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Steven Gerrard ‘’Captain Fantastic’’


Steven Gerrard 

Steven Gerrard  was born on May 30, 1980 in Whiston, Merseyside, England. He started his professional football career in Liverpool. For the most part of his career, he played in this team and served as a captain. After  that  he was transferred from the MLS teams to the Los Angeles Galaxy, leaving football here. Finally he played his last game against Liverpool on May 24, 2015 against Stoke City, who lost 6-1, and scored his last goal in Liverpool in this match.

All Life for Liverpool

Steven Gerrard, On November 29, 1998, he won his first professional match with Liverpool against 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers. He scored his first goal on Sheffield Wednesday on December 5, 1999, moreover  Liverpool won 4-1. In 1987, Gerrard was at risk of obsession with the sickle finger and cutting his toe. It was about to end before his football career started. But his father saved his football life by engaging his Liverpool doctors. He was enrolled in the infrastructure with his died cousin at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, and many years later he said, “I also wear this shirt for him.” Starting football as a right winger  of the Liverpool  youth team at the age of 9, Gerrard is an actress from Liverpool infrastructure such as Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp.

Later, his position changed and he started to play as a midfield. In 2001, he scored 2nd goal on behalf of his team in Liverpool’s UEFA Cup final, where he beat Alaves 5-4. Steven Gerrard, who scored his first goal against Germany in November 2001 with the UK national team, and for the reason won the Best Young Player of the Year award in the same year. Liverpool fans gave him the nickname “Captain Fantastic”.

 He played very well in the 2004-2005 Champions League matches, the goal he scored at Olympiakos in the group stage made him loved by the fans. Thanks to this goal, Liverpool left the group and reached the cup. Gerrard scored the first goal that fired his team 3-0 behind. Liverpool brought the situation to 3-3 and beat Milan 3-2 with penalties. In 2005, he was selected as the most valuable player of the tournament by UEFA in the Champions League. Playing very effective in the 2006 FA Cup final, Gerrard led the game to overtime with the last minute goal and the owner of the cup was Liverpool who beat West Ham United with 3-1 in the penalties. 

About Steven Gerrard

In 2007, he took part in the squad that faced AC Milan in the Champions League final, but this time Liverpool lost 2-1. In Liverpool, who was eliminated in Chelsea in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2007-2008 season, Gerrard scored 6 goals and became the top scorer of her team with Fernando Torres. By the 2013-2014 season, the Liverpool Premier League was close to the championship for the first time in 24 years. On the days of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 13, 2014, Anfield beat Manchester City 3-2 and Liverpool took the lead.

At the end of the same match, Gerrard gathered the team crying and made the following speech;

“This doesn’t mean anything to us right now. Listen! We’ll go to Norwich next week and do the same! We’ll do it again!”  Here, these words  “We will do it again” was the motto of the fans. In Chelsea, Gerard’s foot slide and he fell, he lost the ball to Demba Ba and caused his team to conceded a goal. Chelsea won this match 2-0. In 2014-2015 season, Liverpool’s performance in the league and in Europe was terrible. The fans did not like the performance of Gerrard. Coach Brendan Rodgers said he had now removed Gerrard, who is now old for football, from the squad.

He is Life

Gerrard scored the last goal of the Champions League in the Basel match, in which Liverpool was eliminated from the Champions League. This goal is also Gerrard’s 100th goal in Anfield. West Bromwich Albion match played on April 25, 2015, became the 12th footballer who played 500 games in the Premier League history. In his Liverpool career, he has 180 goals in 705 matches and over 100 assists.

In 2015, he played an 18-month deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy team, in which names like David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were also played. On May 24, 2015, Liverpool lost 6-1 to Stoke City in the Premier League game and said goodbye to the Liverpool shirt by scoring one goal. Gerrard won the following trophies in Liverpool; FA Cup (2000–01, 2005–06), Football League Cup (2000–01, 2002–03, 2011–12), FA Community Shield (2006), UEFA Champions League (2004–05),UEFA Cup (2000–01), UEFA Super Cup (2001). However,  In his 17-year Liverpool career he never won the Premier League Championship, his greatest desire.

Gerrard left the team in 2016 after his contract ended after playing 1.5 seasons on the Los Angelas Galaxy team. On November 24, 2016, he announced that he had finished his footballing career.

Most Exellent Order of the British Empire

Gerrard played his first national game against Ukraine on May 31, 2000. In September 2001, he scored his first international goal in the famous World Cup 5-1 victory against Germany in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. He participated in the first World Cup in 2006 and scored two goals in the group stage against Trinidad&Tobago and Sweden. Gerrard helped Britain participate in the 2010 World Cup and scored two goals in England’s 5-1 victory over Croatia. Gerrard was the most experienced player in the squad, when the English team went to the 2010 World Cup,with  80 games. However, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup preparations, Rio Ferdinand was injured, which was commissioned by Gerrard’s Coach Capello. After the tournament, Gerrard managed to stay in the team, although the coach wanted to create a new “Golden Generation”.

From 2000 to 2014, he scored 21 goals in 114 matches in the national team and after thar he left the national team.

Individual Achievements

Ballon d’Or third place: 2005

PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06,2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2013–14

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2005

PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2005–06

PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2000–01, 2008–09

FWA Tribute Award: 2013

FWA Footballer of the Year: 2008–09

PFA Young Player of the Year: 2000–01

IFFHS World’s Most Popular Footballer: 2006

Onze d’Argent: 2005

FA England Player of the Year Award: 2007, 2012

Liverpool Player of the Season: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009

UEFA Champions League Final Man of The Match: 2005

Liverpool Fans Online Player of the Season: 2005,2007

UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award – 3rd Place: 2005

FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009

FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2013

UEFA Team of the Year: 2005, 2006, 2007

Premier League Player of the Month: March 2001, March 2003, December 2004, April 2006, March 2009, March 2014

Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12)

Fantasy Teams of the 20 Seasons (Public choice)

MLS All-Star: 2015

English Football Hall of Fame: 2017[270]

Match of the Day Premier League all-time XI: (published 2017)

BBC Goal of the Season: 2006

FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2005

Premier League top assist provider: 2013–14

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