John Terry
English footballer
John Terry
John George Terry is an English professional footballer. Terry plays in a centre back position and is the captain of Chelsea in the Premier League. He 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. His Chelsea F.C. profile describes him as "a superb reader of the game, sound technique and distribution make him more than just a defenders' defender.
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Soccer-Chelsea yet to open contract talks with captain Terry
Yahoo News - 2 months
Chelsea are yet to open talks over a possible contract extension for club captain John Terry whose current deal expires at the end of the season. Speculation over Terry's future overshadowed last season at Chelsea as his contract entered its final months before he signed a one-year extension and British media reported that the 36-year-old is unlikely to be offered a new deal this time. "John is our captain and I think he is doing a great job when he plays.
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Chelsea's Conte laughs off sacking rumors, says Terry fit
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(Reuters) - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte laughed off rumors that he is close to being sacked and confirmed that club captain John Terry would return to the squad for Saturday's visit of defending champions Leicester City. On Thursday several British bookmakers stopped taking bets on Conte becoming the next Premier League manager to be sacked, with the club seventh in the table on 13 points after four wins, one draw and two defeats in the league. "I'm trying to find who put the money on," Conte joked.
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John Terry tells England fans to 'respect' Wayne Rooney in Instagram rant
Yahoo News - 4 months
Chelsea captain John Terry thinks Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney deserves more respect, calling him a "great player and man". The under-fire 30-year-old has been dropped by England interim boss Gareth Southgate for the Three Lions' World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in Ljubljana – but Terry has urged supporters to show Rooney the respect he alleges is due. The United star is England's all-time leading goalscorer and has officially retained the captaincy of the national team, even though he is no longer a first-choice selection under Southgate.
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Fabio Capello (2008 - 2012)
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Notable High: Maintaining the best win percentage after more than one game. Notable Low: Humiliation by Germany at the 2010 World Cup. Only the second foreigner to hold the position, Fabio Capello assumed control after the miserable failure to qualify for Euro 2008. The no-nonsense Italian's influence was immediately clear and England dropped just three points en-route to the 2010 World Cup. Unfortunately for Capello, his very firm approach appeared too much when it got to the tournament itself and England wilted in South Africa. He later oversaw qualification for Euro 2012 but resigned under a cloud a few months before the tournament after disagreeing with the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy. 
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Allardyce open to talks with Terry over England return
Yahoo News - 6 months
(Reuters) - England manager Sam Allardyce has said he may consider holding talks with defender John Terry on a possible return to international football, but added he was not aware of the "political" issues that may arise as a consequence. Terry won the last of his 78 England caps in 2012, before quitting the national team after the Football Association pursued a case against him following accusations of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. The Chelsea defender was subsequently banned for four matches by the FA, despite being cleared of the allegation in a London court.
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Fabio Capello (2008 - 2012)
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​Notable High: Maintaining the best win percentage of any England manager in history. Notable Low: Humiliaton by Germany at the 2010 World Cup. Only the second foreigner to hold the position, Fabio Capello assumed control after the miserable failure to qualify for Euro 2008. The no-nonsense Italian's influence was immediately clear and England dropped just three points en-route to the 2010 World Cup. Unfortunately for Capello, his very firm approach appeared too much when it got to the tournament itself and England wilted in South Africa. He later oversaw qualification for Euro 2012 but resigned under a cloud a few months before the tournament after disagreeing with the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.
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Premier League 2015-16 review: the big quiz of the season
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Leicester won the league with weeks to spare, Arsenal finished above Spurs again and Chelsea put up an embarrassing title defence, but did you catch the details? Leicester City have won the league title for the first time in their history. Who were the last first-time winners of the top flight? Blackburn Rovers Manchester City Derby County Nottingham Forest Wes Morgan became the third outfield player in Premier League history to play every minute of a title-winning season. Gary Pallister managed it in 1992-93. Who did it last season? Branislav Ivanovic John Terry Eden Hazard Willian Saido Berahino took two penalties this season; they came in the same match, were both on target and were both saved by the same goalkeeper. Who? David de Gea Heurelho Gomes Adrián Jack Butland Which club went 15 games unbeaten but didn't finish in the top four? Manchester United West Ham United Chelsea Liverpool Arsenal have finished above Tottenham for the last 21 seasons. Who was mana ...
