Aaron Lennon

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Time the nation woke up to Spurs star's mercurial talents - FootballFanCast.com
Football fancast guest columnist Dave Hemmings cannot understand why Aaron Lennon fails to get the recognition he deserves. If there is one thing that Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra and Gael Clichy have all got in common, apart from being the best left...
No news is good news? - Vitalfootball
Ok, so he's right footed but believe me this kid is not just another Aaron Lennon. He has as much pace, a better left foot, can shift it to his right quicker, better delivery, better shot and as for consistency, the only dip in form he had last season...
Aaron Lennon Reveals His 'Physical & Mental' Improvement At ... - Goal.com
Tottenham Hotspur wide-man Aaron Lennon enjoyed another season of improvement in north London, and became a regular in Fabio Capello's England squad. But it was far from a straightforward process, he claims, as psychogical factors are just as important...
Right signing for Spurs...just at the wrong time! - FootballFanCast.com
I don't think the club or supporters would have accounted for the rebirth of Aaron Lennon this season that has suddenly immerged as arguably the most dangerous winger in the country. I'm sure there wouldn't have been many who would have been surprised...
Where Now for David Bentley? - Bleacher Report
Manager Harry Redknapp was quoted over the weekend as saying that Bentley should probably be looking to move on seeing as he's been unable to get in the Spurs team despite the recent absence of Aaron Lennon in the past two games....
Lennon out as Capello's injury fears loom large - Independent
By Sam Wallace, Football Correspondent Fabio Capello is fearful of mass withdrawals from his England squad to face Kazakhstan and Andorra at the end of the season after Aaron Lennon became the latest player to indicate that he will not be available for...
Having fun by the Cis-side - The Sun
DJIBRIL CISSE, AARON LENNON, TOM HUDDLESTON and SAMIR NASRI are the latest Premiership footie stars to head to Miami for a summer break. The unlikely foursome were snapped having a whale of a time soaking up the rays in the Florida sun....
Transfer merry-go-round: He's done one, Ron, Ron, he's done one, Ron - Independent
Antonio Valencia, Aaron Lennon, Joao Moutinho? Here is a comprehensive list of players linked with Premier League clubs last week. Arsenal Luc Castaignos (Feyenoord) fw; Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax) ch. Aston Villa Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham) mf;...
A different type of striker fits the bill for Spurs - ClubFanzine.com
... the mark and would see the club return to a long ball policy which was noticeably missing from our attacking approach towards the end of last season and, a major reason why the likes of Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon enjoyed such influence in games....
Lennon desperate to impress for Spurs and win England place back - Metro
Aaron Lennon has revealed how he intends to sparkle for Spurs next season in an effort to win a place in the England squad heading to the world Cup finals. Fabio Capello's team are on course to reach the South Africa showdown next June and Lennon is...

Aaron Lennon

Aaron Justin Lennon (born 16 April 1987 in Chapeltown, Leeds) is an English footballer currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur. At 5'5" tall, Lennon is currently the shortest player in the Premier League, along with Shaun Wright-Phillips. It has been proven that he is the fastest player in the Premier League.

A right winger, Lennon began his professional career at Leeds United, where he became the youngest player ever to appear in the Premier League at the age of 16 years and 129 days coming off the bench at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur in a 2–1 loss in August, 2003. He had been a member of the Leeds United Academy for a long time before breaking into the first team setup. In 2001, he set a record as the youngest player ever to have his boots sponsored, when he signed up with Adidas at the age of just 14 . Lennon scored his only goal for Leeds against Sunderland on Boxing Day 2004 during 3-2 win. His older brother Anthony was also at the Leeds Academy, but never made it into the first team.

With Leeds suffering financial difficulties, he made a £1m move to Tottenham Hotspur in early June 2005 and his Spurs debut came a couple of months later in an August defeat against Chelsea. On 18 March 2006 Lennon scored his first Premier League goal in Tottenham's 2-0 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrews, early in the second half. He was nominated by fellow Premiership players for the PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season. The award was ultimately awarded to Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

He was nominated again for the Young Player of the Year award again in 2006–07 and finished 3rd behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Cesc Fàbregas of Arsenal. Lennon signed a new 5 and a half year deal worth £20,000 a week with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 January 2007, which will keep him at the club until 2012. He signed a improved deal in March 2009 which contracts him to Spurs until 2014.

Lennon was called up to the England U21 team for the first time in October 2005 and on 8 May 2006 was picked in England's 2006 World Cup squad despite being uncapped at senior level.

He was named Man of the match in the England B match with Belarus on 25 May 2006 in England's World Cup warm-up match at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, Berkshire, which England B lost 2-1. He made his full England debut as a second-half substitute in the 6-0 win over Jamaica on 2 June.

Lennon came on as a substitute for England in their second group stage game of World Cup 2006 (his first World Cup finals appearance) against Trinidad & Tobago. England scored twice following his and Wayne Rooney's arrival on the field, winning the game 2-0. There were some suggestions amongst fans for him to replace David Beckham on the right side of midfield. Lennon then played in the quarter final match against Portugal, coming on as a substitute for the injured David Beckham. Lennon was then himself substituted for Jamie Carragher immediately prior to a penalty shoot out, which England lost 3-1, with Carragher ironically missing his penalty.

Lennon also came on as a substitute against Andorra during a European Championship qualifier and made an instant impact by assisting Peter Crouch's second goal after receiving the ball for the first time.

