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Shaun Maloney

Shaun Richard Maloney (born 24 January 1983 in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia) is a Scotland association football who plays for English club Wigan Athletic F.C. in the Premier League and for the Scotland national football team. Shaun Maloney plays on either Midfielder Winger or as a Striker and occasionally as an Midfielder Attacking midfielder. Maloney is known for Shaun Maloney set-piece accuracy and confidence when shooting and also for being the first player to claim both the SPFA Players' Player of the Year Award and the SPFA Young Player of the Year during Shaun Maloney first spell with Celtic.

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Shaun Maloney biography


Shaun Richard Maloney (born 24 January 1983 in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia) is a Scotland association football who plays for English club Wigan Athletic F.C. in the Premier League and for the Scotland national football team. Shaun Maloney plays on either Midfielder Winger or as a Striker and occasionally as an Midfielder Attacking midfielder. Maloney is known for Shaun Maloney set-piece accuracy and confidence when shooting and also for being the first player to claim both the SPFA Players' Player of the Year Award and the SPFA Young Player of the Year during Shaun Maloney first spell with Celtic.

Early life

Maloney's family moved to Shaun Maloney mother's home-town of Aberdeen, Scotland when Shaun Maloney was 5 years old.

At a young age, Maloney found a love for sport, particularly football (soccer) and tennis. By the age of 10, Shaun Maloney had joined Shaun Maloney first football club, Kincorth Boys' Club. Shaun Maloney played regularly for Shaun Maloney Primary School Team, St Joseph's. At 12, Shaun Maloney moved to Culter Boys' Club then at 14, to Albion Boys' Club. Shaun Maloney played a number of games for Cults Academy, where Shaun Maloney was a student.

Club career

Celtic

After joining Celtic F.C. as a trainee in 1999, Maloney made Shaun Maloney first team debut on 29 April 2001 against Rangers F.C. at Ibrox Stadium, in a 3-0 win for Celtic. Shaun Maloney spent the next few years trying to break into the first team, spending most of Shaun Maloney time as a Substitute (association football).

In February 2004, Maloney picked up a cruciate ligament injury. Shaun Maloney returned from the injury late in Celtic F.C. season 2004-05, starting only one game in that season.

Maloney was in lethal form for Celtic in the Celtic F.C. season 2005-06, Shaun Maloney annus mirabilis, after being moved from a striking position to the left of midfield by manager Gordon Strachan. Shaun Maloney displays received praise from players, fans and the media throughout the year, and in recognition of Shaun Maloney excellent season Shaun Maloney was awarded both the Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year and Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year awards, However, contract negotiations continued for months, constantly breaking down due to differences between the two parties. while Maloney warned that "In situations like this one, both parties have to be completely happy with the outcome." Shaun Maloney also promised that the prolonged contract talks would not affect Shaun Maloney football and that Shaun Maloney hoped Shaun Maloney would not have to consider leaving the club in the future. With the realization that Maloney would be able to leave for free by signing a pre-contract with another club in January 2007, the Celtic support feared the worst, recalling Jackie_McNamara Departure_From_Celtic.

No new contract was agreed with Celtic and eventually a £1 million transfer to Aston Villa was agreed, where Maloney would play under Shaun Maloney old boss Martin O'Neill.

In Shaun Maloney first tenure, Maloney made a total of 139 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions, scoring 37 times.

Aston Villa

Just before the transfer window closed on 31 January 2007, Maloney signed a pre-contract agreement with Aston Villa.} Villa manager Martin O'Neill was keen to bring Maloney to Villa for the second half of the season however and moments before the deadline Shaun Maloney signed for the Midlands club for a reported fee of £1m. Shaun Maloney made Shaun Maloney debut in the 2–0 defeat at Reading F.C. on 10 February 2007 On 28 April 2007, Maloney scored Shaun Maloney first Villa goal in a victory against Manchester City F.C. at the City of Manchester Stadium from a free kick which was curled around the wall into the bottom right of the goal.
Maloney had trouble settling into the club but after a somewhat lacklustre start to Shaun Maloney Villa career, Shaun Maloney began to show Shaun Maloney best form. Maloney has acknowledged that Shaun Maloney football had been suffering but remained optimistic about Shaun Maloney future at the club: "Homesickness has affected my form. I haven't played well enough to play in the team and I think that has shown, so hopefully now things can change." Both O'Neill and teammate Stiliyan Petrov, who were both at Celtic during Maloney's time there, had expressed their desire for Maloney to stay at the club despite reports linking Shaun Maloney with a move back to Scotland.

Maloney scored a brace for Aston Villa in a 4–4 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (stadium) on Boxing Day 2007. However after that Maloney did not play a lot of games as half of Shaun Maloney last season appearances were substitutions, and Shaun Maloney also said that Shaun Maloney would like to one day go back and play in Scotland.

Return to Celtic

On 22 August 2008, Celtic F.C. announced the signing of Maloney on a four year deal for a fee of £3 million. Maloney marked Shaun Maloney return with a Man of the Match performance and two assists in Shaun Maloney first match, after coming off the bench for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink in a 3–0 victory over Falkirk F.C. at Celtic Park. Maloney scored Shaun Maloney first goal after Shaun Maloney return to Celtic in a 4–2 away win over Motherwell F.C. and managed Shaun Maloney second the following week in a 3–1 away win at Kilmarnock F.C.. Shaun Maloney finished the season with five goals, taking Shaun Maloney total Celtic goals tally to 44.

Maloney started the 2010/11 season in good form with goals against St Mirren F.C., Heart of Midlothian F.C. and a brace against Hamilton Academical F.C.. After this run of form, Maloney was given the short-term captaincy of Celtic in the absence of Scott Brown (Scottish footballer) through injury.

Wigan Athletic

Maloney joined Wigan Athletic F.C. in the Premier League on 31 August 2011 for a fee of £850,000, signing a three-year deal.

International career

Maloney made 20 appearances and netted six times for Scotland national under-21 football team. and scored Shaun Maloney first goal for Scotland, a free-kick in the Svangaskard Stadium in a 2–0 victory over the Faroe Islands national football team in June 2007. Maloney was also eligible to play for Malaysia national football team.

International goals



Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Maloney

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