Poyet: The Player

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by Ashley Houghton

safc.com looks back on the new head coach's time as a player.

      Born Gustavo Augusto Poyet Domínguez in Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo, on 15 November 1967.

-          The first club of Poyet's playing career was Grenoble of France where he spent one season before returning home to Uruguay.

-          Gus joined River Plate of the Uruguayan top-flight in 1989 and spent a season their before returning to Europe with Real Zaragoza.

-          The Uruguayan international would spend seven years with ‘Los Blanquillos’  becoming Zaragoza's longest-serving foreign player, scoring 63 goals in 240 appearances.

-          Whilst at La Romareda Poyet won the Copa del Rey in 1994 and the Cup Winners' Cup a year later, beating Arsenal in the final.

-          He signed for Chelsea on a free transfer in June 1997 and went on to make 145 for the Blues.

-          During Poyet’s time at Stamford Bridge he won the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

-          In 2001, Poyet moved across London to Tottenham Hotspur, making 98 appearances in three years at White Hart Lane.

-          Internationally, Gus was capped 26 times by Uruguay, scoring three goals.

-          He was part of the Uruguayan national side that won the Copa America in 1995 and was also voted as the best player in his position at the tournament.

-          Whilst with Chelsea and Spurs, Poyet played seven times against Sunderland – scoring five goals.