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90's Football Hall of Fame: The flakey yet beloved Italian playmaker Benito Carbone

The latest inductee into the 90’s Football Hall of Fame is Sheffield Wednesday icon Benito Carbone.

Affectionately known as ‘Benny’, the Italian playmaker arrived at Wednesday from Internazionale in 1997 and a plate of the driest-looking pasta was immediately thrust into his face for a misguided photo shoot with then manager David Pleat.

Carbone spent three years in Yorkshire where he scored a bundle of golazos and created some iconic memories at Hillsborough, although he frustrated many with his inconsistency. The number 8 then went on to play for a number of mid-table and struggling English clubs, including Aston Villa, Bradford City, Derby County and Middlesbrough.

On the latest episode of the 90’s Football Hall of Fame podcast, Ste McGovern and Peter Henry are joined by freelance football writer Stephen Tudor to discuss the alice-banded magician’s career in the Premier League, how he lived up to the fancy dan foreigner stereotype, and his penchant for scoring outrageous goals.

We also chat about his Masters career, petulant temperament, devilish good looks, love of hard-boiled sweets, and that photo of him and Paolo Di Canio with a pizza.

Listen to the 90’s Football Hall of Fame podcast now: 

Read: Majestic Carbone was a frustrating import frozen in time

See Also: The forgotten legacy of England’s first black captain

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