Rio Ferdinand
English footballer
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Gavin Ferdinand is an English footballer. He plays at centre-back for Manchester United in the Premier League. He has amassed 81 caps for England in total, and has been a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. Ferdinand began his football career playing for various youth teams, finally settling at West Ham United where he progressed through the youth ranks and made his professional Premier League debut in 1996.
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Rio Ferdinand tweet sparks Southeast Asian food fight
Yahoo News - 5 months
Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand has unwittingly sparked a cross-border food fight after suggesting that a rice dish was Singaporean, to the horror of Indonesians who claim it as their own. Ferdinand made the food faux pas during a weekend trip to watch the Singapore Grand Prix, when he tweeted a picture of himself holding a plate of the dish next to the comment: "Nasi goreng lunch.. Keeping it local in #Singapore". "Nasi goreng", which literally translates as "fried rice" in Indonesian, generally consists of rice mixed with a sweet sauce and other ingredients such as chilli, vegetables and chicken, and often topped with a fried egg.
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Rio Ferdinand
Yahoo News - 6 months
​ Club: Leeds United Age: 22 At the time, Rio Ferdinand was the most expensive English player in history following an £18m move from West Ham to Leeds - a record he would break himself when he joined Manchester United for £29m in the summer of 2002 after an impressive World Cup display. Ferdinand enjoyed great success at Old Trafford, picking up six Premier League titles and a Champions League winner's medal among other pieces of silverware, before one final season with QPR. He's been a regular pundit on BT Sport since retirement in 2015.
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Lack of expectations will help England at Euro Cup: Ferdinand
Yahoo News - 9 months
London, May 30 (IANS) Blaming the pressure of unrealistic expectations for the England football team's poor performances in major tournaments over the years, former defender Rio Ferdinand has said that the lack of media hype has given the current squad a chance to perform without the burden of extra pressure at next month's European Championships. Despite the presence of a bunch of promising players like strikers Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane, the England squad's build up to the tournament has been marked by a lack of media hype -- a situation quite unlike that faced by previous generations of England footballers. It is about a team unit, core values of being together," Ferdinand was quoted as saying by the Independent on Monday.
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Rio Ferdinand's wife's funeral joined by Alex Ferguson and Manchester United stars
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said a tearful goodbye to his 'soulmate' wife Rebecca at an intimate ceremony in Bromley on Tuesday.
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Soccer star's wife dies from cancer
CNN - almost 2 years
English soccer star Rio Ferdinand paid tribute to his "wonderful wife" on Saturday after she passed away following a cancer diagnosis.
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Wife of Rio Ferdinand dies
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
The wife of former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has died following a short battle with cancer, he announced on Saturday. "Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. The couple married in 2009 when Ferdinand played for Manchester United. He was at Old Trafford from 2002 to 2014 before joining Queens Park Rangers.
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Rio Ferdinand Loses Wife To Cancer
Information Nigeria - almost 2 years
Rio Ferdinand has confirmed that his wife, Rebecca Ellison, has died after a short battle with cancer. The footballer, a defender for Queen’s Park Rangers, said his “wonderful wife”... This is a summary to read the rest visit our site, the most popular nigerian information site You can also get updated on facebook by following us on
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Rio Ferdinand: I don't get on with John Terry but he's had a great season
Herald - Ireland - almost 2 years
Rio Ferdinand says that although he "no longer gets on" with John Terry, he can admit that the Chelsea defender has been "outstanding" this season.
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Moyes admits he did ban chips at Man Utd
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed he did ban players from eating chips during his brief stint at Old Trafford because he believed some of the squad were overweight. Rio Ferdinand, in his recent autobiography '#2Sides', was severely critical of the way in which Moyes's management style after he took over at Old Trafford and highlighted the chip ban as an example of what was wrong with his approach. United Players had got used to having the low-fat chips as a pre-game ritual on a Friday night under Moyes's predecessor Alex Ferguson -- British football's most successful manager - but the former Everton boss decided it was a treat they could do without. "Yes, I did ban chips," Moyes told Britain's Four Four Two football magazine.
