The 'Holy smokes, I can't believe he still plays' thread

Discussion in 'Football Talk' started by Mark Tobias, Feb 11, 2019 at 2:21 PM.

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Which position does age tend to better

  1. GK

    13 vote(s)
    76.5%
  2. Central Defender

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  3. Up and down the wing

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  4. Attacking Midfield

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  5. Striker

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Bench

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Manager

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Hey guys, Wanted to do a fun thread.
    Not sure if this has been done before.
    A few rules.
    • Player must be old or you must present some reasoning as to why it is a wonder they are still playing.
    • This is a fun thread, if you disagree state why and move on. Please don't pollute the thread with asinine arguments over what is clearly an opinion based thread.
    • Managers, staff, trainers, medics and pundits can be included here if you feel you have a point.

    I'll kick us off with the easy ones.
    Zlatan - 37 now and will be 38 in Oct. Beast of an athlete but still he's getting on and you have to wonder how much more his body will take. He also competed in many martial arts over his years.

    Koscielney - Honestly with this achilles problem I thought he was done. Not so old but it is much harder to heal at 33 than at 26. Can't see this lasting too long though.

    Have fun with it.

    Santi Cazorla - Let's be honest, this one is truly surprising. Maybe not so much that he is still playing but more that he is still playing at the level he is. Will be 35 in Dec and I have to say I miss this man. Also intrigued to see his son one day if he follows dad's footsteps.
     
  2. <<reed>>

    <<reed>> Attention Seeker

    Jack Wilshere
     
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  3. Rex Banner

    Rex Banner Massive SAFophile Trusted

    Everyone loves a redemption story so I’ll go with my guy Joaquin.

    Look at this report about him at 21 from 2002, he was hyped up as the next big thing. Linked with all the biggest clubs at the time after him he looked to set become a great of Spanish football.

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2002/may/10/worldcupfootball2002.sport7

    However things didn’t work out that way really, although he became a full Spanish international he missed the key penalty in the shoot out loss to South Korea in 2002. He never made an appearance after 2007 as he didn’t really fit with the tiki taka style that helped the national team rule the world.

    He eventually moved on from Betis to Valencia after a really messy transfer saga which included a brief loan to Albacete as punishment by Betis’ owner.

    After a good but not great few years he moved on to Malaga in 2011. As a winger aged 30 you’d think his career at the top was coming to an end. He had other ideas though, as with a Malaga side who at the time had money to burn became a star player alongside Isco and played his best football in years. He was a key part of getting them to the CL and then the next year almost got to the semi finals.

    After a couple of years in Italy he went full circle and went home to Betis taking a pay cut where he’s still an integral part to this day. Despite losing his blinding pace he’s still a quality dribbler and crosser, who has a really high football IQ. To still be smashing it in a top league aged 37 in a position where many players don’t make it past 30 is an incredible effort.
     
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  4. BobP

    BobP Favre Fan

    Hilton of Montpellier.

    Guy is 41 and has shown no signs of slowing down as he's currently marshalling the 2nd best defence in Ligue 1.
     
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  5. zhaggy

    zhaggy Active Member

    Peter crouch.
     
  6. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    Maradona. He has no fcuking business being alive. I have a feeling that half of the Argentinian people pray for him every day.
     
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  7. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Hleb. Thought he had retired
     
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  8. Sanchez11's ghost

    Sanchez11's ghost Well-Known Member

    Is Ronaldinho still playing wasnt Rivaldo playing in his 40's too??
     
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  9. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Junichi Inamoto still plays, good for him.
     
  10. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho Well-Known Member

    A legend from the early 2000's manager games.
     
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  11. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho Well-Known Member

    All those brazilian legends from that era seem to retire and then come out of retirement for an appearance or two so it's likely both are still playing.
     
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  12. Sanchez11's ghost

    Sanchez11's ghost Well-Known Member

    I read Robinho is playing still.
     
  13. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

  14. Sanchez11's ghost

    Sanchez11's ghost Well-Known Member

  15. Emeryates

    Emeryates Just Here For Heccy

    Özil. Lazy, doesn't track back with no real talent other than playing a pass
     
  16. pigge

    pigge Well-Known Member

    He's very old for someone who has only played around 100 professional games though.

    He was obviously talented. Not convinced he could be that great now even if he did everything perfectly from here on. Would probably take a gamble if you knew he would do cristiano ronaldo esque training and professionalism though.
     
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  17. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Charlie Adam the most out of shape footballer still playing.
     
  18. JW10

    JW10 Member

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  19. PoleInGoal

    PoleInGoal Active Member

    Claudio Pizarro

    Was looking at some Bundesliga scores a few weeks back and saw his name on the scoresheet, thought it was a different Pizarro but turns out it was him and he's still going aged 40. It's now his fourth spell playing with Bremen :lol:
     
  20. kraphtous

    kraphtous Unai Enemy

    Alex Song, apparently he plays in Switzerland now.
     

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