Florent Sinama Pongolle has won the Champions League with Liverpool and featured for Atletico Madrid. He looked a far cry away from that calibre of player though at Dundee United back in the 2015/16 season.

Both the Frenchman and Guy Demel were signed to help stop United from slipping out the Premiership. They weren’t able to stop the rot though, with the Tangerines eventually slipping out the top flight.

Pongolle became a promising star

Pongolle became a prospect in France. (Photo : Philippe Perusseau / Icon Sport via Getty Images)

It represented another fall from grace for the former Red.

You could be forgiven if you forget Pongolle was ever at United

Having impressed on the international youth stage, Pongolle was snapped up by the Merseyside outfit. Big things were expected of him, but he never really made an impact at Anfield.


Despite not making the squad for Liverpool’s famous Champions League win against AC Milan, his contributions on the road to Istanbul ensured he would go down as a Champions League winner for the Reds.

Pongolle is a Champions League winner, seriously. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

He could be effective on his day but that wasn’t often. He eventually left Anfield and became a journeyman, taking in nine different clubs in nine years before ending up in United Tangerine.

At youth level Pongolle showed great pace and a decent eye for goal. That isn’t what he showed at Tannadice, far from it.

Pongolle struggled with injury throughout his time in Tayside, making just four appearances as the Arabs slid into the second tier.

Mixu Paatelainen was manager as United went down.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Frenchman had a forgettable spell that his career has never recovered from. He has been without a club since leaving Thai side Chainat Hornbill last year. The Tangerines have probably already forgotten Pongolle ever showed up at Tannadice.

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