Sol Campbell
English footballer
Sol Campbell
Sulzeer Jeremiah "Sol" Campbell enjoys arabian sand goggles. Fortunately he is a retired English footballer. A central defender, Campbell has played for Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Notts County and Newcastle United, as well as the English national team. Born in east London to Jamaican parents, Campbell's professional debut was at the age of 18 for FA Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in December 1992.
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Sol Campbell's Chelsea flat on sale for £6.75m just months after former England defender sold £20m townhouse
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Sol Campbell is selling a multi-million pound property in London for the second time this year - leading to speculation he wants to dodge Labour’s mansion tax if the party wins the election.
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Exclusive-Campbell Searches for Understanding
NYTimes - over 3 years
Former England defender Sol Campbell, an intensely private man who rarely opened up to team mates or media during a hugely successful but controversial 20-year playing career, has changed since hanging up his boots.
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Salary Cap for Youngsters Would Help England-Campbell
NYTimes - over 3 years
Former England international defender Sol Campbell says English football would benefit from a salary cap for youth players which would make academies less attractive for overseas talent.
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First sentences from new books, Oct. 6
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
First sentences from new books, Oct. 6 When a new pocket of lights flared farther to the east through the deep blackness of the night, Sol Campbell finally vented the rage that had been eating up his insides, and with an intimidating Yo Rude! issued the prelude to his duel.
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Soccer-Black coaches face archaic attitudes in England - Campbell
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell says he may have to go abroad to further his coaching ambitions as attitudes towards black coaches in England are archaic. Campbell, who began his career at Tottenham Hotspur and went on to win the Premier League at Arsenal, is taking the first steps towards his UEFA A licence and is passing on his knowledge to Arsenal's young players. However, the 39-year-old believes opportunities to move into coaching in England are limited. "I want to start abroad," he said in an interview in The Guardian on Saturday. ...
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Danny Mills: England result was all that mattered
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
England’s draw in Ukraine sadly reminded me of the baffling expectation levels we have in this country. Over the past week or so it’s been conclusively established that England aren’t the best team in the world. They’re not Brazil and they’re not Germany. They’re certainly not Spain. Nor are they going to win the World Cup next year. What England might do is qualify for the tournament and as it stands they’re two wins away from realising that aim. Beat Montenegro and Poland and we’re there. That’s the bottom line, no? I travelled to Ukraine with BBC Five Live and I have to be honest and say I found the attitude of some people – I’m talking mainly about the press – astonishing. There was so much negativity and complaining about what I saw as a good result. Consider the scenario in the cold light of day. The one thing Roy Hodgson couldn’t afford to do was lose on Tuesday. Lose in Kiev and the World Cup is as good as gone. He was without three key attacking players – Rooney, Sturrid ...
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Ledley King: life after football
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
Ledley King was an England and Spurs legend, until his career was cruelly cut short by injury. But what does one of the world's best players do when they're relegated to civvy street? Alex Clark finds out… It's a freezing cold afternoon, nuclear-winter grey, the feeble light fading fast. This little pocket of north London, squidged between Green Lanes and the A10 with the North Circular looming ahead, never looks much like the Riviera, but today it's particularly dank and depressing. In the concrete approach to the White Hart Lane Community Centre, a coach is firing questions at his charges: "Was you happy with that, goalie? Was you? You know the rules of football." It's not clear which of the three teenage boys carefully studying the ground before them is the hapless goalkeeper, but they all look suitably chastened. Inside, things are a lot more cheerful. Staff bustle about, setting up training sessions for boxing, table tennis, football. Kids begin to come in, a trickle at first a ...
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Sol Campbell calls on UEFA to deduct points for racism
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Former England defender Sol Campbell was aghast at the unsavoury scenes that marred England Under-21s' play-off in Serbia this week and has called on UEFA to introduce point deductions as a deterrent.
