Ryan Giggs
Welsh footballer
Ryan Giggs
Ryan Joseph Giggs, OBE is a Welsh footballer who plays for Manchester United. Giggs made his first appearance for the club during the 1990–91 season and has been a regular player since the 1991–92 season. He established himself as a left winger during the 1990s, and continuing in this position well into the 2000s, though he has been increasingly used in a deeper playmaking role in his latter years.
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'Wanton vandalism': why Neville and Giggs' Manchester towers are despised
Guardian (UK) - 2 days
With its flawed design and lack of affordable housing, the footballers’ St Michael’s project faces fierce opposition. But an investment-hungry council isn’t listening From their Cheshire mansions’ bathroom taps to their radiant spray-tans, it’s a running gag that footballers have a thing for bronze. But now Manchester United heroes Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs want to take their love of lustre one step further and bestow on their home city a pair of colossal bronze skyscrapers, right opposite the town hall. Related: Giggs and Neville skyscrapers 'threaten Manchester's heritage' Continue reading...
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Giggs on Swansea wish-list - Independent Online
Google News - about 2 months
Independent Online Giggs on Swansea wish-list Independent Online London - Bob Bradley accepted in his final press conference as Swansea manager on Monday evening that there would be 'discussions' about his future. What he can't have known is that they were already under way. Ryan Giggs was the bookies' favourite ... Swansea City sack American manager BradleyEyewitness News Ryan Giggs and Roy Hodgson among those in contention to replace Bob Bradley at SwanseaFox Sports Bob Bradley Is Out in England. Round Up the Usual Replacements.New York Times ITV News -Dallas News -Sports Illustrated -Daily Mail all 341 news articles »
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ManU greats to bring football cafes, hotels to Asia
Yahoo News - 4 months
Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have teamed up with a Singaporean billionaire to open football-themed cafes and hotels in Asia, a spokesperson for the tycoon said Wednesday. The two sportsmen and Peter Lim, owner of Spain's Valencia football club and Singapore-based property developer Rowsley Ltd, are looking at opening the first Cafe Football outlet in Asia in 2017, the spokesperson said.
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Mourinho unveils United coaching team
Yahoo News - 8 months
Faithful lieutenant Rui Faria will be Jose Mourinho's assistant manager at Manchester United a role that club icon Ryan Giggs had hoped in vain to retain for the upcoming season. Faria, who has followed Mourinho from Barcelona when the 'special one' was the late Bobby Robson's interpreter in 1996 to all his subsequent clubs, is joined by others who have experience of working with the United boss. Coaches Silvino Louro, who has been with Mourinho for more than a decade having started out as his goalkeeping coach, Ricardo Formosinho and Carlos Lalin -- who also have previous experience working with the Portuguese -- and Emilio Alvarez have all been confirmed as members of the coaching staff along with analyst Giovanni Cerra.
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Ryan Giggs says 'time feels right' to leave Man United after 29 years
Fox News - 8 months
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year association with Manchester United, leaving the coaching staff at the fallen English Premier League power at the start of Jose Mourinho's reign.
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Man United stars Neville and Giggs tell hotel squatters: stay for winter
Guardian (UK) - over 1 year
Manchester stock exchange building being renovated by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs as a boutique hotel has been occupied by homeless activists When Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs got planning permission to turn the historic Manchester stock exchange into a boutique hotel replete with basement gym, spa and rooftop private members’ terrace, they envisaged opening it up to an exclusive and moneyed clientele. Instead, a group of homeless people with little or no money have moved in – with Neville’s blessing. The hotel, which is undergoing extensive renovations before opening its doors to paying guests, was occupied on Sunday by a group of squatters and housing activists called the Manchester Angels. Instead of the usual response of property owners – rushing to court to obtain an order to get the uninvited new incumbents evicted – the famous ex-footballers who own the building have told them they can stay, not just for a few days, but throughout the coldest mont ...
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Soccer-Van Gaal thinks Giggs will be next United manager
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Louis van Gaal has said he believes Ryan Giggs will succeed him as Manchester United manager. Van Gaal, 63, is nearing the end of his first season in charge at Old Trafford and is contracted to the club until 2017. "I expect that he will be the next manager after I am gone," he told the club's MUTV channel about the future of Giggs, the Dutchman's assistant since he took over last May. "Now I have the responsibility. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well," added Van Gaal.
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Bale Shakes Off Madrid Blues With Wales
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The gifted sons of Wales are usually pushed into rugby, not soccer. Like John Charles and Ryan Giggs before him, Gareth Bale is a notable exception.
