Gary Cahill

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Gary Cahill
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Cahill playing for Chelsea in 2016
Personal information
Full name Gary James Cahill[1]
Date of birth (1985-12-19) 19 December 1985 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Dronfield, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 24
Youth career
0000–2000 AFC Dronfield
2000–2004 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Aston Villa 28 (1)
2004–2005 Burnley (loan) 27 (1)
2007–2008 Sheffield United (loan) 16 (2)
2008–2012 Bolton Wanderers 130 (13)
2012– Chelsea 130 (7)
National team
2004–2005 England U20 3 (0)
2007 England U21 3 (0)
2010– England 48 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:38, 16 September 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:28, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Gary James Cahill /ˈkhɪl/ (born 19 December 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Chelsea and is the vice-captain of the England national team.

Cahill began his career playing for the AFC Dronfield youth set-system in Derbyshire. In 2000, he joined the Aston Villa Academy and continued his development. In 2004, he joined Burnley on a season-long loan, where he performed well before returning to make his Aston Villa debut. Later, he signed for hometown club Sheffield United on a three-month loan deal. On 30 January 2008, he signed for Bolton Wanderers for approximately £5 million. Cahill performed well for Bolton through the years, cementing a place in the first team and becoming vice-captain. He made 130 league appearances and scored 13 league goals for Bolton. In January 2012, Cahill signed for Chelsea for approximately £7 million. Cahill won the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup in his debut season at Chelsea, and went on to win the UEFA Europa League, League Cup and Premier League.

Cahill is an England international with over 40 caps and represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was eligible to play for either England or the Republic of Ireland, but chose to play for England. In June 2009, Cahill was called up to the England squad for the match against Kazakhstan. However, he only made his debut on 3 September 2010, coming on as a substitute against Bulgaria. On 29 March 2011, Cahill made his first start for the national team in the friendly against Ghana. He scored his first international goal against Bulgaria in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier.

Early and personal life[edit]

Cahill was born in Dronfield, Derbyshire.[1] He was a boyhood Sheffield Wednesday supporter and he "grew up watching Sheffield Wednesday, and points to Des Walker as his childhood hero."[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cahill began his career with AFC Dronfield, a Sunday league team, where he played until he was 15.[4] During his time there, he was scouted by a number of clubs, including Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Aston Villa, the last of which he signed for as a member of the club's Academy.[5] "All my friends played for the local side, AFC Dronfield, so I went along and started playing centre half and in centre midfield for them," said Cahill in an interview with the Manchester Evening News.[5]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 8 November 2004, Cahill was loaned to Burnley.[6] He made his first-team debut the following day in the fourth round of the League Cup, playing the full 90 minutes as they lost 0–3 to Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor.[7] On 13 November, he made his debut in the Football League, in the Clarets' 1–0 home Championship win over Nottingham Forest.[citation needed] He made 32 appearances on loan, 27 of which were in the league,[citation needed] scoring once on 3 January 2005, the only goal against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.[8] Eighteen-year-old Cahill was handed the accolades of Burnley's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.[9]

Cahill made his Villa debut on 20 September 2005 in the second round of the League Cup, playing the entirety of an 3–8 win over Wycombe Wanderers away at Adams Park.[10] On the following 1 April, he made his Premier League debut as a 52nd-minute replacement for Ulises de la Cruz in the 5–0 defeat at Arsenal.[citation needed] Fifteen days later, he scored his first goal, an overhead kick against rivals Birmingham City, to put Villa back into the lead as they went on to win the match 3–1.[11]

On 19 September 2007, Cahill joined Championship team Sheffield United on a three-month loan deal.[12] He made his debut in a 3–2 away defeat at Crystal Palace three days later,[13] and scored his first goal for the Blades as the only one of a win at Stoke City on 10 November.[14] On 27 November, he scored again in a 0–3 win at Charlton Athletic.[15] Under the terms of his loan agreement, Cahill returned to Villa Park in mid-December 2007 having played 16 games and scoring two goals.[citation needed]

Speculation surrounded Cahill's future in the January 2008 transfer window, with Birmingham City,[16] Bolton Wanderers and Turkish club Beşiktaş all reportedly showing an interest.[17]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Cahill warming up for Bolton Wanderers in 2011

Bolton scout Colin Harvey was impressed by Cahill and on 30 January 2008, Cahill joined them on a three-and-a-half-year deal.[citation needed] Three days later, he made his debut for Bolton in their 0–2 victory over Reading away at the Madejski Stadium.[18]

