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Wanderers' Confederations Cup conquerors

15 June 2017

Ahead of this summer's Confederations Cup in Russia, bwfc.co.uk takes a look at the former Whites stars to have competed at the tournament.

NICOLAS ANELKA (France)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2001

Best Stage Reached: Winners

Tournament Appearances: 5

Tournament Goals: 1

Having won Euro 2000 with France, Nicolas Anelka led the line for Les Bleus the following summer as they also emerged victorious at the Confederations Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Starting upfront for their opening game against joint-host nation South Korea, the former Wanderers forward was on the scoresheet as France claimed an emphatic 5-0 victory, before coming on as a second half substitute as they lost their next outing 1-0 to Australia.

Returning to the starting XI for their final group game against Mexico, France strolled to a 4-0 victory to set up a semi-final clash with Brazil with Anelka retaining his place for the rest of the tournament.

Goals from Robert Pires and Marcel Desailly cliched a 2-1 win for the French as they progressed to face joint-host nation Japan in the final.

And with France looking to add to their World Cup and European Championships crowns, Patrick Vieira's solitary goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Les Bleus to hand Anelka his second international trophy in two years. 

JARED BORGETTI (Mexico)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2001, 2005

Best Stage Reached: Fourth

Tournament Appearances: 7

Tournament Goals: 3

A veteran of two Confederations Cup tournament appearances, Jared Borgetti enjoyed mixed emotions with Mexico in 2001 and 2005.

Mexico lost all three of their matches in 2001 to suffer a group-stage exit, with the forward starting against Australia and South Korea before coming on as a half-time subsitute against eventual winners France.

Enjoying better fortunes in 2005, Borgetti started in attack as Mexico opened the competition with a 2-1 victory over Japan.

Facing reigning World Champions Brazil in their second outing, the forward crashed a first half penalty against the crossbar but recovered to head home the only goal on the hour-mark to clinch an impressive win and seal Mexico's place in the knockout stages.

Rested for their final group game against Greece, Borgetti fared better from the spot in Mexico's semi-final clash against Argentina but it was to no avail as they lost 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Lining up against host nation Germany in the third-place play-off, Borgetti scored a brace as Mexico came from behind three times to force extra-time.

However, Michael Ballack's strike sealed a 4-3 win for the Germans as Mexico and Borgetti were consigned to a fourth-place finish.

YOURI DJORKAEFF (France)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2001

Best Stage Reached: Winners

Tournament Appearances: 5

Tournament Goals: 1

A World Cup and European Championships winner with France, Youri Djorkaeff tasted a third international success with Les Bleus in the Confederations Cup in 2001.

Coming off the bench to score in France's opening 5-0 victory over host-nation South Korea, Djorkaeff started as they lost 1-0 to Australia in their next outing.

Utilised as a substitute again for the French's final group outing - a 4-0 victory over Mexico - the playmaker returned to Les Bleus' starting XI for semi-final clash with Brazil in a rematch of their successful 1998 World Cup Final triumph.

Having seen Robert Pires' early strike cancelled out by Ramon, Djorkaeff set up France's winner shortly before the hour-mark, delivering the free-kick for Marcel Desailly to head home and book their place in the final.

Djorkaeff retained his place for the final as Patrick Vieira's first-half effort was the difference as France beat Japan 1-0 to win the tournament.

MARK FISH (South Africa)

Confederations Cup appearances: 1997

Best Stage Reached: Group-stages

Tournament Appearances: 3

Tournament Goals: 0

In the first edition of the newly branded Confederations Cup, Mark Fish ejoyed a brief but dramatic stint in the competition with South Africa in 1997.

The former Whites defender was an ever-present for Bafana Bafana's three group games as they suffered an early exit despite their best efforts.

Twice coming from behind after Vladimir Smicer scored a brace for Czech Republic in their opening game, South Africa required a late equaliser to earn a share of the spoils before a first minute strike saw them lose 1-0 to United Arab Emirates in their second outing.

Needing a win in their final group game against Uruguay to stand any chance of progressing, Lucas Radebe opening the scoring for South Africa but it would prove to be a false dawn as they came out on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller.

Finding themselves 3-1 down just after the hour-mark, South Africa managed to get the scores back to 3-3 only for a last-minute Uruguay goal to seal a 4-3 loss and confirm their exit from the tournament.

BO HANSEN (Denmark)

Confederations Cup appearances: 1995

Best Stage Reached: Winners

Tournament Appearances: 1

Tournament Goals: 0

Bo Hansen won what would prove to be his only international cap for Denmark in the last edition of the King Fahd Cup in 1995.

The forward came on as a half-time substitue in the reigning European Champions opening match as goals from Brian Laudrup and Morten Wieghorst sealed a 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.

With Hansen an unused substitute for the rest of the tournament, he watched on as the Danes progressed to the final courtesy of penalty shooutout victory over Mexico following 1-1 draw.

Goals from Michael Laudrup and Peter Rasmussen saw Denmark beat Argentina 2-0 in the final to win the competition, ensuring Hansen had a winner's medal to show for his only taste of senior international football. 

RADHI JAIDI (Tunisia)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2005

Best Stage Reached: Group-stages

Tournament Appearances: 2

Tournament Goals: 0

Drawn in a group with Argentina, Germany and Australia, the odds were against Radhi Jaidi's Tunisia from the very beginning as they competed in the 2005 edition of the Confederations Cup.

