Joe Cole

Joe Cole, 2011

Joseph "Joe" John Cole ( born November 8, 1981 in Islington, London) is an English footballer.

Sports career

Youth and career start (until 2003)

Cole moved at the age of seven years in the North London Camden Town. With his brother Jarrod Cole, who would later become a successful rugby player, he visited in Marylebone St Mary's Primary School, in Camden Haverstock Hill School and later the St. Aloysius RC College. Finally, the family was based in Romford.

The still young Joe Cole was already a student national reputation in football, as he sprang from the renowned youth academy of West Ham United and was considered one of the greatest talents in English football. This meant that the top club Manchester United gave an offer of 10 million pounds for the then only 16 -year-old teenager. The in his playing style strongly reminiscent of the English crowd favorite Paul Gascoigne Cole played then quickly up into the first team of the club and made his debut there at the age of 17 years. For this he won in 1999 with the youth team to the FA Youth Cup, defeating Coventry City play in the final. He quickly became a fan favorite and eventually already in fledgling years captain of the team. However, at the end of the 2002 /03 Cole rose with West Ham into the second division, although the club with 42 points could have the highest yield to date of all the Premier League relegation since the league consisted of 20 participants.

Chelsea FC (2003-2010)

Cole moved in 2003 for a transfer fee of 6.6 million pounds to Chelsea and was there part of the first major shopping offensive of oil billionaire Roman Abramovich, who had recently secured the ownership of the club. There he found himself among a squad, which a lot of competition between the high-profile players prevailed, and he found himself in the episode often on the bench again. According to Cole intended Claudio Ranieri already even lend him a few days after the obligation to the Russian club CSKA Moscow. Cole, however, agreed to this loan deal not to, and when he was come in the first half of the season sporadically used, eventually attended the undertaking of Scott Parker in January 2004, that is Cole's chances of getting a regular place significantly deteriorated again. Although Cole has strengths in technical skills and in creative play, he had at this time the reputation of being little a crew. When in the year 2004 with a new coach Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea, changed the situation Coles first little until suddenly the number of his assignments increased abruptly.

In January 2005, Mourinho criticized him publicly, despite his winning goal against Liverpool that he had neglected his defensive duties, and described him as a player, " two-faced ". Shortly after his hits Mourinho Cole had replaced what the coach reasoned with the fact that " the team would then act only with ten men because Cole had ceased to run and play ." There was a positive response to this criticism, Coles and in the following years he became a key player in the team that won the English championship in the 2004/05 season. Profiting he had the possibility of violations of some teammates, especially by Arjen Robben. This he succeeded on the left side of midfield in the England team, which was to be the Achilles heel for several years, the breakthrough in the starting lineup. Also known as Goal Scorer liked Cole now and at the end were ten goal of the season to book.

Yet Cole had to fight for the regular place in the team in the season 2005 / 06, since in addition to the return of Arjen Robben and the signing of Shaun Wright -Phillips increased the pressure on his position. With good performance, however, Cole was able to maintain the team 's internal hierarchy, received over its competitors Wright -Phillips and Damien Duff mostly preference and was eventually elected by his Premier League colleagues in the "Team of the Year." His play also earned him great recognition in many football experts that the greatest creative element saw in him in the game of Chelsea. Therefore, the criticism of Mourinho fell out all the greater as this renounced Cole in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, for tactical reasons in the starting lineup and the 1-2 defeat was largely due to this fact. Nevertheless, Cole extended during this season, his contract period in Chelsea for another four years.

Due to a knee injury that Cole had contracted on 5 August 2006 in the Saisonverbereitung his club in America, he had in the first three months of the 2006 /07 pause, and also missed the first four qualifying matches for Euro 2008. His comeback he celebrated when he came off the bench in the 1-0 victory against Chelsea FC Reading for the second half on 14 October 2006. In January 2007, Cole had to because of a hairline crack in the foot, which he had suffered on 26 November 2006 with a league game against Manchester United, to undergo surgery. He returned on April 4, 2007 quarterfinal first leg in the Champions League against Valencia back. There, he was still not fully recovered, but had a significant role in helping his team after the 1-1 especially in a 2-1 away victory over Valencia - the decisive goal came in injury time - reached the semi-finals. In this semi-final, he scored in the first leg against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, the only goal in a 1-0 victory, but should not be enough, since Liverpool in the second leg encounter, first leveled with the same result and then on penalties ensured the final.

After a successful but untitled 2007/ 08 Cole was also in the 2008/ 09 season, initially an important part of the offensive, which completed a record of eleven victorious away games, and formed specifically on the right side with the Portuguese Jose Bosingwa an experienced duo. On 14 January 2009 a cruciate ligament injury caused but for his early season, and he also missed the FA Cup final success of his team. His comeback he celebrated on October 17, 2009, and in the role of supplementing player - only 14 of his 26 league inserts were from the beginning - he won at the end of the season 2009/10 the double of the English league and FA Cup. In the cup final he was on as a substitute for Salomon Kalou while just under 20 minutes remaining. On 9 June it was announced that Cole will leave Chelsea for the season 2010/11. His expiring contract was not renewed.

Liverpool FC (2010-2013)

For the 2010/11 season Liverpool Joe Cole committed for four years. In August 2011, Cole was loaned for one season to the OSC Lille.

On January 4, 2013, the " hammer " Cole committed with a contract term of more than 18 months.

England national team

As a national player Cole had hardly remarkable achievements to the 2006 World Cup. Although he was part of the England squad at the 2002 World Cup, arrived there, however, only in the first group match against Sweden as a substitute for use. Even after a further Euro 2004 in Portugal on the bench the role Coles has been questioned as a left midfielder and England instead flirted with the " footed " Stewart Downing or even the fast young talent competes Theo Walcott. However, Cole graduated in 2005 and the first half of 2006, his international games constantly, including against Denmark, Northern Ireland and Argentina, and established the fact more and more in the selection of England.

Especially good performances in the friendly matches of England shortly before the World Cup finals in Germany Cole made ​​strongly attention to themselves; expressed this in his nomination in May 2006 - instead of his teammate Wright -Phillips - from. Already in the first group match against Paraguay, he acted in the left midfield and then shot in the last group match on 20 June 2006 with the most World Cup goals the opening goal against Sweden, which he ultimately even the choice for man of the match ( "Man of the Match " ) earned. After the World Cup, he acted for the first time in a 1-1 draw in a friendly against the Netherlands on 15 November 2006 and returned to his temporary injury on June 1, 2007 game against Brazil at the new Wembley Stadium back. The now been moved into the starting line- Cole played in 2008, eight more games, at the end, however, a 2:3 home defeat against Croatia and the missed European Championship qualifiers were under coach Steve McClaren.

After the coaching change towards Fabio Capello Cole was still in the extended senior national squad and on 6 September 2008, he scored both goals in a 2-0 win against Andorra in a World Cup qualifier. Four days later, he successfully took the 4-1 victory against Croatia revenge, but after tearing a ligament in January 2009, it waited until 30 May 2010 for his next international match. Two days later, Capello nominated him in the final 23 -man squad for the upcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


Cole 's athlete ambassador of development organization Right to Play.

Achievements / Title

  • Premier League: 2005, 2006, 2010
  • English Cup: 2007, 2009, 2010
  • English League Cup: 2005, 2007
  • FA Community Shield: 2005
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999