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Encyclopedia > Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs
Personal information
Full name Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE
Date of birth 29 November 1973 (1973-11-29) (age 34)
Place of birth    Ely, Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Left/Right Winger
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 11
Youth clubs

1987–1990
Manchester City
Manchester United
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990– Manchester United 535 (101)   
National team2
1991
1991–2007
Wales U21
Wales
001 00(0)
064 0(13)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 16:59, 11 May 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 20:39, 3 May 2008 (UTC).
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Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[1] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Ely, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Welsh footballer who has played for Manchester United as a midfielder for the entirety of his club career to-date, and is famed as one of the greatest wingers of all time in the game. Giggs holds a slew of football records including being the most decorated player in British Football history, as well as the most successful English League winner as he collected his 10th FA Premier League winning medal on 11 May 2008. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Ely electoral ward of Cardiff Ely (Welsh Trelai tref town + Elai River Ely) is a suburb primarily dominated by council housing in western Cardiff, Wales. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... This article is about the country. ... “Soccer” redirects here. ... MUFC redirects here. ... For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ... Winger is an American Hard Rock/Glam Metal band from New York City. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Giggs was the first player in history to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award consecutively and as of today has played and scored in every single season of the FA Premier League since its inception, also holding the league's records for most all time goal assists with 289 assists in 535 appearances. Giggs has had a stellar domestic and continental career and is the first player in UEFA Champions League history to have scored in 12 successive seasons, on top of being elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007[2], the English Premiership Team of the Decade, in 2003, as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century. Giggs is also the only United player to have played in all 10 League winning teams and the only Manchester United player to have played in both League Cup winning teams. At the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, held on 21 May 2008, Giggs passed Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 759 appearances for Manchester United to become the club's all-time leader in appearances. The PFA Young Player of the Year is awarded at the end of every English football season, by the members of the Professional Footballers Association, the players union. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... PFA may stand for: Paper Football Association United States Paper Football Association Pacific Film Archive Paraformaldehyde Paul Freundlich Associates Perfluoroalkoxy polymer resin (see teflon) Performance Failure Alert (used with computer hardware) The Planets Funniest Animals Please Find Attached Police Federation of Australia Policía Federal Argentina Popular Flying Association... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... A century (From the Latin cent, one hundred) is one hundred consecutive years. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final (Russian: ) was a football match that took place on Wednesday, 21 May 2008 at 19:45 BST (22:45 local time). ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937) Ashington, Northumberland is a former English professional football player who won a World Cup medal and the European Footballer of the Year award in 1966. ...


On the International level, Giggs played for the Welsh national team prior to his retirement from international football on 2 June 2007, and was once the youngest player to ever represent his country. As well as the many honours Giggs has received within football such as being named in the Football League 100 Legends, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours List, and was inducted into the exclusive English Football Hall of Fame in 2005, for his services to English Football. First International Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Largest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Worst defeat Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 European Championship Appearances none (First... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Football League 100 Legends is a list of 100 legendary football players produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. ... The Hall of Fame is housed at The National Football Museum in Preston, England. ...

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Early years

Giggs was spotted as a 13-year-old by Manchester City scout Dennis Schofield. His talent became widely recognised, and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson went to his house personally to urge him to sign for United instead of City, and he joined them on 29 November 1987 - his 14th birthday. He persuaded Giggs by waiving YTS forms with the opportunity to turn professional in three years. Giggs ended up signing with Manchester United. He represented England at Schoolboy level (as Ryan Wilson) playing at Wembley against Germany in 1989. Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Manchester. ... MUFC redirects here. ... For other persons named Alex Ferguson, see Alex Ferguson (disambiguation). ... Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Manchester. ... is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... The Youth Training Scheme (YTS) was the former name in the United Kingdom of a course of on-the-job training for school leavers ages between 16 and 17 who would otherwise have been unemployed. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... For the old stadium, see Wembley Stadium (1923). ... First international Switzerland 5 - 3 Germany (Basel, Switzerland; 5 April 1908) Largest win Germany 16 - 0 Russia (Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912) Worst defeat England 9 - 0 Germany (Oxford, England; 16 March 1909) World Cup Appearances 16 (First in 1934) Best result Winners, 1954, 1974, 1990 European Championship Appearances 9...


