Sol Campbell

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Sol Campbell
Sol Campbell2014.jpg
Surname Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell
birthday September 18, 1974
place of birth LondonEngland
size 188 cm
position Central defender
Years station
Senrab FC
Tottenham Hotspur
Years station Games (goals) 1
1992-2001 Tottenham Hotspur 255 (10)
2001-2006 Arsenal FC 135 0(8)
2006-2009 Portsmouth FC 95 0(2)
2009 Notts County 1 0(0)
2010 Arsenal FC 11 0(0)
2010-2011 Newcastle United 7 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1994-1996 England U-21 11 0(2)
1996-2006 England B 2 0(0)
1996-2007 England 73 0(1)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2018-2019 Macclesfield Town
2019-2020 Southend United
1 Only league games are given.

Sol Campbell (born September 18, 1974 in Newham , London ; actually Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell ) is a former English football player and current football coach . The athletic center- back and 73-time England international was active for 14 years with the London first division clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC and was under contract with Newcastle United until May 2011 . In November 2018, he took over as head coach for the first time as coach of the fourth division club Macclesfield Town, which was in danger of relegation .


Youth (until 1992)

Campbell was born in east London. He grew up with eleven siblings and was the youngest of nine sons. The Jamaican parents Sewell and Wilhelmina Campbell were “simple workers” and made sure that the young Sulzeer Jeremiah did not get off the beaten track in the rough neighborhood. He escaped the confined space in his own house by playing as a street footballer.

He was also talented in school football at the Lister Community School in Plaistow and in addition to appearances for Rippleway Newham , he stood at the side of David Beckham in a selection in the county of Essex . Although briefly associated with West Ham United , it was Tottenham Hotspur who eventually accepted him into the youth division. The "Spurs" immediately sent him for further training in what was then the national youth academy of the English Football Association (FA) in Lilleshall . It was there that Campbell also met the then table tennis player Sky Andrew , who became a close friend and later his agent.

Tottenham Hotspur (1992-2001)

Campbell made his professional debut on December 5, 1992. Against Chelsea , he shot as a striker after his substitution, the connection goal in the 88th minute to make the final score 1: 2. Further missions followed in the 1992/93 season initially no more, before he was in the subsequent season 1993/94 with 40 competitive games for the "Spurs". His position was initially more in midfield, but it soon became apparent that he would be suitable for the defense center with a high physical presence and good duel statistics. Although he increasingly represented the long-serving and increasingly injury-prone Gary Mabbutt in central defense over time, he only took over the regular position after his resignation in 1998. Instead, he worked as a defensive all-rounder in the mid-1990s. Often times there were missions as a full-back and with the help of his speed and powerful offensive advances, he intensified the attacking efforts over the sides.

Meanwhile promoted to team captain, Campbell led his team to victory in the League Cup in 1999 after a 1-0 win in the final against Leicester City . But there were no other countable sporting successes. The coaches changed frequently and in the Premier League Campbell, who had meanwhile also become a fixture in the English national team, never cut a season better than seventh with the Spurs and so the European Cup games he had longed for were denied. So it came as little surprise that Campbell took the expiring contract at the end of the 2000/01 season as an opportunity to change clubs. However, the Spurs supporters found the previous transfer poker disappointing for a new contract, at the end of which the former “identification figure” rejected the best-endowed contract in Tottenham history, and on the other hand the fact that it was one of the best English players Players at that time moved to North London local rivals Arsenal FC on a free transfer . In just under nine professional years, Campbell had played 255 league games for Spurs and scored ten goals. Years later, he had to endure insults from Spurs fans, which, in addition to the ubiquitous "Judas" accusations, also included serious homophobic insults.

Arsenal FC (2001-2006)

Campbell immediately found his way in the defensive network at Arsenal and together with the experienced Tony Adams he formed the central defense, which was considered a decisive plus for winning the " double " from the English championship and the FA Cup in 2002. When he returned to White Hart Lane, he had shown particularly strong nerves and withstood the pressure with a sovereign defensive performance.

After continued stable performances at the 2002 World Cup, Campbell built on the successes of the previous season with the Gunners. The English cup title could be defended, but Campbell himself was missing in the final due to a suspension. Adams had meanwhile ended his active career and by the 2003/04 season at the latest, a suitable successor was found in the young Kolo Touré . The Arsenal defense conceded only 26 goals in the Premier League, won the English championship undefeated and Campbell played a total of 49 competitive games.

After 2004, Campbell could no longer maintain this high sporting level. Weaker performance and injury problems were added more and more frequently. In the 2005 FA Cup final against Manchester United , he was only on the bench, making him no contribution to the win on penalties. When he was replaced by coach Arsène Wenger at halftime in the game against West Ham United on February 1, 2006 , he disappeared without a trace and only returned to training five days later. The rare sporting highlights took place during the 2005/06 season in the Champions League , when he initially kept the 0-0 in the semi-final second leg at FC Villarreal and in the final against FC Barcelona, Thierry Henry's free kick to the 1-0 lead (final score : 1: 2) headed. His appearance in the most prestigious European club competition was also Campbell's last competitive game for Arsenal before he struck gold at Portsmouth FC while looking for a new challenge on the south coast of England .

Portsmouth FC (2006-2009)

In August 2006 Campbell signed a two-year contract with the "Pompey" called club from Portsmouth, which was later extended to the end of the 2008/09 season. Critics who thought he was with a less ambitious club in the late autumn of his career, he quickly refuted and, in addition to two good premer league finals in 2007 (ninth place) and 2008 (eighth place), he led his new team in the second year FA Cup victory. At 1-0 he formed the central defense in the final against Cardiff City together with the Frenchman Sylvain Distin .