Lennon made his first start for England against Israel in a European Championship Qualifier on 24 March 2007 and four days later was again selected in the first XI against Andorra. This proved to be Lennon's last appearance for exactly two years as it wasn't until 28 March 2009 that he was selected again by England, starting in a friendly match with Slovakia at Wembley Stadium. Lennon started again for England when they played Ukraine on 1 April 2009 at Wembley Stadium. Lennon was substituted in both games for David Beckham.

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Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in September 1967 and is an English sports agent best known for his representation of leading sports figures such as Brian Lara, Stan Collymore, Ian Bishop and Jimmy White.

An ex RAF Officer and qualified pilot, he started his sports management career in 1999 and created one of the fastest growing sports agencies in the UK market, Time Management Global Limited. This company was sold to Base Group plc in 2002, whereupon he took the role as Group Director with overall responsibility for the Football Division. The company had clients such as Terry Venables, Glenn Roeder, Michael Ricketts, Steve Sidwell, Gilberto Silva, Aaron Lennon and Magnus Hedman. He left the company in December 2004 and later formed a new sports agency called International Artists Limited that continues to represent sporting clients.

He was educated at Manchester University where he studied Law; and Cass Business School, London, where he attained an MBA qualification in International Business.

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FA Premier League 2006–07

Locations of the 20 Premiership clubs in the 2006–2007 season, as green dots.

The 2006-07 Premier League was the fifteenth season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 19 August 2006 and concluded on 13 May 2007.

Manchester United ended the season as Premiership champions for the ninth time in fifteen years, after Chelsea failed to win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. This left them seven points behind United, with two games to go, confirming the Manchester club as champions once more.

The three relegation spots were occupied by Watford and Sheffield United who lasted one season in the league, along with Charlton Athletic who went down after eight seasons.

1. Since the finalists of the 2006-07 FA Cup (Manchester United and Chelsea) and the 2006-07 Carling Cup winners (Chelsea) had already qualified for the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League through their Premier League positions, their 2007-08 UEFA Cup places were given to the 6th- and 7th- placed Premier League teams.

2.The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot will be awarded with a place in that competition. Blackburn Rovers occupy the Intertoto place, because Portsmouth and Reading did not apply. A further place in the UEFA Cup was up for grabs via the Premiership Fair Play League. The winner is placed into a draw with the winners of Fair Play leagues in other countries. The representatives from the two countries that come out of the hat first are given a place in the UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round. Since the winners of the Premiership Fair Play League, Tottenham Hotspur, had already qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of their league position, their place in the Fair Play draw was given to Aston Villa. However, the places in the UEFA Cup were awarded to the representatives from Finland and Norway.

For further information on European qualification see Premier League - Competition.

The home team is listed in the left-hand column.

The Premier League expected to have the league's 15,000th goal scored at some point in the period between Christmas and New Year. The target was reached on 30 December when Moritz Volz scored for Fulham against Chelsea. Barclays, the Premiership's sponsor, donated £15,000 to the Fulham Community Sports Trust in Volz' name. Additionally, a fan who correctly predicted that Volz would score the historic goal in a contest presented the player with a special award prior to Fulham's game against Watford at Craven Cottage on 1 January. The honour of scoring the 15,000th goal has led to Volz being nicknamed "15,000 Volz" (his name is often pronounced in English as "Volts", although the proper German pronunciation would be "Folts").

On 17 March, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson scored against Watford from an 83-yard free kick, which bounced over his England team mate Ben Foster, who was in goal for the Hornets, leading Spurs to a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane. This was the third goal scored by a goalkeeper in Premiership history. The other two were scored by Peter Schmeichel, for Aston Villa against Everton on 21 October 2001, and Brad Friedel, for Blackburn Rovers against Charlton Athletic on 21 February 2004. In those two cases, the teams they played for lost. Robinson became the first keeper to score for the winning team in a Premiership match.

This season's awards were dominated by Manchester United, who, as a team, picked up a total of eight awards, five of which went to Cristiano Ronaldo. They also had eight players in the Team of the Year.

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2007 was won by Cristiano Ronaldo. He had won the PFA Young Player of the Year award earlier on in the awards ceremony, making him the first player to win both awards in the same year since Andy Gray managed the same feat in 1977. Didier Drogba came second, while Paul Scholes was third.

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was also won by Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. Cesc Fàbregas came in second place, and Aaron Lennon was third. Wayne Rooney was going for a hat-trick of Young Player of the Year awards, having won this award for both of the two preceding seasons, but didn't even feature in the top three for the 2006-07 season.

The PFA Merit Award was awarded to Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, for his commitment to the club, the Premiership, and as recognition of the nineteen major trophies he has won in his time in England.

This award was voted for in an online poll run by the PFA on their website GiveMeFootball.com. With four days of voting left before the closing date of midnight on 15 April, the five players with the most votes in the poll were Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Dimitar Berbatov, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard, but it was Ronaldo who managed to fend off the challenges of the other four.

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award for 2007 was also won by Cristiano Ronaldo. The award is presented by the Football Writers' Association and voted for by its members. This year, Didier Drogba came second and Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes came third and fourth respectively.

This award was presented to Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson before the club's final game of the season against West Ham.

