Never mind two games in two days, Liverpool – Manchester United legend Mark Hughes once played twice in ONE day
Liverpool have to play two games in two days on two different continents.
But so what, Mark Hughes may wonder. He once played for Wales and Bayern Munich on the SAME day.
This was certainly one way to resolve the club vs country debate and all it involved was a private plane, a changing room at 35,000 feet, a souped-up Lada and the out the box thinking of Uli Hoeness, who had just signed Hughes for Bayern from Barcelona on a season-long loan.
In an era before international breaks, Hughes had already played and scored for his new club and expectations were high.
And on 11 November, 1987, Wales were due to play a Euro 88 qualifier against Czechoslovakia in Prague on the same day Bayern had a German Cup second round match against Borussia Monchengladbach to contend with.
Hoeness knew about the clash and over dinner asked what time the Wales game kicked off at.
“In passing he said ‘what time is the game?’ And I said, ‘I think it’s about half past three, four o’clock’,” Hughes later recalled.
“From that moment on he was making phone calls and came back into the room and said, ‘I think you may be able to play for us the same night’.”
Hughes thought he was joking, but Hoeness had previous, having pulled a similar stunt with Soren Lerby in 1985 that allowed him to play for Denmark and for the Bundesliga giants.
Wales lost 2-0 and hopes of qualifying for the European Championship were over, but there was still hope in the German Cup, so Hughes, in full kit, was picked up by Hoeness and flown to Germany.
“There was a souped-up Lada to whisk us off after the match,” Hughes continued. “I had to get changed into my kit on the plane.”
Hughes arrived at the Olympiastadion and came on as a substitute early in the second half, with the home side trailing before coming back to win 3-2.
“We actually flew over the ground and missed the first half, but I got there at the start of the second half,” he told Four Four Two in 2007.
“We didn’t tell anybody – there was a guy in the Bayern team who had a similar haircut to me and when they saw him warming up, everybody thought it was me. Then they put my name up and I came on.
“We were 1-0 down and I’d like to say I turned it round but I didn’t because I was hopelessly knackered. But the other guy who came on was Rummenigge’s younger brother; he scored two goals and we won.”
Granted, the distance between Villa Park and Doha for Liverpool to travel is a bit further than Prague and Munich, but it’s doable.
Hughes had joined Manchester United as a schoolboy in 1978 and left for Barcelona in 1985, though didn’t like his life in Spain and his spell in Germany eventually sealed a return to United in 1988, now managed by Sir Alex Ferguson.
He won two Premier League titles, the Cup Winners Cup and three FA Cups with the club, scoring 163 goals in 467 games along the way.
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