After another year, he left Portsmouth in July 2009. His contract had expired and no agreement had been reached to renew it. During the following season 2009/10 the financial problems at Portsmouth FC dramatized and Campbell complained about outstanding salary payments and illegally used image rights totaling almost two million pounds.

Short engagements: Notts County and Arsenal, the second (2009-2010)

Surprisingly, Campbell signed on August 25, 2009 with the fourth-rate English traditional club Notts County a contract until the end of the 2013/14 season. The experiment at the club, which England's ex-national coach Sven-Göran Eriksson was able to win as sporting director, quickly turned into a misunderstanding. Campbell only appeared once and surprisingly returned to Arsenal in January 2010 after a period without a club in the winter transfer period. There he served until the end of the 2009/10 season as a substitute for Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas and came in addition to the eleven Premier League appearances to a short comeback in the Champions League, when he completed 90 minutes against FC Porto and at the 1-2 defeat in the first leg scored the goal for Arsenal.

Newcastle United (2010-2011)

On July 28, 2010, he signed a one-year contract with first division rivals and promoted Newcastle United . For the "Magpies", Campbell completed only eight competitive games in the 2010/11 season and in May 2011 he left the club again. A year later he ended his active football career.

English national team

Campbell played his first international game on May 18, 1996 against Hungary as a substitute and was nominated for the European Championship in England . In the second round match against the Scotland selection , the defender came in the 84th minute for his only appearance during the tournament, when coach Terry Venables exchanged him for Jamie Redknapp . In the following years Campbell showed more constant and improved performance in the club and was regularly called up to the English national football team . In the course of time he got stronger and stronger and so he was allowed to play for England more often, including at the 1998 World Cup in France and the Euro 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium . He didn't score his first international goal until 2002 at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea against Sweden - it was his only one.

From then on he took part in the finals tournaments in Portugal in 2004 and in Germany in 2006 and although in 2006 he couldn't get beyond the role of substitute behind John Terry and Rio Ferdinand , he was the first Englishman ever to have played in six finals. In 2002 and 2004 he was also part of the "All-Star Team".

After the coach change to Fabio Capello , Campbell was no longer in the English national team. His 73rd international match against Croatia on November 21, 2007 (2: 3) was the last of his career.

Coaching career

In November 2018, Campbell took over the relegation-threatened fourth division club Macclesfield Town as coach . With 14 points from the last 10 games, he led the club to keep the league, the club started the new season with a home win against Leyton Orient and a victory in the League Cup at the higher-class club FC Blackpool . On August 15, 2019, the club and Campbell announced their separation "by mutual agreement". Background should have been outstanding salary payments and increasing economic problems at Macclesfield.

In October 2019, Campbell took over the coaching position at relegation-threatened third division club Southend United . At the time of the takeover, the club only had five points after 14 league games. His coaching staff include Hermann Hreiðarsson and Andrew Cole . Until the interruption of game operations in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic , he had won 4 out of 23 games with the team, and when the season was subsequently terminated, the team was determined to be relegated. At the end of June 2020, Campbell's contract was terminated by “mutual agreement”; it would have been valid until summer 2022.


social commitment

Campbell is an ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card . Together with Shola Ameobi , he recorded a video statement against racism and discrimination.

Political commitment

In 2014, Sol Campbell joined the Conservative Party . He did this with the intention of securing the black voice for the party. He was briefly brought up in March 2015 as a candidate to succeed Malcolm Rifkind as MP in the House of Commons , but rejected the proposal. However, he announced in June 2015 that he intended to run as a Conservative candidate for the office of Lord Mayor of London.


  • Bob Goodwin: Tottenham Hotspur - The Complete Record . Breedon Books, Derby 2007, ISBN 978-1-85983-567-8 , pp. 120 f .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Inside the mind of Sol Campbell" (The Independent)
  2. "Hate speech against Campbell: Demand for a lifelong stadium ban" (Der Standard)
  3. "Campbell attends Arsenal training" (BBC Sport)
  4. "Campbell signs Portsmouth deal" (Telegraph)
  5. ^ "Sol Campbell wins first stage in court fight with Portsmouth" (Times Online)
  6. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who . Mainstream Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0 , pp. 74 .
  7. ^ Campbell Completes Transfer to Newcastle
  8. ^ "Sol Campbell and Newcastle United part company" (
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  10. Match statistics England - Scotland 2: 0 (0: 0) from June 15, 1996 on
  11. Sol Campbell appointed manager by Macclesfield Town (November 27, 2018) , accessed August 17, 2019
  12. Sol Campbell: Macclesfield Town manager leaves by mutual agreement (August 15, 2019) , accessed August 17, 2019
  13. Sol Campbell becomes first managerial casualty of the season as he leaves Macclesfield Town (August 15, 2019) , accessed August 17, 2019
  14. Sol Campbell leaves Macclesfield by mutual consent after eight months (August 15, 2019) , accessed August 17, 2019
  15. Sol Campbell: Southend United name ex-England defender as new manager (October 22, 2019) , accessed October 23, 2019
  16. Sol Campbell: Southend United manager leaves by mutual consent (June 30, 2020) , accessed June 30, 2020
  17. ^ Show Racism the Red Card-Shola Ameobi and Sol Campbell
  18. Sol Campbell ready 'to have a conversation' with Conservative Party in: The Guardian , October 10, 2014, accessed June 8, 2015
  19. Sol Campbell rules out contesting Tory seat to be vacated by Malcolm Rifkind in: The Guardian, March 3, 2015, accessed June 8, 2015
  20. ^ Former England captain Sol Campbell to stand for election as London mayor in: The Guardian, June 8, 2015, accessed June 8, 2015