John Terry

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John Terry
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0Full Name John George Terry
0Date of Birth 7 December 1980
0Place of Birth Barking, London
0Position Centre-back
0Chelsea career 1995 –
0Debut 28 October 1998
0Games (goals) 713 (66)
0Other clubs Nottingham Forrest (loan)

John George Terry (born 7 December 1980 in Barking), plays in a centre back position and is the current club captain of Chelsea and captain of the English national side. He is the most successful captain in Chelsea's history, having won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup five times, and the League Cup twice, including leading the Blues to the first double in the club's history, in 2010. He was voted Chelsea Player of the Year in 2001 and 2006.

Terry was voted best defender in the UEFA Champions League in both 2005 and 2008, the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for four consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2008. He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team. Terry was captain of the England national football team from August 2006 until February 2010. He was reinstated as captain in March 2011 but retired from international football the following year.

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Before Chelsea

Terry came through the ranks at Chelsea, having joined the club at the age of 14. He had previously played for Senrab, a youth side with a history of producing future internationals, including Sol Campbell and Jermaine Defoe, and for West Ham United at schoolboy level.

Chelsea career

1998-2004

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. While playing for Forest, Terry was spotted by then-Huddersfield Town manager Steve Bruce who bid £750,000 for the defender.
Celebrating his first goal for Chelsea on 20 February 2000
Chelsea reportedly accepted the offer, but it fell through as Terry opted to remain with the Premier League club and learn his trade in the top tier. In addition to his spell at Forest, he made nine appearances for Chelsea during the 1999-00 season, and scored his first goal for the club against Gillingham in the FA Cup 6th Round. The Blues went on to win the FA Cup, with Terry receiving a winners' medal as an unused substitute; his first major honour.

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. He continued his progress during 2001-02, becoming a regular in the defence alongside club captain and French international Marcel Desailly. On 5 December 2001 he captained Chelsea for the first time, in a league match against Charlton Athletic. Chelsea reached the FA Cup final, following wins against London rivals West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth and sixth rounds respectively, and Fulham in the semi-final – where Terry scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory. A virus denied Terry a place in the starting line-up for the final, although he came on as a second-half substitute as Chelsea lost 2-0 to Arsenal. In the 2003-04 season, 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, forming a strong defensive partnership with William Gallas.

Back-to-back league titles

Following Desailly's retirement, new Chelsea manager José Mourinho chose Terry as his club captain, a choice which was positive throughout the 2004-05 season as Chelsea won the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion with the best defensive record in Football League history with the most clean sheets and the most points accrued.
Celebrating back-to-back league titles in May 2006
He was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England, the first defender to receive the honour since 1993. He also scored eight goals from defence in 53 appearances, half of which were in European competition, including a late winner against Barcelona, in the UEFA Champions League, and was voted the best defender in the competition for the season.

In September 2005, Terry 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. Chelsea defended their Premier League title in 2005-06, earning 91 points, and confirming the title with a 3-0 victory against Manchester United. Terry made 50 appearances and scored seven goals over the season, three of which were solitary goals in 1-0 victories.

2006-07

In a match on 14 October 2006 against Reading, Terry had to take over in goal for Chelsea after both of Chelsea's usual keepers, Petr Čech and Carlo Cudicini were injured in the game. He wore the number 40 shirt belonging to third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilário. The defender had to keep goal for little over a minute, and Chelsea hung on for a 1-0 victory. On 5 November 2006, playing against Tottenham Hotspur, Terry was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career. He received two yellow cards as Chelsea lost at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1987. Terry was charged with misconduct by the FA for questioning the integrity of match referee Graham Poll after the game. 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.

