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Micah Richards

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Micah Richards
Richards crop.JPG
Richards during Manchester City's Premier League victory parade in 2012
Personal information
Full name Micah Lincoln Richards[1]
Date of birth (1988-06-24) 24 June 1988 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Right back[2]
Youth career
Leeds United[3]
2000–2001 Oldham Athletic
2001–2005 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2015 Manchester City 179 (6)
2014–2015Fiorentina (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2019 Aston Villa 26 (1)
Total 215 (7)
National team
2003–2004 England U16 2 (0)
2005–2006 England U19 3 (0)
2006–2011 England U21 15 (3)
2006–2012 England 13 (1)
2012 Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Micah Lincoln Richards (born 24 June 1988) is an English former professional footballer who played as a right back. He played in the Premier League and English Football League for Manchester City and Aston Villa, and in Serie A for Fiorentina.

Richards began his career at Manchester City, making 245 appearances across all competitions in ten seasons, winning a Premier League title and an FA Cup. After a season on loan at Fiorentina in Italy's Serie A, he joined Aston Villa in 2015. He played 31 times for Villa until October 2016, several knee injuries would force his lack of appearances afterwards[4] before retiring in July 2019.

On making his full England debut in November 2006, Richards became the youngest defender to be called up to the England squad. He won 13 caps for England between 2006 and 2012, and played in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 Olympic football tournament.

Club career

Early career

Richards was born in Birmingham, West Midlands,[1] and played for the Leeds United youth system as a striker, but he was released when he was around eight years old.[3] He also represented Leeds Schools FA (Leeds City Boys) at a young age. He later played for the Oldham Athletic youth system, moving to Manchester City as a 14-year-old,[5] with Oldham reputedly having a 20% sell on clause. In July 2001 Manchester City reportedly tried to buy out the clause, but Oldham refused.[6] He also attended the Brazilian Soccer Schools scheme and retains strong links with the programme, with his father Lincoln actually running a Brazilian Soccer School in Chapeltown, Leeds.[7]

Manchester City

He made his first-team debut on 22 October 2005 against Arsenal, coming on as a substitute for Danny Mills in the 85th minute of a 1–0 defeat at Highbury.[8] His first goal came on 19 February 2006, heading in a last-minute corner to earn a 1–1 draw away to Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup.[9]

In July 2006, Manchester City rejected a bid of £5 million for Richards from Tottenham Hotspur.[10] On 25 July 2006 he signed a new four-year contract, quashing rumours of a move away from the City of Manchester Stadium.[11] Throughout 2007, Richards was linked with a move away from City, Stuart Pearce said "I am not actively looking to sell Micah because he has a great future here. Whatever offers come in for him, it is going to take a ridiculously big offer to get him out of this football club. I would love to see Micah stay here, captain the club, and maybe be here for 10 years and carry the club on his back if he can. He is good enough to do it. I have not worked with anyone so good and so young."[12] Richards was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award at the end of the 2006–07 season.[13]

He captained the team for the first time on 16 September 2007 against Aston Villa in the absence of teammate Richard Dunne, making Richards the youngest ever City first team captain, beating the 21-year-old Steve Redmond.[citation needed] In February 2008, he signed an improved contract to last until June 2013.[14] On 17 July 2008, Richards played his first full match back from injury in the 2–0 win against EB/Streymur in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[15] Richards was nominated for a second time for the PFA Young Player of the Year award at the end of the 2007–08 season.[16]

Richards playing for Manchester City in 2010
Richards playing for Manchester City in 2010

On 22 March 2009, he scored his first goal of the 2008–09 season with a header in a man of the match performance giving a 1–0 victory over Sunderland at the City of Manchester Stadium. In July 2009, he was diagnosed with swine flu while on holiday in Cyprus, and was kept in isolation after returning from Ayia Napa.[17][18] Richards started for City as they beat Stoke City 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the 2011 FA Cup Final.[19]

Manchester City won the Premier League in 2011–12, and Richards was nominated for the club's Player of the Year award.[20] Richards finished the season with five assists – the most of any defender in the Premier League.[21] City won the league again in 2013–14, but with Richards having lost his place in the team to Pablo Zabaleta he made only two league appearances and missed out on a Premier League winner's medal.[citation needed]

Fiorentina (loan)

On 1 September 2014, Richards signed for Fiorentina on a season-long loan. The loan fee was £3.5m rising to £4.7m should the transfer had made permanent at the end.[22] Seventeen days after signing, Richards made his Fiorentina debut in a UEFA Europa League match against Guingamp, coming on as a substitute for former City teammate Stefan Savić in a 3–0 win.[23] On 28 September, Richards made his first Serie A start for Fiorentina against Torino.[24] Richards chose not to remain at Fiorentina; he only made 10 appearances in the league and a further seven in European competitions as manager Vincenzo Montella switched to a 3–5–2 formation after Richards had arrived.[citation needed]

Back to City

On 10 June 2015, Richards was released by Manchester City.[25]

