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Portsmouth's 2008 FA Cup winning XI: Where are they now?

Friday 13th October 2017

More than a decade has passed since Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth side triumphed over Cardiff City at Wembley watched on by 89.874 fans. It was only the second time at the time of writing they had won the FA Cup and the victory parade the following day was attendend by some 200,000 people.

What have Pompey's 2008 FA Cup winners been up to since?

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The experienced David James played in goal for Portsmouth during the FA Cup final. He left two years later to join Bristol City. James then had spells at Bournemouth, Icelandic side, Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja, and finally as player-manager at Indian club, Kerala Blasters. He has also ventured into punditry.


At right-back was Glen Johnson, a familiar name in English football. He has garnered 54 caps for England. Johnson, now 33, currently plays for Stoke City in the Premier League, joining from Liverpool in 2015.

On the opposite side of defence was former Iceland international,  Hermann Hreiðarsson. He left Pompey to join Coventry City in 2012, before returning home to end his playing career. The 43-year-old is now manager of the women's team, Fylkir.

In central defence, Arsenal legend Sol Campbell captained the side. He recently had a spell as assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team. The 43-year-old continues to be linked with managerial jobs in England. So, don't be surprised if Campbell returns to football in near future.

Sylvian Distin occupied the second central defensive position. He went on to represent Everton for six years, but the Frenchman is currently without a club after leaving Bournemouth in 2016.


John Utaka played for Portsmouth on the right side of midfield. At 35 years old, the Nigerian's playing career continues for the French side, CS Sedan Ardennes.

On the opposite flank was Ghana international, Sulley Muntari. After leaving Pompey, he had spells at Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Saudi Arabian side, Al-Ittihad. The 33-year-old currently plays for Pescara in Serie A.

Portsmouth adopted a 4-5-1 formation in the 2008 FA Cup final, meaning they had three men in the centre of the park. One of which was Niko Kranjcar. The Croatian now plays in Scotland for Rangers, having joined last summer after a spell with New York Cosmos.

Also in central midfield, that day was France international,  Lassana Diarra. In 2009, he left the south coast club for Real Madrid, where he lifted the La Liga title in 2011/12. Now 32, Diarra is in Abu Dhabi representing Al Jazira.

The final midfielder was Pedro Mendes. His playing days ended at Vitória de Guimarães, the team he started his career with. The Portuguese retired in 2012 and currently works as a football agent.


Upfront for Portsmouth was Nwankwo Kanu. He scored the game's only goal in the 39th minute (after hitting the post early on in the game), he was rewarded for his efforts that day by being named the Man of the Match. Although he won Pompey the FA Cup, the Nigerian left on sour terms after the club terminated his contract following relegation to League One. The 6'5'' striker has since retired from football.

It was a luxury for Portsmouth fans to watch international players such as Campbell, Diarra, Muntari, Mendes, and Kanu play for their side. Unfortunately, it all quickly deteriorated - Pompey slipped down the leagues after their FA Cup triumph.

However, after winning the League Two title, it finally looks like the situation is improving. It may not be long until Portsmouth returns to the Premier League.

Harry Mail

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