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Steve Finnan
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Personal information
Full name Stephen John Finnan
Date of birth 24 April 1976 (1976-04-24) (age 33)
Place of birth Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Portsmouth
Number 16
Youth career
1990–1993 Wimbledon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Welling United 41 (1)
1995–1996 Birmingham City 15 (1)
1996 Notts County (loan) 17 (2)
1996–1998 Notts County 80 (5)
1998–2003 Fulham 172 (7)
2003–2008 Liverpool 145 (1)
2008–2009 Espanyol 4 (0)
2009– Portsmouth 17 (0)
National team
2000– Republic of Ireland 52 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:33, 10 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:58, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

Stephen John "Steve" Finnan (born 24 April 1976 in Limerick, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish international footballer who plays for Portsmouth as a right back. He is the only player to have played in the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, all four levels of English League football and the English Conference.[1]

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Club career

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Early career

Finnan was born in the Janesboro area of Limerick City, and moved to Chelmsford, England at a young age. He began his career playing in Wimbledon's youth system,[2] but he joined non-League Welling United in 1993 after being released at the age of 16. He signed and turned professional with Birmingham City in 1995, who paid a fee of £100,000 to Welling United to acquire his services.[3] He scored his first professional goal against Watford.[4]

Notts County

Finnan made a loan switch to Notts County in March 1996, making his debut in a 2–1 victory over Walsall and scoring his first goal a month later in a 4–2 victory over Bristol Rovers.[5][6] He appeared in all of Notts game for the remainder of the season, helping the team finish fourth in the Second Division and qualify for the promotion play-offs.[7] In the first leg of the semi-finals held at the Alexandria Stadium he scored against Crewe Alexandra, with the match ending 2–2.[8] The return leg at home saw Notts win 1-0, winning 3-2 on aggregate.[9] In the Final of the play-offs against Bradford City at Wembley Stadium, Notts County lost 2–0.[10] He returned to Birmingham following the conclusion of the loan deal.

During the following season, 1996–97, Notts County signed Finnan for a fee £300,000 on 30 October 1996.[11] He played his first match as a permanent player for Notts County after being introduced as a substitute against Shrewsbury Town.[12] The season was not a successful one for Finnan as Notts County finished 24th in the table and were relegated to the Third Division.[13]

In the 1997–98 season, his first full season at the club, Finnan established himself as a key member of the team and was an ever present, appearing in 51 matches, helping the club win the Third Division title with record points and time.[14] The other notable record Finnan established with Notts County during this season was a streak of 10 consecutive victories; a club record and one which still stands today.[15]

Fulham

After strong showings for Notts County in the 1997–98 season, Fulham manager Kevin Keegan paid £600,000 for his services in November 1998.[16] He made his Fulham debut against Chesterfield on 21 November 1998 and scored his first goal for Fulham against Blackpool on 20 March 1999.[17][18] While at Fulham, he also became a favourite among the fans.[19] His first season with the club was a success, with Fulham winning the Second Division championship and being promoted to the First Division.[20]

Finnan finished ninth with Fulham the following season under new manager Paul Bracewell, despite promising early season form and an unbeaten run lasting over two months.[21] Bracewell was replaced with Jean Tigana in May 2000, and under him in the 2000–01 season, Fulham won the First Division championship, winning promotion to the Premier League, with Finnan appearing in all but one of the league matches.[22][23]

In his debut season in the Premier League, he helped Fulham qualify for the UEFA Intertoto Cup, was voted into the 2001–02 Professional Footballers' Association team of the year and was also voted as the Fulham player of the year.[24] Fulham then went on to win the Intertoto Cup, giving Finnan his first taste of European football.[25] Next season saw Jean Tigana replaced by Chris Coleman, Finnan's fourth manager in five seasons.[26] By April 2003 with few games to go, Fulham were close to the relegation zone but picked up 10 points out of a possible 15 to stay in the top-flight, finishing in 14th position.[27]

In the summer of 2003 Finnan found himself courted by many of England's top clubs and eventually Fulham agreed to sell Finnan to Liverpool for a fee of £3.5m.[28]

Liverpool

Finnan made his Liverpool debut against Chelsea on 17 August 2003.[29] However, a series of injuries disrupted his first year with the team.[30]

The 2004–05 season with Liverpool, he established himself as the first choice right back and a firm fan favourite.[31] The season was a highly successful one for Finnan, scoring his first and only goal for Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion,[32] reaching the league cup final and winning the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final though Finnan was subbed off at half time after suffering a thigh injury.[33][34][35] Finnan's goal against WBA meant that he had scored in each of the five highest divisions of English football, a record he shares with Jimmy Willis.[36]

In the 2005–06 season, Liverpool broke their record for number of points in a premier league season, finishing on 82 points with Finnan being ever present.[37] At the end of the season he picked up another medal with Liverpool, winning the FA Cup.[38]

Finnan played for Liverpool as first choice right back for the 2006–07 season despite heavy competition from newly arrived team-mate Álvaro Arbeloa.[39] He started in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final and was subbed off after 88 minutes, Liverpool went on to lose the game 2-1.[40] In July 2007, Finnan agreed a new three-year contract to remain with Liverpool.[41]

The following 2007–08 season, Liverpool continued their success finishing third in the league and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions league. The season saw Finnan take his total appearances for Liverpool past the 200 mark and also made it into the top 100 capped Liverpool players of all time.[42][43] Finnan featured in 35 games, losing his starting place with manager Rafa Benitez often preferring Arbeloa to start ahead of Finnan.[44][45][46]