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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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United's lows have bigger impact than highs, says Giggs
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Ryan Giggs has made collecting silverware a habit during his magnificent Manchester United career but the rare lean times have had a greater impact, according to the veteran Welshman. Champions United have begun 2014 with three consecutive defeats and according to the 40-year-old, it hurts. You have to react and you have to try to do something about it," Giggs told Sky Sports News. It is a test of character but I am fully confident we will come through it and we will be okay." United have not lost three successive matches since 2001 and new manager David Moyes finds himself under intense scrutiny, not least from former manager Alex Ferguson who was in the stands on when they lost 2-1 to bottom club Sunderland in the first leg of the Capital One (League) Cup semi-final, on Tuesday.
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Frankly, Mr Shankly, Your Quote Needs Updating - Football IS a Matter of Life and Death
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death ... it is much, much more important than that." Bill Shankly's Wildean bon mot has been wheeled out more times than Ryan Giggs has played for Manchester United. But I'm giving it another brief outing here. (You never know. Throw our surprise striker on for the last five minutes and we might just snatch one). Lots of pundits seem to delight in grabbing hold of the Anfield legend's well-worn quote to show how witty they are. Come up with your own clever-clogs catchphrase, I say! So what does it mean? To most people it's probably just a bit of footballing froth. A throwaway remark that works because it's unusually well-constructed and somehow shot through with some of the famous Liverpool manager's "hard man" glamour and his more-than-average footballing nous. (Scouse nous. Ahem). Anyway, I can never hear about football tragedies without thinking of the Shankly saying. Hillsborough, Bradford City, Heysel, the Accra Sports Stadiu ...
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Andy Gray & Richard Keys: EPL predictions - Week 13
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Ryan Giggs celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday but remains a key part of Manchester United’s squad and is expected to lead the team out against Spurs tomorrow. Andy Gray: Giggs is a phenomenon and it’s a measure of how he has looked after himself, with his diet, his fitness, and his desire to keep going. He may be fading as a player but he is still key to the future of Man United because he is the one who can teach and inspire the new players coming into the club. Some might say that staying at Manchester United all his career and not playing in Spain or Italy leaves a gap of his cv.
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Những con số khó quên trong sự nghiệp thi đấu của Giggs
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Nhân kỷ niệm sinh nhật lần thứ 40 của Ryan Giggs, cùng điểm lại những cột mốc đáng nhớ nhất trong sự nghiệp thi đấu của lão tướng này qua những con số.
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Soccer: Giggs reaches 40 and still going strong
Reuters.com - about 3 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Ryan Giggs was the first graduate of the so-called 'Class of '92' to make his mark at Manchester United and on the day he turned 40 he was preparing for the weekend the same way he has for most of his life.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ryan Giggs
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    Giggs was suggested by many – including Louis van Gaal – as the Dutchman's potential successor at Manchester United. However, following the appointment of Portuguese coach José Mourinho, Giggs announced his departure from the club on 2 July 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs was never sent off in his 24-season playing career for Manchester United and was only once sent off when playing for Wales, on 5 September 2001 in a World Cup qualifier against Norway; Giggs received a second yellow card in the 86th minute. In November 2003, he was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA due to his behaviour during the Battle of Old Trafford game against Arsenal (one of two United and six Arsenal players charged over the incident); Giggs received a £7,500 fine but avoided suspension. In the same week, Giggs received a two-match suspension from international football for deliberately elbowing Russian player Vadim Evseev in the face during the first leg of the Euro 2004 play-offs. The offence was missed by referee Lucílio Batista, but Giggs was later charged using video evidence. Manchester United Giggs has been featured in adverts for Reebok, Citizen Watches, Givenchy, Fuji, Patek Phillipe, Quorn Burgers, ITV Digital and Celcom.
  • 2014
    Age 40
    In 2014, it was announced that Giggs, along with fellow Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville, had agreed a deal to purchase Salford City ahead of the 2014–15 season. with plans to get the club to the Football League.
    More Details Hide Details The group announced they would take part in a special friendly, with Salford facing a Class of '92 team. On 22 September, the group agreed to sell a 50% stake in the club to billionaire Peter Lim. In May 2011, it was reported in non-UK media sources that Giggs was the identity of CTB in CTB v News Group Newspapers, a footballer who had obtained an anonymised gagging order in relation to an alleged extra-marital affair with model Imogen Thomas. Giggs took legal action against the social networking site Twitter after he was named by a user in a list of identities of individuals who had allegedly taken out so-called "super-injunctions." A blogger for Forbes magazine remarked that Giggs had "not heard of the Streisand effect," observing that mentions of his name had increased significantly after the case against Twitter had been reported.
