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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,[1] PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2005,[2] and was included in the FIFPro World XI for 2005,[3] 2006[4] and 2007.[5] He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team.[6] 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 with Brazil.[7]


Terry was born in Barking, East London and attended Eastbury Comprehensive School.

Football career

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.[8] During the affair, he was given a temporary ban from the England national side by the FA.[9]

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.[10] 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.

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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.[11].

Terry was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England[2] 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.[1]

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 countries.[3]

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 Terry
Personal information
Full name John George Terry
Date of birth 7 December 1980 (1980-12-07)
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 26
Youth career
1995–1998 Chelsea
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)2
1998– Chelsea
263 (17)
2000 Nottingham Forest (loan) 006 0(0)
National team3
2000–2002 England U21 009 0(1)
2003– England 051 0(6)
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."[12].

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.[13]

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[14] with a base salary of between £131,000[15] and £135,000[16] per week, making him the highest-paid player in Premier League history.[17]


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 all-star squad.[6]

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 Beckham.


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.

Personal life

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[18] 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.[19] 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)

Personal honours

  • 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, Real Madrid.
  • "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.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2006-05-30 Manchester, England  Hungary 2-0 3-1 Friendly match
2 2006-08-16 Manchester, England  Greece 1-0 4-0 Friendly match
3 2007-06-01 London, England  Brazil 1-0 1-1 Friendly match
PFA Players' Player of the Year
UEFA Champions League Best Defender
Sporting positions
Chelsea F.C.captain
England football captain

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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 WORLD!!

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

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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, Terry.

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 don't know what to put because terrys amazing and absolutely fabulous!

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!!

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