Carragher shows ‘cold’ Champions League knowledge – but Pompy fans unimpressed
Jamie Carragher blew fans away with his knowledge of Champions League history, but upset a few Portsmouth fans in the process.
The Liverpool legend was reminiscing about Red Star Belgrade's shock triumph in 1991 during his latest appearance on CBS Sports this week and produced some absolutely scintillating trivia from the campaign. He spoke about the Yugoslav (now Serbian) side's tactical shift in their victory over Marseille in the final even namedropped several of their best players.
"They won the [final] on penalties but in that final they played completely differently to how they played through the competition," Carragher said. "The game finished 0-0 but they played for a 0-0 … they scored 19 goals in the four ties leading up to the final."
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He then rattled through some of Red Star's squad members that year, detailing which of them went on to play for some of Europe's biggest clubs. Eventually he came to midfielder Robert Prosinecki, pointing out the he later turned out for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, forgetting, unforgivably according to a few Pompy fans on social media, about the season-long stint he had at Fratton Park.
"Listing Real Madrid and Barcelona as Robert Prosinecki's other teams, and completely forgetting @Pompey. Pfft," one fan told Carragher on X.
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Nevertheless, Carragher's colleagues were mightily impressed. Former Premier League ace Clint Dempsey said: "I've got to start calling this guy 'Google' over here," while Micah Richards asked Carra for a handshake.
After winning the European Cup with Red Star Prosinecki was snapped up by Real Madrid. He spent four seasons at the Bernabeu before being sold to Barcelona in 1995, becoming one of the few players in history to move directly between the two clubs.
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He later moved back to his native Croatia and on to Belgium before rocking up at Portsmouth in 2001. Pompy were in the second tier at the time, but club owner Milan Mandarić, a fellow Yugoslavian, convinced him to join. He spent just one season on the south coast, but instantly endeared himself to fans with countless stellar performances.
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