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Paul Gascoigne

Midfielder

Paul Gascoigne
  • Born: 27/05/1967
  • Birthplace: Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Nationality: English
  • Debut: 19/08/2000 v Leeds (A)
  • Gazza was probably the most gifted English footballer of his generation. From glorious highs such as scoring against Scotland during Euro 96, to tears in the 1990 World Cup after his semi-final booking, Gazza was a player of extremes.

    Unfortunately he lost some of the best years of his career to injury. In the final of the 1991 FA Cup final, a rash tackle by Gascoigne on Gary Charles resulted in torn cruciate ligaments.

    After a lengthy spell on the sidelines Gazza moved to Lazio, but once again injury prevented him from realising his full potential. He returned to Rangers, where he was named Scottish Footballer of the Year, and went on to play for Middlesbrough and Everton in the Premiership, before a loan spell at Burnley.

    Deciding to go overseas again, he joined Chinese second division outfit Gansu Tianma, but struggled to settle in Lanzhou - said to be one of the most polluted cities in the world - and soon returned home.

    His gregarious demeanour and expressive playing style masked off-the-field drama. A short-lived stint as a pundit on British television was ended when he became player-coach with League Two side Boston United, a position he left in October 2004 in search of a full-time management role.

    He duly took over the reins at Kettering Town, but soon left after a row with business partner and club chairman Imran Ladak.

    Problems with alochol and mental health continue to surround his life.

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