How to Be an Ex-Footballer

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In January 2003, then West Ham manager Glenn Roeder gave Cole the club captain's armband at the age of 21. He came on as a substitute for fellow new signing Damien Duff with 21 minutes remaining and caused Michal Drahno to score an own goal to conclude a 2–0 victory. From those staying in the sport—the diehard veterans, coaches, managers, owners and of course the legion of pundits, to those moving on to pastures new. After leaving the club in 2013, Cole said that joining Liverpool was a mistake due to not feeling a connection with the club or fans. Scores and results list England's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Cole goal.

In all, Cole made 22 league appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring twice, both from long-range free kicks. From those staying in the sport - the diehard veterans, coaches, managers, owners and of course the legion of pundits, to those moving on to pastures new. On 4 May 2016, Cole signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League (NASL), signing a contract through the end of the 2017 NASL season, with a club option for 2018.

In 1999, Cole was part of West Ham's victorious FA Youth Cup-winning squad (alongside Michael Carrick), defeating Coventry City 9–0 on aggregate in the final.

On 17 February, Cole played his first match under new manager Kenny Dalglish in a 0–0 draw against Sparta Prague in the Europa League, in which he came on as a first-half substitute for the injured Fábio Aurélio. Crouch speaks from his own experience and discusses with fellow former professionals too—just how do you safely release a near seven-foot striker back into the wild? Described as a "clever flick", his goal helped Chelsea win and overtake Manchester United at the top of the league as they were at the end of the season. The final appearance in his loan with Lille came in their 4–1 final day victory over Nancy, he provided an assist for one of Eden Hazard's three goals and was later substituted off in the 64th minute by Nolan Roux.

Many footballers don't cope well at all, with almost 40% going bankrupt within five years of retirement.

However, he was limited to only two substitute appearances in the tournament itself, [112] as England lost to Germany in the second round in what was to be his final international appearance. Also my copy had be inexplicably partially censored with some expletives ‘bleeped out’, but then later on that same expletive is left untouched.He scored his first goal on 29 October in the League Cup against Notts County, replacing Jesper Grønkjær in the 70th minute and netting the last goal in a 4–2 victory which put Chelsea into the last 16. It’s still good, but gets confusing when he’s reciting a conversation (in the first person) with another ex-pro, whilst referring to himself as Peter Crouch. Across 16 Chapters and 275 Pages, Peter Crouch builds the reader a picture of the character that he has come to know through tales from throughout his career, or his perception and experience from afar for others, during their “main and more famous career” of being a footballer. In 2007–08, Cole scored a low driven shot that tucked into the corner against West Ham, opting not celebrate against his former club.

Then inevitably, when age catches up with them or injury strikes, these man-children are thrown out into the real world, utterly defenceless apart from their multi-million-pound bank accounts. Cole's first Premier League game was on 18 October, coming on for the final nine minutes in place of Christian Benteke in a 0–3 defeat away to Everton. Enjoyed all of Peter's books so far, easy to read and a peek behind the curtain of such a vast world that everyone thinks they know already. TNT Sports launches as ultimate home for sports fans - Who are the pundits, presenters and commentators?From the pleasure and pain of management to the lessons we can learn from Jamie Carragher and Joe Cole on not going to seed. I would recommend all young and upcoming football professionals read the last poignant chapter of this book at least. Two weeks later, away to Minnesota United, he scored his first goal to open a 2–0 win, assisting Eric Avila for the other; he was voted the league's Player of the Week. Recap: Coventry City 4 Barnsley 3 - Joe Cole scores his first goal for Sky Blues as Adam Armstrong hits a double". Just as there are books being written to be turned into screenplays, there are definitely books that are written to be listened to as opposed to read.

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