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Michael Ball Personal information Full name Michael John Ball Date of birth 2 October 1979 (1979-10-02) (age 31) Place of birth    Liverpool, England Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Playing position Left-back Senior career1 Years Club App (Gls)* 1996–2001 2001–2005 2005–2007 2007–2009 2010 Everton Rangers PSV Eindhoven Manchester City 121 (8) 055 (1) 011 (0) 048 (0) 00 (0)    National team2 2001 England 001 (0) 1 Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 28 December 2008 (UTC). 2 National team caps and goals correct as of 02:08, 21 September 2008 (UTC). * Appearances (Goals) Michael John Ball (born 2 October 1979 in Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English professional footballer who is currently unattached having previously played as a left-back for English Premier League team Manchester City. Ball started his professional career at Everton, making his debut as a 17 year old in 1997, and has also played for Rangers, PSV Eindhoven, and Manchester City. In 2001 he was capped by England, though he has not represented his country since. Contents 1 Club career 1.1 Everton 1.2 Rangers 1.3 PSV Eindhoven 1.4 Manchester City 2 International career 3 Career statistics 4 Honours 4.1 Club 5 References 6 External links // Club career Everton As a schoolboy Ball was part of the Liverpool youth system, playing alongside Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.[1] From 1994-1996 he attended the FA's National School at Lilleshall, before joining Everton.[2] He played his first senior match in April 1997 as a substitute against Tottenham, and made his first start a week later at West Ham.[3] Ball developed into an impressive player equally adept at both centre back and his main position, left back. His solid performances for Everton led to an England National Football Team call-up to Sven-Göran Eriksson's first England squad for a friendly against Spain in February 2001. Ball was named as a substitute, and made his debut when he replaced Chris Powell at half-time.[4] Rangers In 2001 he was allowed to leave Everton, primarily due to the club's financial problems. Although he had offers from the Premiership, he opted for a lucrative deal with Scottish SPL club Rangers and moved to Glasgow in a £6.5m deal. His first Old Firm match ended in controversy when he swore at Rangers manager Dick Advocaat after being substituted, resulting in a £10,000 fine.[5] He scored his first Rangers goal in the UEFA Cup against Dinamo Moscow.[6] In December 2001, after his eleventh Rangers appearance, he suffered medial ligament damage which kept him side-lined for 18 months, including the entire 2002-03 season. Upon his return to fitness he regained his place in the team, becoming a first team regular in the 2003-04 season, scoring his first league goal against Dundee.[7] Also getting player of the month award in his first month back. Ball's transfer to Rangers included installments payable after fixed numbers of appearances. As Ball approached 60 appearances Rangers became reluctant to play him, as doing so would trigger a £500,000 payment to Everton.[8] As a result, Ball played only four matches in the first four months of the 2004-05 season. The scenario was eventually resolved in December 2004 when negotiations involving the player and the two clubs reached an undisclosed agreement.[9] With the contractual wrangling resolved, Ball returned to the first team, and won a Scottish League Cup medal and an SPL league winners medal as Rangers won the 2004-05 title. PSV Eindhoven In the 2005 close season, Rangers wished to remove the higher earners from their wage bill, so Ball moved to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven under Guus Hiddink for a fee of £500,000, signing a two year contract. Ball struggled with injury and fitness issues during his time in the Netherlands, He went on to win the Dutch title and also reached the final of the Dutch Cup, losing 1-0 to Ajax in Rotterdam. Manchester City He joined Manchester City on 31 January 2007 after impressing on a week long trial, on a 6-month contract for a nominal fee. He made his debut ten days later against Portsmouth, and scored his first goal for the club in an FA Cup 5th Round match against Preston North End on 18 February.[10] He was often used as third choice captain, when either Richard Dunne (Captain) or Micah Richards (Vice Captain) was unavailable. On 5 May 2007, in a 1:0 home defeat to Manchester United, he stamped on Cristiano Ronaldo's chest. This was missed by the referee, and he subsiqently banned for 3 matches. On 24 August 2008, Ball was given the captain's armband in the 46th minute after stand in captain Richards was knocked out in a challenge with a team mate and substituted during a game against West Ham United. City went on to score three goals and win the game 3-0. At the end of January 2009 Ball had a knee operation on his left patella tendon, which will keep him out of action for 7–12 months. On 1 July 2009, he was released by Manchester City as his contract expired.[11] In January 2010 Ball was reported to be training with Wigan and to be regaining match fitness [12], however no contract was reported as having been offered. Subsequently in September 2010 Ball was reported as training with Blackpool, but again no contract resulted [13] . International career In February 2001, he was capped by England in a friendly against Spain, though he has not represented his country since. Career statistics 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 League Cup Europe Total 1996-97 Everton Premier League 5 0 1997-98 25 1 1998-99 37 3 1999-00 25 1 2000-01 29 3 Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total 2001-02 Rangers SPL 8 0 2002-03 0 0 2003-04 32 1 2004-05 15 1 2005-06 2 0 Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total 2005-06 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 12 0 2006-07 0 0 England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total 2006-07 Manchester City Premier League 12 0 2 1 2007-08 27 0 2008-09 14 0 Total England 160 8 Scotland 57 2 Netherlands 12 0 Career total 243 10 Honours Club Rangers Scottish Premier League (1) : 2005 Scottish League Cup (1) : 2005 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie (1) : 2005-06 References ^ "I won't be a one-cap wonder". The FA. 2003-04-16. Retrieved 2007-04-02. [dead link] ^ Barclay, Patrick (2004-10-07). "Having a Ball in Holland". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-04-02.  ^ "Michael Ball". ToffeeWeb. Retrieved 2007-04-02.  ^ "Sven's England off to winning start". BBC. 2001-02-28. Retrieved 2007-04-02.  ^ "Ball & pain; Michael Grant speaks to the forgotten Rangers defender". Sunday Herald. 2002-10-13. Retrieved 2007-04-02.  ^ "Shine taken off Gers win". BBC. 18 October 2001. Retrieved 29 December 2009.  ^ "Dundee 0-2 Rangers". BBC. 28 December 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2009.  ^ "Ball remains in Ibrox limbo". BBC. 2004-10-07. Retrieved 2007-04-02.  ^ "Ball gets all-clear to stay at Rangers". The Scotsman. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2007-04-02.  ^ "Preston 1-3 Man City". BBC. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2009.  ^ "Man City allow quartet to leave". BBC Sport. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  ^ {{cite news|url=|accessdate=2010-11-01 ^ . Retrieved 2010-11-01.  External links Michael Ball career stats at Soccerbase Persondata Name Ball, Michael Alternative names Short description Date of birth 2 October 1979 Place of birth Liverpool, England Date of death Place of death