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Liam Miller

William Peter "Liam" Miller (born 13 February 1981) is an Republic of Ireland association football who plays for Perth Glory FC in the A-League. Miller began Liam Miller career with Celtic F.C. and was later loan (football)ed to Aarhus Gymnastik Forening in 2001. Liam Miller returned to Celtic Park and broke into the first team squad during the 2003–04 season. Rejecting the offer of a new contract from Celtic, Liam Miller joined Manchester United F.C. in 2004 on a free transfer (football) under the Bosman ruling. Loaned to Leeds United F.C. during the 2005-06 in English football season, Miller made 22 first team appearances for Manchester United.

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William Peter "Liam" Miller (born 13 February 1981) is an Republic of Ireland association football who plays for Perth Glory FC in the A-League. Miller began Liam Miller career with Celtic F.C. and was later loan (football)ed to Aarhus Gymnastik Forening in 2001. Liam Miller returned to Celtic Park and broke into the first team squad during the 2003–04 season. Rejecting the offer of a new contract from Celtic, Liam Miller joined Manchester United F.C. in 2004 on a free transfer (football) under the Bosman ruling. Loaned to Leeds United F.C. during the 2005-06 in English football season, Miller made 22 first team appearances for Manchester United.

In 2006, Liam Miller joined Sunderland A.F.C, but was linked with a move away from the club because of alleged timekeeping issues. Liam Miller joined Queens Park Rangers F.C. in January 2009 and was released at the end of the 2008–09 season. Miller joined Hibernian F.C. at the start of the 2009–10 Scottish Premier League season on a free transfer. Liam Miller moved to Australian A-League club Perth Glory FC in 2011 after Liam Miller contract with Hibernian expired. Miller represents the Republic of Ireland national football team team internationally, making Liam Miller debut in 2004 against the Czech Republic national football team.

Background

Miller was born in Ballincollig, Cork (city), Ireland. Liam Miller attended Coachford College. In a web chat, Miller revealed that family has been Liam Miller largest influence in football, and that Martin O'Neill and Alex Ferguson were also influential to Liam Miller career. Miller is married and has one son.

Club career

Celtic

Miller then joined Celtic F.C. in 1997 as a youth player, and made Liam Miller professional league debut against Dundee United F.C. on 21 May 2000. Liam Miller UEFA Cup debut came against Luxembourg-based club Jeunesse Esch on 24 August 2000 in a 7–0 win, and came close to scoring in the 64th minute. During Liam Miller time at Celtic Park, Liam Miller had been on a six-month loan spell with Danish football club Aarhus Gymnastikforening during the 2001–02 season, making 18 appearances without scoring a goal. They considered signing Liam Miller permanently for £300,000.

Liam Miller first Scottish Premier League goals came in a 5–0 win over Heart of Midlothian F.C. on 18 October 2003; Liam Miller first goal came after nine minutes when Stilian Petrov drilled the ball in low and Miller finished it off, and completed the scoring in the 50th minute with five-yard finish. Miller scored a goal in a 2–0 Champions League win against Olympique Lyonnais; Martin O'Neill then offered Liam Miller a long-term contract, attempting to keep Miller at the club. Despite this, Miller signed a pre-contract agreement in January 2004 with Manchester United F.C.. This move greatly disappointed Martin O'Neill, who had intended to build a new Celtic team around Miller.

