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Shay Given
Shay Given
Personal information
Full name Séamus John James Given
Date of birth 20 April 1976 (1976-04-20) (age 44)
Place of birth    Lifford, Flag of Republic Ireland Republic of Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Flag of None
Number 31
Youth clubs
1991–1994 Celtic
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1994–1997
1995
1996
1997–2009
2009–2011
Blackburn Rovers
→ Swindon Town (loan)
→ Sunderland (loan)
Newcastle United
Manchester City
002 (0)
005 (0)
017 (0)
354 (0)
050 (0)   
National team
1996– Republic of Ireland 114 (0)

Séamus John James Given (born 20 April 1976 Lifford in County Donegal) is an Irish footballer who plays for the Republic of Ireland national team as a goalkeeper. After leaving Celtic in 1994 having been deemed surplus to requirements, Given was part of the Sunderland team who won the Football League First Division title in 1995–96, while on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

He was signed by Newcastle United in 1997, and it was there that he began competing to be a first-choice Premier League goalkeeper. Given was part of the teams who came runners-up in the 1998 and 1999 FA Cup campaigns, and was named in the Premier League Team of the Season for 2001–02 and 2005–06. He played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup with Newcastle, and was involved in the club's title challenge in 2001–02. Although he submitted a transfer request during the 2000–01 campaign after losing his position in the starting lineup, it was denied, and Given went on to regain his place. On 1 February 2009, Given transferred to Manchester City for £7 million on a four and a half-year-contract.

He gained his first international cap in 1996, and has since competed in every World Cup qualifying and European Championship qualifying campaign for his national team. He played in goal during every match for his country during the 2002 World Cup campaign, helping them to reach the knockout stages. With 114 national caps, Given has made more appearances for the Republic of Ireland than any other player in history.

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Republic of Ireland – 2002 FIFA World Cup

1. Given 2. Finnan 3. Harte 4. Cunningham 5. Staunton 6. Roy Keane 7. McAteer 8. Holland 9. Duff 10. Robbie Keane 11. Kilbane 12. Kinsella 13. Connolly 14. Breen 15. Dunne 16. Kiely 17. Quinn 18. G. Kelly 19. Morrison 20. O'Brien 21. Reid 22. Carsley 23. A. Kelly

Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland – UEFA Euro 2016 – Round of 16

1. Westwood 2. Coleman 3. Clark 4. O'Shea 5. Keogh 6. Whelan 7. McGeady 8. McCarthy 9. Long 10. Keane (c) 11. McClean 12. Duffy 13. Hendrick 14. Walters 15. Christie 16. Given 17. Ward 18. Meyler 19. Brady 20. Hoolahan 21. Murphy 22. Quinn 23. Randolph

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