Life after football: The cop, the gambler and the potential Prime Minister

What do footballers do once they hang up their boots? Coaching? Nope, not these guys. In light of Djibril Cisse's recent decision to become a DJ, FourFourTwo presents the men who got far away from football once their playing days ended...

Vinnie Jones: The Reel Villain


How many films have you seen Jones in?

Once a upon a time, Vinnie Jones was known as a hard man on the pitch, with cynical and uncompromising tackles a trademark of his game.

To date, he still holds the record for the fastest caution ever, earning a booking within just three seconds of play

He often found himself in trouble, accumulating 12 red cards in the span of 15 years. To date, he still holds the record for the fastest caution ever, earning a booking within just three seconds of play when his Chelsea side faced Sheffield United in 1992.

Off the field, Jones’ bad boy behaviour continued and he had occasional brushes with the law. One resulted in him being fined £1,100 (S$1,950) and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service after he assaulted a passenger in an air-rage incident in 2003.

Kudos to him, the former Wimbledon footballer used his ‘hard man’ image to his advantage and carved out a career in acting as, you guessed it, a villain.

He has featured in films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Gone in 60 seconds and X-Men: The Last Stand and is slated to star in the upcoming sequel to the highly-acclaimed Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Arjan de Zeeuw: The Law Enforcer


Arjan (No.3) is still playing football for the police force

During his playing days with Portsmouth, Arjan De Zeeuw once suffered the indignity of being spat on by former Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf back in 2004.

The fact the former Bolton forward had done the same thing to a Middlesbrough fan just weeks earlier, only to earn a paltry three-match ban and a fine of two-week wages for the second offence, was almost laughable and De Zeeuw could be forgiven for feeling that justice was not served.

It is perhaps the catalyst that stirred up De Zeeuw’s desire to see the guilty being punished adequately, as he took it upon himself to return to his studies after retiring from football and joined the police force forensic department after earning his degree.