    After Giggs became interim manager of Manchester United in 2014, his father told British tabloid The Sun that "I don't see how the players can trust him after what he did to his brother," referring to Giggs allegedly having a long-term affair with and impregnating his brother Rhodri's wife, Natasha Giggs.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson accused Ryan of being "a cheat, unfaithful and a liar." However, Rhodri reportedly stated that he supports his brother in his new position. In August 2006, Giggs became an Ambassador for UNICEF UK, in recognition for his work with Manchester United's 'United for UNICEF' partnership with the children's organisation. Giggs visited UNICEF projects in Thailand and told the BBC: "As a footballer I can't imagine life without the use of one of my legs... Sadly this is exactly what happens to thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine." In October 2010, Giggs said he would "probably finish his career here Trafford," and that he could not see himself "dropping down leagues and playing at a lesser level." He said he wanted to go into coaching, describing the management of Manchester United or Wales as "the two ultimate jobs," and stating that he was halfway through his UEFA 'A' coaching licence.
    Giggs announced his retirement from professional football on 19 May 2014 in an open letter to all Manchester United fans posted on the club website.
    More Details Hide Details Upon retirement, Giggs received many plaudits for the achievements he earned throughout his career, and the longevity of it.
    He was named as assistant manager under Moyes' permanent replacement, Louis van Gaal, on 19 May 2014; he retired from playing the same day.
    More Details Hide Details He holds the club record for competitive appearances. At international level, Giggs played for the Wales national team 64 times between 1991 and 2007, and was named as the captain of the Great Britain team that competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    When Louis van Gaal was announced as Moyes' permanent replacement on 19 May 2014, Giggs was also appointed as Van Gaal's assistant manager.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs was praised for giving debuts to youngsters James Wilson and Tom Lawrence in a 3–1 victory over Hull City, a game in which he brought himself on as a substitute for Lawrence.
    When Moyes was sacked on 22 April 2014, after less than 10 months in the job, Giggs took over as the club's interim player-manager, compiling a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in the final four games of the 2013–14 season.
    More Details Hide Details After his final match in charge, a 1–1 draw with Southampton, Giggs admitted to breaking down in tears, in part due to the pressure of managing United, and also said he had struggled to sleep during the period.
    Giggs became interim player-manager when Moyes was sacked in April 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 October, after coming off the substitute bench against Shakhtar Donetsk, Giggs became all-time leading appearance holder in the European competition, overtaking Raúl, an achievement he described as "special." In November, Giggs celebrated his 40th birthday, leading to media outlets and football figures praising him for reaching the milestone.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    He signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United on 1 March 2013, keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On 4 July, Giggs was appointed as player/coach by new manager David Moyes with immediate effect.
  • 2012
    Age 38
    On 28 June 2012, Giggs was confirmed as one of the three over-age players selected for Great Britain to compete at 2012 Summer Olympics alongside Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards, and he was subsequently named the team captain.
    More Details Hide Details He scored with a header against the United Arab Emirates in a 3–1 win on 29 July to become the oldest goalscorer in the football competition at the Summer Olympics at the age of 38 years and 243 days, beating an 88-year-old record that had been held by Egypt's Hussein Hegazi. Giggs was appointed as a player–coach at Manchester United on 4 July 2013, as part of the coaching staff under new manager David Moyes.
    Giggs scored his first Premier League goal of the 2012–13 season against Everton on 10 February 2013 in a 2–0 home win, extending his goalscoring sequence to 23 consecutive seasons in the highest division including all 21 Premier League seasons.
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    On 19 October 2012, Giggs (just over a month short of his 39th birthday) told The Daily Telegraph that he would like to move into management when he retires as a player.
    More Details Hide Details He also said that he was still undecided on whether he would still be playing after the current football season ends.
    On 26 February 2012, Giggs made his 900th appearance for Manchester United, in a 2–1 away win against Norwich City.
    More Details Hide Details He marked the occasion by scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute, scoring from a cross by Ashley Young. After the match, Alex Ferguson told BBC Sport he believed that a player playing in 900 games for one club "won't be done again." By March 2011, Giggs had played with more than 140 different players for the Manchester United first team.
    On 10 February 2012, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United.
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    On 23 May 2011, the gagging order set off a political controversy, with Prime Minister David Cameron commenting that the law should be reviewed to "catch up with how people consume media today."
