Football's worst debuts after Joao Felix's Chelsea nightmare, from Ibrahimovic’s AC flop to Rio Ferdinand’s Leeds horror | The Sun

IT'S not all bad news Joao Felix.

The Atletico Madrid loanee endured a miserable Chelsea debut as his side crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Fulham.

The 23-year-old gave his new team-mates an uphill task by earning a red card for a shocking lunge on Kenny Tete just before the hour mark.

But Felix can take comfort in the fact that he's not the first footballer to endure a horror show on their first appearance for their new club.


When you become Britain's most expensive player, of course you will face scrutiny in your next game.

And that's the cruel fate that awaited Ferdinand when he signed for Leeds in an £18million deal from West Ham.


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His first outing turned out to be a disaster as his new team were soundly beaten 3-1 at Leicester in 2000.

Alongside Lucas Radebe, Ferdinand was lost at sea as the Foxes crushed an expensively assembled Leeds side.


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And it goes without saying that he was absolutely brilliant in his first season at AC Milan in 2010 – scoring 21 times in all competitions.

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But you wouldn't have said he would be a hit after he missed a penalty against lowly Cesena in a 2-0 loss.


As fate would have it, the fixture list paired Spurs and Manchester United on the opening day of the season in 1997.

It meant the Red Devils' new signing Teddy Sheringham would return to White Hart Lane, where he enjoyed so much success, for his United debut.

With an hour on the clock, he was gifted the opportunity to open his Manchester United account from the penalty spot.

However, his effort struck the foot of the post before cannoning back to Teddy who stuck out a foot – only to see the ball bounce off it to safety.


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Famously, Ali Dia conned his way into football folklore when he convinced then-Southampton boss Graeme Souness he would be the answer to the Saints' goalscoring problems in 1996.

The self-proclaimed cousin of George Weah entered the fray in a game against Leeds in the 32nd minute – coming on for an injured Matt Le Tissier – only to be subbed off with five minutes left.

Le Tissier later said: "He ran around the pitch like Bambi on ice; it was very embarrassing to watch."


Real Madrid fans were forced to wait a year for Woodgate to make his debut in LaLiga, following a £13million move from Newcastle in 2004.

And it all went wrong for the centre half against Athletic Bilbao, first scoring a comical own goal.

Then, shortly after the hour mark, he received his marching orders for a second yellow card.


The journeyman striker was called up to the Scotland squad for a crucial World Cup qualifier against Norway in 2010.

And with time running out for the Tartan Army to find a winner, Iwelumo was introduced to try and grab a vital goal.

Instead, he missed an open goal from three-yards at Hampden Park. How did he miss this?


The downfall of the former England shotstopper could probably be chronicled from here.

After being discarded by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Hart was shipped out on loan to Torino.

With his confidence shattered by his ordeal at City, he was shaky for his new club on his first match.

Hart was at fault for Atalanta's opening goal in a 2-1 defeat – punching a cross to the feet of an opposing attaker who scored.


Former Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies had a mare on his first start for the Villans in a League Cup tie against Leicester that ended in a 1-0 defeat.

And he was completely honest about it, too – likening his performance to that of a "pub team player".

"I was just awful," he confessed.

"I didn't contribute anything. I've been bigging myself up, saying I'm ready and obviously I'm not. I'm not good enough to get in the team yet.

"I'm honest with myself in every performance and that was rubbish – I looked like a pub team player."


Former Manchester United striker Larsson can be excused – especially after he became such a Celtic legend.

But on his debut against Hibernian at Easter Road a slack pass to Chic Charnly saw the Hoops' rivals claim a famous win.

It didn't get better on his European debut either – scoring an own goal against Austrian side Tirol Innsbruck.

Luckily enough, Larsson would score 242 up the other end during his Celtic career to earn iconic status.

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