In the summer of 2008, after the arrival of fullback Philipp Degen at the club from Borussia Dortmund, he was linked with a move away from Anfield.[47] He was offered by Liverpool as a make-weight in a deal to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, with the player accepting the move but the two clubs couldn't agree to a fee.[48]

Espanyol

On transfer deadline day, 1 September 2008, Finnan joined Spanish side Espanyol signing a 2 year deal for an undisclosed fee.[49] Finnan suffered from injuries at his time with the club, limiting his first team appearances.[50] In January 2009 he was linked with a move back to the premier league with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur but Espanyol coach, Mané and sports director Paco Herrera dismissed the reports, stating that they still considered him a key member of the team.[51] It was also reported that Hull City came close to signing him but the deal was scrapped after he failed his medical.[52] Reports continued linking him with a move back to England with various premier league sides including Portsmouth and Sunderland.[53] On 27 July 2009 Espanyol and Finnan agreed to mutually terminate the remainder of his 2-year contract with the club.[54][55]

Portsmouth

Finnan signed a one-year contract with Premier League side Portsmouth with the option of a further year on 31 July 2009.[56] Finnan made his Portsmouth Premier League debut on 3 October 2009, in a 1-0 victory against Wolves at Molineux.[57]

International career

A Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Finnan stepped up to the senior side in 2000 against Greece. He cemented his place in the Irish starting XI during the 2002 World Cup qualification matches, supplying the cross for Jason McAteer to score the only goal in the crucial 1–0 home win against the Netherlands in September 2001.

He appeared in all three of Ireland's group E games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup against Cameroon, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Ireland progressed to the second round of the World cup for only the second time in its history where they faced Spain. The match ended 1-1 in extra time and went to penalties. Finnan took and converted a penalty but Ireland eventually lost 3-2.

Injury disrupted his participation in the unsuccessful attempt to reach the Euro 2004 finals. He was a regular choice in the 2006 World Cup qualification games but Ireland failed to qualify for the finals.

He was again a regular selection in the 2008 Euro qualification games but Ireland did not qualify for the finals. He then announced his retirement from international football on 22 January 2008 after making 50 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.[58].

He came out of retirement in August 2008 to be included in the squad to face Norway in an international friendly.[59] He stated that it was the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni as the manager that made him reconsider his decision to retire.[60]

Statistics

Club[61]

  • Correct as of 20:54, 5 March 2010.
Club performance
Club Season Domestic League1 FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Portsmouth 2009–10 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Portsmouth FC Total 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Espanyol 2008–09 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Espanyol Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Liverpool 2007–08 24 0 3 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 35 0
2006–07 33 0 1 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 47 0
2005–06 33 0 6 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 52 0
2004–05 33 1 0 0 5 0 14 0 0 0 52 1
2003–04 22 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 31 0
Liverpool Total 145 1 13 0 6 0 51 0 2 0 217 1
Fulham 2002–03 32 0 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 41 0
2001–02 38 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 47 0
2000–01 45 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 48 2
1999–00 35 3 4 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 45 4
1998–99 22 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 27 2
Fulham Total 172 7 18 1 12 0 5 0 1 0 208 8
Notts County 1998–99 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1997–98 44 5 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 51 6
1996–97 23 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Notts C Total 80 5 6 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 90 6
Birmingham City 1996–97 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Notts County (on loan) 1995–96 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 20 3
Birmingham City 1995–96 12 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 19 1
Welling United 1994–95 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
1993–94 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total 489 17 38 2 26 0 56 0 9 1 618 20
1Includes Premiership, The Football League and Nationwide Conference.

Career honours

Notts County

Fulham

Liverpool

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Simple English

Steve Finnan
Personal information
Full name Stephen John Finnan
Date of birth 24 April 1976 (1976-04-24) (age 34)
Place of birth    Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Portsmouth
Number 16
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993-1995
1995-1996
1996
1996-1998
1998-2003
2003-2008
2008-2009
2009-
Welling United
Birmingham City
Notts County (loan)
Notts County
Fulham
Liverpool
Espanyol Barcelona
Portsmouth
National team
2000-2008 Republic of Ireland

Steve Finnan (born 24 April 1976) is an Irish football player. He plays for Portsmouth.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1993/94Welling UnitedConference2200000-220
1994/951910000-191
1995/96Birmingham CityFirst Division1210040-161
1995/96Notts CountySecond Division1720000-172
1996/97Birmingham CityFirst Division300000-30
1996/97Notts CountySecond Division2303000-260
1997/98Third Division4453140-516
1998/99Second Division1300000-130
1998/99FulhamSecond Division2224000-262
1999/00First Division3534160-454
2000/014521020-482
2001/02Premier League3806030-470
2002/03320301050410
2003/04LiverpoolPremier League220300060310
2004/053310050140521
2005/063306000120510
2006/073101000110430
2007/08240201060360
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2008/09Espanyol BarcelonaLa Liga400000-40
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2009/10PortsmouthPremier League
CountryEngland 4681736226054058419
Spain 400000-40
Total 4721736226054058819

International career statistics

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Republic of Ireland national team
YearAppsGoals
200051
200170
200290
200340
200490
200540
200650
200771
200830
Total532

References


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