Séamus Coleman, September 2013.
|Full name||Séamus Coleman|
|Date of birth||11 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Killybegs, Donegal, Ireland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|St Catherine's F.C. (Killybegs)|
|2010||→ Blackpool (loan)||9||(1)|
|2007–2010||Republic of Ireland U21||13||(1)|
|2011–||Republic of Ireland||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 23 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Séamus Coleman / / (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish footballer who plays for Everton and the Republic of Ireland. Originally a Gaelic footballer, Coleman started his association football career with Sligo Rovers before moving to English club Everton in 2009. In 2010 he spent half a season on loan with Blackpool, helping the team to win promotion via the 2010 Championship play-off, before returning to Everton. In his international career Coleman has won the 2011 Nations Cup and was awarded the FAI Under 21 International Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.
Coleman was born in the fishing port of Killybegs, in the Irish county of Donegal. Originally a Gaelic footballer who, aged 16, played as a back on his local GAA team Na Cealla Beaga, Coleman was spotted by Sligo Rovers when he lined up for his hometown association football side, St. Catherine’s of Killybegs, in a friendly match against Sligo Rovers. He made his League of Ireland debut against Derry City at the Brandywell in October 2006 as a substitute for Adam Hughes.
Sligo Rovers coach Rob McDonald did not rate Coleman very highly as a player, McDonald told Coleman that he should join League of Ireland First Division club Finn Harps F.C.. McDonald departed Sligo Rovers in March 2007. Incoming manager Paul Cook was appointed in March 2007. Coleman later said of Cook; "he made me feel like I was the best player in the League. It just makes such a difference when you have a manager who believes in you".
Following recommendation by Willie McStay to former teammate and Everton manager David Moyes, Coleman was signed by the Merseyside club for £60,000 in January 2009, ahead of other interest from Ipswich Town, Birmingham City and Celtic. Before playing a game for Everton, Coleman had to undergo surgery on a career-threatening infected blister. He made his debut in the Europa League in a 5–0 loss to Benfica In his home debut, a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, Coleman was named Man of the Match after coming on as a first half substitute for the injured Joseph Yobo and played an instrumental part for both of Everton's goals in a 2–2 draw. Coleman made his FA Cup debut against Carlisle United in January 2010 and created a goal for Tim Cahill after only a few minutes on the pitch. He scored his first goal for Everton against Brentford in the Football League Cup in 21 September 2010.
Loan to Blackpool
In March 2010, Coleman joined Blackpool on loan, initially for one month, making his debut in a 2–2 draw at home to Crystal Palace. He scored his first goal for the Tangerines in a 4–2 win away against Scunthorpe United. In April, Coleman's loan was extended until the end of the season. It was during this loan that Coleman agreed a new four-year contract with Everton, and he went on to play in Blackpool's play–off final, which they won 3–2 against Cardiff City.
Return to Everton
Coleman returned to Everton for the following season, breaking into the first team on the right of midfield. He scored his first Premier League goal against his former team Blackpool in November 2010, signing a new four-and-a-half-year deal two months later, and was nominated for the 2011 PFA Young Player of the Year Award. He finished the season having scored four league goals, though was sent off for the first time in his career in the final game of the season, a 1–0 win against Chelsea.
On 31 December 2012, Coleman signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Everton.
The 2013–14 season proved to be Coleman's best to date as he scored six league goals, more than his previous seasons at the club combined. In April, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year. He was also named Everton's player of the year and players' player of the year. Manager Roberto Martínez hailed Coleman as one of the best full-backs in world football as he was part of a defence which conceded just 39 goals to help Everton finish fifth with a club record of 72 Premier League points. He created 45 chances during the season, the third highest amongst Everton players and had the second highest pass completion at 88%.
On 26 June 2014, Coleman signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Everton.
Coleman has represented Ireland U18 schools, he helped them retain the Centenary Shield in 2006. Coleman is an Ireland under 21 and U23 international, having made his debut for the former against Sweden in 2007. His most recent cap was as captain in a 1–0 defeat against Turkey in Izmir in November 2010. In August 2010, Coleman scored his only international goal to date at Tallaght Stadium. In the same month he won the 2009 FAI Under 21 Player of the Year Award. He retained the U21 award for 2010.
He received his first call-up to the senior squad in October 2010, and made his full international début in the Republic of Ireland's inaugural Nations Cup match against Wales on 8 February 2011, which Ireland won 3–0.
On 29 May 2013, Coleman was named Man of the Match for his performance against England at Wembley Stadium. He crossed the ball for Shane Long's opening goal of the game, a header past Joe Hart. Coleman captained Ireland for the first time in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Germany. Ireland lost 3-0.
Coleman has two brothers; Francis and Stevie. Stevie has cerebral palsy and participated in the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games football event. His parents are Máire and Henry Coleman. As a boy he attended St. Catherine's Vocational School. He supports the Donegal senior football team. He also still follows his local GAA team, Na Cealla Beaga, and attended the final of the 2013 Donegal Senior Football Championship when they lost to Gleann tSuilí.
|“||I'd be more nervous watching the [Gaelic football] lads than I would be watching my own games [...] When it's Killybegs playing, it means a bit more. It's something I was a big part of growing up, I played with all them lads.||”|
- As of match played 23 August 2014.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
- a. ^ Includes three appearances in the Championship promotion play-offs.
|Republic of Ireland national team|
- Republic of Ireland
- Nations Cup: 2011
- Centenary Shield: 2006
- Donegal Sports Star Professional Sport Achievement Award (1): 2009
- FAI Under 21 International Player of the Year (2): 2009, 2010
- PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 2010-2011 Nomination
- Sky Sports MNF Team of the Season (1): 2013-14
- PFA Team of the Year (1): 2013–14
- Everton F.C. Player's Player of the Year (1): 2013-14
- Everton F.C. Supporter's Player of the Year (1): 2013-14
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