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Jonathan Woodgate

Jonathan Simon Woodgate (born 22 January 1980) is an English Association football who plays for Stoke City F.C. in the Premier League.

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Jonathan Woodgate biography

Jonathan Simon Woodgate (born 22 January 1980) is an English Association football who plays for Stoke City F.C. in the Premier League.

Woodgate started Jonathan Woodgate football career at Leeds United A.F.C. where Jonathan Woodgate established himself in the starting eleven. However, Woodgate was sold to Newcastle United F.C. for £9 million in January 2003. Jonathan Woodgate impressed at Newcastle but Jonathan Woodgate also suffered a number of injury problems. Jonathan Woodgate performances in Europe for Newcastle led to Spanish giants Real Madrid C.F. signing Woodgate for £13.4 million in August 2004. Injuries blighted Jonathan Woodgate time in Madrid as Jonathan Woodgate failed to make a single appearance during the entire 2004–05 season. Jonathan Woodgate endured an awful debut for Real Madrid as Jonathan Woodgate scored an own goal and was later sent off for two bookable offences.

Jonathan Woodgate went on to play 14 times for Los Blancos before re-joining Jonathan Woodgate home town club Middlesbrough F.C. on loan before joining the Teesside club permanently for a fee of £7million. Jonathan Woodgate then joined Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for the same amount in January 2008. Jonathan Woodgate scored the winning goal for Spurs in the League Cup Final against Chelsea F.C. and went on to play 44 times during the 2008–09 season. However after more injury problems Jonathan Woodgate only made four appearances in the next two seasons and was released in June 2011. In July 2011 Jonathan Woodgate signed on a pay-as-you-play deal with Stoke City F.C..

Club career

Leeds United

Woodgate began Jonathan Woodgate career at Middlesbrough F.C. but moved to Leeds United A.F.C. at the age of sixteen after disagreements over Jonathan Woodgate future between Middlesbrough and Jonathan Woodgate family. Jonathan Woodgate helped Leeds to win the FA Youth Cup in 1997, and in October the following year made Jonathan Woodgate debut for the senior side. Woodgate was a consistent and impressive performer for Leeds during Jonathan Woodgate time there, competing with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Lucas Radebe and Dominic Matteo for a starting place. Jonathan Woodgate was regarded as one of the most complete all round players to come through the Leeds academy. And Jonathan Woodgate performed for Leeds in the days where they competed in the UEFA Cup, Champions League and were regularly competing towards the top of the Premier League.

Jonathan Woodgate number of appearances were heavily reduced due to picking up several injuries on different occasions. But as a result of Leeds' financial problems Woodgate was sold to Newcastle to raise some much needed funds. Jonathan Woodgate was described as the club's 'jewel in the crown' and Jonathan Woodgate sale caused anger for many Leeds United fans as Peter Ridsdale revealed the perilous financial situation at the club. The sale also led to the dismissal of Terry Venables who disagreed with Woodgate's departure.

Newcastle United

Woodgate signed for Newcastle United F.C. in January for £9 million with add ons. Jonathan Woodgate impressed and quickly became a fan favourite. One of Jonathan Woodgate finest games came in Newcastle's 2004 UEFA Europa League semi final clash with Olympique de Marseille, completely nullifying the threat of their forward line and clinical forward Didier Drogba. Unfortunately for Newcastle, a serious injury saw Jonathan Woodgate end Jonathan Woodgate final season early, and could not feature in the second leg, where Newcastle were defeated 2–0 and knocked out.

Real Madrid

Woodgate signed for Real Madrid C.F. in August 2004 for a transfer fee of £13.4 million. This was to the surprise of many in the football world, due to Jonathan Woodgate frequent absences through injury at Jonathan Woodgate previous clubs, and indeed Jonathan Woodgate was injured at the time of the transfer.

Woodgate did not make any appearances for Real Madrid in Jonathan Woodgate first season in Spain, eventually making Jonathan Woodgate debut on 22 September 2005, in a league match against Athletic Bilbao. The game didn't go very well for him, scoring an own goal and later being sent off for a second bookable offence. However, Jonathan Woodgate performances after the match meant that Woodgate was regarded for a period of Jonathan Woodgate time at the club as something of a cult-hero. Jonathan Woodgate scored Jonathan Woodgate only goal for Real Madrid in the 4–1 UEFA Champions League defeat of Rosenborg BK on 19 October 2005, Jonathan Woodgate first appearance for the club in European competition.

By February 2006, Woodgate had established himself as a first team player, with the other centre half position rotating among Sergio Ramos, Iván Helguera, Francisco Pavon and Álvaro Pérez Mejía. One Spanish newspaper even described Jonathan Woodgate as having "become Madrid's true leader". However, further injury setbacks again stopped Jonathan Woodgate playing. Jonathan Woodgate was considered to have an outside chance of making the England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but due to surgery on Jonathan Woodgate back was not named in the squad.

In July 2007, Woodgate was voted the worst signing of the 21st century by users of the website of Spain's leading sports daily, Diario Marca, polling 37.11% of the votes cast.


On 30 August 2006, Woodgate signed a one-year loan (association football) move to hometown club Middlesbrough. Jonathan Woodgate made Jonathan Woodgate debut against Arsenal F.C. at The Emirates Stadium on 9 September. Jonathan Woodgate was later voted man of the match by 100-102 Century FM. In April 2007 Middlesbrough announced Woodgate would be their first summer signing for a fee of £7 million. Jonathan Woodgate signed a four-year contract, keeping Jonathan Woodgate at the club until June 2011.

