Michael Dawson (soccer player)

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Michael Dawson
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Michael Dawson (2016)
Surname Michael Richard Dawson
birthday November 18, 1983
place of birth NorthallertonEngland
position Central defender
Years station
1997-2000 Nottingham Forest
Years station Games (goals) 1
2000-2005 Nottingham Forest 83 (7)
2005-2014 Tottenham Hotspur 236 (7)
2014-2018 Hull City 122 (8)
2018– Nottingham Forest 10 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2003-2005 England U-21 13 (0)
2006-2007 England B 2 (0)
2010-2011 England 4 (0)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: end of season 2018/19

Michael Richard Dawson (born November 18, 1983 in Northallerton ) is an English football player . The center- back and 13-time England U-21 international played through various Nottingham Forest youth teams before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur with Andy Reid for £ 8 million in 2005 . Since 2018 he has been under contract with Nottingham Forest again.

Athletic career

Nottingham Forest

Michael Dawson is the younger brother of Andy and Kevin Dawson , who both also found their way into professional football. He grew up in Leyburn , attended school in Wensleydale and played organized soccer for the local Northallerton Junior Football Club for the first time, and a year later for a club in Richmond. At the age of 14 he joined the youth department of the prestigious Nottingham Forest . In November 2000 he received his first professional contract with "Forest", where he made his debut on April 1, 2002 in the second class First Division against FC Walsall (2: 3).

In the following season 2002/03 Dawson succeeded at the side of the experienced Des Walker the sporting breakthrough. He moved into the play-off games with the sixth place in the final table and failed in the semi-finals there at Sheffield United , where he was suspended for the second leg in Sheffield (3: 4) due to a red card in the first game (1: 1) was. In recognition of his good performance, Dawson was named PFA Team of the Year in the second division. In the following 18 months of his engagement in Nottingham, Dawson had to struggle with various injuries as well as the glandular fever that he caught while working for the England U-21 national team . The results also left a lot to be desired in terms of sport, coach Paul Hart was replaced by Irishman Joe Kinnear in February 2004 and after a weak season in which Forest had been in a relegation battle for a long time, the club was still in a secure midfield position - as decisive factors Dawson and the unerring striker David Johnson were singled out.

The following year, Dawson could no longer prevent relegation to the third division. However, the defender had previously left the club together with left winger Andy Reid for a total of eight million pounds in the direction of the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in January 2005 .

Tottenham Hotspur

In the English top division Dawson made his debut on April 16, 2005 in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool and in the following season 2005/06, the newcomer developed a good reputation with his own appendix through his fighting skills and headball strength. This led to the fact that the parties agreed in March 2006 on a contract extension until the end of the 2010/11 season. The "central defender couple" with Ledley King harmonized straight away and when he suffered a long-term injury, Dawson developed into a leading player in defense.

On November 5, 2006, he scored his first league goal for Spurs against Chelsea (2-1) and led his team for the first time in the FA Cup quarter-finals against the same opponent on behalf of the injured Ledley King, Robbie Keane and Paul Robinson as captain on the field. He missed only one of 59 competitive games in the entire 2006/07 season and signed a new five-year contract at the end of this and the following 2007/08 season. After the return of Ledley King, Dawson found himself, who also had to struggle with form fluctuations at the beginning of the 2008/09 season and at the end with minor injuries, but more often on the substitutes' bench and so came relatively few bets. He completed 28 out of 54 possible compulsory appearances, but was nevertheless voted "best team player" of the last year by his own fans.

In the 2009/10 season, Dawson was an important factor in Tottenham's first qualification for the Champions League in fourth place in the Premier League . He had to defend his regular place at the beginning, as he had been placed with Sébastien Bassong from Newcastle United additional competition at the side. But since Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate continued to suffer from injury problems, Dawson profiled himself more and more as defense chief. After Robbie Keane's departure to Celtic Glasgow , he was promoted to captain and in January 2010 he signed a new five-year deal with Spurs. At the end of the round he also received the club's internal award for best player of the past season.

Hull City

On August 26, 2014, Dawson left Spurs after nine and a half years and moved to Hull City . He signed a three-year contract until June 30, 2017.

Nottingham Forest

On May 30, 2018, Dawson signed a two-year contract with Nottingham Forest, returning to Nottingham after thirteen years .

English national team

On February 11, 2002 Dawson made his debut against Italy for the English U-21 selection , played a total of 13 games for the youngsters and led the team at the end as captain. Also in the English B team Dawson came to two internationals, first on May 25, 2006 against Belarus and a year later against Albania .

After consistently good performances at Tottenham Hotspur , England's senior national team coach Fabio Capello appointed him to the provisional squad for the World Cup in South Africa in May 2010 - as did his club mate and central defender counterpart Ledley King - although he had not previously been in the "first eleven" was used. On August 11, 2010, Michael Dawson made his debut for the English national team in a friendly against the Hungarian national soccer team .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Home Team is Feeling Happy" (The Northern Echo)
  2. ^ "Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea" (BBC Sport)
  3. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who . Mainstream Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0 , pp. 110 .
  4. ^ "Defender Michael Dawson signs new Tottenham contract" (BBC Sport)
  5. "Michael Dawson: 'I knew Harry believed in me, even when I was out of the side'" (The Independent)
  6. Hull City Complete The Signing Of Michael Dawson From Tottenham Hotspur ( Memento of the original from August 27, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Hull City) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.hullcitytigers.com
  7. Michael Dawson: Nottingham Forest re-sign Hull City center-back (BBC Sport)
  8. ^ "Fabio Capello makes surprise England World Cup choices" (BBC Sport)