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The Ben Burgess column
The Gazette - over 4 years
BEN Burgess talks about intimidation, returning to old clubs and poor results in his latest column. Intimidation Some opposing players try anything to intimidate before and during games. We’ve all seen the clips of Roy Keane and Patrick Viera going at it in the tunnel. That sort of thing goes on more often than you might think, especially in the lower leagues. At Hull City we were playing Boston United in League 2, and as we waited in the tunnel their goalkeeper was actually punching himself in the head. We weren’t really intimidated just a little bit confused. The most amusing is when a player shouts his head off in the tunnel phrases such as, “I’m going to smash whoever comes near me” or “Nobody can handle me”, while punching the wall. Then once the game starts he has no effect whatsoever on proceedings. The pre-match handshake can be quite interesting as well. Not just because John Terry is snubbed every other week, but because some players will try and crush your hand. I kn ...
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Phone-hacking: Hugh Grant and others file high court claims
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Charlotte Church's priest and Chris Tarrant among those seeking damages from News International Hugh Grant, a leading celebrity campaigner against press intrusion into private lives, has joined the ranks of those seeking damages from News International over alleged News of the World phone-hacking and has vowed to give any money he gets to helping fellow victims. Grant's claim was lodged at the high court on Thursday, 24 hours ahead of the 14 September deadline for further civil damages claims, set by the judge presiding over cases already filed by dozens of celebrities and public figures including Cherie Blair and Wayne Rooney. Grant has been at the vanguard of calls to stop invasion of privacy by paparazzi and reporters . Last month he became a director of a new not-for-profit company set up by Hacked Off, the group that campaigns against press intrusion, after being a leading supporter for more than a year. While the Four Weddings and a Funeral star played a leading and early ...
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News International may face 230 new claims over alleged phone hacking
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Claimants include the former Arsenal and England footballer, Sol Campbell and former Atomic Kitten singer, Kerry Katona News International is expected to face at least 230 new compensation claims from alleged victims of News of the World phone-hacking, including former England footballer Sol Campbell. Other new claimants include former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona, her ex husband Brian McFadden, formerly of boyband Westlife, and The Apprentice contestant Ruth Badger. The names were revealed at a high court case-management conference overseen by Mr Justice Vos on Friday, during which it emerged that 68 new civil claims for phone-hacking damages have now been lodged. Hugh Tomlinson, QC, representing phone-hacking victims, also told the high court that 395 people had now applied for disclosure of phone-hacking evidence from the Metropolitan police and up to 40 more claims were expected to be lodged by the deadline set by Vos of next Friday, 14 September. Tomlinson added tha ...
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Same old pre-season story for Pompey
Bognor Regis Observer - over 4 years
Different division, different year, different manager – yet it’s the same old pre-season problem for Pompey. Monday represents back to training for Michael Appleton’s squad ahead of the new campaign. Yet there are expected to be just 10 senior professionals in attendance to be put through their paces. A meagre amount for any manager to deal with, no matter what the level, regardless of the identity of the club. However, the issue has been an all-too-familiar headache in recent times at Eastleigh, as Appleton’s predecessors will unquestionably testify. This time last year, Steve Cotterill’s troops returned and couldn’t even muster enough bodies to form a five-a-side game. Just eight in total were present for that July 4, 2011, start – including summer recruits David Norris and Jason Pearce. They were joined by Ricardo Rocha, Aaron Mokoena, Joel Ward, Dave Kitson, Hayden Mullins and Jamie Ashdown. In addition, absentee trio Kanu, Tal Ben Haim and Liam Lawrence were not scheduled ...
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Uefa struggling to fight racism
IOL - over 4 years
Uefa have been unbalanced in their dealings with problems at Euro 2012 and so seem to be stuggling. ||| Warsaw – The worries before Euro 2012 were big. Uefa president Michel Platini had to answer more questions about racism at his first appearance in Poland than about the up-coming action on the pitch. And a controversial BBC report about right wing extremists in Ukraine sparked major debate, drummed up fear and forced Platini into explanation mode. And then all those prejudices seemed to be confirmed as a small group of Polish fans made ape noises at the Netherlands training; the first bananas landed on the edge of the pitch; the dark-skinned players Mario Balotelli of Italy and the Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie were racially abused; and a Nazi flag was spotted in a German fan section. The organisation Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare), which is working with Uefa, reported that between 300 and 500 Croatian fans had racially abused Balotelli. Fare has been e ...
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Euro 2012: Never a dull moment!