Cahill was sent off on 26 August 2008 in the second round of the League Cup, receiving a straight red card in the 38th minute for a foul on Giles Coke as the team lost 1–2 at home to Northampton Town.[19] On 5 October, Cahill scored his first Bolton goal in a 1–3 victory at West Ham United, and he added two more over the campaign in 4–1 wins over Sunderland and Middlesbrough.[citation needed]

In August 2009, 18 months after joining Bolton, Cahill signed a new three-year contract with the club.[20] He suffered a blood clot in his left arm after a training injury which forced him to pull out of the home game against Fulham on 6 February 2010; he spent the weekend in hospital. The treatment for the ailment meant that Cahill could not play for a number of months.[21] He nonetheless cemented his place at the heart of the Bolton defence in the 2010–11 season, making 36 Premier League appearances and scoring three goals, all of which came at home.[22]

On 13 August 2011, Cahill scored on the opening day of the 2011–12 Premier League season against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in a 4–0 victory from 25 yards out in the 45th minute.[citation needed] In December 2011, before the January transfer window, Bolton manager Owen Coyle admitted that Cahill may be sold as his contract will expire at the end of the 2011–12 season. Coyle said, "If he [Cahill] does move, there is no doubt there will be top clubs clamouring for Gary."[23] This led much speculation that Cahill could move to higher-placed clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur, all of which showed interest.[24] On 23 December, Coyle confirmed that they had started negotiations with Chelsea about a possible transfer,[25][26] and a week later a transfer fee was agreed.[27][28] Despite being on the brink of joining Chelsea, Cahill continued to play for Bolton, scoring the crucial goal in the 1–2 away win against Everton at Goodison Park on 4 January 2012.[29] Two days after that, Coyle said that Cahill was not going to play in their FA Cup clash against Macclesfield Town, as it would leave him cup-tied for Chelsea.[30][31]

Chelsea[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

Cahill playing for Chelsea in 2012

After more than two weeks, the clubs had agreed a fee for him, and on 16 January 2012 Cahill signed for Chelsea for what was believed to be around the region of £7 million, and the negotiating of personal terms.[32] Cahill told the club's official website, "Chelsea is a massive club, it is a club that looks to win trophies season in season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this you can't turn down."[33] He also thanked his former club and their fans, saying, "This is the right move for me at the right time and I would like to thank everyone at Bolton because I've had a great four years at the football club. My spell with Wanderers has enabled me to break into the England squad, and I would particularly like to thank the fans for their support along the way. I always appreciated their backing."[34] He was one of Chelsea's unused substitutes in their 0–1 away victory in the 2011–12 FA Cup against Queens Park Rangers on 28 January 2012.[35][36] On 5 February, Cahill made his debut for Chelsea in the 3–3 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.[37] On 18 March 2012, he scored his first goal in a Chelsea shirt against Leicester City in the FA Cup, a 5–2 win. Cahill scored when he rose above Wes Morgan to head the ball from six yards from a Juan Mata corner, before unveiling the word's "PRAY 4 MUAMBA" on his inner T-shirt, in support of his former Bolton teammate Fabrice Muamba, who had collapsed in a match the day before.[38] He scored his first league goal for the club in the following game, opening the scoring in a 2–1 away defeat to Manchester City.[39]

Cahill started Chelsea's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona because of an injury picked up by David Luiz in the 5–1 victory in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. The game finished 1–0, with Cahill making some crucial tackles in the second half.[40] In the sixth minute of the second leg, Cahill stretched to win the ball and went down with an hamstring injury.[citation needed] Although he tried to run it off, he eventually had to be replaced by José Bosingwa in the 13th minute.[citation needed] Chelsea went on to win 3–2 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final.[41] He went on to win the season's FA Cup.[42] With the suspensions of both defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanović, questions arose whether Cahill, along with David Luiz, would be fit for the UEFA Champions League Final to fill the gap.[citation needed] On 15 May 2012, he completed his first full training session after three weeks. "We've worked really hard, all day, afternoons, and I'm fortunate enough to be back," he said. "Hopefully, I'll be fit, I will be fit, and hopefully I'll be out there if selected."[43] He started the game and was part of the squad that defeated Bayern on penalties in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, giving Chelsea their first ever UEFA Champions League title.[44] He received praise for his performance especially, as he was still suffering from the injury sustained during the semi-final's second leg.[45] During his first half-season at Stamford Bridge, Cahill appeared in 19 games, scoring two goals and providing one assist in 1,596 minutes on the pitch.[46]

