1999 FA Cup Final

The 1999 FA Cup Final was a football match that took place on 22 May 1999 at the old Wembley Stadium, London, to determine the winner of the 1998–99 FA Cup. It was contested between Manchester United and Newcastle United, with goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes giving Manchester United a 2–0 win to claim their 10th FA Cup title. It was the second part of the "Treble" of trophies Manchester United won during the 1998–99 season, which was completed four days later, when they won the Champions League.

Manchester United's route to the final saw them face Premier League opposition in every round except the Fifth, and also the last ever FA Cup semi-final replay, against the Cup holders from the previous season, Arsenal; Manchester United won the replay 2–1 after a 0–0 draw in the original match. Meanwhile, Newcastle beat Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in their semi-final.

Since Manchester United qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League as title holders and winners of the 1998–99 FA Premier League, England's place in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, now reserved for the FA Cup winners following the dissolution of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup at the end of the season, was given to Newcastle United as the runners-up. Manchester United did not defend their title, choosing instead to participate in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil, believing that it would help The Football Association's bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup (which was eventually awarded to Germany). As winners of the FA Cup, Manchester United also played in the 1999 FA Charity Shield against Premier League runners-up Arsenal.

1999 FA Cup Final
1999 FA Cup Final programme
Event1998–99 FA Cup
Manchester United Newcastle United
2 0
Date22 May 1999
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchTeddy Sheringham (Manchester United)
RefereePeter Jones (Leicestershire)


Manchester United went into the match as champions of England, having clinched the Premier League title in their final game the previous weekend after losing just three league games all season.[1][2] They had also qualified for the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, due to be played four days later on 26 May, and were unbeaten in their previous 31 matches in all competitions.[3] By contrast, Newcastle United had finished 13th out of the 20 teams in the Premier League,[2] and had been knocked out of the Cup Winners' Cup in the first round[4] and the League Cup in the fourth round.[5]

It was Newcastle's second consecutive appearance in the FA Cup Final – having lost 2–0 to Arsenal in 1998 – and their 13th appearance overall.[6] They had a 50 percent record in their previous 12 finals, having won in 1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952 and 1955.[6] Manchester United had a better record in their 14 previous final appearances, having won on a record nine occasions – in 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994 and 1996, the latter two having been part of "Doubles".[6] With victory in the 1999 final, Manchester United would become the first English club to win the Double on three occasions, and it would put them one win away from the Treble of league, cup and European Cup, a feat no English team had ever managed before.[3]

The two teams had met previously met 128 times in all competitions, with Manchester United winning 60 times, Newcastle United winning 37 times, and the remaining 31 finishing as draws.[7] Only two of those meetings occurred in the FA Cup: the first happened in the 1908–09 semi-final, when Manchester United won 1–0 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on the way to their first FA Cup title, and the second in the Fifth Round of the 1989–90 competition, with Manchester United winning 3–2 at St James' Park before going on to win their seventh FA Cup.[7] Manchester United also came out on top in their two league meetings in the 1998–99 season, winning 2–1 at St James' Park on 13 March after playing out a goalless draw at Old Trafford on 8 November.[7]

Road to Wembley

Manchester United Round Newcastle United
Opposition Score Opposition Score
Middlesbrough (H) 3–1 3rd Crystal Palace (H) 2–1
Liverpool (H) 2–1 4th Bradford City (H) 3–0
Fulham (H) 1–0 5th Blackburn Rovers (H) 0–0
Blackburn Rovers (A) 1–0
Chelsea (H) 0–0 6th Everton (H) 4–1
Chelsea (A) 2–0
Arsenal (N) 0–0 SF Tottenham Hotspur (N) 2–0
Arsenal (N) 2–1