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John Terry’s post-match parade steals limelight after Leicester draw at Chelsea
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
This whole occasion degenerated into a dissection of the body language of a player who had not even taken part. John Terry, not for the first time over an 18-year senior Chelsea career, took centre stage here having led a rather sheepish post-match lap of appreciation and taken the microphone to address the home support. Related: The season of the fearless Foxes, Leicester City – in pictures Continue reading...
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Chelsea door 'not shut' for Terry, says Hiddink
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Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink believes there is still a chance captain John Terry could remain at the club beyond this season despite announcing his departure, he said on Tuesday. Terry, 35, said that he would be moving on at the end of the current campaign after Sunday's FA Cup win at Milton Keynes Dons, while making it clear he would prefer to finish his career at Stamford Bridge. The club responded by saying that Terry, who has made 696 appearances for Chelsea over 21 years, could yet be offered a new deal, which Hiddink echoed.
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Jonh Terry leaving Chelsea: Kurt Zouma 'very surprised' as captain can play for 'another one or two years' - The Independent
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The Independent Jonh Terry leaving Chelsea: Kurt Zouma 'very surprised' as captain can play for 'another one or two years' The Independent Kurt Zouma was left shocked by Chelsea's decision to release captain John Terry at the end of the season and does not know how the former England captain can be replaced. Terry has announced he is leaving the club he joined at the age of 14 after they ... and more »
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John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the season
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The club informed him they will not be renewing his contract.
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‘Clever’ Diego Costa leaves Arsène Wenger worried about Arsenal damage
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
• ‘Costa got two of our players sent off in last two games,’ says Wenger • John Terry says Chelsea have not given up on top-four finish Arsène Wenger labelled Diego Costa clever for the part he played in Per Mertesacker’s early dismissal and bemoaned the “emotional damage” inflicted on Arsenal in their latest defeat by Chelsea, after an opportunity was missed to return to the top of the Premier League. Mertesacker was dismissed for a professional foul on Costa, who was racing on to Willian’s fine through-ball, after only 18 minutes of this derby; the centre-back’s sending-off was the third for an Arsenal player in meetings between these teams this season. Costa had induced one of those red cards from Gabriel Paulista back in mid-September, a sanction later rescinded on appeal when the Chelsea forward was instead handed a three-match ban for a clash with Laurent Koscielny. Continue reading...
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John Terry's Goal Helps Chelsea Salvage a Draw and Stay Unbeaten Under Its New ... - New York Times
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New York Times John Terry's Goal Helps Chelsea Salvage a Draw and Stay Unbeaten Under Its New ... New York Times Chelsea's dreary opening 45 minutes against visiting Everton on Saturday made way for a thrilling second half that started with an own goal by Chelsea defender John Terry and ended with Terry's scoring in the eighth minute of stoppage time to clinch a ... EPL Results: Saturday's Week 22 Scores, Latest Odds, 2016 Premier League TableBleacher Report John Terry scores controversial equalizer for Chelsea against EvertonCNN Dramatic draw for Chelsea as title-chasing Leicester heldWashington Post Salt Lake Tribune -BBC Sport all 932 news articles »
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John Terry scores controversial equalizer for Chelsea
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Chelsea heading in right direction - Terry
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Chelsea's recovery has begun, captain John Terry claimed Tuesday with the Blues unbeaten in the three games since Jose Mourinho's departure. A victory over Sunderland has been followed by draws with Watford and Manchester United. A surge up the Premier League table has yet to materialise, however, and the champions remain in 14th place, only three points off the relegation zone.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Terry
  • 2016
    Age 35
    In 2016, Terry paid the £1,600 funeral costs for an eight-year-old Chelsea fan with leukaemia who died from an unsuccessful bone marrow transplantation.
