Left-back: Paul Konchesky

Age: 38

Fulham appearances: 122

Current Club: Retired

Konchesky did well during his time at Fulham but there’s still some raised eyebrows at the fact that he got a move to Liverpool in 2010, following Roy Hodgson to the Merseyside club.

A loan spell to Nottingham Forest followed and then Konchesky moved to Leicester City. He failed to feature too often and went on loan to QPR in 2015, before leaving the Foxes for League One Gillingham.

Konchesky had a brief spell playing for Billericay in the Isthmian League, whilst also running his East-End cafe, Konch’s Kafe. He’s since hanged up his boots.

Right-midfielder: Damien Duff

Age: 41

Fulham appearances: 173

Current Club: Retired

Having moved to Fulham in 2009, Duff was later part of the contingent allowed to leave when the club were relegated in 2014. The winger spent one season in Australia with Melbourne City.

Duff would then move to Shamrock Rovers and donated all his wages to charity while at the club, before retiring from football in December 2015.

He’s since transitioned into coaching, working for Celtic, and following Neil Lennon’s appointment as their full-time manager Duff would be part of his backroom staff.

Central midfielder: Chris Baird

Age: 38

Fulham appearances: 172

Current Club: None

Like Hangeland, Baird spent his best years at Fulham and was with the club for six seasons, and a regular for them in all of those campaigns.

The defender was released in 2013 and opted to move to Reading, but only spent six months at the club before moving to Burnley. The Clarets were eager to retain him but Baird then got a move to West Brom in the summer of 2014.

A year later and the Baggies released Baird to Derby County, although the player did return to Fulham for a brief loan spell, eventually retiring in 2019.

Central midfielder: Dickson Etuhu

Age: 37

Fulham appearances: 127

Current Club: IFK Rössjöholm

Dickson Etuhu spent four years on the books at Fulham but was permitted to leave in 2012 to join Blackburn Rovers. The midfielder spent just two seasons with the Championship club though with his time there plagued by injuries.

Etuhu would get a move to Swedish side AIK before moving to IFK Rössjöholm, where he remains.

Left-midfielder: Simon Davies

Age: 40

Fulham appearances: 168

Current Club: Retired

Davies was a part of the 12-man cull by Fulham in 2013 with the experienced midfielder sort of falling off the map when the Cottagers let him go.

The Welshman, instead of remaining in professional football, returned home to Solva and has reportedly played for the team.

Attacking midfielder: Zoltán Gera

Age: 40

Fulham appearances: 120

Current Club: Retired

Fulham’s two-goal hero from the match with Juventus, Gera was allowed to leave in 2011 and was reunited with Roy Hodgson back at former club West Brom.

After leaving the Baggies in 2014 Gera went back to Ferencváros and helped the club to win the Hungarian league in 2016. Two years later the 97-time capped international called time on his playing career.

Striker: Bobby Zamora

Age: 39

Fulham appearances: 134

Current Club: Retired

Twice capped by England, both of Zamora’s national side outings came while on the books at Fulham but the striker eventually left for QPR in 2012. He scored the vital goal to return them to the Premier League in 2014 but was released in 2015.

Zamora returned to former club Brighton for a season but was allowed to go in 2016, and retired from football in December that year.

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Bjørn Helge Riise

Age: 34

Fulham appearances: 19

Current Club: Retired

John Arne Riise’s little brother was in his first season with Fulham when they defeated Juventus, but that was about the peak of his spell as loans with Sheffield United and Portsmouth followed.

Riise moved to Lillestrøm in 2012 and then was transferred again in 2015, and played for Aalesund before moving to Sogndal IL until retiring.

Clint Dempsey

Age: 37

Fulham appearances: 232

Current Club: Retired

Clint Dempsey’s excellent form for Fulham saw the American earn a big money move to Tottenham in 2012, but the forward only lasted one season at White Hart Lane.

The attacker was sold to MLS side Seattle a year later, but he did return to Fulham for a brief loan spell before the start of the 2014 American season.

Dempsey retired in 2018.

Juventus

Goalkeeper: Antonio Chimenti

Age: 47

Juventus appearances: 18

Current Club: Retired

Juventus’ third choice goalkeeper, Chimenti retired from football at the end of 2010 after 22 years as a professional player.

Right-back: Hasan Salihamidžić

Age: 43

Juventus appearances: 73

Current Club: Bayern Munich (Sporting Director)

Salihamidžić was allowed to leave Juventus in 2011 and the Bosnian switched back to Germany with Wolfsburg. A broken arm saw him last just one season though, and Salihamidžić retired not long after his release in 2012.

