0Shares0000Patrice Evra has ended his playing career to follow his old Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson into management © AFP/File / Andrew YATESROME, Italy, Jul 29 – Former France and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has called time on his playing career, according to the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.“My career as a player is officially over,” the 38-year-old told the paper. Evra made his name with Nice and Monaco before Alex Ferguson signed him for Manchester United in 2006. He would go on to make almost 300 appearances for the club, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions Leage.He moved to Juventus in 2014, winning two Serie A titles, before spells at Marseille and West Ham.He also played 81 times for France and captained them at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which became famous for the French team strike at Knysna as they were eliminated in the group stages.Evra said that he was now turning his attention fully to coaching.“I started the course for the UEFA B licence as a coach in 2013,” he said. “Now, I want to finish that so that I can take the A licence. In other words, in a year and a half I will be qualified to manage a team.”Evra was quick to praise the influence of his former Manchester United boss.“He predicted that two of his players would become top level coaches: Ryan Giggs and Pat Evra,” he said naming himself in the third person.“I think of Sir Alex as a father. He accepted me just as I am, sometimes a leader, sometimes arrogant.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
He lifted it in 1986 when Argentina became the fourth nation to win it since the trophy, in its current form, was first presented to victorious West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer in 1974.What happened to the previous trophy?When Brazil became world champions for the third time by beating Italy 4-1 in the 1970 final, FIFA rules stated any team winning the competition three times may keep the trophy.So a new one was needed for the 1974 World Cup and, of the 53 designs from seven countries submitted, Silvio Gazzaniga’s work was chosen. The trophy depicts two human figures carrying a globe on their shoulders. 4 4 Pure class Fallon d’Floor However, it was stolen again after Brazil were given the trophy permanently in 1970. It was never recovered after this second theft, and many believe it was melted down for money. Shy guy Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Good times The World Cup trophy is 18-carat gold misery ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup diamond geezer Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song SUPERSTITION LU BEAUTY Pickles the dog found the trophy in 1966, a week after it was stolen Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers NO JOY Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? You’re the one Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches What is it made of?It’s made of 18-carat gold, weighs more than 6kg and is 36cm tall. The trophy’s green base is made with a semi-precious mineral called malachite, which was chosen because it is found on every continent and is green like football pitches. The name of every team to win it since 1974 is engraved on the base.Do the winners keep it?No, the skipper lifts it, but the team keep what’s called the World Cup winners’ trophy. The original trophy is on display at the FIFA world football museum in Switzerland.Do Brazil still have the old version?No, that was stolen in 1983. It was actually the second time the trophy had been pinched, with the first time being in England in 1966.Back then, a dog called Pickles managed to recover what was known as the Jules Rimet trophy in the bushes a week later. Maradona holds the World Cup trophy 4 Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup 4 “It’s the most beautiful thing. I tell the players that 30 days of sacrifice just to kiss that cup is nothing in a man’s life. It’s like touching the sky.”That’s how Diego Maradona described the World Cup trophy; the prize the world’s best players compete for every four years.