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    During Antonio Conte's first press conference as the new Chelsea manager, Conte confirmed that Terry will remain the club captain. On 11 September 2016, during the closing minutes of the match against Swansea City, Terry suffered an ankle injury and required crutches to leave the pitch after the final whistle.
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    Although in February, Terry announced that there was no talks held to discuss for a new contract, on 18 May 2016, Terry signed a new one-year contract to remain at Chelsea until the end of the 2016-17 season.
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    On 1 February 2016, Terry announced he will leave Chelsea this summer, saying "It's not going to be a fairytale ending."
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    On 15 January 2016, Terry scored an own goal in the 50th minute as well as his first goal of the season in the 98th minute, earning a 3–3 draw against Everton.
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  • 2015
    Age 34
    On 23 August 2015, Terry received his first league red card for over five years, being dismissed for a foul on Salomón Rondón in a 2–3 win at West Bromwich Albion.
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    In the League Cup final on 1 March 2015, Terry opened the scoring was named Man of the Match in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Tottenham.
    More Details Hide Details On 26 March, Terry signed one-year extension to his contract. On 26 April, Terry, along with five of his Chelsea teammates, was voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year. On 29 April, Terry became the joint highest-scoring defender in the Premier League with 38 goals, having scored the second goal in a 3–1 win over Leicester City. On 10 May, Terry surpassed David Unsworth as the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League after scoring his 39th in the opening five minutes against Liverpool, an eventual 1–1 draw.
  • 2014
    Age 33
    On 18 October 2014, Terry captained Chelsea for the 500th time against Crystal Palace.
    More Details Hide Details In the next match, on 21 October, Terry scored in Chelsea's record Champions League win against Slovenian team Maribor. Later, he scored Chelsea's fastest-ever goal in the Champions League by heading in a goal after 90 seconds against Schalke 04.
    On 13 May 2014, Terry signed a new one-year deal with the Blues.
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  • 2013
    Age 32
    Terry scored his 54th goal in all competitions for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur on 28 September 2013.
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    On 17 April 2013, Terry scored twice in the derby match against Fulham that ended 3–0.
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  • 2012
    Age 31
    On 7 December 2012, new Chelsea manager Rafael Benítez confirmed Terry would not be back from injury in time to play in the Club World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Terry's knee injury kept him out of action for 16 first-team matches in total, including the Club World Cup defeat. He made a 45-minute comeback for Chelsea's Under-21 team on 10 January, before returning to the first team in a 2–2 draw away to Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round on 24 January.
    On 11 November 2012, in his first match back from the four-match ban, Terry scored his 50th goal for Chelsea against Liverpool.
    More Details Hide Details He went off injured in the 39th minute of the same match and was suspected to have ligament damage on his right knee, but a scan the next day showed that there was "no significant damage."
    Terry announced on 23 September 2012 he had retired from international football.
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    Terry was named in new manager Roy Hodgson's squad for UEFA Euro 2012 while Rio Ferdinand was left out, leading to heavy speculation that this was to avoid potential conflict due to Terry's upcoming trial for racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton.
    More Details Hide Details Terry played 90 minutes in all four of England's matches at the Euros. Terry played the first World Cup Qualifying match against Moldova before leaving the field with an ankle injury meaning he missed the match against Ukraine.
    The fan was photographed celebrating with his team winning the 2012 League of Ireland.
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    The joke reached its height when in October 2012, a Sligo Rovers fan donned a John Terry mask and full Chelsea kit, invading the pitch at the Showgrounds.
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    Over the summer of 2012 this developed into his celebrating current sporting achievements such as 2012 Olympics medal wins by Team GB.