This award was also presented before Manchester United's game with West Ham on the last day of the season, and was awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo, granting him the sextuple of PFA Players' Player, Young Player, Fans' Player of the Year, Barclays Premiership Player of the Season, Football Writers' Association Player of the Year and a place in the Team of the Year.

Ryan Giggs was presented with this special award at the same time as the Manager and Player of the Season Awards were given out, in recognition of his record of nine Premier League titles.

This award was presented to Liverpool F.C.'s José Manuel Reina for the second successive season after keeping 19 clean sheets, ahead of Tim Howard of Everton F.C. (14) and Marcus Hahnemann of Reading F.C. (13).

On 12 February 2007, the FA Premier League renamed itself simply the Premier League, complete with new logo, sleeve patches and typeface. The sponsored name remains the Barclays Premier League.

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Mike Pejic

Mike (Mick) Pejic (born on January 25, 1950 in Chesterton, Staffordshire, is a retired English-Serbian footballer.

His father was Serbian and his mother was English.

His playing career in what was then the Football League First Division (same level now as the FA Premier League) commenced in the 1968-69 season and lasted until the 1979 campaign. He also held coaching and managing positions upon retiring.

As a defender, Pejic played for Stoke City, Everton and Aston Villa. He had eight caps playing for England's U-23 squad and four more caps with the full England side. He was allegedly dropped by new caretaker England manager Joe Mercer in favour of Alec Lindsay because he "didn't smile enough".

Pejic was named Chester City F.C. manager in June 1994 after the shock resignation of Graham Barrow. Unfortunately he inherited a very bare side after the loss of several key players, and an immediate relegation back to Division 3 was inevitable after the side began the season without a point from their first seven games. Pejic was sacked in January 1995 after a 4-0 home thrashing by York City. He later had a spell managing non-league side Leek Town.

He went on to be the regional director for the North East FA and has coached such stars as Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Stewart Downing. He then taught FA coaching courses at NWHC in Nuneaton. In 1999 he managed Malaysian side Selangor FA.

In February 2007, he became Head of Youth Coaching at Championship side Plymouth Argyle.

Mike's younger brother, Mel, played for Stoke City, Hereford United and Wrexham. Shaun Pejic, the son of Mel and nephew of Mike, currently plays for York City and was on the U-21 team of Wales.

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Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season 2006–07

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During the 2006-07 season, Tottenham Hotspur participated in the English Premier League.

For the 2006-07 Season expectations ran high following the last seasons placing of 5th, however the beginning, and somewhat remainder, of the season was marred by injuries, particularly in defensive areas with Ledley King, Paul Stalteri, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Young-Pyo Lee, Anthony Gardner, Jermaine Jenas, Steed Malbranque and Teemu Tainio all suffering long-term injuries while Didier Zokora, Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Aaron Lennon all suffered short-term injuries throughout the season, causing Martin Jol to rarely have a settled first XI to pick for extended periods.

Tottenham's Premiership form in the first half of the season was erratic, although there was a famous home win over reigning-champions Chelsea in November amongst the mire of mediocre results. Away form was poor during the first half of the season but saw a vast improvement in the second half with just two away losses from January to the end of the season and just one narrow defeat in their final six away games, against Chelsea just 36 hours after playing a UEFA Cup tie in Spain.

On 17 March 2007, Paul Robinson became only the third goalkeeper in the premier league history to score a goal following his 80-yard lob in the 3-1 victory over Watford.

The highly effective Berbatov-Keane strike partnership was rewarded when they were named joint Player of the Month for April, a rare occurrence and only the second time in the history of the award.

The improvement in Spurs' away form, good home performances and an excellent late season lifted Spurs into fifth position in the final table and therefore into the UEFA Cup for the second year running. Tottenham showed definite signs of attractive and effective football as Martin Jol made his mark on the squad. Spurs reached the FA Cup quarter-final round but lost to Chelsea 1-2 having drawn 3-3 away. The League Cup run took them to the semi-finals, where they faced Arsenal. The home leg ended 2-2, but hopes of glory ended in the away leg losing 3-1 in extra time. In the UEFA Cup, Tottenham progressed to the quarter-finals, where they faced the cup holders and eventual winners Sevilla in the quarter finals, and were eliminated from the competition 4-3 on aggregate.

Premier League 2006-07 Team of the Season.

The team kit for the 2006-07 season was produced by Puma and the main shirt sponsor was Mansion, an Internet gambling establishment.

As of End of 2006-07 season.

As of End of 2006-07 season.

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Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season 2008–09

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The 2008-09 Season is Tottenham Hotspur's 17th season in the Premier League. It is their 30th successive season in the top division of the English football league system.

At the end of the 2007-08 season, which saw Tottenham finish 11th in the Premier League, the club announced the signing of Luka Modrić and reiterated that any club wishing to sign their striker Dimitar Berbatov would need to offer more than £30 million.

On the 13 May 2008, Radek Černý moved on a free transfer to QPR. Černý's loan deal had expired and was not offered a contract extension by Tottenham nor his parent club Slavia Prague. Just under a month later, Tottenham agreed a deal with Barcelona for 19-year-old Giovani Dos Santos for an initial fee of £4.7million with the fee possibly rising to £8.6million depending on appearances. The signing was officially completed on 10 June 2008. On 26 June 2008, Tottenham reached a deal with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven for Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, valued at around £8 million.

Levy reiterated it was not the intention to sell either player, but remarked that it could result in a negative influence in the dressing room, with both players indicating they wished to leave the club.

