Leon Osman

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Leon Osman
Leon Osman Bohemians V Everton (44 of 51).jpg
Osman playing for Everton in 2011
Personal information
Full name Leon Osman[1]
Date of birth (1981-05-17) 17 May 1981 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Billinge Higher End,
Wigan, Greater Manchester
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 21
Youth career
1997–2000 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000– Everton 333 (42)
2002–2003 Carlisle United (loan) 12 (1)
2004 Derby County (loan) 17 (3)
National team
1997–1998 England U16 5 (0)
2012– England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 6 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of match played 30 November 2013

Leon Osman (born 17 May 1981) is an English football player who plays for Everton in the Premier League as a midfielder.

He has spent his whole career as an Everton player, making over 300 Premier League appearances. Earlier in his career he spent time on loan at Football League clubs Carlisle United and Derby County.

Osman earned two international caps for England, making his debut at the age of 31.

Club career[edit]

Early career and loans[edit]

Osman joined the Everton Academy as a boy, and was part of the team that won the 1998 FA Youth Cup. Following the cup victory, he sustained a knee injury which kept him from playing for a year.

He was loaned to Carlisle United of Division 3 in October 2002, making his professional debut on the 5th by playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 home defeat to Torquay United.[3] He scored once for the team in a league fixture against Macclesfield Town on 19 October to ensure a 2–2 draw at Moss Rose,[4] and a brace against Oldham Athletic in the Football League Trophy three days later in a 4–3 away victory.[5] On returning to Everton in January, he made his Premier League debut in a 4–3 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 12 January 2003, replacing Li Tie in added time.[6] His only other Everton appearance of the season was his Goodison Park debut on 26 April, replacing Steve Watson at the end of a 2–1 win over Aston Villa.[7]

Osman was granted a one-year extension to his Everton contract in the summer of 2003, but failed to break into the first team until the end of the 2003–04 season. Instead, he was again loaned out, this time to Derby County. He had an integral role in Derby's successful bid to avoid relegation,[8] and manager George Burley tried to buy him from Everton.[9] Instead, Osman returned to his parent club with three games remaining in Everton's season. Manager David Moyes gave Osman his first start on 1 May 2004 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he headed Everton into the lead within three minutes from a James McFadden cross although they eventually lost 2–1.[10]

First-team breakthrough[edit]

Osman became a first team regular in 2004–05,[8] playing on the right wing of a 4–1–4–1 formation. He finished the season with seven goals including two in a game against Aston Villa.[11] In the 2005–06 season, Osman's place in the Everton's first team was challenged by the new signing Simon Davies.[12] However, Osman was able to establish himself as a first team regular by 2006–07, a season in which made 37 appearances and scored three goals.[8]

Osman and Fulham's Clint Dempsey battling for possession on the last day of the season in 2009

His start to the 2007–08 season began with two goals in consecutive wins against Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur. His appearance in the starting 11 for Everton was threatened by the arrival of South African loan-signing Steven Pienaar.[citation needed] Osman scored his first goal in a UEFA competition on 25 October 2007, Everton's second in a 3–1 UEFA Cup Group Stage win over Greek club Larissa at Goodison Park.[13] His shot from 22 yards helped Everton to the top of the group and was voted Everton's Goal of the Season. Osman scored both goals in Everton's 2–0 win over Fulham on the final day of the season to secure Everton 5th place in the Premier League for 2008–09. At the end of the season, he started in the 2009 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, being replaced by Dan Gosling in the 82nd minute of the 2–1 defeat to Chelsea.[14]

The following season Osman captained Everton for the first time in a League Cup game away to Hull City scoring once in the 4–0 victory.[citation needed] In April 2010, Osman was named man of the match in two consecutive games. He also ended the 2010–11 Premier League season with four goals.[15]

In March 2013, in a game against reigning champions Manchester City, Osman made his 300th Everton start. A long-range goal scored in the match was his eighth of the season, a personal record,[16] and his 50th goal for the club.[17] In December, Osman also scored on his 300th Premier League appearance during a 4–1 win over Fulham.[18] Later in the same month he broke David Unsworth's Everton Premier League appearance record, reaching 303 games.[19] He featured in every league game in the 2013-14 season, the first under new manager Roberto Martínez, the only Everton player to do so.[20] To mark his long service, a testimonial match against FC Porto was held as part of Everton's pre-season schedule for the 2014–15 season.[21]

On 6 November 2014, he signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Everton until the summer of 2016.[22] Later that day, he opened the scoring in Everton's 3–0 UEFA Europa League group stage win against Lille.[23] He scored on his 400th appearance for the club, netting the winner in a 2–1 victory over West Ham United.[24]

International career[edit]

