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Benoit Pierre David Assou-Ekotto (born 24 March 1984) is a French-born Cameroonian footballer who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur as a left back.
In the summer of 2006, Assou-Ekotto moved to Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, but the media expected it to be in the region of £3.5 million. Manager Martin Jol and club sporting director Damien Comolli described him as one of the brightest prospects in French football at that time. Assou-Ekotto was expected to provide competition with South Korean Lee Young-Pyo at the left back position, but his performances in pre-season secured him a place in the starting line-up ahead of Lee. He made his full debut in a 2-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2006-07 season and looked to have unseated Lee until injury saw the Korean win his place back. After picking up a knee injury in December 2006, he appeared to have lost his place in the first-team to Lee and played just two matches throughout the entire 2007-08 season.
When he first arrived in England, Assou-Ekotto spoke little English and he initially struggled at Tottenham. Assou-Ekotto has since argued that his injury changed his attitude to football because he realised that it could have ended his career:
When your surgeon tells you maybe you won't play football anymore many things are different in your mind. Before, when you're injured, your money comes into your account every month and everything is cool. But when they speak to you about the end of your career at 22 or 23... it's why maybe I changed. I'm safe now but this gave me a lesson. That's why I changed many things in my mind and in my life.
At the start of the 2008-09 season, Spurs made their worst ever start to a campaign since 1912, losing six and drawing two of their opening eight matches. At that time, Assou-Ekotto's chances of first-team football were limited and he still claimed that he wanted to leave England to go back to French football, even after Juande Ramos was sacked and replaced by Harry Redknapp. Redknapp decided to give Assou-Ekotto the chance to play in the team. He improved rapidly with regular games and became first choice towards the end of the 2008-09 season. Having regained his fitness in the 2008-09 season, he became the North-London club's first-choice left back due to a string of good performances under Redknapp. Such performances have led to Assou-Ekotto earning plaudits internationally and he is now regarded as a quality Premier League full back. He started the 2009 League Cup final against Manchester United, where he played exceptionally well up against Cristiano Ronaldo. Even though Tottenham lost the match on penalties, Assou-Ekotto made left back his own position for the rest of the season as he made such a performance throughout the final. Since then, manager Redknapp has praised Assou-Ekotto, saying "I think he has been injured before but I have been very impressed with him this season as he has been in great form. He has looked an outstanding left back."
Chelsea to the core and a true hero to the fans, John is the most successful captain in Chelsea history and in many eyes, he's the best central defender currently in action. As brave as they come and a superb reader of the game, sound technique and distribution make him more than just a defenders' defender.
Born in east London, John has been with Chelsea since the age of 14 when he was initially a medium-build midfielder. Filling in as youth team centre-back one day due to a lack of alternatives, he has never looked back, aided by a rapid growth in physical stature. A short and successful loan spell at Nottingham Forest helped the maturing process and having taken on board lessons first hand from the likes of Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf, he was voted Chelsea Player of the Year just two seasons after his debut.
He took the captaincy, having understudied Desailly, in 2004 and led the club to the elusive title in his very first year with the armband. With the Carling Cup also lifted, John became one of only four Chelsea captains to skipper the club to major honours and he more than played his part on the pitch in 2004/05 with a succession of world-class displays and eight crucial goals. He was voted PFA Player of the Year by his fellow professionals, the first Chelsea winner of the accolade. John's incredible consistency continued in 2005/06 when injury in the final week robbed him of a full house of Premiership games as he lifted the trophy for a second time.
He scored seven times in all competitions and was voted Chelsea Player of the Year for a second time. Although he already had well over 300 club appearances to his name, the 2006/07 season was interrupted by prolonged injury as a back problem and related difficulties took time to repair. However he was back and fighting in plenty of time to become the first to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley.
Injuries limited him to 37 appearances from a possible 62 in 2007/08. Knee, cheek, foot and elbow injuries all took their toll on the man then manager Avram Grant described as 'bionic', but he was still there barking orders in Moscow in our first Champions League final. Charged with converting our fifth spot kick in the Luzhniki Stadium to bring the trophy back to London, he slipped on a sodden pitch and saw his effort hit the post.
Held in the highest regard by all at the club, JT bounced back quickly in 2008/09 to lead in new eras under Luiz Felipe Scolari and then Guus Hiddink, his form rarely deviating from outstanding. A number of defensive performances stood out as the captain maintained his best run of games for some time, despite red cards against Manchester City (rescinded) and Everton. His greatest hour of the campaign was the near faultless display in the Camp Nou, earning a 0-0 draw against a Barcelona team that had scored freely all season.
Though we were never in the league race after the beginning of February, John still got his hands on silverware as he captained an FA Cup-winning side for the second time. In 2009/10 JT turned in another season of remarkable consistency in which he was rewarded by becoming the first Chelsea captain to lift the Double.
On the field, Terry did not miss a game through injury, and while others around him suffered with fitness - every other Chelsea defender had a prolonged absence at some point in the season - it was he who played out the entire campaign alongside either Ricardo Carvalho, Branislav Ivanovic or Alex. Against Manchester United at home, the captain rose highest to head the game's only goal and when headlines about his personal life began to appear, his response was predictable, heading home a winner at Burnley to seize three points.