Similarly, England Under-21 coach Lawrie McMenemy checked to see whether he was eligible to play for the national team. Apart from Wales (his birthplace) and England, the only other country he was also eligible to play for Sierra Leone, where his grandfather, on his father's side, originated from. He only played for England schoolboys because he attended a school in England. First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Lawrie McMenemy MBE (b. ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Manchester United first team

Overview

Giggs is Manchester United's longest-serving player.[citation needed] He made his first appearance for the club during the 1990-91 season and has been a regular player since the 1991-92 season. He has played the highest number of competitive games for the club, and holds the club record of team trophies won by a player (23).[3] Since 1992, he has collected ten FA Premier League winners' medals, four FA Cup winner's medals, two League Cup winner's medals and two Champions League winner's medals. He also has runners-up medals from two FA Cup finals and two Football League Cup finals, as well as being part of four United teams who have finished second in the league. He has worn the squad number 11 since squad numbering came into effect in 1993.[citation needed] He has captained the United squad for numerous big matches, with Gary Neville the usual squad captain. MUFC redirects here. ... The 1990-91 season was the 111th season of competitive football in England. ... The 1991-92 season was the 112th season of competitive football in England. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The Carling Cup Trophy The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... 11 (eleven) is the natural number following 10 and preceding 12. ... Gary Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English football player. ...


Beginnings

Giggs turned professional on 29 November 1990 (his 17th birthday) and made his League debut against Everton F.C. at Old Trafford on 2 March 1991, as a substitute for Denis Irwin. In his first full start, Giggs was credited with his first ever goal in a 1-0 win in the Manchester derby, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal. is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... Old Trafford is an area of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. ... -1... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Manchester derby is the name given to football matches between Manchester City and Manchester United. ... Edward Colin Hendry (born December 7, 1965 in Keith) is a former Scottish professional football defender. ...


He became a first-team regular early in the 1991-92 season, yet remained active with the youth system- captaining the team known as the class of 1992 youth; "Fergie's Fledglings" (which included the likes of Robbie Savage), to an FA Youth Cup triumph in 1992. Giggs broke into the first team even though he was still aged only 17, and paved the way as the first of many Manchester United youth players to rise under Ferguson, into the first team; a mark of his skill and maturity early on. That season, Giggs played in the team that finished runners up in the final year of what was known as the First Division, where United finished runners up to Leeds United. Giggs collected his first piece of silverware on 12 April 1992 as United defeated Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final, after Giggs had set up Brian McClair to score the only goal of the game. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year, and United finished second in the league. The 1991-92 season was the 112th season of competitive football in England. ... For the English footballer of the same name who was born in 1960, see Robert James Savage Robbie Savage (born October 18, 1974) is a professional footballer. ... The Football Association Youth Challenge Cup is an English football competition run by The Football Association for under-18 sides. ... In sport, the First Division is usually the highest division of a league, and will often have promotion and relegation with divisions below. ... Leeds United F.C. is the only professional association football club in Leeds. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the English football club. ... The Carling Cup Trophy The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... Brian John McClair (born December 8, 1963) in Bellshill, Scotland) is a former Scottish international soccer player, notable for his near eleven-year spell at Manchester United F.C., as well as important tenures at Scottish clubs Celtic F.C. and Motherwell F.C.. During his period at Manchester United... The PFA Young Player of the Year is awarded at the end of every English football season, by the members of the Professional Footballers Association, the players union. ...


Superstardom

By the start of the 1992-93 season - the first season of the newly-formed Premier League, Giggs was firmly established as United's first choice left winger, and became known as one of British football's most prodigious young players. His emergence and the arrival of Eric Cantona heralded the dominance of United in the new Premier League. His manager was very protective of him, refusing to allow Giggs to be interviewed until he turned 20, eventually granting the first interview to the BBC's Des Lynam for Match of the Day. The 1992-1993 season was the 113th season of competitive football in England. ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see list of professional sports leagues. ... MUFC redirects here. ... Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966 in Paris raised in Marseille) is a French former footballer of the late 1980s and 1990s. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Desmond Lynam (born September 17, 1942 in Ennis, Ireland) is a sports presenter on British television and radio. ... For the Doctor Who novel, see Match of the Day (Doctor Who). ...


His ability to consistently dribble past opposing players by using his own exceptional balance, pace, and skill became the most noticeable aspect of his game. He was also renowned for pre-meditating celebrations with team-mates, such as Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis. He was afforded many opportunities which were not normally offered to footballers at his young age, such as hosting his own television show, Ryan Giggs' Soccer Skills, which was a hit with ITV and Granada in 1994. A book based on the series was also released. During the same year, the BBC described Giggs as "one of the most photographed persons" in Great Britain. Giggs, or "Giggsy", as he is known, was also hailed as one of the FA Premier League's biggest stars and could often be found as the picture-book merchandising icon of the league's early years. He was part of the league's attempt to market itself globally, re-forging its image after the hooliganism-affected years of the 1980s. Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince (born 21 October 1967 in Ilford, London) is a football player who won numerous honours with Manchester United and became the first black player to captain the England team. ... Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis (Russian: ) is a retired Soviet and Russian football midfielder of Lithuanian and Ukrainian origin. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Granada (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... Hooligan redirects here. ...


