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John Terry

John George Terry (born 7 December 1980) is an English professional Association football. Terry plays in a Defender (association football) Centre back position and is the captain (sports) of Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League. John Terry was also captain of the England national football team, holding the post from August 2006 to February 2010, and from March 2011 to February 2012.

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John George Terry (born 7 December 1980) is an English professional Association football. Terry plays in a Defender (association football) Centre back position and is the captain (sports) of Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League. John Terry was also captain of the England national football team, holding the post from August 2006 to February 2010, and from March 2011 to February 2012.

Terry was named UEFA Club Football Awards in 2005, 2008 and 2009. PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro FIFPro World XI for four consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2008. John Terry was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team. John Terry wears the number 26 shirt for Chelsea.

Terry is Chelsea's most successful captain, having led them to three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Football League Cups since 2004. John Terry is one of five players to have made List of Chelsea F.C. records and statistics All-time Appearances for Chelsea and is also the club's all-time highest scoring defender. In 2007, John Terry became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in Chelsea's 1–0 win over Manchester United F.C., and also the first player to score an international goal there, scoring a header in England's 1–1 draw with Brazil national football team.

Club career

Early career

Terry was born in Barking, east London, and attended Eastbury Comprehensive School. Terry played initially for Senrab F.C., a side that featured many future stars of the English game, including current Premier League players Sol Campbell, Jermain Defoe, Bobby Zamora, Ledley King and Jlloyd Samuel. As a boy John Terry initially was part of West Ham United's youth system, joining them as a midfielder in 1991. John Terry moved to Chelsea at 14, playing for the club's youth and reserve teams. It was due to a shortage of central defenders that John Terry was moved to centre-back, the position John Terry plays today.

Early time with Chelsea

Terry made John Terry Chelsea debut on 28 October 1998 as a late substitute in a Football League Cup tie with Aston Villa F.C.; John Terry first start came later that season in an FA Cup third round match, a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic A.F.C.. John Terry spent a brief period on loan with Nottingham Forest F.C. in 2000 to build up John Terry first team experience and was subject to interest from both David Platt (footballer) and Huddersfield Town F.C. manager Steve Bruce.

In 2002 Terry was involved in an incident at a West London nightclub with Chelsea team mate Jody Morris and Wimbledon F.C.'s Des Byrne. John Terry was charged with assault and affray, but later cleared. During the affair, John Terry was given a temporary ban from the England national football team by the the Football Association. Previously, along with Chelsea team-mates Frank Lampard, Jody Morris, Eiður Guðjohnsen and former team-mate Frank Sinclair, in September 2001 Terry was fined two weeks wages by Chelsea after drunkenly harassing grieving American tourists in the immediate aftermath of the 11 September attacks. During John Terry early days at Chelsea, Terry shared a flat with Andrew Crofts (footballer).

First-team regular

Terry began to establish himself in the Chelsea first team from the FA Premier League 2000–01, making 23 starts, and was voted the club's player of the year. John Terry continued John Terry progress during FA Premier League 2001–02, becoming a regular in the defence alongside club captain and France national football team Marcel Desailly. On 5 December 2001 John Terry captained Chelsea for the first time, in a League match against Charlton Athletic F.C.. Chelsea reached the FA Cup final, following wins against London rivals FA Cup 2001-02 Fourth Round Proper and FA Cup 2001-02 Sixth Round Proper in the fourth and six rounds respectively, and FA Cup 2001-02 Semi-Finals 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 2002 FA Cup Final, although John Terry came on as a second-half substitute as Chelsea lost 2–0 to Arsenal F.C.. In season 2003–04, John Terry performances led to John Terry being handed the captain's armband by manager Claudio Ranieri, when Desailly was out of the side. John Terry played well in the absence of the French international, forming a strong defensive partnership with William Gallas.