As Premier League teams, both Manchester United and Newcastle United entered the 1998–99 FA Cup in the Third Round Proper, with Newcastle drawn at home to First Division Crystal Palace, and Manchester United at home to fellow Premier League side Middlesbrough, the last team to beat them all season. Despite having goalkeeper Shay Given sent off within the first 15 minutes and then going 1–0 down, Newcastle were able to come from behind to beat Crystal Palace in their tie,[8] while Manchester United also came from behind against Middlesbrough to win 3–1.[9]

Manchester United's victory set up a Fourth Round tie at home to arch-rivals Liverpool, and Newcastle were paired with First Division Bradford City.[10] Newcastle won 3–0 to book their place in the Fifth Round,[11] while Manchester United again came from a goal down to beat Liverpool with two goals in the last two minutes of their tie.[12]

The Fifth Round saw Newcastle drawn at home to their first Premier League opposition of the tournament in Blackburn Rovers, whereas Manchester United were paired with their only non-Premier League opponents, Second Division Fulham. A goal from Andy Cole saw Manchester United win 1–0 to progress to the Sixth Round,[13] but Newcastle were held to a goalless draw by Blackburn, forcing a replay. Newcastle's on-loan striker Louis Saha scored the only goal of the replay, and they were through to the last eight.[14]

Home draws in the Sixth Round for both teams ensured that they had both been drawn at home in every round of the competition, with Manchester United hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford and Newcastle hosting Everton at St James' Park. This time it was Newcastle who only needed one match to progress to the semi-finals, beating Everton 4–1 with goals from Temur Ketsbaia (2), Georgios Georgiadis and Alan Shearer.[15] Meanwhile, Manchester United were unable to make their numerical advantage count against Chelsea after Roberto Di Matteo was sent off, before Paul Scholes was sent off himself for Manchester United.[16] The match finished goalless and a replay followed three days later, with Dwight Yorke scoring in each half to give Manchester United a 2–0 win.[17]

As per tradition, the semi-finals were played at neutral venues; with Manchester United taking on rivals Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, Newcastle were able to play their semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Both semi-finals went to extra-time, but only Newcastle were able to produce a result on the day, as Shearer scored twice in the second half of extra time to send Newcastle to Wembley for the second consecutive year.[18] Manchester United's semi-final went goalless, although a goal from Roy Keane was ruled out for offside against Yorke after Ryan Giggs had played the ball to himself in the build-up, despite Yorke being nowhere near the ball at the time Giggs played it.[19]

The replay (the last semi-final replay in the history of the FA Cup) went down as one of the greatest games ever played. David Beckham opened the scoring with a curving shot past Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman from 22 yards, but Dennis Bergkamp equalised halfway through the second half, his shot deflecting off the knee of Jaap Stam. Nicolas Anelka had the ball in the back of the net for Arsenal again shortly afterwards, and the celebrations were well underway before anyone realised that the linesman had flagged Anelka offside before the goal was scored. Roy Keane then received a second booking and was sent off for a cynical foul on Marc Overmars, leaving Manchester United to play out the match with 10 men. The match was heading for extra time when Phil Neville made a tired challenge on Ray Parlour inside the penalty area; Bergkamp stepped up to take the penalty, but Peter Schmeichel guessed the direction of his kick correctly and it was at a good height for him to make the save. The first half of extra time passed without incident, before Patrick Vieira gave the ball away to Giggs at the start of the second; Giggs ran from just inside his own half, taking on four Arsenal defenders as he drove into the penalty area, then shot from a narrow angle over the head of Seaman into the roof of the Arsenal net. Manchester United hung on for the remaining 10 minutes to secure their place in the final.[20]


Team selection

1999 FA Cup Final teams line up
The teams line up for the national anthem and presentations ahead of the final.

Manchester United's team selection was dominated by the need to save several players for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich four days later. Midfielders Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were suspended for the Champions League final, so they were paired in central midfield for the FA Cup final as the swansong for their season; their deputy for the Champions League final, Nicky Butt, was left out of the matchday squad entirely to guard him against injury. Top scorer Dwight Yorke was dropped to the bench for a similar reason, while first-choice centre-back Jaap Stam was named among the substitutes to give him a chance to prove his fitness after an Achilles tendon injury. Denis Irwin missed the match due to suspension after being sent off against Liverpool in the Premier League on 5 May[21] and was replaced in the starting line-up by Phil Neville.[3] Several players, including Scholes, David Beckham and Gary Neville, were suffering from a flu virus in the lead-up to the game, and were still suffering the effects on matchday, but were all deemed fit enough to play.[22] Henning Berg was injured.[23]

