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Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole (born 20 December 1980) is an English people professional association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. and the England national football team. Ashley Cole plays as a Defender (association football) and has been named one of the best in the world.

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Ashley Cole biography


Ashley Cole (born 20 December 1980) is an English people professional association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. and the England national football team. Ashley Cole plays as a Defender (association football) and has been named one of the best in the world.

Cole began Ashley Cole career with Arsenal F.C. in 1999, going on to make 228 appearances, scoring 9 goals for the club, and winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a runners-up medal from the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. In August 2006, after a protracted transfer saga, Ashley Cole completed the move to rival club Chelsea F.C. in exchange for pound sterling5 million plus defender William Gallas. Cole is a regular in the Chelsea first-team winning a second Champions League runners-up medal in 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, three more FA Cups and Ashley Cole third Premier League title in 2009–10 Premier League. On 15 May 2010, Ashley Cole became the first player to win six FA Cup winner's medals.

Cole married singer Cheryl Cole in July 2006. They separated in February 2010; she divorced Ashley Cole in September 2010.

Club career

Arsenal

Cole started Ashley Cole career by joining Ashley Cole local club, Arsenal, whom Ashley Cole had supported as a child. At the age of 18, on 30 November 1999, Ashley Cole made Ashley Cole first team debut in the Football League Cup against Middlesbrough F.C.. On 25 February 2000, Ashley Cole signed Ashley Cole first professional contract. Ashley Cole Premier League debut came on 14 May 2000 against Newcastle United F.C.. Before Ashley Cole fully broke into the Arsenal side, Ashley Cole spent part of the 1999–2000 in English football on loan at Crystal Palace F.C., where Ashley Cole played 14 league matches and scored one goal, a long-range half-volley against Blackburn Rovers F.C.. Cole caught a lucky break after an injury to Sylvinho, Arsenal's established left-back, in the autumn of the 2000–01 FA Premier League gave Cole the opportunity to establish himself in the first team. Ashley Cole remained first-choice in the position even after Sylvinho's recovery.

With Arsenal, Ashley Cole won the Premier League twice (in 2002 and 2004), and the FA Cup three times (in 2002, 2003 and 2005, scoring in the penalty shootout in the final of the latter). Although injured for much of the 2005–06 in English football season, Ashley Cole recovered in time to play in Arsenal's 2006 UEFA Champions League Final defeat to FC Barcelona at the end of the season. In total Ashley Cole made 228 first-team appearances for Arsenal, scoring 9 goals.

Cole had a very good season in 2004–05. Ashley Cole was a regular at left-back for both England and Arsenal despite Gaël Clichy's claim for a place in the first team squad. Cole scored Ashley Cole first goal of the season in the seventh game in a tough trip to Manchester City F.C. in which Ashley Cole scored the opening and only goal to give Arsenal an important win. Ashley Cole scored Ashley Cole second goal in a 3–1 away win to Aston Villa F.C., scoring Arsenal's third in only the 28th minute. Cole, however, was also involved in a transfer saga with Chelsea. Ashley Cole was found guilty of making contact with league rivals Chelsea F.C. over a possible move, without informing Arsenal. Ashley Cole was fined £100,000 by the Premier League on 2 June 2005 for a Tapping up meeting at a hotel in January 2005. Cole, Ashley Cole agent Jonathan Barnett, the Chelsea manager José Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon were present at the meeting. An appeal in August 2005 did not reject the guilty verdict, but Ashley Cole fine was reduced to £75,000. Chelsea were also fined £300,000 and Mourinho was fined £200,000, reduced on appeal in August 2005 to £75,000. Barnett's licence was suspended for 18 months and Ashley Cole was also fined £100,000.

On 18 July 2005, Cole signed a one-year extension to Ashley Cole contract with Arsenal, but just a year later departed from the club in acrimonious circumstances. On 15 July 2006, Cole launched a verbal attack on Arsenal; in Ashley Cole autobiography, quoted in The Sun (newspaper), Ashley Cole claimed that the Arsenal board had treated Ashley Cole as a "scapegoat" and that they had "fed Ashley Cole to the sharks" over the tapping-up affair while Arsenal, from their part, insisted that they were legally obliged to punish Cole for Ashley Cole illegal contact with Chelsea. Cole was deliberately left out of Arsenal's 2006–07 in English football team photograph, fuelling press speculation that Ashley Cole would leave.