Since then he’s been named sporting director of his former club Bayern Munich.

Centre-back: Jonathan Zebina

Age: 41

Juventus appearances: 116

Current Club: Retired

Zebina left Juventus in 2010 after he was released from the club and signed for Brescia the same day. Spells with Brest, Toulouse and Arles-Avignon would follow before his retirement in 2014.

Centre-back: Fabio Cannavaro

Age: 46

Juventus appearances: 127

Current Club: Guangzhou Evergrande (Manager)

One of the finest defenders of the 2000s, Cannavaro came to the end of his second spell with Juventus in 2010, after being shown a red card vs Fulham. He spent a year with Al-Ahli Dubai before retiring and moving into management. He now works in the Chinese Super League.

Left-back: Fabio Grosso

Age: 42

Juventus appearances: 47

Current Club: Retired

Grosso only moved to Juventus in 2009 but the left-back opted to retire from football at the expiration of his contract in 2012.

In 2013 he was offered a coaching role with the club and in 2014 he became the Juventus Under-20s manager.

Since leaving the Old Lady he’s coached Bari, Hellas Verona and Brescia.

Defensive midfielder: Felipe Melo

Age: 36

Juventus appearances: 78

Current Club: Palmeiras

One of the few Juventus players still playing, Melo spent two years at the Old Lady before going to Galatasaray, initially on loan. A permanent deal followed before a transfer back to Italy with Inter Milan in 2015.

Melo went on loan to Brazilian side Palmeiras in January 2017, before joining them permanently that summer.

Defensive midfielder: Mohamed Sissoko

Age: 35

Juventus appearances: 100

Current Club: Retired

Sissoko joined Juventus from Liverpool but left in 2013 for PSG. The midfielder has bounced from club to club since then, falling down the footballing pyramid.

In January 2020 Sissoko ended his 18-year playing career after most recently turning out for FC Sochaux.

Right-midfielder: Mauro Camoranesi

Age: 43

Juventus appearances: 285

Current Club: Tabor Sezana (Manager)

2010 signalled the end of an eight-year spell with Juventus for Camoranesi with the Italian moving to Stuttgart. A year later he transferred to Lanus before ending his career at Racing Club.

Camoranesi would subsequently move into management, starting at Mexican side Coras de Nayarit, before joining Argentine club Club Atlético Tigre before returning to Mexico with Cafetaleros de Chiapas until joining Slovenian team NK Tabor Sezana in January 2020.

Attacking midfielder: Diego

Age: 35

Juventus appearances: 47

Current Club: Flamengo

Once one of Brazil’s most highly rated talents, Diego failed to really get going at Juventus and moved to Wolfsburg in 2010. The playmaker then was loaned to Atletico Madrid, before joining them permanently a couple of years later.

A two year stint with Fenerbahce followed before Diego finally moved to Flamengo, returning to Brazilian football, and in 2019 he’d lift the Copa Libertadores.

Left-midfielder: Antonio Candreva

Age: 31

Juventus appearances: 20

Current Club: Internazionale

Candreva spent the 2009/10 season on loan at Juventus and the winger has turned into a crucial part of the Italian set up since then.

The 33-year-old can currently be found at Inter Milan, having moved to the club in the summer of 2016 after a lengthy spell with Lazio.

Striker: David Trezeguet

Age: 42

Juventus appearances: 318

Current Club: Retired

One of the finest strikers this century, the 2009-2010 season turned out to be Trezeguet’s last at Juventus which ended a ten year association with the Italian club.

Trezeguet played for Hércules, Baniyas, River Plate, Newell’s Old Boys and Pune City before retiring in January 2015 and going home to Juventus as a coach.

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Zdeněk Grygera

Age: 39

Juventus appearances: 87

Current Club: Retired

Grygera left Juventus for their conquerors Fulham in 2011, but only played a handful of games before retiring due to fitness issues in December 2012.

Paolo De Ceglie

Age: 33

Juventus appearances: 124

Current Club: None

After spending a number of spells away on loan, De Ceglie finally left Juventus at the end of the 2016/17 season. He joined Swiss second-tier side Servette FC in January 2018 before leaving two years later.

Alessandro Del Piero

Age: 45

Juventus appearances: 705

Current Club: Retired

The Juventus legend himself. De Piero didn’t start this match and finally left the club of his dreams in 2012. Brief spells with Sydney FC and Delhi Dynamos followed before his retirement in 2014.