In October 2007 Jonathan Woodgate was crowned North East Player of the Year by the Prince's Trust, beating players from Newcastle and Sunderland. During the 2007–08 pre-season Woodgate suffered an injury that allowed fellow hometown defender David Wheater to start in Jonathan Woodgate place during pre-season. Wheater's form in pre-season earned Jonathan Woodgate a place in the starting XI for the opening day Premier League fixture – Wheater's form then continued which triggered the transfer of Woodgate to Tottenham Hotspur F.C..

Tottenham Hotspur

After rejecting the chance to re-sign for Newcastle United F.C., Woodgate moved to Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £7 million on 28 January 2008. Jonathan Woodgate made Jonathan Woodgate Tottenham debut against Everton F.C. two days later and scored Jonathan Woodgate first Tottenham goal on 24 February 2008 which was a header in the 2008 Football League Cup Final against Chelsea F.C. in extra-time to win Tottenham their first trophy since 1999. Jonathan Woodgate performance won Jonathan Woodgate the Man of the Match award.
Woodgate scored Jonathan Woodgate first Spurs league goal on 19 March 2008, coincidentally also against Chelsea, in a 4–4 draw at White Hart Lane. Jonathan Woodgate first captained Tottenham in a 2–1 defeat at White Hart Lane to Aston Villa F.C. on 15 September. Following Harry Redknapp's appointment, Woodgate became the second vice-captain, behind Robbie Keane.

On Spurs' disastrous start to the 2008–09 in English football season, Woodgate told the press that it was worse than when Leeds were relegated. Woodgate had been transferred to Newcastle United some 16 months before Leeds's eventual relegation at the end of FA Premier League 2003–04. Woodgate was a central part of the Spurs team as they recovered to finish eighth. However, Woodgate played just three times in Spurs highly successful 2009–10 in English football campaign, after succumbing to a long term groin injury. Harry Redknapp hinted at Woodgate's exit due to having to comply with new Premier League rules which limited squad sizes to 25 – ironically these rules were put in place in order to help the careers of English and Welsh footballers. Woodgate travelled to Australia to have surgery.

On 19 January 2011, Woodgate played Jonathan Woodgate first game in 14 months in a friendly match with QPR. The defender completed 45 minutes in a 9–2 victory at Spurs Lodge. Following this, on 15 February, a UEFA Champions League tie with AC Milan, Jonathan Woodgate came on in the 59th minute for the injured Vedran Ćorluka. Jonathan Woodgate played out the rest of the game; however, was later diagnosed with a strain to Jonathan Woodgate left adductor muscle. Spurs were unsuccessful in persuading Woodgate to agree a pay-as-you-play deal, and Jonathan Woodgate was released on 16 June 2011.

Stoke City

Woodgate signed a one-year contract on a pay-as-you-play deal with Stoke City F.C. on 11 July 2011, with a view of a further year on Jonathan Woodgate contract, if Jonathan Woodgate proves Jonathan Woodgate fitness. Following Jonathan Woodgate move to Stoke, Woodgate stated that Jonathan Woodgate wants to get Jonathan Woodgate career back on track. Jonathan Woodgate also revealed that Jonathan Woodgate turned down a number of other contract offers from different clubs. Jonathan Woodgate made Jonathan Woodgate debut in a Stoke City shirt in a pre-season friendly against Aldershot Town F.C., playing for 62 minutes. Jonathan Woodgate made Jonathan Woodgate full debut for Stoke in a 1–0 win over HNK Hajduk Split in the UEFA Europa League Jonathan Woodgate played the full 90 minutes. Jonathan Woodgate then completed Jonathan Woodgate first full 90 in the Premier League for Stoke in a 0–0 draw with Chelsea F.C.. Woodgate was left out of Stoke's Europa League squad by manager Tony Pulis who feared a recurrence of Woodgate's injuries if Jonathan Woodgate spent too long travelling. Despite a decent enough start to Jonathan Woodgate Stoke career Jonathan Woodgate went on to have poor performances against Sunderland, Newcastle and Bolton and Jonathan Woodgate was dropped by Pulis and Woodgate admitted that Jonathan Woodgate needs to up Jonathan Woodgate game. Jonathan Woodgate failed to improve much and in a match against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Woodgate started the match at right back and struggled against Matt Jarvis and gave away a penalty Jonathan Woodgate was then substituted after twenty minutes by Pulis. Jonathan Woodgate continued to play at right back though and Woodgate admitted that Jonathan Woodgate performances at Stoke have been 'up and down'.

International career

Jonathan Woodgate was capped several times by England national football team while at Leeds United A.F.C., making Jonathan Woodgate debut for the national side under manager Kevin Keegan in 1999, when Jonathan Woodgate became the first player born in the 1980s to win a full England cap (sport), against Belgium national football team. However, both Jonathan Woodgate club and international career have frequently been interrupted, not only by injury, but by controversy.

Woodgate won Jonathan Woodgate sixth cap – almost three years after Jonathan Woodgate fifth – and Jonathan Woodgate first start in an international friendly against Spain national football team on 7 February 2007.


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