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Lucas Neill
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Personal information
Full name Lucas Edward Neill
Date of birth 9 March 1978 (1978-03-09) (age 32)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre Back / Right Back
Club information
Current club Galatasaray
Number 12
Youth career
1991-1993 Manly United
1994-1995 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995-2001 Millwall 152 (13)
2001-2007 Blackburn Rovers 188 (5)
2007-2009 West Ham United 79 (1)
2009-2010 Everton 12 (0)
2010- Galatasaray 5 (0)
National team
1996-1997 Australia U-20 8 (3)
1999-2000 Australia U-23 13 (0)
1996- Australia 53 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:47, 25 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Lucas Edward Neill (born 9 March 1978 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian footballer who currently plays for Galatasaray. He is a right back who can also play at centre back. Neill had spent almost 15 years of his career playing in England. He represented Australia at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 Asian Cup. On October 6, 2006 he was named the 50th captain of the Australian national team.

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Background

Neill grew up in the Northern Beaches of Sydney and was a student at Wakehurst Primary School, in Belrose, and St. Augustine's College, in Brookvale, before attending the Australian Institute of Sport on a football scholarship in 1994-95.[1]

Club career

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Millwall

Neill joined Millwall on a free transfer in November 1995, making his debut on 17 February against Luton Town in 1996.[2] In almost six years at The Den, he made 174 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals.[3] In September 2001, Neill, by then the longest serving player at the club, submitted a transfer request[2] and shortly after, signed for Blackburn Rovers for an initial fee of £600,000 plus up to £400,000 more depending on appearances.[4]

Blackburn Rovers

Neill played his first game for Blackburn in September 2001 against Sunderland and scored his first Blackburn goal later that month against Bolton Wanderers. Neill is a combative, versatile player. He has played in all defensive positions during his professional career and is a key member for both his club and national team.

Neill was well-regarded by Blackburn Rovers supporters largely due to his never-say-die, determined attitude. He was one of Blackburn Rovers' most consistent performers and held the right back position for over five years without any competition.

Neill's combative and committed style of play in the Premier League attracted criticism in 2003-04 at a time when Blackburn had been criticised routinely for their aggressive play. He broke the leg of Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher when his trailing leg caught that of the Liverpool player in the fifth game of the 2003-04 season in a tackle at Ewood Park. Carragher, a popular home-grown Liverpool player, was sidelined for six months and the incident sparked a war of words between Gérard Houllier and Graeme Souness after Neill and his manager did not apologise for 48 hours[citation needed].

Johan Neeskens, who became assistant to Barcelona manager Frank Rijkard for the 2006-07 season, said that Neill "could play for any of the best clubs".[5] On 4 August 2006 he announced he would not sign a new four-year contract for Blackburn Rovers. The player's agent, Peter Harrison, said "He has enjoyed his time there (Blackburn), he loves the club and the fans, he just feels it is time for a change."[6] On 30 August, Liverpool reportedly made a £2 million bid for Neill; however, this bid was rejected by Blackburn. The club wanted Stephen Warnock in part exchange for Neill; however Liverpool were not prepared to let the left-back go.[7] In late November, rumours emerged that Chelsea[8] or even Barcelona[9] were also interested in his signature. Neill, once a cult hero at Blackburn left under something of a storm and is now extremely unpopular amongst Blackburn fans. He was booed and barracked on his return to Ewood Park in March 2007.[10]

West Ham United

Neill playing for West Ham.

In January 2007 Neill turned his back on a un-confirmed bid from Liverpool in favour of West Ham United, following the successful transfer of Stephen Warnock from Liverpool to Blackburn.[11] Neill was accused of his primary motivating factor being money, but he later refuted these claims, stating the move was for purely footballing reasons [12]. Neill later alleged to the media that Liverpool hadn't made him feel truly wanted, and that he had not even spoken to manager Rafael Benítez. Neill made his league debut for the Hammers in February 2007 against Watford, where he picked up a knee injury.[13] He captained the team for the first time during a 3-4 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur the following month and went on to play every remaining game of the season. He became the permanent team captain following Nigel Reo-Coker's transfer to Aston Villa.[14] Neill made his first appearance as team captain in the 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic on 25 August 2007.[15] Neill scored his only goal for West Ham in a 3-2 away defeat to West Brom in September 2008.[16] At the end of the 2008–09 season Neill rejected a one year contract extension with West Ham, becoming a free agent.[17]

Everton

Neill playing for Everton in 2009

On 17 September 2009, Neill joined close friend,[18] Tim Cahill at Everton on a free transfer, signing a one-year deal.[19] He was unveiled to the fans at half time during Everton's 4–0 Europa League win at Goodison Park against AEK Athens.

