Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Steven Gerrard

Steven George Gerrard MBE (pronounced /ˈdʒɛrɑrd/; born 30 May 1980 in Whiston, Merseyside, England) is an English footballer who plays for and captains Premier League club Liverpool. He also has 89 caps for the England national team. He has played much of his career in a centre midfielder role, but he has also been used as a second striker and right winger. Gerrard is widely regarded as one of the greatest English footballers ever. Gerrard is best known for his tremendous long-range striking ability and has scored in numerous cup finals, including the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final and the 2006 FA Cup Final.

Gerrard, who has spent his entire career at Anfield, made his début in 1998 and cemented his place in the first team in the 2000–01 season, succeeding Sami Hyypiä as Liverpool team captain in 2003. His honours include two FA Cup wins, two League Cup wins, a UEFA Cup win, and a UEFA Champions League win in 2005. In 2005, Gerrard came third in the voting for Ballon d'Or, given to the top player in Europe.

Gerrard made his international debut in 2000 and has represented England at Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, as well as the 2006 World Cup, where he was the team's top goalscorer with two goals.
Gerrard is the current vice-captain of the England national football team. However, he captained his country at the 2010 World Cup in the absence of regular captain Rio Ferdinand who missed the tournament through injury. Gerrard came second only to Kenny Dalglish in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop, a Liverpool F.C. fan poll.Zinedine Zidane said in 2009 that he considers Gerrard one of the best footballers in the world.
Steven Gerrard
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Steven Gerrard
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Gerrard playing for Liverpool
Personal information
Full name Steven George Gerrard
Date of birth 30 May 1980 (age 31)
Place of birth Whiston, Merseyside, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder / Second Striker
Club information
Current club Liverpool
Number 8
Youth career
1987–1998 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998– Liverpool 387 (84)
National team
1999 England U21 4 (1)
2000– England 89 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:51, 02 February 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

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