John Terry


John Terry : biography

7 December 1980 –

2008–09 season

On 13 September 2008, Terry received the first straight red card of his career against Manchester City for rugby-tackling Jô. However, this was later rescinded on appeal. Despite being a defender, he occasionally scores important goals for Chelsea, such as in the Champions League Group A home game against A.S. Roma in the 2008–2009 season. However, Chelsea went on to lose the away leg 3–1. Along with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Čech, Terry is regarded as a part of the spine of the Chelsea team. He has won seven trophies as Chelsea captain (one more than Dennis Wise) Being an English player who came through the club’s youth system, he is especially popular with Chelsea fans.

In July 2009, Manchester City made a third bid for Terry, but Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Terry will remain at Chelsea. Before the start of the season, Terry was again awarded with UEFA Defender of the Year, his 3rd time winning the award. John Terry made his debut for the new season against Premier League side Hull City, a match Chelsea won.

2009–10 season

On 8 November 2009, Terry scored the decisive goal in Chelsea’s match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge to preserve their perfect home record for the season.

On 9 May 2010, Terry captained Chelsea as they won their fourth League title after an 8–0 win against Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge. A week later on 15 May 2010, Terry captained Chelsea as he won his fourth FA Cup medal, defeating Portsmouth in the final by 1–0 at Wembley.

2010–11 season

On 31 December 2011, in a home match against Aston Villa, Terry captained the Chelsea side for the 400th time of his career, a record for the club.

Terry was the world’s third best passer in 2011 for players with over 1000 passes, with a 91.6% pass accuracy rate. Only Barcelona player Xavi (93.0%) and Swansea City player Leon Britton (93.3%) were better.

2011–12 season

On 24 April 2012, Terry was sent off for violent conduct after driving a knee into Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou. Chelsea’s 3–2 aggregate victory over the holders qualified them for the final against Bayern München, for which Terry will be suspended. Terry later apologised for letting his team-mates and Chelsea fans down. Terry scored his sixth league goal of the season, seventh in all competitions, in the final game of the season, a 2–1 victory over relegated Blackburn. The goal meant that it was Terry’s most prolific season and he told the Chelsea website "I am delighted with seven… It’s always good to end a league season with a win."

Even though Terry was suspended for the Champions League final along with teammates Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles, he took part in celebrations at the final whistle, as Chelsea triumphed 4–3 on penalty kicks with striker Didier Drogba netting the decisive penalty. His celebrations led to a popular internet meme lampooning Terry’s behaviour.

2012–13 season

Terry was snubbed by Anton Ferdinand in the pre-match handshake against QPR. John Terry was banned for four games when he was found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

On 11 November 2012, in his first game back from the four-match ban, Terry scored his 50th goal for Chelsea against Liverpool. He went off injured in the 39th minute of the same match and was suspected to have ligament damage on his right knee, but a scan the next day showed that there was "no significant damage". On 7 December 2012, new Chelsea manager Rafa Benítez confirmed Terry would not be back from injury in time to play in the Club World Cup. Terry’s knee injury kept him out of action for 16 first-team games in total, including the Club World Cup defeat. He made a 45 minute comeback for Chelsea’s Under-21 side on 10 January, before returning to the first team in a 2–2 draw away to Brentford in the FA Cup Fourth Round on 24 January.