His goals were regularly shortlisted for various Goal of the Season awards, and tended to be memorable, particularly the ones against Queens Park Rangers in 1993, Tottenham in 1994, Everton in 1995, Coventry in 1996, and the most remarkable of all, his amazing solo-goal against Arsenal in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup semi-final. During extra time, Giggs picked up possession just after Patrick Vieira had given the ball away, then ran away from the half-way line, dribbling past the whole Arsenal back line, including Tony Adams and Martin Keown before launching his left-footed strike just under David Seaman's bar and beyond him. It has been hailed as the best FA Cup goal of all time by some sections of the media and football fans. It does have the distinction of being the last ever goal scored in an FA Cup Semi-Final Replay as, from the following season, the FA Cup Semi-Finals have been decided in a single game, with extra time and a penalty shootout if required. Perhaps the only aspect of Giggs' game to ever receive criticism was that of his goals return, however, his constant ability to assist in creating goals from the flank often meant he was credited with success, which, when combined with the fact that he was winning the title every other year in the 1990s, meant he was still held in great honour. The Goal of the Season is an annual competition and award given on BBCs Match of the Day, in honour of the most spectacular goal scored that season. ... Queens Park Rangers Football Club is an English football club, based at Shepherds Bush in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in West London. ... Current season Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English professional football club which currently plays in the Premier League. ... Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... Coventry City Football Club, otherwise known as the Sky Blues owing to the traditional colour of their strip, is an association football club based in Coventry, England. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Patrick Donalé Vieira (born June 23, 1976 in Dakar, Senegal)[1] is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Internazionale Milano. ... For other persons named Tony Adams, see Tony Adams (disambiguation). ... Martin Keown (born 24 July 1966 in Oxford) is a former English footballer, who spent much of his career at Arsenal, with stints at Aston Villa and Everton as well. ... For the DJ, see Dave Seaman. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... Penalty shootouts, officially named kicks from the penalty mark, are a method sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament (or wins the tournament) following a draw in a game of football. ...


By the late 1990s, with the retirement of Eric Cantona and the emergence of younger players like David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Philip Neville and Nicky Butt, his popularity and fame gradually evened out and attention was paid to some of the younger stars, with David Beckham receiving particularly high levels of media attention on and off the field. However, his football skill was still marked genius, and he developed into a more mature senior player by the time Manchester United F.C.|United won their record breaking and unprecedented "Treble" in 1999. Giggs missed several games due to injury, but his form was consistently excellent and he played in both cup finals that the club reached that season. Memorable moments were his extra-time goal in the FA Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Arsenal (see above) to give United a 2-1 win, and his 90th minute equalizer in the home leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Juventus. Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966 in Paris raised in Marseille) is a French former footballer of the late 1980s and 1990s. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Paul Aaron Scholes (born 16 November 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. ... Gary Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English football player. ... Philip John Neville (born January 21, 1977 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English footballer, who has spent most of his professional career at Manchester United, the team he joined as a youngster, but now plays for Everton. ... Nicholas Nicky Butt (born 21 January 1975 in Gorton, Manchester, England) is an English footballer who currently plays for Newcastle United. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... The Treble is a term in football that refers to a club winning their countrys top tier league and two cup competitions in the same season. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Juventus F.C. (Latin for Youth) is one of Italys oldest and most successful football clubs, based in Turin. ...


Giggs set up the equalising goal scored by Teddy Sheringham in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final that set United on their way to the treble. Giggs was also the man of the match as United beat Palmeiras to claim the Intercontinental Cup that year. Once Sir Alex Fefguson said "Giggs can twist your blood" referring to his style of play where combining with his speed at running at defenders, they would eventually be left dazed and confused. Edward Paul Sheringham MBE (born 2 April 1966 in Highams Park, London) is a veteran English professional footballer currently playing for Colchester United and the father of footballer Charlie Sheringham. ... The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final took place at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on 26 May 1999 between English Champions Manchester United and German Champions FC Bayern Munich. ... For other uses of Palmeiras, see Palmeiras (disambiguation). ... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980...


In November 2003, Giggs was mentioned in an episode of The Simpsons, entitled "The Regina Monologues", which takes place in England. In response to Marge complaining that Homer punched out three people on the street, Homer replies, "That was over soccer results. Can you believe they gave Giggs a yellow card in the box?!". Giggs therefore has the distinction of being the only Premier League footballer to be mentioned in the show. Some claim that Giggs was the only ever footballer mentioned onThe Simpsons until an episode in season 18 featuring Ronaldo, however, Pelé also appeared in an episode, appearing before a football match between Mexico and Portugal. Simpsons redirects here. ... The Regina Monologues is the fourth episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season, which originally aired November 23, 2003. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see list of professional sports leagues. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Pele redirects here. ...