Neill played his first game for Everton on 23 September 2009 in the League Cup, coming on as a second half substitution for Leighton Baines, in their 4–0 victory over Hull City.[20] Neill's first start for Everton in the Premier League was on 25 October 2009 where he played a full match against Bolton Wanderers setting up two goals. Neill departed Everton making 15 appearances in all competitions.

Galatasaray

On 13 January 2010, Neill agreed to join Turkish side Galatasaray.[21] It is believed Neill wanted to leave Everton to secure a longer contract.[22] Neill signed a 1 and a half year contract with Galatasaray.[23] He plays with his socceroo teammate Harry Kewell at Galatasaray. Lucas Neill made his Turkish Super Lig debut for Galatasaray on 24 January, 2010 in a 1-0 home win at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium against Gaziantepspor.[24]

International career

In October 1996, Neill became the second youngest player, after Harry Kewell, to debut for the Australian national team[25] when he played in a friendly game against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, aged 18 years and 7 months.[26] He also competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney with the Australian men's team, the Olyroos.

On 16 November 2005 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, Neill helped Australia qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup playing the entire game and scoring the Socceroos' second penalty in a shoot-out against Uruguay, after aggregate scores were tied at 1-1 following extra-time. He was named Man of the Match for this game.[27]

Neill started all four of Australia's games at the 2006 World Cup. In the closing minutes of Australia's Round of 16 game against Italy, referee Luis Medina Cantalejo adjudged Neill to have fouled Italian fullback Fabio Grosso in the penalty area. Francesco Totti converted the ensuing penalty kick to score and give the Italians a 1-0 victory, knocking Australia out of the cup.[28]

Following the World Cup, Neill expressed his desire to captain his national side and on 6 October 2006 was named as the 50th player to captain Australia. On 7 October, 2006 he made his debut as the Socceroo's captain in a 1-1 friendly against Paraguay, in Brisbane. Four days later, in Sydney, he captained Australia again in an Asian Cup qualifying game against Bahrain, which Australia won 2-0.[29] On 2 June, 2007, Neill captained the Socceroos again in a friendly match against Uruguay at Sydney's Telstra Stadium in which Australia lost 2-1.

On 13 July 2007, in the dying seconds of the Socceroo's 3-1 loss to Iraq, Neill verbally abused the referee. He received his second yellow card and was sent off, capping a disappointing performance by the Australian side. In the quarter finals of the Asian Cup, Neill missed a crucial penalty in a shootout against Japan which resulted in Australia's elimination from the cup.[30] Neill played his 50th game for Australia in a World Cup Qualifier against Japan, a game that Australia won 2-1 with Tim Cahill scoring both goals.

Career Statistics

Club Season League Cup[31] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Millwall 1995-96 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1996-97 39 4 5 0 0 0 44 4
1997-98 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
1998-99 35 6 9 0 0 0 44 6
1999-00 31 1 4 0 0 0 35 1
2000-01 24 2 1 0 0 0 25 2
2001-02 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 1
Total 152 14 21 0 0 0 173 14
Blackburn Rovers 2001-02 31 1 4 0 0 0 35 1
2002-03 34 0 7 0 4 0 45 0
2003-04 32 2 2 0 1 0 35 2
2004-05 36 1 8 0 0 0 44 1
2005-06 35 1 7 2 0 0 42 3
2006-07 20 0 1 0 5 1 26 1
Total 188 5 29 2 10 1 227 8
West Ham United 2006-07 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
2007-08 34 0 6 0 0 0 40 0
2008-09 33 1 3 0 0 0 36 1
Total 78 1 10 0 0 0 88 1
Everton 2009-10 12 0 3 0 0 0 15 0
Total 12 0 3 0 0 0 15 0
Galatasaray 2009-10 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Total 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 435 20 65 2 10 1 514 23
As of 27 February 2010.

Personal life

On the 2 June 2008, his long term girlfriend, Lindsay Morris, gave birth to twins; a boy and a girl.

On 28 September 2009, Neill was a victim of burglars who had been targeting the homes of Premier League players. Neill was at home when thieves broke in and stole belongings, including his keys, before driving off in his car, which was found soon after.[32]