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Manchester United Transfer News: Nemanja Vidic Wants to Stay, Says Mateja Kezman
Bleacher Report - about 3 years
Initial fears over Nemanja Vidic's future as a Manchester United player have been calmed by the defender's former international teammate, Mateja Kezman. The 34-year-old spoke in response to Vidic's agent, who recently said the veteran will not be renewing his contract at Old Trafford, which is due to expire at the end of the season. Eurosport's dedicated transfer account quotes Kezman: The former Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain forward appeared on talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Breakfast Show this week, where he added his two cents to the debate: I spoke to him (Vidic) a few months ago and he said then that he was waiting to see what will happen with his contract. I would give him a new contract. It’s true he’s not the player he was a few years ago, he’s a bit injury-prone, but he’s still a leader. Man United need him in the dressing room, around the young players. He’s not unhappy. He’s been there for years and would like to stay for another season. He loves th ...
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Man United target Bayer win to help focus on league
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) - Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester United to book their place in the Champions League's knock-out stages by beating Bayer Leverkusen away on Wednesday so they can focus on the Premier League. United slipped to a disappointing 2-2 draw at Premier League new-boys Cardiff City on Sunday which left them sixth in the table and seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal. David Moyes's side are unbeaten in their last ten matches but the Cardiff draw cost them a top four place in the Premier League.
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Soccer-Manchester United plane aborts landing in Germany
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing seconds from touchdown as the squad flew to Germany for Wednesday's Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen, British media reported. The chartered 185-seater Monarch Airlines Airbus 321 jet circled before landing safely at the second attempt, 10 minutes late at Cologne's Konrad Adenauer Airport on Tuesday. "The aircraft, carrying the squad and back room staff, was 400 metres from the Cologne runway when the pilot was alerted to another plane on the ground and had to quickly abandon the descent and rise sharply," the Manchester Evening News reported on its website ( United central defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: "Landed in Germany .... just .... I've only just recovered after that choppy landing!" United, who declined to comment on the incident, will reach the last 16 with a win in the Group A clash at the Bay Arena.
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What Is the Solution to Racism?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
I did a piece in the Guardian today which received much interest from many people. A lot on Twitter, once again, accused me of playing the race card in football because I mentioned the lack of black managers (in passing) as a wider problem in society. Let me say once and for all (probably not) that until we tackle the issue of racism in mainstream society, we cannot get rid of it in any other part of society - of which football is but one of many. I will mention football management once in this article, then move on to the real problem. I am a failed football manager, and there are lots of different reasons why myself and other failed black managers do so (which is for a different time). But to satisfy those who say you were not good enough, like other black managers, let's work on the premise that they are right! We may not be good enough which, if true, has nothing to do with the colour of our skin. So why then pose the question: Can black ex-players make good managers, and why ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rio Ferdinand
  • 2015
    Age 36
    On 30 May 2015, Ferdinand announced his retirement from professional football, three days after leaving QPR.
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    In May 2015, following their relegation, Queens Park Rangers announced the release of Ferdinand in the summer.
    More Details Hide Details He made only 12 appearances for QPR in his only season with the club.
    He announced his retirement from professional football on 30 May 2015.
    More Details Hide Details His brother, Anton, also a centre-back, plays for Reading, and former England international striker Les Ferdinand and Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Kane Ferdinand are his cousins. Ferdinand was born at King's College Hospital in Camberwell, but grew up in Peckham. He is the son of an Irish mother, Janice Lavender, and a Saint Lucian father, Julian Ferdinand. Ferdinand grew up in Peckham in a large family. Both parents worked to support the family, his mother as a child carer and his father as a tailor. His parents never married and they separated when he was 14 years old. His father remained close, moving to a nearby estate, and took the kids to football training and to local parks. Ferdinand attended Camelot Primary School. At school, he focused on maths and revelled in the opportunity to perform before an audience during a school production of Bugsy Malone.
    In March 2015 it was announced that Ferdinand would be the new face of online casino Casino Floor.
    More Details Hide Details The announcement provoked strong criticism on Twitter from a number of Ferdinand's followers, who suggested it was inappropriate that a role model for young people should endorse gambling particularly given the well documented struggles of many of his peers with problem gambling. In September 1997, Ferdinand was convicted of drink-driving and given a one-year driving ban. He had been breathalysed after driving on the morning after a night out, and was found to be one point over the limit. As a result, England manager Glenn Hoddle dropped Ferdinand from the squad to face Moldova in a World Cup qualification match on 10 September, meaning Ferdinand lost out on the chance, at 18 years and 10 months of age, of becoming the youngest England international since Duncan Edwards. In March 2003, Ferdinand was given another six-month ban from driving, and fined £2,500 and six penalty points for driving at an average of along the M1. In May 2005, he was criticised by a magistrate as he received his fourth ban from driving and a fine of £1,500, after being caught by traffic police "travelling at an average of over a distance of nearly two miles" on the M6 motorway. Upon setting the penalty, the magistrate said Ferdinand "should be a positive role model for young people in society and this does not give out the right message". It followed two previous bans for speeding, in 2002 and 2003.
