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The untold tale of Massimo Taibi

Many football fans are unfamiliar with the goalkeeper Massimo Taibi, but the shot-stopper has played for the likes of AC Milan and Manchester United.

Taibi was born in Italy to an Italian mother and an Algerian father, however he never made an appearance for either country at international level.

Born in Palermo, he spent the majority of his career in Serie A and Serie B from 1987 to 2009. But in 1999, Manchester United signed him and Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Old Trafford for £4.5million.

In his debut against Liverpool, he was the Man of the Match in a 3-2 victory over their fierce rivals. He won the Inter Continental Cup with the Red Devils, but found it difficult to establish himself with regular playing time.

Heading back to Italy, Taibi became the second goalkeeper to score in Serie A when he went up for a corner and scored a late header for Reggina.

When he joined United, Rabah Madjer was the Algeria manager at the time so it is no surprise that no attempt was made to get him to play for Algeria. Taibi remains the only goalkeeper of any Algerian heritage at all to have played in the Premier League.


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