On 23 July 2008, it was announced that the club had parted company with Teemu Tainio. The Finnish midfielder joined Sunderland on a three-year contract. He was Roy Keane's first summer signing for the Black Cats. Pascal Chimbonda followed Tainio, a day later, by joining Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

On 25 July 2008, news broke that England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson had signed a five-year contract with Blackburn, having been with Spurs for four years. Robinson joined the club from Leeds United in May 2004 and went on to make 175 appearances for the club in all competitions, managing to score against Watford in 2007. The fee was reported as being £3,500,000.

On 30 July 2008, Steed Malbranque became the third player in a week following his former team mates, Tainio and Chimbonda and joining Sunderland for a fee of £7.8 million.. Later the same day Tottenham announced they had reached agreement with Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of David Bentley to the club for a ₤15 million fee.

Totttenham made their first transfer move in the month of August with the signing of veteran goalkeeper César Sánchez from Real Zaragoza on 8 August 2008, The deal is initially a season long loan but with the permanent signing being completed at the end of the 2008-09 season, and the first Tottenham departure in the month of August was Younes Kaboul, when on 11 August 2008, he joined Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. Towards the end of August, two more players left, with Anthony Gardner moving to Hull City and Lee Young-Pyo leaving for Borussia Dortmund.

As part of their pre-season preparations, Tottenham held training camp in Spain, along with numerous friendlies, in July.

Tottenham returned to England to play Norwich and Leyton Orient in winning efforts before embarking to Holland to play in the Feyenoord Jubilee Tournament, held in Rotterdam at the start of August, with victories over Celtic and Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur were declared the winners of the tournament.

Tottenham finished their pre-season preparations with a 5-0 victory over Serie A giants Roma which ensured they stayed unbeaten throughout the period, scoring thirty-three goals and conceded five in a total of seven games, with Darren Bent scoring 13 times.

Tottenham Hotspur's league season got off to a bad start with a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, followed a week later by a last gasp 2-1 defeat to Sunderland with the debutant Djibril Cisse scoring the winning goal in the final minutes. The defeats against Middlesbrough and Sunderland were punctuated with the on-going transfer saga concerning Dimitar Berbatov and Manchester United, rumours that Berbatov had refused to play, later revealed to be true, began to circulate along with the theory that this refusal from one of Tottenham's best players was hurting the morale of the team. Tottenham got their first point of the season, 8 days after the Sunderland loss, in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against title contenders Chelsea. With, both, the end of August and the summer transfer window approaching, the Berbatov saga ended with him making a transfer to Manchester United for £30.75million and young striker Fraizer Campbell coming on loan for the whole season, Manchester City had tried to enter the fray in the final hours with a £30million bid accepted but Berbatov rejected the move. Vedran Corluka also completed his move from Manchester City to join his Croatian team-mate Luka Modrić and provide competition for the right-back position.

Tottenham's first match in the month of September lead to another 2-1 loss at home to Aston Villa. This resulted in 3 losses in 4 and only 1 point from a possible 12 and they were rooted to the bottom of the premier league table. Tottenham achieved their first competitive win of the season in the UEFA Cup against Wisła Kraków with David Bentley scoring his debut and the winning goal. Spurs disappointing league form continued with a drab 0-0 home draw against Wigan Athletic and then a tepid 2-0 away defeat to Portsmouth, with ex-Tottenham player Jermain Defoe scoring a penalty. At the end of September, Tottenham Hotspur were bottom of the league and officially suffering their worst premier league start. However Spurs were able to make a successful start to the defence of their Carling Cup title, defeating Newcastle United 2-1 at St James' Park to progress to the fourth round of the competition.

October started with progression to the group stages of the UEFA Cup for Tottenham with a 1-1 draw in Poland against Wisła Kraków in their second leg tie, but Spurs' horrendous league form continued with a home loss to newly promoted Hull City, Geovanni's long range free-kick in the early minutes of the game condemned Tottenham to another loss, They then followed this match with another battle against a newly promoted side, Stoke. The match was a disaster with Tottenham conceding two penalties and having Michael Dawson & Gareth Bale sent off in a 2-1 loss. This loss meant that Tottenham had only 2 points from 8 games, were bottom of the premier league and now were amidst the worst start to a season in the 126 year history of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The ever-increasing pressure on manager Juande Ramos grew to fever pitch after a very poor 2-0 loss in Italy to Udinese in the first match of the UEFA Cup Group stage.

On Saturday 25 October, the club announced the departure, with immediate effect, of Sporting Director Damien Comolli, Head Coach Juande Ramos and First Team Coaches, Marcos Álvarez and Gus Poyet, It was announced, within hours, that the club had agreed a deal worth £5 million with Portsmouth F.C, allowing manager Harry Redknapp to become the boss at Tottenham.

Redknapp was unveiled as Tottenham manager the same day before the home match against Bolton Wanderers F.C. and gave the team talk, although the team itself was selected by Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe. Tottenham eased to their first league win of the season, with Roman Pavlyuchenko scoring his first premier league goal. Tottenham then faced bitter rivals Arsenal in the latest installment of the north london derby, the match ended 4-4 and viewed as one of the best games in the long history of the north london derby, if not the premier league. Tottenham took the lead with a stunning David Bentley volley from 35-yards, Arsenal then responded with a Mikael Silvestre header and found themselves 3-1 ahead deep inside the second half, Darren Bent made it 3-2 before Robin Van Persie seemingly wrapped up the points making it 4-2 to Arsenal. With 5 minutes left, Jermaine Jenas made it 4-3 after capitalising on a Gael Clichy slip, and then Aaron Lennon grabbed an amazing point for Tottenham when he, 4 minutes into stoppage time, made it 4-4 with a tap-in.

