5 times Rotherham went continental and it did not work

Every club dreams of scouring the backwaters of European football and finding the next star who is going to make them millions of pounds and Rotherham are no different.

However, most of the time those that arrived at the club have ended up being more Julio Geordio than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Here’s a look at five times Rotherham went continental to varying degrees of failure.

Gijsbert Bos

Bos, a Dutchman who arrived via Lincoln, has cult status with the Millers faithful and his blonde hair and white boots combination was a fashion statement that 1997-Rotherham was just not ready for. Things were looking good, though, when he scored four goals in his first 11 appearances, including a superb backheel, but much like his white boots, he soon went out of fashion and left the club having made just 20 appearances in a year and a bit.

Cedric Bolima

After three years at Lens B, Bolima somehow found his way to Rotherham in 2001 where Ronnie Moore offered him a short-term deal after impressing in a trial. However, the Frenchman was even more impressive when he finally got a game, needing only four minutes as a substitute in a 1-0 win at Bournemouth to prove he was not very good. He headed back across the channel shortly after.

Stephane Lemarchand

Refusing to be stung by his Bolima experiment, just two months later Moore again went shopping in France when he offered former SM Caen forward Lemarchand a deal. This one proved much more successful, though, as he managed a whopping nine minutes of action, coming on as a sub in a 1-0 win over Northampton, never to be seen again.

Jose Miranda

What is pre-season for if not offering trials to random Europeans and Portuguese Miranda arrived at the Millers ahead of their 2001-02 Division One campaign. He did enough to earn a one-year deal, though only managed to see out half of that before being released. He was released in December after three appearances, the last of which saw him hauled off at half-time of a 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Omar Garcia

After almost a decade of staying away from unheard of foreigners, Rotherham dipped their toes back in in shark-infested waters by signing Spaniard Garcia in 2008, again after a trial. The striker thought he was destined for a long career in South Yorkshire as he set up home and took English lessons in Doncaster, but it turned out to be a pipe dream. He managed just four appearances, all in a two-week period, and five months after his last one was told ‘hasta leugo’, with the striker returning to Spain.



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