2012–13 season[edit]

Cahill scored on his first appearance of the season in a 4–2 win against Reading on 22 August 2012.[47] On 1 September, he scored in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup against Atlético Madrid, which Chelsea lost 4–1.[48] On 5 December 2012, Cahill scored his first UEFA Champions League goal, coming against Nordsjælland in a 6–1 home rout.[49] On 16 December 2012, Cahill was sent-off against Corinthians in Chelsea's 1–0 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final defeat after a clash with Emerson.[50] On January 2013, Cahill did not feature in the league game against Stoke City due to the birth of his son, Leo.[51][52] On 15 May, he started the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final against Benfica and made a vital last-ditch tackle and clearance in the final moments to ensure that Chelsea won the game 2–1.[53]

2013–14 season[edit]

Cahill playing for Chelsea in 2014

Cahill made his season debut in José Mourinho's first game back as Chelsea manager, helping them keep a clean sheet in a 2–0 victory over newly promoted Hull City on 18 August 2013.[54] Twelve days later, Cahill picked up his first yellow card of the season as Chelsea fell to Bayern Munich in penalty kicks after the sides played out a 2–2 draw in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, held at the Eden Arena in Prague.[55]

Cahill headed in Chelsea's equalizer in their 3–1 comeback win over Southampton on 1 December 2013, moving within four points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.[56] On 18 March 2014, Cahill scored on a rebound of a John Terry header, giving Chelsea a 2–0 win over Galatasaray and a spot in the last eight of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League.[57] This match also marked Cahill's 100th appearance in a Chelsea shirt since his January 2012 move to Stamford Bridge.[58] At the PFA Awards ceremony on 27 April 2014, Cahill was unveiled as a member of the 2013–14 PFA Team of the Year along with Chelsea teammates Petr Čech and Eden Hazard.[59]

2014–15 season[edit]

By 18 October 2014, Cahill was the only Chelsea player to play every minute of their 2014–15 campaign so far.[citation needed] On 8 November, he scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Liverpool.[60] On 24 January 2015, Cahill scored the opener against Bradford City in an FA Cup match, but in the end Chelsea crashed out of the tournament after a 4–2 defeat, which ended their hopes of winning a quadruple this season.[61]

Cahill with the trophy after winning in the 2015 League Cup Final with Chelsea

In May, Cahill won a Premier League medal and became the fastest player in Premier League history to win every major trophy available: the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in 2012, the UEFA Europa League in 2013 and the League Cup and Premier League in 2015, all in the span of just three years.[62] He was also one of six Chelsea players named in the 2014–15 PFA Team of the Year.[63]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 2 August 2016, Cahill made his first appearance of the season in 1–0 defeat of the FA Community Shield against London rivals Arsenal.[64] On 24 October 2015, Cahill scored his first goal of the season against West Ham United in a 2–1 defeat as Chelsea suffered their fifth defeat in ten games.[65] On 2 December 2015, Cahill signed a new four-year deal at Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2019.[66]

2016–17 season[edit]

Under new management, Antonio Conte, Cahill continued his partnership with John Terry in defense at the start of the season.[67] On 27 August 2016, Cahill made his 200th appearance for Chelsea at home against Burnley, helping his side to earn a clean-sheet for this first time this season in a 3–0 victory.[68] On 20 September 2016, with Terry injured and while Ivanović was rested, Cahill captained Chelsea for the first time and scored his first goal of the season in a 4–2 win over Leicester City during the third round of the EFL Cup.[69]

International career[edit]

Cahill warming up for England in 2009

Cahill was one of a number of uncapped players in Stuart Pearce's first squad as England U21 coach.[citation needed] He was not chosen to start the match, on 6 February 2007, against Spain.[70] His first under-21 cap for England was the first game at the new Wembley Stadium, where he partnered Anton Ferdinand at the centre of the England defence.[citation needed] His final of three caps came in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where he made one appearance.[citation needed]

Cahill was called up to the England squad for the match against Kazakhstan on 4 June 2009 following the withdrawal of Rio Ferdinand,[4][71] but had to wait over a year for his first cap, until he came on as a second-half substitute for Michael Dawson on 3 September 2010 against Bulgaria in a 4–0 win at Wembley Stadium.[72] In doing so, he became the first Bolton Wanderers player to play for England since Michael Ricketts in 2002.[73] On 29 March 2011, Cahill made his first start for the national team against Ghana in a friendly that ended 1–1.[citation needed]