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    Immediately after Terry's celebration with his Chelsea teammates after their 2012 UEFA Champions League Final victory (in which he did not play due to suspension), a popular internet meme lampooning his behaviour appeared on the internet, becoming one of the most popular online jokes in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Terry has been pictured taking part in great moments in history and fiction. These included the fall of the Berlin Wall, the freeing of Nelson Mandela and the triumph of Rocky Balboa.
    On 18 October 2012, Terry decided not to appeal against the verdict and his four-match ban.
    More Details Hide Details He issued an apology for "the language he used in the game" and stated that it was "not acceptable on the football field or indeed in any walk of life." Chelsea announced that they had taken further disciplinary action against Terry while keeping the details confidential. However, Terry and Chelsea still faced media condemnation; Terry was criticised for not directly and personally apologising to Ferdinand, while Chelsea were accused of hypocrisy and double standards by only fining Terry and not stripping him of his captaincy when they have a "zero-tolerance" approach to racism and had previously handed a life ban to a fan who racially abused former Chelsea player Didier Drogba. In a radio interview, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and chief executive Ron Gourlay called the incident a "lapse of judgement" and "out of character" from Terry and stated that the club had "taken firm disciplinary action appropriate to the circumstances," adding that "we must not forget he was cleared in a court of law."
    On 27 September 2012, the hearing concluded with Terry being found guilty; he was punished with a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine.
    More Details Hide Details The FA published a 63-page report regarding the disciplinary proceedings conducted by an Independent Regulatory Commission; it labelled aspects of Terry's defence as "improbable, implausible and contrived," finding it "inherently unlikely that if he had been accused by Mr. Ferdinand of calling him something that ended with the words "black cunt", that Mr. Terry would have added the word "fucking" when he threw the words back, if he was genuinely doing so by way of forceful denial" and "inherently improbable" that he would call Anton Ferdinand a "fucking knobhead" for falsely accusing him of racial abuse. The Commission found it "implausible" that to robustly deny having used the words "black cunt" he "simply repeated" them. His defence in court was not that he had "simply repeated" the words but that he had "sarcastically" repeated them (see above), however, there was no reference to sarcasm in the Regulatory Commission's 63-page written report. The Commission concluded that it was "quite satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that there was no credible basis for Mr. Terry's defence that his use of the words 'fucking black cunt' were directed at Ferdinand by way of forceful rejection and/or inquiry. Instead, Commission was quite satisfied, and found on the balance of probabilities, that the offending words were said by way of insult." The FA commission was also criticised as a "kangaroo court" and the FA for its lack of independence, for failing to disclose all evidence to the police, failing to tape record their interview with key witness Ashley Cole, for lowering the required burden of proof after the incident had taken place, and for punishing Terry for an offence he had already been cleared of in a criminal court, in contravention of its own rules, which state that verdicts in criminal cases are "presumed to be correct" unless "clear and convincing evidence" to the contrary emerges.
    On 27 July 2012, the Football Association charged Terry for using "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" which "included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand."
    More Details Hide Details The FA had delayed the charge until after the conclusion of Terry's criminal trial. Terry denied the charge. On the eve of the FA's hearing, Terry announced his retirement from the English national football team, saying his position had become "untenable" due to the disciplinary charge.
    When the trial began in July 2012, Terry entered a not guilty plea and was acquitted of the charge on 13 July 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The court established that neither Ferdinand nor anyone else had heard Terry's words, but Terry himself admitted that he had directed the words "fucking black cunt" and "fucking knobhead" at Ferdinand, which was affirmed by two expert lip readers from video evidence. Terry maintained that he used the words as a form of sarcasm and that he was questioning what he thought had been an allegation of racism from Ferdinand; neither lip reader was able to "identify whether the statement was made as a question or in what type of voice it was said." Justice Riddle concluded that while there was no doubt Terry had uttered those words in anger, "it is impossible to be sure exactly what were the words spoken by Terry at the relevant time" and that there was a lack of evidence to prove beyond a doubt that Terry had used them as an insult instead of "a challenge to what he believed had been said to him." The court therefore found Terry not guilty.
