With English football postponed until April, Football FanCast will be bringing you a daily dose of trivia to help fill that void. For the answer to today’s edition of Who Am I?, scroll down to the bottom of the article.
I experienced my first taste of English football whilst on loan from PSG.
I lifted the FA Cup in the 2000s, playing alongside Sol Campbell.
I never won a single international cap.
I won the Players’ Player of the Season award during a six-season stint at Everton.
I spent five years at Manchester City and won the Player of the Year award there.
I finished my career with Bournemouth.
The answer is Sylvain Distin. The French centre-back initially ventured into the Premier League during a loan stint at Newcastle, which convinced Manchester City to sign him permanently from PSG in the following summer.
There, Distin made 204 appearances – named the club’s Player of the Year for 2002/03 – before leaving on a free transfer to Portsmouth in 2007. It was there where the defender won the 2008 FA Cup, playing alongside Sol Campbell at the heart of Harry Redknapp’s backline.
Distin then went on to join Everton in 2009 and would later win the Players’ Player of the Season award in 2011/12.
After six years at Goodison, Distin made the move to Bournemouth but was released after just one season, marking the end of his career.