10 Premier League flops flying high in the Champions League

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Some former English top-flight flops who played for the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have come good abroad.

The Champions League is back with another round of games sure to throw up plenty of surprises – and that’s before we even get to the football.

With a veritable feast of former Premier League players who failed to make the grade on English soil in action, here are ten of the best to keep a close eye out for this week.

Phillip Degen

Signed by Rafa Benitez on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmind, Degen played seven league games over three years for Liverpool before the Reds cancelled his contract in 2011. Now back with first club Basel, Degen featured for the Swiss side against the Merseysiders earlier this term.

Kostas Mitroglou

Fulham forked out £12 million to bring Mitroglou to Craven Cottage from Olympiacos last January but injury and fitness issues saw the striker play just three times for the Cottagers. The Greek international moved back to Olympiacos on loan following Fulham’s relegation and has already found the net in the Champions League.

Markus Rosenberg

The hero with both goals for Malmo in a 2-0 group stage win over Olympiacos this season, the 32-year-old previously failed to find the net in 28 Premier League appearances for West Bromwich Albion. Has already racked up 22 goals in 40 games back at the Swedish club where he started his career.

Nuno Morais

Signed by Chelsea from Portuguese side Penafiel back in 2004, Morais made just five appearances for the Blues in three years, having been sent out to Maritimo during that time. Since moving to APOEL on a free transfer in the summer of 2007, he has been a mainstay for the Cypriots.

Javi Garcia

Arguably the most high profile flop on this list, Manchester City paid Benfica £15.8 million to bring Garcia to the Etihad in August 2012. After two seasons of largely uninspiring displays for the Sky Blues, the Spaniard was sold to Zenit St Petersburg for £13 million, where he has fared better thus far. 

Anthony Vanden Borre

Once earmarked as the next big thing in Belgian football, the 27-year-old right back spent the 2009-10 season on loan at Portsmouth from Fiorentina, but failed to earn a permanent deal with the then-top-flight club, amid concerns over a lack of discipline. Now he's back at Anderlecht – the club where he started his career.

Zoran Tosic

Signed from Partizan Belgrade by Manchester United in 2009, Tosic featured just twice for the Red Devils before opting to move elsewhere in search of more first-team football. The wide man joined CSKA Moscow in the summer of 2010 for around £8 million and has fared well for the Russian club.

Marco Borriello

The Italian endured a nightmare loan spell with West Ham last season, moving to the Irons from AS Roma in January until the end of the season. He managed just two substitute appearances for the Hammers before a calf-strain saw him ruled out for the rest of the campaign. 

Ricardo Quaresma

Another player enjoying a second spell with the club where he made his name, Porto winger Quaresma played for Chelsea on loan in 2009, though he only managed five appearances for the club with the Blues opting against a permanent move for the midfielder at the end of the spell.

Kevin Prince-Boateng

Recruited by Tottenham for £5.4 million from Hertha Berlin in 2007, Prince-Boateng’s career hit the skids at Spurs, after playing just 14 league games in two years before moving to Portsmouth on loan. Now back in Germany with Schalke following spells with Genoa and AC Milan.

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