Tottenham's revitalised form continued into November with a last gasp win over league leaders Liverpool , Dirk Kuyt blasted Liverpool into an early lead before a Jamie Carragher own goal and a Pavlyuchenko tap-in gave Spurs the three points. 5 days later, Harry Redknapp took charge of his first Tottenham UEFA cup match which ended with Tottenham thrashing Dinamo Zagreb 4-0, including a Darren Bent hat-trick, resurrecting the UEFA Cup challenge.

The first away win for Tottenham's season came on the 9th November 2008, with a 2-1 win over Manchester City and Darren bent scoring his 5th goal in 2 games, Tottenham's fourth game in 11 days sent them to fifth round of the Carling Cup with an emphatic 4-2 win over Liverpool, which also included the first goals for on-loan striker Fraizer Campbell.

Tottenham's 6 game unbeaten run ended with a 2-1 loss to Fulham, A mistake from Heurelho Gomes helped Fulham into a 2 goal lead before Fraizer Campbell pulled one back. Tottenham recovered quickly with a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers, increasing the pressure on Blackburn manager Paul Ince and another 1-0 win over NEC Nijmegen in the UEFA Cup almost assuring safe passage to the next round.

November ended with a 1-0 home loss to Everton, Steven Pienaar's deflected effort, later attributed as a Vedran Corluka own goal, was enough to get the victory for Everton.

Tottenham began December by putting themselves into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 win over Watford F.C, Watford had taken the lead through a Tamas Priskin strike but a penalty from Roman Pavlyuchenko and a goal from Darren Bent earned Spurs a tie versus Burnley in the semi-final. Tottenham continued their decent league form with a dominating 2-0 win over West Ham which also included Ledley King's first goal for 3 years.

Spurs then faced defending league champions Manchester United in a home tie which ended in an exciting 0-0 draw, which meant that Tottenham were now unbeaten against the premier league Top Four, Tottenham then completed their UEFA Cup group stage with a 2-2 draw with Spartak Moscow, they proceeded to the next stage in runner up place to face Champions league drop-outs Shakhtar Donetsk.

Tottenham then faced Newcastle United at St. James Park in a losing 2-1 effort, The match was heading for a 1-1 draw until Damien Duff scored in stoppage time to give Newcastle a smash and grab win, 5 days later, Tottenham faced Fulham in the return match at White Hart Lane, the match ended 0-0.

December ended the same as November with a loss, this time to newly promoted West Brom, the 2-0 win was controversial as some saw Roman Bednar's opening goal as a foul on defender Michael Dawson but the goal stood and Tottenham ended the year still very much in a relegation battle.

With the January transfer window opening on January 1, Tottenham made movement in the market straight away. On the 6 January 2009, Jermain Defoe returned to the club from Portsmouth in a deal worth an initial £9million with extras and the writing off of past transfer fees in Pedro Mendes and Defoe himself meant the media announced the fee £15 million, Just over 2 weeks later, Tottenham came to an agreement for the transfer of Wilson Palacios for a fee of £12 million from Wigan, the deal for Palacios was concluded on the 30th January with the approval of a work permit. Tottenham also signed experienced goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini from Chelsea on a free transfer and also concluded a deal to re-sign Pascal Chimbonda from Sunderland for a fee thought to be around £3 million, On the final day of the transfer window, Tottenham resigned their third former player in a month, signing striker Robbie Keane for a fee of an initial £12 million, which, depending on circumstances, can rise to £15 million.

The departures in January saw Andy Barcham made his loan move to Gillingham permanent for an undisclosed fee, 4 days later, Charlie Daniels left Tottenham to join Leyton Orient on a free transfer. On the 21st January, Veteran goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez contract was cancelled so he could return to Spain to play for Spanish club Valencia and 2 days later, Tottenham outcast Hossam Ghaly joined Saudi-Arabian club Al-Nasr for an undisclosed price.

January began well for Tottenham, advancing to the next round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Wigan and then following that with a 4-1 win against Burnley in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg, however Tottenham's league form again suffered when in the next game, against Wigan, Spurs lost 1-0 when Maynor Figueroa powered in a header in stoppage time to confine Tottenham to another loss from last minute goals.

Tottenham responded 7 days later with a 1-1 draw against Portsmouth, at White Hart Lane, The match had massive publicity because of the return of Harry Redknapp and Jermain Defoe, In the match, David Nugent scored a deflected goal before Defoe returned to haunt his old club by scoring the equaliser.

Tottenham, then, faced Burnley in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg. Burnley could only progress by winning by 3 clear goals and it was widely seen as unlikely that Burnley would offer much in terms of opposition, however after 90 minutes, goals from Robbie Blake, Chris McCann and Jay Rodriguez took the game amazingly to extra time and if they held on they would progress thanks to the away goals rule, but facing elimination with under three minutes left to play, goals from Pavlyuchenko and Defoe saw Spurs progress to the final 6-4 on aggregate.

