John George Terry
(born December 7, 1980 in Barking, London) is an
English professional football player. Terry plays as a centre back and is the
captain of both Chelsea in the English Premier League and the national football
team of England.
Terry was voted best defender in the 2005 UEFA Champions League,
PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2005,
and was included in the FIFPro World XI for 2005,
2006 and 2007.
He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only
English player to make the team.
He wears the number 26 shirt for Chelsea and the number 6 shirt for England.
In 2007, he became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley
Stadium in Chelsea's 1–0 win over Manchester United, and also the first player
to score a full international goal there, scoring a header in England's 1–1 draw
Terry was born in Barking, East London and attended Eastbury Comprehensive
Terry played initially for Sunday League team Senrab F.C.. The side then
featured many future stars of the English game, including current Premiership
players Bobby Zamora, Paul Konchesky, Ledley King and Jlloyd Samuel. Terry
joined Chelsea's youth system at 14, playing for the club's Youth and Reserve
teams as a midfield stalwart. It was due to a shortage of central defenders that
he was moved to centre-half, the position he plays today.
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Terry made his Chelsea debut on 28 October 1998 as a late substitute in a
League Cup tie with Aston Villa; his first start came later that season in an FA
Cup third round match, a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic. He spent a brief period
on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2000 to build up his first team experience.
Early in his career, Terry was involved in an incident at a West London
nightclub with Chelsea team mate Jody Morris and Wimbledon's Des Byrne. He was
charged with assault and affray, but later cleared.
During the affair, he was given a temporary ban from the England national side
by the FA.
Terry began to establish himself in the Chelsea first team from the 2000-01
season, making 23 starts, and was voted the club's player of the year.
He continued his progress during 2001-02, becoming a regular in the defence
alongside club captain and French international Marcel Desailly. That season saw
Chelsea reach the FA Cup final, though a virus denied Terry a place in the
starting line-up, although he did come on as a second-half substitute. Chelsea
lost the game 2–0.
In season 2001/02, Terry was handed the captaincy for the first time, in a
League match against Charlton Athletic on 5 December 2001.
In season 2003-04, his performances led to him being handed the captain's
armband by manager Claudio Ranieri when Desailly was out of the side. He played
well in the absence of the French international, establishing himself as a
genuine contender for a first team slot and forming a strong defensive
partnership with William Gallas.
Following Desailly's retirement, new Chelsea manager José Mourinho chose
Terry as his club captain, a choice which was positive throughout the 2004-05
season as Chelsea won the FA Premier League title in record-breaking fashion
with the best defensive record in Football League history, the most clean sheets
and the most points accrued..
Terry was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England
and scored eight goals, including a late winner against FC Barcelona, in the
UEFA Champions League. He was voted the best defender in the latter tournament.
Along with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Claude Makélélé and Petr Čech, Terry
is regarded as a part of the "spine" of the Chelsea team.
Being an English player who came through the club's youth system, he is
especially popular with Chelsea fans.
In September 2005 he was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro
awards. The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers based in 40
In a match on 14 October 2006 against Reading F.C., Terry had to take over in
goal for Chelsea after both of Chelsea's usual keepers, Petr Čech and Carlo
Cudicini were injured in the game. He wore the number 40 shirt belonging to
third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilario. However, as the game continued for
only a little over a minute, Terry did not have a single save to make — in fact,
his goalkeeping experience was limited to taking a free-kick from inside the
penalty area. Chelsea managed to hang on to a one goal lead and win the game.
John George Terry
7 December 1980 (1980-12-07)
1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Nottingham Forest (loan)
1 Senior club appearances and goals counted for the
domestic league only and correct as of 14:10, 15 March 2009 (UTC).
2 Appearances (Goals)
3 National team caps and goals correct as of 23:40, 1
April 2009 (UTC).
In a match on 5 November 2006 against Tottenham Hotspur, Terry was sent off
for the first time in his Chelsea career. He received two yellow cards as
Chelsea lost at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1987. Later, Terry was
charged with misconduct by the F.A. for questioning the integrity of match
referee Graham Poll, who allegedly gave Terry different reasons for why he was
given his second yellow during and after the game.
Poll was also acquitted of saying inappropriate things to Chelsea players. On 10
January 2007, John Terry was ordered to pay £10,000 for the inappropriate
conduct after he changed his mind and pleaded "guilty" to the FA. He has been
asked to apologise publicly to Poll.
