Famous Football Player: Steven Gerrard (England)
As the Captain of the British Premier League’s Liverpool team, as well as the English National Team, Steven Gerrard has spent most of his career playing as a midfielder. As of late, however, Liverpool has opted to use him as a second striker. For both the Liverpool and the National teams, Gerrard has also had the honor of serving the squads as Captain. (He would be Vice Captain at this year’s World Cup but the Captain was injured and Gerrard was elevated to that position in his stead.)
Having played his first professional game at Anfield in 1998, Gerrard has been part of the Liverpool team from his initiation into the sport. He has earned and continued to merit a spot the first team since the 2000/2001 Season.
He debuted with Team England in 2000 and has been part of that squad during tournaments such as the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships, as well as, the 2006 FIFA World Cup. During the ’06 Cup, he was his team’s top scorer with two goals to his credit. He is the English Team Captain for the National Squad at this year’s (2010) FIFA World Cup.
• Some of his personal accomplishments include:
• Footballer of the Year (FWA) 2008/2009
• Man of the Match – FA CUP Final 2005/2006
• Fan’s Player of the Year (PFA) 2000/2001 and 2008/2009
• PFA’s Team of The Year 2003/2004, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2007/2008 and 2008/2009
• Club Footballer of the Year (UEFA) 2004/2005
• Player of the Year (England) 2007
During Saturday’s match with the US at the Cup, Gerrard’s game winning goal was preempted on television by a commercial. The blunder on the part of the broadcasting network has overshadowed his accomplishment, but Gerrard seems unshaken by the hoopla. Perhaps he is just happy to add to his list of personal achievements in addition to being an asset to his team?