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Steve Finnan      

Friday, March 20, 2009


Steve Finnan
Date of Birth: 24/4/1976
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Debut: August 17, 2003 v Chelsea
1st team games: 216
1st team goals: 1
Other clubs: Welling, Birmingham City, Notts County, Fulham, Espanyol
Honours with Liverpool: Champions League 2005, Super Cup 2005, FA Cup 2006, Charity Shield 2006

Right-back Steve Finnan was often described as an unsung hero during five years at Anfield – but you'll struggle to find a Kopite unwilling to sing his praises.

The Irishman was signed by Gerard Houllier in the summer of 2003. It was a long journey to the Premier League for Finnan, who began his career with non-league Welling United before turning professional with Birmingham City in 1995.

After only a handful of appearances he was on his way to Notts County, where a string of excellent performances attracted the attention of Fulham boss Kevin Keegan.

Finnan became a firm favourite at Craven Cottage following his £600,000 move in November 1998. Three years later he played a key role in the Londoners' promotion to the top flight.

Having made his international debut against Greece in April 2000, Mr Reliable had no problems adapting to the Premier League, and in 2001-02 he was selected in the PFA Team of the Year ahead of the likes of Gary Neville.

From there he appeared in all four of Ireland's matches during the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Houllier was suitably impressed and swooped ahead of the 2003-04 season.

Finnan made his Reds debut in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on August 17, 2003. However, a series of injuries disrupted his first year on Merseyside, and the appointment of a new manager in the summer of 2004 prompted some to cast doubt on his future at the club.

The arrival of Spanish defender Josemi did nothing to strengthen the right-back's position, but his ultra-professionalism and composed defending won the day.

The number three started the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, though injury meant he was forced to withdraw at half-time.

In May 2007 he featured in his second European Cup final, playing 88 minutes before Benitez introduced Alvaro Arbeloa. Unbeknown to Finnan, the switch was a sign of things to come.

A year later, after increasing amounts of time on the bench, the likeable defender was sold to La Liga side Espanyol.

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