Recently Terry has missed four premiership matches for Chelsea due to a
recurring back problem. After the tie to Reading F.C. on 26 December 2006, José
Mourinho stated that his captain may require surgery to fix the problem. In the
games that he has missed, Chelsea have conceded six goals, in all this season
they have conceded 15 goals (the equivalent to the goals they conceded in the
2004/05 season). On 28 December Chelsea released a press statement saying Terry
had had back surgery: "The operation to remove a sequestrated lumbar intervertebral disc was successful.".
Although he was expected to return at the game against Wigan Athletic, Terry
was missing once again, due to the recurring back problem. He made his return
against Charlton Athletic on February 3, 2007. He played his first 90 minutes of
football for nearly three months against Middlesborough and received much
applause from the Chelsea faithful. Playing in the UEFA Champions league last
sixteen away against FC Porto, he suffered another injury, this time to his
ankle, and was set to be miss the upcoming Carling Cup Final (2007) against
Arsenal, but managed to recover from the injury within days.
Terry made the starting line-up for Chelsea in the Carling Cup final. Going
forward for a corner in the second half, he threw himself at the ball with a
diving header; Arsenal's Abou Diaby, in an attempt to clear the ball, kicked
Terry in the face. Terry was unconscious for several minutes at which point he
swallowed his tongue. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and
immediately transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, where he was
successfully treated. Terry discharged himself the same day and returned to the
Millennium Stadium to celebrate his team's 2–1 win. The only recollection Terry
has of the second half is walking out onto the pitch and does not remember the
10 minutes he played prior to his injury.
After spending two weeks on the sidelines, Terry made his return to the side
against Blackburn in March. He has since captained Chelsea to the semi-finals of
the 2006-2007 UEFA Champions League, the third time in four years that Chelsea
have made it to the final four of the competition.
In May 2007, Terry captained Chelsea to the FA Cup, in the first final at the
new Wembley Stadium.
Despite failing to agree terms to a new contract immediately following the
2006-2007 season, Terry stated on several occasions that he had no intention of
leaving Chelsea. In late July he signed a new five-year contract
with a base salary of between £131,000
and £135,000 per week, making him
the highest-paid player in Premier League history.
Terry is the current captain of the England national team and he made his
debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro. He played for his country at
Euro 2004, and England Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson stated that Terry was the
first-choice centre back, ahead of Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell.
In a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Poland, Terry had the honour of
wearing England's captain armband, replacing Michael Owen as captain after the
latter was subbed.
He has cemented his place in the England squad by being selected for the 2006
FIFA World Cup. In a warm-up match for that tournament against Hungary on May
30, 2006, Terry scored his first goal for England, the team's second in a 3–1
victory. Despite an injury scare in a friendly against Jamaica, he recovered to
play in England's opening fixture against Paraguay, a 1–0 victory.
In the next match against Trinidad and Tobago, he made perhaps the most
spectacular save of the tournament. In the game's 44th minute, Carlos Edwards
beat England's Paul Robinson to a cross and as Stern John bundled a header
towards the goal, Terry cleared the ball off the line with an overhead kick.
In the quarter-finals match against Portugal, Terry played the entire match,
but England lost on penalties and he was left in tears with his fellow players.
Six days later, he was the only English player to be named in the tournament's
On 10 August 2006, Steve McClaren named John Terry as the England captain,
succeeding David Beckham. McClaren said "Choosing a captain is one of the most
important decisions a coach has to make. I’m certain I’ve got the right man in
John Terry. I’m convinced he will prove to be one of the best captains England
has ever had."
John Terry scored a goal on his debut as the England captain, in a friendly
international against Greece. This was the first goal of the match and, as such,
the first goal during McClaren's reign as manager. When celebrating he kissed
his new captain's armband.
Terry is one of five national team captains in the current Chelsea team,
along with Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast captain), Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine
captain), Michael Ballack (Germany captain) and Claudio Pizarro (Peru captain).
On 1 June 2007, Terry became the first player to score an international goal
at the new Wembley Stadium when he scored England's goal in a 1–1 draw with
Brazil. He scored from a header in the box after a free kick cross by David
John Terry is the main face alongside Michael Owen for the Umbro sportswear
brand often introducing new brand lines and products as well as new England
kits. He has also appeared in adverts for Samsung and Nationwide, as well as
being in a sponsorship deal with football gaming series Pro Evolution Soccer. On
the UK version of Pro Evolution Soccer 6, he appears on the front cover with
Brazil international Adriano.
Terry currently lives in Oxshott, Surrey. He and his wife Toni Poole Terry
are the parents of twins, a boy (Georgie John) and a girl (Summer Rose) born on
18 May 2006. Terry celebrated their birth when scoring for England against
Hungary, when he performed a "baby-rocking" celebration.
