Jesper Blomqvist Is an Unsung – and Unrecognizable – United Hero

Jesper Blomqvist Is an Unsung – and Unrecognizable – United Hero

Manchester United’s famous Treble-winning triumph from the 1998-99 season has made history as one of the club’s greatest ever achievements. But, playing an integral role in that campaign, Jesper Blomqvist is an unsung – and unrecognizable – United hero (among football news).

Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to their iconic treble – their three trophies within the 1998-99 campaign. The coach’s Red Devils won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in a remarkable fortnight 22 years ago.

As for the squad players themselves, there are names that immediately spring to mind from that side. These are the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham, David Beckham, Roy Keane, and Paul Scholes.

Jesper Blomqvist Is an Unsung – and Unrecognizable – United Hero

But one man who many may have forgotten is Swedish midfielder Jesper Blomqvist.

Blomqvist charted up 25 Premier League appearances in that momentous season. In fact, he collected an FA Cup winners medal despite being a substitute that Ferguson didn’t use in the final.

Blomqvist then started the Champions League final against Bayern Munich before the iconic coach replaced him with Teddy Sheringham. And, we won’t lie, there was good reason for this – Sheringham would go on to score the equalising goal there.

Shortly after United’s European triumph, furthermore, Blomqvist unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury and never played for the club again.

And Man Utd fans may find it incredibly difficult to recognise him these days. He looks completely different to when he was gracing the Old Trafford pitch more than two decades ago. Blomqvist, who upon retiring opened up a pizzeria, now sports long hair and beard.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here