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming used parliamentary privilege to name Giggs as CTB. General Specific
    Giggs made his first start of the 2011–12 season in the UEFA Champions League away at Benfica.
    More Details Hide Details He scored United's equalising goal in a 1–1 draw at the Estádio da Luz, in the process breaking his own record for the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history. He also became the first man ever to score in 16 different Champions League campaigns, moving clear of Raúl who was tied with Giggs on 15 seasons. Raúl though holds the record for scoring in 14 consecutive Champions league seasons. On 19 November, Giggs played in a league game in his home country of Wales for the first time in his distinguished career against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in a United 1–0 win. Giggs maintained his record of scoring in each of the past 22 top-flight seasons by scoring United's third goal against Fulham at Craven Cottage in a 5–0 win on 21 December, his first of the season in the league.
    Giggs also played in the 2011 Champions League final, where Manchester United were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona.
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    On 6 March 2011, Giggs surpassed the Manchester United league appearance record of Bobby Charlton by playing his 607th game against Liverpool.
    More Details Hide Details On 26 April, against Schalke 04 in the Champions League semi-final first leg, Giggs scored the first goal from a Wayne Rooney pass, also making himself the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history to date.
    On 17 January 2011, Giggs reached 600 league appearances (all for Manchester United), as he played in their goalless draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United on 18 February, keeping him at the club until June 2012.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    On 16 August 2010, Giggs kept up his record of scoring in every Premier League season since its inception as he netted United's third in their 3–0 home victory over Newcastle United in their opening fixture of the new campaign.
    More Details Hide Details As he found the net in the final two seasons of the old Football League First Division, he had now scored in 21 successive top division campaigns.
    On 24 April 2010, Giggs scored the first ever league penalties of his career, netting two penalties in a 3–1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur.
    More Details Hide Details The first one was Roberto Baggio; the second was Ryan Giggs."
  • 2009
    Age 35
    On 31 December 2009, Giggs was named the Manchester United Player of the Decade.
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    On 18 December 2009, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with United, keeping him at the club until June 2011, taking him past the 20th anniversary of his first professional contract and that of his first-team debut – a rare occurrence of a player reaching the 20-year mark with the same club and with unbroken service.
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    On 12 December 2009, Giggs' surpassed countryman Gary Speed's outfield record of 535 Premier League games.
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    On the same day, Giggs was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009, which he subsequently won.
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    On 30 November 2009, the day after his 36th birthday, it was reported that Giggs would be offered an additional one-year contract which would run until the end of the 2010–11 season and see him past the 20th anniversary of his first game and first goal for United.
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    On 28 November 2009, the eve of his 36th birthday, Giggs scored his 100th Premier League goal – all for Manchester United – scoring the final goal in a 4–1 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park, and becoming only the 17th player to reach the milestone in the Premier League.
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    On 12 September 2009, Giggs made his 700th start for United.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs scored his 150th goal for United, only the ninth player to do so for the club, against Wolfsburg in his first Champions League game of the season.
    On 16 May 2009, Manchester United won the Premier League after a 0–0 draw against Arsenal, both United's and Giggs' 11th Premier League titles.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs scored his first Manchester United hat-trick in a pre-season friendly against Hangzhou Greentown after coming on as a second-half substitute.
    Giggs made his 800th appearance for Manchester United on 29 April 2009, in the 1–0 semi-final win over Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.
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    On 26 April 2009, Giggs received the award, despite having started just 12 games throughout the 2008–09 season (at the time of receiving the trophy).
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time in his career that Giggs had received the award. Prior to the awards ceremony, Alex Ferguson had given his backing for Giggs to win the award and stated that it would be fitting, given Giggs' long term contribution to the game.
    Following speculation earlier in the year, in February 2009, Giggs signed a one-year extension to his current contract – which was due to expire in June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details After a successful season, Giggs was short-listed along with four other Manchester United team mates for the PFA Player of the Year.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    At the start of Manchester United's 2008–09 campaign, Sir Alex Ferguson began placing Giggs at central midfield, behind the forwards, instead of his favoured wing position.
    More Details Hide Details Sir Alex Ferguson said in an interview, "(Giggs) is a very valuable player, he will be 35 this November but at 35, he can be United's key player. At 25, Ryan would shatter defenders with his run down the flank, but at 35, he will play deeper." Giggs has begun taking his coaching badges and Ferguson has hinted that he would like Giggs to serve as his coaching staff after retirement like Ole Gunnar Solskjær did.