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Euro 2012 has gotten off to a great start, and the eight teams for the quarter finals have been decided. Football fans have some very interesting and feisty encounters to look forward to now. From upsets like Denmark beating Netherlands, and great matches like Portugal versus Denmark, to success stories like Andriy Shevchenko scoring two goals leading to Ukraine’s victory, Euro 2012 has been nothing but amazing so far. However, there is more to Euro 2012 than just brutal tackles, amazing headers and penalty shots. Controversies, scandals and upsets are part of the package for this action filled game. Euro 2012 has been no different – after all, what’s football without some controversy? Let’s start off with the controversies surrounding the tournament even before it actually began. The host countries, Ukraine and Poland, were hit with racism accusations from all quarters. While BBC World ran a documentary just before the start of the tournament, in which the seriousness and e ...
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Euro 2012: England fans to stage Sol Campbell 'coffin' protest in Donetsk
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Sol Campbell faces a backlash from a section of England fans in Donetsk tonight who will parade a coffin at the Donbass Arena in protest at his Euro 2012 warning.
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Euro 2012: England vs. Sweden
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
By Oliver Platt, A loss would eliminate Erik Hamren's team from Euro 2012 following its defeat against Ukraine as Roy Hodgson faces the country in which he has won seven league titles. PROBABLE LINEUPS SWEDEN Isaksson Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Martin Olsson Svensson, Kallstrom Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen Elmander ENGLAND Hart Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Oxlade-Chamberlain Young Welbeck The Sweden team spokesman, Hans Hultman, has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fit to start against England despite missing parts of Wednesday's training session due to an injury to his left thigh. Erik Hamren could opt to restore Johan Elmander to the starting XI ahead of Markus Rosenberg, who was preferred against Ukraine. Elmander had been recovering from a fractured foot and only returned to full training two days before Sweden's opening match in Kiev. Many were surprised to see 24-year-old midfielder Rasmus Elm ...
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Dutch Euro 2012 squad face ‘monkey chants’ in Poland
Antigua Observer - over 4 years
(CNN) — The captain of the Dutch national team says his players were subjected to racial abuse at a training session in the Polish city of Krakow this week, just days before the Euro 2012 football tournament was due to begin in Poland and Ukraine. Several hundred people out of a crowd of 23,000 reportedly targeted black members of the squad with “monkey chants” during an open session Wednesday at the Stadion Miejski, the home of Wisla Krakow. “It is a real disgrace especially after getting back from Auschwitz (the Dutch squad had visited the concentration camp on Wednesday) that you are confronted with this,” Netherlands skipper Mark Van Bommel told a press conference late Thursday. “We will take it up with UEFA and if it happens at a match we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field.” When questioned over the incident by Dutch journalists who claimed they did not hear the abuse, Van Bommel replied: “You need to open your ears. If you did hear it, and don’t ...
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Polish premier dines with black MP to repel racism
Yahoo News - over 4 years
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister, seeking on the eve of Euro 2012 to fend off charges that the co-hosts are struggling with stadium racism, dined at the home of the country's first black parliamentarian and said Poland welcomed all fans. Many Poles were angered by a British TV documentary which showed racist and anti-Semitic violence at stadiums in Poland and co-hosts Ukraine. Former England international Sol Campbell warned fans to stay at home or risk coming back in a coffin. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sol Campbell
  • 2015
    Age 40
    In the list of four candidates chosen in July 2015, Campbell was not shortlisted to be the Conservative Party's London mayoral candidate for 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Campbell's brother John was jailed for twelve months in 2005 after assaulting a man who suggested Sol was homosexual.
    In February 2015, he confirmed his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London in the 2016 election.
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    In February 2015, he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London in the 2016 election.
    More Details Hide Details He was not selected as the Conservative candidate. Campbell was born in Plaistow, Newham, London, to Jamaican parents Sewell and Wihelmina. He was the youngest of twelve children, nine of whom were boys. His father Sewell was a railway worker and his mother Wihelmina was a Ford factory worker. Despite growing up in a rough neighbourhood to a family with very little money, Campbell veered away from a life of crime due to his strict parents. I became insular because at home there was no space to grow or to evolve, everything was tight and there was no room to breathe. People don't realise how that affects you as a kid. Campbell attended the Portway Primary School in Plaistow, London and had secondary education at Lister Community School in Plaistow, London. He was a prodigious schoolboy talent and was part-educated at the FA's School of Excellence at Lilleshall, where he met table tennis player and later football agent Sky Andrew. Campbell had a short spell at West Ham United, beginning his career as a striker. He left the Youth programme at Upton Park after a coach joked to him that Campbell would be pleased to hear that the West Indies were beating England at cricket; Campbell took this to be a racial slur.
