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Flops and flair: South Americans in the Premier League

By Simon Rice and Staff

Published 06/08/2011

<b>FLOP - Robinho</b><br/>
The Brazilian arrived with a big reputation for a British record fee of £32.5m in 2008, but departed 18 months later having failed to deliver.
FLOP - Robinho
The Brazilian arrived with a big reputation for a British record fee of £32.5m in 2008, but departed 18 months later having failed to deliver.
FLOP - Juan Sebastian Veron
Sir Alex Ferguson wasted £28.1m bringing him to Manchester United in 2001. Somehow they flogged him to Chelsea for £15m for whom he made just 14 appearances before returning to Italy.
FLOP - Jose Kleberson
In need of a replacement for Veron, Ferguson brought in Kleberson. 20 appearances in two seasons wasn't what would be called 'good business'.
FLOP - Diego Forlan
And yet another Fergie flop, this time £7m on the Uruguayan who spent 27 games over seven months before he scored his first goal for United.
FLOP - Hernan Crespo
Chelsea paid Internazionale £17m for the Argentina striker. He failed to convince and was sent back to Italy on loan first at AC Milan and then his former club Inter before he returned to the Nerazzurri on a permanent deal.
FLOP - Facundo Sava
Another Argentina striker, although Sava never had the reputation of Crespo. During a two-year spell at Fulham, rather than his goals (of which there were few) Sava is best remembered for pulling a Zoro mask from his sock.
FLAIR - Juninho
The first high-profile Brazilian to arrive in the Premier League had three spells at Middlesbrough beginning in 1995. 'The little fella' helped Boro reach the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1997 and the League Cup trophy in 2004, something he said meant more to him than the 2002 World Cup.
FLAIR - Carlos Tevez
In five seasons in England the Argentine has 93 goals from 209 games, and has won every club trophy going.
FLAIR - Gus Poyet
Poyet was a fine attacking midfielder with Chelsea and Tottenham. Now a bright young manager at Brighton.
FLAIR - Gilberto Silva
The Brazilian World Cup winner from 2002 was a key member of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' team two years later. In all he made 244 appearances for the Gunners.
FLAIR - Luis Suarez
He may have only been in England six months but Suarez already looks a very astute buy by Liverpool.
FLAIR - Antonio Valencia
Wigan brought Valencia to England in 2006 where the Ecuadorian quickly made an impact which earned him a £16m move to Old Trafford where he has excelled.

The imminent arrival of Sergio Aguero at Manchester City continues the trend of South Americans joining the Premier League.

>>Click on the image to launch our guide.

While some Latin players have been able to transfer their flair to the English league, many have failed to impress. We take a look at the flops and the ones that shone.

Source: Independent

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