Sheringham - Trophies, Goals and Poker

When you think back to when Manchester United really started to be recognized as one of the best teams in European football, it has to be during that remarkable 1998/99 season in which they won the treble. They had already been dominating the domestic league prior to this by winning four out of five possible league titles but when it came to the European stage they usually came up short.

This all changed however in dramatic fashion as we are sure you all already know. They won the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in 1999 to send shockwaves around the world and whilst the first two trophies were special, it was the latter that finally transformed United into the world renowned force that they are known as today.

It was the style in which they won the Champions League too that catapulted the club firmly into the limelight. Coming back from 1-0 down to score two goals in the last few minutes to leave their opponents Bayern Munich devastated.

Now when you look back at the players in that treble winning team, the big stars were always the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel. However, it was two players that were not quite seen on the same level at the time in Ole Gunner Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham that scored the goals to send the players and fans alike into raptures.

Sheringham in fact scored the equalizer in that game and whilst he has had a successful career playing for the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and England he was never classed as a superstar. Even at international level he had the goal machines Alan Shearer and Michael Owen to steal his limelight. Well, he was a superstar for that one night and he will always be remembered for that vital goal.

It is fair to say that Sheringham was a fantastic footballer with a great footballing brain, great head and superb link up play. He was never really a prolific scorer but that was not really his game he was never an out and out goal scorer but someone that had the brain and movement to pull defenders all over the place allowing his strike partners the room to get the glory.

This intelligence has been further proven by the fact that he still uses it to outfox his opponents, though in a new game. He regularly plays poker both in a live setting and online in tournaments and is certainly a competent player. He has been seen playing in tournaments online at PokerStars, the site that recently bought Full Tilt Poker.

We are sure that through a bit more experience at the tables that he has the brain capable of becoming a very good player indeed, do not bet against it.

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By RedManc

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