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Jermaine Pennant
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Personal information
Full name Jermaine Lloyd Pennant
Date of birth 15 January 1983 (1983-01-15) (age 27)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Zaragoza
Number 11
Youth career
1993–1998 Notts County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Notts County 0 (0)
1999–2005 Arsenal 12 (3)
2002 Watford (loan) 9 (2)
2002–2003 Watford (loan) 12 (0)
2003–2004 Leeds United (loan) 36 (2)
2005 Birmingham City (loan) 12 (0)
2005–2006 Birmingham City 38 (2)
2006–2009 Liverpool 55 (3)
2009 Portsmouth (loan) 13 (0)
2009– Real Zaragoza 21 (0)
National team
2001–2004 England U21 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:21, 15 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:12, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Jermaine Lloyd Pennant (born 15 January 1983) is an English footballer who plays for Real Zaragoza. He signed for the La Liga side in July 2009 after his contract at Liverpool expired. He has also previously played for Notts County, Arsenal, Watford, Leeds United, Birmingham City and Portsmouth.

He gained notoriety in 2005, when he had to play a match while on probation, wearing an electronic tag, following a drink-driving conviction.

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Early years

Jermaine Pennant was born in Nottingham, England to parents of Jamaican descent. His father Gary was a semi-professional footballer who inspired Pennant to play. At age three, Pennant's mother died of cancer. As a result, he helped raise his younger siblings, two sisters and one brother. Pennant recalls how as a child his favorite toy was a football, and how it rarely left his side.[2]

Pennant, who grew up in a crime and drug infested neighborhood, credits football for saving him from a life of crime. When he was 14, he moved away from home and was living with YTS players who were 16,17, and 18.[2] Notts County provided Pennant a safe-haven for the young player.

Club career

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Arsenal

Pennant was signed at the age of 15 by Arsenal from Notts County for £2 million,[3] a record fee for a trainee at the time,[4] but failed to fulfil his promise amidst a string of disciplinary problems.

Pennant's career seemed promising following his move to Arsenal. He made his debut aged 16 years and 319 days against Middlesbrough in the League Cup on 30 November 1999, making him Arsenal's youngest-ever first team player, beating Gerry Ward's long-standing record by two days. Pennant's record has since been surpassed by Cesc Fàbregas.[5] He continued to make League Cup appearances over the next few seasons, but had to wait two-and-a-half years for his league debut, as a substitute against West Ham United on 24 August 2002 in the Premier League.

At first, Pennant became homesick. After that subsided, he began to get sick from not playing. It affected him greatly.[2] He played for Arsenal for 7 years and only made 5 starts including the hat-trick on his full league debut, against Southampton in May 2003.[3][6] However, these were also his only Arsenal league goals and he did not manage to secure a regular place in an Arsenal side that went on a run of 49 consecutive games without defeat. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger appeared to have eventually lost patience with Pennant, who had a history of turning up late to training. Between 2002 and 2004, Pennant spent time on loan at Watford and Leeds United. Pennant received regular first-team action at Leeds, who were relegated at the conclusion of the 2003-04 season.

Birmingham City

Pennant was loaned to Birmingham City for the 2004-05 season. During his spell at Birmingham, he was arrested and convicted for drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.[7] Despite his conviction, Pennant signed a permanent contract with Birmingham in April 2005. Following the 2005-06 season, Birmingham were relegated to the Championship, and speculation grew that Pennant would leave the club.

Liverpool

Pennant signed for Liverpool on 26 July 2006, on a four year contract for a fee of £6.7 million, potentially rising to £8 million with add-ons.[8] After impressing in pre-season, Pennant made his Liverpool debut against Maccabi Haifa in a Champions' League 3rd round qualifying match at Anfield where he went on to win the fans' Star Man award.[9] On 20 January 2007, he scored his first goal for Liverpool in their 2–0 home victory over Chelsea in the Premier League. On 31 March, Pennant participated in a 4-1 win against his former club Arsenal.[10] After not being chosen for the England squad to play Israel and Andorra in March 2007, Pennant expressed the lack of recognition from England manager, Steve McClaren, as 'frustrating'.[11]

Pennant started the 2007-08 season in good form, putting in strong performances on either flank as Liverpool reached the top of the league table in the first month.[12] He was however, again ignored by McClaren for the England team in their European qualifying matches against Israel and Russia, despite the backing of Liverpool manager Benitez.[13] As Liverpool struggled to regain their good early season form following the international break, Pennant too could not maintain his form. On 18 September 2007, Pennant was sent off against FC Porto in Liverpool's opening Champions League match of the season.[14]

In January 2009, Pennant was loaned out to Portsmouth, where he spent the second half of the 2008-09 season.[15] He played 13 league games for Portsmouth without scoring a goal. Pennant was not offered a new contract by Liverpool following his return,[16] and subsequently became a free agent when his contract expired on 1 July 2009.[17]

Real Zaragoza

On 9 July, Pennant passed a medical and signed a three year deal at Real Zaragoza.[18] He made his La Liga debut first round of the season, and played for 71 minutes in Zaragoza's 1-0 win over CD Tenerife.[19] Pennant has had a difficult time at Zaragoza, he has struggled to learn Spanish and the team have languished near the bottom of the table all season - his own performances have also been questioned.[20] On 24 February 2010, he was reprimanded by coach José Aurelio Gay after turning up late for training three times in the space of two weeks; he was sent home on the third occasion and disciplined.[20]

International career

Despite being of Jamaican descent, he has opted to represent England internationally; although he has played at under-21 level, he has not played for the senior team.

