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Darron Gibson

Darron Thomas Daniel Gibson (born 25 October 1987) is an Irish people association football who plays as a midfielder for Everton F.C. and the Republic of Ireland national football team. Darron Gibson has also played for Manchester United F.C. and on loan for Royal Antwerp F.C. and Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C..

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Darron Thomas Daniel Gibson (born 25 October 1987) is an Irish people association football who plays as a midfielder for Everton F.C. and the Republic of Ireland national football team. Darron Gibson has also played for Manchester United F.C. and on loan for Royal Antwerp F.C. and Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C..

In 2007, Gibson, who was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, was at the centre of a dispute between the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA), after Darron Gibson opted to play for the Republic of Ireland national football team instead of Northern Ireland national football team. The issue was referred to FIFA and was discussed in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Club career

Manchester United

A former pupil of St Columb's College, Gibson played junior football in the Derry and District League, and then with Institute F.C. before joining Manchester United F.C. in 2004. Darron Gibson made Darron Gibson senior debut for United on 26 October 2005 in a Football League Cup game against Barnet F.C., coming on as a substitute for Lee Martin (footballer born 1987). During the 2005–06 season Darron Gibson played regularly for Manchester United F.C. Reserves and Academy, helping them win a treble. Darron Gibson made 19 appearances, scoring twice. In May 2006, Darron Gibson won the prestigious Manchester United F.C. Reserves and Academy Players of the Year as United's youth player of the year and then played regularly for the United senior team during their pre-season summer games, together with Dong Fangzhuo, Jonny Evans, Fraizer Campbell and Danny Simpson.

Gibson made Darron Gibson Premier League debut on 15 November 2008, appearing as a second half substitute against Stoke City F.C., before making Darron Gibson UEFA Champions League debut ten days later, coming on as a substitute for Darren Fletcher against Villarreal CF on 25 November 2008. In December 2008, Darron Gibson travelled with the United squad to the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where, despite not making any appearances, Darron Gibson picked up a winners' medal. On 4 January 2009, Gibson scored Darron Gibson first goal for the club, United's third in a 3–0 victory over Southampton F.C. in the FA Cup Third Round. On 1 March 2009, Gibson started in the centre of midfield alongside Paul Scholes against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the 2009 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, playing the full initial 90 minutes before being replaced by Ryan Giggs at the start of extra time as Manchester United went on to win 4–1 on penalties. On 24 May, Darron Gibson scored Darron Gibson first league goal for Manchester United in the last game of the 2008–09 Premier League season against Hull City A.F.C.. Gibson was rewarded with a three-year extension to Darron Gibson Manchester United contract, tying Darron Gibson to the club until at least 2012.

Gibson was one of a number of young United players who came under some fire when they lost a four-year unbeaten home record in Europe, losing 1–0 to Beşiktaş J.K. at Old Trafford. On 1 December 2009, six days on from the defeat in the UEFA Champions League, Gibson responded to the criticism by scoring both of United's goals in a 2–0 win against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. to send United through the semi-finals of the 2009–10 Football League Cup. Gibson was granted a starting place in the Champions League second leg quarter-final tie against FC Bayern Munich and scored a long-range shot after only three minutes, Darron Gibson first goal in a UEFA competition, but despite winning the game 3–2, they were knocked out by Bayern on Away goals rule with the aggregate score ending 4–4.

Darron Gibson scored Darron Gibson first goal of the 2010–11 season as Darron Gibson netted the first of United's goals in a 5–2 away win over Scunthorpe United F.C. in the Football League Cup. In February 2011, Gibson's Republic of Ireland national football team manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, told Darron Gibson that Darron Gibson must leave Manchester United in order to further Darron Gibson career. Sunderland A.F.C. agreed a transfer fee with United to sign Gibson in the summer of 2011, but Gibson could not agree personal terms. Darron Gibson subsequently only made two appearances for the club in the 2011–12 Manchester United F.C. season, despite there being a number of midfielders out injured at Old Trafford, and left the club in January 2012.

Loans to Royal Antwerp and Wolves

Gibson was one of several United players who spent the 2006–07 Manchester United F.C. season Loan out on loan at Royal Antwerp F.C.. In October 2007, Darron Gibson was loaned out again, this time to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., where Darron Gibson spent the majority of the 2007–08 in English football. At Wolves Darron Gibson scored once, against Burnley on 8 December 2007.

Everton

On 13 January 2012, Gibson signed for Everton F.C. for an undisclosed fee. Darron Gibson became the fourth ex-United player to sign for Everton under David Moyes, following Phil Neville, Tim Howard and Louis Saha. Darron Gibson made Darron Gibson debut a day later, as Darron Gibson started in a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa F.C.. Later that month, Gibson scored Darron Gibson first goal for the club in a 1-0 home win against league leaders Manchester City F.C..

International career

Gibson was at the centre of a dispute between the Irish Football Association (IFA) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) over the eligibility of players born within Northern Ireland to represent the Republic of Ireland. The general principle or article 5 of FIFA's Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes states that "any person holding a permanent nationality that is not dependent on residence in a certain country is eligible to play for the representative teams of the Association of that country". Due to the constitutional position of Northern Ireland, following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, citizenship of the Republic of Ireland is the undisputed birthright of every person born on the island of Ireland if they so wish. As a result, Gibson was approached to represent both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at international level.

Northern Ireland

Gibson initially represented Northern Ireland at Under-16 level and was included in Victory Shield squads. However, Darron Gibson was dropped from the team after attending trials with Manchester United F.C. and subsequently switched allegiance to the Republic of Ireland. Before Gibson made Darron Gibson senior international debut for the Republic of Ireland, Nigel Worthington, the Northern Ireland national football team manager, made an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Darron Gibson to switch Darron Gibson allegiances back.

Republic of Ireland

Gibson first represented the Republic of Ireland at under-17 level. Then during the 2005–06 season Darron Gibson captained both the Republic of Ireland under-19 and Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team squads. On 14 November 2006, Darron Gibson also played for Republic of Ireland B national football team in a 0–0 draw against Scotland B national football team. In 2007, Gibson was included in several senior Republic of Ireland national football team squads for UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group D, before Darron Gibson eventually made Darron Gibson debut in a 4–0 win against Denmark national football team. During the away friendly, Darron Gibson came on as half-time substitute, replacing Andy Reid (footballer). In the 54th minute, Gibson fired a shot from outside the penalty area that the Danish keeper, Jesper Christiansen, could only palm away, allowing Shane Long to follow up and score the Republic's third goal. Gibson won Darron Gibson second full cap on 8 September 2007 in an away game against Slovakia national football team. The Euro 2008 qualifier, which finished as a 2–2 draw, saw Darron Gibson again used as substitute, this time replacing Aiden McGeady after 61 minutes.

Gibson made Darron Gibson first start for the Republic of Ireland national team in a 1–0 win at home to Cyprus national football team on 15 October 2008. After Steven Reid dropped out of the Irish squad due to injury, Gibson was called up to provide extra physicality in the centre of the Irish midfield. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni also cited Gibson's confidence on the football pitch as the reason for choosing Darron Gibson ahead of Liam Miller and Andy Reid (footballer). On 8 February 2011, Gibson scored Darron Gibson first goal for Darron Gibson country, in a 3–0 victory over Wales national football team in the first game of the 2011 Nations Cup.

International goals


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

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