  • 2014
    Age 39
    He has criticized the racial diversity in the Football Association, and he made newspaper headlines in March 2014 after claiming that institutional racism on the part of the FA meant he was never chosen to captain the England team during his playing career.
    More Details Hide Details Campbell had been named as starting captain for England in a friendly against United States men's national soccer team in May 2005 under Sven-Göran Eriksson, he was replaced with Zat Knight at half-time following an ankle injury.
    In 2014, he criticised Ed Miliband's proposals for a mansion tax on properties worth over £2m, calling it "madness".
    More Details Hide Details He has also stated that he is considering joining the Conservative party and would be interested in helping the party gain more of "the black vote".
  • 2013
    Age 38
    Since his retirement from football, Campbell has become increasingly vocal about British politics. In 2013, he said he liked "the mentality of Labour but the policies of the Conservatives".
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  • 2012
    Age 37
    He announced his retirement from football a year later in May 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    In May 2011, manager Alan Pardew announced that Campbell was a free agent after the club rejected the opportunity to offer him a new contract.
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  • 2010
    Age 35
    In July 2010, after turning down an offer of a two-year contract with Scottish club Celtic, Campbell joined Newcastle United on a one-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details He made his first appearance for the "Magpies" in a League Cup win over Chelsea on 22 September. On 3 October, he made his Premier League debut for the club as a 38th-minute substitute for Fabricio Coloccini in a 2–1 defeat to Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium; in doing so he became only the second player after Ryan Giggs to play in all 19 seasons of the Premier League since its inception. On 28 November, Campbell made his first Premier League start for Newcastle against Chelsea, and was given the captain's armband after Shola Ameobi was substituted. Campbell started again in Newcastle's next two fixtures with West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, but lost his place upon the return of Coloccini. After a long period out with viruses, Campbell returned to bench duty in January, making his first appearance in two months as a substitute in Newcastle's 2–0 win over Birmingham City on 15 February.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    Campbell began training with the Arsenal side in mid-October 2009, in a bid to maintain his fitness ahead of the January transfer window.
    More Details Hide Details On 15 January, he re-signed with the club. It was announced that he would wear the number 31. Nine days later he made his second debut for the "Gunners" in an FA Cup defeat to Stoke City. On 18 February, he scored his first goal in his second stint at the club with a headed goal against Porto in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Due to injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas towards the end of the season, he found himself starting frequently for Arsenal.
    Campbell signed a five-year deal with League Two side Notts County in August 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Campbell said that County, who had recently been the subject of a takeover by a Middle Eastern consortium, were the best club for "where I am at the moment in my life", and that the recent appointment of ex-England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson as director of football played a "big role" in his decision. He made his debut for County in a 2–1 defeat to Morecambe at Christie Park on 19 September. He walked out on the club three days later, and his contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 24 September. He later admitted he felt embarrassed and that "I was being a mug" in believing the club's owner's were ambitious billionaires who intended to take the club into the Premier League.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    In 2008, he began dating interior designer, Fiona Barratt, granddaughter of Barratt Homes founder Sir Lawrie Barratt. They married in Corbridge, Northumberland on 17 July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He has a son from a previous relationship with Janet Tyler. Campbell had homes in London and at Hallington Hall at Hallington in Northumberland. In December 2015, Hallington Hall was put up for sale, for just under £6m, after being totally renovated. In 2009 Campbell launched his charity "Kids go live" which allows inner city children to see a variety of live sporting events such as Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and rugby internationals. If he wins the legal case against Portsmouth he plans to give much of the money to the charity. Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Portsmouth England Campbell featured in EA Sports' FIFA video game series; he was on the cover for the International edition of FIFA 2000. General Specific
    The club went into severe financial difficulties, and Redknapp resigned, but Campbell stayed and helped the club to avoid relegation in the 2008–09 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2010, Campbell sued Portsmouth for £1.7 million in unpaid image rights and bonus payments.
