Gilberto apologises to Tottenham fans for failed spell back in 2008-09

Welsh footballer Chris Gunter, (L) English footballer Jonathan Woodgate, (2nd L) Scottish footballer Alan Hutton, (2nd R) and Brazil's Gilberto (R) pose for photographers as Tottenham...

The Brazilian failed to impress at Tottenham a decade ago.

Tottenham Hotspurs Gilberto clashes with Blackburn's Benni McCarthy during their English Premier League football match at Ewood Park in Blackburn, north west England, April 5, 2008. AFP...

Tottenham Hotspur flop Gilberto has apologised to Spurs fans during an interview with ESPN after failing to make an impression in north London during his spell at the club in the 2008-09 season.

Following four successful years at German side Hertha Berlin, Gilberto was brought to Spurs by Juande Ramos and made history by becoming the club's first Brazilian to appear for the senior side.

However, he started as he meant to go on. His debut - a UEFA Cup clash against PSV Eindhoven - Gilberto made a mistake for the Dutch side's goal and was hauled off at half-time.


Signed in January 2008, Gilberto remained at Spurs until the summer of 2009 when he returned to Brazil with Cruzeiro, managing just 10 appearances in all competitions. He apologised to Spurs fans on ESPN.

"It's true, I had a nightmare at Spurs. But I'd done well in Germany. I played for my country, and I'd won stuff in Brazil," Gilberto said. "Tottenham came in, and I saw it as a chance to have a proper crack at some silverware.

"I remember my debut against PSV. I tried to dribble past Jefferson Farfan. He nicked the ball from me and scored. From that moment, it was all downhill. I tried my best at training and hoped that things would turn around.

"I want to say sorry with all my heart to the Tottenham fans. I'm gutted that it didn't work. I would have loved to have stayed, but I got branded very quickly. There were some great people at the club, but it was a bad time for me personally."

Scottish footballer Alan Hutton, (L) English footballer Jonathan Woodgate, (2nd L) Welsh footballer Chris Gunter (2nd R) and Brazil's Gilberto (R) pose for photographers as Tottenham...

Gilberto did not manage to win any silverware in either Germany or England, but did manage to do so in his home country after spells with Flamengo, Cruzeiro, Vasca da Gama, Gremio and more.

He is regarded as one of Tottenham's worst ever signings and remains in that category to this date. Now 42, Gilberto retired from football in 2012 aged 36.

Head Coach of Malaga CF Juande Ramos looks on during La Liga match between Malaga CF and Granada CF at La Rosaleda Stadium December 9, 2016 in Malaga, Spain.

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