Until Cahill played for England, he was also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland through an Irish grandparent.[74] However, his manager at Bolton and former Ireland international, Owen Coyle, said that Cahill only wanted to represent England.[75]

Cahill playing for England in 2012

On 2 September 2011, in his first competitive start, Cahill scored his first international goal for England against Bulgaria in the qualifying rounds of UEFA Euro 2012 in the 13th minute.[76] In netting the opening goal, Cahill became the first Bolton player to score for England since Ray Parry against Northern Ireland in 1959.[77][78][79]

On 29 February 2012, Cahill scored a goal at Wembley against the Netherlands to make the score 1–2, with England eventually losing 2–3.[80]

On 16 May 2012, he was named in new England manager Roy Hodgson's UEFA Euro 2012 squad.[citation needed] On 2 June, during a 1–0 friendly win against Belgium at Wembley, he was pushed by Belgium player Dries Mertens and collided with England goalkeeper Joe Hart, and was ruled out of Euro 2012 with a broken jaw. He was replaced by Liverpool defender Martin Kelly.[81]

Cahill headed in Leighton Baines' corner to score his third international goal in a 3–0 Wembley win over Peru on 30 May 2014.[82]

On 12 May 2014, Cahill was named in the 23-man England squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[citation needed] He started all three matches as England was eliminated at the group stage. In September 2014, he was named England's vice-captain to Wayne Rooney, after the international retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.[83] On 9 October 2015, with the team already qualified, he captained England for the first time in a 2–0 home win over Estonia in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[84]

Style of play[edit]

Cahill is known for his technical ability, powerful heading in defence and attack, volleying, and good tackling.[citation needed] The centre-back also has an impressive goal-scoring record from defence.[citation needed] Former Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas said of Cahill, "I think his technical attributes are immense and his pace is fantastic."[85] Despite being a defender, Cahill is noted for his technical ability and distribution, and occasionally, for his finishing prowess, and strength with his head. A quick, consistent and reliable centreback, Cahill is also known for his positioning and his ability to read the game.[86][87][88]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Cahill playing for Chelsea in 2014
As of match played 20 September 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2004–05[89] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06[90] Premier League 7 1 0 0 1 0 8 1
2006–07[91] Premier League 20 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
2007–08[92] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 28 1 1 0 2 0 31 1
Burnley (loan) 2004–05[89] Championship 27 1 4 0 1 0 32 1
Sheffield United (loan) 2007–08[92] Championship 16 2 16 2
Bolton Wanderers 2007–08[92] Premier League 13 0 4[a] 0 17 0
2008–09[93] Premier League 33 3 0 0 1 0 34 3
2009–10[94] Premier League 29 5 2 1 3 1 34 7
2010–11[95] Premier League 36 3 5 0 0 0 41 3
2011–12[96] Premier League 19 2 0 0 2 0 21 2
Total 130 13 7 1 6 1 4 0 147 15
Chelsea 2011–12[96] Premier League 10 1 4 1 5[b] 0 19 2
2012–13[97] Premier League 26 2 4 0 4 2 9[c] 2 2[d] 0 45 6
2013–14[98] Premier League 30 1 3 0 3 0 11[e] 1 47 2
2014–15[99] Premier League 36 1 2 1 4 0 6[b] 1 48 3
2015–16[100] Premier League 23 2 4 1 2 0 7[b] 1 1[f] 0 37 4
2016–17[101] Premier League 5 0 0 0 2 1 7 1
Total 130 7 17 3 15 3 38 5 3 0 203 18
Career total 331 24 29 4 24 4 42 5 3 0 429 37
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ One appearance and one goal in UEFA Super Cup, four appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  5. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, ten appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 4 September 2016[102]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2010 1 0
2011 6 1
2012 5 1
2013 9 0
2014 12 1
2015 7 0
2016 8 0
Total 48 3

International goals[edit]

As of match played 4 September 2016. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Cahill goal.[102]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 2 September 2011 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria 4  Bulgaria 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification [76]
2 29 February 2012 Wembley Stadium, London, England 8  Netherlands 1–2 2–3 Friendly [80]
3 30 May 2014 Wembley Stadium, London, England 23  Peru 2–0 3–0 Friendly [82]

Honours[edit]

Chelsea

Individual

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