Three days after the extra-time tie, Tottenham faced Manchester United in the FA Cup, losing valiantly 2-1, having taken the lead through Pavlyuchenko before a deflected goal from Paul Scholes and a strike from Dimitar Berbatov ended the FA challenge for the 2008-09 season.

3 days later, Tottenham got their first league win in 6 games with a 3-1 home win over Stoke, brilliant play saw Spurs take a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes before James Beattie scored a consolation goal for the visitors, January ended in defeat for Spurs with 3-2 loss to Bolton, Bolton took a 2-0 lead before a Darren Bent double levelled until another last minute goal from Kevin Davies claimed the points for the home side.

February for Tottenham Hotspur started with a North London derby against fierce rivals, Arsenal. The highly anticipated match ended 0-0 with Spurs enjoying the dominant moments in the game thanks, in part, to the first half sending off of Arsenal midfielder, Emmanuel Eboue. An 11 day rest, ended with a trip to Ukraine to face champions league drop-outs, Shakhtar Donetsk in the Last 32 of the UEFA Cup. Tottenham lost 2-0, thanks to late goals from Evhen Seleznyov and Jádson. The match incurred much criticism from some quarters, due to Tottenham playing a weakened side, however the criticisms were brushed aside by Harry Redknapp, emphatically prioritising the premier league and league cup over the UEFA cup. On the 23 February, Tottenham faced Hull City at the KC Stadium in the Monday night fixture. Spurs eased to a 2-1 win with goals from Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Woodgate sealing a valuable set of points.

Tottenham ended the February set of fixtures only 3 days later with the return leg of Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham again fielded a severely weakened team, due in part to the Carling Cup Final being only 3 days away, and earned an extremely valiant 1-1 draw, with Giovani Dos Santos scoring his first Tottenham goal before a late Fernandinho goal sealed the leg for Shakhtar in the dying moments to eliminate Spurs from the European competition.

March began with the 2009 Carling Cup final against Manchester United, the frantic final ended 0-0 and resulted in a penalty shoot-out, which Manchester United won 4-1 to win the first major trophy of the 2008-09 season. Tottenham rebounded from the heart-break of the final loss, 3 days later, with a 4-0 mauling of Middlesbrough to ease the immediate relegation concerns. The unbeaten run continued with a 1-1 at Sunderland on the 7th of March, the tense match began with an early goal for Kieran Richardson and remained so until in the dying embers of the game, Robbie Keane struck a volley to earn Spurs a point. 8 days later, Tottenham faced fourth placed Aston Villa at Villa Park, an early goal from Jermaine Jenas gave spurs the lead until early in the second half when the lead was extended thanks to a Darren Bent tap-in, John Carew stuck a consolation goal as Tottenham took the three points. Days before the last match of the March fixtures, Tottenham announced a record amount of profit in the 2008 fiscal year. Tottenham faced Chelsea in the final match in March at White Hart Lane, In a thrilling London derby, Tottenham took maximum points, thanks to a second half goal from Croatian Luka Modrić and a much improved performance by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, putting Tottenham, amazingly, only 3 points behind a European place. March ended with three call-ups into the England squad with Aaron Lennon in, thanks to being in mercurial form during the month of March and Ledley King earning a shock call-up, however with the constant injury situation surrounding the goliath defender, King had to pull out 3 days later. Darren Bent also received a call up, on the 28th March, after an injury to Carlton Cole ruled him out of the world cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Updated to games played on 5 April 2009 Source: Barclays Premier League Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored. P = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective tournament; (O) = Play-off winner.

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Fraizer Campbell

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Fraizer Lee Campbell (born 13 September 1987) is an English footballer. He is a striker, and currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur on loan from Manchester United as part of the deal that sent Dimitar Berbatov the opposite way.

Campbell signed for the Manchester United Academy on 1 July 2004, and made an immediate impact, scoring 14 goals in 22 starts for the Under-18s. His performances for the youth team also led to him playing five times for the Reserves, for whom he scored once. The following season, he made a further 13 appearances for the Under-18s, scoring nine goals, but his major impact came for the Reserves. Campbell was the Reserve team's joint second-top scorer with nine goals (behind Giuseppe Rossi, who scored 26 goals in 25 games), helping the team on their way to a Reserve Treble of Premier Reserve League, North/South Play-off Shield and Manchester Senior Cup.

In November 2005, Campbell was handed the number 51 shirt at Manchester United, and was named in the matchday squad for the FA Cup Third Round match against Burton Albion in January 2006. Campbell signed his first professional contract with the club on 22 March 2006, and on 9 May, he was named as a substitute for Roy Keane's testimonial match at Old Trafford, coming on as a 75th-minute replacement for Kieran Richardson. Later that summer, he scored his first goal for the club after he had come on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney in a friendly against Macclesfield Town.

Campbell joined Manchester United's Belgian affiliate club, Royal Antwerp, for the duration of the 2006–07 season, where his goal-scoring success resulted in the fans giving him the nickname "Super Campbell". On 8 August 2007, Campbell scored a clever volley against Glentoran in a pre-season friendly, and on 19 August 2007, he was named on the bench for the Manchester derby against Manchester City. He came on in the 73rd minute for Michael Carrick to make his senior debut.

