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* Maria Sharapova *

Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova ( Russian; born April 19 , 1987 ) is a Russian professional tennis player, and currently World No. 1 as of September 12 , 2005 . Her parents are originally from Gomel , Belarus , but moved to Russia in 1986 in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident . Sharapova was born in Nyagan , Russia , the following year


At the age of three, Sharapova moved with her family to the resort town of Sochi, beginning to play tennis at the age of four, using a racquet given to her by Yevgeny Kafelnikov's father. At age five or six, at a tennis clinic in Moscow, Sharapova was spotted by Martina Navratilova, who urged her parents to get her serious coaching in the United States.

In 2004, Sharapova became the second youngest Wimbledon women's champion in the Open Era (after Martina Hingis) by defeating defending two-time champion Serena Williams in straight sets (6-1, 6-4). In the process she also became the first Russian ever to win that tournament.

Maria Sharapova uses the Prince Shark Racket and consequently the popularity of the racket has gone through the roof.

A 6 ft 2 in. blonde, Sharapova is regarded by many as possessing a natural beauty and figure and has done some modeling in November 2003 with IMG Models. She enjoys fashion and is known to read celebrity magazines. However, she says she does not want to overdo these activities, preferring to focus on her tennis. She is often compared to Anna Kournikova, also a Russian Bollettieri student and model. However, Sharapova, Bollettieri, and Kournikova all reject the comparison.

From June 2004 until her Wimbledon semi-final appearance in 2005, Sharapova had a 22-match winning streak on grass, including back-to-back Birmingham titles and the Wimbledon crown. Sharapova's huge success continued after winning Wimbledon, with a victory at the WTA Season-Ending Championships and consistent results.

In April 2005, Sharapova was listed by People Magazine as among the 50 most beautiful celebrities in the world. In June of 2005, Forbes magazine listed Sharapova as the highest-paid female athlete in the world, with annual earnings of $18 million. A significant portion of this amount came from endorsements.

Defending her Wimbledon title in 2005 proved to be a simple enough task at first, with Sharapova sailing through to the semi-finals with ease without losing a set. However, she dropped her first set of the tournament against a rejuvenated Venus Williams and lost the match 6-7 1-6 in one of the most thrilling and masterful displays of power and accuracy seen in the women's game. Sharapova's streak on grass was ended, as was her quest for the No. 1 ranking, with Lindsay Davenport, who lost a historic match to Venus Williams in the 2005 Wimbledon final, holding firm.

However, a back injury Davenport sustained in the Wimbledon final meant that she could not defend her titles won during the US hard court season of 2004. Because of this, she lost valuable ranking points. Sharapova was also suffering from an injury and did not complete a tournament during the season; however, she had fewer points to defend and therefore rose to the No. 1 ranking on August 22, 2005. However, Sharapova's reign was short-lived, lasting only a week after Davenport re-ascended after winning the New Haven title. Sharapova rose to No. 1 ranking again on September 12, 2005 despite losing in the Semi-finals of the US Open.

Her loss in the semifinal of the 2005 US Open against Kim Clijsters, marked the fourth time that season she lost at a Grand Slam tournament against the eventual champion: Australian Open-SF-Serena Williams, French Open-QF-Justine Henin-Hardenne, Wimbledon-SF-Venus Williams, US Open-SF-Kim Clijsters.

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Sharapova was defeated in the semi-finals of the US Open against Kim Clijsters after a nerve-wrecking encounter that ended 2-6 in first set, followed up by 7-6 in the second (ending in a tie-break) to finally lose with 3-6 in the third. Sharapova's defeat was much due to her inconsistent serves that led to a total of seven double faults during the encounter. Nevertheless, after falling behind 0-40 in the 12th game of the second set, the Russian started uncorking winners and managed to bring the game to deuce where after she fought off two more match points to force a tiebreak. Unfortunately, she didn't have the physical endurance left to pull-off a winning game on the last set and inevitably lost the match to Clijsters for the fourth time in a row.


Sharapova studies via correspondence on the internet with the Keystone High School home schooling program and has a liking for sociology .



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Amir Khan ( British Boxer )

Name: Amir Khan
Nickname: The Pride of Bolton
Date of Birth: 8 December 1986
Born: England
Weight: 63kg
Coach: Oliver Harrison
Hero: Muhammad Ali


Amateur Achievements

2004 Athens Olympic Silver Medallist 60kgs div

2004 World Junior Gold Medallist and best boxer of the tournament (Korea)

2004 Senior Olympic Qualifier (in Bulgaria) Strandja Cup Gold medallist and Best Boxer

2003 Senior Addias Box Gala (in Germany) Gold medallist and Best Performa

2003 European Schoolboys Championships (in Italy) Gold medallist

2003 Best English under 17 Cadet National Boxer Gold medallist

2003 European Cadets Championships Ahmet Comert Cup

2003 European Cadets Championships the Outstanding Boxer award

2003 European Cadets Championships in Lithuania 2003 Gold Medal

Junior Olympics 2003 USA Best Boxer

Junior Olympics 2003 USA Gold Medal

James Anderton Shield - best boxer of the season 2003.

Award for winning National Schoolboys championships three times consecutively.

Boxing Belt - for best outstanding overall boxer 2003.

National Juniors ABA Champion 2003 at 57-60kg.

National Schoolboys Champion 2003

Bolton Forum for sport the British Sports

Award 2003 for outstanding performer

Best Boxer for National Schoolboys Northern Champion 2003

NABC Boys Club Championship 2002

Four Nations Gold Medal Champion 2002

National Schoolboys Champion 2002

Hancock 2001 Gold Champion Medallist
England vs Ireland Champion April 2001
Included Best boxer of the night

British National Schoolboys Champion 2001

England vs Scotland Champion Dec 2000
Included Best boxer of the night

Mutinations ( teams from Ireland, Wales, Scotland) Oct Champion 2000

Northern Counties Vs Midland Counties Champion 2000

Mersey Side Select vs Repton Boys Club (South of England) Champion 2000

Professional Achievements

17 feb 2007     Mohammed Medjadji  Wembley Arena   AMIR WINS

09 Dec 2006      Rachid Drilzane      London ExCel Centre, England      AMIR WINS

02 Sep 2006      Ryan Barrett      Bolton Arena, England      AMIR WINS

08 July 2006       Colin Bain       Millennium Stadium, Wales      AMIR WINS

20 May 2006       Laszlo Komjathi       King's Hall, Belfast      AMIR WINS

25 Feb 2006       Jackson Williams      London ExCel Centre, England      AMIR WINS

28 Jan 2006       Vitali Martynov      Nottingham Ice Arena, England      AMIR WINS

12 Dec 2005      Daniel Thorpe      London ExCel Centre, England      AMIR WINS

05 Nov 2005      Steve Gethin      Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland      AMIR WINS

10 Sep 2005      Baz Carey      Cardiff International Arena, Wales      AMIR WINS

16 Jul 2005      David Bailey      Bolton Arena, England      AMIR WINS


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               * Thierry Henry *



Thierry Daniel Henry, born 17 August1977 in Paris, France, is a French football player. Renowned for his pace,[1][2] he plays as a striker for the France national team and FC Barcelona.

