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Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne was born on May 27, 1967 in Gateshead, UK. He played in the midfield position throughout his football career. Gascoigne, also known as the pseudonym of Gaza, draws attention with its non-football life. Starting football at the age of four, Gascoigne started running the ball at the school team at the age of eight. Ipswich Town FC failed to try Middlesbrough FC and Southampton. However, in 1980, he signed a contract with the Newcastle United team. In 1983 he started playing on the team’s young team. He also won the nickname of Gazza during these periods. 

Early years in Newcastle United

In the 1984-1985 season, Paul Gascoigne was the captain of the Newcastle United youth team and won the FA Youth Cup that season. On April 13, 1985, he entered the game for the first time in a match against Newcastle-QPR. Soon he signed his first professional contract. He threw his first lake to Oxford United in the 1985-1986 season. Newcastle was 11th that season, and Gazza was on the cover of a magazine for the first time.Meanwhile he won the best young player of the year award in the 1987-1988 season. He played in 107 games and scored 25 goals during the Newcastle period. His first choice was Liverpool, but there was no offer. He later made a promise to Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson, but switched to the Tottenham Hotspur team for a fee, the transfer record of England. He was called to the national team for the first time in 1988.


Paul Gascoigne, who played in the first three games of the group that England finished first, also made an assist. The group then gave the team a free kick in overtime. The free kick was scored and the match ended with a 1-0 win over England. Britain’s Gascoigne, who matched Cameroon in the quarterfinals, scored a penalty goal. England, who lost 2-1 in the last ten minutes, got active with the effort and beautiful passes of Gazza and eliminated Cameroon in the overtime. England matched West Germany in the semifinals. The match went to overtime again. Gazza, who got his second yellow card because of a foul in the overtime, was kicked out of the game. Gazza could not hold her tears at this point. West Germany won the match with penalty shootout. Gazza took its place in the lists made after the tournament.

Tottenham Hotspur Age

In the years of Hotspur, Gascoigne was now frightening the defense and succeeding in bilateral struggles. However, their aggressive attitude surfaced in the same period. He was sixth in the first season of Tottenham and third in the second season. He had scored 14 goals in 75 games in two seasons. The team won the FA Cup in the 1990-1991 season. Gazza, who agreed with Lazio before the final match, gathered a reaction against his opponents in the final match. He was injured in the same match and had to watch the trophy ceremony from the hospital. He could not play in the 1991-1992 season because of this injury.

Go to Italy

After the injury period, the first Lazio match in 1992 was broadcast on television in Italy and in Britain because it was very curious. In his first season in Lazio, he did not make consistent matches. Due to his injury in 1993, he was not able to take much duties in the 1994-1995 season. He was also unable to take part in the 1994 World Cup. In his not very bright years in Italy, he scored 6 goals in 47 games.

Scottish Time

In 1995, Paul Gascoigne signed the Glasgow Rangers. With his performance, he was playing a game close to the old days. Despite falling 1-0 in the match that was very important for the championship with Aberdeen that season, Gascoigne made a hat-trick and won the match to Rangers. One of the moments that were not forgotten that season was that Gazza found him and showed him the yellow card after the referee dropped the yellow card. They won the Scottish league championship and the Scottish Cup in the 1995-1996 season. Gascoigne was chosen as the player of the year. The next season, the Scottish league champion, Rangers, also won the League Cup. He suffered from the IRA threat in the 1997-1998 season.

Euro 1996

At the 1996 European Championship, Paul Gascoigne once again played an important role in the English national team. Despite entering the reserves in the first game, the best goal of the tournament in the second game, Scotland, was the selected goal. In the third game, the Netherlands match, he led a 4-1 victory with two assists and his team. The next round, England eliminated Spain with penalties and met Germany again in the semi-final. Despite making an assist in the German game, the match went to overtime. In the overtime where the golden goal was applied, he shot a goal without inches. Britain was eliminated into Germany again with penalties as in the 1990 World Cup, and Gascoigne was unable to keep his tears again.

End of the Story

In 1998 he moved to Middlesbrough in the English League 1. Although he played seven games, he helped the team to make it to the Premier League by making a second place in the 1st League. He then played for two seasons in Everton and one season in Burnley. In 2002, he started training with the American club DC United, but did not get along. In 2003, the manager of the Chinese team Gansu Tianma terminated after playing 4 games and scoring 2 goals due to the spread of the SARS virus, even though he agreed as a coach. After playing 5 games in Boston United in 2004, he left football for the manager.

Individual Achievements

PFA Young Player of the Year: 1987–88

PFA First Division Team of the Year: 1987–88, 1990–91

1990 FIFA World Cup All-star team

BBC Sports Personality of the Year: 1990

Ballon d’Or: 1990 (4th)

BBC Goal of the Season: 1990–91

PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year: 1995–96

SFWA Footballer of the Year: 1995–96

UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1996

English Football Hall of Fame Inductee: 2002

Rangers Hall of Fame Inductee: 2006 

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