Duff in action for Fulham in 2009
|Full name||Damien Anthony Duff|
|Date of birth||2 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Ballyboden, Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|St. Kevin's Boys|
|1998–2012||Republic of Ireland||100||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:16, 05 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Damien Anthony Duff (born 2 March 1979) is an Irish footballer who plays for Premier League team Fulham. He played international football for Ireland for 14 years and participated in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 competition, during which he captained the team. He is a member of the FIFA Century Club, having making his 100th international appearance against Italy at UEFA Euro 2012.
Duff has previously played for Blackburn Rovers, with whom he won the Football League Cup; Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles and another League Cup; and Newcastle United where he won the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. With Fulham he has played in the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final.
Club career 
Blackburn Rovers 
Born in Ballyboden, County Dublin, Ireland, Duff joined Blackburn Rovers as a trainee in 1996 after playing for Leicester Celtic, Lourdes Celtic and St. Kevin's Boys as a schoolboy in Dublin. He made his Blackburn debut at the age of 18 against Leicester City on the final day of the 1996–97 season for which he won the Man of the match award. In his first full season (1997–98) he scored four goals. Blackburn were relegated the following season.
Duff helped Blackburn achieve promotion back to the Premier League in 2001 and then win the League Cup in 2002, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 at the Millennium Stadium. Following the 2002 World Cup, Duff signed a new four-year contract with Rovers, though press reports had suggested that he was to change clubs. Despite injury problems in the 2002–03 season, he finished as Rovers' top goalscorer with 11 league goals, which helped his team finish 6th and qualify for the UEFA Cup.
In the run up to the 2003–04 season, Chelsea made a series of bids for Duff, with a £17 million offer, eventually triggering a release clause in the player's contract. Duff chose to move to West London in July. His first season at Chelsea was plagued by injury, and he missed the latter stages of the season, including the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Duff scored six goals that season. He was instrumental in securing for Chelsea the club's highest league finish for 49 years as well as the Champions League run, but the season ultimately ended trophyless and with the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri.
The arrival of Dutch winger Arjen Robben and new manager José Mourinho posed a threat to Duff's place in the starting line-up for the 2004–05 season, but an injury to Robben at the start of the season saw Duff as the only available winger. Mourinho, however, did not play Duff in the early part of the 2004–05 season, preferring a more narrow approach. Duff eventually got into the side after four games and, when Robben returned to the side, Duff's versatility saw him move to the right wing and form a wing partnership with Robben. The season proved to be successful for both Duff and Chelsea. He scored ten goals, including a crucial strike in a 4–2 win against Barcelona in the Champions League, while the team won the Premiership title and the League Cup, in which Duff scored the winning goal in the semi-final against Manchester United.
Newcastle United 
In July 2006, Duff agreed terms over a £5 million move to Newcastle United, signing a five-year contract. Duff made his competitive debut in a UEFA Cup second round qualifying first leg match against Latvian side Ventspils. He scored his first goal for Newcastle in September that year in a 2–0 victory over West Ham United away at Boleyn Ground. Duff suffered a knee injury in November that kept him out for four months, during which Newcastle had a bad run of defeats. He returned but was then ruled out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury in a 2–1 loss to Portsmouth in April 2007. Sam Allardyce later described Duff's injury as 'career threatening'. Duff made a full return to fitness in December.
Duff was linked with an exit from the club, but remained at St. James' Park and made some key contributions in the aftermath of Kevin Keegan's departure and Joe Kinnear's appointment as interim manager.
Under the new appointment of Alan Shearer as manager, because of his versatility, Duff was asked to play as Left Back. In the final match of the 2008–09 Season, against Aston Villa in a crucial relegation decider, Duff unluckily scored the deciding own goal that sent his side down. Much as when he did when with Blackburn, Duff confirmed his intention to stay at the relegated club and help them back into the Premier League. Duff scored Newcastle's first goal of the 2009–10 season against West Bromwich Albion.
After playing one game for Newcastle in 2009–10, Duff returned to the Premier League, signing for Fulham on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, and re-joining Roy Hodgson, his first manager at Blackburn Rovers. He made his Fulham debut coming on as a substitute against Amkar Perm in the Cottagers' UEFA Europa League qualifier match, setting up the third goal in a 3–1 win. On 19 December 2009, just six days before Christmas in a Premier League game vs. Manchester United at Craven Cottage Duff scored in the 75th minute in a 3–0 victory. On 17 January 2010, Duff started the game against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and also completed the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 defeat. On 22 August 2010, he started and played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United at Craven Cottage in a 2–2 draw and also picked up a booking. On 18 September 2010, he started and played the entire match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 1–1 draw.
Duff scored his first league goal for Fulham in a 2–1 victory over Everton, scoring in the 79th minute to give the Cottagers a vital win. On 6 November 2010, he made a substitute appearance by coming on for Mexican international Carlos Salcido in the 69th minute in the match with Aston Villa at Craven Cottage in the 1–1 draw. His second goal for Fulham was scored against Manchester United after Bobby Zamora had set him up in a 3–0 win. On 15 January 2011, Duff made his 500th career appearance in English football when he lined up against Wigan Athletic playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw at the DW Stadium. On 5 February 2011, he started the Premier League game against Aston Villa in a 2–2 draw at Villa Park, but was replaced on 67 minutes by Simon Davies. On 27 February 2011, he played the full 90 minutes and also scored a goal in the match with Manchester City at Eastlands in a 1–1 draw.
