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Shay Given

Shay Given
Personal information
Full nameSéamus John James Given
Height1.85 m
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubAston Villa

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Séamus John James "Shay" Given (born 20 April 1976) is an Irish footballer who plays for Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland national team as a goalkeeper.

He started his playing career as a youth goalkeeper at Celtic in the early 1990s, leaving in 1994 having been deemed surplus to requirements, Given was part of the Sunderland team who won the Football League First Division title in 1995 96, while on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

He was signed by Newcastle United in 1997, and it was there that he began competing to be a first-choice Premier League goalkeeper. Given was part of the teams who came runners-up in the 1998 and 1999 FA Cup campaigns, and was named in the Premier League Team of the Season for 2001 02 and 2005 06. He played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup with Newcastle, and was involved in the club's title challenge in 2001 02. Although he submitted a transfer request during the 2000 01 campaign after losing his position in the starting lineup, it was denied, and Given went on to regain his place. On 1 February 2009, Given transferred to Manchester City for £7 million on a four and a half-year-contract. On 18 July 2011, Given joined Aston Villa for a fee believed to be around £3.5 million. He signed a five-year contract, meaning that he will be 40 when his contract expires.

He gained his first international cap in 1996, and has rarely missed a full international game since. He played in goal during every match for his country during the 2002 World Cup campaign, helping them to reach the knockout stages. With 116 national caps over the last 15 years, Given has made more appearances for the Republic of Ireland than any other player in history.

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