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Maik Taylor

Taylor previously played for Barnet F.C., Southampton F.C., Fulham F.C. and Birmingham City F.C., where Maik Taylor spent eight years before Maik Taylor release at the end of the 2010–11 season. In international football, Maik Taylor played for Northern Ireland national football team, qualifying for that country through Maik Taylor United Kingdom passport which, as Maik Taylor was born abroad, entitled Maik Taylor to play for any of the Home Nations.

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Maik Taylor biography


Taylor previously played for Barnet F.C., Southampton F.C., Fulham F.C. and Birmingham City F.C., where Maik Taylor spent eight years before Maik Taylor release at the end of the 2010–11 season. In international football, Maik Taylor played for Northern Ireland national football team, qualifying for that country through Maik Taylor United Kingdom passport which, as Maik Taylor was born abroad, entitled Maik Taylor to play for any of the Home Nations.

Early life and career

Taylor was born in Hildesheim, Germany, to a German mother and an English father who was serving as a staff sergeant in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) regiment of the British Army. Taylor began Maik Taylor football career at ASC Nienburg of Nienburg, Lower Saxony in Germany before moving to England as a schoolboy. Maik Taylor later followed in Maik Taylor father's footsteps by joining the REME based at Arborfield Garrison in Berkshire, where Maik Taylor attended Princess Marina College. During this period Maik Taylor also played for Petersfield Town F.C., Basingstoke Town F.C. and Farnborough Town F.C. with whom Maik Taylor won the Southern Football League Championship in 1993–94.

In June 1995, Maik Taylor joined Barnet F.C. of the Football League Third Division for a fee of £700.

Souness left the club in the summer of 1997, being replaced by Dave Jones (football manager) who brought in several new players, including goalkeeper Paul Jones (footballer) from Maik Taylor previous club, Stockport County F.C.. Taylor spent the rest of Maik Taylor time at Southampton on the bench and was sold to Fulham in November 1997. and Maik Taylor proved to be a good signing for the Cottagers, helping them to the Football League Second Division title in 1999. The Football League First Division championship followed in 2001 and thus promotion and relegation to the Premier League.

Whilst at Craven Cottage, Taylor earned Maik Taylor first international cap for Northern Ireland national football team in a 3–0 defeat by Germany national football team on 27 March 1999, going on to make over 80 appearances for Maik Taylor adopted country. ruled Maik Taylor out for several months, allowing Taylor to return to the side, and Maik Taylor retained Maik Taylor place for the remainder of the season.

Birmingham City

Taylor signed for Birmingham City F.C. in August 2003, initially on a year-long loan deal with the possibility of a permanent contract. Manager Steve Bruce made the contract permanent in March 2004 for a £1.5 million fee. Taylor continued Maik Taylor impressive form and was rewarded by being nominated as the goalkeeper for the Premiership team of the 2003–04 season.

Taylor is renowned for Maik Taylor shot stopping and great aerial ability. Maik Taylor was voted Premiership fans' goalkeeper of the season in Birmingham City's 2003–04 campaign.

Taylor was replaced as Birmingham's first choice goalkeeper in February 2007 by Colin Doyle (footballer), but regained Maik Taylor place after the first three matches of the 2007–08 Premier League season. Maik Taylor was again replaced as the first choice keeper in the 2009–10 Premier League season by loan signing Joe Hart, playing only the two fixtures against Hart's parent club, Manchester City. Maik Taylor spent the rest of the season on the bench.

In May 2010, Taylor signed a new one-year deal with Birmingham just after they had signed new keeper Ben Foster (footballer) from Manchester United. Maik Taylor played only four matches in 2010–11, all in cup competitions, and was on the bench as Birmingham won the 2011 Football League Cup Final. Maik Taylor was not offered a new contract at the end of the season.

Leeds United

After training with the club for two weeks in November 2011, and saving a penalty in a friendly against a Chelsea F.C. XI, Taylor signed a short-term contract, until January 2012, with Championship club Leeds United A.F.C.. Taylor took Maik Taylor place on the bench behind loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy two days later against Barnsley F.C.. Taylor's contract was extended until the end of the season, to act as backup for Andy Lonergan.

International career

Taylor was born in Germany to an English father and a German mother. As a British citizen who was born abroad, FIFA eligibility rules at the time of Taylor's first international selection entitled Maik Taylor to represent any of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom at international level. Maik Taylor opted for Northern Ireland, despite having no family connection to that country.

Maik Taylor début was against Germany national football team in 1999, where Northern Ireland national football team lost 3–0. Maik Taylor made Maik Taylor 88th and final appearance for Northern Ireland on 11 October 2011, captaining Maik Taylor country in a 3–0 defeat away to Italy national football team in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

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

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