Henry was born and brought up in the tough neighbourhood of Les Ulis, Essonne, where as a youngster he played for an array of local sides and showed great promise as a goalscorer. AS Monaco spotted him in 1990 and signed him up instantly.[2] Handed his professional club debut in 1994, he stayed at Monaco until 1998, where good form earned him an international call-up. Henry then moved to Italian giants Juventus, but after a disappointing season playing on the wing,[3] he joined Arsenal for a fee of 10.5 million in 1999.[2]

It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a top footballer. Initially, he struggled in the Premiership, but he soon emerged as Arsenal's top goalscorer in almost his every season there. Long-time mentor and coach Arsene Wenger's conversion of Henry into a prolific striker made him Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with over 200 goals. With the Gunners, Henry won two league titles and three FA Cups. He was also twice nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year[4] and twice received the Barclays Premiership player of the season award.[5][6] Henry spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as club captain, leading them to the UEFA Champions League final in 2006. In June 2007, after eight years in an Arsenal shirt, the French striker transferred to FC Barcelona for a fee of 16.1 million.

With the French national squad, Henry has also enjoyed success, having won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Given his accomplishments, he is today regarded by many as one of the best footballers in the world.[3][7][8][9] Off the pitch, as a result of his own experience, Henry is an active spokesperson against football racism.



Early career

Henry is of Antillean heritage; his father, Antoine, is from Guadeloupe (La Dsirade island), and his mother, Maryse, is from Martinique. He grew up in the heavily urbanised Les Ulis, a tough environment for the youngster.[2] Despite its hardships, the town provided good facilities for footballers. In 1983, the six-year-old Henry showed great potential, which prompted Claude Chezelle to recruit the youngster at the local club CO Les Ulis. Five years later, Henry played his first game for the club. His father put a lot of pressure on him to attend training, although the youngster was not particularly drawn to football. Henry went on to join US Palaiseau in 1989, but after a year his father fell out with the club. Henry then moved to Viry-Chtillon for two years. US Palaiseau coach Jean-Marie Panza followed him there; Henry would name Panza as his mentor in future years.

In 1990, AS Monaco sent scout Arnold Catalano to watch the 13-year-old play. Henry scored all six goals as his side won 6–0. Catalano asked Henry to join Monaco without even attending a trial first. Catalano requested that Henry complete a course at the elite academy Clairefontaine, but the director there was reluctant to accept Henry due to his poor school results. Despite this, Henry was allowed to complete the course, and he joined Arsne Wenger's AS Monaco as a youth player. Subsequently, Henry signed professional forms with AS Monaco and was given his professional debut in 1995. Wenger put Henry on the left wing because he believed that his pace, natural ball control and skill would be more effective against full-backs than centre-backs. In his four seasons with Monaco, the young winger scored 21 goals in 125 appearances, and helped the club win the Ligue 1 title in 1996-97.[10]

In June 1997, Henry's good form was rewarded with a call-up to the U-20 French national team, where he played in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship alongside future teammates William Gallas and David Trezeguet.[11] Within four months, France head coach Aim Jacquet called Henry up to the senior team. The 20-year-old made his senior international debut on October 11, 1997 in a 2–1 win against South Africa.[12] Jacquet was so impressed with Henry that he took him to the 1998 World Cup. Although Henry was a largely unknown quantity at international level, he ended the tournament as France's top scorer with three goals.[13] He was scheduled to appear in the final—where France beat Brazil 3–0—as a substitute, but the sending off of Marcel Desailly forced a defensive change instead. On Bastille Day 1998, he was awarded France's highest decoration, the Lgion d'Honneur.[13]

Henry's good form for Monaco continued during the 1997-98 season, as he helped the club reach the UEFA Champions League semi-final.[14] He then left Monaco in January 1999, one year before his friend and teammate David Trezeguet, and moved to ItalianSerie A club Juventus for 10.5 million. The Frenchman played on the wing,[15] but he was unable to cope with the Italian defensive discipline of the Serie A. Henry scored just three goals in 16 appearances.[16]


Unsettled in Italy, Henry transferred from Juventus in August 1999 to Arsenal for 10.5 million, reuniting with his former manager Arsne Wenger.[3] Brought in as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, he was immediately moulded into a striker by Wenger, a move which would pay rich dividends in years to come. Initially, doubts were raised concerning Henry's adapting to the English game when he failed to score in his first ten games,[2] but he quickly discovered his scoring ability and ended his first season at Arsenal with a goal tally of 26.[17]

The following summer, Henry was a member of France's Euro 2000 championship squad, again scoring three goals, including the equalizer against Portugal in the semi-final, and finishing as the country's top scorer.[18] France later won the game in extra time following a converted penalty kick by Zinedine Zidane. France went on to defeat Italy in extra time in the final, and Henry earned his second major international medal.[19]

Henry's second season with Arsenal proved to be a breakthrough as he became the club's top goalscorer.[3] In the 2001–02 season, Henry netted 32 goals in all competitions as he led Arsenal to a double and his first silverware with the club.[3] However, the 2002 FIFA World Cup featured a stunning early exit for both Henry and France as the reigning champions were eliminated in the group stage after failing to score a goal in any contest.[20] After France lost their first match in group play, Henry was red carded for a sliding, studs-up challenge in their next match against Uruguay. France played to a 0–0 draw, but Henry was forced to miss the final match due to suspension; France lost 2–0 to Denmark.

Despite international disappointment, 2002–03 proved to be another productive season for Henry, as he scored 42 goals in all competitions while contributing 23 assists, remarkable returns for a striker.[3] In so doing, he led Arsenal to another FA Cup triumph.[21] During the summer that followed, Henry returned to form for his country at the 2003 Confederations Cup. France, playing without team stalwarts Zidane and Patrick Vieira, won, in large part owing to Henry's outstanding play for which he was named Man of the Match by FIFA's Technical Study Group in three of France's five matches.[22] In the final, he scored the golden goal in extra time to lift the host country over Cameroon 1–0.[22] Henry was awarded both the adidas Golden Ball as the outstanding player of the competition and the adidas Golden Shoe as the tournament's top goalscorer with four goals.[22]


Henry was again instrumental in Arsenal's successful 2003–04 season. Together with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pirs, Henry ensured that the Gunners became the first team in more than a century to go through the entire domestic league campaign unbeaten as Henry collected his second Premiership medal.[23] Yet, Arsenal again failed to secure back-to-back league titles when they lost out to Chelsea F.C. in the 2004–05 season. However, the club did win the FA Cup, and Henry managed 31 goals in 42 appearances.[24] That summer, Henry also played in all of France's Euro 2004 matches. France beat England in the group stages but lost to the eventual winners Greece 1–0 in the quarter-finals.[25]