  • 2014
    Age 35
    In October 2014, Ferdinand was again charged by the FA for using offensive language on Twitter, after referring to the mother of a critic as a "sket", a Jamaican slang word for a promiscuous female.
    More Details Hide Details Ferdinand was fined £25,000 for the offence and banned from playing for three games. The FA considered Ferdinand's position as a "role model" to be an aggravating factor for the penalty, in addition to it being his second Twitter offence within three years and no admission of wrongdoing.
    Ferdinand published his second volume of autobiography, #2Sides in 2014, following his career from beginning to his year at Queens Park Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details The Duran Duran song "Rio" has been used in football chants both for and against Ferdinand; in 2002, fan Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran's lead singer) promised to re-record one of the football chants if the team won. Ferdinand was sponsored by sportswear company Nike and appeared in Nike commercials. In a global Nike advertising campaign in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, he starred in a "Secret Tournament" commercial (branded "Scopion KO") directed by Terry Gilliam, appearing alongside football players such as Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro, and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona the tournament "referee". In 2005, Ferdinand, along with an old school friend, created the record label White Chalk Music. To date, there are two artists signed to the label: Melody Johnston and Nia Jai. The latter released an album on 6 October 2010, which features Ferdinand rapping.
    In October 2014, Ferdinand confirmed in an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show that he would retire at the end of the season, saying "I'm not fearful of retirement, I'm looking forward to it, I can see some good stuff hopefully happening ahead".
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    He returned to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving Manchester United on 14 September 2014 to face his former club in the Premier League in which his side was beaten 4–0.
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    On 17 July 2014, Ferdinand signed for newly promoted Premier League club Queens Park Rangers on a one-year contract.
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    He was not offered an extension when that contract expired, and agreed to leave Manchester United on 12 May 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In a letter on his official website, he said "I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me."
  • 2013
    Age 34
    On 23 May 2013, it was announced that Ferdinand had secured a new one-year contract that would see him stay with the club until the end of the 2013–14 season.
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    On 12 May 2013, Ferdinand scored the winner and final goal of the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Old Trafford in a 2–1 victory over Swansea City.
    More Details Hide Details After a corner was missed by everyone, the ball found its way to Ferdinand at the back post and he hit it on the volley to seal the win.
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    More Details Hide Details West Ham United Manchester United On 20 October 2013, Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson were appointed to the Football Association's commission to improve the state of the national game. Ferdinand grew up in the Friary council estate, Peckham. He has several brothers and sisters: one brother and three sisters on his father's side and a brother and sister from his mother's remarriage. His brother, Anton Ferdinand, is also a defender who now plays for Championship club Reading, while former England striker Les Ferdinand and Peterborough United midfielder Kane Ferdinand are his cousins. Although he spent the majority of his career with Manchester United, he grew up supporting rivals Liverpool.
    On 5 March 2013, Ferdinand, unhappy with the referee Cüneyt Çakır's decision to send off Nani during a 2–1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid at Old Trafford, clapped sarcastically in the referee's face after the game.
    More Details Hide Details He escaped any punishment from UEFA for the incident.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    On 9 December 2012, Ferdinand was struck and injured by a coin thrown from the home crowd during United's 3–2 derby victory away from home against Manchester City.
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    He started the season opening game in August 2011, the 2011 FA Community Shield, where United found themselves 2–0 down at half time to city rivals Manchester City.
    More Details Hide Details Ferdinand was taken off after 45 minutes along with defensive partner Nemanja Vidić and replaced by Jonny Evans and Phil Jones respectively. United went on to win the game 3–2 and Ferdinand claimed his fourth Community Shield medal of his career. Ferdinand started in the opening Premier League match of the season at West Bromwich Albion, a game United won 2–1, but he went off with a hamstring injury after 75 minutes. After the match Alex Ferguson confirmed that Ferdinand would be out for six weeks. Ferdinand however recovered much quicker than initially diagnosed and returned to take a place on the bench two weeks later at Old Trafford in United's 8–2 demolition of Arsenal, although he did not play a part in the game. Ferdinand made his return to competitive action in a 1–1 draw against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In 2010, Ferdinand unsuccessfully sued the Sunday Mirror to prevent the publication of a story about an alleged affair with Carly Storey.
