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Shaka Hislop

Personal information
Full nameNeil Shaka Hislop
Date of birth22 February 1969(age 47)
Place of birthHackney, London, England
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Neil Shaka Hislop, CM (born 22 February 1969) is a former professional football goalkeeper. The majority of his career was spent in the top division in England where he was a part of the Newcastle United team which finished second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan's first tenure. Before this he played for Reading where he was on the losing side in the 1st Division Play-Offs despite finishing second overall (which became an automatic promotion slot the following season). He later played for West Ham United on two separate occasions (receiving an FA Cup Runner-up medal during his second term in 2006) and also Portsmouth (where he won the 1st Division in 2002/03).

He was eligible to play for both England and Trinidad and Tobago. He initially played for the England U-21 team and was on the bench for a full International against Chile, but in the end opted to play for Trinidad & Tobago. A dispute with the national team ruled him out of contention for several years, but he returned to play and starred in the country's first ever World Cup appearance in 2006.

He is now working for sports news and broadcasting service ESPN and regularly provides commentary on Serie A and Spanish La Liga matches. He has also accepted an offer to be a goalkeeping coach for the football team at Quinnipiac University.


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