6 Times John Terry Caught the Attention of Football Enthusiasts Worldwide
Date Posted: October 9, 2018
On October 7, former Chelsea and England captain John Terry announced that he is retiring from professional football. Following this, there have been speculations that he is now shifting from playing to coaching.
The 37-year-old former Premier League defender was known for winning five FA cups, five Premier League titles, five League cups, a Champions League title, and a Europa League title, among others. His last season was with Aston Villa in which his team played a 1-0 Championship game against Fulham last May.
Terry’s football career was witnessed by football enthusiasts around the world. There were some fans who were with him since 1998, among whom knew him as England’s captain. But of all the memorable achievements and passes that he made on the field, here are the six biggest highlights in the defender’s 23-year football career:
1| Remarkable First Goal
Terry started his career as a Chelsea player in October 1998. But it was during the 1999-2000 season when he was able to get the attention of sports enthusiasts by making his first goal. The video below shows how perfect Terry’s timing was when he leapt to score a header goal for his team.
Jermaine Jenas, former Tottenham and England midfielder, said:
“His skill is the one thing that stood out then. People talk about JT and how he was a die-hard, which is spot on – he was all-round the best centre-half I have seen in the Premier League. But one of the big things I don’t think he ever got enough credit for, which I was most impressed by when I watched him as a teenager playing for Forest, is how good he was with the ball at his feet.”
His success gave him the opportunity to become a regular starter and eventually a club captain after Marcel Desailly’s retirement in 2004.
2| The “Miracle Save”
In 2005, Terry became the first Chelsea player and first defender to earn the title of Player of the Year from the Professional Footballer’s Association. He also got the UEFA Club Defender of the Year award and was recognized for helping the Blues in winning their second top-flight title.
His career continued to bloom when he joined England in 2004. He then became the England captain after the World Cup in 2006 during which he made his famous “miracle save” shown in the clip below.
The 29-second video has already had over 600,000 views as of this writing. Some of those who saw the clip even mentioned in the comments that Terry is the “best defender ever.”
3| Scandal with Perroncel and Racist Allegations on Ferdinand
An issue regarding Terry’s alleged relationship with Vanessa Perroncel, who was said to be a former partner of ex-England and Chelsea player Wayne Bridgee, caused coach Capello to strip Terry of his position as England’s captain in 2010.
But Terry was able to regain his position in March 2011. He, however, lost his captaincy once again after he created a buzz for allegedly making racist remarks against Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers. A verdict by the Football Association (FA) stated:
“The Football Association charged Mr Terry on Friday 27 July 2012 with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3  in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011”
The issue also banned him from four matches and asked him to pay a fine of £220,000. The FA added:
“(The board) collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time. This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament.”
After facing a lot of controversies, Terry decided to retire from international football in September 2012.
4| Surprising 2013 Comeback
The issues that Terry had faced until his supposed 2012 retirement might have taken a toll in his image. But all the controversies seemingly died down when he made a surprising comeback in 2013. After his leave from international football, Terry worked with Chelsea once again.
It was Terry’s 400th appearance with Chelsea when the team had a 3-1 win against Southampton. The win landed them second place in the Barclays Premier League. In an interview, Terry said:
“It’s very significant for me. It’s a huge achievement to maintain it at a top club like I have. I’m very proud of that. I’m thankful for the fans as well for sticking by me and the club as well. Hopefully there’s many more to come this season and maybe next.”
His comeback helped him earn the title of the World’s Best Passer with his more than 1,000 passes in 2015. His pass accuracy rate of 91.6% is third, just a few points short from that of Barcelona’s Xavi and Swansea City’s Leon Britton.
Other titles he received in the same year were Man of the Match in League Cup and Highest-Scoring Defender in a match against Leicester City.
5| Sudden Leave from Chelsea
Terry’s journey as a Chelsea player made him one of the greatest defenders in the history of football. Sadly for Chelsea, Terry decided to leave the team in 2017. He said:
“Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I will always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware. I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I.”
Terry spent almost his entire career with Chelsea, and it was painful for his fans and team members to see him leave. Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea director, said:
“He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.”
Terry’s last match with Chelsea was on May 21, 2017 in which they got a 5-1 win against Sunderland.
On October 7, 2018, Terry surprised the football industry once more, announcing in his official Instagram account that “now is the right time to retire from playing.”
He thanked his family and friends, and added:
“As a 14-year-old, I made my best and biggest decision: to sign for Chelsea Football Club. Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, in particular the fans.
Right from the outset they have given me total support, on and off the pitch, and I have a tremendous bond with them. We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn’t have succeeded without you. To me, you are the best fans in the world. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.
My club career and heart will always belong to Chelsea, but I am grateful for my loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was invaluable for my development as a young player. And I also want to say a huge thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to play at such a big club and captain it throughout the 2017-18 season. It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans. I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead.”
There have been speculations that his retirement is his step toward becoming a coach for Chelsea. Although there are still no formal announcements yet, a lot of football fans have high hopes that they will still see their favorite Premier League player on the field — but this time as a coach.