Whilst on the England Under-21 team, he was sent home by coach Howard Wilkinson for breaking a curfew before an important game against Turkey.[21] He also was sent off for punching Niko Kranjčar in a game against Croatia under-21s.[22] However, he did manage to make 24 appearances for the U21s in total, making him one of the ten most-capped Englishmen at this level.[citation needed]

Career statistics

[23]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Notts County Second Division 0 0 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
1998–99 Arsenal Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999–00 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2000–01 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 5 0
2001–02 Watford First Division 9 2 0 0 0 0 - - 9 2
2002–03 Arsenal Premier League 5 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 3
2002–03 Watford First Division 12 0 2 1 0 0 - - 14 1
2003–04 Leeds United Premier League 35 2 0 0 0 0 - - 36 2
2004–05 Arsenal Premier League 7 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
2004–05 Birmingham City Premier League 12 0 - - - - - - 12 0
2005–06 38 2 6 0 4 1 - - 48 3
2006–07 Liverpool Premier League 34 1 1 0 2 0 14 0 51 1
2007–08 18 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 25 2
2008–09 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09 Portsmouth Premier League 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2009–10 Real Zaragoza La Liga 14 0 0 0 - - - - 14 0
Total England 185 12 14 1 16 1 22 0 237 14
Career Total 189 12 14 1 16 1 22 0 241 14

Honours

Arsenal

Winner

Liverpool

Winner

Runner Up

Personal life

In February 2004, Pennant was given a sixteen month ban from driving after being seen driving in the wrong lane in Paddington, West London.[24] On 23 January 2005, Pennant was arrested and charged with drink-driving after crashing his Mercedes into a lamp-post in Aylesbury, while serving a sixteen month driving ban and uninsured. During questioning, Pennant initially identified himself as his friend Ashley Cole.[24] Pennant pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving whilst disqualified, and he was sentenced to ninety days in prison on 1 March.[25] He was released on parole after 30 days and immediately returned to playing for Birmingham, although he had to wear an electronic tag at all times, including while on the pitch.[26] It emerged during the trial that he was illiterate.[27]

In 2007, Pennant began dating glamour model Amii Grove. The two endured a tumultuous relationship which included infidelities. Upon finding CCTV footage of Pennant cheating, Grove destroyed £200,000 of Pennant's "designer gear".[28] Following the domestic disturbance in July 2007, Pennant was arrested for a Section 5 public order offence — using words or behaviour likely to cause distress — for which he had to pay a fixed penalty fine.[29]

Until January 2008, Pennant was dating Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe.[30] In October 2008, he reunited with former girlfriend Amii Grove following the death of her army officer brother and became engaged.[31]

Shortly after his engagement, Pennant's father Gary was arrested on drug dealing charges.[32] In early 2009, Pennant and Grove broke up and Pennant began dating Metcalfe again.[33] Following his move to Spain, Pennant has since broken up with Metcalfe but the pair remain friends.[34]