Campbell enjoyed another productive loan spell in 2007-08, this time at Hull City in the Football League Championship. He initially joined City in October 2007 on loan until mid-January 2008, and scored twice on his home debut in a 3-0 victory over Barnsley. Following his match-winning display against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day 2007, in which he scored one goal and set up another, Hull expressed their interest in extending Campbell's loan until the end of the season. The loan extension was completed on 28 December 2007.

Campbell finished the season as Hull City's top scorer, with 15 goals. On 24 May 2008, he played in the Hull City team that achieved promotion to the top flight for the first time in their 104-year history, providing the assist for Dean Windass' goal in a 1–0 win over Bristol City in the Championship Playoff Final at Wembley Stadium. He described the loan move as "the best move of my career", saying "This is exactly why I came out on loan", "It's like a fairytale really. You come away on loan and you never really know what to expect but we've done really well, both as a team and on a personal level".

Hull City expressed a strong desire to retain Campbell's services for the 2008–09 season. Hull chairman Paul Duffen had described Campbell as "too good for the Championship", but following their promotion Hull were hoping to secure either a permanent move or another season-long loan, depending on Manchester United's willingness to let him go. However, Campbell repeatedly expressed the desire to return to Old Trafford and try to break into the first team. On 1 September 2008, Hull City bid a club record fee of £7m for Campbell.

In July 2008, Campbell was selected to tour South Africa with the Manchester United first team, and scored the team's fourth goal in a 4–0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the 2008 Vodacom Challenge. He also scored the winning goal in Ole Gunnar Solskjær's testimonial match against Espanyol on 2 August. After the game, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson indicated that Campbell would remain at the club for the duration of the season, stating "Fraizer's future is here".

On 17 August 2008, Campbell started alongside Wayne Rooney for the opening game of the season in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.

On 1 September 2008, transfer deadline day, Campbell signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal, as part of the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United for £30.75 million. He made his Tottenham debut on 18 September 2008, coming on as a 56th-minute substitute for Aaron Lennon in a UEFA Cup first round first leg match against Wisła Kraków. Within 15 minutes of coming on, Campbell provided Darren Bent with the assist for the winning goal. Campbell scored his first two goals for Tottenham in a 4–2 victory over Liverpool in the Fourth Round of the League Cup, as well as setting up his strike partner, Roman Pavlyuchenko, for the game's opening goal. On 15 November 2008, Campbell scored his first ever Premier League goal late in a 2-1 defeat to Fulham.

During his loan spell at Hull, Campbell received his first call-up to the England Under-21 team, coming on as a substitute in a match against Poland on 25 March 2008. He scored his first international goal on 18 November 2008 in a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic Under-21s.

Updated on 1 December 2008.

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Jamie Carragher


James Lee Duncan "Jamie" Carragher (born 28 January 1978) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League side Liverpool. He is the current vice-captain and is one of the club's longest-serving players; he made his 500th appearance for Liverpool in all competitions in January 2008.

Carragher is a one-club man, having started his career with the Liverpool youth team. He made his professional debut in the 1996–97 season and became a first team regular the following season. He gained his first senior honours in 2001, winning a cup treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. Having initially played as a full back, the arrival of manager Rafael Benítez in 2004 saw Carragher move to the centre back position and that season he won his greatest honour to date—the UEFA Champions League. In the next season, he won the FA Cup and was selected in the PFA Team of the Year. Carragher set a record for the most appearances in European competition for Liverpool in 2007.

Internationally, Carragher held the national record for most caps at under-21 level and earned his senior debut in 1999. Although he competed at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, he failed to pin down a first team place in the England national team. Frustrated with being used as cover for the defensive positions, Carragher decided to retire from international football in 2007, finishing with 34 senior England caps. He released his autobiography, Carra, in 2008.

Born in Bootle, Merseyside, Carragher attended the former FA school of excellence in Lilleshall in his youth and was a member of Liverpool's FA Youth Cup winning team in 1996 along with his friend Michael Owen. He signed a professional contract in October 1996 and then made his first team debut under Roy Evans' management three months later in the second leg of the Coca Cola Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough, coming on as a substitute for Rob Jones. Next came his Premiership debut, again coming on as a substitute, against West Ham. He then started the next game against Aston Villa and marked the occasion with his first goal (a header in front of the Kop) in a 3-0 win to temporarily take the side to the top of the table, but Liverpool finished the season in fourth place. In the 1997–98 season, Carragher broke into the first team, making twenty Premier League appearances. The following season he cemented his place in the first-team squad, missing just four league games all season, and Kevin Keegan awarded him his first full international cap.

Throughout his early years he was essentially used as a utility player, spending time as a centre-half, right and left full-back and defensive midfield. Because of this he would be deployed to fill in wherever there was a hole, ultimately harming his ability to hold down a first team position of his own. In 1999–2000 he played mainly as a right-back, then in 2000–01 he made the left-back position his own. 2001 also saw Carragher gain his first senior trophies: the FA Cup, UEFA Cup, League Cup (scoring in the shootout in the final against Birmingham), Community Shield and European Super Cup.

He hit the headlines in January 2002 during an FA Cup tie against Arsenal, when he threw a coin back into the stands that had been tossed at him. Carragher earned a red card and a disrepute charge from The Football Association. From 2002 till 2004 Carragher was hit by two serious injuries, firstly missing the 2002 FIFA World Cup for an operation on his troublesome knee and later due to a broken leg in the first half of the 2003–04 season after a tackle by Blackburn's Lucas Neill at Ewood Park in the Reds' fifth game of the season. During this period, Carragher's place in the team was also threatened by signings of Steve Finnan and John Arne Riise. However, he succeeded in retaining his place in the team, making 24 appearances in the first half of 2004.

