Jermain Defoe

Professional Footballer
Born Oct 17, 1982

Jermain Colin Defoe is an English footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, and the England national football team. Defoe began his career with Charlton Athletic, joining their youth team at age fourteen, before moving to West Ham United aged sixteen, and rising through the ranks.… Read More

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1982 Birth Born on October 7, 1982.


1997 14 Years Old 1 More Event
Born in London, to a St. Lucian mother and Dominican father, Defoe attended St Joachim Primary School in Custom House and St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School in Forest Gate, London. He joined the Sunday league team Senrab, well known in London for producing players such as Lee Bowyer, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Ledley King, and then joined the FA National School of Excellence at Lilleshall, Shropshire, as a 14-year-old in 1997. … Read More
1999 16 Years Old At West Ham, he was a member of the Under-19 team that won the Premier Academy League title in 1999–00, scoring twice against Arsenal in the play-off final, and went on to make his first-team debut in a League Cup game against Walsall in September 2000, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win. … Read More
2000 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Defoe began his career with Charlton Athletic, joining their youth team at age fourteen, before moving to West Ham United aged sixteen and rising through the ranks. He made his professional debut for West Ham in 2000, and after a season-long loan spell at Bournemouth during the 2000–01 season, established himself in the West Ham line-up. … Read More
2001 18 Years Old Defoe finished as the West Ham's top scorer in the 2001–02 season despite being used primarily as a substitute by manager Glenn Roeder, scoring 14 goals in 39 league and cup appearances, including the only goal in a 1–0 away win against Manchester United in December 2001, as West Ham finished seventh in the Premiership.
2002 19 Years Old He scored a further 11 goals in 42 league and cup appearances in the 2002–03 season but was unable to prevent West Ham from being relegated. … Read More


2003 20 Years Old Defoe began the 2003–04 season with West Ham but a refusal to sign a new contract and disciplinary problems, including three sendings off, which saw him play only 22 games out of a possible 34, led to West Ham accepting an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for him in the January transfer window. … Read More
Defoe made his England debut in 2004 and has made 55 appearances, scoring 19 goals, including three appearances and a goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
2005 22 Years Old Despite speculation linking him with other clubs, Defoe signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Tottenham in April 2005. … Read More
Steve McClaren, who took over as England manager after the World Cup, selected Defoe for England in his first match, a friendly against Greece in August 2006.
During the summer of 2007, there was speculation about Defoe's future at Tottenham following the arrival of Darren Bent for a fee of £16.5 million. … Read More
2008 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Defoe scored Portsmouth's first goal of the 2008–09 season on 30 August 2008 with the opener in a 3–0 win at Everton and then scored their first home goals on 13 September, with a brace against Middlesbrough. … Read More
During January 2009, Portsmouth chairman Peter Storrie revealed Jermain Defoe's intentions to leave the club in the near future. … Read More
2010 27 Years Old On 26 December 2010, he received a straight red card, his first of the season and first since 17 October 2009, in a match at Aston Villa; his team leading at the time went on to secure the win despite playing over an hour of the match with ten men.
2011 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Defoe began Tottenham's FA Cup campaign with a brace of goals in the Third Round match at home to Charlton Athletic on 9 January 2011, Spurs winning 3–0, but in the following round they were defeated at Fulham.
2012 29 Years Old 1 More Event
His first goal of 2012 came in a 1–0 home win against West Brom, converting a Gareth Bale cross. … Read More


Defoe made his 500th career club appearance in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at White Hart Lane on 20 January 2013.
On 10 January 2014, Tottenham announced that Defoe was leaving to join Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, effective 28 February 2014. … Read More
On 16 January 2015, Defoe joined Premier League club Sunderland after agreeing to a three-and-a-half-year deal, as part of a player exchange deal sending Jozy Altidore to Toronto FC, after completing only 11 months of his four-year deal with TFC. … Read More
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