For Newcastle United, the FA Cup final was their final game of the season, meaning that they were uninhibited in their squad selection for the match. The biggest selection dilemma for manager Ruud Gullit was who to pick to play up front alongside captain Alan Shearer: Scottish forward Duncan Ferguson, who was due for an operation on his groin two days later, or Georgian Temur Ketsbaia. Ketsbaia ultimately got the job, with Ferguson named as a substitute. After marking David Ginola out of the game in their semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, 20-year-old full-back Andy Griffin was selected on the right side of Newcastle's defence to perform a similar task against Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.[3]


First half

1999 FA Cup Final Solano free kick
Newcastle's Nolberto Solano prepares to take a free kick on the edge of the Manchester United box.

The first half was full of incident, a volleyed shot on target from Nolberto Solano, a booking for Dietmar Hamann, and Teddy Sheringham replacing an injured Roy Keane all in the first eight minutes. Just over 90 seconds after the substitution, Manchester United took the lead. An incisive move, crafted first by Andy Cole then by Paul Scholes with a well-weighted first time ball allowed Sheringham to drift into the box and rifle a low drive under the Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper. Further chances fell to Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Cole and Sheringham in the first half, but all were unable to convert their efforts. Newcastle's best chance of the half fell to Hamann, a powerfully hit long-range effort just being diverted away from goal by Peter Schmeichel.[24]

Second half

1999 FA Cup Final Scholes goal celeb
Manchester United's players celebrate Paul Scholes' goal early in the second half to put them 2–0 up.

Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit, who knew the match was fading from his team, began the second half by replacing Hamann with Duncan Ferguson. Eight minutes into the half, Manchester United went 2–0 up. A long ball from Solskjær was chased by Ryan Giggs but he was beaten to it by Nikos Dabizas, who attempted to clear. Solskjær beat Didier Domi to Dabizas' clearance and passed to Sheringham on the edge of the penalty area. With his back to goal, Sheringham rolled the ball into the path of Scholes, who drilled it past Harper from 20 yards. Late in the game, Newcastle's Silvio Marić was one-on-one with Schmeichel but screwed his close-range effort wide of the Dane's right-hand post and the game finished 2–0 to Manchester United.[24]


Manchester United2–0Newcastle United
Sheringham Goal 11'
Scholes Goal 53'
Manchester United
Newcastle United
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 2 England Gary Neville
CB 4 England David May
CB 5 Norway Ronny Johnsen
LB 12 England Phil Neville
RM 7 England David Beckham
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane (c) Substituted off 9'
CM 18 England Paul Scholes Substituted off 78'
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 9 England Andy Cole Substituted off 60'
CF 20 Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær
GK 17 Netherlands Raimond van der Gouw
DF 6 Netherlands Jaap Stam Substituted in 78'
MF 15 Sweden Jesper Blomqvist
FW 10 England Teddy Sheringham Substituted in 9'
FW 19 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Substituted in 60'
Scotland Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Newcastle 1999-05-22
GK 13 England Steve Harper
RB 38 England Andy Griffin
CB 34 Greece Nikos Dabizas
CB 16 France Laurent Charvet
LB 4 France Didier Domi
RM 7 England Rob Lee
CM 12 Germany Dietmar Hamann Yellow card 5' Substituted off 46'
CM 11 Wales Gary Speed
LM 24 Peru Nolberto Solano Substituted off 68'
CF 14 Georgia (country) Temur Ketsbaia Substituted off 79'
CF 9 England Alan Shearer (c)
GK 1 Republic of Ireland Shay Given
DF 2 England Warren Barton
MF 10 Croatia Silvio Marić Substituted in 68'
MF 17 Scotland Stephen Glass Substituted in 79'
FW 20 Scotland Duncan Ferguson Substituted in 46'
Netherlands Ruud Gullit