    More Details Hide Details During the case, it was alleged that then-England captain Ferdinand had affairs with 10 different women.
    Due to a knee injury he suffered in the summer of 2010, which ruled him out of the World Cup for England, he missed all of pre-season, the Community Shield and the first four games of the 2010–11 Premier League season.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to first-team football in the opening game of the Champions League group stage against Rangers on 14 September. He captained the side and played the full 90 minutes in a goalless draw.
    He returned to action on 28 January 2010, but was banned for four games after being found guilty of violent conduct for elbowing Hull City's Craig Fagan.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    Rebecca, who married Ferdinand in 2009, died of breast cancer on 2 May 2015, aged 34.
    More Details Hide Details Ferdinand detailed his upbringing and outlook in his 2007 autobiography, Rio: My Story. Ferdinand is one of a small group of sportsmen to receive over £1 million as an advance for an autobiography. Ferdinand's experiences growing up in Peckham inspired him to set up the Rio Ferdinand Live the Dream Foundation in December 2009 to nurture and develop young people from deprived communities seeking careers in sports and entertainment. The foundation has received support from the UK Government and industry.
    Although back and groin injury problems forced him to miss much of the 2009–10 domestic season, Ferdinand was selected to captain England at the 2010 World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details However, he suffered a knee ligament injury during the team's first training session in South Africa on 4 June and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament. On 19 March 2011, ahead of England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales, Capello announced that John Terry was to be re-instated as permanent England captain and that Ferdinand would return to his role of vice-captain. Ferdinand was left out of Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012, leading to strong speculation this was to avoid potential conflict with John Terry, who was included in the squad, due to Terry's upcoming trial for racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton. Further controversy arose when after Gary Cahill was ruled out of the tournament 22-year-old Martin Kelly with just two minutes of international football was called up as a replacement instead of Ferdinand. This led to Ferdinand's representative Jamie Moralee accusing Hodgson of showing a "lack of respect".
    Ferdinand had an injury plagued 2009–10 season, a number of back and knee injuries kept him on the sidelines for months.
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  • 2008
    Age 29
    On 21 May 2008, Ferdinand captained Manchester United to a Champions League Final victory versus Chelsea.
    More Details Hide Details He accepted the trophy together with Ryan Giggs, as Giggs was the on field captain for most of the matches during that season during Gary Neville's absence due to injury. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live he criticised FIFA's approach to tackling racism in football, stating that not enough was being done to punish those guilty of homophobic or racist abuse at matches. Regarding taunts aimed at Emile Heskey in England's 4–1 victory against Croatia in Zagreb, Ferdinand remarked: "Croatia were fined a few thousand quid. What's that going to do? That is not going to stop people shouting racist or homophobic abuse If things like this keep happening you have to take points off them. Then the punters will realise the team is going to be punished."
    It was announced on 16 April 2008 that, along with Michael Carrick and Wes Brown, Ferdinand had agreed to sign a new five-year contract, worth around £130,000 a week, which would keep him with United until 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The contract was finally signed on 15 May 2008.
    After United's 2–1 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League in April 2008, Ferdinand swore at Chelsea stewards and tried to kick a wall in the tunnel, but instead kicked a female steward, Tracy Wray.
    More Details Hide Details Ferdinand claimed to have merely brushed her with his foot. He said he had apologised and sent the steward some flowers. However, Wray showed the bruise on her leg to the media, and her husband claimed that Ferdinand had not apologised or sent flowers.
    He was rated doubtful whether he would face A.S. Roma in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg on 9 April 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He would play the full 90 minutes, though he received three stitches at half-time.
    On 6 April 2008, against Middlesbrough, Ferdinand limped out of the match due to a foot injury.
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    In their FA Cup quarter-final match against Portsmouth on 8 March 2008 when Manchester United dominated, Ferdinand made a rare appearance as a goalkeeper, after Edwin van der Sar left the pitch with a groin injury and the replacement keeper, Tomasz Kuszczak, was sent off after conceding a penalty.
    More Details Hide Details Despite diving the right way, he was unable to save Sulley Muntari's spot kick, and Manchester United were eliminated from the FA Cup.
