Dean Furman

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Dean Furman
Dean Furman 21-07-2012 1.jpg
Furman playing for Oldham Athletic in 2012
Personal information
Full name Dean Furman[1]
Date of birth (1988-06-22) 22 June 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
Number 4
Youth career
Radlett Rangers
2003–2006 Chelsea
2006–2008 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Rangers 1 (0)
2008–2009 Bradford City (loan) 31 (5)
2009–2013 Oldham Athletic 131 (8)
2013 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 8 (0)
2013– Doncaster Rovers 50 (3)
National team
2012– South Africa 25 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:10, 18 February 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:16, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

Dean Furman (born 22 June 1988) is a South African professional footballer who plays for English club Doncaster Rovers as a midfielder. Furman was also selected for the South Africa national team squad, making his debut against Brazil on 8 September 2012.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Furman, who is of English-Jewish descent,[4] was born in the Camps Bay suburb of the city of Cape Town.[5]

Club career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Furman began his footballing career as a youth team player at Premier League club Chelsea.[5] However, he did not make the breakthrough into the first team and so left the club.

Rangers[edit]

He signed for Rangers on 10 May 2006.[6] Furman was a regular in the reserve side and captained the Under-19 team to the Scottish Youth Cup final in 2007, where they beat Old Firm rivals Celtic.[7]

He signed a new two-year contract on 24 October 2007.[8] Furman made his debut for Rangers against Dundee United on 10 May 2008, as a second-half substitute for Kevin Thomson.[9]

Bradford City[edit]

On 27 August 2008, he joined English League Two side Bradford City, managed by former Rangers midfielder Stuart McCall, on loan until January.[10][11] He made his debut for Bradford City as a late substitute in a 3–2 defeat away to Aldershot Town three days after his signing before he made his first start in a Football League Trophy game with Leeds United and first league start at Shrewsbury Town, all of which ended in defeats for Bradford.[12][13] After playing 12 league games for Bradford, he pulled his hamstring, which kept him out for more than a month before he returned to action in a reserve game against Hartlepool United on 16 December.[14] His first game back in the first team was as a late substitute in a 0–0 draw with Lincoln City ten days later.[15] Having returned to fitness, Furman also extended his loan spell with Bradford to the end of the season.[16] His first goal for Bradford came later the same month when he scored Bradford's first equaliser in a 3–3 league draw with Luton Town.[17]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Furman returned to Rangers at the end of the season and was offered a new one-year deal at Ibrox,[18] as well as an offer from Bradford City.[19] Instead, Furman returned to England with League One side Oldham Athletic, joining them on 29 June 2009, on a three-year contract.[20] Furman won the Football League Goal of the Year 2011 for his effort against Notts County on 14 August 2010.[21] Furman was appointed captain of Oldham Athletic for the 2011–12 season.

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Though still club captain of Oldham, Doncaster Rovers signed him on loan on 14 March 2013 for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.[22] Without Furman Oldham Athletic avoided relegation and Doncaster Rovers were promoted on the last day of the league season, the aims of both teams when the loan transfer was made being achieved. At the end of the season Furman joined Doncaster permanently, signing a two-year contract.[23]

International career[edit]

Furman received his first international call-up for South Africa for a friendly on 19 August 2008 against Australia.[24] He was an un-used subsititute in that match. Furman earned his first cap for South Africa in a friendly against Brazil on 8 September 2012.[3] Furman earned his first man of the match award in the country's 2–0 defeat of Mozambique on 11 September 2012.[25]

Furman was selected for the final squad of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament hosted by his home country.[26] In the second group match of the tournament, the Bafana Bafana convincingly defeated Angola 2–0 and Furman was named as Man of the Match.[27] Furman played the full 90 in South Africa's final group game, a 2–2 draw with Morocco, that secured Bafana Bafana top spot in the group and ensured their first passage to the quarter-finals of the competition since 2002.[28] The quarter-final game against Mali on 2 February ended 1–1 after extra time and Furman had his penalty kick saved by Soumaila Diakité, as Mali won 3–1 in the penalty shoot-out.[29]

Dean Furman was named captain of Bafana Bafana ahead of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan in Durban on 15 November 2014. He replaced former captain Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead in Vosloorus

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2013 Durban, South Africa  Botswana 2–0 4–1 WCQ

Honours[edit]

Doncaster Rovers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Furman Profile ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Etherington, Tom (7 September 2011). "FT: Brazil 1–0 South Africa (International Friendly, São Paulo)". sambafoot.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Stanford, Peter (22 September 2013). "Why are there so few British-born Jewish players in England's top flight?". The Independent (London). 
  5. ^ a b Milner, Jack (10 May 2007). "Captain Dean's double vision" (PDF). Jewish Report. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Le Guen signs up Chelsea teenager" BBC Sport website (10 May 2006)
  7. ^ "Rangers romp to SFA Youth Cup win" BBC Sport website (27 April 2007)
  8. ^ "Contract Thrillers". Rangers F.C. 24 October 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Rangers 3–1 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. 10 May 2008. 
  10. ^ Parker, Simon (27 August 2008). "City sign Rangers superstar on loan". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 27 August 2008. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Bradford City take Furman on loan" BBC Sport Website (28 August 2008)
  12. ^ "Games played by Dean Furman in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 
  13. ^ Parker, Simon (2 October 2008). "Furman out to nail down starting spot". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 2 October 2008. [dead link]
  14. ^ Parker, Simon (16 December 2008). "Injured City pair back in action". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 16 December 2008. [dead link]
  15. ^ Parker, Simon (26 December 2008). "City firing blanks again". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 27 December 2008. [dead link]
  16. ^ Parker, Simon (1 January 2009). "City end Moncur's loan spell". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 6 January 2009. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Furman scores for Bradford". Kick Off. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  18. ^ MacPherson, Graeme (20 July 2009). "Furman backs Rangers talent despite decision to leave". The Herald. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  19. ^ <pr> Despite not scoring in his first year at boundary park, he started his second season with an array of goals, including two 30-yard (27 m) volleys in consecutive matches.Parker, Simon (22 June 2009). "Furman set to shun City pursuit". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 19 July 2009. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Latics land Furman". Sky Sports. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  21. ^ "Dean Furman strike for Oldham wins Goal of the Year". BBC. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  22. ^ "Rovers Sign Latic's Furman". DRFC official site. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Dean Furman: Doncaster Rovers sign ex-Oldham Athletic captain". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "McCarthy returns for South Africa" The World Game (14 August 2008)
  25. ^ "Furman stars for South Africa". Oldham Athletic AFC. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  26. ^ "Gordon Igesund dips into Kaizer Chiefs squad for key 2013 Afcon players". Goal. 31 December 2012. 
  27. ^ "Dean Furman enjoying his first AFCON tournament". SAFA. 24 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Hosts South Africa finished top of Group A after their dramatic 2–2 draw with Morocco in Durban knocked the North Africans out of the tournament.". BBC Sport. 27 January 2013. 
  29. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2 February 2013). "Mali shoot down hosts South Africa with Soumaila Diakité a hero again". London: The Guardian. 

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