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Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes (; born 16 November 1974) is an English association football, a List of one-club men who has played Paul Scholes entire professional career for Manchester United F.C..

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Paul Scholes biography

Paul Scholes (; born 16 November 1974) is an English association football, a List of one-club men who has played Paul Scholes entire professional career for Manchester United F.C..

Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, but later moving to Langley, Greater Manchester, Scholes excelled in both cricket and football in school. Paul Scholes first trained with Manchester United at the age of 14 after being spotted by a scout at Paul Scholes school, and made Paul Scholes debut for United in the 1994–95 in English football. Paul Scholes went on to play a key part in Manchester United's Treble (association football)-winning 1998–99 in English football, winning ten Premier League, three FA Cup and two UEFA Champions League medals.

Scholes represented the England national football team from 1997 to 2004, participating in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2002 FIFA World Cup, as well as UEFA Euro 2000 and UEFA Euro 2004. Scholes has amassed over 120 Yellow_card_(sports) Yellow_card in all competitions during Paul Scholes career and has been sent off ten times.

Scholes has made 677 appearances for United, the fourth List_of_Manchester_United_F.C._records_and_statistics Most_appearances by any player for the club. Scholes officially announced Paul Scholes retirement from playing duties on 31 May 2011 and began Paul Scholes coaching career at the club from the 2011–12 season onward. Scholes reversed this decision on 8 January 2012, to play for the club until the end of the 2011–12 season.

Early years

Scholes was born at Hope Hospital in Salford, Greater Manchester, to parents Stewart and Marina Scholes. The family moved to Langley, Greater Manchester area of Middleton, Greater Manchester when Paul Scholes was 18 months old where Paul Scholes lived on Bowness Road, and later Talkin Drive. Paul Scholes attended the St Mary's RC Primary School in Langley. The first team Paul Scholes played for was Langley Furrows. Scholes also excelled at cricket. At age 14, Paul Scholes began training with Manchester United F.C.. Paul Scholes then later joined as a trainee upon leaving the Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton during the summer of 1991. Scholes turned professional on 23 July 1993 and was issued with the number 24 shirt, but did not make Paul Scholes breakthrough into the senior squad until the 1994–95 in English football season, when Paul Scholes made seventeen league appearances and scored five goals.

Paul Scholes debut came on 21 September 1994, where Paul Scholes scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over Port Vale F.C. in the Football League Cup. Paul Scholes league debut came three days later against Ipswich Town F.C. at Portman Road, a game which United lost 3–2 and Scholes scored a consolation goal. Paul Scholes scored two league goals came on 10 December when United beat Queen's Park Rangers F.C. 3–2 at Loftus Road. On 3 January 1995, Paul Scholes got onto the scoresheet at Old Trafford for the first time with the opener in a 2–0 league win over Coventry City F.C.. Paul Scholes scored once more that season, in a 3–2 away win over Coventry City on 1 May.

Scholes came on as a substitute in the 1995 FA Cup Final against Everton F.C., which United lost 1–0. Paul Scholes came close to scoring twice late in the game, only to be foiled by Neville Southall both times.

In 1995–96 in English football, after Mark Hughes moved to Chelsea F.C., Scholes had more first-team opportunities, standing in for the suspended Eric Cantona as Andrew Cole's strike partner for the first two months of the campaign. Scholes (now wearing the number 22 shirt) scored fourteen goals in all competitions as United became the first English team to win the double twice. Paul Scholes picked up another Premier League winners medal in 1996–97 in English football - in this season Paul Scholes changed Paul Scholes shirt number to 18, which Paul Scholes held for the next 15 years.

In the 1996 close season, when United unsuccessfuly tried to sign Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers F.C., the Ewood Park club reportedly demanded that United should offer Scholes in exchange if any bid for Shearer from United was to be considered. By this stage, Scholes was rated at £5million, and Blackburn had already rejected a part-exchange deal involving £7million-rated Andrew Cole.However, Shearer never came to Old Trafford, instead joining Newcastle United F.C. for £15million.