    On 12 January 2008, Ferdinand bagged a rare Premier League goal in a 6–0 hammering of Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
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  • 2007
    Age 28
    Ferdinand started the 2007–08 season well, he was part of a United defence that managed to keep six clean sheets in a row in the Premier League, before conceding an early goal to Aston Villa at Villa Park on 20 October 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It was also during this game where Ferdinand scored his first goal of the season, which was United's third goal of that game, with a left foot strike which took a very strong deflection off one of Villa's defenders. Just three days later, Ferdinand scored his first European goal for United by opening the scoring against Dynamo Kyiv, with a superb header. United dominated the game and won 4–2.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    In 2006 in Manchester, Ferdinand's girlfriend Rebecca Ellison gave birth to their first son.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two more children.
    Following impressive and consistent performances in the league, Rio Ferdinand was named in the 2006–07 PFA Premiership Team of the Season, alongside seven of his Manchester United team-mates.
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    In the corresponding fixture in the following season on 22 October 2006, Ferdinand scored again in a 2–0 victory.
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    More club success followed with another Premier League win in the 2006–07 season and a Premier League and UEFA Champions League double the following year.
    More Details Hide Details His career at United, in which he won 6 Premier League titles and over 15 trophies, ended when his contract expired in 2014, and he subsequently joined Queens Park Rangers where he played for just one season before being released from the club as a result of their relegation from the Premier League.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    On 14 December 2005, in a game against Wigan Athletic, Ferdinand scored his first goal for United, en route to a 4–0 victory.
    More Details Hide Details This was his first goal after more than three years at Old Trafford. He followed this up with a powerfully headed goal against West Bromwich Albion. He then scored a last minute winner against Liverpool at Old Trafford, possibly his most important Manchester United goal to date.
  • 2003
    Age 24
    In September 2003, he failed to attend a drug test scheduled to take place at United's Carrington training ground.
    More Details Hide Details Ferdinand had left after training to go shopping, only to remember and attempt to return, only to be told it was too late. He did undergo testing the following day and passed, and also offered to have a hair follicle test, which would provide results for the previous six months, but the FA turned down the offer. The FA Disciplinary Committee chaired by Barry Bright imposed an eight-month ban from January 2004 at club and international level and a £50,000 fine, meaning he would miss the rest of the season and some of the next along with all of Euro 2004. Manchester United appealed against the verdict and sought to draw parallels to the case of Manchester City player Christian Negouai, who was fined £2,000 for missing a test. However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated that such comparisons are inappropriate due to differences between the two cases. Negouai had been stuck in traffic and was willing to take the test, while Ferdinand was charged with "failure or refusal" to attend the test. Both the FA and FIFA sought to have the ban increased to 12 months (half the possible maximum). In the end, the original verdict was upheld.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    In 2002, during the rape trial of their acquaintance Martin King, Ferdinand and former Leeds colleague Michael Duberry denied allegations that Duberry had molested the woman and Ferdinand had threatened her in the Leeds nightclub Hi-Fi on the night of 22 January, as well as further allegations of scuffling and drunkenness.
    More Details Hide Details Both men were interviewed by the police but the Crown Prosecution Service announced in April 2003 that they would not face charges. King was found guilty of indecent assault and attempted rape. During a radio interview on The Chris Moyles Show in October 2006, Ferdinand attracted two listener complaints and criticism from gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell when he called Moyles a faggot, followed by "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm not homophobic", after Moyles had jokingly suggested he was homosexual. BBC Radio 1 later dismissed the exchange as banter, while Tatchell said "since he very promptly apologised, I am happy to accept his regret and leave it at that". In the wake of a court case involving John Terry and Rio's brother Anton, in which Terry was found not guilty of racial abuse, Rio Ferdinand sparked media controversy by expressing amusement at the comments of a Twitter user who referred to Ashley Cole, who had testified in Terry's favour, as a "choc ice", a slang term which is commonly understood to mean "black on the outside, white on the inside". Ferdinand deleted the tweet shortly afterwards and denied choc ice is a racist term, adding, "And if I want to laugh at something someone tweets.I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a twist!" Cole's lawyers released a statement in response, stating that he would not be taking the matter further.
    He was selected as one of England's two first-choice centre-backs at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, wearing the number 5 shirt.