The later years

Giggs was one of United's most experienced and senior players at United when Denis Irwin left in May 2002, and he became a pivotal part of the club, despite still being only 28 years old. According to a BBC Sport article in 2003, "the trajectory of Giggs' United career follows that of the club almost exactly", underlining his importance to United. Giggs continued to excel in the four years that followed the treble triumph of 1999. United were Premier League champions in three of the four seasons following the treble, as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals three times and the semi-finals once. He celebrated his 10-year anniversary at Old Trafford with a testimonial match against Celtic at the start of the 2001-02 campaign. A year later, he bagged his 100th career goal in a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. MUFC redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The Treble is a term in football that refers to a club winning their countrys top tier league and two cup competitions in the same season. ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see list of professional sports leagues. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Old Trafford is an area of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. ... Celtic Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Glasgow, which currently plays in the Scottish Premier League. ... The 2001-2002 season was the 122nd season of competitive football in England. ... Current season Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are a professional English football club based in west London. ... Stamford Bridge is a football stadium on the border of Fulham and Chelsea, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham that is home to Chelsea Football Club. ...


He played in his fourth FA Cup triumph on 22 May 2004, making him one of only two players (the other being Roy Keane) to have won the trophy four times, while playing for Manchester United. He has also finished with a runners-up medal three times (1995, 2005 and 2007). His participation in the victory over Liverpool F.C. in September 2004 made him the third player to play 600 games for United, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the English game. During the first half of the 2004-05 season, there was transfer speculation linking Gigg's with Newcastle United, a club his best friend at United, Nicky Butt, had left for. However, no move was made before the transfer window closed on 31 January 2005. This article is about the English FA Cup. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971 in Mayfield, Cork City, Ireland) is an Irish former professional footballer and the current manager of English Premier League club Sunderland. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) is a former English professional football player who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. ... Bill Foulkes (born January 5, 1932 in St. ... The Hall of Fame is housed at The National Football Museum in Preston, England. ... The 2004-05 season of the FA Premier League began in August 2004 and ended in May 2005. ... For the Australian club, see Newcastle United Jets. ... Nicholas Nicky Butt (born 21 January 1975 in Gorton, Manchester, England) is an English footballer who currently plays for Newcastle United. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After that season, Giggs signed a two-year contract extension with United when chairman David Gill relented on his normal policy of not signing players over 30 to contracts longer than one year. This would keep him at Old Trafford until at least June 2008, he has since signed another contract extension. Giggs has reinvented himself and continues to contribute positively to the United cause even after team-mates like David Beckham and Roy Keane had left. Giggs has also benefited from being largely injury-free aside from a series of hamstring problems which, according to his autobiography, prevents him from running at full throttle to this day. Sir David Gill (June 12, 1843 – January 24, 1914) was a Scottish astronomer who spent much of his career in South Africa. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971 in Mayfield, Cork City, Ireland) is an Irish former professional footballer and the current manager of English Premier League club Sunderland. ... In human anatomy, a hamstring refers to one of the tendons that makes up the borders of the space behind the knee. ... For writing autobiographies on Wikipedia, see WP:Autobiography. ...


On 6 May 2007, with Chelsea only able to manage a 1-1 with London rivals Arsenal, Manchester United became the champions of England. In doing so Ryan Giggs set a record (which he has since broken) of nine league titles, thus beating the previous record of eight he shared with Alan Hansen and Phil Neal (who won all of their titles with Liverpool). Giggs played a starring role in United's 2007 Charity Shield victory after netting in the first half to bring the game to a 1-1 draw, which led to penalty triumph for the Red Devils after keeper Edwin Van Der Sar saved all of Chelsea's first 3 penalties. is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Current season Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are a professional English football club based in west London. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, June 13, 1955) is a BBC television expert football pundit and a former football player. ... Philip (Phil) George Neal (born February 20, 1951 in Irchester, Northants) is a much-decorated former footballer who is the only player to have appeared in the first five of Liverpools European Cup finals. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Edwin van der Sar (born October 29, 1970 in Voorhout) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League side Manchester United. ...


