Thursday, February 27, 2014

The uncapped, Part Two

1- Derek Mountfield
Defender Derek Mountfield was part of the excellent Everton side of the mid 1980s.
During the 1984/85, his excellent displays for Everton had many predicting an England National Team future for him.
However, England Manager Bobby Robson never selected him.

Photo from: France Football, Issue 2027, February 12, 1985
(Derek Mountfield with Everton, 1984/85)

2- Paulinho Cascavel
Paulinho Cascavel was a Brazilian striker that made his name in Portuguese League Football.
He was Portugal’s League top goalscorer with Vitoria Guimaraes during the 1986/87 season with 22 goals.
He earned a move to Sporting Lisbon and was once again top goalscorer the following season (1987/88) with 23 goals.
Despite these achievements he was never selected by Brazil.
Photo from: Mondial, new series, Issue 90, September 1987
(Paulinho Cascavel)

3- Benito Carbone
Benito Carbone was an Italian forward who played for Torino, Napoli and Internazionale Milano among others.
However, his best years were in the English Premier League after he joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1996.
He later played for other English clubs such as Aston Villa, Bradford City, Derby County and Middlesbrough.
Despite his fine displays, he was never selected by Italian selectors such as Cesare Maldini and Dino Zoff.

Photo from: Calcio 2000, Issue 18, April 1999
(Benito Carbone with Sheffield Wednesday)

4- Norbert Nachtweih
East German defector  Norbert Nachtweih would most certainly have gained caps had it not been for international rules that impeded International selection for defectors.
He joined Eintracht Frankfurt upon his defection in 1976 and with them won the UEFA Cup in 1981.
He joined powerhouse Bayern Munich and admirably performed for seven seasons as a defender and midfielder and won four Bundesliga titles.

Photo from: Foot Magazine, October 1986
(Norbert Nachtweih of Bayern Munich, September 27, 1986, Werder Bremen 1-Bayern Munich 1)

5- Ken Monkou
Ken Monkou was a dutch defender who started out at Feyenoord in the mid 1980s.
He joined the English League in 1989 and had a successful career playing for Chelsea and Southampton.

Despite his fine displays overseas, he weas never called up by Holland.

Photo from: 90 minutes, March 12, 1994
(Southampton’s Ken Monkou)


  1. In my humble opinion, Benny Carbone was not at the same level of the formidable opposition he faced for the attacking spot in the national team: Zola, Baggio, Signori, Del Piero, Casiraghi, Ravanelli, Vieri, Inzaghi...

    1. that is true, but given that he was successful away from home, perhaps he should have at least been tested in a friendly

  2. Indeed. Well, C.Maldini and then Zoff were quite conservative managers.

  3. by the way Simone, I recently got in contact with another Italian enthusiast, who has the following blog