Monday, 28 January 2013

Here is the reason why Emanuel Pogatetz is called the Mad Dog

West Ham have signed former Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz on loan from German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg until the end of the season in a deal thought to be worth £500,000

Pogatertz who made 158 appearances for Middlesbrough
 is nicknamed "Mad Dog" for his aggressive style of play. This is how he got his nick name!

In 2005 Emanuel Pogatetz broke the leg of Shinnik Yaroslavl player Yaroslav Kharitonskiy and faced a 24 week ban from Russian Football Association while on loan to Spartak Moscow. This was later reduced to eight weeks when he joined Middlesbrough.

In 2008 Emanuel Pogatetz has apologised to Rodrigo Possebon for the horror tackle which nearly broke Possebon leg.

In 2006 Pogatetz broke his nose and cheekbone in an accidental clash with Basle's Mladen Petric in lin the Uefa Cup quarter-final.  He was warned he could lose his sight and needed 3 months to recover.

He received another bashing and cut eye in Middlesborough's 4-3 over Bolton when Sam Allardyce managed them. Kevin Nolan & Jussi Jaaskelainen played for Bolton in that match.

Allardyce said after the match  "Pogatetz lost his cool, that's where the problem lay"

McClaren admitted Pogatetz's fuse is too short.

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