The departure of compatriot Vieira in the summer of 2005 meant that Henry assumed club captaincy. Along with being chief goal scorer, he was responsible for leading a very young team.[26] The 2005–06 season proved to be one of remarkable personal achievements for Henry but disappointment in the team silverware department. On 17 October2005, Henry became the club's top goalscorer of all time;[27] two goals against Sparta Prague meant he broke Ian Wright's record of 185 goals.[28] On February 1, 2006, he scored a goal against West Ham, bringing his league goal tally up to 151 and thus breaking Arsenal legend Cliff Bastin's league goals record.[29] Henry also scored his 100th league goal at Highbury, a feat unparalleled in the history of the club, and a unique achievement in the Premier League.[30]

Nevertheless, Arsenal failed to win the league title again, but some hope was preserved when Arsenal, who hitherto never enjoyed much success in Europe, reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. The Gunners eventually lost 1–2 to FC Barcelona, and Arsenal's inability to win the Premiership for two consecutive seasons combined with the relative inexperience of the Arsenal squad caused much speculation that Henry would leave for another club. However, he declared his loyalty and love for the club and subsequently accepted a four-year contract.[31] He reaffirmed this months later by saying "If an opportunity like Barcelona comes again, with all my respect for such a club, I will refuse" and that he will stay at Arsenal for life.[32] Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein later claimed the club had turned down two bids of 50 million from Spanish clubs for Henry before the signing of the new contract.[33] Had the transfer materialised, it would have surpassed the world record 47 million paid for Zinedine Zidane.[33]


Amidst the summer speculation, Henry was one of the automatic starters in the France squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was played in the unfavoured lone striker role, but despite an indifferent start to the tournament, Henry became one of the top players of the World Cup. He scored three goals, including France's goal against returning champion and tournament favourite Brazil.[34] However, France subsequently lost to Italy on penalties (5–3) in the final.[35] Henry was one of 10 nominees for the Golden Ball award for Player of the Tournament,[36] an award which was ultimately presented to his teammate, Zidane. Henry was also named a starting striker on the 2006 FIFPro World XI team.[37]

Henry's 2006–07 season was largely marred by injury, something which was unprecedented in his entire tenure with the Gunners.[38] Although he managed 10 goals in 17 domestic appearances for Arsenal, including the winner against Manchester United on 21 January, Henry's domestic and international season was cut short on 7 March2007. Having missed games due to hamstring, foot, and back problems, he was deemed fit enough to come on as a late substitute against PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League match,[39] but began limping shortly after coming on. After the match Wenger announced that Henry had suffered new injuries to his groin and stomach muscles. At first it was expected that Henry would miss "a few weeks", but scans the next day revealed that he would need at least three months to heal, thus missing the rest of the 2006–07 season.[40] Wenger attributed Henry's injuries to a protracted 2005–06 campaign, and also reiterated that the latter was keen on staying with the Gunners to rebuild for the 2007–08 season.[38]



On June 25, 2007, however, Henry was transferred to FC Barcelona for a fee of 16.1 (23.7) million. He signed a four-year deal for a reported 6.8 (€4.6) million per season.[42] It was also revealed that the contract included a release clause of €125 (84.9) million[43] In an open letter to The Sun, Henry cited the departure of David Dein and continued uncertainty over Arsne Wenger's future as reasons for leaving.[44][45] Henry will wear the number 14 jersey, as he had at Arsenal.


Henry has received many plaudits and awards in his football career. He was runner-up for the 2003 and 2004FIFA World Player of the Year award;[46] in those two seasons, he also won back-to-back PFA Players' Player of the Year titles.[47] Furthermore, Henry is the only player ever to have won the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year three times (2003, 2004, 2006),[31] and has emerged as the French Player of the Year on four occasions, which is an all-time record. Henry was voted into the Premier League Overseas Team of the Decade in the 10 Seasons Awards poll in 2003,[48] and in 2004 he was named by football legend Pel as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.[49]

In terms of goalscoring awards, Henry was the European Golden Boot winner in 2004 and 2005 (albeit sharing it with Villarreal's Diego Forlan in 2005) and is the first ever player to retain the award.[50] Henry has also been the top goalscorer in the Premiership for four seasons (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006).[10] In 2006, he became the first player to score more than 20 goals in the league for five consecutive seasons (2002–2006).[51] Henry is currently third in the list of all-time English Premiership goal scorers, behind Alan Shearer and Andy Cole. He is also France's second-highest goalscorer of all time behind Michel Platini, with only one goal separating the two.


Style of play

Although Henry played up front during his youth,[2] he spent his time at Juventus playing on the wing. Upon his joining Arsenal in 1999, Wenger immediately changed this, switching Henry to his childhood position, often pairing him with Dutch veteran Dennis Bergkamp.[15] During the 2004–05 season, Wenger switched Arsenal's formation to 4-5-1.[52] This change forced Henry to adapt again to fit into the Arsenal team, and he played many games as a lone striker.[15] Still, Henry remained Arsenal's main offensive threat, on many occasions conjuring spectacular goals. Manager Wenger even once said of his fellow Frenchman: "Thierry Henry could take ball in the middle of park and score a goal that no one else in the world could score."[53]

One of the reasons cited for Henry's impressive play up front is his ability to calmly score from one-on-ones.[54] This combined with his pace[1][2] means that he can get in behind defenders regularly enough to score. When up front, Henry is occasionally known to move out wide to the left wing position,[55][56] something which enables him to contribute heavily in assists: between 2002–03 and 2004–05, the striker managed almost 50 assists in total thanks to his unselfish play and creativity.[27] In set pieces, Henry was also the first-choice penalty and free kick taker for Arsenal, having scored regularly from those positions.

Off the pitch

Personal and family life

Henry married Englishmodel Nicole Merry in July 2003.[2] The ceremony was held at Highclere Castle, and on 27 May2005 the couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Tea.[57] Henry dedicated his first goal since Tea's birth to her by holding his fingers in a "T" shape and kissing them after scoring in a match against Newcastle United.[58] When Henry was still at Arsenal, he also purchased a home in Hampstead, North London.[2] But in July 2007, following Henry's transfer to Barcelona, it was announced by his solicitor that the couple were to divorce.[57]

An avid National Basketball Association fan, Henry is often seen with his good friend Tony Parker at games when not playing football. Henry stated in an interview that he admires basketball as it is similar to football in pace and excitement.[59] Having made regular trips to the NBA Finals in the past, he went to watch Parker and the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals;[60] and in the 2001 NBA Finals, he went to Philadelphia to help with French television coverage of the Finals as well as to watch Allen Iverson whom he named as one of his favourite players.[59][61]

Social causes

Henry is a member of the UNICEF-FIFA squad, where together with other professional footballers he appeared in a series of TV spots seen by hundreds of millions of fans around the world during the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. In these spots, the players promote football as a game that must be played on behalf of children.[13]

Henry is also an ambassador against racism as he has been subjected to racism in the past. Most notably, during a training session with the Spanish national team in 2004,[62][63] a Spanish TV crew caught Aragons motivating Henry's then Arsenal teammate Jos Antonio Reyes and referring to Henry as "black shit".[58] The incident caused an uproar in the British media with calls for Aragons to be sacked. Henry and Nike started the Stand Up Speak Up campaign against football racism as a result of the incident.[64]

