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Joe Cole

Joseph John "Joe" Cole (born 8 November 1981) is an English people association football who plays for Lille OSC, on loan from Liverpool F.C., and the England national football team as midfielder. Joe Cole started Joe Cole career with where Joe Cole played more than 100 games during five years, until Joe Cole left for Chelsea F.C. in 2003. Cole won a number of trophies with Chelsea, including three Premier League titles and two FA Cups before leaving on a free transfer in July 2010 to join Liverpool.

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Joe Cole biography

Joseph John "Joe" Cole (born 8 November 1981) is an English people association football who plays for Lille OSC, on loan from Liverpool F.C., and the England national football team as midfielder. Joe Cole started Joe Cole career with where Joe Cole played more than 100 games during five years, until Joe Cole left for Chelsea F.C. in 2003. Cole won a number of trophies with Chelsea, including three Premier League titles and two FA Cups before leaving on a free transfer in July 2010 to join Liverpool.


Cole was born in Paddington, London and lived there until Joe Cole moved to Camden Town at the age of six. Joe Cole was educated at St. Mary's Primary School, Bryanston Square in Marylebone along with brother Nicky and sister Charly. Joe Cole also attended Haverstock School in Chalk Farm, London Borough of Camden and St Aloysius College, London in North London. As a youngster Joe Cole supported Chelsea. Joe Cole is a patron for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Club career

West Ham United

A child prodigy who received national media attention as a schoolboy, Cole famously scored seven of the eight goals the England youth team scored against Spain in one match. Cole is a product of the famed West Ham United F.C. youth system. Joe Cole was long touted as the hottest prospect in English football with reportedly offering to pay GBP10 million for Joe Cole services as a 16-year-old. Playing in a mould similar to former England favourite Paul Gascoigne, Joe Cole quickly progressed through the West Ham ranks before making Joe Cole first-team debut at the age of 17. In 1999 Cole was part of West Ham's victorious FA Youth Cup winning squad (alongside Michael Carrick), defeating Coventry City FC 9–0 on aggregate in the final. In January 2003 Glenn Roeder, then West Ham United manager gave Cole the club captain's armband at the age of 21. The club was relegated from the FA Premier League at the end of that season. Cole won the "Hammer of the Year award" for 2003.


Cole took advantage of injuries to other players (namely fellow flankmen Damien Duff and Arjen Robben) to become one of the stars of Chelsea's Premier League title winning team in 2004–05. Cole's form saw Joe Cole hit a run of goals towards the end of the season, and Joe Cole goal against Norwich City F.C. (blasted in from 20 yards off Joe Cole weaker left foot) was voted in the top ten goals of the 2004–05 Premier League season. Cole scored 10 goals for Chelsea in 2004–05 and ended the season with a Premier League Champions' medal.
In the first half of the 2005–06 season Cole secured himself in the Chelsea first team line up, ahead of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Damien Duff. Cole also extended Joe Cole contract with Chelsea for another four seasons. Joe Cole ended Joe Cole season by scoring the one of the three goals against Manchester United, which sealed the title for Chelsea.

In 2007–08 Cole scored another goal in the 2007-08 Football League Cup semi finals against Everton F.C. which sent Chelsea to another final.
Cole played in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, which Chelsea lost on penalties to Manchester United.

On 17 August 2008, Cole scored the first Premier League goal of the Luis Felipe Scolari era in a 4–0 win against Portsmouth F.C..

After surgery on Joe Cole knee to repair an injury Joe Cole picked up in the FA Cup clash with Southend United, Cole missed the rest of the season.

Cole did not play for Chelsea in the 2009–10 pre-season, due to cruciate ligament damage in Joe Cole knee, suffered in January 2009. Joe Cole made a return to the starting squad in Chelsea's Carling Cup Match with Queens Park Rangers on 23 September 2009, in which Joe Cole was also handed captain's armband. Joe Cole also came on as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League 2009-10 game between Cyprus side Apoel Nicosia. Cole made Joe Cole first Premier League 2009-10 appearance for Chelsea against Blackburn Rovers. Joe Cole played in the attacking midfield role and influenced Chelsea to blast 5 goals against Blackburn. On 8 November Cole played Joe Cole 250th game for Chelsea, coming on as a substitute against Manchester United in the 62nd minute for Deco, on Joe Cole 28th birthday. Joe Cole came on as a substitute as Chelsea won the 2010 FA Cup Final, Joe Cole second appearance in a Cup Final for Chelsea.
Joe Cole contract with Chelsea expired on 30 June 2010, making Joe Cole a free agent.


Cole joined Liverpool F.C. on a free transfer after signing a four-year deal in July 2010. Joe Cole was manager Roy Hodgson first signing at the club and was given the number 10 shirt. Cole was advertised as a major coup by the club.