References

  1. ^ "Pennant official profile". http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/index.php?cms_ref=squad_players. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/jermaine-pennant-i-knew-when-i-gotout-of-jail-i-would-do-the-best-i-could-395422.html
  3. ^ a b "Pennant guilty of wasting talent". BBC News. 1 March 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/4307863.stm. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jan/20/premierleague-portsmouth
  5. ^ "Fabregas becomes youngest Gunner". Arsenal.com. 13 July 2007. http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/fabregas-becomes-youngest-gunner. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal hit Saints for six". BBC. 7 May 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/2994079.stm. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Jail for drink-driving footballer". BBC News. 1 March 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4307427.stm. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Pennant completes Liverpool move". BBC News. 26 July 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/5215110.stm. Retrieved 13 August 2006. 
  9. ^ "Pennant voted fans Star Man v Maccabi". http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N153142060811-1507.htm. Retrieved 13 August 2006. 
  10. ^ "Liverpool 4-1 Arsenal". BBC News. 31 March 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/6491075.stm. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Pennant: McClaren wrong to ignore me for England". ESPNsoccernet.com. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=416499&cc=3436. Retrieved 3 May 2007. 
  12. ^ "Pennant happy with start of season". LiverpoolFC.tv. 28 August 2007. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/archivedirs/news/2007/aug/28/N156816070828-0954.htm. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  13. ^ "Rafa: Pennant's getting closer". LiverpoolFC.tv. 3 September 2007. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/archivedirs/news/2007/sep/3/N156879070903-0849.htm. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  14. ^ "Pennant fears Rafa's axe after Porto red". Daily Mail. 19 September 2007. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-482702/Pennant-fears-Rafas-axe-Porto-red.html. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Portsmouth secure Jermaine Pennant on loan". Telegraph. 20 January 2009. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/portsmouth/4299322/Portsmouth-secure-Jermaine-Pennant-on-loan.html. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  16. ^ Sky Sports News, (2009-07-01)
  17. ^ Clark, Gill (28 June 2009). "Jermaine Pennant Could Swap Liverpool For Everton – Report". Goal.Com. http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2009/06/28/1351035/jermaine-pennant-could-swap-liverpool-for-everton-report. Retrieved 2nd July 2009. 
  18. ^ "Pennant signs for Real Zaragoza". BBC Sport. 2009-07-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/8143493.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  19. ^ "Real Zaragoza 1-0 Tenerife: Arizmendi Makes The Difference In Dour Encounter". Goal.com. 2009-08-29. http://goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2009/08/29/1469059/real-zaragoza-1-0-tenerife-arizmendi-makes-the-difference-in. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  20. ^ a b "Errant Jermaine Pennant sent home by Real Zaragoza for third late show in two weeks". The Daily Mail. 2010-02-25. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1253549/Jermaine-Pennant-sent-home-Real-Zaragoza-late-weeks.html. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  21. ^ "Pennant seeks redemption after breaking curfew". The Independent. 9 April 2003. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/pennant-seeks-redemption-after-breaking-curfew-593858.html. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  22. ^ "Platt tells sent-off Pennant to be 'more professional' in future". The Independent. 21 August 2003. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/internationals/platt-tells-sentoff-pennant-to-be-more-professional-in-future-536553.html. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  23. ^ Jermaine Pennant
  24. ^ a b http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1484718/Jermaine-Pennant-jailed-for-second-drink-drive-case.html
  25. ^ "Jail for drink-driving footballer". BBC News. 1 March 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4307427.stm. Retrieved 13 August 2006. 
  26. ^ "Tagged Pennant's unwanted record". BBC News. 3 April 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4405531.stm. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  27. ^ Street-Porter, Janet (3 March 2005). "No wonder illiterate youth turns to crime". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/janet-street-porter/no-wonder-illiterate-youth-turns-to-crime-526997.html. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  28. ^ http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/article10169.ece
  29. ^ Rossington, Ben (17 July 2007). "Pennant pays the penalty for home disturbance". Liverpool Echo. http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/liverpoolecho/news/echonews/2007/07/17/pennant-pays-the-penalty-for-home-disturbance-50061-19467395/. Retrieved 13 November 2007. 
  30. ^ Tetteh, Sarah (14 January 2008). "Pennant's love split". Daily Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/showbiz/latest/2008/01/14/pennant-s-love-split-89520-20284862/. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  31. ^ Varma, Anuji (8 November 2008). "Ex-Birmingham City star Jermaine Pennant proposed to me at my brother's graveside". Sunday Mercury (Birmingham). http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news//tm_headline=ex-birmingham-city-star-jermaine-pennant-proposed-to-me-at-my-brother-s-graveside&method=full&objectid=22212853&siteid=66331-name_page.html. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  32. ^ http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/news/Football-star-s-dad-facing-jail/article-476540-detail/article.html
  33. ^ Johnson, Chris (17 February 2009). "Jermaine Pennant back with Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe after split with glamour model fiancée". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1147125/Jermaine-Pennant-Hollyoaks-actress-Jennifer-Metcalfe-split-glamour-model-fianc-e.html. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  34. ^ http://www.zimbio.com/Jennifer+Metcalfe/articles/Jzuj2-GGVwe/Jennifer+Metcalfe+Explains+Jermaine+Pennant

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Simple English

Jermaine Pennant
Personal information
Full name Jermaine Lloyd Pennant
Date of birth 15 January 1983 (1983-01-15) (age 28)
Place of birth    Nottingham, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Real Zaragoza
Number 11
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998
1999-2004
2002
2003
2003-2004
2005-2006
2006-2009
2009
2009-
Notts County
Arsenal
Watford (loan)
Watford (loan)
Leeds United (loan)
Birmingham City
Liverpool
Portsmouth (loan)
Real Zaragoza

Jermaine Pennant (born 15 January 1983) is an English football player. He plays for Real Zaragoza.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1998/99Notts CountySecond Division001000-10
1998/99ArsenalPremier League0000000000
1999/000000100010
2000/010000100010
2001/020000302050
2001/02WatfordFirst Division920000-92
2002/03ArsenalPremier League5300101073
2002/03WatfordFirst Division1202100-141
2003/04Leeds UnitedPremier League3520000-352
2004/05ArsenalPremier League70103000110
2004/05Birmingham CityPremier League1200000-120
2005/063826041-483
2006/07LiverpoolPremier League3411020140511
2007/08182200050252
2008/093000100040
2008/09PortsmouthPremier League1301000-140
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2009/10Real ZaragozaLa Liga
CountryEngland 1861214116122023814
Spain 0000000000
Total 1861214116122023814

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