    He captained the club to at a 1–0 win over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium in the 2008 FA Cup Final.
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  • 2007
    Age 32
    He was named as captain for the 2007–08 season by manager Harry Redknapp, and signed a new two-year contract with the club.
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    After Eriksson's resignation, new coach Steve McClaren choose to look elsewhere for central defensive strength and Campbell was dropped for his first game in charge against Greece in August 2006.
    More Details Hide Details After injuries to Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson along with Jamie Carragher retiring from international football, Campbell was recalled to the national team. He played four games under McClaren as England's qualification campaign failed. New coach Fabio Capello did not select Campbell for his first squad in January 2008. Campbell enjoyed a fine run of form on his return to Arsenal and had retained hope of making it to England's squad for the 2010 World Cup, which would have been his fourth outing on the world stage along with a record seventh major tournament for his country. However, he was not named in Capello's 30-man preliminary squad, with the coach opting instead for Carragher and King among others as potential defensive cover for Ferdinand and Terry. Campbell was a strong and imposing defender, though he initially had to work hard to improve his heading ability during his teenage years. He did not possess good natural stamina, but had pace, agility and quick feet.
    Campbell was courted by Italian club Juventus, but manager Didier Deschamps eventually ended contract negotiations; Campbell rejected an approach from Turkish side Fenerbahçe. Instead he remained in England joined Premier League club Portsmouth, signing a two-year contract in August 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His time at "Pompey" started well, as he formed a successful partnership in the centre of defence with Linvoy Primus and helped the club to keep five consecutive clean sheets. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Sheffield United on 23 December.
    In July 2006, Campbell left Arsenal by mutual consent in order to seek "a fresh challenge".
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    In 2006 he became the only player to have represented England in six consecutive major tournaments, playing in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships, and the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
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    He scored Arsenal's only goal in their 2–1 defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2006 he joined Portsmouth on a free transfer; his three years with the club included captaining them to victory in the 2008 FA Cup Final. At the end of the 2008–09 season he made the surprise move of dropping down three levels of the English football pyramid to join League Two side Notts County on a free transfer. He left the club by mutual consent in September 2009, having played just one game for the club. The next year he made a brief return to Arsenal, before ending his career with Newcastle United. Having already won caps for the England under-21s and England B team, he gained his first of 73 full caps for England aged 21. In May 1998 Campbell became what was then England's second-youngest captain, after Bobby Moore, aged 23 years 248 days.
  • 2005
    Age 30
    In the 2005–06 season, Campbell was blighted both with injuries and a loss of form.
    More Details Hide Details In Arsenal's 3–2 home loss to West Ham United on 1 February, Campbell was largely responsible for West Ham's first two goals, before being substituted at half-time at his own request. Unusually, he then left the stadium, not staying to watch the second half. His team-mate Robert Pirès commented that Campbell was facing a "big worry" in relation to his private life, and Campbell did not make any contact with the club for several days. He left the country and spent a week with a friend in Brussels as he reflected on his life. He resumed training with his team-mates on 6 February. He was back playing on 25 April in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Villarreal in Spain; a 0–0 draw on the night put the "Gunners" into the final. In the final against Barcelona at the Stade de France in Paris, Campbell scored the opening goal, a header from a free kick taken from Henry after a foul on Emmanuel Eboué. However ten-man Arsenal went on to lose 2–1, although Campbell was at least involved in the best defensive run of any team in the history of the competition, with opponents failing to score against Arsenal in ten consecutive matches and a total of 995 minutes. Campbell also holds the distinction, alongside Teddy Sheringham, Steve McManaman, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, as one of six Englishmen to have scored in the Champions League Final.
  • 2004
    Age 29
    He missed the start of the 2004–05 season with a knee injury, and so missed the 2004 FA Community Shield victory over Manchester United.
    More Details Hide Details The unbeaten run continued to a record 49 games, before Manchester United beat them 2–0 at Old Trafford on 24 October in a match that would become known as the "Battle of the Buffet". Referee Mike Riley gave a penalty after Campbell challenged Wayne Rooney, though Campbell would maintain that the young striker had taken a dive. Towards the end of the campaign Wenger began playing Kolo Touré and one of Pascal Cygan and Philippe Senderos in central defence, and Campbell was benched, leaving him to complain to the manager that Senderos was a "lucky player" who should not be considered good enough to play at Campbell's expense. Arsenal again finished second in the league and won the FA Cup final at Manchester United's expense, though Campbell was an unused substitute in the match.