Commercial marketability

In 2006, Henry was valued as the ninth most commercially marketable footballer in the world,[65] as well as being the eighth richest Premiership player, with 21 million.[66] In terms of past endorsements, Henry featured in the RenaultClio adverts in which he popularised the word va-va-voom, meaning "life" or "passion". The word was subsequently added to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary.[67] He was also a part of Nike's Joga Bonito campaign, Portuguese for "play beautifully".[68] His deal with Nike ended after the 2006 World Cup, when he signed a deal with Reebok to appear in their "I Am What I Am" campaign.[69]


With the French national team:

FIFAWorld Cup

Appearances: 1998, 2002, 2006

Winner: 1998

Runner-Up: 2006

European Championship

Winner: 2000

Appearances: 2000, 2004

Confederations Cup: 2003


With Monaco:

Ligue 1: 1996–97

French Super Cup: 1997


With Arsenal:

FA Premier League: 2001–02, 2003–04

FA Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005

FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004

UEFA Champions League Runner Up : 2006

UEFA Cup Runner Up : 2000


Personal Honours:

European Golden Boot: 2004, 2005

FA Premier League Top Scorer: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06

Onze d'Or: 2003, 2006

PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2002–03, 2003–04

FWA Footballer Of The Year: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06

FIFA World Player of the Year

Runner-up: 2003, 2004

World XI Striker: 2006

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Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 30/05/1980
Height: 6'0
Weight: 12st 6
1st team games: 393
1st team goals: 76
International caps: 59
International goals: 12
Former clubs:
Birth Place: Whiston

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard first caught the eye of the club's scouts playing for Whiston Juniors aged nine. Eight years later, after a period as a trainee, he signed his first professional contract.

Within 12 months the starlet had made his first-team debut, coming on as a second-half sub for Vegard Heggem against Blackburn Rovers on November 29, 1998. The following week Gerard Houllier gave him a first start when the Reds travelled to White Hart Lane.

Gerrard played 13 games in his debut season, in part due to the injury woes of fellow midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

Persistent back and groin problems punctuated his blossoming career, though he'd managed to establish himself as a first-team regular by the start of the 1999-00 season.

It proved to be a momentous campaign for the Whiston-born youngster, not least because of a spectacular first professional goal at Anfield against Sheffield Wednesday. England coach Kevin Keegan was starting to take note.

Having already featured at under-18 and under-21 level, Gerrard was handed his first senior international cap against Ukraine on May 31, 2000. From there he was selected for Euro 2000 in Holland and Belgium, but had to settle for just a single substitute appearance.

By now the Liverpool number eight was regarded by many as the complete midfielder, and he was instrumental in the Reds winning a unique treble in 2000-01.

With the Worthington and FA Cups already in the bag, Gerrard was one of the scorers in an unforgettable 5-4 UEFA Cup final victory over Alaves. It came as no surprise when the man nicknamed the Huyton Hammer was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

The milestones were starting to stack up for Gerrard, who kicked off the following season by netting his first international goal in the famous 5-1 trouncing of Germany in their own backyard.

The win helped Sven's men secure a World Cup place, but heartbreak followed when a groin injury ruled the midfield maestro out of Japan and South Korea.

A disappointing domestic season followed, the highlight of which was a Worthington Cup final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Gerrard opened the scoring in a satisfying 2-0 win over Manchester United.

By the start of the 2003-04 season, the midfielder had firmly established himself as Liverpool's on-field leader, and it was no surprise when Houllier handed him the captain's armband in place of Sami Hyypia.

The decision proved such a success that within six months Gerrard was captaining England against Sweden in the absence of David Beckham.

Just when it seemed things couldn't get any better for the Scouser, they did. In 2004-05, under new boss Rafa Benitez, Gerrard lifted the club's fifth European Cup.

Having already brought Liverpool back from the brink earlier in the campaign with a last-gasp strike against Olympiacos, the skipper helped inspire the greatest comeback of all time in Istanbul.

No one believed the Reds could overturn AC Milan's 3-0 half-time lead - until Stevie G's 54th minute header, that is.

His heroics earned him the title of UEFA's Most Valuable Player in 2004-05, as well as a nomination for the prestigious Ballon D'Or award. He would come third in the latter, behind Ronaldinho and countryman Frank Lampard.

In the months that followed the final, the Reds' star player signed a new four-year contract at Anfield to put an end to speculation about his future.

The 2005-06 season was perhaps Gerrard's most impressive to date, scoring 23 goals in 53 games and being crowned PFA Player of the Year. He was the first Liverpool man to win the award since John Barnes in 1988.

The season culminated with another FA Cup win in Cardiff, with West Ham providing the opposition. If 1953 will always be remembered as the Stanley Matthews final, then 2006 will surely go down as Gerrard's day.

The captain twice breached Shaka Hislop's net, including a dramatic equaliser in the dying moments to send the game into extra-time and, ultimately, penalties. This 35-yard volley was voted Match of the Day's Goal of the Season.

Gerrard - who's played in just about every position for Liverpool - had now scored in four major finals, something no English-based player had ever done.

Next, in the summer of 2006 and aged 26, the midfielder featured in his first World Cup. After scoring twice in the group stages, he was one of three players to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out loss to Portugal.

In the wake of defeat and Beckham standing down, Gerrard was widely tipped to be the next England skipper. New boss Steve McLaren eventually plumped for Chelsea centre-back John Terry, with the Liverpool man having to settle for the vice-captaincy.

The Kop idol returned from Germany for another eventful domestic season during which he broke Ian Rush's European Cup goalscoring record. His header against PSV was his 15th in the competition, one more than the legendary striker.

In December 2006, Gerrard was awarded an MBE, which he later collected from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

As if all this wasn't enough, the season ended with another European Cup final, and again it was AC Milan.

The Reds might have lost 2-1 in Athens, but Gerrard was more than happy to pen a new four-year contract to keep him at Anfield until 2011.

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John Terry

John George Terry (born December 7, 1980 in Barking, London) is an English professional football player. Terry plays as a centre back and is the captain of both Chelsea in the English Premier League and the national football team of England.

Terry is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world. He was voted best defender in the 2005 UEFA Champions League,[1] PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2005,[2] and was included in the FIFPro World XI for 2005[3] and 2006.[4] He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team.[5] He wears the number 26 shirt for Chelsea and the number 6 shirt for England.

In 2007, he became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium (in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Manchester United), and also the first player to score a full international goal there (in England's 1-1 draw with Brazil).

Terry was born in Barking, East London and attended Eastbury Comprehensive School.

His older brother Paul is also a professional footballer, playing for Leyton Orient in Football League One.

Football career
Terry played initially for Sunday League team Senrab F.C.. The side then featured many future stars of the English game, including current Premiership players Bobby Zamora, Paul Konchesky, Ledley King and Jlloyd Samuel. Terry joined Chelsea's youth system at 14, playing for the club's Youth and Reserve teams as a midfielder. It was due to a shortage of central defenders that he was moved to centre-half, the position he plays today.