    More Details Hide Details John Terry (with whom Ferdinand would later partner in central defence) replaced Ferdinand in the England side throughout his eight-month ban until his return on 9 October 2004 in their World Cup qualifier against Wales. Ferdinand played ten World Cup finals matches for England, recording clean sheets against Argentina, Nigeria and Denmark in 2002, and Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador and Portugal in 2006. On 25 March 2008 it was announced that Ferdinand would wear the captain's armband for Fabio Capello's second game in charge of the national team, ahead of John Terry, Steven Gerrard or David Beckham, who some believed would be named captain to mark his 100th cap for his country. An FA statement suggested that the decision to name Ferdinand as captain was part of Capello's plans of rotating the captaincy before naming an official captain for September's World Cup qualifiers. On 19 August, however, Ferdinand lost out to Terry in retaining the captain's armband but was named vice-captain by Fabio Capello.
    On 22 July 2002, Ferdinand joined fellow Premier League side Manchester United on a five-year deal to become the most expensive British footballer in history at the time and the world's most expensive defender for a second time, a title he had lost in 2001 to Lilian Thuram.
    More Details Hide Details The fee included a basic element in the high £20 millions, and some conditional elements, which allowed Leeds to tell their fans that they were selling him for over £30 million. Leeds United later took a single payment in place of all the contingent elements during their financial crisis. The final book value of Ferdinand's contract in Manchester United's accounts was £34 million. This included agents' fees, with Leeds receiving just under £30 million. Ferdinand went on to win the Premier League title with Manchester United in his first season at the club. He collected a winner's medal in the 2006 League Cup, with runners-up medals in the 2003 League Cup and the 2005 FA Cup.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    The following season, in August 2001, he became the club captain after replacing Lucas Radebe and turned in an impressive second campaign, despite Leeds' failure to break into the top four and secure qualification for the competition they had figured in so prominently during the previous season.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, rumours began circulating that the club were in dire financial trouble and that new manager Terry Venables would be forced to part with his star defender for a substantial amount of cash. Later that summer after Ferdinand's impressive World Cup for England, Leeds accepted a bid of £29.1 million due to their perilous financial position.
  • 2000
    Age 21
    However, he was not selected in Kevin Keegan's 22-man squad for the 2000 European Championships.
    More Details Hide Details After his £18 million move to Leeds United, Ferdinand was named in the starting line-up by caretaker manager Peter Taylor in a friendly match against Italy and quickly established himself as a first-choice player under Sven-Göran Eriksson.
    Ferdinand joined Premier League club Leeds United in November 2000 for £18 million, then a British transfer record as well as becoming the world's most expensive defender.
    More Details Hide Details Despite an uncomfortable start to his career at Elland Road, beginning with a 3–1 defeat at Leicester CIty on his debut, Ferdinand settled well and became an integral part of the Leeds team that reached the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League, scoring with a header in the quarter-final against Spain's Deportivo La Coruña. Other highlights during his spell in Yorkshire included goals against Liverpool at Anfield and a scoring return to Upton Park.
  • 1998
    Age 19
    Ferdinand would have made an even earlier debut in September had he not been charged with drink-driving in the buildup to England's 1998 World Cup qualifier against Moldova.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    After an impressive 1997–98 season he was selected for the 1998 World Cup squad as a back-up defender.
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    He played 10 games for Bournemouth before returning to West Ham in January 1997.
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    During the 1997–98 season, Ferdinand won the Hammer of the Year award at the young age of 19.
    More Details Hide Details In November 1996 Ferdinand joined Bournemouth on loan. He made his debut on 9 November in a 1–1 away draw against Blackpool.
    During the summer of 1997, Manchester United made enquires about Ferdinand before they turned to Henning Berg after West Ham rejected any sale.
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  • 1996
    Age 17
    Originally scouted by Frank Lampard, Ferdinand progressed through the youth team ranks, earning a professional contract and a place in the first team squad in the process. On 5 May 1996, he made his senior team debut, as he came on as a substitute for Tony Cottee in the Hammers' last game of the season, a 1–1 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
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  • 1994
    Age 15
    He signed his first Youth Training Scheme contract in January 1994 and played alongside players such as Frank Lampard at the academy.
    More Details Hide Details Success pending at club level, international football also began for Ferdinand; at 16 he joined the England youth team squad to compete in their age group's UEFA European Football Championship, gaining his first experience of international competition.
  • 1992
    Age 13
    London team West Ham United was to be his footballing home, however, and he joined their youth system in 1992.
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  • 1978
    Born on November 7, 1978.
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