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Stephen Carr

Stephen Carr (born 29 August 1976 in Dublin) is an Republic of Ireland Association football who plays for and captains Birmingham City F.C.. Stephen Carr previously played for the Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and, for a shorter spell, Newcastle United F.C.. Stephen Carr is a former international player with the Republic of Ireland national football team. Stephen Carr position is Defender (association football) Full back, but had been known to deputise at left back or centre back when required.

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Stephen Carr (born 29 August 1976 in Dublin) is an Republic of Ireland Association football who plays for and captains Birmingham City F.C.. Stephen Carr previously played for the Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and, for a shorter spell, Newcastle United F.C.. Stephen Carr is a former international player with the Republic of Ireland national football team. Stephen Carr position is Defender (association football) Full back, but had been known to deputise at left back or centre back when required.

Club career

Tottenham Hotspur

As a fifteen year old, Carr went on trial from Stella Maris Football Club where Stephen Carr played Stephen Carr schoolboy football to Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and was signed up by then manager Ossie Ardiles. Stephen Carr made Stephen Carr debut for the club on 29 September 1993 away to Ipswich Town F.C. in the FA Premier League 1993-94. However Stephen Carr had to wait until the FA Premier League 1996-97 to establish himself as a regular first-team player, when Stephen Carr made 28 appearances that campaign.

Stephen Carr picked up a Football League Cup medal with Spurs in 1999 after contributing to a 1–0 win over Leicester City F.C. in the final. The FA Premier League 1999-00 was arguably Stephen Carr best ever as far as Stephen Carr performances are concerned, as well as scoring a fantastic 35-yard screamer against champions Manchester United F.C..

Stephen Carr reputation continued to grow throughout the FA Premier League 2000-01, and other clubs were beginning to show interest in signing him. However, in the summer of 2001, Stephen Carr began to have problems with Stephen Carr knee and required an operation which Stephen Carr underwent in September of that year. Stephen Carr did not make any appearances in the FA Premier League 2001-02 and would also miss the World Cup 2002 finals. It was not until October 2002 that Carr was back in training and fully fit. As Stephen Carr returned to form, interest from other Premiership clubs started to resurface. Carr was linked with Manchester United, and a move to Newcastle United was on the cards.

Newcastle United

Carr signed for Newcastle United in August 2004 when then manager Sir Bobby Robson signed Stephen Carr for a fee of £2 million and a contract that would last four years. Soon after Stephen Carr signed Bobby Robson was sacked from Stephen Carr managerial post by chairman Freddy Shepherd. Stephen Carr was replaced by Graeme Souness, who like Robson, saw Carr as a first-team player. Carr's debut for the club came in a 2–2 draw against Middlesbrough F.C. on 14 August 2004. Stephen Carr played in 26 league games in the 2004-05 in English football, scoring once. Stephen Carr first goal for the club came from a "fierce shot from well outside the area" against Southampton F.C.. Stephen Carr helped Newcastle reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup and the semi-final of the FA Cup. Newcastle finished 14th, which put pressure on Souness.

In the 2005-06 in English football, Stephen Carr only managed to make 19 league appearances for the club as the persistent knee injury ruled Stephen Carr out for two months. The team finished 7th in the league under the new management of Glenn Roeder, after Souness was sacked in January.

Carr was one of the many injury victims at Newcastle during the Newcastle United F.C. season 2006-07 and was out with a fractured foot for a few months. Stephen Carr returned for the 2–2 draw against West Ham United F.C. on 20 January 2007. However in this game Stephen Carr found himself filling in at an unfamiliar left-back position after impressive displays from Nolberto Solano at right-back during Carr's absence, putting question marks over Carr's future at the club. The Newcastle United F.C. season 2007-08 season saw Carr move further back in the Newcastle pecking order, with the signings of Habib Beye and Geremi Njitap. Beye's impressive form and Carr's inability to maintain fitness resulted in Kevin Keegan deciding against renewing Carr's contract, releasing Stephen Carr from the club along with Peter Ramage and James Troisi.

After Newcastle

Carr had been linked with moves to Aston Villa F.C., Everton F.C., West Ham United F.C., Wigan Athletic F.C., Hertha Berlin, Racing Genk and Bohemians F.C.. Stephen Carr was also on trial with League 1 side Leicester City F.C. where Stephen Carr would have linked up with Nigel Pearson whom Stephen Carr played under at Newcastle. Having failed to find a suitable club, Carr announced Stephen Carr retirement from all forms of football on 1 December 2008.

Birmingham City

However, in February 2009 Stephen Carr began training with Birmingham City F.C. with a view to coming out of retirement,
and signed a one-month contract with the club on 23 February.
Stephen Carr made Stephen Carr debut the following day, playing the whole of the goalless draw away to Crystal Palace F.C..
After impressing during the initial month, Carr signed an extension until the end of the season.
Following Birmingham's promotion to the Premier League, Carr signed a new two-year contract with the club.
Made acting Captain (association football) in the absence through injury and squad rotation of Lee Carsley, Stephen Carr was a member of the Birmingham team that went 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, including a club record 12 unbeaten in the top flight, during the 2009–10 Premier League. Towards the end of the season Carr received a one-match suspension for improper conduct after making an "offensive gesture" towards Aston Villa F.C. supporters at the end of the Birmingham derby won by Aston Villa via a late, controversially-awarded penalty.

Stephen Carr captained the team to victory in the 2011 Football League Cup Final as Birmingham defeated favourites Arsenal F.C. 2–1.
Carr played every game of the 2010–11 Premier League season, in which Birmingham were relegated to the Football League Championship, and the club took up the option of retaining Stephen Carr services for another year.

Carr made Stephen Carr 100th appearance for Birmingham in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round first leg against Portuguese club C.D. Nacional, the first time the club had participated in major European competition for nearly 50 years.

International career

Carr has represented Stephen Carr country at Schoolboy, Youth, Under-18, Under-21 and full international levels. Stephen Carr missed out on the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to injury.

Carr initially retired from the international scene after the team failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, having played 39 times for Stephen Carr country. However Stephen Carr was convinced to continue playing international football by new Ireland manager Steve Staunton. Due to injuries and the sacking of Irish manager Staunton, Carr retired from international football on 14 November 2007.

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

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