It’s always a joy looking back at the Portsmouth team who won the 2008 FA Cup and looking at the players that played during that run.
From Lauren to David James to Milan Baros, Pompey’s 2007/08 squad is the right mix of players you remember from that time as well as footballers you genuinely forgot played for the team during that time, and one such figure neutrals forget is Sulley Muntari.
Signed that summer for a then club record fee of £7.1 million from Serie A side Udinese, Muntari’s time on the English south coast was short but memorable for Pompey fans.
The Ghanaian international only spent one season at Portsmouth, but what a season it was for the club. We all know why the 07/08 season was such a fantastic campaign for Pompey, their first FA Cup win since the 1930s and an 8th place finish in the league remains one of the best eras for the club, and Muntari had a part to play in creating history.
The then 23-year-old midfielder scored the goal that knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup quarter-finals and sent Pompey on the road to domestic cup success as well as playing an important role for the club in the league.
Muntari registered a goal and assist in Portsmouth crazy 7-4 win against Reading, and the summer signing almost single handily beat Aston Villa away from home after the Ghanaian midfielder’s two long-range efforts sealed a 3-1 win for Pompey.
The Cup final against Cardiff, in which he played the full 90 minutes, proved to be Muntari’s final appearance for the club. In the summer of 2008, the midfielder made the move to Inter Milan for a reported fee of £12 million.
Muntari at the time was labelled as a midfielder with substantial potential, but nearly 10 years on from his one season in Pompey, the midfielder is all but forgotten about in world football.
His last spell with a big club came in 2015 with AC Milan, and since then Muntari has gone on from stints in Saudi Arabia and the lower Italian leagues to now Segunda Division football with Albacete, who he joined this January.
A career damaged by poor form and injuries, Muntari is a player who could have flourished at Portsmouth if he stayed on longer and had the club not fell into financial problems, the midfielder would have likely stayed on the south coast for the years that followed.
Portsmouth fans, what did you think of Muntari’s time at the club? Let us know!