1- Des Walker and Sampdoria 1992/93
English defender Des Walker was a very sought after player after the 1990 World Cup. After the finals Juventus had wanted to sign him, however, Nottingham Forest had refused. Finally in 1992, Walker joined the Serie A by joining Sampdoria. However, his solitary season was disappointing.
He returned him the following season by joining Sheffield Wednesday.
Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 42, July 1992
(Des Walker, June 14, 1992, European Championship, France 0-England 0)
2- Torben Frank and Olympique Lyonnais, 1992/95
Danish striker signed for Olympique Lyonnais in the summer of 1992 from Lyngby.
He was injured as soon as he joined and never played for Lyon for the following three years.
Lyon even tried to cancel his contract. He eventually returned back to Lyngby.
3- Hristo Stoichkov and Parma 1995/96
Bulgarian superstar Hristo Stoichkov left Barcelona in the summer of 1995 after many disputes with Manager Johann Cruyff.
He joined the ambitious Parma squad with hopes of winning the Scudetto. However, he and Parma had a poor season and did not even qualify for Europe. He gladly returned to Barcelona the following season (Cruyff having already been fired as Manager).
Photo From: World Soccer, September 1995
(Hristo Stoichkov at Parma)
Photo From: Calcio 2000, Issue 13, November 1998(Hristo Stoichkov at Parma)
4- Karel Poborsky and Manchester United 1996/98
Czech Republic International Karel Poborsky joined Manchester United after impressive displays during the 1996 Euros.
However, he was unable to shine in Manchester and midway through his second season joined Benfica to salvage his career.
Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 90, July 1996(Karel Poborsky, , June 30, 1996, European Championship, Germany 2-Czech Republic 1)
5- Marius Lacatus and Fiorentina, 1990/91
Steaua Bucharest and Romanian forward joined Fiorentina in the summer of 1990. Unfortunately, he joined a team in transition following the transfer of Roberto Baggio to Juventus as well as the arrival of new Brazilian Manager Sebastiano Lazaroni.He had a disappointing season and is often cited as a foreign player flop in Italy. He joined Spain’s Real Oviedo the following season.
Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 18, July 1990
(Marius Lacatus, June 9, 1990, World Cup, Romania 2-USSR 0)