Back-to-back Premierships as captain

Following Desailly's retirement, new Chelsea manager José Mourinho chose Terry as John Terry club captain, a choice which was vindicated throughout the 2004–05 season as Chelsea won the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion with the best defensive record in The Football League history with the most clean sheets and the most points accrued. John Terry was voted PFA Players' Player of the Year by John Terry fellow professionals in England and scored eight goals, including a late winner against FC Barcelona, in the UEFA Champions League. John Terry was voted the best defender in the Champions League for the season. In September 2005 John 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 FA Premier League 2005–06, earning 91 points, and confirming the title with a 3–0 victory against Manchester United F.C..

Recent seasons

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 Čech and Carlo Cudicini were injured in the game. John Terry wore the number 40 shirt belonging to third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilário. However, as the game continued for only a little over a minute, Terry did not have a single save to make – in fact, John Terry 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 and Terry kept a clean sheet. On 5 November 2006, playing against Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Terry was sent off for the first time in John Terry Chelsea career. John Terry received two yellow cards as Chelsea lost at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1987. Terry was charged with misconduct by the F.A. 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 John Terry changed John Terry mind and pleaded guilty to the FA.

In the 2006–2007 season Terry missed matches for Chelsea due to a recurring back problem. After the tie to Reading F.C. on 26 December 2006, José Mourinho stated that John Terry captain might require surgery to fix the problem. In the games that John Terry 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." Although John Terry was expected to return at the game against Wigan Athletic F.C., Terry was missing once again, due to the recurring back problem. John Terry made John Terry return against Charlton Athletic on 3 February 2007. John Terry played John Terry first 90 minutes of football for nearly three months against Middlesbrough F.C. and received much applause from the Chelsea faithful. Playing in the UEFA Champions league last-sixteen away against F.C. Porto, John Terry suffered another injury, this time to John Terry ankle, and was set to miss the 2007 Football 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, John Terry 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 John Terry nearly swallowed John Terry tongue. John Terry was carried off the field on a stretcher and immediately transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, where John Terry was successfully treated. Terry discharged himself the same day and returned to the Millennium Stadium to celebrate John Terry team's 2–1 win. The only recollection John Terry had of the second half is walking out onto the pitch and John Terry did not remember the 10 minutes John Terry played prior to John Terry injury. Following the incident, Terry thanked the Arsenal physiologist Gary Lewin for saving John Terry life. Lewin was the first medic that rushed over to assist John Terry after John Terry tongue had blocked John Terry airways. After spending two weeks on the sidelines, John Terry made John Terry return to the Chelsea team against Blackburn Rovers F.C. in March. John Terry went on to lead Chelsea to the 2006-07 uefa champions league Semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League 2006–07, 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.

Despite failing to agree terms to a new contract immediately following the 2006–2007 season, Terry stated on several occasions that John Terry had no intention of leaving Chelsea. In late July John Terry signed a new five-year contract with a base salary of between £131,000 and £135,000 per week, making John Terry the highest-paid player in the Premier League at the time. On 16 December 2007 whilst playing against Arsenal, while going to clear a ball Terry's foot was stepped on by Emmanuel Eboué and Terry had suffered 3 broken bones in John Terry foot. John Terry was expected to be out for at least three months but made a speedy recovery and managed to captain Chelsea to the 2008 Football League Cup Final against Tottenham, which Chelsea lost 2–1. On 11 May 2008 whilst playing in the last league game of the season against Bolton, John Terry 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 did not prevent John Terry playing in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United F.C.. The match went to Penalty shootout (association football), and Terry missed a penalty which would have won Chelsea the match (and the Champions League). John Terry standing leg slipped as John Terry took John Terry kick, and the ball missed the goal. Chelsea lost the shootout 6–5, which Terry reacted to by breaking down in tears. 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 on their respective positions. On 13 September 2008, Terry received the first straight Red card (sports) of John Terry career against Manchester City F.C. for rugby-tackling João Alves de Assis Silva. However, this was later rescinded on appeal. Despite being a defender, John Terry occasionally scores important goals for Chelsea, such as in the UEFA Champions League Group A home game against A.S. Roma in the 2008–2009 season. However, Chelsea went on to lose the away leg 3–1.

