What happened to Europe’s XI that beat Africa? | Popgen Tech


In 2007, the last edition of the Meridian Cup was played.

The match pitted a European U18 team against an African U18 outfit.

It was Europe’s youngsters who emerged victorious as they crushed their opponents 10-1 over two legs.

Some high profile players appeared for Europe.

But what happened to them? We’ve listed the 20 players who will play for Europe and looked at their careers below…

GK: Yevgeny Pomazan (Russia)

Pomazan failed to establish himself at the top level. He turned out for several Russian clubs, including Anzhi Makhachkala and Baltika Kaliningrad, while he also had a spell in Belarus with Dinamo Minsk.

He is now 33 and currently plays for the Russian second division team, FC SKA-Khabarovsk.

GK: Wojciech Szczęsny (Poland)

Szczęsny has been an elite goalkeeper for some time. The Juventus stopper recently played for Poland at the 2022 World Cup, where he saved two penalties in his country’s run to the last 16.

He won three Serie A titles with The Old Lady.

Wojciech Szczęsny in 2010
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal gestures during the Carling Cup quarter final match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at Emirates Stadium on November 30, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

DEF: Björn Kopplin (Germany)

Kopplin never quite made the grade at Bayern Munich, but he had a decent career that saw him turn out for VfL Bochum and Union Berlin in the 2. Bundesliga.

He now plays for the Danish club, Randers.

DEF: Jan Polák (Czech Republic)

Polak played much of his career in Italy’s lower leagues. He has been without a club since leaving Südtirol in 2021.

DEF: Armand Traore (France)

Traore made 32 appearances for Arsenal before leaving in 2011. He went on to play for Queens Park Rangers, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City.

He switched allegiance from France to Senegal and made five appearances for the African nation. He has been without a club since 2020.

Armand Traore in 2006
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 08: Armand Traore of Arsenal in action during the Carling Cup fourth round match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on November 8, 2006 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

DEF: Craig Cathcart (Northern Ireland)

Cathcart has made 235 appearances for Watford since joining in 2014. He played 69 times for Northern Ireland and appeared for them at Euro 2016.

DEF: Guillem Savall (Spain)

Savall never made the grade at the top level and spent most of his playing career in Spain’s lower leagues.

MDF: Dor Malul (Isreal)

Malul spent his entire career in Israel. He joined current club Hapoel Haifa FC in 2015 and has represented them on more than 200 occasions.

MDF: Jan Hable (Czech Republic)

Hable was at Fiorentina in 2007 but never turned out for the Serie A club. He went on to play for Ascoli, Greek side Kerkyra FC and Czech outfit Banik Ostrava. He retired from football in the summer.

MDF: Marko Marin (Germany)

A name that will be recognizable to many football fans.

He played for Borussia Mönchengladbach and Werder Bremen before transferring to Chelsea in 2012. Marin won the Europa League in consecutive seasons with Chelsea and Sevilla.

The German, who has made 16 appearances for his country, has been without a club since leaving Ferencváros in the summer.

Marko Marin in 2008
BERLIN – NOVEMBER 19: Marko Marin of Germany runs with the ball during the International Friendly match between Germany and England at Olympic Stadium on November 19, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

MDF: Nikola Gulan (Serbia)

Gulan made the €2.8 million move from Partizan to Fiorentina in 2007 aged just 18. He played in several countries during his career, including in Spain with Mallorca, in Belgium with Mouscron and in Israel with Hapoel Haifa.

Now 33, he currently plays for Maltese club, Balzan.

MDF: Ádám Dudás (Hungary)

Little is known about Dudas’ career. It seems that he spent a large part of his career as a football player in Hungary.

MDF: Romeu Ribeiro (Portugal)

Ribeiro spent two spells and a total of seven years with Portuguese second division side FC Penafiel.

MDF: Vurnon Anita (Netherlands)

Anita enjoyed a decent career which saw him play for Ajax, Leeds United and Newcastle United. He currently turns out for Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk.

Anita made three appearances for the Netherlands before switching her allegiance to Curaçao.

Aunt Anita in 2008
SUNDERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 03: Vurnon Anita of Ajax passes the ball during the pre-season friendly between Sunderland and Ajax at The Stadium of Light on August 3, 2008 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

MDF: Nenad Adamović (Serbia)

Adamovic played for various teams across Europe, with his best spell at Dinamo Minsk. He appeared for the Belarusian team from 2013-2016.

FWD: Aleksandr Prudnikov (Russia)

Prudnikov was a prolific finisher in his youth, but that never really translated to the professional game.

He spent his entire career in Russia with clubs such as Spartak Moscow, Rubin Kazan and Anzhi Makhachkala.

He hung up his boots in 2019.

FWD: Aarón Ñíguez (Spain)

Niguez spent the vast majority of his career in Spain with clubs such as Almeria, Elche, Tenerife and Oviedo.

The winger, who made four appearances for Spain’s under-21s, retired in the summer.

FWD: Krisztián Németh (Hungary)

Németh joined Liverpool in 2007 but failed to make the grade and left without making a Premier League appearance.

He went on to play for numerous clubs around the world, including Olympiacos, Roda, Sporting Kansas City and Al Gharafa.

The Hungarian, who scored four goals in 37 games for his country, now plays for MTK Budapest.

Krisztián Németh in action for Liverpool in 2008
Football – Stock – 07/08, 1/4/08 Krisztian Nemeth – Liverpool Reserves Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Keith Williams

FWD: Manuel Fischer (Germany)

Fischer spent most of his career in Germany’s lower leagues. He retired from football in 2019.

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