Richard Dunne

Richard Patrick Dunne ( born September 21, 1979 in Dublin) is an Irish football player. The burly center-back completed during his nine years for Manchester City 352 Official matches, was from 2005 captain of the "Citizens" and is available since September 2009 at Aston Villa under contract. Biggest successes at club level in 2002 were the Premier League 's emergence as second division champions, 2010, the final participation in the League Cup and for him personally, the 2010 election in the Premier League Team of the Year. Since 2000, he is also Irish national team and in this capacity he participated in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea in part.

Professional career

In the club

Everton FC (1996-2000)

Even before his 16th birthday Dunne was just 1.90 meters tall and almost 90 kilograms and so it was not surprising that in him less slumbered a filigree football technicians, as a body-conscious defender. He was also the first Irish junior players, the Everton discovered in the framework of its new co-operation agreement with the Irish Home Farm Football Club and gradually travel up into the first team. As at that time the youngest Everton player in the club's history, he played at the age of 17 years and 106 days a competitive match against Swindon Town in the FA Cup and other crucial tests - including a " Merseyside derby " against Liverpool - the club's management decided to coach Joe Royle to change the training in a five -year professional contract. Although Dunne further remained in the squad of the A- team and three Premier League bets under new manager Howard Kendall recorded, he won in parallel in the 1997/98 season with the junior team the FA Youth Cup, presented with duel hardness and leadership its qualities in middle to the test and moved measured at its greatest body relatively quickly.

From the European Championship success with the Irish U-18 national Dunne returned with a foot injury, but then surprised in the season 1998/99 with reliable performances on the unfamiliar right offensive full-back position he has with 31 inserts in the season 1999 /2000 - at occasional performances in central defense - manifested. However, these advances were problems regarding its counter " punishment register ," which earned him a lock at the end of five games for the start of the following season. By mid-October 2000, he finally ran out in just four appearances for the " Toffees " before he moved to his old coach Joe Royle at Manchester City, who paid a transfer fee of three million pounds for the transfer.

Manchester City (2000-2009)

In Manchester Dunne made ​​his debut on 23 October 2000 at Southampton FC (2-0) as a full-back, but soon showed his qualities in central defense, where he earned a starting berth alongside Steve Howey worked up. Nevertheless, the season ended with the sobering relegation from the Premier League, which also attracted the dismissal of Royle by itself.

With Royles successor Kevin Keegan Dunne took a long time no common denominator. Although succeeded immediately return to the Premier League, in which Dunne at times acted aggressively with frequent edges in the penalty box, but at the beginning of the 2002/ 03 took the trouble. Dunne found himself frequently on the bench again, responded with a series of Undiszipliniertheiten and was increasingly in poor health. This went so far that Keegan hired a specialist, the Dunne finally staggered back to the desired state and made ​​sure that this reported back positive again with 25 Premier League games. At the end of the season 2003 /04 he had increasingly struggling with a groin problem, but after surgery he returned the following season 2004/ 05 with such good performances on the side of center-back partner Sylvain Distin back that he to the end even the Association's internal award best players received - even despite the fact that he had inflicted two own goals.

Increasingly mature and with Stuart Pearce under new sporty line defended Dunne in the following seasons each title its own following, was now definitely key players in the team and scored in the 2005/06 season with three goals its best annual yield for Manchester City. Another "reward" was so far that Pearce Dunne promoted at the beginning of the 2006/07 season to the team leader, and the newly crowned captain stood in all games for the whole 90 minutes on the field. Other highlights in the 2007/ 08 season, the two victories against local rivals Manchester United, when Dunne primarily as a " rock solid " presented in a 2-1 away win, and his 29th birthday a ( rare ) goal in the 6 :0 win against Portsmouth. In his last full season for the Citizens he also cashed three red cards, one of which resulted in a five- match ban. His last assignment was held on August 22, 2009 instead of against Wolverhampton Wanderers and ended with a 1-0 victory. Decisive for the sudden end was the widespread upheaval, the Manchester had introduced City to the change of ownership and Dunne played suddenly - even though four times player of the year and with over 300 games top performers in the club - after the expensive purchases of defender Kolo Touré and Joleon Lescott not matter more in the plans of coach Mark Hughes.

Aston Villa ( since 2009)

Short time later, reported Martin O'Neill of Aston Villa the change from Richard Dunne for a transfer fee of five million pounds and a contract period of four years. On the side of his new defensive colleagues James Collins, Carlos Cuellar and Stephen Warnock, he remained in his debut against Birmingham City ( 1-0) without conceding a goal and October 5, 2009 former club Manchester City was followed by just his first goal for the "Villans ". Overall, the first season was very successful in a new environment and in the end chose him as the co-stars of the Premier League in the team of the season ( "PFA Team of the Year "). For the first time in his pro career and also achieved at senior level, a cup final, League Cup final but lost to Manchester United 1-2.

Irish national

From a young age Dunne was very active working for the Irish national teams and next to his debut in the B team, he won the U-18 selection in Cyprus surprisingly the European Championship. Also for the junior Wweltmeisterschaft Nigeria 1999 he was provided, but had his participation due to a thigh problem eventually cancel. It was followed by four appearances for the U -21 and on 26 April 2000 he made his debut against Greece for the senior team. The third international match he scored on June 4, 2000 against Mexico (2-2 ) his first goal for Ireland.

During the successful qualification for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea coach Mick McCarthy finally let him compete in big games like against the Netherlands and Portugal. However, in the final analysis, Steve Staunton and Gary Breen in central defense were preferred, Dunne remained at the tournament itself - although part of the squad - not considered. Even after the World Cup remained Dunnes prospects still downbeat as new coach Brian Kerr preferred the distinguished John O'Shea and Kenny Cunningham in the qualifiers for Euro 2004 in Portugal, which was ultimately missed. It was not until the last three competitive games before the 2006 World Cup in Germany Dunne was attended regularly, including at a nearly predetermining end 0-1 home defeat against France.

It was not until the coaching change, to ex- teammate Steve Staunton brought in the qualifiers for Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria awaited the regular place. There Dunne missed only three out of twelve games; sporty but it was more disappointing because after early defeats against Germany and especially after the 2:5 defeat against Cyprus - including a red card for Dunne - the team got behind early. Only under Staunton's successor Giovanni Trapattoni appeared a finals appearance for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa back in range. Dunne, who had meanwhile developed into Ireland's top defenders, completed all ten qualifying games, reached the second rank, and then lost under unfortunate circumstances in the play- off games against France.

Title / Awards

  • PFA Team of the Year: 2010
  • U-18 European Championship: 1998
  • FA Youth Cup: 1998