Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #14 Rigobert Song
Name: Rigobert Song
In his 1990s prime for: Liverpool
Lowdown: The Cameroonian defender became something of a cult figure at Anfield, but like Djimi Traore after him, this was often due to his reputation as a player prone to gaffes as well as strong challenges, with the added benefit of the occasional crazy hair cut.
Moving to England after performances at the 1998 World Cup (which included him becoming the first player to be sent off twice in World Cup tournaments), Liverpool signed the defender for £2.7million, and Song became the first player from his country to play for Liverpool.
Being equally competent at full back or centre back, Song eventually froze himself out of the set up at Anfield when he missed three months of the season due to playing for his country. Gerard Houllier then refused to let Song go to the Sydney Olympics, but Song insisted he be released. His decision was somewhat justified, captaining his country to the gold medal.
Shortly after, Song was permitted to join West Ham, but suffered in being intended as a replacement for Rio Ferdinand. Such hopes were always going to be let down.
Now: After finally retiring in 2010 with a spell with Trabzonspor, Song amassed an incredible 138 caps for his country. Despite receiving many offers to prolong his career, he has chosen to start a career in punditry for the Orange sports channel.