In the 2007-08 season, Alex Ferguson adopted a rotation system between Giggs and newcomers Nani and Anderson; however he was the favoured choice for the anticipated clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford and put in a glorious cross with the outside of his boot for Carlos Tevez to score his first United goal. Giggs signed a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until the end of the 2008-09 season, when he will be in his 36th year. Sir Alex Ferguson has stated he believes Giggs can carry on playing for United beyond this date. For other persons named Alex Ferguson, see Alex Ferguson (disambiguation). ... Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (born 17 November 1986 in Praia, Cape Verde), better known as Nani, is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for Manchester United and Portugal. ... This article is about the Manchester United player. ... Carlos Alberto T vez (born February 5, 1984) is an Argentine football striker who made his name with Argentine giant Boca Juniors and currently plays for Brazils Corinthians. ... MUFC redirects here. ... The 2008-09 will be the 129th season of competitive football in England. ... Sir Alex Ferguson (born Alexander Chapman Ferguson, December 31, 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager, currently managing Manchester United F.C.. He has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of English football and been in charge of Manchester United for over 1000 matches. ...


Giggs scored his first league goal of the season in a 4-1 United romp away to Aston Villa. This goal meant that along with Gary Speed (currently at Sheffield United), Giggs had scored in every single FA Premier League season since its inception in 1992. Giggs scored his 100th league goal for United against Derby County on 8 December 2007, which United won 4-1. More landmarks have been achieved: on 20 February 2008 he made his 100th appearance in the UEFA Champions League in a game against Lyon, and on May 11, 2008 he came on as a substitute for Park Ji-Sung to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for United. Fittingly, Giggs scored the second goal in that match, sealing the League title for United and also marking the tenth time he has won the FA Premier League trophy. Ten days later, on 21 May 2008, Giggs broke Bobby Charlton's appearance record for United when coming on as an 87th minute substitute for fellow veteran Paul Scholes in the Champions League Final against Chelsea. United would go on to win the Final, defeating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time. Giggs converted what became the winning penalty in sudden-death for United. [4] Aston Villa Football Club play at Villa Park in Birmingham, England. ... Gary Speed (born September 8, 1969 in Mancot) is a Welsh footballer, who plays in midfield. ... Sheffield United Football Club is a professional English football club based in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... Derby County Football Club is a professional football club based at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, England. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Olympique Lyonnais (popularly known as OL, or simply Lyon) is a French football club based in Lyon. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Park Ji-Sung (Hangul: 박지성) (born February 25, 1981, Goheung, South Korea) is a professional South Korean footballer who plays for the English football club Manchester United, as well as the South Korea national football team. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937) Ashington, Northumberland is a former English professional football player who won a World Cup medal and the European Footballer of the Year award in 1966. ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see list of professional sports leagues. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) is a former English professional football player who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. ... Paul Aaron Scholes (born 16 November 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. ... The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final (Russian: ) was a football match that took place on Wednesday, 21 May 2008 at 19:45 BST (22:45 local time). ... Current season Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are a professional English football club based in west London. ...


International career

Giggs captained England Schoolboys (which all schoolboys in England are eligible to play for, regardless of nationality), but played for the Welsh national team as an adult. At the time of his début in 1991, Giggs (still only 17 at the time) was the youngest player to represent Wales at the highest level. First international  Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Biggest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland  (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Biggest defeat  Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 The Wales national football team...


Giggs won 64 caps and scored 12 goals for the Welsh national team between 1991 and 2007. However his international career was frustrating as, like Alfredo Di Stéfano and George Best, he did not play in either a European Championship or a World Cup finals, because Wales failed to qualify. He was appointed captain of Wales in 2004. First international  Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Biggest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland  (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Biggest defeat  Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 The Wales national football team... Alfredo Di Stéfano (born July 4, 1926 in Barracas, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-born former footballer and coach. ... George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish football player best known for his years with Manchester United. ... The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the mens national football teams governed by UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations). ... The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the mens national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the... First international  Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Biggest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland  (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Biggest defeat  Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 The Wales national football team...


Giggs received criticism for his reluctance to participate in friendly international matches. Since his début in 1991 against West Germany, Giggs failed to attend a friendly international until some nine years later, missing a massive 18 consecutive friendly games. The official reason given for such absences was that Giggs was injured on each occasion, however Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in fact had a policy of refusing to release the player for friendly games[5]


In September 2006, Giggs put in a dazzling performance in a friendly against Brazil at White Hart Lane. Such was his display that, following the 2-0 win for Brazil, Brazil coach Dunga paid Giggs the ultimate compliment by stating he would not look out of place playing for the five-time world champions alongside stars such as Kaká and Ronaldinho.[6] Dunga (born Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri on October 31, 1963 in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul) is a Brazilian former football defensive midfielder, of Italian and German descent, and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 World Cup. ... This article is about the Brazilian footballer. ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ...