Man of the Match

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes, of which three may be used


Statistic[25] Manchester United Newcastle United
Total shots 15 11
Shots on target 4 3
Corner kicks 4 4
Fouls committed 12 18
Offsides 2 2
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0


1999 FA Cup Final trophy presentation (cropped)
Despite being substituted early in the game, Roy Keane received the FA Cup for Manchester United.

Although Peter Schmeichel had taken over as captain after Roy Keane was substituted during the game, Keane led the Manchester United team up to the Royal Box to receive the FA Cup from Charles, Prince of Wales.[26] Also present in the Royal Box were the Duke and Duchess of Kent (the Duke performing his role as President of The Football Association), Prime Minister Tony Blair, FA chief executive Geoff Thompson, Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards and Newcastle chairman John Hall.

After the match, Alex Ferguson praised Teddy Sheringham for his immediate impact after being brought on to replace Keane, saying: "Teddy was magnificent. He has proved a point today. He was the key to victory."[27] He also complimented David Beckham on his performance in central midfield after Keane's withdrawal: "Beckham took over Keane's role and was absolutely magnificent... People say that going to Barcelona without Roy Keane will be a major hurdle, but I don't think so now."[28] Ryan Giggs recognised the importance of scoring the first goal early in the game, saying: "It helped getting the early goal then the second. It was hard for Newcastle to get back into the game with the weather like that. After the quick goal we could relax and hit Newcastle on the break."[22] Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit was pleased with the effort his players had put in, but bemoaned their mistakes allowing Manchester United an easy victory: "We were punished for our mistakes. The effort was right. The players worked hard and I can't ask for more, but every time we were on top we made a mistake and that cost us two goals. In the end we had to be thankful they did not get three, four or five."[22]

Some of Newcastle's fans were less magnanimous in defeat than their manager, as police in Newcastle reported more than 50 arrests related to violent conduct in the city centre following the match. A crowd of about 500 people had to be dispersed through the use of batons, dogs and horses. Similar incidents had been reported after Newcastle's cup final defeat in 1998, but Inspector Jerry Barker of Northumbria Police said the situation had been brought under control quicker than the previous year.[29]

Having claimed an unprecedented third Double in six seasons,[30] Manchester United went on to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Barcelona four days later to claim the Treble, a feat never before achieved by an English club.[31] Their FA Cup triumph would also have qualified them for the 1999 FA Charity Shield and the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, but their position as league winners meant that they had already qualified for the Charity Shield and the higher-tier Champions League; therefore, the other place in the Charity Shield went to league runners-up Arsenal, while the UEFA Cup place usually reserved for the cup winners went to Newcastle as cup runners-up.

Manchester United were unable to defend their FA Cup title the following season, having instead been invited to compete in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil. The Football Association (FA) encouraged the club to take part in the new tournament as they believed it would help their bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Alex Ferguson initially suggested that The FA could allow his team a bye to a later round of the competition to help alleviate the fixture congestion that would arise from entering both competitions,[32] but the FA suggested that Manchester United simply pull out of the FA Cup altogether, putting the club in what chairman Martin Edwards called a "no-win" situation. Edwards said: "We're going to get criticised whatever we do. If we don't go people will say that we are selfish and only looking after ourselves and not prepared to help the 2006 World Cup bid. But we will also be criticised if we say we're not going to compete in the FA Cup."[33] The offer was also criticised by Manchester United fans, with Andy Walsh of the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association saying: "They've shown very little offer of help in the past when United have looked to ease their fixture congestion. This blinding conversion is all to do with the 2006 campaign."[33]