He was again on the scoresheet to see us into the FA Cup semi-finals. Having lifted his third Premier League trophy a week early, he did the same with the FA Cup after overcoming a metatarsal scare, and almost netted after heading against the crossbar. His second season under Carlo Ancelotti saw Terry maintain his form when many around him lost theirs during a bad midwinter.Results especially suffered when the skipper was injured for a two-week spell in the November. Although 2010/11 was a rare one without trophies for John, in the April at home to Spurs he reached a major personal landmark of 500 Chelsea games, only the fifth player to reach that total.
International: John was handed his England debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro, and was first choice for his country at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, taking on the captaincy under Steve McClaren following that tournament.Chelsea's first homegrown to be capped by England since Ray Wilkins in the mid 70s, Terry became our first England skipper of the professional age, although the armband was taken away by Fabio Capello in February 2010 following media stories about John's private life.
Having already lifted the FA Cup there for his club, John became the scorer of the first international goal at the new Wembley, heading home the opener in England's 1-1 draw with Brazil. With injury having robbed him of the chance to repair England's faltering Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, he led his country to qualification for the South Africa World Cup in 2010, and played in all four of his country's games, supplying a rare memorable moment in that tournament when he attempted a diving horizontal block, with his head, a mere foot off the ground against Slovenia.
In March 2011 he was reappointed England captain on a full-time basis by Capello
Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard signed for United in January 2011 after agreeing a deal six weeks earlier and training with the Reds during much of December.
A vocal stopper who commands his penalty area, Lindegaard rose to prominence after a string of top displays for Norwegian side Aalesund, whom he joined in 2009 (initially on loan) from Odense in Denmark. He earned his first Denmark cap in September 2010 and has impressed on the international stage.
Comparisons to fellow Dane and former United great Peter Schmeichel have inevitably been made (and, like Big Pete, Anders is a good organiser of his defenders) but it's important to remember Lindegaard, although 26 when he arrived at Old Trafford, is still in the early stages of his career. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Anders is one of the brightest young goalkeepers in the game. The challenge at Manchester United is always to look to the future and, in Anders, we have signed a goalkeeper of great presence and even more promise."
Lindegaard was officially registered with the Premier League on 6 January 2011 and was given the no.34 shirt. The Dane made his United debut in the 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win at Southampton in January 2011. His only other first-team appearance in 2010/11 came in the next round of the cup, in the 1-0 home win over Crawley, before he picked up a knee injury in March and underwent surgery which ruled him out for five weeks.
However, Lindegaard returned to play in the Reserves' 3-1 Manchester Senior Cup final win over Bolton in May, one of three outings for the second string in his first campaign.
After a six-month settling in period, Lindegaard was intent on challenging David De Gea for the no.1 spot at the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign. De Gea began the season between the posts with Lindegaard stepping in here and there, both domestically and in Europe. De Gea was taken out of the firing line at the start of 2012 allowing Lindegaard a mini run in the side for nearly all of January until a nasty ankle injury ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.
England international Glen Johnson is an attacking right-back who arrived at Anfield in June 2009. Johnson established himself as one of the Premier League's top full-backs in the years prior to his big money move to Merseyside and he is an integral part of the national team under Fabio Capello. His career began with Harry Redknapp at West Ham but after just 15 appearances and a loan spell at Millwall he became the first signing for new Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2003. The Londoner's league debut for the Blues arrived at Anfield in August of the same year.
Three months later came an international bow against Denmark as a substitute for Gary Neville. Johnson won the Premier League and League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge but was loaned by Jose Mourinho to Portsmouth in 2006. The deal was made permanent a year later and the England man went on to be a massive hit with the Fratton Park faithful. He helped the club to FA Cup glory in 2008 - and the season that followed brought a host of personal accolades. Despite Portsmouth finishing 14th in the league, Johnson was selected at right-back in the PFA Team of the Year for 2008-09. His screaming left-foot volley against Hull on November 22 also won Match of the Day's Goal of the Season.
A summer move to Merseyside followed, with his debut arriving at White Hart Lane on August 16, 2009. Three days later came Johnson's first goal, an acrobatic volley in a 4-0 thrashing of Stoke. The defender would score twice more during 2009-10, a campaign which ended with a trip to the World Cup in South Africa. He started every game as England crashed out in the last 16 to Germany. Injuries punctuated 2010-11 but Johnson's form following the return of Kenny Dalglish proved to any remaining doubters that both the attacking and defensive sides of his game were top drawer. His willingness to operate at left-back was also crucial as the King masterminded an Anfield revival after a turbulent spell under Roy Hodgson. Away from the pitch, our No.2 established the 'Glen Johnson Soccer School' in Dartford back in 2007 for children aged between four and 16.
Little more than 18 months after arriving at Fulham from non-league Maidstone, defender Chris Smalling agreed to terms that would make him a Manchester United player from 1 July 2010.
A quick, clever central defender, Smalling played cameo roles for Roy Hodgson's Fulham in both domestic and European competitions during 2009/10. Those fleeting performances were enough to earn him call-ups at England Under-21 level, and catch the eye of United scouts, who identified him as a talent too good to miss out on.
The Reds agreed terms with Fulham for Smalling's signature in January 2010, although the Greenwich-born defender remained at Craven Cottage for the remainder of the season.
Smalling's first campaign at Old Trafford went better than anyone could have expected. Given several chances to impress early in the season, mainly in the Champions League and League Cup, he looked completely at home in the centre of defence.
And his confidence and composure only grew as the season wore on, when he earned an extended run in the side because of an injury to Rio Ferdinand.
By the end of the campaign he'd made enough appearances to pick up a league winners medal. Throw in a first senior goal against Scunthorpe and it was a maiden season to remember for the talented youngster.
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