As well as England, his country of birth, Osman was eligible to play for Turkey through his father's Turkish-Cypriot origin.[25] Osman represented England at U16 level in the 1997–98 season.[26] On 14 November 2012, at the age of 31, Osman earned his first senior call-up to the England squad for a friendly fixture against Sweden. Osman started in central midfield for his country in a 4–2 defeat against Sweden, in which he played the full 90 minutes.[27] On 31 January 2013, Osman was named in the England squad for the second time for the friendly fixture against Brazil on 6 February 2013, though he was left on the substitutes' bench for the match.[28] Osman received his first competitive international call up after being named in the England squad on 14 March 2013 for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.[29] Osman made his competitive England debut against San Marino.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Osman was born in 1981 in Billinge Higher End, Wigan. He attended Up Holland High School and Winstanley College.[31] His father is Turkish Cypriot[32] and he also has a Somali grandfather.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 6 December 2014.[34]
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[35] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Carlisle United (loan) 2002–03 Third Division 12 1 3 2 15 3
Everton 2002–03 Premier League 2 0 2 0
2003–04 4 1 1 0 5 1
Derby County (loan) 2003–04 First Division 17 3 17 3
Everton 2004–05 Premier League 29 6 3 1 3 0 35 7
2005–06 35 3 4 1 1 0 2 0 42 4
2006–07 34 3 1 0 2 0 37 3
2007–08 28 4 4 1 7 2 39 7
2008–09 34 6 6 1 1 0 2 0 43 7
2009–10 26 2 1 1 1 1 7 0 35 4
2010–11 26 4 3 0 2 1 31 5
2011–12 30 4 3 0 1 0 34 4
2012–13 36 5 5 2 1 1 42 8
2013–14 38 3 4 0 1 0 43 3
2014–15 11 1 0 0 1 0 4 1 16 2
Total 333 42 30 6 19 4 22 3 404 55
Career total 362 46 30 6 19 4 22 3 3 2 436 61

International[edit]

As of match played 6 February 2013.[36]
England national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 1 0
Total 2 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Everton

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 323. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Leon Osman". premierleague.com. Premier League. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Carlisle 1-2 Torquay". BBC Sport. 7 October 2002. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Macclesfield 2–2 Carlisle". BBC. 19 October 2002. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Oldham 3–4 Carlisle". BBC. 22 October 2002. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Keane inspires Tottenham". BBC Sport. 12 January 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rooney strike stuns Villa". BBC Sport. 26 April 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Osman impresses Burley". Everton. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Burley not to make a fresh Osman bid". Burton Mail. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Wolves 2-1 Everton". BBC Sport. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Aston Villa 1–3 Everton". ESPNFC. 26 February 2005. 
  12. ^ Prentice, David (8 June 2005). "Football: OSMAN RELISHES NEW BATTLE; Everton star knows signings would increase fight for places". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cahill's return has Everton fizzing again". The Guardian. 25 October 2007. 
  14. ^ Bevan, Chris (30 May 2009). "Chelsea 2-1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sports Keeda – Leon Osman". Sports Keeda. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Osman delighted to bounce back from FA Cup heartbreak with win over City". The Daily Mail. 16 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Goal That Appears To Defy Physics May Have Ended Manchester City's Title Hopes". Business Insider. 16 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Everton too strong for Fulham". ESPN. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Leon Osman urges Everton to target a top four finish and Champions League qualification". Sky Sports. 8 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Leon Osman says he has flourished thanks to Martinez's careful selection policy". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Premier League: Leon Osman granted testimonial for long service to Everton". Sky Sports. 8 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Leon Osman: Everton midfielder agrees one-year contract extension". BBC Sport. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  23. ^ Hunter, Andy (6 November 2014). "Leon Osman marks new deal with a goal as Everton cruise to win over Lille". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "Everton 2-1 West Ham: Andy Carroll makes long-awaited return but Leon Osman marks 400th game with late winner". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  25. ^ "Turkish Cypriot to play football for England squad". LGC News. 9 November 2012. 
  26. ^ "Profile of Leon Osman". TheFA.com. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "Sweden 4 England 2". BBC Sport. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  28. ^ "England secured their first win over Brazil for 23 years as Frank Lampard's spectacular strike gave them victory at Wembley.". BBC Sport. 6 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "Hodgson names England squad for World Cup 2014 qualifiers in San Marino and Montenegro – Rio Ferdinand returns". ITV. 14 March 2013. 
  30. ^ "BBC Sport – San Marino 0–8 England". BBC. 23 Mar 2013. 
  31. ^ Barton, Laura (23 November 2009). "Lady Ashton went to my school". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  32. ^ Anderson, David (17 September 2012). "The Everton column: Why Leon Osman deserves to get recognition outside of Goodison Park". Mirror. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  33. ^ "LEON OSMAN: What makes an Everton player? Desire, heart, quality and character...". Daily Mail. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. I've got a Somalian grandfather. 
  34. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=23551
  35. ^ Includes other competitive tournaments such as the Football League Trophy
  36. ^ "Osman, Leon". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 

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