The club ultimately accepted the FA's offer on 30 June,[34] but they were given until the date of the draw for the Second Round on 28 October to finalise that decision.[35] Their place in the Third Round was given to a "lucky loser", determined by drawing one team out of the 40 losers from the Second Round;[36] that team was Third Division Darlington, who were drawn away to Aston Villa.[37] Manchester United were knocked out of the Club World Championship at the group stage after losing to hosts Vasco da Gama and drawing with Mexican club Necaxa, their only victory coming against Australian representatives South Melbourne. Their misery was compounded by the suggestion from FIFA that their participation in the competition would have no bearing on the vote to host the 2006 World Cup,[38] which was ultimately won by the German Football Association.[39]


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1998 FA Charity Shield

The 1998 Football Association Charity Shield (also known as The AXA FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 76th FA Charity Shield, an annual English football match organised by The Football Association and played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. It was contested on 9 August 1998 by Arsenal – who won a league and FA Cup double the previous season – and Manchester United – who finished runners-up in the league. Watched by a crowd of 67,342 at Wembley Stadium, Arsenal won the match 3–0.

This was Manchester United's 18th Charity Shield appearance to Arsenal's 14th. Manchester United began the game more strongly, but Arsenal took the lead when Marc Overmars scored 11 minutes before half-time. They extended their lead in the second half, as Overmars and Nicolas Anelka found Christopher Wreh, who put the ball into an empty net at the second attempt. In the 72nd minute, Arsenal scored a third goal, when Anelka got around Jaap Stam in the penalty box and shot the ball past goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

Arsenal's victory marked Manchester United's first Shield defeat in 13 years. The teams later faced each other in the FA Cup semi-final, which was won by Manchester United in a replay. Manchester United finished the league season one point ahead of Arsenal and went on to win the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, thereby completing a treble of trophies in the 1998–99 season.

1999 FA Charity Shield

The 1999 Football Association Charity Shield (also known as The One 2 One FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 77th FA Charity Shield, an annual English football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The teams involved were Manchester United, who had won both the Premier League and FA Cup as part of the Treble the previous season, and Arsenal, who finished runners-up in the league. Watched by a crowd of 70,185 at Wembley Stadium, Arsenal won the match 2–1.

This was Arsenal's 15th Charity Shield appearance and Manchester United's 19th. Leading up to the match, both clubs were embroiled in controversy: United withdrew from English football's primary cup competition, the FA Cup, in order to take part in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship; Arsenal were entangled in a transfer saga involving their own player, striker Nicolas Anelka, who vowed to never play for the club again. United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, signed as a replacement for Peter Schmeichel, made the first appearance of his second spell with the club. Sylvinho started his first game for Arsenal, whereas other signing Oleh Luzhny was named on the substitutes' bench. United went ahead seven minutes before the end of the first half, when David Beckham's free-kick hit the underside of the crossbar and narrowly crossed the line before Dwight Yorke made sure. Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the second half which Nwankwo Kanu converted and the striker assisted his teammate Ray Parlour to score the winner.

This result marked Manchester United's first defeat of 1999. It was the second consecutive year that Arsenal beat United to win the Charity Shield. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger described it as psychological boost to beat his opponents and felt the win showed that his team were ready for the upcoming season. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, on the other hand, believed the defeat highlighted his players needed more game time.

Ahmed Marzooq

Ahmed Marzooq (born 1 September 1976 in Addu Feydhoo, Republic of Maldives), also known as Mare, is the Secretary General of Maldives Olympic Committee. Till electing to the post on 11 July 2009, he also was the General Secretary of one of the most successful Maldivian football team Victory Sports Club. He was a former football player who won numerous trophies with Club Valencia and Island Football Club (IFC). Before moving to Club Valencia in 1998, he played for Youth Sports Club from 1994 to 1997. During his time he was well known as a bold head who is the son of former Maldivian famous referee Hussain Mohamed Didi aka GEORGE. Marzooq and his brother Mohamed Nizam played together in Youth Sports Club and Club Valencia as well. He scored the historical goal which have been recorded as the fastest goal in a final match in the History of Maldives football. The goal was scored within 32 seconds after kick off against New Radiant on 1999 FA Cup final.

