Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Craig Bellamy
National team caps and goals correct as of 20:08, 26 May 2007(UTC). * Appearances (Goals)
Craig Douglas Bellamy (born 13 July 1979 in Canton, Cardiff) is a Welsh international footballer. He currently plays for West Ham United in the Premier League.


Club career
Bellamy came through the youth system of Norwich City after a short spell at Bradford Park Avenue and a trial at Bradford City, scoring seven goals in three trial games, but was released as it was thought he would not make the grade as a professional footballer.
His first team debut for the Canaries came at Crystal Palace on 15 March 1997. Bellamy became a first team regular in the 1997–98 season, making 38 appearances with 13 goals. He missed the first two months of the 1998–99 season through injury after a clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Kevin Muscat, but still managed to have a successful season, amassing 17 goals in 38 appearances.
1999–2000 again saw Bellamy miss a substantial amount of the season after sustaining a knee injury during a pre-season game against Southend United. He only returned to action in April 2000. The summer of 2000 saw much transfer speculation surrounding Bellamy with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Wimbledon all reportedly interested. Bellamy eventually completed a move to Coventry City for a sum of £6.5 million (financed through the sale of Robbie Keane to Inter Milan).
In 2002, Norwich fans voted Bellamy into the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame.

Early years
Bellamy had an unsuccessful start to his career with Coventry, scoring only three goals by December, two of which were penalties. This fueled rumours of a return to Norwich, but it never materialised. Coventry stood by their man despite them facing relegation and Bellamy stating that he would want to leave if they dropped down a division. This duly happened and despite his inability to find the net in a Sky Blue shirt, notching up six goals in 34 appearances, there was still demand for his services in amongst bigger teams.

Coventry City
Bellamy's Newcastle career got off to a flying start as he scored on his debut in their 4-0 win over Belgian side Lokeren. Under manager Bobby Robson he formed a productive striking partnership with Alan Shearer, Bellamy's pace complementing the former England captain's guile. At the end of his first season, Bellamy was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award, ahead of players such as Steven Gerrard.
During his second season at 'the toon' came probably his most important moment for the club as he scored two goals (including the winner) in the 3-2 win over Feyenoord which took Newcastle through to the second group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately, in the next match (a 4-1 defeat to Inter Milan) he was sent off for kicking out at an Inter defender, which resulted in a three-match ban. In March 2004, he threw a chair at then-first-team coach John Carver.

Celtic & Blackburn Rovers
On 20 June 2006 he was the subject of a transfer bid from FA Cup winners Liverpool, rumoured to be in the region of £6.5 million. The offer triggered a clause in Bellamy's contract involving bids from clubs playing Champions League football, and Blackburn were obliged to allow him permission to talk to the club.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez subsequently stated that Bellamy "has the ability, the pace and the talent we've been looking for", and that he expected talks to go well, particularly as Bellamy is known to have supported Liverpool in his youth.

Bellamy completed a move to West Ham United for a fee of £7.5 million on 10 July 2007, signing a five-year contract with the club.

West Ham United
Bellamy made his international debut for Wales during the 1997-98 season, playing in a friendly game against Jamaica.
In October 2006, Bellamy was awarded the captain's armband by Welsh manager John Toshack when Ryan Giggs was unavailable through injury for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia. His captaincy got off to a poor start with a 5-1 defeat. However, in his second game as captain against Cyprus, Wales won 3-1. Bellamy was appointed captain of the Wales national football team following the retirement of Giggs on 2 June, 2007.
To date he has attained 45 caps, scoring 14 international goals.

International career


2006–07 Community Shield

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