Manchester United

Miller joined Manchester United F.C. for free on 1 July 2004, and scored Liam Miller first goal for the club on 26 October 2004 against Crewe Alexandra F.C. in the Football League Cup. After the start of Liam Miller career for the Red Devils, Liam Miller found first-team opportunities rare towards the end of the 2004-05 in English football season. In Liam Miller entire time at the club Liam Miller made only 22 first-team appearances. It was made clear that Miller was not part of Alex Ferguson's plans when, despite the huge number of senior players missing, Liam Miller was still only a substitute in the opening game of the Red Devils' tour of South Africa against Orlando Pirates FC on 16 July 2006. On 31 August 2006, Liam Miller moved to Sunderland A.F.C. for free on a three-year deal, joining up with new Sunderland manager and former team-mate Roy Keane. Liam Miller left Manchester United after playing just nine league games in two seasons. though this was later extended to the end of the 2005-06 in English football season. Liam Miller scored one goal during Liam Miller time at Leeds, the winning goal in the 4–3 away win against Southampton F.C. on 19 November 2005 and helped Leeds to reach the Football League Championship play-off final with a 3–1 on Two-legged match over Preston North End F.C.. Miller featured in the Football League Championship play-offs 2006. However, Leeds failed to overcome Watford F.C.; they were beaten 3–0 and so missed out on promotion to the Premier League. During Liam Miller time at Elland Road, Liam Miller had scored one goal in 28 games. and scored Liam Miller first goal in the following game against Leeds United F.C. on 13 September 2006 in a 3–0 win shooting across the goalkeeper from 14 yards.

On 6 January 2007, Liam Miller was sent off by referee Iain Williamson in the 37th minute of an FA Cup match against Preston North End F.C., after receiving Liam Miller second yellow card for a foul on David Nugent; Sunderland went on to lose the match 1–0. Liam Miller scored Liam Miller first Premier League goal for Sunderland A.F.C. on 22 September 2007 against North-East rivals Middlesbrough F.C. in the 89th minute with a 20 yard left-footed shot. Liam Miller was sent off for the second time in Liam Miller Sunderland career by Peter Walton (referee); against Chelsea F.C. on 8 December 2007 for a push on Claudio Pizarro. Sunderland went on to lose the game 2–0.

Manager Roy Keane placed Liam Miller on the transfer list on 27 February 2008 due to a 'lack of discipline' and 'poor timekeeping', evidenced by Liam Miller frequent lateness arriving to training sessions. Liam Miller was linked with a move to Toronto FC, a Canadian club with ties to former Sunderland players Danny Dichio, Carl Robinson and Andy Welsh.

Queens Park Rangers

Miller received interest in January 2009 as Queens Park Rangers F.C. expressed their wishes to secure a loan deal. Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia said "There's been some interest in Liam from QPR, so something might happen there". The following day, Miller signed a permanent contract until the end of the season for an undisclosed fee. However, on 19 May 2009, just six months after joining, QPR released Miller along with five other players.

Hibernian

Miller was left without a club after the summer transfer window closed on 31 August 2009, and Liam Miller was training with clubs in Ireland to maintain Liam Miller fitness. Miller quickly established himself in the Hibs first team, with Graham Spiers describing Liam Miller as the "king of Hibs" after a 1–1 draw against Rangers F.C. at Ibrox Stadium. Liam Miller early performances for Hibs were rewarded with the Scottish Premier League Scottish Premier League monthly awards for October 2009.

Miller's form mirrored the rest of the Hibs team as it went into a slump in 2010, leading to the departure of Hughes. New manager Colin Calderwood signed three new midfielders in January 2011 and left Miller out of the starting lineup for two games soon afterwards. Miller expressed a desire to stay at Hibs in March 2011, but the two parties did not agree a new contact, which allowed Liam Miller to leave the club.

Perth Glory

Australian A-League club Perth Glory FC signed Miller on a two year contract on 3 June 2011. Miller was stretchered off with suspected severe cramps, in Perth Glory's 2–2 draw with Sydney FC, in a pre-season game on 24 September 2011. Liam Miller scored Liam Miller first goal against Adelaide United as Perth Glory won the game 3-0.

International career

Miller was part of the Irish squad that won the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 1998. Liam Miller then progressed to the Republic of Ireland national football team. The Football Association of Ireland admitted the mistake and apologised to UEFA. Liam Miller first goal for Ireland came in a 3–0 win over Sweden national football team on 1 March 2006 where Liam Miller had made a run and a 25 yard shot rifled into the top of the net. Despite Miller being without a club during the summer of 2009, head coach Giovanni Trapattoni continued to select Liam Miller for the Ireland squad.

International goals


Honours

Republic of Ireland
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship (1): 1998

Celtic
- Scottish Premier League (1): 2003–04 Scottish Premier League

Sunderland
- Football League Championship (1): 2006–07 Football League Championship

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