Cole made Joe Cole Liverpool debut on 5 August 2010 against FK Rabotnicki in the UEFA Europa League assisting the opening goal for David Ngog in a 2–0 win. Joe Cole league debut, against Arsenal F.C. at Anfield on 15 August 2010, lasted just 45 minutes as Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny. In Joe Cole next match on 19 August 2010, Cole missed a penalty against Trabzonspor in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg, as Liverpool won 1–0.
Cole played in Jamie Carragher's Testimonial match, where Joe Cole scored Joe Cole first goal for the club. Cole scored Joe Cole first competitive goal for the club against FC Steaua Bucureşti in a Europa League match at Anfield on 16 September 2010, when Joe Cole scored 27 seconds into the game. Liverpool ended up winning 4–1. Joe Cole scored Joe Cole first FA Premier League goal for Liverpool in a 2–1 win against Bolton Wanderers F.C. on 3 January 2011. Cole played Joe Cole first match under Dalglish in a 0–0 draw at Sparta Prague in which Joe Cole came on as a first half substitute for the injured Fabio Aurelio. On 23 April 2011 Cole scored the fifth goal in a 5–0 win over Birmingham City, Joe Cole third goal for the club.

Lille OSC

On 31 August 2011, Cole signed for French champions Lille OSC on a season long loan. On Joe Cole début against A.S. Saint-Etienne Joe Cole gained Joe Cole first assist after a solo run where Joe Cole took on and beat four players to set up the third goal in Lille's 3–1 victory. Cole got another assist in Joe Cole second Lille appearance against FC Girondins de Bordeaux, assisting Eden Hazard for Joe Cole goal in a 1–1 draw. On 24 September Joe Cole scored Joe Cole first goal for Lille, against FC Lorient, in a 1–1 draw. On October 23 Joe Cole came on as a 60th minute substitute for Idrissa Gana Gueye and scored Joe Cole second goal for Lille in the 3–1 win over Olympique Lyonnais. Following Joe Cole successful substitute appearance, Cole was included in the starting lineup for their Round of 16 2011-12 Coupe de la Ligue match against 2010-11 Ligue 2 side CS Sedan Ardennes on 26 October. Cole scored Lille's second goal in the 40th minute, which turned out to be decisive in a 3–1 win. Cole closed out the first half of the Ligue 1 season scoring a goal in Joe Cole side's 4–4 draw with OGC Nice on 21 December.

Cole netted Joe Cole first hat-trick for Lille in a comprehensive 6–0 victory over US Chantilly in the 2011-12 Coupe de France on 7 January 2012.

International career

As an England youth international Cole scored seven goals in an 8–1 victory against Spain, as well as playing for England national under-17 football team, where Joe Cole scored the winning goal against Norway in a final of the Nordic Tournament.

Cole made Joe Cole senior international debut against Mexico national football team in May 2001. Joe Cole was a member of England's 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, and made one substitute appearance. Cole was also a squad member at 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, but did not play.

Joe Cole displays in England's friendlies leading up to the 2006 World Cup enhanced Joe Cole reputation ahead of the summer's finals in Germany. In May 2006 Joe Cole was confirmed in the England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, ahead of Chelsea teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips.

On 20 June 2006, England national football team drew with Sweden national football team, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with a final score of 2–2. Cole scored a volley in the 34th minute of the match and got an assist in the 85th when Joe Cole sent in a ball to Steven Gerrard. After another injury, Joe Cole returned to start the friendly against Brazil national football team at Wembley Stadium on 1 June 2007.

Cole scored Joe Cole seventh goal for England in June 2007, in their European Championship qualifier, away to Estonia national football team.

On 7 February 2008, Cole was one of the 23-man squad selected for the friendly against Switzerland national football team which they won 2–1, courtesy of Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips goals. For Jenas' goal, Cole skipped down the left and crossed to Jenas. Joe Cole then scored England's two goals in the next fixture after coming on as a second half substitute in the 2–0 defeat of Andorra national football team in the opening match for the 2010 World Cup Qualifers. In England's next world cup qualifier against Croatia national football team Joe Cole suffered a head injury in a clash with Croatian defender Robert Kovač which resulted in the Croat's sending off. Cole was named in the final 23 man selection for England's 2010 World Cup squad. Joe Cole played, and scored, in a 3–0 victory against the Platinum Stars, of South Africa's Premier Soccer League, in an unofficial warm-up game. However Joe Cole was limited to only two substitute appearances in the tournament itself as England lost to German national football team in the second round.

Personal life

Cole married fitness instructor Carly Cole (née Zucker) in June 2009. Joe had been dating Carly since 2002 and proposed to her in 2007. The couple have a daughter, Ruby Tatiana Cole, born in March 2010.

In November 2009, Cole was caught driving Joe Cole Audi A4 at 105mph on a 70 mph section of dual carriageway in Claygate. At the subsequent court case, Cole was warned Joe Cole could lose Joe Cole driving licence and was ordered to pay pound sterling600 costs.

Cole has revealed that Joe Cole favourite band is Oasis (band).


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