David Platt (soccer player)

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David Platt
David Platt 2010
Surname David Andrew Platt
birthday June 10, 1966
place of birth Chadderton , LancashireEngland
size 178 cm
position midfield
Years station
1984-1985 Manchester United
Years station Games (goals) 1
1985-1988 Crewe Alexandra 134 (56)
1988-1991 Aston Villa 121 (50)
1991-1992 AS Bari 29 (11)
1992-1993 Juventus Turin 16 0(3)
1993-1995 Sampdoria Genoa 55 (17)
1995-1998 Arsenal FC 88 (13)
1999-2001 Nottingham Forest 5 0(1)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1989-1996 England B 3 0(0)
1989-1996 England 62 (27)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1998-1999 Sampdoria Genoa
1999-2001 Nottingham Forest
2002-2004 England U-21
2010-2013 Manchester City (assistant coach)
1 Only league games are given.

David Andrew Platt (born June 10, 1966 in Chadderton ( Lancashire ), England ) is a former English football player and current coach .

During his playing days he was known as a very busy and complete midfielder with an exceptionally high goal risk.


Platt was sorted out as a youth player by Manchester United and then joined the low-class club Crewe Alexandra , where he earned the reputation of a strong midfielder with a great goal scoring ability. When some top clubs were interested in his commitment, Platt ultimately decided to move to Birmingham to Aston Villa .

After Platt quickly got used to English top division football, he was first used by national coach Bobby Robson in an international match for England when the team faced Italy in 1989 . Despite his small number of appearances in the national team, he was nominated for the upcoming World Cup in Italy due to his versatility and reliability .

Platt played in all three group games of the tournament and was substituted on in the extension of the round of 16 against Belgium . There he scored a spectacular and decisive goal with a volley in the last minute, which was also his first for England and ensured that the team could advance to the quarter-finals.

Since team captain Bryan Robson was out due to injury, Platt also played as his substitute in the quarter-finals against Cameroon and scored the first goal of the encounter in the 3-2 win. Platt was also part of the team in the semi-final against Germany , which was only decided on penalties . After the game ended 1-1 after 90 and 120 minutes, Platt converted the third penalty for England. The next two English penalties were missed, so that England was eliminated from the tournament. Platt said goodbye to the World Cup with a third goal when England lost 2-1 in the game for third place to the team from Italy.

The media hype surrounding Paul Gascoigne after the tournament ensured that Platt's performance was not also overrated, so that he could calmly return to his captaincy at Aston Villa. He kept his starting place in the national team from then on, especially since the team was now looked after by former Aston Villa coach Graham Taylor .

Platt was the most consistent player in the ranks of England in the early 1990s, scoring goals regularly and demonstrating his leadership qualities. He was often the captain of the team, although this role was also taken over by Tony Adams at the time , but who was often injured and was not intended to be permanent.

At the European Championship in Sweden in 1992 , when England could not win any of the three group games and were eliminated from the tournament prematurely, Platt scored the only English goal in their 2-1 defeat against Sweden . The team could then not qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the USA , which resulted in Taylor's resignation. His successor, Terry Venables , stuck to Platt, who then scored the first goal in the new era. As the European Championship approached in 1996 in his own country, Platt found himself on the bench more often, as Paul Ince and Gascoigne blocked the possible positions for Platt and Adams took over the captaincy.

Platt was substituted on in most games of the European Championship and was due to a suspension for Ince in the starting line-up during the quarter-final against Spain . In the semifinals he again scored a goal on penalties, but where he again, as six years before, left the place as a loser. Platt then withdrew from the national team after 62 internationals (13 as captain) and 27 goals.

During his club career, Platts way led to Italy in 1991 , where he played for the clubs AS Bari , Juventus Turin and Sampdoria Genoa and always cost transfer fees of several million. He then returned to England for Arsenal in 1995, where he won the first national titles of his career when he won both the Premier League and the FA Cup with Arsenal in 1998 .

He left Arsenal afterwards and became a coach at Sampdoria Genoa. This commitment ended after a very short time after the lack of experience of Platt was criticized in the Italian public and he was denied the ability to look after a club in Serie A. In 1999, Platt became player-manager at Nottingham Forest . There he was unsuccessful and with expensive players who could not improve the quality of the team, he helped the club build up a high mountain of debt. Platt also had differences of opinion with many long-time players of the club, which led to the fact that the players were first removed from the starting XI and then received the club's clearance.

Platt was coach of the U-21 national team and had changeable success here too. After he was able to qualify for the U-21 European Championship in 2002 , he did not succeed two years later. He was then replaced by Peter Taylor as coach.

On July 1, 2010, he was introduced by Manchester City as part of the coaching staff of the 1st team around Roberto Mancini .


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