Aston Villa

On 17 June 2015, Richards signed for Aston Villa on a free transfer after agreeing a four-year contract.[26] He was named their on-field captain for the upcoming Premier League season on 5 August,[27] and on his debut three days later, Villa won 1–0 away to AFC Bournemouth.[28] On 28 November, he scored his first goal for Villa, heading an equaliser in a 2–3 home loss to Watford.[29]

He made his first start of the 2016–17 Championship season in a 1–1 draw at home to Wolves in October 2016, which was also Steve Bruce's first match in charge of the club, but was sidelined with a knee injury until the new year.[30] He did not make a single appearance in 2017–18, with Bruce attributing that to consistent lack of fitness.[31] Despite speculation that Richards would leave Aston Villa before the transfer deadline for the 2018–19 season,[32] he remained at the club, although he was not considered for first team selection[33] and spent another season without making an appearance.[34] His knee issues continued to keep him out the team, and he alleged that fans abused him during this injury.[35]

Richards was released by Aston Villa at the end of the 2018–19 season.[36] He announced his retirement from playing on 26 July 2019, at the age of 31.[37]

International career

England

In November 2006, Richards received a call-up to the England squad for a friendly against the Netherlands after playing only 28 professional club matches. He had previously won three caps for the England under-21 team, and was chosen to start the match on 15 November 2006 against the Netherlands after regular right back Gary Neville withdrew through injury. It made him England's youngest-ever defender, breaking the record previously held by Rio Ferdinand. He scored his first international goal in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel on 8 September 2007 at Wembley Stadium. Richards played regularly during Steve McClaren's time as England manager, making 11 appearances.[38] However, following McClaren's sacking in November 2007, Richards fell out of favour. In Fabio Capello's four years in charge of the England team, Richards played only once, as a substitute against France in November 2010.[39] Upon Capello's resignation in February 2012, Richards spoke of his frustration: "To be frozen out of your international side is hard to take sometimes. Everyone wants to play for their international team, especially when you're playing in a team that's doing so well. I didn't get a chance under Capello. I don't know why. I always asked the question, but I never got an answer."[39]

For most of his exile from the senior team, Richards was still young enough to be eligible for the under-21s, and played regularly. He was called up for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship held in Sweden, where he scored the winning goal against Finland as England went through the group stages undefeated.[40] England reached the final of the competition, but lost 4–0 to Germany.[41] Richards played in four of England's five matches, including the final. During qualifying for the 2011 tournament, Richards captained the team.[42] However, he had to withdraw from the squad for the finals due to injury.[43]

Following Capello's resignation in February 2012, Richards gained an immediate recall to the England team. Caretaker coach Stuart Pearce had coached Richards at both Manchester City and for the under-21s, and selected him to play against the Netherlands.[44] However, when new coach Roy Hodgson named his squad for UEFA Euro 2012, Richards was omitted. Hodgson explained his decision by saying "It was going to be one of Phil Jones or Micah Richards and I chose Jones."[45]

Great Britain Olympic football team

On 28 June 2012, Richards was confirmed as one of the three over-aged players selected by manager Stuart Pearce for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, alongside Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs.[46]

Personal life

Richards is of Kittitian descent through his father who moved from Basseterre to England in 1960s.[47] His first cousin, Atiba Harris is also a professional footballer and long time captain of the Saint Kitts and Nevis national football team.[48]

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2005–06[49] Premier League 13 0 3 1 0 0 16 1
2006–07[50] Premier League 28 1 5 0 1 0 34 1
2007–08[51] Premier League 25 0 2 0 2 0 29 0
2008–09[52] Premier League 34 1 1 0 0 0 15[a] 0 50 1
2009–10[53] Premier League 23 2 2 0 4 0 29 2
2010–11[54] Premier League 18 1 5 2 0 0 8[b] 0 31 3
2011–12[55] Premier League 29 1 1 0 2 0 4[c] 0 1[d] 0 37 1
2012–13[56] Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 1[e] 0 0 0 8 0
2013–14[57] Premier League 2 0 3 0 2 0 3[e] 0 10 0
2014–15[58] Premier League 0 0 1[d] 0 1 0
Total 179 6 22 3 11 0 31 0 2 0 245 9
Fiorentina (loan) 2014–15[59] Serie A 10 0 2 0 7[b] 0 19 0
Aston Villa 2015–16[60] Premier League 24 1 3 1 1 0 28 2
2016–17[61] Championship 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2017–18[62] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19[34] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 26 1 3 1 2 0 0 0 31 2
Career total 215 7 27 4 13 0 38 0 2 0 295 11
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, three UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearance in FA Community Shield
  5. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

International

Source:[63]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2006 1 0
2007 10 1
2010 1 0
2012 1 0
Total 13 1

International goals

England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Richards goal.[63]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 8 September 2007 Wembley Stadium, London, England 6  Israel 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [64]

Honours

Manchester City

Individual

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