On that day in 2008, Portsmouth was seconds away from registering one of the most historic results in European football history by beating AC Milan.
A late equalizer from Filippo Inzaghi equalized for Milan in the second minute of added time to break the hearts of Pompey’s loyalists in the UEFA Cup group stage.
Now in Ligue 1, Portsmouth is miles away from being within easy reach of European football, and even in principle it is somewhat remarkable that the two clubs have crossed paths.
Rossoneri’s starting lineup included some of the most legendary players in recent history with Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Andriy Shevchenko.
But who did Portsmouth align with on that momentous night, and where are they now? Daily Star Sport looked closely …
David James (Goalkeeper)
Scorer David James made a comeback three years after that game and even made three appearances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
James then joined Bristol City that year before moving to Bournemouth, then
ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar, a team based in Iceland before retiring to Kerala Blasters (India) – which he led in 2018.
In 2019, the 51-year-old was a Strictly Come Dancing contender and was the fourth celebrity to be eliminated, which wasn’t much of a shock considering goalkeepers aren’t known to be good with their feet.
Glen Johnson (right-back)
After leaving Fratton Park, Glen Johnson spent six years as a regular first-team player at Liverpool. He then joined Stoke City in 2015 and made 57 appearances for the club before retiring in 2018.
Nowadays, Johnson is a guest on television on several shows and is also involved with a real estate company.
Younes Kaboul (Central file)
Younes Kabul opened the scoring in the historic game against Milan, and that’s potentially where his career peaked.
The French defender left Portsmouth in 2010 for Tottenham Hotspur before enjoying stints at Sunderland and Watford before retiring in 2018.
Kabul now operates a reception center for people with intellectual disabilities in Belgium.
Sylvain Distin (Central file)
French defender Sylvain Distin left Pompey for Everton in 2009 and made a significant impact at Goodison Park, making 174 appearances in six years.
Distin then moved to Bournemouth in 2015 before leaving at the end of the season when his contract expired.
The 43-year-old is now a strength and conditioning coach in the Greater Bournemouth area.
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Nadir Belhadj (left back)
Algerian international Nadir Belhadj ended his professional career at the start of the year.
The left-back joined the Qatari side of Al-Sadd in 2010 before returning to former club Sedan in 2016.
Most recently, Belhadj played for the Qatari team of Al-Sailiya.
Glen Little (right midfielder)
Incredibly, after leaving Portsmouth in 2009, Glen Little played for seven different teams before retiring in 2016.
The Englishman has visited Reading, Sheffield United, Aldershot Town, Wrexham, Wealdstone, Heybridge Swifts (twice), Grays Athletic (twice) and Welling United. Well traveled.
Papa Bouba Diop (central midfielder)
Papa Bouba Diop is something of a Premier League legend.
The Senegalese midfielder joined the Greek side of AEK Athens in 2010 before returning to England for season-long stays at West Ham and Birmingham City.
Diop died last year at the age of 42 from a battle with a long-lasting illness.
Richard Hughes (central midfielder)
Arsenal academy product Richard Hughes spent nine successful years at Portsmouth before returning to former club Bournemouth in 2012.
After two years with the Cherries, the Scotland international retired and later became the club’s technical director. Hughes has also featured as an expert on television and also runs a restaurant in Soho.
Armand Traoré (left midfielder)
Armand Traoré retired last season after two years without a single appearance.
The Senegal international was only loaned to Portsmouth for his game against AC Milan, but he will have faced the Serie A giants again the following season as he spent the campaign on loan at Juventus.
Traore then joined Queens Park Rangers on a permanent basis before joining Turkish squad Caykur Rizespor in 2018, where he was not in, and then Cardiff City, who also never played the wide player.
Peter Croupton (forward)
Portsmouth could have easily beaten AC Milan all those years ago if striker Peter Crouch had converted one of the three clear chances he had.
The 6ft 7in target man didn’t spend long on the South Coast, joining Tottenham in 2009 and scoring crucial goals for the White Hart Lane club.
Crouch then spent eight years in Stoke City before retiring to Burnley.
The 40-year-old is now a TV personality and also has his own podcast, That Peter Crouch Podcast, and also hosted his own TV show, Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer, last year which involved famous faces. participating in sporting activities from the comfort of their own homes due to the pandemic.
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Nwankwo Kanu (attacker)
Another iconic member of this Pompey team was Nwankwo Kanu, who scored the second goal in the aforementioned match.
Kanu retired to Fratton Park in 2012 after making 143 appearances for the club.
The Nigerian has since undergone corrective heart surgery, for the second time in his life, and is a national icon in his home country.
The 45-year-old, who has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, has a foundation to help young African children with heart defects, Kanu Heart Foundation, and is a UNICEF ambassador. Kanu also owns a football team called Papilo FC.