    Ten days later, on 21 May 2008, Giggs broke Bobby Charlton's appearance record for United when coming on as an 87th-minute substitute for Paul Scholes in the Champions League Final against Chelsea.
    More Details Hide Details United won the final, defeating Chelsea 6–5 on penalties after a 1–1 draw after extra time, with Giggs converting the winning penalty in sudden death.
    More landmarks have been achieved: on 20 February 2008 he made his 100th appearance in the UEFA Champions League in a game against Lyon and on 11 May 2008, he came on as a substitute for Park Ji-sung to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for United.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs scored the second goal in that match, sealing his, and United's, 10th Premier League title.
  • 2007
    Age 33
    Giggs married his long-time partner, Stacey Cooke, in a private ceremony on 7 September 2007.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children, both born in Salford and live in Worsley, Greater Manchester, close to where the player grew up.
    Giggs scored his 100th league goal for United against Derby County on 8 December 2007, which United won 4–1.
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    In the 2007–08 season, Alex Ferguson adopted a rotation system between Giggs and newcomers Nani and Anderson.
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    Giggs played a starring role in United's 2007 FA Community Shield victory after netting in the first half to bring the game to a 1–1 draw, which led to penalty triumph for the Red Devils after 'keeper Edwin van der Sar saved all of Chelsea's first three penalties; the goal was Giggs' first professional goal at Wembley Stadium.
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    In the 2007 FA Cup Final, Giggs had a goal ruled out in the 14th minute of extra time after referee Steve Bennett deemed him to have fouled goalkeeper Petr Čech in forcing the ball across the line.
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    On 6 May 2007, with Chelsea only able to manage a 1–1 draw with London rivals Arsenal, Manchester United became the champions of England.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, Giggs set a new record of nine league titles, beating the previous record of eight he shared with Alan Hansen and Phil Neal (who won all of their titles with Liverpool).
    In February 2007, Giggs scored the final three goals of his season.
    More Details Hide Details He scored the final goal in a 4–0 away win against Tottenham on 4 February which put United six points clear of Chelsea. On 20 February, Giggs scored the winning goal against Lille in the Champions League with a quickly taken free-kick that caused the Lille players to walk off the pitch in protest. Giggs later said he was amazed by the situation, as no rule had been broken. On 24 February, Giggs scored the equalising goal against Fulham in a game which United went on to win via a late Cristiano Ronaldo winner to go nine points clear of Chelsea.
    In addition to the many honours Giggs has received within football, he was appointed an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours List for his services to football.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs was born at St David's Hospital in Canton, Cardiff, to Danny Wilson, a rugby union player for Cardiff RFC, and Lynne Giggs (now Lynne Johnson). Giggs is mixed race – his paternal grandfather is from Sierra Leone – and has spoken of the racism he faced as a child. As a child, Giggs grew up in Ely, a suburb of western Cardiff. His younger brother, Rhodri, is a former manager of non-league Salford City.
    He was elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007, the Premier League Team of the Decade in 2003, as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs holds the record for the most assists in Premier League history, with 271. He was named as BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    Giggs scored his first goal of the 2006–07 season in a 2–1 victory over Watford on 26 August 2006, with his goal proving to be the winner.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs scored the winner in United's next game, a 1–0 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur on 9 September, scoring a header in the eighth minute. Giggs provided a goal and an assist in the final Champions League group game against Benfica on 6 December, with his free-kick being converted by Nemanja Vidić before Giggs headed in a Cristiano Ronaldo cross.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    In 2005, Giggs's form had improved and was no longer suffering with the hamstring injuries which had plagued his career, which he attributed to taking up yoga.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs signed a two-year contract extension with United when chief executive David Gill relented on his normal policy of not signing players over 30 to contracts longer than one year. Giggs benefited from being largely injury-free aside from a series of hamstring problems.
    He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the English game.
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  • 2004
    Age 30
    His participation in the victory over Liverpool in September 2004 made him the third player to play 600 games for United, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes.
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    He played in his fourth FA Cup triumph on 22 May 2004, making him one of only two players (the other being Roy Keane) to have won the trophy four times while playing for Manchester United.
    More Details Hide Details He has also finished with a runners-up medal three times (1995, 2005 and 2007).