After Roy Keane suffered a knee injury in late September 1997 and was ruled out for the season, Scholes moved to central midfield in the 1997–98 in English football. However, United finished the season without a major trophy, only the second time in the 1990s that this happened.

In 1998–99 in English football, Scholes was a key player in Manchester United's Premier League title, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League The Treble success. Paul Scholes scored one of Manchester United's two goals against Newcastle United F.C. in the FA Cup final. Paul Scholes also scored an away goal against F.C. Internazionale Milano in the Champions League 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals. Paul Scholes came on as a substitute in the second leg of the semi final against Italian club Juventus as Alex Ferguson opted for Nicky Butt in the starting line up. Paul Scholes picked up a yellow card which ruled Paul Scholes out of the final victory over FC Bayern Munich through suspension.


In 2001–02 in English football, Manchester United completed the signing of Argentine international Juan Sebastián Verón. In order to accommodate Scholes and Veron, Ferguson persisted with the 4–4–1–1 formation, which saw Scholes playing at the withdrawn striker role behind Ruud van Nistelrooy as Roy Keane and Veron played in central midfield. In European away fixtures, Scholes was often played in central midfield alongside Veron as Keane anchored. However, Scholes failed to adapt to the system and Paul Scholes form suffered.

Scholes netted a career-high twenty goals in all competitions in the 2002–03 season, a number that dipped to fourteen the next year. This was despite a career-best four FA Cup goals, in comparison to Paul Scholes total of five FA Cup goals scored in Paul Scholes first nine seasons. Paul Scholes helped Manchester United reach the 2005 FA Cup Final but saw Paul Scholes penalty saved by Jens Lehmann as they lost to Arsenal F.C. in a penalty shootout. Paul Scholes was ruled out for the second half of the 2005–06 in English football with blurred vision. The cause of this was initially uncertain, sparking fears that it could end Paul Scholes career. Paul Scholes overcame this problem through the beginning of the year and Paul Scholes appeared in Manchester United's final game of the season against Charlton Athletic F.C.. Reportedly, Scholes' vision has not completely recovered.
On 22 October 2006, in the 2–0 Premier League victory over Liverpool, Scholes became the ninth United player to play in five hundred matches, joining Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, and current teammate Ryan Giggs.

Scholes was dismissed during Manchester United's 1–0 away victory over Liverpool F.C. on 3 March 2007, for swinging an arm at Xabi Alonso. It marked Paul Scholes first league expulsion since April 2005. A month later, Paul Scholes was sent off in the first leg of Manchester United's Champions League quarter final at A.S. Roma.

On 23 August 2007, Paul Scholes was shortlisted for a place in the English Football Hall of Fame, which ultimately went to Dennis Bergkamp as voted for by Football Focus viewers.

Scholes suffered knee ligament damage during a training session the night before Manchester United's Champions League Group F matchup with FC Dynamo Kyiv on 23 October 2007, and was out of action until the end of January 2008. Paul Scholes returned as a substitute in Manchester United's 3–1 win over Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the fourth round of the FA Cup. On 23 April 2008, Scholes made Paul Scholes hundredth Champions League appearance in a semi-final 0–0 draw at FC Barcelona, and scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory in the second leg that sent United into the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final. During the final against Chelsea, Paul Scholes suffered an injury and received a Yellow card (sports) Yellow card after a clash with Claude Makélélé; Paul Scholes was substituted in the 87th minute and did not take part in the penalty shoot-out that was won 6–5 by United after a 1–1 extra-time draw.

Scholes was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in September 2008 In a December 2008 interview with The Daily Mirror, Paul Scholes said Paul Scholes planned to retire from football completely in two years. "I think I've got two years left at the most .. I'm looking forward to finishing and everything that goes with it."

On 22 April 2009, Paul Scholes made Paul Scholes 600th appearance for Manchester United in a 2–0 win over Portsmouth F.C..