Before becoming the General Secretary of Victory in 2007 he also worked for two months as a coach of Club Vyansa, a newly promoted team to Dhivehi League. During this memorable two months Vyansa won against all the Maldivian big teams including New Radiant, Valencia, Maziya. the same year Vyansa was ranked as number one football club of Maldives.

He is also a blogger under the name Maldivian football maniac.

David May (footballer)

David May (born 24 June 1970) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre-back and right-back from 1988 to 2006.

He played Premier League football for Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United where he collected numerous trophies in a nine-year spell at Old Trafford. He went on to play in the Football League for Huddersfield Town and Burnley before finishing his career with non-League club Bacup Borough.

Didier Domi

Didier Arsène Marcel Domi (born 2 May 1978 in Sarcelles, Val d'Oise) is a French former footballer who played as a left-back.

Dietmar Hamann

Dietmar Johann Wolfgang "Didi" Hamann (born 27 August 1973) is a German professional footballer who was most recently manager at Stockport County. He is currently playing for German amateur side TuS Haltern.

Throughout his career, he has played for Bayern Munich, Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Manchester City primarily in a defensive midfield position. He also spent time at Milton Keynes Dons as a player/coach before joining Leicester City as a first team coach. He was a member of the German national side from 1997 until 2006 and represented his nation in two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships, reaching the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final. He is known in Ireland as a football pundit on Raidió Teilifís Éireann's live coverage of major European and International competitions.

Throughout his playing career Hamann gained a reputation for being a highly consistent and reliable player. He is highly respected by supporters of Liverpool due in large part to his involvement in the club's victory in the 2005 Champions League Final.

On 5 July 2011, Hamann was named as the new manager of Stockport County, replacing former manager Ray Mathias. He resigned from the post on 7 November 2011 after only four months with Stockport struggling in 17th place in the Conference Premier citing failure of a proposed takeover by Tony Evans.

Duncan Ferguson

Duncan Cowan Ferguson (born 27 December 1971) is a Scottish football player and coach. He began his professional career at Dundee United in 1990. He moved to Rangers in 1993 for a then British transfer record fee. He spent the remainder of his career in England, with two spells at Everton split by a stint with Newcastle United between 1998 and 2000. Ferguson retired from football in 2006.

During his career, Ferguson won the FA Cup with Everton in 1995. He was capped for Scotland seven times but made himself unavailable for selection for the national team due to a dispute with the Scottish Football Association. He has scored more goals than any other Scottish player in the Premier League.Ferguson was noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play which resulted in nine red cards and a three-month prison sentence following an on-field assault of Raith Rovers' John McStay in 1994. Eight of those red cards were in the Premier League, where he holds the joint-record for dismissals along with Patrick Vieira and Richard Dunne. He was nicknamed "Big Dunc" and "Duncan Disorderly".

Henning Berg

Henning Stille Berg (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈhɛnːɪŋ ˈstɪlːə ˈbærɡ]; born 1 September 1969) is a Norwegian football manager and former player who played as a defender. He is the head coach of Cypriot First Division club AC Omonia.

His career lasted from 1988 to 2004, most notably in the Premier League where he won titles with both Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United, becoming the first player to win the Premier League with two clubs. He also played in his native land for Vålerenga and Lillestrøm before finishing his career in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers. He was capped 100 times by Norway, scoring nine goals.

Berg became a manager in 2005 with Lyn and then Lillestrøm. He returned to Blackburn as manager in 2012, but was sacked after just 57 days in the post, overseeing 10 games including only one victory. In January 2014, he became the new coach of Legia Warsaw.

Laurent Charvet

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Lee Clark (footballer)

Lee Robert Clark (born 27 October 1972) is an English professional football manager and former player.