Along with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Čech, Terry is regarded as a part of the spine of the Chelsea team. John Terry has won seven trophies as Chelsea captain (one more than Dennis Wise) Being an English player who came through the club's youth system, John Terry is especially popular with Chelsea fans.

In July 2009, Manchester City made a third bid for Terry, but Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Terry will remain at Chelsea. Before the start of the season, Terry was again awarded with UEFA Defender of the Year, John Terry 3rd time winning the award. John Terry made John Terry debut for the new season against Premier League side Hull City A.F.C., a match Chelsea won. On 8 November 2009, Terry scored the decisive goal in Chelsea's match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge (stadium) to preserve their perfect home record for the season.

On 9 May 2010, Terry captained Chelsea as they won their fourth FA Premier League title after an 8–0 win against Wigan Athletic F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium). A week later on 15 May 2010, Terry captained Chelsea as John Terry won John Terry fourth FA Cup medal, defeating Portsmouth F.C. in the 2010 FA Cup Final by 1–0 at Wembley Stadium.

On 31 December 2011, in a home match against Aston Villa, Terry captained the Chelsea side for the 400th time of John Terry career, a record for the club.

Terry is the world's third best passer in 2011 for players with over 1000 passes, with a 91.6% pass accuracy rate. Only Barcelona FC player Xavi (93.0%) and Swansea City player Leon Britton (93.3%) are better.

International career

Terry made John Terry England debut in June 2003 against Serbia national football team, and started John Terry first game for England on 20 August 2003 at Portman Road, Ipswich, in a friendly against Croatia national football team. England won the game 3–1. John Terry main central defensive partner has been Rio Ferdinand. John Terry played for John Terry country at 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, and England Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson stated that Terry was the first-choice centre back, ahead of Sol Campbell.

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

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

In the next match against Trinidad and Tobago national football team, Carlos Edwards beat England's Paul Robinson (goalkeeper) 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 John Terry was left in tears with John Terry fellow players. Six days later, John Terry was the only English player to be named in the tournament's all-star squad.

On 10 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 John Terry will prove to be one of the best captains England has ever had." Terry scored a goal on John Terry debut as the England captain, in a friendly international against Greece national football team. This was the first goal of the match and, as such, the first goal during McClaren's reign as manager. When celebrating John Terry kissed John Terry new captain's armband. However, with Terry as captain, England did not qualify for UEFA Euro 2008 – their first absence from a tournament finals since the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Midway through the qualification campaign, Terry had accepted that John Terry would "bear full responsibility" should England fail to qualify.

On 1 June 2007, Terry became the first player in the senior England team to score an international goal at the new Wembley Stadium when John Terry scored England's goal in a 1–1 draw with Brazil. John Terry scored from a header in the box after a free kick cross by David Beckham. Almost a year later, John Terry scored a similar headed goal once again from a freekick cross by David Beckham to put England 1–0 up against the United States men's national soccer team on 28 May 2008.

Terry was confirmed as the England captain in August, and captained England in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During John Terry first match after being reinstated as the permanent England captain John Terry was given a torrid time by Milan Baroš and was turned far too easily when Baros scored the first goal for the Czech Republic. The match ended 2–2 with Joe Cole scoring a fortunate equaliser for England in the 92nd minute of the game. John Terry scored John Terry first competitive England goal against Ukraine in the qualifiers for the World Cup, grabbing a late winner after earlier giving away a free kick which saw Andriy Shevchenko equalise for Ukraine.

On 5 February 2010, following Extramarital affair allegations, England manager Fabio Capello announced that Terry was removed as the captain of the England team. John Terry was replaced by fellow defender Rio Ferdinand.

At the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, England started with two draws against the United States men's national soccer team and Algeria national football team which received heavy criticism from the English media.

