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Where are they now: Middlesbrough’s 2006 UEFA Cup Finalists

Where are they now: Middlesbrough’s 2006 UEFA Cup Finalists

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Middlesbrough may have may have just suffered relegation from the Premier League in one of their most dismal campaigns in recent memories, however, in 2006, Steve McLaren guided the unfancied Boro to an unlikely UEFA Cup final.

They may have been swept aside 4-0 in the final by Juande Ramos’s Sevilla side which included the likes of Dani Alves in Eindhoven, but that is not the point, Boro’s run to the final was a celebration in its own right as we take a look at where the final squad is today.

Mark Schwarzer

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Australian Schwarzer became a bit of a legend on Teesside after 446 appearances for Boro following a £1.25m deal from Bradford in 1997.

Schwarzer had a lengthy career in England and headed to Fulham in 2008, he also played for Chelsea and Leicester City (in which he was part of the squad which claimed the Premier League title).

After 109 caps for Australia, he retired from playing at the end of the 2015/16 season and is now a pundit on TV and makes regular guest appearances on Sports radio with TalkSport.

Stuart Parnaby

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Many people forget just how good Parnaby was, the versatile full back was often the unsung hero.

However, numerous injuries meant Parnaby was unable to fulfil his full potential and never made a senior appearance for England.

After playing out his career with Hartlepool United, he then returned to the club as prehab/rehab and conditioning coach’, while also running his own conditioning business called Parnaby Performance.

Chris Riggott

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Despite struggling to nail down a first eleven slot throughout his Boro career, Riggot still went on to make over a hundred appearances for the club.

Injury ended Riggotts career whilst he was at Burton Albion and he has since moved to Las Vegas where he coaches Heat FC in South Nevada.

Gareth Southgate

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Southgate was captain when they lifted the League Cup in 2004, the England defender was inspirational for Boro during his time at the club before taking over the managerial reins after McLaren left the club soon after the UEFA Cup Final.

Southgate lasted three years in charge of Middlesbrough before being released of his duties following relegation.

Years spent climbing the FA ladder has culminated in Southgate being offered the England job following Sam Allardyce’s sacking, a position he still holds today on a full-time basis.

Frank Quedrue

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Frenchman Quedrue moved to Fulham soon after the UEFA Cup Final. The 6ft left-back also went on to play for Birmingham City and even had a loan stint at Colchester United before moving back to France to play for Lens before ending his playing career at Paris side, Red Star.

Despite having a reputation as a hot head, Quedrue is now back living in Ffrance working as an agent broking numerous deals into England.

James Morrison

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Morrison was just a teenager when Middlesbrough made the trip to Eindhoven for the UEFA Cup final.

However, since then, the Scotsman has gone on to have a successful Premier League career mainly plying his trade with West Bromwich Albion where he is still a valuable asset to this day.

The Midfielder has also gone on to have a successful international career having represented Scotland 43 times having scored three times.

Fabio Rochemback

Brazilian Fabio Rochemback was supposed to be the clubs Juninho replacement, and despite flashes of brilliance (especially in the 8-1 in over Manchester City in the Premier League) it was never going to be easy living up to that tag.

The former Barcelona man made seven appearances for the national Brazilian side and is now back in his homeland where he took a slightly different career outside of the game where he took up horse-breeding, rearing the criollo breed.  

George Boateng

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After nearly 200 appearances for the Boro, Boateng became somewhat of a household name on Teesside during a six year Middlesbrough career.

He was made captain of the side soon after when Gareth Southgate was put in charge and left the club in 2008 to sign for Hull City.

After retiring from playing in 2013 whilst at Malaysian football club side T-Team FC, Boateng tried his hand at management in Malaysia with Kelantan FA.

Results not go to plan and Boateng was relieved of hi duties and now the Dutchman commentates on football and is often seen scouting for Aston Villa.

Stewart Downing

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Stewart Downing has had (and still does) an excellent career which has taken in two stints with Middlesbrough, seasons with Aston Villa, West Ham United and Liverpool.

Downing has also amassed 35 England caps. At 32, Downing still has a lot to offer and remains on the books at Middlesbrough.

However, after suffering relegation this season, rumours are rife that Downing will leave this transfer window with a host of sides after his signature.

Mark Viduka

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Goal scoring sensation Australian Mark Viduka joined Middlesbrough from Leeds after the Whites financial collapse in 2004.

Twenty-six goals in 72 appearances for Boro followed as well as well a total of 43 caps for the Australian national side.

Viduka ended his playing career at Newcastle in 2009 and has since gone onto gain his UEFA coaching qualifications but has not yet made the leap into management.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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Another former Leeds United player turned Middlesbrough (amidst stints with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and even Charlton Athletic) professional was the second part of a deadly strike force with Mark Viduka.

After hanging up his boots in 2008 whilst at Cardiff City, Hasselbaink turned his attention to management where spells at Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion and Cardiff City followed.

He is keen to return to management and seeking the right role whilst making numerous punditry appearances.

Manager – Steve McClaren

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Steve McClaren has mixed results in management, after guiding Boro to League Cup success and the final of the UEFA Cup, mush was expected of McLaren.

An ill-fated spell in charge of England followed where he was labelled the ‘Wolly in the Brolly’ so McClaren headed abroad.

Success followed with FC Twente as he claimed the Dutch title which led to moves back in England.

In March of this year, McClaren left his role as head coach of Derby County and is looking for his next role in football.

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