On 16 February 2010, Scholes scored Paul Scholes third Champions League goal of the season against A.C. Milan in a 3–2 win; it was also United's first ever away goal against Milan. This gave United their first ever away win over Milan and also made Scholes the first ever player to score against both F.C. Internazionale Milano and Milan at the San Siro in the Champions League. On March 6, 2010, Scholes became the 19th player in Premier League history to score 100 goals and also the third United player after Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney to do so in the 2009–10 Premier League, netting the only goal in a 1–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. at Molineux Stadium. On 16 April 2010, Scholes signed a new one-year contract with United, keeping Paul Scholes at the club until the end of the 2010–11 season.

Scholes began the 2010–11 season strongly, displaying Man of the Match performances against Chelsea F.C. in the 2010 FA Community Shield on 8 August and eight days later in the opening fixture of the 2010–11 Premier League against Newcastle United F.C. as Paul Scholes assisted two goals in a 3–0 home victory. Scholes scored Paul Scholes 150th goal for Manchester United in a 2–2 away draw against Fulham F.C. on 22 August; Paul Scholes was also awarded the Premier League Player of the Month for August 2010. In April 2011, Scholes was sent off for a high challenge on Pablo Zabaleta in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City; Manchester United went on to lose the fixture 1–0.

Paul Scholes announced Paul Scholes retirement on 31 May 2011, with immediate effect, and joined the coaching staff at Manchester United.

On 5 August 2011, United held a testimonial match to honour Paul Scholes 17 years of service to United. The match was played at Old Trafford against New York Cosmos (2010). United won the match 6–0, with Scholes opening the scoring with a trademark strike from 25 yards out.


On 8 January 2012, Scholes reversed Paul Scholes decision to retire because of the injury crisis in the Manchester United F.C. squad and made Paul Scholes return as a substitute during a 3–2 win, against Manchester derby Manchester City F.C. in the FA Cup. Paul Scholes wore the number 22 shirt, which Paul Scholes last wore during the 1995–96 season, and replaced Nani in the 59th minute. Paul Scholes made Paul Scholes first start in the next game against Bolton Wanderers F.C., where Paul Scholes scored Paul Scholes first goal since returning in a 3–0 victory at Old Trafford, converting a Wayne Rooney pass; this meant Paul Scholes had scored at least one goal in every season in the Premier League since 1994–95 FA Premier League. Paul Scholes scored Paul Scholes second goal since coming back in a 2-1 away win against Norwich City F.C. on 26 February, heading home a cross from Nani.

International career

Scholes made Paul Scholes international debut against South Africa national football team in 1997 in a 2–1 friendly win at Old Trafford, and was included in the England squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. England were grouped with Colombia national football team, Tunisia national football team and Romania national football team. During England's first World Cup group match against Tunisia, Scholes sealed a 2–0 victory with a goal late in the game.

Paul Scholes international career continued after England's elimination from the World Cup by Argentina national football team on penalties in the first knock-out round. On 27 March 1999, Scholes managed a hat-trick for England in a game against Poland national football team. In addition, Scholes scored both goals in England's 2–0 win at Hampden Park over Scotland national football team in the UEFA Euro 2000 play-off first leg, sealing a 2–1 aggregate win and qualification for the finals tournament. In a qualifier against Sweden national football team that June, Scholes became the first and last England player to be sent off in an international match at the old Wembley Stadium (1923). Scholes announced Paul Scholes retirement from international football in August 2004, citing Paul Scholes family life and Paul Scholes club career with Manchester United F.C. as being more important.

In July 2006, following Eriksson's departure, there was talk of Scholes making himself available for international duty again under new manager Steve McClaren, but nothing ever came of it. In May 2010, McClaren's successor Fabio Capello approached Scholes about a return to international football in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but the player rejected the offer saying he'd prefer to spend time with Paul Scholes family. On 7 June 2010, Scholes revealed had Capello given Paul Scholes more time and had asked earlier then Paul Scholes would have probably taken the opportunity. On 27 July 2010, Scholes then revealed Paul Scholes disappointment in not taking the opportunity to play at another World Cup, saying Paul Scholes may have made a mistake.

International goals


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