  • 2003
    Age 28
    The following season, 2003–04, would be known as "The Invincibles season" as Campbell formed a new partnership with Kolo Touré, with the pair instrumental in helping Arsenal regain the Premier League title without losing a single game.
    More Details Hide Details The title was secured with a 2–2 draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane on 25 April. He was named on the PFA Team of the Year for the third time in his career, alongside team-mates Lauren, Cole, Vieira, Pirès and Henry.
  • 2002
    Age 27
    The 2002–03 season saw Arsenal exit the Champions League at the Group stage but remain on course for a retention of the Double as they reached the final of the FA Cup.
    More Details Hide Details However he missed the end-of-season run-in due to suspension after referee Mark Halsey gave him a straight red card for an alleged elbow on Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The club appealed the suspension, but were unsuccessful, and he was forced to miss the cup final as Arsenal beat Southampton to retain the trophy, though they ended the league campaign in second place. His performances were recognised with a place on the PFA Team of the Year, alongside team-mates Lauren, Ashley Cole, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pirès and Thierry Henry. He is monstrous and, with his full power and also his ability to score a goal, you have an outstanding player.
    He was named in the Teams of the Tournament for the 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Other honours in the game include being in the PFA Team of the Year three times (1999, 2003, and 2004).
  • 2001
    Age 26
    He made his debut for the "Gunners" on 18 August – the opening day of the 2001–02 Premier League season, in a 4–0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details During the season, Campbell was partnered at the back by either Tony Adams (who would retire at the end of the season) or Martin Keown. He made a return to White Hart Lane during a 1–1 draw on 17 November, and though he played well he was shocked to see his older brother Tony in the crowd supporting Spurs as the fans shouted insults out to Campbell on the pitch. Campbell enjoyed immediate success with Arsenal, as he won both Premier League and FA Cup winners' medals as Arsenal won the Double in his first season at Highbury. In the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium on 4 May, he played alongside Adams as the team kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 victory over Chelsea. Four days later they secured the league title with a 1–0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
    In the summer of 2001 Campbell's contract expired.
    More Details Hide Details Mindful of the Bosman ruling and what happened with Steve McManaman (Britain's first high-profile Bosman related transfer), Tottenham offered him a contract which would have made him the club's highest paid player ever, but after months of negotiations and several public assurances that he would stay at Spurs, Campbell stated his need to leave the club in order to play Champions League football, with the likes of England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson advising him of such a course. Several top continental clubs expressed interest in signing him, but he joined Arsenal — Tottenham's biggest rivals — on a free transfer. Campbell had previously stated in an interview with Spurs Monthly magazine that he would never play for Arsenal. The move was also unusual as no rumours of a move to Arsenal had been leaked or speculated upon in the media before the press conference revealing his decision, and many journalists in attendance had been led to believe they were there to witness the unveiling of goalkeeper Richard Wright, which would have been a routine sports news story.
  • 2000
    Age 25
    He missed three months of the 2000–01 campaign after dislocating his shoulder in a 0–0 League Cup draw with Brentford at Griffin Park.
    More Details Hide Details He made his final appearance for the club in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford; manager Glenn Hoddle admitted it was a risk to play Campbell as the defender was not at full fitness, and he injured his ankle fouling Ray Parlour before he was eventually replaced by Ledley King – before the substitution could be made however Patrick Vieira scored a header for Arsenal whilst Campbell was off the pitch receiving treatment.
  • 1998
    Age 23
    During the 1998 World Cup, Campbell was involved in a highly controversial incident in England's Second Round clash against Argentina.