Over the course of the season Terry missed matches for Chelsea due to a recurring back problem. After the match against Reading on 26 December 2006, José Mourinho stated that his captain may require surgery to fix the problem. In the games that he had missed, Chelsea had conceded six goals. 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."[1] 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 3 February 2007. He then played his first 90 minutes of football for nearly three months against Middlesbrough. Playing in the UEFA Champions league last-sixteen away tie against Porto, he suffered another injury, this time to his ankle, and was set to miss the 2007 League Cup Final against Arsenal, but managed to recover from the injury within days and played in the final. During the second half of the match, at an attacking corner, 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 nearly 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 he had of the second half is walking out onto the pitch and he did not remember the 10 minutes he played prior to his injury.[2] Following the incident, Terry thanked the Arsenal physiologist Gary Lewin for saving his life.[3] Lewin was the first medic that rushed over to assist him after his tongue had blocked his airways. After spending two weeks on the sidelines, he made his return to the Chelsea team in March. He went on to lead Chelsea to the semi-finals of the Champions League, the third time in four years that Chelsea had 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.

2007-08

Despite failing to agree terms to a new contract immediately following the 2006-07 season, Terry stated on several occasions that he had no intention of leaving Chelsea. In late July he signed a new five-year contract with a base salary in the region of £135,000[4] per week, making him the highest-paid player in the Premier League at the time.

On 16 December 2007 whilst playing against Arsenal, Terry's foot was stepped on by Emannuel Eboue as the Chelsea defender cleared the ball, resulting in 3 broken bones in Terry's foot. He was expected to be out for at least three months but made a speedy recovery and managed to captain Chelsea to the 2008 League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur, which Chelsea lost 2-1. On 11 May 2008 whilst playing in the last league game of the season against Bolton Wanderers, he collided with goalkeeper, Petr Čech, and suffered a partially dislocated elbow which was put back in while in the ambulance on the way to hospital. This injury didn't prevent him playing in the Champions League final against Manchester United. The match went to penalties, and Terry missed a penalty which would have won Chelsea the match (and the Champions League). In heavy rain, his standing leg slipped as he took his kick, and though Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was sent the wrong way, the ball clipped the post and went wide. Chelsea lost the shootout 6-5, with Nicolas Anelka missing the crucial kick in sudden death; the result leaving the Chelsea captain in tears.

2008-09

On 28 August 2008, Terry was awarded the Defender of The Year award from UEFA at the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw in Monaco, together with Frank Lampard and Petr Čech who received the award relating to their respective positions. On 13 September 2008, Terry received the first straight red card of his career against Manchester City for pulling down Jô just inside the Chelsea half. However, this was later rescinded on appeal.

Celebrating winning the Double in 2010 with Carlo Ancelotti

At the end of the season, which had been disrupted by the mid-season departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari, Terry led Chelsea to the FA Cup under interim manager Guus Hiddink, the Blues recovering from conceding a goal in the first minute to defeat Everton 2-1. It was Chelsea's fifth FA Cup title, and the third of Terry's career.

2009-10

Prior to the 2009-10 season there was prolonged speculation that Terry would join Manchester City, though new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted that Terry would remain at Chelsea. In late July, Terry pledged his future to Chelsea "once and for all", and was rewarded with a new five-year contract [5]. Terry claimed that during discussions with the club he had sought assurances that Chelsea would secure key existing players for the long term, adding "I'm as committed as ever to helping drive Chelsea forward and I'll be proud to lead the team for as long as I can."

Terry (centre left) lifting the FA Cup with Frank Lampard in 2010

Chelsea started the season strongly under Ancelotti, despite away defeats against Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa. During the latter game the Chelsea captain clearly displayed his frustration following Villa's second goal, the second of the game to come from a set piece. On 8 November 2009, Terry scored the decisive goal in Chelsea's match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge to preserve their perfect home record for the season. Terry scored another crucial goal against Burnley in January 2010, scoring a headed winner from a corner in the 82nd minute, to earn Chelsea all three points. The Blues went on to secure the Premier League title, the third of Terry's career, and clinched the double with victory over Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final, with Terry earning the permanant distinction of being the first Chelsea captain to lead the club to both titles in the same season.

