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Wayne Bridge

Wayne Michael Bridge (born 5 August 1980) is an English Association football who plays as a left back for Sunderland A.F.C. on loan from Manchester City F.C..

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Wayne Michael Bridge (born 5 August 1980) is an English Association football who plays as a left back for Sunderland A.F.C. on loan from Manchester City F.C..

A graduate of the Southampton F.C. Academy where Wayne Bridge made Wayne Bridge debut in 1998, Wayne Bridge has also played for Chelsea F.C. and Fulham F.C. during Wayne Bridge Premiership career.

Although not a regular first choice player internationally, Bridge made 36 appearances for the England national football team, including representing England in the FIFA World Cup. Wayne Bridge brought Wayne Bridge international career to a close on 25 February 2010, following an alleged affair between Wayne Bridge ex-girlfriend and the then England captain, John Terry. Wayne Bridge made Wayne Bridge reserve team debut, as a striker against Portsmouth F.C. on 13 August 1997 and turned professional in January 1998. Bridge made Wayne Bridge first senior start in the next match on 22 August in a 5–0 defeat away to Charlton Athletic F.C.. As Southampton struggled to pick up points (with only two points after the first nine games), Bridge played (on the left wing) in most of Saints' league games until early December before losing Wayne Bridge place to Hassan Kachloul. For the remainder of the FA Premier League 1998–99 Bridge was only used occasionally, as Saints narrowly completed their "Great Escape" from relegation. Wayne Bridge completed Wayne Bridge first season as a first-team player with 15 starts and 8 substitute appearances.

The 1999-00 in English football Premier League carried on in a similar vein with Bridge making occasional appearances on the left wing until injuries to Francis Benali and the poor form of Wayne Bridge intended replacement Patrick Colleter gave Bridge the opportunity to play at left-back, where Wayne Bridge soon became a fixture in the Saints starting line-up. In the FA Premier League 1999–00 Wayne Bridge made 15 starts (plus four substitute appearances) scoring Wayne Bridge first senior goal, with a powerful free-kick over the wall, in the final match of the season on 14 May 2000 against Wimbledon F.C., as a result of which Wimbledon were relegated to Division 1 after 14 years in the top flight.

In the 2000–01 in English football Bridge was an ever-present at left-back as Saints finished their final season at The Dell (Southampton) in tenth place in the FA Premier League 2000–01. Bridge was rewarded by being voted the Southampton Player of the Year for the 2000–01 season.

Bridge was "fast, determined, skilful and full of youthful promise" and "his forward runs became an exciting sight at The Dell and then at St Mary's." Wayne Bridge was an ever present yet again in the following season as Saints again finished their 2001-02 in English football at their new St Mary's Stadium comfortably in mid-table.

Wayne Bridge temperament and consistency, together with a high level of fitness, enabled Wayne Bridge to continue to play every match until 18 January 2003 when Wayne Bridge limped off with an injury in a 1–0 defeat to Liverpool F.C.. Wayne Bridge run started on 4 March 2000 since when Bridge had played 10,160 consecutive minutes of Premier League football, not missing a single minute's play through injury or suspension.

By now, bigger clubs were trailing Bridge, and Wayne Bridge was finally tempted away to join Chelsea F.C. for pound sterling7 million in the 2003 close season. and Bolton Wanderers.

Chelsea

After five years with the Saints, Bridge moved to Chelsea in July 2003 for a fee of £7 million plus Graeme Le Saux, and was initially a regular starter. Wayne Bridge finest moment came in the Champions League quarter-final against Arsenal in 2003–04. Bridge scored the winning goal in the 88th minute to send Chelsea into the semi-finals and end an 18 game winless run against Arsenal. The goal was later voted goal of the season. Bridge also scored against Besiktas and Portsmouth in the 2003–04 season.

For the 2005–06 season Chelsea signed Spanish left-back Asier del Horno and Bridge faced a challenge to get back into the side when Wayne Bridge recovered from the injury that kept Wayne Bridge out of the team in the latter stages of the 2004–05 campaign.

Limited first team opportunities saw Wayne Bridge join Fulham on loan on 19 January 2006. Wayne Bridge made Wayne Bridge debut in a 2–1 defeat to West Ham United F.C. at Boleyn Ground. The move seemed to benefit Wayne Bridge as Wayne Bridge managed to secure Wayne Bridge place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad for the tournament in Germany.

