David James (footballer)

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David James (2009)

David Benjamin James MBE ( born August 1, 1970 in Welwyn Garden City ) is an English football goalkeeper. He played his first international match in 1997 for the English national team and holds since February 2009, the record for most appearances in the Premier League.

Club career

About Watford to Liverpool ( 1986-99 )

James began his career as a goalkeeper for Watford FC. In 1986 he signed after he had left school, a contract as a youth player at the club. He was set up for the first time for the first team of Watford in 1989. In the same year he won with the offspring of the " Hornets " the prestigious FA Youth Cup and came on August 25, 1990 against FC Millwall to its first championship game for the Profielf - this was lost with 1:2. Quickly, the tall and athletic James developed with some acrobatic defensive actions to a great support in Watford and at the end of the season 1990/91 he received after the secured second division relegation the award for best club players in the last round. By the end of the season 1991/92 he completed a total of 89 league appearances for Watford FC, before moving to Liverpool for the first season of the Premier League. 16 years later, his first professional club paid tribute to him by the inclusion in the club's Hall of Fame.

On August 16, 1992 James debuted in the 0-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest for the " Reds ", but after a total of 20 goals conceded in eleven matches Coach Graeme Souness promoted him briefly behind the veteran Bruce Grobbelaar on the bench. In the aftermath James returned to the " first team " back in 1995 and won the League Cup, but also critical voices accompanied him during the time at Liverpool, the success of past rarely anknüpfte during the 1990s. The local media botched it with Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler as the " Spice Boys" - especially after losing the FA Cup final in 1996 against Manchester United - and him after a few individual errors themselves as " Calamity James" ( calamity = misfortune, misery ), a pun on the name of the Western heroine calamity Jane. After the signing of Brad Friedel James was increasingly as first-choice goalkeeper under pressure and after a total of 277 games he left the club for 1.8 million pounds towards Aston Villa.

At 1-0 away victory of the "Villans " against Newcastle United, James performed well in Birmingham and after a semi-final success in the FA Cup against Bolton Wanderers, he moved once more into an English Cup final. In the last final match at the old Wembley Stadium but his goalkeeper error was then ultimately decisive for the victory of Chelsea. After only a total of two years and 85 official matches James went for 3.5 million pounds to the British capital to West Ham United, where he saw again with Glenn Roeder his former teammates from Watford as a coach.

Just days before the start of the 2001/02 season, James moved during an international match against the Netherlands on August 15, 2001, a severe knee injury, the three months, delaying its start at the " hammer ". After this inauspicious debut followed in the wake season 2002 /03 with the descent into the second tier of the next setback. James remained faithful to his new club first before he moved in January 2004 back to the Premier League for Manchester City, where he was provided for the succession of David Seaman.

Manchester City ( 2004-06 )

Just three days after his commitment James made ​​his debut in Manchester under manager Kevin Keegan in a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers. Sporty, the initial phase was bumpy here. James won with "City" only four of the remaining 17 games, where he contributed, however, held to two hits Penalty. After an upward trend in the following season 2004/05 came on the final day to a "real final " against Middlesbrough FC to a UEFA Cup place, the City had to make victorious. When the game was five minutes before closing 1:1, ordered the new coach Stuart Pearce James in the penalty area, after the midfielder Claudio Reyna replaced by the substitute goalkeeper Nicky Weaver - a good scoring chance for James could " Boros " defender Franck Queudrue only prevent a hand game; the subsequent penalty kick for City forgave Robbie Fowler, however. James spent one more season with the "Citizens", prior to signing on in August 2006 for £ 1.2 million at Portsmouth; primary motivation here was less a sporting nature, but lay rather in the now greater proximity to London founded, where the children of the now 36 -year-olds had their home.

Portsmouth FC ( 2006-10 )

In the south of England, James led with five games without conceding a promising and with a goalless draw against Aston Villa on 22 April 2007, he broke the Premier League record of David Seaman, of the 141 meetings had previously been without conceding a goal. There were other records as a record keeper in terms of Premier League bets and total number of goals conceded; In January 2008, he was after Gary Speed ​​and Ryan Giggs only the third Premier League player, who reached the 500 - game mark.

With a final victory against the Welsh second division Cardiff City James won in 2008 with the Portsmouth FC FA Cup, where he won his first major trophy in professional football second thirteen years after the League Cup victory with Liverpool. Final in the history of the Premier League, James wore a in February 2009 when he ousted on February 14, 2009, his 536th game Gary Speed ​​as the sole record player use. After James was staying with Portsmouth FC in the season 2009/10, he could leave the club free transfer.

Bristol City ( 2010-12 )

His move to Bristol City he justified by the fact that proximity to him was very important to his family, although he also had offers from Premier League clubs. Since he surpassed the mark of 30 missions in the 2010/11 season, the contract pursuant to the agreement was extended for a further year. The season 2011/12, however, was James' last in Bristol and after a total of 81 league games within two years he was among the eight actors who were offered in Bristol not a new contract.

AFC Bournemouth and Iceland

After a short time in which James held fit for Exeter City, he joined the end of September 2012 for the third division AFC Bournemouth. There, the previous " Number 1" Shwan Jalal had remained in eight games without conceding just once and from then on took over the committed until the end of the season 2012/13, the veteran goalkeeper position. 2013 James moved to Iceland to ÍB Vestmannaeyja

England national team

James graduated during his time at Watford ten caps for the English U- 21 team before with FC Liverpool on 13 December 1994 at home in Anfield Stadium for England B team against the Irish B team for Kevin Pressman came on.

Under the former Ministry for national coach Glenn Hoddle James debuted on March 29, 1997 at Wembley Stadium against Mexico and held in a 2-0 win at the side of his club mate Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler - and in the course of the game Stan Collymore and Jamie Redknapp - harmless. For many years James remained but only the spare roll behind goalkeeper David Seaman; Between November 2000 and May 2002, he was indeed a further eight internationals, but what he was in only two games in the starting lineup. After increasing pressure to Seaman after the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea Sven -Goran Eriksson took another error against Macedonia on the occasion, James conveyed to the new " number one "; a position that is maintained even after the relegation of his former club West Ham United this.

In the Euro 2004 in Portugal, James graduated from all parts of the English variety, but already in September 2004, the tide turned against him when he goes to Paul 's place after an error in a 2-2 draw in their World Cup qualifier against Austria in September 2004 Robinson of Tottenham Hotspur lost. Further Turmoil overtook James when he came off the bench on 17 August 2005 at halftime against Denmark and four goals to 1:4 conceded - the heaviest defeat of England for 25 years. Although he remained an integral part of the squad, but came at the 2006 World Cup in Germany not to Robinson over.

After the tournament, assorted Eriksson 's successor Steve McClaren James as well as the " veterans " David Beckham and Sol Campbell out of the squad from. It was only on 22 August 2007 he came to Germany to his comeback and played in the 1-2 home defeat for Robinson the second half. McClaren experimented during his tenure consistently to the goalkeeper position and tried alongside Robinson and James and Chris Kirkland, Ben Foster, and later Scott Carson and Robert Green from - the decisive qualifying match for Euro 2008 was Carson surprisingly between the posts and committed suicide at the 2:3 defeat crucial mistakes.

After almost three years, James was against Switzerland on 7 February 2008 under new coach Fabio Capello back in the starting of the "Three Lions ". He kept the master position until April 2009, when threw him back injury problems and he was henceforth represented by Robert Green and Ben Foster.

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but James slipped in the group stage back into the first team after the previously set Robert Green in the first group match against the United States had made a mistake goalkeeper for a 1-1 draw.