2010-11

Terry on 13 May 2012
2010-11 was a relatively disappointing season for Terry and Chelsea. Despite finishing second in the Premier League, the club finished the season trophyless and manager Carlo Ancelotti was sacked at the end of the campaign. With many players failing to reach the heights of the previous season, Terry was one of the side's most consistent players, his defensive performances (aided by a fine season from goalkeeper Petr Čech) helping Chelsea finish the season with the joint-lowest number of goals conceded in the league. Terry also contributed four goals throughout the season, and passed the landmark of 500 appearances for the club, only the fifth player to reach the total after Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti, John Hollins and Frank Lampard.

2011-12

International

Terry has made over 60 appearances and scored six goals for England, representing his country at Euro 2004 and the 2006 and 2010 World Cup Finals. He made his England debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro, and started his first game for England on 20 August 2003 at Portman Road, Ipswich, in a friendly against Croatia. England won the game 3-1. His main central defensive partner during his international career has been Rio Ferdinand.

In a warm-up match for the 2006 World Cup against Hungary on 30 May, Terry scored his first goal for England, the team's second in a 3-1 victory. He was the only English player to be named in the tournament's all-star squad following the tournament.

On 10 August 2006, Steve McClaren named John Terry as England captain, succeeding David Beckham. Terry scored a goal on his debut as 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. He could not prevent England failing to qualify for Euro 2008 however, and he missed the crucial final qualifying game against Croatia at Wembley through injury, which England lost 3-2[6].

Following Steve McClaren's sacking, new manager Fabio Capello announced that John Terry would remain as England captain. However in February 2010, following allegations regarding Terry's private life, involving England (and former Chelsea) teammate Wayne Bridge, Capello replaced Terry as captain with Rio Ferdinand. During the 2010 World Cup, after disappointing results in the first two games, Terry hinted at dissatisfaction with Capello's team selection and stated that the players were bored with little to do in the evenings at their training base; he also said that a clear-the-air team meeting would take place that evening. The next day Capello responded by saying that Terry had made "a very big mistake" in challenging his authority to the media. [7]

On 19 March 2011 Fabio Capello announced that John Terry would once again be the permanent England captain following a long term injury to previous captain Rio Ferdinand.

Statistics

See also: List of John Terry goals
Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1998-99 2 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
1999-00 4 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2000-01 22 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
2001-02 33 1 5 2 5 0 4 1 0 0 47 4
2002-03 20 3 5 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 29 6
2003-04 33 2 3 1 2 0 13 0 0 0 51 3
2004-05 36 3 1 1 5 0 11 4 0 0 53 8
2005-06 36 4 4 2 1 1 8 0 1 0 50 7
2006-07 28 1 4 0 2 0 10 0 1 0 45 1
2007-08 23 1 2 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 37 1
2008-09 35 1 4 0 1 0 11 2 0 0 51 3
2009-10 37 2 5 1 1 0 8 0 1 0 52 3
2010-11 33 3 3 0 1 0 8 1 1 0 46 4
2011-12 31 6 4 0 1 0 8 1 0 0 44 7
2012-13 14 4 3 1 1 0 8 1 1 0 27 6
2013-14 34 2 0 0 1 0 11 0 1 0 47 2
2014-15 38 5 0 0 4 1 7 2 0 0 49 8
2015-16 24 1 2 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 33 1
2016-17 5 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 488 40 58 11 37 2 123 13 7 0 713 66

Correct as of 19 March 2017

Honours

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FA Cup:

League Cup:

UEFA Champions League:

UEFA Europa League:

FA Community Shield:

Individual

PFA Player of the Year:

Chelsea Player of the Year:

FIFPro World XI:

UEFA Club Awards Best Defender:

Contract

Terry's current contract expires at the end of the 2016-17 season. [8]


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11 Pedro • 12 Mikel • 13 Courtois • 14 Loftus-Cheek • 15 Moses • 16 Kenedy • 19 Diego Costa • 21 Matić • 22 Willian
23 Batshuayi • 24 Cahill • 26 Terry (c) • 28 Azpilicueta • 29 N. Chalobah • 30 David Luiz • 34 Aina
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