Two days after the Algeria game in a media interview, 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; John Terry 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 John Terry authority to the media.

On 19 March 2011, Capello reinstated Terry as England captain following a long term injury to previous captain Rio Ferdinand. On 3 February 2012, with Terry due to stand trial due to Racial abuse allegations Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers, the FA stripped John Terry of the England captaincy for the second time.

International goals


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. John Terry has also appeared in adverts for Samsung Group, Nationwide Building Society and Swedish betting company Svenska Spel, as well as being in a sponsorship deal with football gaming series Pro Evolution Soccer. On the UK version of Pro Evolution Soccer 6, John Terry appears on the front cover with Brazil national football team international Adriano Leite Ribeiro.

Family and personal life

Terry's brother, Paul Terry (footballer) (born 1979), is also professional footballer currently with Conference South side Thurrock F.C. Terry currently lives in Oxshott, Surrey. John Terry and John Terry wife Toni (née Poole) are the parents of twins, Georgie John and Summer Rose, born on 18 May 2006 in City of Westminster, London. Terry celebrated their birth when scoring for England against Hungarian national football team, when John Terry performed a baby-rocking celebration. The couple married at Blenheim Palace on 15 June 2007. In 2009, Terry was named "Dad of the Year" after John Terry came top of a poll of UK adults in a Daddies Sauce survey.

Despite being a one club man with Chelsea in John Terry professional career, Terry was a Manchester United F.C. supporter growing up. Terry revealed in a 2005 interview that John Terry has to go through about 50 superstitious rituals before each game.

Terry is one of a very small group of footballers to have been paid more than £1 million for their autobiography. John Terry deal with publisher Harper Collins was negotiated in 2004 by Chris Nathaniel of NVA Management.


In September 2001, Terry and three teammates were fined two weeks wages by Chelsea for an incident involving players and American tourists at a Heathrow airport bar in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks. In January 2002 Terry, Chelsea team mate Jody Morris and Des Byrne of Wimbledon F.C. were charged with assault and affray after a confrontation with a nightclub bouncer. Terry was banned from selection for the England team for the duration of the case, though John Terry was ultimately cleared of all charges. In the same month, Terry was fined £60 for parking John Terry Bentley in a disabled bay. In 2009, Terry was investigated by Chelsea and the FA for allegedly taking money from an undercover reporter for a private tour of Chelsea's Cobham Training Centre. The club responded that it was "confident that at no time did Terry ask for or accept money in relation to visits to the training ground."

Extramarital affair allegations

In January 2010, a super-injunction was imposed by a High Court judge preventing the media from reporting allegations that Terry had had a four-month affair in late 2009 with Vanessa Perroncel, the former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, John Terry former Chelsea and England teammate. The injunction was lifted a week later, and the British media – especially the tabloid journalism press – covered the rumours in great detail in the days following. The News of the World and the Mail on Sunday subsequently printed apologies to Perroncel for breaching her privacy and stated that the story was "untrue in any case". Perroncel maintains that the alleged affair never took place. The allegations led to Capello dropping Terry from the England captaincy on 5 February 2010, replacing John Terry with Rio Ferdinand. Terry was reinstated as captain the following year.

Racial abuse allegations

On 2 November 2011, Terry was placed under police investigation following an allegation of racist abuse made at Anton Ferdinand during a match versus Queens Park Rangers F.C.. Video footage circulated on the internet led to accusations that Terry called Ferdinand a "fucking black cunt". In response to the video footage, Terry claimed that John Terry was actually asking Ferdinand, "Oi, Anton, do you think I called you a black cunt?" On 25 November 2011, Terry was interviewed under caution by the police. On 21 December 2011, John Terry was charged with using racist language by the Crown Prosecution Service. On 3 February 2012, The Football Association stripped Terry of John Terry England captaincy for the second time, stating that Terry would not captain the national team until the racial abuse allegations against John Terry were resolved. Terry is due to stand trial in July 2012 and has entered a not guilty plea.


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