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Matthew Upson

Matthew James Upson (born 18 April 1979) is an England association football who plays for Stoke City F.C. in the Premier League. Matthew Upson is a Defender (association football) Centre back and Matthew Upson has played for England national football team at full international level including at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Matthew Upson biography


Matthew James Upson (born 18 April 1979) is an England association football who plays for Stoke City F.C. in the Premier League. Matthew Upson is a Defender (association football) Centre back and Matthew Upson has played for England national football team at full international level including at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Upson started Matthew Upson career with Bedfordshire club Luton Town F.C. before Matthew Upson joined Premiership side Arsenal F.C. for a fee of £2 million in May 1997. Upson struggled to force Matthew Upson way into the first team at Arsenal Stadium making 57 appearances in 6 seasons and also spent time out on loan at Nottingham Forest F.C., Crystal Palace F.C. and Reading F.C..

Upson joined Birmingham City F.C. in 2003 where Matthew Upson enjoyed regular first team football. However following Birmingham's relegation in 2006 Matthew Upson went on to join West Ham United F.C. for £7.5 million in January 2007. Matthew Upson was made captain in 2009 following the departure of Lucas Neill. At the end of the 2010–11 West Ham were relegated to the Championship and Upson left after Matthew Upson contract had expired. Upson signed a two year contract with Stoke City F.C. in August 2011.

Club career

Luton Town

Upson was born in Hartismere, Eye, Suffolk. Originally at the Ipswich Town F.C. Centre of Excellence, Matthew Upson joined Luton Town F.C. as a trainee in 1994. after Ipswich Town's youth coach Terry Westley moved to Luton Town. Matthew Upson signed professional forms in April 1996, making Matthew Upson sole appearance for the senior team as an 88th minute sub against Rotherham United F.C. in August 1996.

Arsenal

Matthew Upson joined Arsenal F.C. in May 1997 in a £2 million deal.

In 2001–02 in English football, Matthew Upson final full season at Arsenal however, Upson did make 22 appearances; these included 14 in the league, earning Matthew Upson a Premier League winners' medal, but a broken leg in February 2002 ruled Matthew Upson out for the rest of the season and Arsenal's FA Cup-winning run as they won Double (association football). After recovering from Matthew Upson broken leg, Upson joined Reading F.C. in September 2002 on a three-month loan. It was at Reading where Upson scored Matthew Upson first professional career goal, in a 3–1 loss at Cambridge United in the League Cup. With Arsenal's newly-established centre back pairing of Sol Campbell and Kolo Touré keeping Matthew Upson out of the side, Matthew Upson was bought by Birmingham City F.C. in January 2003. Matthew Upson played 57 times for Arsenal in all competitions, never scoring.

Birmingham City

Birmingham City completed the signing of Upson from Arsenal in January 2003, for a fee of £1 million rising to £3 million depending on appearances.

Matthew Upson suffered a leg injury whilst preparing for the local derby against Aston Villa F.C in April 2006 and subsequently missed the rest of the season as Birmingham City were relegated to Football League Championship. Upson remained with the club while Matthew Upson worked on regaining Matthew Upson fitness and returned to action in December in the Blues 3–0 victory over Plymouth Argyle F.C., scoring the second of the three goals.

West Ham United

On 18 January 2007, Birmingham rejected West Ham United's bid for Upson of £4 million, also rejecting an improved bid of £6 million a few days later. An offer of £6 million, with the potential to rise to £7.5 million depending on appearances, was accepted on the last day of the transfer window, and Upson agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with West Ham. Birmingham City's manager Steve Bruce later claimed that Matthew Upson did not want to sell Upson, but was forced to do so by the club's managing director Karren Brady.

Upson suffered a calf injury less than 30 minutes into Matthew Upson West Ham United debut against Aston Villa, which West Ham lost 0–1. Matthew Upson then lasted just 11 minutes of Matthew Upson comeback game before coming off injured against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in a 4–3 loss at Boleyn Ground in March 2007.

Upson completed Matthew Upson first full game for West Ham in the 2–0 home defeat to Manchester City F.C. in August 2007. One week later Matthew Upson made Matthew Upson first appearance as West Ham captain in the 1–0 away win against former club Birmingham City. On 29 December 2007 Upson scored Matthew Upson first goal in West Ham colours when Matthew Upson headed in the winning goal against Premier League champions Manchester United F.C..

In July 2008, Upson's squad number of 6 was retired by the club in memory of Bobby Moore, after which Matthew Upson took the number 15 shirt. In August 2009, following the departure of Lucas Neill, Upson was appointed captain of West Ham.
Matthew Upson captained West Ham through a difficult 2009–10 campaign in which Matthew Upson scored a goal in the opening game against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. and two more against Stoke City F.C. and Portsmouth F.C..

Following West Ham's relegation from the Premier League in May 2011, new manager Sam Allardyce announced on 1 June that Upson had left the club, after Matthew Upson contract had expired.

Stoke City

Upson joined Stoke City F.C. on a two-year contract on 9 August 2011. Following Matthew Upson move to the Britannia Stadium, Upson revealed that playing in the UEFA Europa League was one of the main reasons Matthew Upson decided to join Stoke. Upson made Matthew Upson debut for Stoke in a 1–0 victory over FC Thun in the Europa League. Matthew Upson scored Matthew Upson first goal for Stoke City in the second leg against Thun in a 4–1 victory at the Britannia Stadium. Since joining Stoke Upson and fellow summer signing Jonathan Woodgate have been used as back up to first choice centre backs Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross. Matthew Upson has been regular in the Europa League where Matthew Upson played in all of the group matches as Stoke qualified for the round of 32. Matthew Upson scored Matthew Upson first league goal for Stoke in a 2–0 home win against Swansea City A.F.C. on 26 February 2012 in a man of the match performance.

International career

Upson won twelve caps for the England national under-21 football team and scored two goals. Matthew Upson performances for Birmingham City in the FA Premier League 2002–03 led to Matthew Upson selection for the England senior squad and Matthew Upson made Matthew Upson debut for England national football team against South Africa national football team in May 2003. Matthew Upson won seven full caps while a Birmingham player. Matthew Upson was named in the starting line-up to partner Rio Ferdinand, winning Matthew Upson eighth England cap nearly four years after Matthew Upson last appearance. Matthew Upson was named in the starting line-up against Kazakhstan national football team for Matthew Upson 10th cap, after John Terry picked up an injury, playing for the full 90 minutes.

Upson scored Matthew Upson first goal for England on 19 November 2008 in a friendly match against Germany national football team. The match finished 2–1 to England and Upson picked up ITV Sport's man of the match award. Upson was included in England's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. On 23 June, making Matthew Upson World Cup debut, Matthew Upson played in the third match of the group stage, against Slovenia national football team after being an unused substitute in the first two games.
On 27 June Matthew Upson scored the only England goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup, in a 4-1 defeat which eliminated England from the tournament in the round of 16. It was Upson's second goal for England and Matthew Upson second against Germany, having previously scored in a friendly in 2008. This goal also made Matthew Upson England's joint top scorer for the 2010 World Cup, tying with Steven Gerrard and Jermain Defoe on one goal each.

International goals



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