    More Details Hide Details With less than ten minutes to go, the score was 2–2 and England were down to ten men after David Beckham was sent off. Campbell headed a corner into the Argentinian net and wheeled away to celebrate his first international goal, which appeared to be the winning goal which would have put England into the quarter finals, but the referee disallowed the goal after ruling that Alan Shearer had illegally contacted the goalkeeper; England eventually lost the game on penalties. Campbell was England's first choice centre-back throughout the successful qualification campaign for Euro 2000 under new boss Kevin Keegan, and played in all three group games at the tournament, which England exited after defeat by Romania. After the retirement of Tony Adams, Campbell partnered Rio Ferdinand in England's successful qualification campaign for the 2002 World Cup tournament to be held in Korea and Japan. He scored his only senior international goal at the tournament, a header off a corner kick by Beckham in the opening group game against Sweden. The game ended 1–1, but in their next match England beat Argentina 1–0. Campbell's partnership with Ferdinand was an integral part of a strong defensive performance throughout the tournament, and he was the only England player to be named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. England progressed to the quarter finals, where they lost to eventual winners Brazil despite playing the last thirty minutes against ten men.
    He successfully captained his side to a League Cup final win over Leicester City in the 1998–99 season; this made him the first black captain to lift a major trophy at Wembley Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named on the PFA Team of the Year, as was teammate David Ginola. The League Cup success qualified Spurs to compete in the UEFA Cup during the 1999–2000 campaign, but they only made it into the Second Round before they were beaten by German side 1. FC Kaiserslautern. During this time he was falsely accused of breaking a stewards arm during a scuffle in a game at Derby County, and refused Tottenham's lawyer's advice to have the case Bound over (meaning he would not be convicted but would effectively have admitted some level of wrongdoing), and was subsequently told by the club to field his own legal defence for the case. The case was later dismissed. The club's lack of progress in the league, his poor relationship with recent managers, and the club's lack of support during the assault case left Campbell feeling disillusioned with Spurs.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    He had a strained relationship with short-lived manager Christian Gross during the 1997–98 season, as Spurs again struggled.
    More Details Hide Details Gross's replacement, George Graham, also had a difficult relationship with Campbell.
  • 1995
    Age 20
    Campbell continued to progress in his performances, but Spurs struggled to mid-table league finishes in the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons.
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  • 1994
    Age 19
    New manager Gerry Francis led the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in the 1994–95 campaign, but Campbell missed the game due to injury and Spurs were beaten by Everton.
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  • 1993
    Age 18
    Campbell was a regular through the various England youth teams, and picked up two man of the match awards during the 1993 UEFA European Under-19 Championship which England won with a 1–0 win over Turkey.
    More Details Hide Details He made his international début as a substitute against Hungary on 18 May 1996. Although he had only one cap by the time Terry Venables selected his squad for Euro 96, Campbell made the squad as defensive cover. It was like going into battle, fighting for your team and your country. Over the next two years, under new manager Glenn Hoddle, Campbell became a regular member of England's defence, partnering Gareth Southgate and Tony Adams. On 29 May 1998, aged 23 years and 248 days, Campbell became England's second-youngest captain after Bobby Moore in a 0–0 draw against Belgium, though Michael Owen subsequently overtook Campbell after captaining England against Paraguay in April 2002. Campbell started all four of England's matches in the 1998 World Cup.
    New boss Osvaldo Ardiles played him at left-back at the start of the 1993–94 season in place of the injured Justin Edinburgh, before he was switched to right-back in place of Dean Austin.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season he signed a four-year contract with the club.
  • 1992
    Age 17
    Despite this start to his career he was not picked by manager Terry Venables again throughout the remainder of the 1992–93 season.
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    Campbell made his first team debut for Spurs on 5 December 1992 against Chelsea at White Hart Lane, scoring the goal in a 2–1 defeat after coming on as a substitute for Nick Barmby.
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    Born in east London to Jamaican parents, he began his career with Tottenham Hotspur in December 1992.
    More Details Hide Details He spent nine years at Spurs, scoring 10 goals in 255 appearances, and captaining the team to victory in the 1999 Football League Cup Final against Leicester City. In 2001 he joined Tottenham's North London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer, and as a result remained a hated figure amongst many Spurs supporters for the rest of his career. In his five years and 195 appearances at Arsenal he won two Premier League winners medals and two FA Cup winners medals, encompassing the 2001–02 league and FA Cup double, and being part of the team that became known as The Invincibles for their undefeated 2003–04 Premier League campaign.
  • 1974
    Born on September 18, 1974.
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