The defender started the opening two games for the reigning African Cup of Nations holders, but by then their fate had already been confirmed.

Juan Riquelme and Javier Saviola strikes ensured Tunisia suffered an opening 2-1 defeat against Argentina, while late goals from Michael Ballack, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mike Hanke saw them lose 3-0 against the Germans.

Facing off against Australia in a dead-rubber final group outing, Jaidi watched on from the sidelines as Tunisia finished the tournament with a 2-0 victory over the Socceroos.

HIDETOSHI NAKATA (Japan)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2001, 2003, 2005

Best Stage Reached: Runners-up

Tournament Appearances: 10

Tournament Goals: 2

Appearing in three different editions of the Confederations Cup with Japan, former Wanderers loanee Hidetoshi Nakata has unsurprinsly made more appearances in the competition than any other Whites player.

First competing in 2001, the midfielder was an ever-present in the group-stages for the joint-host nation as Japan opened with a 3-0 victory over Canada and 2-0 victory over Cameroon before fighting out a 0-0 draw with Brazil as they progressed to the knockout stages.

Nakata scored the only goal in Japan's 1-0 semi-final victory over Australia, but he was unavailable for the final as a 1-0 defeat to France saw them finish as runners-up.

Captaining Japan in 2003, he was on the scoresheet again as his nation opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over New Zealand. However, defeats to France and Colombia saw Japan suffer a group-stage exit.

An ever-present in 2005, Nakata was unavailable to preventing Japan from losing their opening match 2-1 to Mexico.

Winning 1-0 against Greece in their next outing, Japan scored a late equaliser to clinch a 2-2 draw with reigning World Champions Brazil in their final group game, but it was not enough to stop them from suffering another group-stage exit. 

AKINORI NISHIZAWA (Japan)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2001

Best Stage Reached: Runners-up

Tournament Appearances: 4

Tournament Goals: 1

Lining up alongside compatriot Hidetoshi Nakata in the 2001 edition of the Confederations Cup, Akinori Nishizawa led the line for Japan as they finished the tournament as runners-up.

The forward was on the scoresheet as three second half goals saw his nation open the competiton with a 3-0 victory over Canada.

Starting in Japan's 2-0 victory over Cameroon, Nishizawa was rested for their final group outing as they drew 0-0 with Brazil.

He was restored to the starting XI for the rest of the tournament as Japan beat Australia 1-0 to reach the final only to lose 1-0 to France. 

JAY-JAY OKOCHA (Nigeria)

Confederations Cup appearances: 1995

Best Stage Reached: Fourth

Tournament Appearances: 3

Tournament Goals: 0

So good they named him twice, Wanderers legend Jay-Jay Okocha appeared for Nigeria in the King Fahd Cup in 1995 a year before their Olympic Gold success in Atlanta and a year after winning the African Cup of Nations and impressing in the World Cup.

The playmaker came on as a second half subsitute in the Super Eagles' opening match as they beat Japan 3-0 before starting their second outing as they drew 0-0 with Argentina to progress to the knockout stages.

Starting again in the third-place play-off against Mexico, penalties were needed to decide the tie following a 1-1 draw with Okocha converting his spot-kick as Nigeria lost the shootout 5-4 to finish fourth.

STELIOS GIANNAKOPOULOS (Greece)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2005

Best Stage Reached: Group-stages

Tournament Appearances: 3

Tournament Goals: 0

Having shocked Europe to win Euro 2004, Stelios Giannakopoulos' Greece endured a tournament to forget when they competed in the Confederations Cup in 2005.

The diminutive wideman was an ever-present for the Greeks as they suffered a group-stage exit.

Adriano, Robinho and Juninho were all on the scoresheet as Greece opened the tournament with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of reigning World Champions Brazil.

Next falling to a 1-0 defeat against Japan, Greece's tournament came to an end as they drew 0-0 with Mexico in their final group outing.  

TUNCAY SANLI (Turkey)

Confederations Cup appearances: 2003

Best Stage Reached: Third

Tournament Appearances: 5

Tournament Goals: 3

Tuncay Sanli burst onto the international stage with his performances at the 2003 Confederations Cup, starting every game as Turkey looked to build on their third-place finish at the World Cup the previous summer.

Winning only his second call-up for the tournament, the forward made an immediate impression in the Turks' opening game against USA.

Handed his first start, Tuncay won a first half penalty as Turkey cancelled out DaMarcus Beasley's opener before scoring his first international goal after the break to clinch a 2-1 win.

Suffering a last-minute 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in the next outing, Turkey recovered to draw 2-2 with reigning World Champions Brazil in their final group fixture to secure their place in the semi-finals against France.

Tuncay was on the scoresheet again against the reigning European Champions, however, goals from Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Sylvain Wiltord saw Turkey suffer a 3-2 defeat.

Facing Colombia in the third-place play-off, the forward opened the scoring with his third goal of the tournament inside the opening two minutes with the quickest strike in Confederations Cup history.

Despite Colombia equalising after the hour-mark, Turkey managed to find a late winner to clinch third sport with Tuncay's performances seeing him recongised as the second best player at the tournament as he won both the Silver Ball and Silver Shoe awards.


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