Terry made his Chelsea debut on 28 October 1998 as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Aston Villa; his first start came later that season in an FA Cup third round match, a 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic. He spent a brief period on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2000 to build up his first team experience. Early in his career, Terry was involved in an incident at a West London nightclub with Chelsea team mate Jody Morris and Wimbledon's Des Byrne. He was charged with assault and affray, but later cleared. During the affair, he received a temporary ban from the national side, which cost him a place in England's 2002 World Cup squad.[6]

Terry began to establish himself in the Chelsea first team from the 2000-01 season, making 23 starts, and was voted the club's player of the year.[7] He continued his progress during 2001-02, becoming a regular in the defence alongside club captain and French international Marcel Desailly. That season saw Chelsea reach the FA Cup final, though a virus denied Terry a place in the starting line-up, although he did come on as a second-half substitute. Chelsea lost the game 2-0.

Terry Playing for Chelsea in 2006.In season 2001/02, Terry was handed the captaincy for the first time, in a League match against Charlton Athletic on December 5th 2001.

In season 2003-04, his performances led to him being handed the captain's armband by manager Claudio Ranieri when Desailly was out of the side. He played well in the absence of the French international, establishing himself as a genuine contender for a first team slot and forming a strong defensive partnership with William Gallas.

Following Desailly's retirement, new Chelsea manager Jos Mourinho chose Terry as his club captain, a choice which was positive throughout the 2004-05 season as Chelsea won the FA Premier League title in record-breaking fashion with the best defensive record in Football League history, the most clean sheets and the most points accrued.[8]

Terry was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England[2] and scored eight goals, including a late winner against FC Barcelona, in the UEFA Champions League. He was voted the best defender in the latter tournament.[1]

Along with Frank Lampard, Claude Makll and Petr Cech, Terry is regarded as a part of the "spine" of the Chelsea team.[citation needed] Being an English player who came through the club's youth system, he is especially popular with Chelsea fans.[citation needed] In September 2005 he was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro awards. The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers based in 40 countries.[3]

In a match on 14 October 2006 against Reading F.C., Terry had to take over in goal for Chelsea after both of Chelsea's usual keepers, Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini were both injured in the game. He wore the number 40 shirt belonging to third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilario. However, as the game continued for only a little over a minute, Terry did not have a single save to make - in fact, his goalkeeping experience was limited to taking a free-kick from inside the penalty area. Chelsea managed to hang on to a one goal lead and win the game.

In a match on 5 November 2006 against Tottenham Hotspur, Terry was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career. He received 2 yellow cards as Chelsea lost at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1987. Later, Terry was charged with misconduct by the F.A. for questioning the integrity of match referee Graham Poll, who allegedly gave Terry different reasons for why he was given his second yellow during and after the game.[citation needed] Poll was also acquitted of saying inappropriate things to Chelsea players. On 10 January 2007, John Terry was ordered to pay 10,000 for the inappropriate conduct after he changed his mind and pleaded "guilty" to the FA. He has been asked to apologise publicly to Poll.

Terry celebrating with Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard.Recently Terry has missed 4 premiership matches for Chelsea due to a recurring back problem. After the tie to Reading F.C. on 26 December 2006, Jos Mourinho stated that his captain may require surgery to fix the problem. In the games that he has missed, Chelsea have conceded 6 goals, in all this season they have conceded 15 goals (the equivalent to the goals they conceded in the 04/05 season). On 28 December Chelsea released a press statement saying Terry had had back surgery: "The operation to remove a sequestrated lumbar intervertebral disc was successful."[9].

Although he was expected to return at the game against Wigan Athletic, Terry was missing once again, due to the recurring back problem. He made his return against Charlton Athletic on February 3, 2007. He played his first 90 minutes of football for nearly three months against Middlesborough and received much applause from the Chelsea faithful. Playing in the UEFA Champions league last sixteen away against FC Porto, he suffered another injury, this time to his ankle, and was set to be miss the upcoming Carling Cup Final (2007) against Arsenal, but managed to recover from the injury within days.

Terry made the starting line-up for Chelsea in the Carling Cup final. Going forward for a corner in the second half, he threw himself at the ball with a diving header; Arsenal's Abou Diaby, in an attempt to clear the ball, kicked Terry in the face. Terry was unconscious for several minutes at which point he swallowed his tongue. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and immediately transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, where he was successfully treated. Terry discharged himself the same day and returned to the Millennium Stadium to celebrate his team's 2-1 win. The only recollection Terry has of the second half is walking out onto the pitch and does not remember the 10 minutes he played prior to his injury.[10]

After spending two weeks on the sidelines, Terry made his return to the side against Blackburn in March. He has since captained Chelsea to the semi-finals of the 2006-2007 UEFA Champions League, the third time in four years that Chelsea have made it to the final four of the competition.

In May 2007, Terry captained Chelsea to the FA Cup, in the first final at the new Wembley Stadium.

Despite failing to agree terms to a new contract immediately following the 2006-2007 season, Terry stated on several occasions that he had no intention of leaving Chelsea. In late July he signed a new five-year contract[11] with a base salary of between 131,000[12] and 135,000[13] per week, making him the highest-paid player in Premier League history.[14]

Terry is the current captain of the England national team and he made his debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro. He played for his country at Euro 2004, and England Manager Sven-Gran Eriksson stated that Terry was the first-choice centre back, ahead of Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell.

In a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Poland, Terry had the honour of wearing England's captain armband, replacing Michael Owen as captain after the latter was subbed.

He has cemented his place in the England squad by being selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In a warm-up match for that tournament against Hungary on May 30, 2006, Terry scored his first goal for England, the team's second in a 3-1 victory. Despite an injury scare in a friendly against Jamaica, he recovered to play in England's opening fixture against Paraguay, a 1-0 victory.

In the next match against Trinidad and Tobago, he made perhaps the most spectacular save of the tournament. In the game's 44th minute, Carlos Edwards beat England's Paul Robinson to a cross and as Stern John bundled a header towards the goal, Terry cleared the ball off the line with an overhead kick.

In the quarter-finals match against Portugal, Terry played the entire match, but England lost on penalties and he was left in tears with his fellow players. Six days later, he was the only English player to be named in the tournament's all-star squad.[5]

On 10th August 2006, Steve McClaren named John Terry as the England captain, succeeding David Beckham. McClaren said "Choosing a captain is one of the most important decisions a coach has to make. I'm certain I've got the right man in John Terry. I'm convinced he will prove to be one of the best captains England has ever had."

John Terry scored a goal on his debut as the England captain, in a friendly international against Greece. This was the first goal of the match and, as such, the first goal during McClaren's reign as manager. When celebrating he kissed his new captain's armband.

Terry is one of five national team captains in the current Chelsea team, along with Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast captain), Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine captain), Michael Ballack (Germany captain) and Claudio Pizarro (Peru captain).

On 1st June 2007, Terry became the first player to score an international goal at the new Wembley Stadium when he scored England's goal in a 1-1 draw with Brazil.

John Terry is the main face alongside Michael Owen for the Umbro sportswear brand often introducing new brand lines and products as well as new England kits. He has also appeared in adverts for Samsung and Nationwide, as well as being in a sponsorship deal with football gaming series Pro Evolution Soccer. On the UK version of Pro Evolution Soccer 6, he appears on the front cover with Brazil international Adriano.

