Saturday, May 28, 2011

favourite football player

Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English footballer who is currently playing his club football for Premier League club Chelsea and at international level for the England national football team. He plays most often as a box-to-box midfielder and has also enjoyed spells in a more advanced attacking midfield.

Lampard began his career at West Ham United, his father's former club. He had secured a place in the first team by the 1997-98 season, and the following year helped the team finish 5th in the Premier League, their highest ever Premier League placing. In 2001 he moved to rival London club Chelsea in 2001 for £11 million.

From his debut onwards he was ever-present in the Chelsea first team, setting a record 164 consecutive Premier League appearances. He established himself as a prolific scorer at the West London club and was a key part of the sides which won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and a domestic cup double in 2007. He signed a new contract in 2008, becoming the highest paid Premier League footballer at that time, and scored in his first Champions League Final that same year. He won the FA Cup for the second time in 2009, scoring the winning goal in the final. On 23 December 2009, he was named the Premier League's Player of the decade by official statistics.

Lampard has won the Chelsea Player of the Year award three times and is Chelsea's 3rd all-time goalscorer with 151 goals in all competitions, including 100 league goals, the most in the club's history for a midfielder. He is the highest goalscoring midfielder in Premier League history with 124 league goals and is 3rd in the Premier League's all-time assists table with 149. In 2005, Lampard was voted PFA Fans' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, and came second in both the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year and the 2005 Ballon d'Or. He is considered to be one of the best players in the world.

Internationally, Lampard has been capped 77 times by England since making his debut in October 1999, and has scored 20 goals. He was voted England player of the year for two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005. He played in UEFA Euro 2004, where he was named in the team of the tournament after scoring three goals in four games. He was top scorer for England in their successful 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, and played in the 2006 World Cup. In the 2010 World Cup qualifiers he scored four goals, helping England qualify for the tournament proper in South Africa.

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