Giggs announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday 30 May 2007 at a press conference held at The Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, drawing the curtain on a 16-year international career. His final game for Wales, and as captain, was the Euro 2008 Qualifier against the Czech Republic on 2 June at Cardiff. He earned his 64th cap in this game and won the Man of the Match award as Wales drew 0-0.[7] is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discipline

Giggs had a very good disciplinary record during his early career receiving relatively few bookings. In fact, he has never been sent off when playing for Manchester United and only once when playing for Wales. His only red card came in 2001 in an international match against Norway which Wales lost. In November 2003 he was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA due to his behaviour following a game against Arsenal, his punishment was a £7,500 fine and a warning about his future behaviour. In the same week Giggs received a two match suspension from international football for deliberately elbowing Russian player Vadim Yevseyev in the face, the offence was missed by the referee but he was later charged using video evidence. MUFC redirects here. ... Vadim Valentinovich Yevseyev (Russian: ; born 8 January 1976 in Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast) is a Russian international football defender. ... This article is about refereeing in sports. ...


Personal life

Other than his notorious spate of womanising as alleged in tabloids such as the Daily Mirror over the years, Giggs has otherwise managed to avoid the limelight of celebrity trappings that tagged his earlier years. In his autobiography, Giggs: The Autobiography, he revealed possible reasons for his aversion to attention, and accounted for his quiet and bashful demeanour. The biography told of the racial taunts that Giggs endured as a child because he was the product of a mixed marriage. Also, although he admired his Rugby league-playing father's sporting gifts (Giggs attributes his speed and balance to his father's genes), he called his father "a real rogue" in an interview with the BBC once and said growing up, he hated the impact his "bullying aggressive nature" had on his family, and thus changed his surname from Wilson to Giggs; his mother's surname, so "the world would know I was my mother's son". Alternate newspaper: The Daily Mirror (Australia) The Daily Mirror is a popular British tabloid daily newspaper. ... For writing autobiographies on Wikipedia, see WP:Autobiography. ... A taunt is a sarcastic remark, challenge, or insult intended to provoke a response of some kind from the one it is directed at. ... In the Roman Catholic Church, a mixed marriage is a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic. ... Rugby league football is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... A family name, or surname, is that part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ...


Giggs was involved in controversy in November 1997 when his then-girlfriend Davinia Murphy alleged he assaulted her in a nightclub, claiming he punched her in the stomach and face.[8]


Giggs is considered by many as a player who, unlike Lee Sharpe and George Best, achieved considerable fame despite a relatively low profile overall as a celebrity. He has hosted adverts for Reebok, Sovil Titus, Citizen Watches, Givenchy, Fuji, Patek Phillipe, Quorn Burgers and Celcom, and has been used for video-mapping in computer game simulations like EA Sports' FIFA 2003, for which he also did a commercial. Lee Stuart Sharpe, (born May 27, 1971 in Halesowen, West Midlands), is an English football player currently playing for Garforth Town. ... George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish football player best known for his years with Manchester United. ... Rbk redirects here. ... Citizen Watch Co. ... Givenchy (pronounced ) is a French brand of clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics. ... Fujifilm Holdings Corporation or Fujifilm ) is a Japanese company known for its photographic film and cameras. ... Patek Philippe & Co. ... For other uses, see Quorn (disambiguation). ... Celcom is one of the pioneer mobile phone service providers in Malaysia using the dialling identifier of 013 and 019. The company started in 1988. ... current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... Mega Drive FIFA International Soccer cover The FIFA Series is a popular series of football (soccer) video games, released yearly by EA under the EA Sports label since late 1993, being one of the most profitable and well known video game franchises. ...


According to an article by BBC Sport: "In the early 1990s, Giggs was David Beckham before Beckham was even holding down a place in the United first team. If you put his face on the cover of a football magazine, it guaranteed you the biggest sales of the year. Why? Men would buy it to read about 'the new Best' and girls bought it because they wanted his face all over their bedroom walls. Giggs had the million-pound boot deal (Reebok), the lucrative sponsorship deals in the Far East (Fuji) and the celebrity girlfriends (Dani Behr, Davinia Taylor) at a time when Beckham was being sent on loan to Preston North End."[9] For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Rbk redirects here. ... Fujifilm Holdings Corporation or Fujifilm ) is a Japanese company known for its photographic film and cameras. ... Dani Behr (born 9 July 1971 in London) is a British television presenter and singer. ... Davinia Taylor (born Davinia Murphy on 11 November 1977 in Wigan, Lancashire) is a British actress and socialite. ... Preston North End Football Club are a professional English football team. ...