The couple married at Blenheim Palace on 15 June 2007
in a magazine coverage deal, and requested Harrods gift vouchers as wedding
presents. After the wedding, the couple enjoyed a two week honeymoon on Roman
Abramovich's super yacht Pelorus in the Mediterranean.
His hobbies include golf, swimming, football and darts.
- FA Premier League (2004-05, 2005-06)
- FA Cup (2000, 2007)
- League Cup (2005, 2007)
- FA Community Shield (2005)
- PFA Player of the Year (2004-05)
- 2005 UEFA Champions League Best Defender
- FIFA World Cup squad of the tournament (2006)
- FIFPro World XI Team (2005, 2006, 2007)
- Captain of England national football team (2006-present)
In the July 2007 edition of World Soccer Magazine, players from a variety of
clubs were asked who they thought was the perfect captain. The following are a
selection of quotes from players who chose John Terry.
- "Even from the outside the game you can appreciate that John Terry is
the boss of the Chelsea side in all ways."-Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal.
- "You can see that everybody always looks for John Terry on the pitch.
He is vital for Chelsea."-Gabriel Heinze, Real Madrid.
- "...what you need is a good communicator and organizer, such as John
Terry, who obviously cares deeply about his club."-Christoph Metzelder,
- "John Terry is the perfect skipper. It's obvious Chelsea means
everything to him. When he makes those last ditch blocks, team-mates can't
help but be inspired."-Kasey Keller, Fulham FC.
Player of the Year
Champions League Best Defender
From an old American grandma who is really a Spurs fan,I watch JT whenever I
can, he is soooo hot!!!!!
he is the greatest English defender of all time and perfect - thanks
he is good defender
He is the best player in the world and i love him too much
John terry is a special man he does great things for his fans
and country keep the good work and "COME ON THE BLUES"
i agree with all the above !!!!! There is no one better than
JT. His new wife is so lucky all the best to them
john terry is the best
John Terry - "The Iron Man" is the best defender in the
from a Cornishman who loves rugby john is a great footballer
john terry is so fit and cute and i support chelsea come u
mighty blues. i lov the name summer rose!
John Terry is far too slow to do anything against any good
national side with pacey strikers. If this is the best we got then we aren't
going win anything. Look at the state of the England team now he is captain!
John Terry!!! John Terry!!! John Terry!!! My fave playa!
where was he born ? - Barking East London
john terry the best player in the world
John Terry is the NEW England Captain...BRING IT ON!!!
John Terry is so... fit...This he is definitely the right
person for his team and his country!!! Love ya xxxx
JT is one of the best defenders in the world!! and is a great
captain for his team Chelsea and for his country ur a true hero that i look up 2
and hope one day i will be just as good as u!! long live JT
He loves FIFA.
terry makes world class saves every game and is a dominant
force in the 18 when defending as well as attacking
I am from Greece. HE IS THE BEST FOOTBALLER-THE BEST DEFENDER!!
In my dreams I always see JT. I didn't know anything about Toni Poole and the
twins. I am really sad. It's very hard. I was determined to marry him. Now I
cannot do it!
Terry is the best defender ever he's even better than roberto
carlos and he's sooooooooooo sexyyyy
Top defender, and now England captain...he's worked hard for
it,...well done to him, he deserves it. It's all happened for him this year eh,
new dad AND England captain.. WOW!!!!....wish i was Toni Poole,...she's a lucky,
lucky girl!! :-)
i luv john terry loads!!!!he is soooo hot & is such a great
footballer & would do anything for his club & country so without a doubt should
be englands next captain! His brother paul is a legend to!! (i support yeovil so
i know his bro)
JT, you definitely deserve the armband. Keep on the great
game, the attitude. You are definitely the choice for the next captain. Love ya,
Absolutely love him
Very good defender. Normally the big size defender losses
their aggression and speed but in case of terry he has amazing speed and
aggression. He has powerful tackling capacity.
I JUST LOVE JOHN TERRY ! ! ! I'M ADORING HIM, HIS PLAYS AND HIS
LIFE ! ! !
I don't know what to put because terrys amazing and absolutely
john will make a fantastic dad and a fantastic England captain
as we know from his reign as captain for Chelsea
John terry is ace captain's armband should go to him without
hesitation. (an i'm a liverpool supporter)
i think john would be a wicked new captain for England. i also
think that his children are really sweet john will be a great father to them.
I think he should be the new England captain because he is an
awesome player and he is soooo good looking!! I love him soo much!!
John is my hero! he should be the new captain of England!
I love John Terry, he is so sexy
I think john will make a brilliant father, he is such a good
footballer as well, he is very sexy too. I love him so much!!