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Séamus Coleman (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish footballer who plays for Everton and the Republic of Ireland.[2] Originally a Gaelic footballer, Coleman started his association football career with Sligo Rovers before moving to English club Everton in 2009. In 2010 he spent half a season on loan with Blackpool, helping the team to win promotion via the 2010 Championship play-off, before returning to Everton. In his international career Coleman has won the 2011 Nations Cup and was awarded the FAI Under 21 International Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.

Club careerEdit

Sligo RoversEdit

Originally a Gaelic footballer who, aged 16, played as a back on his local GAA team Na Cealla Beaga,[3][4] Coleman was spotted by Sligo Rovers when he lined up for his hometown association football side, St. Catherine’s of Killybegs, in a friendly match against Sligo Rovers.[5] He made his League of Ireland debut at the Brandywell in October 2006 as a substitute for Adam Hughes.[6] He scored his only goal for Rovers against Bray Wanderers in May 2008.[7]

EvertonEdit

Following recommendation by Willie McStay to former teammate and Everton manager David Moyes, Coleman was signed by the Merseyside club for £150,000[8] in January 2009, ahead of other interest from Ipswich Town, Birmingham City and Celtic.[9] Before playing a game for Everton, Coleman had to undergo surgery on a career-threatening infected blister.[10] He made his debut in the Europa League in a 5–0 loss to Benfica[11] In his home debut, a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, Coleman was named Man of the Match[citation needed] after coming on as a first half substitute for the injured Joseph Yobo and played an instrumental part for both of Everton's goals in a 2–2 draw.[12] Coleman made his FA Cup debut against Carlisle United in January 2010 and created a goal for Tim Cahill after only a few minutes on the pitch.[13] He scored his first goal for Everton against Brentford in the Football League Cup in 21 September 2010.[14]

Loan to BlackpoolEdit

In March 2010, Coleman joined Blackpool on loan, initially for one month,[15] making his debut in a 2–2 draw at home to Crystal Palace.[16] He scored his first goal for the Tangerines in a 4–2 win away against Scunthorpe United.[17] In April, Coleman's loan was extended until the end of the season.[18] It was during this loan that Coleman agreed a new four-year contract with Everton,[19] and he went on to play in Blackpool's play–off final, which they won 3–2 against Cardiff City.[20]

Return to EvertonEdit

Coleman returned to Everton for the following season, breaking into the first team on the right of midfield. He scored his first Premier League goal against his former team Blackpool in November 2010,[21] signing a new four-and-a-half-year deal two months later,[22] and was nominated for the 2011 PFA Young Player of the Year Award.[23] He finished the season having scored four league goals, though was sent off for the first time in his career in the final game of the season, a 1–0 win against Chelsea.[citation needed].[24]

On 31 December 2012, Coleman signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Everton.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 12 January 2013.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sligo Rovers 2006–08 55 1 4 0 1 0 60 1
Total 55 1 4 0 1 0 60 1
Blackpool 2009–10 9 1 12[a] 1
Total 9 1 12 1
Everton 2009–10 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
2010–11 34 4 4 1 2 1 40 6
2011–12 18 0 4 0 2 0 24 0
2012–13 13 0 1 1 2 0 16 1
Total 68 4 10 2 6 1 3 0 87 7
Career total 132 6 14 2 7 1 3 0 159 9
a. ^ Includes three appearances in the Championship promotion play-offs.

InternationalEdit

Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 4 0
2012 5 0
Total 9 0

International careerEdit

Coleman has represented Ireland U18 schools, he helped them retain the Centenary Shield in 2006. Coleman is an Ireland under 21 and U23 international, having made his debut for the former against Sweden in 2007.[26] His most recent cap was as captain in a 1–0 defeat against Turkey in Izmir in November 2010.[27] In August 2010, Coleman scored his only international goal to date at Tallaght Stadium.[28] In the same month he won the 2009 FAI Under 21 Player of the Year Award.[29] He retained the U21 award for 2010.[30]

He received his first call-up to the senior squad in October 2010,[31] and made his full international début in the Republic of Ireland's inaugural Nations Cup match against Wales on 8 February 2011, which Ireland won 3–0.[32]

Personal lifeEdit

Coleman has two brothers; Francis and Stevie. His parents are Máire and Henry Coleman. As a boy he attended St. Catherine's Vocational School.[33] He supports the Donegal senior football team.[34][35] He also still follows his local GAA team, Na Cealla Beaga.[3]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Blackpool

InternationalEdit

Republic of Ireland

IndividualEdit