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    Giggs features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, and was selected to appear on the cover of FIFA Football 2003 alongside Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids, and Brazilian international fullback Roberto Carlos.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs was included in the FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends. In 2008, the National Library of Wales paid around £10,000 for Peter Edwards' portrait of Giggs, to be hung at their headquarters in Aberystwyth. Giggs is the son of former rugby union and rugby league player and former Wales international Danny Wilson. Giggs was christened Ryan Joseph Wilson but as a teenager changed his surname to that of his mother after his parents separated. Giggs is said to have inherited his balance and athleticism from his father.
    In 2003, Giggs was reportedly close to joining Italian club Internazionale in a swap deal with Adriano, but quashed the rumours by saying he was happy at United.
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    However, a week later, on 25 February 2003, Giggs played one of his most memorable games, in a 3–0 victory against Juventus.
    More Details Hide Details After coming on as a substitute for Diego Forlán in the eighth minute, Giggs scored twice, including a goal that would later be heralded as one of his greatest goals and one of his finest Champions League moments.
  • 2002
    Age 28
    The 2002–03 season was one to forget for Giggs.
    More Details Hide Details He was forced to defend his poor form, insisting that he was not finished. This dip in form included an open-goal miss during a 2–0 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup on 16 February that was described as the worst of his career, and prompted chants by the Arsenal fans of "Give it to Giggsy."
    A year later, on 23 August 2002, he bagged his 100th career goal in a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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  • 2001
    Age 27
    Giggs celebrated his 10-year anniversary at Old Trafford with a testimonial match against Celtic at the start of the 2001–02 campaign, losing 4–3 in a game featuring a cameo by Eric Cantona.
    More Details Hide Details However, this was one of the most disappointing seasons United had endured since Giggs made his debut, as a dismal run of form in early winter ultimately cost them the league title and they were surprisingly knocked out of the Champions League on away goals in the semi finals by German underdogs Bayer Leverkusen.
    In April 2001, he signed a new five-year contract.
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  • 1999
    Age 25
    Giggs continued to excel in the four years that followed the Treble triumph of 1999.
    More Details Hide Details United were Premier League champions in three of the four seasons following the treble, as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals three times and the semi-finals once.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    The highpoint in the 1998–99 season was when Giggs set up the equalising goal scored by Teddy Sheringham in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final that set United on their way to the Treble.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs was also the Man of the Match as United beat Palmeiras 1–0 to claim the Intercontinental Cup later that year. Giggs became United's longest serving player when Denis Irwin left in May 2002, and he became a pivotal part of the club, despite still being in his 20s.
  • 1996
    Age 22
    Giggs was also in the side for United's FA Cup final win over Liverpool on 11 May 1996, though Eric Cantona scored the only goal of the game.
    More Details Hide Details By now, Giggs had several new key colleagues in youngsters Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Paul Scholes. Beckham took over from Andrei Kanchelskis on the right wing and Butt succeeded Paul Ince in central midfield to complete a new look United midfield along with Giggs and Roy Keane. The following season, Giggs had his first real chance to shine in Europe. Having played a key role in United winning their third league title in four seasons, he helped them reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the first United side in 28 years to achieve this. However, their hopes of European glory were ended by Borussia Dortmund, who edged them out by winning each leg of the semi-final 1–0. At the end of this season, Juventus' Alessandro Del Piero told Italian media that Giggs was one of his two favourite players, and gave the following memorable quote:"This is embarrassing to say but I have cried twice in my life watching a football player; the first one was Roberto Baggio and the second was Ryan Giggs."
  • 1995
    Age 21
    In 1995–96 Giggs returned to full form and played a vital part in United's unique second double, with his goal against Everton at Goodison Park on 9 September 1995 being shortlisted for the "goal of the season" award, though it was eventually beaten by a goal by Manchester City's Georgi Kinkladze.
    More Details Hide Details In November that season, Giggs scored two goals in a Premier League match against Southampton, where United won 4–1 to keep up the pressure on a Newcastle United side who actually went ten points clear on 23 December but were finally overhauled by United in mid-March.
  • 1994
    Age 20
    On a more positive side in the 1994–95 season, Giggs did get on the scoresheet twice in the opening Champions League game against IFK Göteborg (a 4–2 win, although United ultimately failed to progress to the quarter-finals) and also managed a goal in the FA Cup fourth around victory over Wrexham, meaning that he had managed four goals in all competitions that season.
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    1994–95 saw Giggs restricted through injury to 29 Premier League games and only 1 goal.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the season he recovered his form and fitness, though it was too late to help United to any major trophies. A failure to beat West Ham United on the final day of the season saw them lose the Premier League title to Blackburn Rovers. A week later, Giggs came on as a substitute in the FA Cup final against Everton, but United lost 1–0.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    Giggs proved to be a scorer of great goals, with many of them being shortlisted for various Goal of the Season awards. Widely regarded as among his best were those against Queens Park Rangers in 1993, Tottenham in 1994, Everton in 1995, Coventry in 1996, and his solo effort against Arsenal in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup semi-final.
