10 depressingly recent events that are older than Tottenham’s Dane Scarlett

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While Dele Alli stole the headlines during Tottenham‘s 4-0 win over Wolfsberger 4-0 in the Europa League, he was not the only player that caught the eye. 

Jose Mourinho handed 16-year-old Dane Scarlett his third appearance for the first-team and he impressed, setting up Carlos Vinicius for his second goal of the night.

“He is a diamond, a kid with incredible potential,” Jose Mourinho said after the game. “He has worked many times with the first team and that gives him a different personality.

“He is still 16, 17 soon and I believe next season he will be a first-team squad player because he has a lot of talent. He is going to be a fantastic player and I hope everything around him goes well.

“He is a striker, a number nine, I have been playing him from the sides similar to Marcus Rashford and is very clever.”

For many of us, it is still very strange to see players born in 2004 making strides in Premier League first-teams.

To make things all the more depressing for us, we have compiled 10 events that feel recent but still took place before Scarlett was born on March 24, 2004.

Mark Zuckerberg creates Facebook

Yep, Scarlett was born into a world where the online toilet that is Facebook already existed.

Zuckerberg created the technology in 2003 as a way for Harvard students to rate people’s faces. Which isn’t at all weird.

February 2004 saw him officially launch “TheFacebook”, more familiar to the website we all suffer through today, still over a month before Scarlett entered the world.

The Killers release Mr Brightside

That’s right. Dane Scarlett is a full six months younger than one of the most overrated, repetitive club-night favourites of all time.

I mean come on, The Killers had so many better songs.

While Brandon Flowers was coming out of his cage, Dane was still yet to emerge. Other songs he is younger than include: ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes, ‘Take Me Out’ by Franz Ferdinand and ‘All Falls Down’ by Kanye West.

Ronaldo signs for Manchester United

It still feels so recent to many of us, but we must remember that there are people out there who have never known a time without Cristiano Ronaldo at the forefront of football.

He made the move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2003 for just over £12 million and the rest is history.

Concorde takes last flight

The supersonic aeroplane flew commercially for 27 years but took it’s last trip in October 2003.

Poor Scarlett never even had the chance to fly from London to New York in less than three hours.

Wayne Rooney makes his England debut

The babyfaced striker trotted out for his first England cap 13 months before Scarlett was welcomed into the world.

He came on at half-time in a friendly against Australia at the age of 17 years and 111 days, so the Tottenham youngster has his work cut out if he is going to beat that record.

READ: Everything you need to know about Spurs record breaker Dane Scarlett

Finding Nemo hits cinemas

This is where I really pity the 16-year-old.

In fact, I pity any of you who did not get to experience the hunt for Nemo in all its cinematic glory upon its release in May 2003. You can keep your professional footballer status.

What a time to be alive.

Series one of Peep Show airs

I was probably 16 when I first started watching the series and you know what? I’m comfortable with my life choices.

The El Dude Brothers entered the world before the Tottenham man did, breaking onto our late-night Channel 4 screens in September 2003.

A sitcom of legendary proportions, you cannot help but wonder when Harry Kane will sit Scarlett down and show him some classic episodes.

Messi makes his Barca debut

At the age of 16 years and four-months-old, Messi stepped onto the field as a Barcelona first-team player for the first time, playing against Jose Mourinho’s Porto in a friendly.

By the time Scarlett was six months old, Barcelona’s first-team squad had demanded the Argentinian was promoted to the first-team full-time. A smart move.

READ: Where are they now? Barcelona’s XI on Lionel Messi’s debut v Porto

Wimbledon enter administration

These weren’t all going to be cheery, ok?

Although MK Dons did not exist until after Scarlett was born, the end of a British footballing institution was well in-sight when they entered administration in June 2003 and started playing games in Milton Keynes by September.

We have all forgiven them by now though, right?

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl nightmare

An iconic moment from across the pond took place just a month before Scarlett was born.

Superbowl XXXVIII was the location. Anticipation was high (probably) for Janet and Justin’s performance. But a dance move that went quite badly wrong resulted in Jackson showing a bit more than she had first planned.

You all know what I’m talking about.


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