Ipswich Town’s top 10 overseas signings - 12 Days of ITFC Christma continues
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Many brilliant overseas players have worn the blue and white of Ipswich Town over the years. Here are ten of the best, according to Terry Hunt.
Jason De Vos
The Canadian defender was utterly dependable at the back. He certainly wasn’t blessed with great pace, but was never caught out of position. Inspirational captain as well.
Giovanni Dos Santos
Yes, I know “Gio’’ was only here on a short-term loan from Spurs, but what a player! Surely the best to wear a Town shirt since the early 1980s. His pedigree has been proven by his La Liga career, his 80 caps for a decent Mexico team, and his Olympic 2012 gold medal.
The Bulgarian striker achieved cult status at Town, despite not really nailing down a regular place and only scoring 11 goals in three seasons. He was just one of those players with a natural empathy with the fans. Also played 12 times for Bulgaria, including in the 1994 World Cup Finals, when they finished fourth.
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Who can forget giant Hermann’s dive into the North Stand, thinking he’d scored his first Town goal? Only problem was, Mark Burchill actually got the last touch! We loved the buccaneering Icelandic warrior. For such a good player, he did have an unfortunate habit of playing for teams who got relegated.
Muhren and Thijssen feature on so many of these lists that I’m running out of superlatives. Simply the best.
He was only supposed to be a makeweight in the deal which brought striker Adrian Paz to Portman Road, but while the Uruguayan flopped (partly due to being played out of position), Taricco became a Town legend. Feisty full-back (ask Sheffield Utd fans) he cemented his status with goals against Norwich and Man Utd - the latter a wonder strike.
Again, what else is there to say about Thijssen? Both he and Muhren played characteristic parts in the best Town team goal I’ve seen, against Villa in the FA Cup third round in 1981.
Viljoen came over to Suffolk from South Africa as a teenager, and stayed for more than ten years, deservedly winning two England caps. He glided over the turf, and weighed in with his fair share of goals.
When Taricco left, Town fans were worried. But Burley did well to sign Fab, whose iconic status was guaranteed by his famous goal against Man Utd, and his disparaging remarks about our friends from Carrow Road. “Fanian Wilnis, he’s a blue...”
Romeo arrived from West Brom during the difficult mid-1980s, when ultimately we were relegated. But he stayed long enough to see us regain our place at the top table in 1992. You might think that Zondervan is a certainty to be the last name in the alphabetical list of all Town players. But no...that honour goes to his fellow Dutchman Gianni Zuiverloon, a right-back who played four games on loan from West Brom in 2010-11. so now you know!