    More Details Hide Details During extra time, Giggs picked up possession after Patrick Vieira gave the ball away, then ran from his own half, dribbled past the whole Arsenal back line, including Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Martin Keown before launching his left-footed strike just under David Seaman's bar and beyond his reach. He famously whipped off his shirt as he ran to celebrate with his teammates. It also has the distinction of being the last ever goal scored in an FA Cup semi-final replay as, from the following season, the FA Cup semi-finals are decided in a single game, with extra time and a penalty shootout if required.
    At the end of the 1993–94 season, Giggs won a second title in a row, and became the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards, a feat equalled by Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney.
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    His emergence and the arrival of Eric Cantona heralded the dominance of United in the Premier League. Ferguson was protective of him, refusing to allow Giggs to be interviewed until he turned 20, eventually granting the first interview to the BBC's Des Lynam for Match of the Day in the 1993–94 season.
    More Details Hide Details United won the double that season, and Giggs was one of their key players alongside the likes of Cantona, Paul Ince and Mark Hughes. Giggs also played for United in the Football League Cup final, where they lost 3–1 to Aston Villa. Off the pitch, newspapers claimed Giggs had "single-handedly revolutionised football's image" when he appeared as teenager "with pace to burn, a bramble patch of black hair bouncing around his puppy popstar face, and a dazzling, gluey relationship between his impossibly fleet left foot and a football." As a result of this, he was afforded many opportunities not normally offered to footballers at his young age, such as hosting his own television show, Ryan Giggs' Soccer Skills, which aired in 1994, and also had a book based on the series. Giggs was part of the Premier League's attempt to market itself globally, and he featured on countless football and lad mag covers, becoming a household name and fuelling the era where footballers started to become celebrity idols on a par with pop stars, in and around the mid to late 1990s. Despite his aversion to attention, Giggs also became a teenage pin-up and was once described as the "Premiership's First Poster Boy," and the "boy wonder." He was hailed as the first football star to capture the public imagination in a way unseen since the days of George Best; the irony was that Best and Bobby Charlton used to describe Giggs as their favourite young player, turning up at The Cliff training ground just to watch him.
  • 1992
    Age 18
    By the start of the 1992–93 season, the first season of the newly formed Premier League, Giggs had ousted Sharpe to become United's first-choice left winger.
    More Details Hide Details He was recognised as one of English football's two best emerging young wingers, alongside Steve McManaman, who were notable for being a throwback to the Stanley Matthews era of the 1950s winger. Giggs helped United to their first top-division title win for 26 years.
    Giggs collected his first piece of silverware on 12 April 1992 as United defeated Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final, after Giggs had set up Brian McClair to score the only goal of the game.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year – the award which had been credited to his colleague Lee Sharpe a year earlier.
  • 1991
    Age 17
    After his international debut in 1991 against Germany, Giggs missed 18 consecutive friendly games before finally making his first friendly appearance for Wales against Finland in March 2000, by which time he had already accrued 25 caps.
    More Details Hide Details The reason for his continued absence from non-competitive fixtures was largely a protective measure against unnecessary injuries; in his autobiography, Giggs states: "At that time, whenever I played two games in one week I always seemed to pick up an injury, so Ferguson and I sat down and looked at it game by game. If the international was a friendly, the feeling was that I didn't have to play." In a qualifier against England for the 2006 FIFA World Cup at Old Trafford where Wales lost 2–0, Giggs played against some present and former Manchester United team-mates including David Beckham, Gary Neville, and Wayne Rooney. During a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on 12 October 2005, Giggs scored a rare double in a 2–0 win, but Wales failed to reach the play-offs. In September 2006, he played in a friendly against Brazil at White Hart Lane where Wales lost 2–0. Brazil coach Dunga complimented Gigg's performance by stating he would not look out of place playing for the five-time world champions alongside stars such as Kaká and Ronaldinho.
    Giggs made his international debut away to Germany in October 1991, coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Eric Young at the age of to become the youngest player to appear for the Welsh senior team; he held this record until June 1998, when Ryan Green appeared against Malta at the age of.
