Jonathan Walters is a striker for football club Burnley and the Republic of Ireland national football team. He began his football playing career from club Blackburn Rovers, but his did not enter into the first team, and then he moved to Bolton Wanderers for £50,000. Numerous football clubs expressed their interests in signing the young football player. Before signing for club Hull City, he accomplished he first-time appearance in a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic. After ended the loan spell, he was loaned to Crewe Alexandra. In 2004, he moved to Hull City on permanent basis.
Walters only won three goals for Hull City in two season, then he was sold to League Two side Wrexham. Prior to sign for opponent club Chester City in 2006, he played at Wrexham in the whole 2005-06 season. He cut a striking figure in an FA Cup match against Ipswich Town, promoting the large sum of transfer fee provided by Ipswich manager Jim Magilton. He accept the offer and then turned to be a football player of Ipswich in 2007.
After three years or so exercise, Walters transferred to the club Stoke City of Premier League for original £2.75 million on a four-year deal. In August 2010, he appeared in a match of Stoke City against Tottenham Hotspur. For his eminent performances with numerous football club, he was called up for the Ireland national football team against the Switzerland side in 2003, winning two goals in a 2-1 win.
Shane Long, born on 22 January 1987, is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Southampton and the Republic of Ireland national team.
Long was born in County Tipperary, Ireland. The most popular sport is hockey in his hometown. He was a talented hurler and appeared in two All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship (Under-18) semi-finals with Tipperary at Croke Park, and was regarded as a pacey and promising forward. Long was also playing Gaelic football at this time.
Long made his appearance in European Football Championship qualifiers in February, 2007, because Kevin Edward Doyle and Stephen William Elliott got injured. In March, he played the match against Slovakia national team. Long became the first person to play both hurling and international football at Croke Park. Long scored his first international goal in a friendly 1-1 draw against Bolivia on 26 May 2007, and won Denmark on 22 August 2007. He was consequently nominated as the Football Association of Ireland Young Player of the Year for 2007.
In 2011, Long replaced the injured player in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia in Dublin. He scored in a match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 29 May 2013, Long scored his ninth goal for Ireland, a header against England at Wembley Stadium, the second largest stadium in Europe and the standard playing venue of the English national team.
Long signed a four-year contract with Southampton for an undisclosed fee. On 21 July 2016, he signed a new contract with the club, extending his stay with the club until 2020. He scored 8 goals in 32games of Premier League for Southampton in the football shirts, becoming the top scorer.
Although he has been an excellent footballer, Long is a loyal fan of Leeds United. In addition to football and hurting, he also likes playing the guitar and singing. In a word, Long is a versatile footballer.
Shane Duffy was born in Derry, Northern Ireland on Jan. 1 1992. He started his professional playing career from Derry. In 2007, he played for the Northern Ireland national football team at the U16, leaving a deep impression to David Moyes, the manager of Everton. Then he became a member of the first team to participate in the pre-season friendlies. He accomplished his first appearance in a match against AEK Athens in the UEFA Europa League in 2009, taking the place of injured Sylvain Distin. He was loaned to other clubs in most of his time, including Burnley, Scunthorpe and Yeovil.
In 2014, Shane Duffy became a regular member of the Blackburn Rovers for a large sum of transfer fee. In Aug. 2016, Duffy won 2 own goals in a league match against Cardiff City, ending with being sent off in the final minutes. For outstanding performances in competitions, he transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion by a four year contract. Besides, he is also an excellent football player of the Northern Ireland football team and Ireland national football team.
Wes Hoolahan was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 20, 1982. He started his professional football playing career from Shelbourne, in which he scored League of Ireland Premier Division championships three times and performed well in the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League qualifying. Then, he played for the Livingston, Blackpool and Norwich City successively.
In Jun. 2007, he reached a two-year contract with the Blackpool. Nevertheless, Livingston refused to accept this decision, revealing that the Blackpool has not obey the terms of loan agreement. After long-term negotiation but without an agreed contract, they referred to this matter to the Football Association. In the end, FIFA ruled Blackpool’s favor, leaving Hoolahan a regular member of Blackpool.
After served for Blackpool, Wes Hoolahan also played for the Norwich City and Ireland national football team. At first, he played for the Ireland squad at U21 level. In 2012, he won the award of the Man of the Match for outstanding performances in a competition.
James McClean was born in Derry, Northern Ireland on Apr. 22, 1989. When he was young, he started his professional football playing career, appearing in a match against Glentoran as a substitute. For expired for his contract, he transferred to Derry City with David McDaid, and the McEleney brothers — Shane and Patrick. In Aug. 2008, he appeared in a League of Ireland Cup competition for the first time as a substitute for Kevin McHugh.
James McClean joined the Sunderland in 2011 for £350,000 by a one-year-long agreement. For his outstanding performances on football field and dynamic energy spending in football, the manager Steve Bruce revealed that he will have promising future in the club. He started a bright football career with Sunderland by distinguished achievements in competitions, claiming a place in the Sunderland. In addition, he also played for Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion, Northern Ireland national football team and Ireland national football team. When he played for the Ireland national football team, he win the respects of countless football lovers and loyal football fans by outstanding performances on football fields.
Kevin Long was born in Cork, Ireland on Aug. 18, 1990. Kevin Long is a current professional defender of the Ireland national football team. Prior to reach an agreement with Cork City, he played for the Cork City youth structure. After a short time, he accomplished his first appearance as a second half substitute. Then he, along with Dan Murray, started his playing career in senior team from a competition in a home against Ipswich Town.
In 2010, it was confirmed that Long had become a regular member of the Burnley. During this period, he was loaned to many football clubs, including Stanley, Rochdale, Portsmouth, Barnsley F.C. and Milton Keynes Dons. In addition to unremitting efforts with football clubs above, he capped for the Ireland national football team, cutting a striking figure in this period. He played for the Ireland squad for the first time in a competition against Mexico as a second-half substitute. I firmly hold that Long will grow into a world-class super football star by unremitting efforts and diligent practices.
Cyrus Christie was born in Coventry, England on Sep. 30, 1992. Played as a professional defender of the Ireland squad, he was widely regarded as one of the excellent footballers of Ireland national football team. Having played for several clubs, he gradually grew into an experienced and skillful professional footballer. In Aug. 2010, he accomplished the first appearance in a match against Morecambe. He was loaned to Nuneaton Town of Conference North in Jan. 2011. But he was recalled by Coventry short after two starts and three appearances.
After served for the Coventry City, Cyrus Christie moved to Derby County by a three-year-long agreement with the club. In Aug. 9, he participated in a match against Rotherham United for Derby County for the first time. Known for dynamic energy, consistency and unremitting efforts, he help the team won many goals in many matches. In Feb. 2016, he won his first Rams goal in the 74th match. Besides, he is also a footballer who has played for Middlesbrough and Ireland national football team.