About Fulham and his time at the football club, Duff stated: "I like to think that I have found my feet again here at Fulham. It's a good environment and one that players feel very comfortable in. This is a club with so much character and I'm very happy to be helping move it forward.” At the end of the 2010–11 season, Duff made 27 appearances and scored 4 goals in all competitions, including making 24 Premier League appearances. As of July 2011, he has made 81 appearances and has scored 15 goals for Fulham in all competitions.
On 19 August 2011, Duff signed a one-year extension to his current deal. The contract should see the player remain at Craven Cottage until at least the summer of 2013.
After nine goalless matches, Duff scored in Fulham's 2–1 win over Norwich City on 31 March 2012. A week later, on 7 April 2012, he starred in Fulham's 0–3 away win over Bolton Wanderers, setting up Clint Dempsey for the second goal of the match. During the match, which marked his 350th league appearance, he was a constant threat on the right wing. On 18 August 2012 Duff scored the opening goal in Fulham's 5–0 win over Norwich City on the opening day of the 2012–13 Premier League. He scored again in the following game, a 3–2 defeat to Manchester United.
On 22 February 2013, Duff signed a new contract with Fulham, keeping him at the club until summer 2014.
International career 
Duff played for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team in the 1997 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship finals in Iceland, the 1997 and 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship. In Malaysia he scored the first ever Golden Goal in a World Cup match.
He made his senior début for the Republic of Ireland in 1998 against the Czech Republic. He has won 95 caps, making him the fifth most capped player in Irish history. He has started a total of 82 times for the Ireland senior squad, scoring eight goals.
He played every game for Ireland at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and was voted the team's player of the tournament. After scoring against Saudi Arabia en route to the second round of the FIFA World Cup, Duff marked his goal with an oriental bow, in retrospect often referred to as one of the most memorable moments of his international career, with Asian fans still travelling to his club's training ground ten years later to catch a glimpse of the player.
He was ever present for Ireland in their qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup but yet again Ireland failed to qualify. Duff's former teammate Steve Staunton took over as manager but early defeats to Germany and a humiliating 5–2 loss to Cyprus saw Ireland fail to qualify again for a major tournament, followed by another change of manager.
Under the new manager Giovanni Trapattoni, Duff started the manager's first game in charge against Serbia on 24 May 2008, which ended in a 1–1 draw. Duff became a key member of the squad proving assists for many of the goals. He started the matches in both legs against France as Ireland were controversially knocked out 2–1 on aggregate after extra-time.
Duff was ever-present on the wings for Ireland in their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and he was part of the team that secured qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 with an unprecedented 5–1 aggregate play-off win over Estonia. He was named in Trapattoni's 23-man squad for the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine and was given the number 11 jersey. He captained Ireland on his 100th cap against Italy in Ireland's final group game of the tournament, and Duff's own final match for Ireland, on 18 June 2012.
He announced his retirement from international football on 24 August 2012.
Personal life 
Duff married Elaine in June 2010 in Midsomer Norton. The couple's first child, Woody, was born a year later in Somerset. Duff is also a rugby fan, and is personally acquainted with some of Ireland's international rugby players.
Republic of Ireland
- Football League First Division PFA Team of the Year (1): 2000–01
- UEFA Team of the Year (1): 2002
Career statistics 
- As of 15:14, 05 May 2013.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1996–97||Blackburn Rovers||Premier League||1||0||-||-||1||0|
2011–12 appearances includes match in UEFA Europa League, away to Dnipro on 25 August 2011, which is currently not included on Soccerbase website.
|Republic of Ireland national team|
- As of 18 June 2012
Internationals goals 
|1.||15 August 2001||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Croatia||
|2.||11 June 2002||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan||Saudi Arabia||
||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|3.||29 March 2003||Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||Georgia||
||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|4.||30 April 2003||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Norway||
|5.||6 September 2003||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Russia||
||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|6.||18 November 2003||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Canada||
|7.||1 March 2006||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Sweden||
|8.||8 February 2011||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Wales||
||2011 Nations Cup|
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- "France 1–1 Rep of Ire (agg 2–1)". BBCSport. 18 November 2009.
- "Duff – Euro qualification an 'amazing feeling'". RTÉ Sport. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Euro 2012 squad". The Irish Times. 8 May 2012.
- "Duff handed captaincy for 100th cap". RTÉ Sport. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Damien Duff allowed to keep his century of caps after dispute Irish Independent, 2012-09-20.
- Damien Duff confirms international retirement RTÉ Sport, 24 August 2012.
- Somerset Guardian, 24 June 2010 .
- Interview with Damien Duff — from Hot Press, 28 June 2002 "I’ve played left wing all my life, so I suppose it is there that I am most settled."
- "Duff: this feels better than World Cup qualification". FAI. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. "Everything about this stadium is to do with rugby, all the pictures in the corridors are of rugby. I love my rugby – I know quite a few of the international players – but we needed that win for football."
- FourFourTwo Magazine- February 2009
- Damien Duff | Profiles
- "Damien Duff Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
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- Damien Duff – FIFA competition record
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- Football Database provides Damien Duff's profile and stats
- Newcastle United profile via archive.org
- Fulham Club profile
- Premier League profile