Joe Allen (footballer, born 1990)
Allen warming up for Liverpool in 2012
|Full name||Joseph Michael Allen|
|Date of birth||14 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Carmarthen, Wales|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|2008||→ Wrexham (loan)||2||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Carmarthen, Allen started his career playing in local team Tenby. Allen was part of the Swansea City youth set-up from the age of nine. As a first-year scholar in the youth team in the 2006–07 season, he featured as an unused first-team substitute in a 3–0 away win over then FA Premier League side Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup. Two weeks later, when Allen was just 16, Swansea manager Kenny Jackett gave Allen his debut in the FAW Premier Cup away tie to local Welsh Premier League side Port Talbot Town. Allen played the first half of the match, as Swansea lost 2–1 after extra time. Allen made his league debut for Swansea as a substitute in a 6–3 defeat to Blackpool on the final day of the League One season, as Swansea missed out on a play-off position under new manager and former team captain Roberto Martínez.
The following pre-season Allen played in numerous games for the club. As the 2007–08 season got underway, he started in the first round of the League Cup game in a 2–0 home win over Walsall. Allen was named man of the match for his performance, which included assisting in the first goal by providing a left-footed chipped cross to Paul Anderson. In August 2007 Martínez awarded Allen his first professional contract, which kept him at Swansea until 2010. Allen started in the next round of the League Cup at home to Reading, and again received the man of the match award.
The following season, Swansea's first in the Championship, Allen struggled to get into the first team due to competition from midfielders Darren Pratley, Ferrie Bodde, Owain Tudur Jones, Jordi Gómez and Leon Britton. In October 2008 Allen joined Conference National club Wrexham on a one-month loan deal, and scored a goal from 25 yards on his debut for the North Wales side in a 3–1 win over York City. Allen made a handful of appearances for the club, but his loan spell was cut short when he damaged ankle ligaments, which kept him out for a month. Allen returned from the injury in December going back into Swansea squad at home to Barnsley; regular midfielder Ferrie Bodde had been ruled out for the remainder of the season as a result of injury. With Swansea 2–0 down playing terribly, manager Roberto Martinez was prompted to bring Allen on from the bench. Swansea went on to earn a late 2–2 draw and, despite only playing 25 minutes, Allen once more received the man-of-the-match award.
In April 2009, Allen came on as a substitute to score his first goal for Swansea in a South Wales derby away at Cardiff City. At the end of the season, he signed a new three-year contract until 2012. After frequently being injured in the 2009–10 season, Allen returned to regular first-team football at the start of the 2010–2011 season. A string of impressive performances prompted manager Brendan Rodgers to play Allen in the South Wales derby in November 2010, with Allen receiving the man-of-the-match award in the 1–0 win.
On 10 August 2012 after passing a medical at Melwood, Allen signed a long-term contract with Liverpool in a deal worth £15 million. He made his Premier League debut on 18 August 2012, starting in a 3-0 loss against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. He started Liverpool's next game of the league campaign against Manchester City, where he was voted Man of the Match on the club's official website by fans and journalists. He went on to win the Liverpool Player of the Month award for August 2012. He scored his first goal for Liverpool on 27 January 2013, in a 3-2 defeat to Oldham Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup. He scored his first European goal on 21 February 2013, in a 3-1 win over Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League. On 20 March 2013, it was announced that Allen would be ruled out for the remainder of the 2012–13 season, with him requiring surgery on his left shoulder. On 5th May 2014 Allen scored his first and only goal for Liverpool in the 13/14 Premier League season with a header from a corner to give Liverpool the lead in an enthralling 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. On August 2, 2014, Allen then scored on the 17th through a deflective goal against AC Milan to help them win 2-0 for the 2014 International Champions Cup. On 22 October 2014, Allen made his UEFA Champions League debut against Real Madrid, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0-3 home defeat. 
Soon after receiving his first professional contract for Swansea City, in August 2007 Allen was called up for the Wales under-21 team, in a friendly match away to Sweden. Allen came on as a substitute to score the winner in a 4–3 win.
In May 2009 Allen made his debut for the senior Wales team, as a substitute during a friendly against Estonia. In November 2009 Allen was called up for another international friendly, against Scotland, at the newly opened Cardiff City Stadium. Allen made his first start for Wales in a 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group G match against Switzerland at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on October 2011. Four days later Allen started again for Wales in a 1–0 victory against Bulgaria, played in Sofia. He was awarded the prize for the Wales' Player of the Year for 2012 in October of that year. Allen captained Wales for the first time in the absence of Ashley Williams through injury on 4 June 2014 versus the Netherlands.
2012 Summer Olympics
Allen chose to be included in Team GB's 2012 Summer Olympics football squad. Captained by Ryan Giggs, Allen was one of five Welsh players. A mistake in the official Team GB programme for their first game described Allen as English.
- As of match played 8 November 2014.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Swansea City||2006–07||League One||1||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||1||0|
|Wrexham (loan)||2008–09||Conference Premier||2||1||0||0||—||—||0||0||2||1|
- As of match played 16 November 2014.
- Swansea City
- Wales' Player of the Year: 2012
- Liverpool Player of the Month: August 2012
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- Shaw, Chris (24 January 2013). "'I always tried to watch Zidane'". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Sheff Utd 0–3 Swansea". BBC Sport. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Port Talbot 2–1 Swansea (aet)". BBC Sport. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Swansea 3–6 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Swans reward Allen with new deal". BBC Sport. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Swansea City's teenage star Joe Allen tipped for top by Ferrie Bodde". Western Mail. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Swan Allen joins Wrexham on loan". BBC Sport. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Wrexham 3–1 York". BBC Sport. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Joe likely to be out for several weeks". Wrexham F.C. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Allen is premier quality – Bodde". BBC Sport. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Swansea 2–2 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Cardiff 2–2 Swansea". BBC Sport. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Joe Allen spurred by new Swansea City contract". BBC Sport. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- "Allen completes Liverpool move". Liverpool F.C. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- "Joe Allen signs for Liverpool FC – LFC News – Liverpool FC". Anfield Online. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
- "Baggies condemn Reds to nightmare start". ESPN Soccernet. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Joe gets your vote". Liverpool F.C. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Joe Allen named Liverpool 'Player of the Month'". Western Telegraph (Haverfordwest). 19 September 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Oldham 3-2 Liverpool" BBC Sport. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
-  BBC Sport. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- "Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen ruled out for remainder of season". BBC Sport. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- "Sweden U21 3–4 Wales U21". BBC Sport. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Wales 1–0 Estonia". BBC Sport. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- "Cardiff boos didn't affect me at all, says patriotic Allen". South Wales Evening Post. 16 November 2009.
- "Allen nets Welsh crown". Liverpool F.C. 9 October 2012.
- "Five Welshmen named in Team GB football squad for London 2012 Olympics". Wales online. 2 July 2011.
- "London 2012: Wales' Joe Allen listed as English by Team GB". BBC Sport. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Positive Premiership start for former Preseli lad Joe". Fishguard Today. 6 January 2012.
- "Last two games like cup finals". BBC Wales. 22 April 2010.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
- "Games played by Joe Allen in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Joe Allen". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
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