Debuts

After a long summer, there is nothing more magical than the opening day of the football season. Following months of speculation, you finally get to see your side’s new star signing don the shirt and make their debut, basking in the August sun. New beginnings. Hope. The Open Veins of Football Debuts series shines a light on some of football’s most memorable debuts, from the bizarre to the disastrous, from the sublime to the unbelievable.

Part 1 – Diego Costa @ Atlético Madrid – By Ryan Plant

Part 2 – Emilio Butragueño @ Real Madrid – By Matt Evans

Part 3 – Pelé @ New York Cosmos – By Stephen Brandt

Part 4 – Hans Gillhaus @ Aberdeen – By Mark Gordon

Part 5 – Alan Shearer @ Blackburn Rovers – By Lee Wynne

Part 6 – Mark Robins @ Norwich City – By Phil Withall

Part 7 – Michu @ Swansea City – By Johnny McLelland

Part 8 – Ali Benarbia @ Man City – By Tom Jackson

Part 9 – Jonathan Woodgate @ Real Madrid – By Sam Wilson

Part 10 – Sol Campbell @ Notts County – By Gary Thacker

Part 11 – Sebastian Ernst @ Magdeburg – By Christoph Wagner

Part 12 – Jürgen Klinsmann @ Spurs – By Rich Beedie

Part 13 – Gary Lineker @ Barcelona – By Stu Horsfield

Part 14 – Nick Culkin @ Man United – By Dan Williamson

Part 15 – Luc Nilis @ Aston Villa – By Nikolas Boehm

Part 16 – Steve Mounié @ Huddersfield Town – By Sivan John

Part 17 – Faustino Asprilla @ Newcastle United – By Tom Flight

Part 18 – Danny Rose @ Spurs – By Kat Lucas

Part 19 – Alan Ball @ Everton – By Paul McParlan

Part 20 – Ruud van Nistelrooy @ Man United – By Sayantan Dasgupta

Part 21 – Sergio Agüero @ Man City – By Jamie Garwood

Part 22 – Marcus Rashford @ Man United – By Charlie Pritchard