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10 Obscure Old Premier League Players You'd Be Surprised To Know Are Still Playing

10 Obscure Old Premier League Players You'd Be Surprised To Know Are Still Playing
By Mikey Traynor
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With 'Football Gold' and 'Premier League Years' doing the rounds so regularly on Sky Sports these days, we get that feeling of nostalgia that comes with hearing the name of an obscure Premier League footballer we have a memory of from what seems like an age ago.

And yet, if you change from Sky onto one of the other sports channels, depending on the hour of the day, you may just find one of them in a live game. We love those random shouts of player we may have forgot existed here at Balls.ie, and when you couple that with old players still doing the business, you get the list we have below.

With so former Premier League players out there, we've picked out 10 with varying degrees of obscurity who are still playing the game they love.

Thomas Sorensen (40) - Melbourne City

The Danish stopper enjoyed lengthy spells as Aston Villa and Stoke City's number one, and is still taking his place between the sticks alongside Timmy Cahill for Melbourne City in the A-League.

Massimo Maccarone (37) - Empoli

Forever a hero on Teeside for his time with Middlesbrough where he was part of the reason for the club's remarkable surged to a UEFA Cup Final, Massimo is stilling going strong in the top level of Italian football.

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At 37-years of age, his instantly recognisable bald head scored against Napoli a few weeks back, his fourth league goal of the season.

Henri Camara (39) - Ionikos Nikea

One of very few players still active that played in the 2002 World Cup, Camara was a scorer of great goals during his time in England with a series of relegation threatened clubs in Wolves, Wigan, and Sheffield Utd, and also had a stint at Celtic as well.

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Ionikos Nikea are in the third tier of Greek football, so at 39 it's clearly a love of the game keeping him going.

Kléberson (37) - Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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Who could forget Kleberson? The man who started the 2002 World Cup final for Brazil before signing for Man Utd and looking completely out of his depth. Now remembered as one of Fergie's flop signings, Kleberson never matched his 2002 form and now plays in the NASL, where he has been since 2014 after a loan spell with Philadelphia Union didn't work otu.

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Emre Belözoğlu (36) - Medipol Istandbul Basaksehir

A bit of a fan favourite at Newcastle, Emre struggled with injuries but still managed to show off his long-range shooting and passing during his time in England, as well as his fondness for a feisty challenge. Still going strong in the top flight of Turkish football.

Junichi Inamoto (37) - Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo

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Another 2002 World Cup veteran, and a memorable one at that, Inamoto had spells at Arsenal, Fulham, and West Brom in the Premier League. Nowadays he's playing at the highest level in Japan after helping Consadole Sapporo achieve promotion from J2.

Claudio Pizaro (38) - Werder Bremen

His only time in England was an underwhelming bosman deal to Chelsea, but the big Peruvian scored heaps of goals for both Werder and Bayern in Germany, and scored a hat-trick against Bayer Leverkusen last month. Some going.

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Steed Malbranque (37) - Caen

A quality player for Fulham and Spurs, Steed had beautiful ball control and is a name that most Premier League fans will fondly remember. Moved back to France in 2011 and had been playing for Lyon up until last season where he moved to add some experience to Caen.

David Rozehnal (36) - K.V. Oostende

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One of the more obscure players on this list, Rozehnal was a dodgy signing in a sea of dodgy signings for Newcastle in the late 2000s. A Czech international, Rozehnal played one season in England before moving on and eventually settling at Lille, now plays in Belgium's top tier.

Milan Baros - Slovan Liberec

And probably the least obscure player on this list, Baros was famously top scorer at Euro 2004 much to the bemusement of Liverpool fans. A decent player, and part of the Champions League winning squad of 05, Baros soon moved on to Villa and then Lyon and now plays in his homeland of the Czech Republic.

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