    On 24 April 2012, Terry was sent off for violent conduct after driving a knee into Barcelona's Alexis Sánchez in an off-the-ball incident in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou.
    More Details Hide Details Chelsea's 3–2 aggregate victory over the holders qualified them for the final against Bayern Munich, for which Terry would be suspended. Terry later apologised for letting his teammates and Chelsea fans down. Terry scored his sixth league goal of the season, seventh in all competitions, in the final match of the season, a 2–1 victory over already-relegated Blackburn. The goal meant that it was Terry's most prolific season and he told the Chelsea website, "I am delighted with seven... It's always good to end a league season with a win." Even though Terry was suspended for the Champions League Final, along with teammates Ramires, Branislav Ivanović and Raul Meireles, he took part in celebrations at the final whistle after Chelsea triumphed 4–3 on penalty kicks, with striker Didier Drogba netting the decisive penalty. His celebrations led to a popular internet meme lampooning the fact that Terry wore full kit despite not playing in the match.
    On 3 February 2012, the FA stripped Terry of his England captaincy for the second time, stating that Terry would not captain the national team until the racial abuse allegations against him were resolved.
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    On 3 February 2012, with Terry due to stand trial due to allegations that Terry had racially abused QPR's Anton Ferdinand, the FA stripped Terry of the England captaincy for the second time.
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  • 2011
    Age 30
    On 31 December 2011, in a home match against Aston Villa, Terry captained the Chelsea team for the 400th time of his career, a record for the club.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 he 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, he was charged with using racist language by the Crown Prosecution Service.
    Terry was the world's third best passer in 2011 for players with over 1000 passes, with a 91.6% pass accuracy rate.
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  • 2010
    Age 29
    A week later, on 15 May 2010, Terry captained Chelsea as he won his fourth FA Cup medal, defeating Portsmouth in the final by 1–0 at Wembley Stadium.
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    On 9 May 2010, Terry captained Chelsea as they won their fourth Premier League title after an 8–0 win against Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge.
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    On 5 February 2010, following allegations regarding Terry's private life, England manager Fabio Capello announced that Terry was removed as the captain of the England team.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by fellow defender Rio Ferdinand. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, England started with two draws against the United States and Algeria, which received heavy criticism from the English media. Two days after the Algeria match 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; he 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 his authority to the media. On 19 March 2011, Capello reinstated Terry as England captain following a long-term injury to previous captain Rio Ferdinand.
    The allegations led to then-England manager Fabio Capello removing Terry from the captaincy on 5 February 2010, replacing him with Rio Ferdinand.
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    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, his former Chelsea and England teammate.
    More Details Hide Details The injunction was lifted a week later, and the British media – especially the tabloid 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.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    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 training ground.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    On 8 November 2009, Terry scored the decisive goal in Chelsea's match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge to preserve their perfect home record for the season.
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    In July 2009, Manchester City made a third bid for Terry, but Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted Terry would remain at Chelsea.
    More Details Hide Details Before the start of the season, Terry was again awarded with UEFA Defender of the Year, his third time winning the award. He made his debut for the new season against Premier League team Hull City, a match Chelsea won.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    On 13 September 2008, Terry received the first straight red card of his career against Manchester City for rugby-tackling Jô.
    More Details Hide Details However, this was later rescinded on appeal. Despite being a defender, he occasionally scores important goals for Chelsea, such as in the Champions League Group A home match against Roma. 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. He has won seven trophies as Chelsea captain (one more than Dennis Wise) Being an English player who came through the club's youth system, he is especially popular with Chelsea fans.
    On 28 August 2008, Terry was awarded the Defender of The Year award from UEFA at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, together with Frank Lampard and Petr Čech, who received the award for their respective positions.