The 2004–05 season was a career defining one for Carragher. New manager Rafael Benítez moved him to centre-half where he managed 56 appearances alongside Sami Hyypiä. Carragher shrugged off the utility tag and established himself as a centre half. Carragher developed a reputation as a strong and positionally astute defender. His partnership with Hyypiä was central in Liverpool's 2004-2005 UEFA Champions League victory. One of the most memorable moments of the match was when Carragher made two vital last ditch intercept into extra time whilst suffering from cramp. Carragher was voted as Liverpool's player of the year at the end of the campaign. He later went on to captain the team in their 2005 UEFA Super Cup victory over CSKA Moscow.

On 13 May 2006, Carragher played in the FA Cup final against West Ham. It was his tenth final in as many years of club football. He scored an own goal in the 21st minute, but Liverpool went on to win 3–1 on penalties after the match finished 3–3 after extra-time.

On 9 December 2006, Carragher scored his first league goal since January 1999, in a match against Fulham at Anfield. His central defence partner Daniel Agger flicked the ball on from a corner, and Carragher slid the ball under Fulham keeper Jan Lastuvka at the far post. The goal was only his fourth in his Liverpool career.

In Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea on 1 May 2007, Carragher set a record for the most appearances in European competition for the club. His 90th European match took him past Ian Callaghan's 89 matches between 1964 and 1978. Carragher was voted as Liverpool's Player of the Year for the 2006–07 season by the fans and soon after extended his contract till 2011. That season also saw Carragher's international retirement, with the defender citing frustration with a lack of appearances under Steve McClaren.

The 2007–08 season saw Carragher reach his 500th appearance for Liverpool. He was made captain for this match. He currently stands at number 11 in the all time Liverpool appearances table in all competitions.

In 1996, Carragher had his first appearance for the England under-21 team. Playing as a defensive midfielder, he became a regular for the team, and eventually captain. In 2000, when he became ineligible for the team, he held the national record for most caps at this level, with 27. The record was eclipsed in 2007 by goalkeeper Scott Carson.

On 28 April 1999 he earned his first cap for the senior England team, as a substitute against Hungary. He made his full international début against Holland at White Hart Lane in 2001. Carragher missed the 2002 World Cup through injury, but travelled with England to Euro 2004. He eventually ended up with no playing time, losing out to Ledley King when a vacancy opened up. He was selected for the England squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and was not in the original starting eleven, but came into the team after Gary Neville suffered an injury.

Carragher has played centre-back, right-back, left-back, and in the defensive midfield for England. Despite his many caps and regular squad appearances, he has never held down a consistent place in the starting eleven. Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson generally used two central defenders from John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell in preference to Carragher, but occasionally used Carragher as right-back as deputy for Gary Neville, as he did during the 2006 World Cup.

On 1 July 2006 Carragher was one of three players to have a penalty saved by Ricardo Pereira, as England yet again succumbed on penalties to exit the 2006 World Cup in the quarter finals against Portugal. Carragher, who had been brought on as a substitute for Aaron Lennon late in he game, scored with his first attempt but was forced to re-take his penalty by the referee, who had not blown his whistle. Carragher then saw his second effort saved.

On 9 July 2007 it was reported that Carragher was considering quitting the England squad. TalkSport host Adrian Durham accused Carragher of "bottling it." Carragher confirmed on the show that he was indeed thinking about retirement, but he had already had two talks with England head coach Steve McClaren and would leave it until the upcoming match against Germany to decide.

Carragher did subsequently retire from International football. McClaren attempted to persuade him to return to the International setup on at least one occasion, whilst McClaren's replacement Fabio Capello has reportedly suggested that he would be happy to consider Carragher. Carragher's responses have suggested that he would not respond positively to any offers of a call-up. Carragher was said to have been unhappy at the failure of successive England managers to pick him at centre-back, preferring to use him as cover along the back four and even as a holding midfielder.

In 2005, Carragher starred in an anti-bullying music video for Liverpool band Just 3, entitled Stand Tall. The video was directed by Samantha Janus, and was heavily backed by Childline ambassador Esther Rantzen.

Carragher also owns a restaurant in Liverpool called "Cafe Sport England Restaurant".

Carragher is married to Nicola, and has two children; James and Mia.

On 28 February 2008, Carragher was arrested and cautioned for assault outside a school near his home in Crosby. Liverpool refused to comment.

On September 11, 2008, Carragher's biography, Carra, was released, but controversial excerpts were leaked to the press beforehand. In one instance, Carragher claimed that his close friends were looking to assault fellow Premiership player Lucas Neill but that the incident was averted only because Neill was in the company of David Thompson, one of Carragher's former teammates, who Carragher did not want to "become a witness to an assault." Carragher sent a text to Thompson, "telling him Neill should give him a hug of thanks," suggesting had Thompson not been there, Neill would have faced an assault.

Carragher also asserted therein that his brothers have trouble finding employment in the city of Liverpool because of the number of foreign immigrants working in England, prompting claims of xenophobia. He also stated that, though he was fully committed when playing for England, international defeats did not affect him as much as club defeats with Liverpool did.

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