    More Details Hide Details Wales were still in contention to qualify for UEFA Euro 1992 before the game, but a 4–1 victory for the Germans, who went on to win their remaining games against Belgium and Luxembourg, meant they qualified at Wales' expense. Giggs' first senior goal for Wales came on 31 March 1993 in a 3–0 win over Belgium in Cardiff in a World Cup qualifying game, the same game in which Ian Rush scored for Wales for a record 24th time.
    In May 1991, Giggs made his debut for the Wales Under-21s, a 2–1 victory over Poland in Warsaw.
    More Details Hide Details It would turn out to be his only appearance for the team, as he received a call-up to the senior team later that year.
    Giggs became a first-team regular early in the 1991–92 season, yet remained active with the youth system and captained the team, made up of many of "Fergie's Fledglings," to an FA Youth Cup triumph in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs broke into the first team even though he was still aged only 17, and paved the way as the first of many Manchester United youth players to rise into the first team under Ferguson. As the youngest member of the United first-team squad, Giggs looked to the older players such as Bryan Robson for advice. Robson recommended that Giggs sign up with Harry Swales, the agent that he himself had inherited from Kevin Keegan. That season, Giggs played in the team that finished as runners-up to Leeds United in the final year of the old First Division before the advent of the Premier League. United had led the table for much of the season before a run of dismal results in April saw them overtaken by the West Yorkshire side.
    In his first full start, Giggs was credited with his first ever goal in a 1–0 win in the Manchester derby on 4 May 1991, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was not included in the squad of 16 that defeated Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final 11 days later. Lee Sharpe, who had won the race to displace Danny Wallace, took to the field as United's left winger, while Wallace was selected as a substitute.
    Giggs made his League debut against Everton at Old Trafford on 2 March 1991, as a substitute for the injured full-back Denis Irwin in a 2–0 defeat.
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    He made his professional debut for the club in 1991 and spent the next 23 years in the Manchester United first team.
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  • 1990
    Age 16
    Giggs was offered his first professional contract on 29 November 1990 (his 17th birthday).
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  • 1989
    Age 15
    Ferguson's quest for a successful left winger had not been an easy one since the departure of Jesper Olsen two years earlier; he had initially signed Ralph Milne, but the player was not a success at United and lasted just one season in the first team before Ferguson secured the Southampton winger Danny Wallace in September 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Wallace had failed to shine at Old Trafford, and by the time Giggs turned professional Wallace was contending with 19-year-old Lee Sharpe for the role of first choice left winger.
    Using the name Ryan Wilson, Giggs captained England at schoolboy level, playing at Wembley Stadium against Germany in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He changed his surname to that of his mother at the age of 16, when his mother remarried, two years after his parents' separation.
  • 1987
    Age 13
    On 29 November 1987 (his 14th birthday), Ferguson turned up at Giggs's house with United scout Joe Brown and offered him two years on associate schoolboy forms.
    More Details Hide Details They offered to waive YTS forms, and persuaded Giggs to sign by offering the opportunity to turn professional in three years.
    The son of rugby league player Danny Wilson, Giggs was born in Cardiff but moved to Manchester at the age of six when his father joined Swinton RLFC. Predominantly a left winger, he began his career with Manchester City, but joined Manchester United on his 14th birthday in 1987.
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  • 1986
    Age 12
    While playing for Deans, Giggs was observed regularly by local newsagent and Old Trafford steward Harold Wood. Wood spoke personally to Alex Ferguson who sent a scout, and Giggs was eventually offered a trial over the 1986 Christmas period.
    More Details Hide Details Giggs played in a match for Salford Boys against a United Under-15s side at The Cliff and scored a hat-trick, with Ferguson watching from his office window.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 6
    He spent much time with his mother's parents and playing football and rugby league on the roads outside their house in Pentrebane. In 1980, when Giggs was six years old, his father switched rugby codes and signed for Swinton RLFC, forcing the whole family to move north to Swinton, a town in Salford, Greater Manchester.
    More Details Hide Details The move was a traumatic one, as Giggs was very close to his grandparents in Cardiff, but he would often return there with his family at weekends or on school holidays. After moving to Salford, Giggs appeared for the local team, Deans FC, who were coached by Manchester City scout Dennis Schofield. Schofield recommended Giggs to Manchester City, and he was signed up to their School of Excellence. Meanwhile, Giggs continued to play for Salford Boys, who went on to reach the final of the Granada Schools Cup competition at Anfield in 1987. Giggs captained the Salford team to victory over their Blackburn counterparts, was man of the match, and the trophy was presented to him by Liverpool chief scout Ron Yeats. Giggs also played rugby league at schoolboy level.
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on November 29, 1973.
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