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    On 11 May 2008, whilst playing in the last league match of the season against Bolton, he collided with goalkeeper Petr Čech and suffered a partially dislocated elbow, which was eventually put back into place en route to the hospital. This injury did not prevent him playing in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United.
    More Details Hide Details The match went to penalties, and Terry missed a penalty which would have won Chelsea the match (and the Champions League). His standing leg slipped as he took his kick, and the ball missed the goal. Chelsea lost the shootout 6–5, which Terry reacted to by breaking down in tears.
    He was expected to be out for at least three months but made a speedy recovery and managed to captain Chelsea to the 2008 League Cup final against Tottenham, which Chelsea lost 2–1.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    The couple married at Blenheim Palace on 15 June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Terry was named "Dad of the Year" after he came top of a poll of UK adults in a Daddies Sauce survey. Terry has said that his children are fans of Lionel Messi. Terry currently lives in Oxshott, Surrey. Terry's older brother, Paul (born 1979), is a former professional footballer, having notably played for Dagenham & Redbridge and Yeovil Town. Terry was a Manchester United supporter growing up. Terry revealed in a 2005 interview that he has to go through about 50 superstitious rituals before each match. Terry is one of a very small group of footballers to have been paid more than £1 million for their autobiography. His deal with publisher Harper Collins was negotiated in 2004 by Chris Nathaniel of NVA Management. Terry is friends with Australian snooker player Neil Robertson.
    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 his foot.
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    In May 2007, Terry captained Chelsea to the FA Cup, in the first final at the new Wembley Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details Despite failing to agree terms to a new contract immediately following 2006–07, Terry stated on several occasions that he had no intention of leaving Chelsea. In late July he signed a new five-year contract with a base salary of between £131,000 and £135,000 per week, making him the highest-paid player in the Premier League at the time. Frank Lampard's contract with Chelsea, signed in August 2008, surpassed Terry's with Lampard earning £151,000 a week to become the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
    Playing in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 away against Porto, he suffered another injury, this time to his ankle, and was set to miss the 2007 League Cup Final against Arsenal, but managed to recover from the injury within days and played in the final.
    More Details Hide Details During the second half of the match, at an attacking corner, he 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 he nearly swallowed his tongue. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and immediately transferred to the University Hospital of Wales. Terry discharged himself the same day and returned to the Millennium Stadium to celebrate his team's 2–1 win. The only recollection he had of the second half is walking out onto the pitch and he did not remember the ten minutes he played prior to his injury. Following the incident, Terry thanked the Arsenal physiologist Gary Lewin for saving his life. Lewin was the first medic that rushed over to assist him after his tongue had blocked his airways. After spending two weeks on the sidelines, he made his return to the Chelsea team against Blackburn Rovers in March. He went on to lead Chelsea to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League, the third time in four years that Chelsea had made it to the final four of the competition.
    He made his return against Charlton Athletic on 3 February 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 25
    He has cemented his place in the England squad by being selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details In a warm-up match for that tournament against Hungary on 30 May 2006, Terry scored his first goal for England, the team's second in a 3–1 victory. Despite an injury scare in a friendly against Jamaica, he recovered to play in England's opening fixture against Paraguay, a 1–0 victory. In the next match against Trinidad and Tobago, Carlos Edwards beat England's Paul Robinson 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 he was left in tears with his fellow players. Six days later, he 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 he will prove to be one of the best captains England has ever had." Terry scored a goal on his debut as the England captain, in a friendly international against Greece. This was the first goal of the match and also the first goal during McClaren's reign as manager. When celebrating he kissed his new captain's armband.
    After a draw with Reading on 26 December 2006, José Mourinho stated that his captain might require surgery to fix the problem.
    More Details Hide Details In the matches that he 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 he was expected to return in the match against Wigan Athletic, Terry was missing once again, due to the recurring back problem.
