Coleman lining up for the Republic of Ireland in 2013
|Full name||Séamus Coleman|
|Date of birth||11 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Killybegs, Ireland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|St. Catherine's (Killybegs)|
|2010||→ Blackpool (loan)||9||(1)|
|2007–2010||Republic of Ireland U21||13||(1)|
|2011–||Republic of Ireland||32||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2016 (UTC).
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 them win promotion via the 2010 Championship play-off, before returning to Everton where he has made over 190 appearances, and has been regarded as one the league's top full backs.
Coleman has been a senior international for the Republic of Ireland since 2011, acquiring over 30 caps. He 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 against them in a friendly for his hometown association football side, St. Catherine's of Killybegs. 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, telling him that he should join League of Ireland First Division club Finn Harps. McDonald departed Sligo Rovers in March 2007, and was replaced bu Paul Cook, of whom Coleman later said; "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".
Coleman was sent off on 28 September 2007 in a 3–0 loss at Bohemians, for a two-footed challenge on their substitute John-Paul Kelly. He scored his only goal for Rovers against Bray Wanderers on 17 May 2008, concluding a 3–0 win.
Following a 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 on 22 October in the Europa League group stage in a 5–0 loss to Benfica at the Estádio da Luz, being beaten to the ball by Javier Saviola for the first goal. Three days later 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. He made his FA Cup debut against Carlisle United in the third round on 2 January 2010, replacing Tony Hibbert in the 80th minute and creating a goal for Tim Cahill two minutes later, in a 3–1 home win.
On 19 March 2010, Coleman joined Championship club Blackpool on loan, initially for one month as a replacement for the injured Neil Eardley. He made his debut the next day, in a 2–2 draw at home to Crystal Palace. He scored his first goal for the Tangerines in a 4–2 win away to Scunthorpe United on 2 April. Later that month, Coleman's loan was extended until the end of the season, while on 19 May he agreed a new four-year contract with Everton. He played in Blackpool's play–off final at Wembley Stadium, which they won 3–2 against Cardiff City.
Coleman returned to Everton for the following season, breaking into the first team on the right of midfield. He scored his first goal for Everton against Brentford in the Football League Cup third round on 21 September 2010. He opened the scoring at Griffin Park in the sixth minute, but also gave away a penalty kick with a foul on Myles Weston, which Ján Mucha saved from Charlie MacDonald, although Brentford eventually won in a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw. He scored his first Premier League goal against his former team Blackpool on 6 November to secure a 2–2 draw at Bloomfield Road, signed 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 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. He scored his first ever goal in European football for Everton on 18 September 2014, netting their second in a 4–1 win over Wolfsburg in the first match of their Europa League campaign. On 19 February 2015, he was again on target in Europe, in a 4–1 win over BSC Young Boys in the last 32.
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. He captained Ireland 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.||”|
In June 2015 he married Rachel Cunningham in St Mary of the Visitation Church in Killybegs.
- As of match played 6 February 2016.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Sligo Rovers||2006||League of Ireland Premier Division||3||0||—||3||0|
|2007||League of Ireland Premier Division||26||0||—||26||0|
|2008||League of Ireland Premier Division||26||1||—||26||1|
- As of match played 17 November 2015.
|Republic of Ireland||2011||4||0|
- Republic of Ireland
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Seamus Coleman very politely and willingly stops to make Sean Thomas McMonagle, Mecheala and Nicole Cronin's day!
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The GAA slogan says that you can't beat being there. And you really can't...There's even a cameo role later on from Seamus Coleman!
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Séamus Coleman.|
- Séamus Coleman profile at Everton F.C.
- Séamus Coleman profile at the Football Association of Ireland
- Séamus Coleman career statistics at Soccerbase