Giggs married his long-term partner Stacey Cooke in a private ceremony on 7 September 2007.[10] They have two children; a daughter Liberty, who was born in 10 April 2003, and a son Zach who was born in October 2006. is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Giggs has a younger brother, Rhodri, also a winger, who currently plays for Curzon Ashton in the Northern Premier League Division One North. He was released by F.C. United of Manchester, the non-league club set up by disaffected Manchester United fans after Malcolm Glazer's takeover of United, in August 2007. Curzon Ashton F.C. is a football club based in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester England, formed in 1963 after the merger of two clubs, Curzon Road F.C. and Assheton Amateurs F.C. In the 1978-79 season, they joined the Cheshire County League Division Two as founder members... The Northern Premier League First Division North is a football league planned to cover the north of England from the 2006-07 season. ... Football Club United of Manchester (FC United of Manchester, FC United, FCUoM or FCUM for short) is a semi-professional English football club based in Bury. ... Malcolm Irving Glazer (born May 25, 1928 in Rochester, New York) is an American businessman and sports-team owner. ...


Giggs also has a younger half-sister, Bethany, who was born in 1992 to his mother and her second husband.


Campaigner

In recent years, Giggs has also become a UNICEF representative, launching a campaign to prevent landmines from killing children in 2002. UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... U.S. Army soldier removes fuse from a Russian-made mine to clear a minefield outside of Fallujah, Iraq. ...


Giggs, who had visited UNICEF projects in Thailand, told the BBC: "As a footballer I can't imagine life without the use of one of my legs...Sadly this is exactly what happens to thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine."[11] Giggs is also an active campaigner in the fight against racism in football, alongside current and former Premier League players like Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial quota... Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978 in Peckham, London) is an English footballer of mixed St Lucian,and Anglo-Irish descent. ... Thierry Daniel Henry (pronounced , born 17 August 1977) is a French football player. ...


Giggs is also a patron of the Manchester-based 'five Star Scanner Appeal', a charity that aims to raise £1m to fund a new scanner at a new Manchester Children's Hospital due to be built ready for 2009. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Childrens hospital is a hospital which offers its services exclusively to children. ...


Career statistics

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As of match played Wednesday 21 May 2008

Competition Start End All Appearances (as sub) Goals Assists Goals per game
Domestic Leagues 1991 535 (65) 101 289 0.1887
European Competitions 1994 118 (10) 26 38 0.2222
FA Cup 1991 62 (7) 10 36 0.1613
League Cup 1991 30 (5) 7 8 0.2333
Other competitive matches 1991 14 (1) 1 0.0714
Total 1991 759 (88) 144 371 0.1900
Club Performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup Football League Cup Europe Total
1990-91 Manchester United First Division 2 1 - ? - 2 1
1991-92 38 4 - 1 0 1 0 39 4
1992-93 Premier League 41 9 5 1 ? 1 0 47 10
1993-94 38 13 3 1 1 0 3 0 44 14
1994-95 29 1 2 1 ? 3 2 34 4
1995-96 33 11 7 1 2 0 2 0 44 12
1996-97 26 3 3 0 0 0 7 2 36 5
1997-98 29 8 2 0 0 0 5 1 36 9
1998-99 24 3 6 2 1 0 9 5 40 10
1999-00 30 6 - - 0 0 11 1 41 7
2000-01 31 5 2 0 0 0 11 2 44 7
2001-02 25 7 1 0 0 0 13 2 39 9
2002-03 36 8 3 2 5 0 15 5 59 14
2003-04 33 7 5 0 0 0 8 1 46 8
2004-05 32 6 4 0 1 1 6 2 43 9
2005-06 27 2 2 1 3 0 5 1 37 4
2006-07 30 4 6 0 0 0 8 2 43 6
2007-08 31 3 2 0 0 0 9 0 41 4
Total England 535 101 62 10 30 7 118 26 759 144
Career Total 535 101 62 10 30 7 118 26 759 144

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Honours

Currently, Giggs, with 20 major honours is the most decorated player in the history of English Football.


Team honours with Manchester United

  • Winner (10): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008
  • Runner-up (3): 1995, 1998, 2006
  • Runner-up (1): 1992
  • Winner (4): 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
  • Runner-up (3): 1995, 2005, 2007
  • Winner (1): 1992
  • Winner (2): 1992, 2006
  • Runner-up (2): 1994, 2003
  • Winner (6): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007
  • Runner Up (5): 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004
  • Winner (1): 1991
  • Runner-up (1): 1999
  • Winner (1): 1999