During his playing career he had spells with Newcastle United (twice - at the start and the end), Sunderland and Fulham. He also made 11 appearances for the England under-21 team during his international career.

After retiring he began a coaching career as reserve team manager and coach for Newcastle United. He then had managerial spells at Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City, Blackpool, Kilmarnock and Bury.

Louis Saha

Louis Laurent Saha (French pronunciation: ​[saˈa]; born 8 August 1978) is a French former professional footballer who played as a forward. Saha was capped 20 times for the France national team and scored four goals. A former scholar at the Clairefontaine football academy, he started his career at Metz before playing on loan at Newcastle United. Before the start of the 2000–01 season, Saha moved to Fulham where he established himself as first-choice striker, helping them to gain promotion to the Premier League in his first season with them.

His performances gained attraction from Manchester United, who eventually secured his signing for around £12.4 million midway through the 2003–04 season. Injuries plagued his Old Trafford career, however he did enjoy success with twice winning the Premier League, the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and also scored six times en route to victory in the League Cup, including one goal in the final. Despite Saha's injury woes, United star Wayne Rooney has stated that Saha is his favourite strike partner ever.After four and a half years at United, Everton took him to Goodison Park, where he opened the scoring in the 2009 FA Cup Final after 25 seconds, setting the record for the fastest goal scored in FA Cup Final history. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in the 2012 January transfer window. Saha made his France debut in 2004 in a 2–0 victory over Belgium. He represented France at UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, at which they reached the final.

Saha became first marquee player for the IMG-Reliance League, to be played in India in 2014.

Newcastle United F.C.

Newcastle United Football Club is an English professional football club in Newcastle upon Tyne, that plays in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, they have played at St James' Park since. The ground was developed into an all-seater stadium in the mid-1990s and now has a capacity of 52,354.The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but three years of the competition's history, spending 86 seasons in the top tier as of May 2018, and has never dropped below English football's second tier since joining the Football League in 1893. They have won four League Championship titles, six FA Cups and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup, the ninth highest total of trophies won by an English club. The club's most successful period was between 1904 and 1910, when they won an FA Cup and three of their First Division titles. The club was relegated in 2009 and 2016, but returned to the Premier League for the 2017–18 season.

Newcastle has a local rivalry with Sunderland, with whom they have contested the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. The club's traditional kit colours are black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their crest has elements of the city coat of arms, which features two grey seahorses. Before each home game, the team enters the field to "Local Hero", and "Blaydon Races" is also sung during games.The club has been owned by Mike Ashley since 2007, succeeding long-term chairman Sir John Hall. The club is the 17th-highest revenue producing club in the world in terms of annual revenue, generating €169.3 million in 2015. Newcastle's highest placing was in 1999, when they were the fifth-highest revenue producing football club in the world, and second in England only behind Manchester United.

Nolberto Solano

Nolberto Albino "Ñol" Solano Todco (born 12 December 1974), commonly known as Nobby Solano, is a retired Peruvian professional footballer, and former manager of Peruvian Primera División club Universitario de Deportes and Canadian semi-professional team Internacional de Toronto, from League1 Ontario. He spent much of his playing career in the English Premier League and also played 95 times for Peru between 1994 and 2009. He is a popular figure in his native Peru, where he is seen as one of the most famous Peruvians, appearing on telephone cards and having his wedding televised live.His talents in football range from accurate crosses to accomplished dead-ball skills and he traditionally played either on the right side of midfield, or as a right back during his career. He is the first choice player to take corner and direct free kicks. Solano is the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League and the FA Cup Final. He is also an accomplished trumpet player and has set up his own Salsa band, The Geordie Latinos. He has described himself as an "adopted Geordie."

Peter Jones (referee)

Peter Jones (born 24 February 1954)) is a former English football referee, who retired from officiating at the end of the 2001-02 season. He lives in Quorn, near Loughborough, Leicestershire, and works as a referee assessor.