    In the 2006–07 season, Terry missed matches for Chelsea due to a recurring back problem.
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    On 5 November 2006, playing against Tottenham Hotspur, Terry was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career after receiving two yellow cards as the Blues lost at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Terry was charged with misconduct by the FA for questioning the integrity of match referee Graham Poll after the match. On 10 January 2007, Terry was ordered to pay £10,000 for the inappropriate conduct after he changed his mind and pleaded guilty to the FA.
    In a match on 14 October 2006 against Reading, Terry had to take over in goal for Chelsea in the final minutes of the match after goalkeepers Petr Čech and Carlo Cudicini were injured and Chelsea had no substitutes remaining.
    More Details Hide Details He wore the number 40 shirt belonging to third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilário. Terry kept a clean sheet as Chelsea held out to win 1–0, although he did not have a single save to make and his goalkeeping experience was limited to taking a free-kick from inside the penalty area.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    In September 2005, he was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro awards.
    More Details Hide Details The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers based in 40 countries. Chelsea defended their Premier League title in 2005–06, earning 91 points, and confirming the title with a 3–0 victory against Manchester United.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    Following Desailly's retirement, new Chelsea manager José Mourinho chose Terry as his 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 Football League history with the most clean sheets and the most points accrued.
    More Details Hide Details He was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England and scored eight goals, including a late winner against Barcelona, in the UEFA Champions League. He was voted the best defender in the Champions League for the season.
  • 2003
    Age 22
    Terry made his England debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro, and started his first match for England on 20 August 2003 at Portman Road, Ipswich, in a friendly against Croatia.
    More Details Hide Details England won 3–1. His main central defensive partner had been Rio Ferdinand. He played for his country at Euro 2004, 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, Terry had the honour of wearing England's captain armband, replacing Michael Owen as captain after the latter was subbed.
    In the 2003–04 season, his performances led to him being handed the captain's armband by manager Claudio Ranieri when Desailly was out of the team.
    More Details Hide Details He played well in the absence of the French international, forming a strong defensive partnership with William Gallas.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    On 5 December 2001, he captained Chelsea for the first time, in a League match against Charlton Athletic.
    More Details Hide Details Chelsea reached the FA Cup Final, following wins against London rivals West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth and six rounds respectively, and Fulham 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 final, although he came on as a second-half substitute as Chelsea lost 2–0 to Arsenal.
    He continued his progress during 2001–02, becoming a regular in the defence alongside club captain and French international Marcel Desailly.
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  • 2000
    Age 19
    Terry began to establish himself in the Chelsea first team from the 2000–01 season, making 23 starts, and was voted the club's player of the year.
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    He spent a brief period on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2000 to build up his first team experience and was the subject of interest from both Forest manager David Platt and Huddersfield Town manager Steve Bruce.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Terry was involved in an altercation with a bouncer at a West London nightclub with Chelsea teammate Jody Morris and Wimbledon's Des Byrne, which led to him being charged with assault and affray. In August 2002, Terry was acquitted of the charges in court. During the affair, he was given a temporary ban from the England national team by the Football Association. Previously, along with Chelsea teammates Frank Lampard, Jody Morris, Eiður Guðjohnsen and former teammate 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 September 11 attacks. During his early days at Chelsea, Terry shared a flat with Andrew Crofts.
  • 1998
    Age 17
    Terry made his Chelsea debut on 28 October 1998 as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Aston Villa; his first start came later that season in an FA Cup third round match, a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic.
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  • 1991
    Age 10
    As a boy, he initially was part of West Ham United's youth system, joining them as a midfielder in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to Chelsea at 14, playing for the club's youth and reserve teams. It was due to a shortage of central defenders that he was moved to centre-back, the position he plays today. After finishing school, he joined the club on a YTS at age 16 and signed professional terms a year later.
  • 1980
    Born on December 7, 1980.
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