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Individual

  • FA Premier League Player of the Month: September 1993, August 2006, February 2007
  • Intercontinental Cup Man of the Match: 1999[12]
  • Manchester United Players Player of the Year Award: 2005-06[citation needed]
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award: 1997-98
  • U-21 European Footballer of the Year: (1993)[citation needed]
  • Wales Player of the Year Award: 1996, 2006
  • BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: 1996
  • Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame: 2005
  • Inducted into the Premiership Team of the Decade: 2003[13]
  • Inducted into the FA Challenge Cup Team of the Century: 2006[citation needed]
  • Inducted into the PFA Team Of The Century: 2007[14]
  • Only Manchester United player to have played in all 10 Premiership title winning teams; also a record of English title holders overall
  • Only Manchester United player to have played in both League Cup winning teams
  • Only player to have scored in 12 consecutive Champions League tournaments
  • Only player to have played and won two Champions League finals for Man Utd
  • Along with Gary Speed, the only player to have scored in every Premier League campaign since its inception
  • Member of PFA Team of the Year: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2007
  • OBE for services to football

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Records & other awards

Giggs has won PFA Young Player of the Year award twice (1992 and 1993), making him the first player to win the award in consecutive years - a feat matched only by Robbie Fowler and current team-mate Wayne Rooney. Giggs holds many other records, including that of the top all-time scorer in the FA Premier League not to play regularly in the position of striker, and holds the record for scoring Manchester United's fastest goal (15 seconds), set in November 1995 against Southampton.[citation needed] Fans have also voted that Giggs scored Manchester United's greatest goal, in the semi-final of the 1999 FA Cup against Arsenal where he beat four defenders (Lee Dixon twice) to score.[citation needed] The PFA Young Player of the Year is awarded at the end of every English football season, by the members of the Professional Footballers Association, the players union. ... Robert Bernard Robbie Fowler, born 9 April 1975 is an English footballer who currently plays for Championship side Cardiff City. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... This article is about association football players. ... Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. ... This article is about the footballer. ...


By winning the UEFA Champions League title in 2008, Giggs is one of only six British players who have won the UEFA Champions League title twice, the others being Steve McManaman, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes. UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Steven Steve McManaman (born 11 February 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a winger in a career spanning two of European Footballs biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid. ... Gary Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English football player. ... This article is about Wesley Brown the football player. ... Owen Lee Hargreaves (born 20 January 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a professional football midfielder. ... Paul Aaron Scholes (born 16 November 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. ...

Awards
Preceded by
Neville Southall
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Scott Gibbs
Preceded by
Lee Sharpe
PFA Young Player of the Year
1992 and 1993
Succeeded by
Andy Cole
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Neville
Manchester United F.C. vice-captain
2005-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Neville Southall (born September 16, 1958 in Llandudno, Wales) is a professional footballer, currently playing for Rhyl in the Welsh league. ... The BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year is the most prestigious annual sport award in Wales. ... Scott Gibbs (Born 23 January 1971 in Bridgend) is a former rugby footballer who represented Wales and the Lions in rugby union and Wales and Great Britain in rugby league. ... Lee Stuart Sharpe, (born May 27, 1971 in Halesowen, West Midlands), is an English football player currently playing for Garforth Town. ... The PFA Young Player of the Year is awarded at the end of every English football season, by the members of the Professional Footballers Association, the players union. ... Andrew Alexander Andy Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer, who is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ... Gary Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English football player. ... MUFC redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ "OBE honour for United hero Giggs", BBC News, 2007-12-11. Retrieved on 2007-12-15. 
  2. ^ Teams of the Century. Retrieved on 2007-09-05.
  3. ^ Ryan Giggs. ManUtd.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-28.
  4. ^ Gemma Thompson (2008-05-21). Report: MU 1 (6) Chelsea 1 (5). ManUtd.com. Retrieved on 2008-05-28.
  5. ^ Walker, Paul. "Ferguson `protects' Giggs from Wales", The Independent, 2000-03-02. Retrieved on 2007-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Brazil's Dunga dazzled by Giggs", BBC Sport, 2006-09-06. Retrieved on 2007-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Giggs ends international career", BBC Sport, 2007-05-30. Retrieved on 2007-10-28. 
  8. ^ Bell, Matthew. "Giggs back with the girl he beat", Sunday Mirror, 1998-02-15. Retrieved on 2007-10-28. 
  9. ^ Benson, Andrew. "Ryan Giggs in a league of his own", BBC Sport, 2007-03-01. Retrieved on 2007-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Ryan meets his match", ManUtd.com, 2007-09-07. Retrieved on 2007-09-08. 
  11. ^ Ryan Giggs speaks to Unicef. Retrieved on 2008-04-13.
  12. ^ Toyota Cup - Most Valuable Player of the Match Award. Retrieved on 2007-12-20.
  13. ^ Ten Years and Counting. Retrieved on 2003-04-15.
  14. ^ Teams of the Century. Retrieved on 2007-09-05.

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Persondata
NAME Giggs, Ryan Joseph
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Footballer
DATE OF BIRTH 29 November 1973
PLACE OF BIRTH Cardiff, Wales
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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