Philip Sharp (referee)

Philip Sharp (born 5 April 1964) is an English Premier League assistant referee and one of only 10 match officials from the United Kingdom to have officiated in a FIFA World Cup Final.

Sharp first played football for East Barnet School but became a referee via the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in order to fulfil the Service in the Community component of the course. He gained his apprenticeship through the Hertfordshire County League before gaining promotion onto the Southern Football League middle from where he was promoted to Panel Referee for two seasons before being promoted as an Assistant Referee to the Football League and, finally, the Premier League. He was selected to run the line at the 1999 FA Cup Final. Sharp currently referees on the national Contributory List of match referees.

Sharp was promoted to the FIFA list of match officials on 1 January 1997. His progression, internationally, was exceptional being appointed to hold the flag in the opening game of his first senior tournament, the year 2000 European Championship and the semi-final of that tournament. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup Sharp was appointed to five games in total, including the Croatia v Italy match and the final between Germany and Brazil. As such he was England's second successive match official at a Final match, Mark Warren having been the Assistant Referee at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final.

Phil Sharp was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games football tournament and represented England at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.On 18 October 2008, Sharp was hit by an object thrown from the crowd in the game between Aston Villa and Portsmouth FC. It resulted in a cut to his face, although he was eventually fit to continue till the end of the game. The police subsequently arrested a man from Birmingham and charged him with battery.He now works for the Hertfordshire FA as the Referee Development Officer.

Ruud Gullit

Ruud Gullit, OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈryt ˈxʏlɪt] (listen); born Rudi Dil; 1 September 1962) is a Dutch football manager and former footballer who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s as a midfielder or forward. He was the captain of the Netherlands national team that was victorious at UEFA Euro 1988 and was also a member of the squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992.

At club level, in 1987 he moved from PSV to Milan for a world record transfer fee. Easily recognizable with his distinctive dreadlocks and moustache, he was part of the famed Dutch trio at Milan which included Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard. Gullit won three Serie A titles and two European Cups with Milan. In 1996, he signed for Chelsea and a year later was appointed the club's player-manager. In his debut season, he led Chelsea to FA Cup success, the club's first major title for 26 years, and in so doing became the first overseas manager to win the FA Cup.

Gullit won the Ballon d'Or in 1987 and was named the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. Normally an attacking midfielder, he was a versatile player, playing in numerous positions during his career. In 2004, he was named one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebration.

Stephen Glass (footballer)

Stephen Glass (born 23 May 1976) is a former Scottish professional footballer who is the current head coach of Atlanta United 2 in the USL Championship.

A midfielder, Glass started his career at Aberdeen, with whom he won the 1995 Scottish League Cup. In 1998, he moved to England, transferring to Newcastle United of the Premier League. Shortly after joining Newcastle, Glass made an appearance for the Scotland national football team. He joined Watford in the First Division in 2001, before returning to Scotland in 2003 with Hibernian. He joined Dunfermline Athletic in 2007 and was released at the end of the 2009–10 season. Glass played for American club Carolina RailHawks, before joining Shamrock Rovers as assistant manager in January 2012.

Steve Clarke

Stephen Clarke (born 29 August 1963) is a Scottish former football player, who is the current manager of Scotland.

Clarke played for St Mirren, Chelsea and the Scotland national team, winning three major trophies with Chelsea towards the end of his career. After retiring as a player, he moved into coaching and worked at Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool. Clarke has since managed West Bromwich Albion and Reading. After a spell coaching at Aston Villa, Clarke was appointed Kilmarnock manager in October 2017. In May 2019, he was appointed manager of the Scottish national team.

Steve Harper

Stephen Alan Harper (born 14 March 1975) is an English former professional footballer, and currently an academy goalkeeping coach for Newcastle United. He is best known for his time playing at Newcastle United, having amassed 157 league appearances over a twenty-year period between 1993 and 2013. Although he was not always the first-choice goalkeeper at Newcastle, he was the longest-serving player in the club's history.

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