Personal life
Terry currently lives in Oxshott, Surrey. He and his wife Toni Poole are the parents of twins, a boy (Georgie John) and a girl (Summer Rose) born on 18 May 2006. Terry celebrated their birth when scoring for England against Hungary, when he performed a "baby-rocking" celebration.

The couple married at Blenheim Palace on 15 June 2007 in a magazine coverage deal, and requested Harrods gift vouchers as wedding presents. After the wedding, the couple enjoyed a two week honeymoon on Roman Abramovich's super yacht Pelorus in the Mediterranean.[15]


FA Premier League (2004-05, 2005-06)
FA Cup (2000, 2007)
League Cup (2005, 2007)
FA Community Shield (2005)
Personal honours

PFA Player of the Year (2004-05)
2005 UEFA Champions League Best Defender
FIFA World Cup squad of the tournament (2006)
FIFPro World XI Team (2005, 2006)
Captain of England national football team (2006-present)

In the July 2007 edition of World Soccer Magazine, players from a variety of clubs were asked who they thought was the perfect captain. The following are a selection of quotes from players who chose John Terry.

"Even from the outside the game you can appreciate that John Terry is the boss of the Chelsea side in all ways."-Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal.
"You can see that everybody always looks for John Terry on the pitch. He is vital for Chelsea."-Gabriel Heinze, Manchester United.
"...what you need is a good communicator and organizer, such as John Terry, who obviously cares deeply about his club."-Christoph Metzelder, Real Madrid.
"John Terry is the perfect skipper. It's obvious Chelsea means everything to him. When he makes those last ditch blocks, team-mates can't help but be inspired."-Kasey Keller, Fulham FC.

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Frank Lampard

Club career

[edit] West Ham United
Lampard joined West Ham United, where his father was Assistant Manager, as an apprentice in July 1994 as part of their Youth System, and signed his professional forms on July 1, 1995.

In October 1995, he was loaned to Division Two team Swansea City. He made his league debut in the colours of Swansea City on 7 October, 1995 in a match against Bradford City that Swansea won 2-0. He made a total nine league appearances for Swansea, and another two in Cup competitions, scoring one goal, his first in senior football against Brighton & Hove Albion, before returning to West Ham United in January, 1996.

Lampard's debut for West Ham came on 31 January 1996 against Coventry City F.C., but he did not become a team regular that season. He then broke his right leg in a game against Aston Villa on 15 March 1997, ending his season prematurely.

Lampard's first goal for West Ham came in the 1997-98 season, in an away win against Barnsley. Lampard was a regular in the West Ham youth team and captained his side to the final of the FA Youth Cup in 1996.

The 1998-99 season was a prolific one for the young Lampard. He became a regular in the West Ham first team, not missing a single game throughout the season as the club finished fifth in the Premiership standings.

Lampard had formed the core of a talented young West Ham team along with players like Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand. But after Ferdinand, a close friend of Lampard's, was sold to Leeds United in the 2000-01 season, and his father, and uncle Harry Redknapp left West Ham, Frank decided to leave as well. Despite reported interest from Aston Villa and Leeds United,[1] Lampard chose to remain in London by joining Chelsea for a fee in the region of 11m.

[edit] Chelsea

[edit] 2001-02 and 2002-03

Lampard celebrating with Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry.Lampard signed for Chelsea on May 15, 2001 for 11 million, one of the first signings of then Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri. Lampard's improvement at Stamford Bridge has been slow but spectacular. Despite being an ever present in the first eleven, his first two seasons at Chelsea were sometimes bogged down by his massive transfer fee and later eclipsed by the scintillating form of Gianfranco Zola. It wasn't until his third season with Chelsea - coinciding with the arrival of Roman Abramovich - that he fully blossomed, establishing himself as one of the top midfielders in Europe.

Lampard made his debut for Chelsea in a pre-season game against Leyton Orient on July 26, 2001, and scored his first goal for the club in another pre-season match, against Northampton Town, a 7-1 away victory, on August 1, 2001. His Premiership debut for Chelsea came on August 19, 2001, in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United. Despite being sent off in only his fourth Premiership game for Chelsea, against Tottenham Hotspur on September 16, 2001 - the only dismissal of his Chelsea career - he had a productive first season, missing only one match and scoring seven goals in all competitions.

In the 2002-03 season for Chelsea, Lampard enjoyed a solid season, not missing a match throughout the campaign. He enjoyed a fruitful start to the season, scoring the winning goal in the opening league game of the season in a 3-2 victory over Charlton, and scoring again a week later against Southampton. He followed up this good early-season goal-scoring form by notching a strike against Viking in the UEFA Cup, a tie which Chelsea went on to lose. Lampard scored eight goals in all competitions as Chelsea finished fourth in the Premiership, giving him the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in his career.

[edit] 2003-04

Lampard warming up for Chelsea.Lampard had an impressive start to the next season with his club, being selected as the Barclays Player of the Month in September 2003 and the PFA Fans' Player of the Month in October. This was the season when Lampard's goal-scoring prowess came to the fore, notching up double-figures in league goals for the first of thus-far four consecutive seasons. Chelsea reached the semi-final of the Champions League before being eliminated by AS Monaco, with Lampard scoring four goals in fourteen games, including strikes in both the quarter-finals (against Arsenal) and the second-leg against Monaco. Chelsea also finished second in the Premiership behind Arsenal, their highest finish in the top division since winning the title in 1955.

[edit] 2004-05
The 2004-05 season was the most successful in Chelsea's history, and Lampard was at its centre. He played in all 38 of the club's Premiership matches, scoring 13 goals (out of his 19 all season), remarkable for a midfielder, helping Chelsea to win their first title in 50 years by a 12-point margin. He scored another four goals in the Champions League as Chelsea made the semi-finals for the second successive year. His two goals in six matches were also instrumental in his club's League Cup victory.

So impressive was his form during the Champions League and league run that former Brazilian captain Carlos Alberto[2] and Dutch footballer Johann Cruyff both referred to him as one of Europe's best midfielders, and he ended the 2004-05 season by winning the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.[3]

[edit] 2005-06
He did one better the following year by scoring 16 goals in the 2005-06 Premiership season, 2 goals in five Champions League matches, and 2 more in domestic cup action for a total of 20 goals. His form continued to impress, and in October 2005, after a Premiership match against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge, manager Jos Mourinho declared him the "best player in the world",[4] a sentiment echoed days earlier by Matthias Sammer in a Kicker interview.[5]

In September 2005 Lampard was selected as a member of the FIFPro World XI.[6] The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers in 40 countries. In Winter 2005 he was voted runner-up twice to Ronaldinho, firstly in the European Footballer of the Year award,[7] and secondly in the FIFA World Player of the Year Award.[8]

[edit] 2006-07

Lampard in 2007.Due to a back injury by captain John Terry, Lampard spent much of the 2006-07 campaign as captain of Chelsea. He was voted fans' player of the month for January 2007 by givemefootball readers after scoring seven goals in eight games.[9] At the end of the season he was ranked 5th in the Actim Index of Premiership players,[10] and also appeared in the Actim team of the season.[11]

For the second consecutive season he scored 20 goals in all competitions, including an equaliser against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou where he chipped Vctor Valds from an acute angle, and two strikes in a 3-3 FA Cup quarter-final draw with Tottenham Hotspur, a game in which Chelsea had trailed 3-1. The latter feat saw him voted the FA Cup's player of the round.[12] He also scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea in their FA Cup third round tie against Macclesfield Town on January 6, 2007.