References

  1. ^ "List of Australian Olympic athletes". Australian Institute of Sport. http://www.ais.org.au/overview/games/team2000o.asp. 
  2. ^ a b "Neill on the move", BBC Sport, 3 September 2001. Retrieved 28 June 2007.
  3. ^ Soccerbase: Lucas Neill, Racing Post. Retrieved 28 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Blackburn seal Neill deal", BBC Sport, 7 September 2001. Retrieved 28 June 2007.
  5. ^ Cockerill, Michael (2006-06-22). "Neill good enough for Barca: Neeskens". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/aussie-update/neill-good-enough-for-barca-neeskens/2006/06/21/1150845244340.html. 
  6. ^ "Neill set for Blackburn departure". BBC Sport. 2006-04-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/low/football/teams/b/blackburn_rovers/5246524.stm. 
  7. ^ "Reds ready to bide time for Neill". BBC Sport. 2006-01-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/5298080.stm. 
  8. ^ "Sunday's football gossip". BBC Sport. 2006-11-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/gossip_and_transfers/6185006.stm. 
  9. ^ "Blackburn may sell skipper Neill". BBC Sport. 2006-12-13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/blackburn_rovers/6175067.stm. 
  10. ^ Hughes recalls 'crazy' Hammers visit
  11. ^ "West Ham confirm capture of Neill". BBC Sport. 2007-01-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/w/west_ham_utd/6282817.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  12. ^ Dunn, Alex (2007-01-23). "Neill rejects cash claims". Sky Sports. http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=443495&CPID=8&clid=21&lid=&title=Neill+rejects+cash+claims. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  13. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. http://www.football-lineups.com/wiki/_match3767.php. Retrieved February 28, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Lucas Neill named as new Team Captain". West ham United. 2007-07-27. http://www.whufc.com/articles/article.php?page_id=9322. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  15. ^ "West Ham United v Wigan Athletic". West Ham United. 2007-08-25. http://www.whufc.com/match/?page_id=7444&fixture=2846886&t=2. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  16. ^ West Brom 3-2 West Ham
  17. ^ "Neill turns down new Hammers deal". BBC Sport. 2009-06-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/w/west_ham_utd/8081520.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  18. ^ Mersey flight for Aussie skipper as Neill and Cahill unite www.heraldsun.com.au
  19. ^ "Neill signs for Everton: report". Everton FC. 2009-09-17. http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/neill-signs-in.html. 
  20. ^ Hull 0 - 4 Everton www.bbc.co.uk
  21. ^ Lucas Neill Galatasaray'da
  22. ^ Lucas Neill Galatasaray
  23. ^ Lucas Neill Sözleşme İmzaladı
  24. ^ "Galatasaray 1 - 0 Gaziantepspor". ESPN. 2010-01-24. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=275140&cc=5739. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  25. ^ "Bring On The Young Blood". www.ausfootballreview.com. http://www.ausfootballreview.com/afr/pmwiki.php/Commentary/Bring_On_The_Young_Blood. 
  26. ^ "Socceroo 1996 Matches". www.ozfootball.net. http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/Socceroo/1996A.html. 
  27. ^ "Jubilant Socceroos achieve their destiny". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2005-11-17. http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1508551.htm. 
  28. ^ "Late Totti penalty kick sends Italy past Australia". USA Today. June 27, 2006. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/worldcup/2006-06-26-italy-australia_x.htm. 
  29. ^ Cockerill, Michael (2006-11-15). "Arnold's roll of honour". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/football/arnolds-roll-of-honour/2006/11/14/1163266549488.html. 
  30. ^ "Iraq down sorry Socceroos". Special Broadcasting Service. 2007-07-13. http://www.theworldgame.com.au/asiancup/index.php?pid=st&cid=91749. 
  31. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup, FA Community Shield and League Trophy
  32. ^ "Socceroos captain and Everton recruit Lucas Neill burgled while at home". Fox Sports. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26134666-29437,00.html. 

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Preceded by
Nigel Reo-Coker
West Ham United Captain
2007-2009
Succeeded by
Matthew Upson
Preceded by
Mark Viduka
Australian national football team Captain
2007-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Simple English

Lucas Neill
Personal information
Full name Lucas Edward Neill
Date of birth 9 March 1978 (1978-03-09) (age 32)
Place of birth    Sydney, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Galatasaray
Number 12
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-2001
2001-2006
2007-2009
2009
2010-
Millwall
Blackburn Rovers
West Ham United
Everton
Galatasaray
National team
1996-2009 Australia

Lucas Neill (born 9 March 1978) is an Australian football player. He plays for Galatasaray and Australia national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1995/96MillwallFirst Division1300000-130
1996/97Second Division3942010-424
1997/98600000-60
1998/993361020-366
1999/003311020-361
2000/012420000-242
2001/02First Division410010-51
2001/02Blackburn RoversPremier League3114000-351
2002/03340304040450
2003/04322101010352
2004/053617010-441
2005/063512151-423
2006/07200001051261
2006/07West Ham UnitedPremier League1101000-120
2007/083402040-400
2008/093412010-371
2009/10EvertonPremier League1201020-150
TurkeyLeague Fortis Turkey Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2009/10GalatasaraySüper Lig
CountryEngland 4312027125110149323
Turkey 0000000000
Total 4312027125110149323

International career statistics

[2]

Australia national team
YearAppsGoals
199610
199700
199810
199900
200000
200100
200200
200330
200450
2005110
200690
200780
200870
200970
Total520

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