On 28 July 2006, Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein confirmed that Arsenal and Chelsea had been in "civil talks" about the player. Chelsea insisted they would not raise their £16million bid for Cole, but Arsenal held out for at a higher valuation of £25 million. Negotiations continued throughout August and looked to be heading for deadlock, but eventually Cole signed for Chelsea on 31 August for a fee of £5 million, with William Gallas being transferred from Chelsea to Arsenal as part of the same deal. The deal was closed after the transfer window had officially ended, and was not confirmed until an hour and a half after the deadline had passed.

Chelsea

Cole was given the number three shirt at Chelsea, and made Ashley Cole first appearance for the club as a substitute for Wayne Bridge in their 2–1 win over Charlton Athletic F.C. on 9 September. Ashley Cole issued a public statement concerning Ashley Cole transfer saying Ashley Cole "forgave" Arsenal for how Ashley Cole felt Ashley Cole was treated during Ashley Cole time there. Some Arsenal fans waved fake £20 notes with the player's face on them when Chelsea next met Arsenal at Stamford Bridge (stadium) on 12 December.

On 31 January 2007, Cole suffered a serious knee injury in the 3–0 victory over Blackburn Rovers F.C. in a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge (stadium), although after a scan it was revealed to be not as bad as first thought, with Chelsea optimistic that Ashley Cole would return before the end of the 2006–07 season. Cole did indeed make a return at the end of the season, playing in the last twelve minutes of the 2007 FA Cup Final at the new Wembley Stadium against Manchester United F.C.. Chelsea emerged victorious 1–0 after extra-time with a goal scored by Didier Drogba, to win the 2007 FA Cup.

Cole was reportedly one of the players upset when José Mourinho was relieved of Ashley Cole position as Chelsea manager. Ashley Cole was dropped in favour of Wayne Bridge for the 2008 League Cup final, which Chelsea lost 2–1 to Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. However, Cole scored Ashley Cole first Chelsea goal in Chelsea's very next game, on 1 March 2008, the fourth goal in a 4–0 away victory against West Ham United F.C.. On 19 March 2008, Cole was involved in a controversial incident in a Premier League game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane where Ashley Cole performed a high tackle on Tottenham's Alan Hutton. Referee Mike Riley (referee) gave Cole a yellow card, a decision which was judged as too lenient by some analysts. Cole allegedly also "turned Ashley Cole back on the referee" and the episode renewed debate in the media over the game's rules on dissent towards officials.

In Chelsea's final league match of the 2008–09 season against Sunderland A.F.C. at the Stadium of Light, Cole scored Ashley Cole second Chelsea goal in the Blues' 3–2 win. The following season, after starting Chelsea's first six games in the league, Cole scored Ashley Cole third, fourth and fifth Chelsea goals at home to Burnley F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and Sunderland A.F.C. respectively. On 2 September 2009, Ashley Cole signed a new four-year deal which will contract Ashley Cole to Chelsea until 2013.

On 10 February 2010, Ashley Cole suffered a fractured left ankle in the 2–1 defeat against Everton F.C. that kept Ashley Cole out of action for three months. Ashley Cole eventually made Ashley Cole return against Stoke City F.C, a game which Chelsea won 7–0. Cole scored a goal against Wigan Athletic on the last day of the Premier League in an 8–0 win as Chelsea claimed the title.

International career

Cole has played for England national football team at youth and senior levels. Ashley Cole was capped for the England national under-20 football team team at the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup alongside Stuart Taylor (footballer born 1980), Peter Crouch, Andrew Johnson (English footballer) and Matthew Etherington. However, the team finished bottom of their group, suffering three defeats without scoring any goals. Ashley Cole also made four appearances for England national under-21 football team, scoring once.

Cole made Ashley Cole senior England début against Albania national football team, on 28 March 2001. Ashley Cole played for England at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004, and was named as one of four England players in the all-star squad for the latter tournament. Cole was also an ever-present for England in the 2006 FIFA World Cup; in their second round match against Ecuador national football team Ashley Cole made a crucial block, deflecting Carlos Tenorio's shot onto the crossbar. The match ended with England winning 1–0, but England were knocked out on Penalty shootout (association football) by Portugal national football team in the quarter-finals. By the end of 2008, Cole had achieved 68 caps for England, all of which were starting appearances.

Ashley Cole made Ashley Cole 79th appearance for England on 12 June 2010 in the 1–1 draw against United States men's national soccer team in the 2010 World Cup Group stage match. Ashley Cole beat the record of 79 caps by a black English international (John Barnes (footballer), who appeared for England from 1983 to 1995) when Ashley Cole played against Algeria later that month.

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

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