April in Paris
Occupation Football journalist
Position Central Defence/Technical Director
Enjoying a renaissance at centre-back after the Gaffer had ignored earlier 'unlucky' claims to move him from full-back, he has been instrumental in changing the culture of the team. He has displayed an extraordinary ability to recruit new talent, particularly from his homeland, where he has twice led the team to glorious adventures. On his third tour, he is now an indispensable part of the management team where he forms a unique double act with the Gaffer.
Occupation Cancer researcher
Position Full Back
Another recruit from Lele's scouting system and an occasional visitor to Loftus Road, Emile Heskey's former team-mate won further admiration from the Gaffer for his pace and tenacity during the championship winning season of 2003/04. Part of PF's own Left Bank, his partnership with Ronan is likely to flourish on this trip. This is his second European visit following the epic tour to Rome in March 2004.
A regular on tour in the 2000/01 season, it was PF who made him into a European citizen. Now firmly embedded into the European Community in Bruxelles, he continues to turn out for PF in European fixtures. This is his eighth tour where he will be re-acquainted with former room-mate Owen for the first time since 2001. His French will come in useful in the bistros of the rive gauche.
When he opened the scoring in his first match for PF against the Dutch poets in The Hague in 2003, they remarked that Aarhus born Jon "wasn't quite the Jan Koller he appeared to be, rather more a Marco Van Basten". Fearing a Beckhamesque intrusion into his private life, Jon immediately retreated to Singapore where, turning his mind to literature, he penned his first page turner, Legal Risk Management. Now based in Paris, he couldn't resist the Gaffer's call to resume his PF career two years after his last game. Jon is living proof of his hero Piet Hier's stoic outlook that Things Take Time.
Occupation College lecturer
Used to be the youngest and sometimes the wildest, but after a loan spell in the Scottish Premier League has come back older and wiser. An incredible parable: from boozy nocturnal messages on the Gaffer's answerphone to the position of esteemed treasurer, and from crunching tackles and cards of various colours to an irrepressible career in goal. This is his fifth tour, but the first since 2001.
Occupation Journalism student
Position Full Back/Central Defence
After making his European debut in The Hague before his full league debut at Hackney Marshes, the versatile defender was a stalwart of PF's championship winning team of 2003/04, where he played in a range of defensive positions and scored one of the goals of the season in an epic encounter with Air France. Now Eurostar will deliver him to his fourth European trip in less than two years.
Occupation Criminal defence solicitor
As an old enemy, he used to thrash PF playing for an opposing team of Notting Hill celebrities, but since joining the ranks has become a regular on both flanks. One of the best defenders in the history of PF, he is a member of the 'silence is golden' sect, and a devoted follower of the 'let's let our football do the talking' motto, both of which are very popular with the PF defenders (apart from one). This is his first PF tour.
Occupation Journalist/Internet editor
Position Central Midfield
Such is the level of his commitment that sometimes you wonder if he shouts the trademark "Alger's up!" also when he gets up in the morning (with Nadia pulling him from the pijama), or when he rises from his chair at work (with the loyal Gibbo also rising in unison). Our vice captain from Devon, he's in his third season with PF. Will be without Gibbo and Nadia on his fourth tour with PF, his second as Captain.
Better known as Cornish Al, he is a true Legend for various reasons: the longest serving Thinker of this era; unbeatable at adapting Sinatra songs to the PF epic; immense, on his day, on the pitch; almost ever-present at European fixtures. Signed on the basis that he'd never have to participate in any form of training, but has gone through a strong conversion, on and off the pitch. Paris is his ninth tour with PF, second only to the Gaffer.
Occupation Music sales
Position Central Defence
The first Welsh captain of the team and a perfect heir of Paul in the heart of the defence. With the former captain he also shares the honour of best defender in the history of PF. Reliable, fast, cool, managed to revive the almost defunct playing career of the Technical Director by 'running for two'. After enjoying Sicilian hospitality on his European debut, he may however choose to stay clear of moules marinère in Paris.
The perfect incarnation of the British definition of utility player, he was brought into the team thanks to a clever exchange with the Roman outfit Sant'Onofrio, with an ageing Marco I going in the opposite direction. An exchange orchestrated by Lele, the FIFA-licensed agent of Vito, Vipul, Eric and 'SuperMario', among others. His first trip with PF, he wisely preferred springtime in Paris to the melting ski slopes.
Position Central Midfield
Used to play for Lazio, but making a choice from the bottom of his heart decided to join PF. Brought in by Dennis, 'Marco III' is the latest fine example of the Marco species, a breed special to PFFC. Likely to form a strong central midfield partnership with Kieran. A tour debutant he has his eyes firmly fixed on future European trips
The latest discovery of the PF scouting network and another of the Italian trentenni, though based in Paris. With a reputation as a lively winger, he divides himself between journalism and cinema, as an organiser of a festival that showed the premier of a short film by the renowned director Eric Cantona, himself a winger and a true philosopher. Awaiting his PF debut, he should fit perfectly into the spirit and ethos of the team.
Occupation Lecturer and author
After founding the team in 1995 as player-manager, the Gaffer's main contribution to PF has been from the dugout. After a break between 1997-1999, he returned to mould three generations of Philosophy Football players. His interest in Italy has complemented Filippo's influence on the cultural direction of the team and has shaped his managerial style. Ever present on PF's overseas adventures, this is the eleventh time he has accompanied his team on a European tour.