What do you do if you are a British Premier League footballer approaching the end of your career?
Well if you are not one of the greatest in the league the standard you play at drops down at about the same rate as which the cartilage in your knee does.
But what if you don’t fancy falling down via the Championship, League One and then League Two? What if you want something different?
Let’s say financially you are OK from a solid 10 year career in the UK and you have grown sick of the weather back home. You are tired of the rain and the idea of playing a minimum of 46 hard fought bruising games a season fills you with nothing but dread and all you want is a cushty career away from home.
Beaches, sunshine and relaxed pressure free football for a couple of years without any issues over working abroad.
Sure Barcelona and Monaco are not going to come calling but surely there are some teams that could supply you with everything you crave in the advent of your career.
Well here comes some consumer advice for such a Premier League footballer with five perfect European destinations to rest your feet and catch the rays.
Antalyaspor - Antalya, Turkey
Currently seventh in the Turkish top-flight this side is probably the strongest of the five suggested teams. But that’s not what we are here for.
Antalya is the fourth most visited city in the world and with its warm climate, long beaches and a place called the ‘Las Vegas of Turkey’ this could be the perfect location for the professional footballer still seeking that competitive edge.
AEL Limassol - Limassol, Cyprus
OK so the banks have gone bust in Cyprus but that can only mean things are on the up. Right?
Limassol is a lovely seaside city and its location at the very south of the island makes it surrounded by British expatriates and military personnel.
Their manager is former Charlton Athletic and Porto defender Jorge Costa so this is the perfect location for a pro not wanting to learn a new language.
Cherno More - Varna, Bulgaria
There is always a mystery location on these holiday destination programmes and out in the East of Bulgaria is Vara; host to Cherno More FC and the birthplace of Bulgarian football.
With a warm climate coming in from the Black Sea you would also have the chance to play for one of the country’s most competitive teams; maybe even picking up some silverware along the way.
A great location for somebody with an adventurous spirit.
Las Palmas - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Closer to Africa then it is Spain if it is sun and sea you want then look no further than Segunda Division side Las Palmas.
Former Everton and Tottenham player Vinny Samways played for the team between 1996 and 2002 and he still lives on the island today.
A great location for anybody looking for a permanent new home; and one heck of a tan.
SC Farense - Faro, Portugal
Here is one out of the leftfield. The Algarve has long been a haven for British ex-pats and while the likes of Olhanense and Portimonense both play at a much higher level the team from the capital is still the most revered club in the area.
They have had their financial issues and currently play at the third tier of Portuguese football but if you want a challenge then getting this team back to the big time could be the perfect job for you.
They play at the wonderful Estadio Algarve with former Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder Bruno Ribeiro their current first-team coach.
With the club currently second in the table they could be a second tier side next season so this could be a brilliant location for a player looking for a challenge.
Should Premier League footballers look further afield in the latter stages of their careers?
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