Robert Green

Robert Green in the dress of the English national team (2012 )

Robert Paul Green ( born January 18, 1980 in Chertsey ) is an English football goalkeeper.

Club career

Norwich City

Green went through all the youth teams at Norwich City. Making its debut in the first team - the derby against Ipswich Town on 11 April 1999 - he let a goal and the match ended 0-0 draw. The ability to permanently come into the first team was at this time but very limited because the coach often Andy Marshall had the lead. Up to the turn of 2001 Marshall Green was not able to prevail against him. In the following season, 2001/ 02 Green was, who had been standing in the English U-16 to U -18 selections, a regular for the second division and its services helped that the " canaries " in the play-off Finale moved into the first league to rise, which then against Birmingham City but lost on penalties.

In the following season Green was set to the position of the goalkeeper. Although he remained equal to 19 times without conceding a goal, but Norwich finished the season in eighth place disappointing compared to the previous season. It was not until a year later succeeded the " big bang ". Norwich won the second division championship, got into the Premier League, and Green conceded in 46 games only 39 goals. He catapulted himself into the circle of the English national team, but had during its premiere in the fall excellence 77 times behind and in 2005 on a direct path back to the Football League Championship dismount. Hopes to return soon were dashed quickly. Coach Nigel Worthington could disposals central player is not compensated, even now Green was not flawless and the rumors of an impending transfer - to the interested parties included the Everton FC, Charlton Athletic and West Ham United last - were increasing.

In August 2006, Green signed after the payment of a transfer fee in the amount of two million pounds a four-year contract with West Ham United. For Norwich City, the return to the Premier League not envious of him as the English national team goalkeeper, he had been in a total of 241 encounters between the posts.

The " hammer " Green met his former colleagues Norwich Dean Ashton again, who had found already in January 2006, the way in East London. Although the first game for his new club ended with a 0-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs, but Green took their former strength, as he mainly with two surprising 1-0 away wins at Arsenal and Manchester United an important contribution made to avoid relegation.

In the following two years, Green was part of a stabilizing at a solid mid-table team and also was increasingly becoming a " Penalty Killer " - he parried while the first three penalties taken against his team early in the season 2007/08. Due to its durability and other surprise results in away games when favored clubs ( in the season 2008 /09 he stayed at Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea without defeat ), he underscored sustained its status as one of the best goalkeepers in the English top league.

Queens Park Rangers

For the season 2012/ 13 Green moved to Queens Park Rangers, where he signed a two-year contract.


In March 2004, Green was first nominated for the English national team and a year later he came as only the sixth player in the history of Norwich City end of May 2005 against Colombia after Substitutes for his first international match for the " Three Lions ".

Although his club acted only second-rate, England's former coach Sven -Goran Eriksson he was nominated in 2006 for the World Cup in Germany. A groin injury that Green had sustained in a warm-up match of the English B- team in a goal kick, but prevented participation. He was represented by Scott Carson from Liverpool and after a prolonged absence on the international stage only made ​​Fabio Capello in March 2008 that Green again belonged to the circle of the A- team.

For a fixed size in the English goal he developed in 2009. After his second international match on 12 February 2009 against Spain in Seville (0:2) he was in the course of the year six times in the starting lineup. He was one of the team that qualified with a 5-1 win against Croatia for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and was a month later in the 0-1 defeat against Ukraine the first England international goalkeeper who was sent off.

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was the first game against the USA in the goal. After a capital error, which allowed compensation for the Americans, he was replaced in the next game by David James, who was then in the other games in this World Cup goal.