Playing in Gabon and Brazilian second tier - The men who sunk Arsenal in 2008 for Hull

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Geovanni and Daniel Cousin scored the goals that beat Arsenal 2-1 at The Emirates in 2008. Where are they now?

Five years ago saw an ambitious Hull City side, led by Phil Brown, travel to The Emirates with the hope of getting something - just anything from the tie.

What happened next will remain in Hull City folklore for eternity.

The unfancied Humberside outfit took on the slick and stylish Gunners at their own game - and fought back from 1-0 down in the 47th minute to win the game 2-1.

At the time it was only Arsenal’s second defeat at the new Emirates Stadium and it left the Premier League shell-shocked.

But as Hull City get ready to travel to North London again this evening, we ask the question ‘where are they now?’ in respect of the two match winners from that day.

It is a game perhaps best remembered for this wonderful piece of skill from Brazilian magician and former Barcelona winger Geovanni …

He instantly became a cult hero with this goal but there is little doubt that this was the highlight of his Premier League career.

As injuries and fitness began to affect his game, he saw his first-team chances at the KC Stadium diminish rapidly.

In 2010 he left to join San Jose Earthquakes in MLS and then headed back to Brazil with Vitoria, America-MG and signed for Serie B side Bragantino in July. At 33 years-old many would be considering retirement but Geovanni has agreed to stay at the club for a full season next year - as they aim to earn promotion to the Brazilian top-flight.

But playing in front of an average attendance of around 1,000 people, in the second tier of Brazilian football, is surely not what he expected would happen in five years’ time when he unleashed that thunderbolt v Arsenal.

That was the equaliser - the winner came from Daniel Cousin.

A mercurial talent - when he turned up he was exceptional.

The problem was he rarely did so on a consistent basis. But he glanced in a perfect header to earn three points and take The Tigers to sixth place in the Premier League.

Where is he now?

His last team was in his Gabonese homeland - a side called Sapins who he joined in 2011, in order to force his way into the African Nations Cup team as Gabon were hosting.

But he left in early 2012 to try force a free transfer switch back to Rangers - but the transfer embargo at the Glasgow club put an end to that possibility.

Now it seems that he is back at Sapins according to this article and a more recent one from December - hoping to help Gabonese footballs plan to go professional within five years … and win a medal or two I am sure.

So in five years these two have seen it all and ended up back home - but I’m sure neither would trade in a more prosperous post-Hull career for that game against Arsenal in 2008.

Can Hull beat Arsenal at The Emirates tonight?

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