In a post-match interview after winning the FA Cup Final with Chelsea, Lampard clarified his future at the club stating that he would want to stay at the club "forever".[13] Since then, the player has been linked with a possible move to Juventus by the British press, this has intensified since Claudio Ranieri, the man who signed Lampard from West Ham United in the first place took over at the Old Lady.[14] He has also been linked to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of 25 million. Despite media speculation that Lampard had rejected a new contract offer from Chelsea, his agent has said the player has not yet opened negotiations with the club.[15]

[edit] 2007-08
Lampard's incredible goal-scoring prowess has been displayed greatly during the early games of the 2007-08 campaign. With three goals in four Premier League games, Lampard is the league's joint top-scorer, and the midfielder has also scored for the England National Football Team in a friendly against Germany.

[edit] Records
Lampard has scored 93 goals for Chelsea (as of 25 August 2007), making him the top goalscorer currently at the club, and 8th highest in total. He is also the highest-scoring midfielder in Chelsea's history, having passed Dennis Wise's record of 76 goals on 17 December 2006.[16]

Lampard has been accused of scoring goals from deflections. However, a report from The Guardian newspaper shows that only six of his goals (6.7%) for Chelsea have been scored in that way.[17] As Martin Samuel of the Times sarcastically put it: "what a lucky boy he must be: 83 deflections since August 2003"[18]

Lampard is the holder of the Premiership record of playing consecutive league matches dating back to October 13, 2001, set on November 26, 2005, breaking the previous record of 159 appearances by David James. The streak ended on December 28, 2005, after 164 games, when Lampard was taken ill before Chelsea's game at Manchester City.[19] Lampard's 16 goals in the 2005-2006 season was at the time a record for a midfielder in the English Premier League,[20] but this was beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo the following season, with 17 league goals.

[edit] International career
Early in his career, Lampard was spotted by Peter Taylor, the England Under-21 manager, and selected for the team. His U21 debut came on November 13, 1997, in Crete against Greece. He captained the England U21 side in the 2000 U21 European Championship. His final appearance for the U21 team was in June 2000 in an away match against Slovakia. Lampard scored nine times for the under-21s, which was bettered only by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers (both with 13).

Lampard made his first appearance for the senior England team on October 10, 1999, starting in a friendly against Belgium in Sunderland. He played 76 minutes in the 2-1 victory, being replaced by Chelsea teammate Dennis Wise. He was not selected as one of the 23-man squad for the England side for Euro 2000, nor for the World Cup finals in June 2002 in Japan and South Korea.

Lampard scored his first goal for the national side on August 20, 2003 in a friendly against Croatia, which England won 3-1. Combined with his improving club form, this helped him earn a place in the England team for the match against Iceland in the FA's Summer Tournament before Euro 2004, and he scored his second international goal as England won 6-1.

He was selected in the squad for Euro 2004 in Portugal. England reached the quarter-finals with Lampard having an exceptional tournament. He scored three goals in four matches and was named in the official Euro 2004 All-Star squad by the UEFA technical study group.[21] With Paul Scholes's retirement from international football, Lampard finally became a fixture in Sven-Gran Eriksson's squad, scoring five goals during England's successful World Cup qualifying campaign, and wearing the number 8 shirt that Scholes vacated. This culminated in him being voted England Player of the Year by fans in 2004 and 2005.[22][23]

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Lampard failed to repeat his club form, which became a much discussed topic in the English media.[24] He had 24 shots on goal in the tournament, 10 of which were on target, but failed to score a single goal.[25] England manager Eriksson defended the player, saying "He is working very hard to be right. He's had more shots than any other player in the tournament, which is very good."

Lampard played every minute of England's five games. He was one of three England players (the others being Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher of Liverpool FC), who had their penalties saved by Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira, in the shoot-out defeat to Portugal, in the quarter-final on 1 July 2006.

Lampard has recently become a target for abuse from some England fans. He was booed during a friendly match against Brazil on 22 June 2007, leading England manager Steve McClaren to publicly support the player and plead with fans to stop.[26]

[edit] Personal life
Lampard belongs to an illustrious football family. Apart from his father, his uncle Harry Redknapp is also a former West Ham United player. He currently manages Premiership side Portsmouth.

Lampard's cousin, Jamie Redknapp, has played 17 games for the England football team, and has also played club football for Southampton FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool F.C. and AFC Bournemouth.

He is currently engaged to Elen Rives, who gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl named Luna Coco Patricia on 22nd August, 2005. Elen gave birth to the couple's second child, another girl, named Isla, on the 20th May, 2007[27].

He recently revealed that he and Elen plan on getting married this year. He is learning Spanish, which has been the partial cause of speculation linking him with a move to the La Liga, until he revealed it was strictly for family reasons, as his partner is Spanish and he wants their daughters to grow up bilingual. Lampard featured in a "Super Goals" advertising campaign for The Sun newspaper in England during Sep/Oct 2005.

In July 2006, The Sun newspaper serialized his autobiography book Totally Frank, uncovering the secrets of his personal life and his reactions of the disappointing World Cup.

He is the only current member of the England team to have gone to a private school, having attended the independent, 11,565 a year, Brentwood School in Essex, at which time he was in the same year as model Jodie Marsh and gained an A in his Latin GCSE.[28]

Lampard has matured since 2000 when he was caught up in an alleged sex-tape scandal with Rio Ferdinand and Kieron Dyer in the resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus.[29] He currently owns an Aston Martin DB9 and a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. He currently owns two dogs - both are French mastiffs, named Daphne and Rocco.

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Joe Cole

Early life
Cole was born in Romford, East London and lived there until he moved to Camden at the age of seven. He was educated at St. Mary's Primary School in Marylebone along with brother Jarrod Cole, who is a rising rugby star, Haverstock school (Now Haverstock Business & Enterprise College) in Chalk Farm, Camden and St. Aloysius RC College in North London. The family home in recent years was in Romford.

[edit] West Ham
A child prodigy who received national media attention as a schoolboy and a product of the famed West Ham United youth system, Cole was long touted as the hottest prospect in English football with Manchester United reportedly offering to pay 10 million for his services as a 16-year-old. Playing in a mould similar to former England favourite Paul Gascoigne, he quickly progressed through the West Ham ranks before making his first-team debut at the age of 17. In 1999 Cole was also part of West Ham's victorious Youth Cup winning squad, defeating Coventry City 9-0 in the final. In January 2003 Glenn Roeder, then West Ham United manager gave Cole the club captain's armband at the age of 21. Sadly, for Cole and for West Ham United, the club was relegated at the end of that season from the Premiership with the highest points total ever recorded, 42.

