MILAN - There are so many players who had aspirations of greatness but neither had the talent nor dedication. I remember also Liam played football very well, even when he was drunk :). Here are some 'footballers' who played professionally, in amateur leagues or just simply lived with dreams of stardom, but found their fame or notoriety through other means.
He sure made a boatload of money playing bass for Oasis from 1991 to 1999, but he was so crap that Noel Gallagher re-recorded almost all of his parts.
Yet McGuigan knows enough about football that he co-authored a book – “The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw” – about Reading striker Robin Friday, while in Oasis.
Guigsy played for various youth teams in Manchester while growing up but suffered a career ending knee injury at 16 that put his aspirations of football stardom to an end.
Sure, it led to his career in Oasis, but it ended his childhood dreams.
Guitarist Johnny Marr found fame with The Smiths and served as a sort of spiritual godfather to the Madchester scene and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher.
As a teenager, Marr played for a number of youth teams and had tryouts for both Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.
Nothing came of the tryouts because, according to Marr, he was the only one on the pitch at the time wearing eyeliner.
In his late teens, Rod Stewart signed a contract with Brenton Football Club. He made the side’s second team, though quit not long after signing.
Young Stewart was overcome with disappointment that he spent most of his time minding the first team’s equipment and cleaning up after them.
So Rod gave up on football and decided to pursue his other passion, music. He would go on to sell over 100 million albums worldwide.
American actress and model Jessica Biel grew up idolizing footballer Mia Hamm. "That was the person I wanted to be, not a supermodel. I wanted ripped abs, muscular thighs, beautiful arms," Biel said in an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Unfortunately, being a woman, she didn’t stand much of a chance of making a splash as a professional athlete, so when she was offered a role on TV drama “7th Heaven,” she jumped at the chance.
However, Biel continues to play the beautiful game in celebrity matches and for fun, in her free time.
At the age of 21, winger James Allan helped Cowdenbeath win promotion from the Scottish Third Division to the Scottish Second Division. It was the height of his footballing career.
Eleven years later, Allan reached the Number 2 position on the British charts as the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and principal songwriter of Scottish shoegazing popsters Glasvegas.
The band has since sold hundreds of thousands of records, been nominated for countless awards and toured the world. Glasvegas’ sophomore album, “Euphoric Heartbreak,” hit shelves April 4th, 2011.
Allan’s lyrics contain numerous references to the beautiful game.
English singing sensation Robbie Williams has sold 57 million albums worldwide.
Williams is the most popular non-Latin singer in Latin America (weird fact, that), and is the best-selling British solo artist in the UK.
Before finding fame with boy band Take That, Williams played briefly at current League Two side Port Vale FC, based in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Williams is now the majority shareowner of the organization.
All through his youth, Colin Farrell nursed the dream of becoming a football star. He played competitively for a number of teams in Ireland until his late teens, at which point his growing affection for drugs and alcohol took precedence over his love for sport.
Farrell’s abandonment of football led him to seek an alternate path to stardom. After a failed try out for Boyzone, the Irish equivalent of N’Sync, Farrell turned to acting, and maybe you know the rest of the story (I don't).
Bug-eyed and alien-headed, the Italian Pierluigi Collina is widely regarded one of, if not the single greatest referee in the modern game.
Collina played central defense for a local team in Bologna before pursuing a career in refereeing at the behest of a friend’s recommendation.
After refereeing a number of high profile matches in Serie A and at the international level in the World Cup and other tournaments, Collina retired.
In the wake of his near 20-year career, the über ref now works as an unpaid consultant for Italian Football Referees Association and as a curator of judges for the Football Federation of Ukraine.
About the football career :) of Marco Zanella lol, his first football memory, idolizing Paolo Rossi, is the World Cup won by Italy in 1982. As a kid, he used to play for the team of the main Milan church, which had the colours of the city of Milan and England, red shirt, white shorts. Big stars, among many, of that period were AC Milan legend Marco Van Basten winning everything and Inter Milan "tank" Lothar Matthaus winning a record-league and a World Cup with his national team.
Later in his youth :), Marco played with his work mates from the main football tv channel in Italy at that time: usually this kind of games finish with big results as 9-8, 12-10, etc. but not these, there was a lot of "fighting" to win and they ended with a few goals as in real games, 2-0, 3-1, etc. with a devastating Zanella always scoring. Among many legends, AC Milan's landmarks Paolo Maldini (since even before Van Basten times) and still today Pippo Inzaghi, last for so many years, making it the best team ever in history. Italy winning another World Cup.
I bet the singles would win, the married usually grow a big belly...