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Name Sol Campbell
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc The centre-back is one of very few players to have enjoyed successful stints at both Tottenham and Arsenal. His effortless defensive skill was the epitomy of Arsenal’s Invicibles and earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year


Org England National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Tottenham Hotspur

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] I used to train with him when he was around 13 at Tottenham but he always knew where he wanted to go because he used to come in in his Manchester United training kit. It was his dream to play for United. What a player! He had his free-kicks but he was hard-working and had brilliant vision. He deserves everything he has got. He’s a brilliant player but now a brilliant ambassador around the world as well

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He was a great crosser, a fantastic free-kick taker and his energy up and down the pitch was incredible. People used to say, ‘I’ve got him’ and then he would bend it round you with a fantastic cross for one of the centre-forwards running on to score. You had to watch yourself

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] What a player! He was at the very top for his country and for Arsenal. He’s a winner. He just oozes that. Everything used to hurt him but he got through it to get out on the pitch. He would play through anything and it was a real pleasure to play alongside him

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] The Iceman was a tremendous player. He was strong and quick and had a bit of a nasty streak about him. However, he was a gentleman. We all used to go for it in training and he was great. You need players like that. He could link people into play and could score goals. He was a top professional and you learn from those guys

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] He was a very elegant player. He had a fantastic time at West Ham but when he finally got to Manchester United, that’s when he took it on and went to the proper heights, especially under Sir Alex Ferguson. That’s when he excelled

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quote on Ashley Cole] He was an ever-present with great energy. He got and up and down the pitch really well. He defended well and was tough for a small lad

2017 04 21 Retrieve

[Ugo Ehiogu: Former England defender dies after suffering cardiac arrest] Ugo Ehiogu is one of my East London mates of old and a true defender. My heart goes out to his family. I just can’t believe it

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Sol Campbell speaks with The Guardian about life as Southend manager, a job he took in October 2019] Does Frank Lampard need to work? Does Jonathan Woodgate need to work? People need a goal and my goal is to be one of the most successful managers going forward. I love the game. I love the strategy. I love the day-to-day religion of football. So why would I go somewhere else?

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Sol Campbell leaves Southend by mutual consent] I have really enjoyed my time at Southend, and whilst it was a difficult time fighting relegation, I still enjoyed the experience. We still managed to put together positive results, whilst also giving debuts to a number of the club’s talented young players. Southend have a great group of young players coming through from the academy, which was evident in our 3-1 home win against Bristol Rovers in our last game before lockdown

There are obviously frustrations with how the season ended abruptly, and with what points we feel could have been amassed. However, the club have an exciting future with the plans for the new stadium in place, but with the current global COVID situation having a profound effect on businesses, I am keen not to be a financial burden to the club. I also want to thank the fans for their support throughout my time at Southend and wish the club and all the support staff the very best for the future.

2020 07 12 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Sol Campbell believes the win can give Spurs the platform to end the season strongly] Did Jose need that? Big time. It’s a massive confidence boost. The games before weren’t good; no shots on target against Bournemouth doesn’t go down too well but he’s redeemed himself with that. They didn’t have much possession but they got the win. Tottenham can kick on now

2020 07 13 Retrieve

[Former England defender Sol Campbell saluted the mechanisms in place for people to be tracked down when they post online abuse] Sometimes these incidences happen and it’s tough because do you want to speak out? Do you want to rock the boat? These things are hurting people. Zaha doesn’t want to wake up to these images on his Instagram but it’s good that authorities are there and mechanisms in place that you can track people down. If you give all the information away, to the right authorities they can track you down very easily. The conversation is out there, everybody is talking about it and that’s key really. The main thing now is that people are listening now. And there are mechanisms, ways of finding and tracking people down now who are the perpetrators of these images or abuse online - keyboard warriors