[edit] Chelsea

[edit] 2003-2004
In 2003, Cole moved to Chelsea as part of Roman Abramovich's 'Russian Revolution' for 6,600,000 with a view to establishing himself in the England national team. However, due to the stiff competition for places at the club, he initially struggled to hold down a place in the team for both Chelsea and England under Claudio Ranieri.

According to Cole, Ranieri had wanted to send him to Russia on loan to CSKA Moscow just days after finalizing his transfer. Cole refused to move and stayed in Chelsea, but figured irregularly throughout the first half of season 2003-04 and was reduced to a peripheral figure after Ranieri signed Scott Parker in January 2004.

[edit] 2004-2005
Cole had long been praised for his technical skills and creativity but criticised for his lack of all-round contribution to the team. After the arrival of new Chelsea manager Jos Mourinho in 2004, Cole initially continued to struggle, though he soon found himself making more appearances than he did during Ranieri's stewardship.

In January 2005, Cole was publicly criticised by Mourinho after scoring the winner against Liverpool for neglecting his defensive duties. Mourinho famously described Cole as a player 'with two faces', with one 'face' that he liked (Cole's vision and technical ability) and another 'face' that he did not (Cole's lack of appetite for defensive duties). Mourinho also substituted Cole with Portuguese midfielder Tiago Cardoso Mendes shortly after Cole's goal, and explained later that it was because "after Cole scored, the game ended for him. We were playing with ten men afterwards because Cole stopped running, stopped playing."

Cole responded positively to this and took advantage of injuries to other players (most notably Arjen Robben) to become one of the stars of Chelsea's Premiership title winning team in 2004-05. He also won a starting place in the England team on the left side of midfield, which England had struggled to fill adequately for several years. Cole's form saw him hit a run of goals towards the end of the season, and his goal against Norwich (blasted in from 22 yards off his weaker left foot) was voted in the top ten goals of the season in the Premier League for 2004-05. Cole scored 10 goals for Chelsea in 2004-05, and ended the season with the first of his two FA Premier League champions' medals.

[edit] 2005-2006
At Chelsea, the strong competition for places meant that he struggled to hold a first team role, with Arjen Robben and new arrival Shaun Wright-Phillips providing stiff competition. In the first half of the 2005-06 season Cole enhanced his reputation considerably, moved up the Chelsea pecking order ahead of Wright-Phillips and Duff, and was named in the PFA's team of the season. His status was such that by March 2006, he was considered Chelsea's most creative player by many pundits, and his omission from the starting lineup by Mourinho, who was testing a narrower 'midfield diamond' approach, was held up as the principal cause of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the 2006 FA Cup competition.Joe Cole scored important goals,against Liverpool at Anfield,Arsenal at Highbury and against Manchester United at home by evading Ferdinand and Vidic. During the 2005-06 season, Cole extended his contract with Chelsea for another 4 seasons. He ended his season by scoring a solo goal against Manchester United, which sealed the premiership.

[edit] 2006-2007
Cole missed the first three months of Chelsea's season and England's first four Euro 2008 qualifiers after sustaining an injury to his right knee in Chelsea's pre-season tour of America, but made his return to first-team action on 14 October 2006, coming on as a second-half substitute in Chelsea's 1-0 victory at Reading. Cole scored his first goal of the 2006-07 season against Blackburn Rovers in a 2 goal win in the third round of the Carling Cup.

However, in January 2007, Cole underwent surgery for a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his foot he suffered in late 2006. Although he stated in a January 30th interview on the Chelsea FC website that he didn't want to give a timetable for his return, club doctor Bryan English stated on February 24, 2007 that Cole would return to play at the end of March or beginning of April.

Although not fully fit, Cole made his return for Chelsea in the first leg of Chelsea's 1-1 draw in a 2006-07 UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Valencia at Stamford Bridge. Cole contributed hugely to Chelsea's 2-1 victory in the second leg and 3-2 victory on aggregate. Cole started Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final against Blackburn, which Chelsea won 2-1 after extra-time, and made substitute appearances against Tottenham and West Ham. In April 2007, Cole scored the only goal in Chelsea's defeat of Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions' League semi-final, at Stamford Bridge, giving Chelsea an advantage going into the away leg, which they lost 1-0 and crashed out of the Champions League on penalties.

[edit] Honours
FA Youth Cup: 1999
FA Premier League: 2005, 2006
Football League Cup: 2005, 2007
FA Community Shield: 2005
FA Cup: 2007

[edit] National Team
Joe Cole was a member of England's 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, but did not start any games and only made one substitute appearance off the bench.

He was also a squad member at Euro 2004, but did not play.

Doubts have been expressed over his ability to play in the left wing position for the England national side, with some calling for natural left-footer Stewart Downing and even pacy teenager Theo Walcott to be given a chance. However, Cole played in the England side throughout 2005 and early 2006, competing in internationals against Denmark, Northern Ireland, and Argentina.

His displays in England's friendlies leading up to the 2006 World Cup enhanced his reputation ahead of the summer's finals in Germany. In May 2006 he was confirmed in the England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, ahead of Chelsea teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips. He played on the left-side of midfield in England's opening game against Paraguay on June 10, 2006.

On June 20, 2006, England drew with Sweden, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with a final score of 2-2. Cole scored a spectacular volley in the 34th minute of the match and got an assist in the 85th when he sent in a ball to Steven Gerrard. At the end of the match, Budweiser announced that Cole received the Man of the Match. The Swedish football fans congratulated England for having such a valuable player in the tournament. Cole lined up for the England squad for the first time since the 2006 FIFA World Cup in the 1-1 friendly draw against the Netherlands, providing an assist for Wayne Rooney from a cross. After another injury, he returned to start the friendly against Brazil at Wembley Stadium on 1 June.

Cole scored his seventh goal for England in June 2007, in their European Championship qualifier, away to Estonia.

[edit] Miscellaneous
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In January 2006 Cole received publicity as the loser in a drunken bustup over Page 3 Girl Keeley Hazell, triggered when another admirer saw the two "getting on well [and] copped the right hump about it."[1] (NSFW)

He is engaged to fitness instructor Carly Zucker. The couple live in Cole's 2.1 million home in Cobham, Surrey.[citation needed] According to close friends, Cole is expected to marry her in summer next year. A rumour had it that during one weekend he had proposed to her with a 50,000 wedding ring.

Cole is a big fan of cars. He currently owns a Ferrari Enzo and has owned various luxury sedans including a Mercedes S-Class.[citation needed]

He has recently become a patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.[2]

Towards the end of the 2005-06 season, Cole was nominated by then England manager Sven-Gran Eriksson to be named Footballer of the Year.[citation needed]

Cole's 30-yard volley against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup was voted goal of the tournament in many programmes featuring World Cup goals.[citation needed]

Cole bought his father a small shop in Camden Town's Arlington Road for 250,000 and paid off his fathers debts to allow him to restart his minicab service. Months later it was closed down and is now a ticket office, which was opened by Cole's friend.[citation needed]

Joe Cole is also an avid musician, playing the bass guitar in his free time.

He says about himself : "I was always known as the kid who always had a ball at his feet."

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