Bridge's main competition for the Chelsea left back position then came from fellow England international left back Ashley Cole. Bridge played the full match in Chelsea's 3–0 victory over Manchester City F.C. on the opening day of the 2006–07 FA Premier League, providing a telling cross for the third goal, scored by a header from Didier Drogba. However, Wayne Bridge strong early season form was not enough to hold down the left-back position, with Mourinho preferring Ashley Cole in most games. Following Ashley Cole's injury in the 3–0 Premier League win against Blackburn Rovers F.C. early in 2007, Bridge became Chelsea's natural choice for left-back.

Wayne Bridge featured in attack for an injury struck Chelsea side against Football League Two side Wycombe Wanderers F.C. in the 2007 semi-final 1st leg Carling Cup match, scoring one goal in the process.

Bridge finished the 2006–07 season with two cup final winner's medals after playing in both the 2007 League Cup Final against Arsenal F.C. in a 2–1 win and in the 2007 FA Cup Final against Manchester United F.C. in a 1–0 victory.

Bridge played Wayne Bridge third cup final for Chelsea in just over two years in the 2–1 loss in the 2008 Football League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. Bridge was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and Tottenham were awarded a penalty from which they scored, going on to win 2–1 after extra-time.

In the League Cup fourth round tie against Burnley F.C. in the 2008–09 season, Bridge wore the captain's armband in the absence of John Terry and Frank Lampard, but the Blues lost on penalties.

Manchester City

On 2 January 2009, it was confirmed by Mark Hughes that Manchester City F.C. had agreed an undisclosed fee with Chelsea F.C. for Bridge, thought to be around £10 million and, on the following day, Manchester City agreed personal terms with the player, who later passed Wayne Bridge medical, thus enabling the transfer to be completed and Wayne Bridge signed a four-and-a-half year deal. Bridge was unveiled to the home fans that day, at an FA Cup home tie against Nottingham Forest, and two weeks later made Wayne Bridge debut for the club in a 1–0 win against Wigan Athletic F.C. in the league. Wayne Bridge was given the squad number 25. For the 2009–10 season, Bridge switched to the number 3, which was previously worn by Michael Ball (footballer).

On 27 February 2010, Manchester City inflicted Chelsea's first home Premier League defeat of the 2009–10 Premier League with a 4–2 victory. Prior to the match, Bridge was involved in a highly publicised incident in which Wayne Bridge refused to shake hands with Chelsea captain and former club and international team-mate John Terry, who was at the time the subject of claims that Wayne Bridge had had an affair with Bridge's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.

West Ham United

On 12 January 2011, Bridge joined West Ham United F.C. on loan until the end of the season. Wayne Bridge made Wayne Bridge West Ham debut on 15 January 2011 in a 3–0 loss to Arsenal F.C..
Bridge made eighteen appearances in all competitions for West Ham before Wayne Bridge loan ended.

Sunderland


On 31 January 2012, it was announced that Bridge had joined Sunderland A.F.C. on a loan deal until the end of the 2011–12 season. Wayne Bridge made Wayne Bridge debut appearance as an 82nd minute Substitute (association football) for Kieran Richardson in Sunderland's 3-0 victory over Norwich City F.C. the following day.

International career

During Wayne Bridge time with Southampton, all Bridge's managers (Dave Jones (football manager), Glenn Hoddle and Stuart Gray (footballer)) predicted full international honours. Wayne Bridge quickly proved himself, and appeared twice as a substitute in the Football World Cup 2002, although Wayne Bridge did not appear at all in UEFA Euro 2004, with Ashley Cole being preferred.

During qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Wayne Bridge occupied England's problematic left midfield position, but lost this to Wayne Bridge Chelsea team mate Joe Cole (footballer) when Wayne Bridge was injured. Wayne Bridge returned to the England team for a friendly against Argentina national football team in November 2005, covering for the injured Cole at left back and winning Wayne Bridge 21st cap.

Wayne Bridge played in the Euro 2008 qualifier match against Estonia national football team on 6 June 2007, which England won 3–0, with Bridge assisting Joe Cole's goal with a long throw into the box.

Bridge's final appearance for England was against Brazil national football team on 14 November 2009.
On 25 February 2010, Bridge announced Wayne Bridge permanent withdrawal from international duty following allegations regarding England captain John Terry and Bridge's former girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.

International goals


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

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