Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard
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0Full Name Frank James Lampard
0Date of Birth 20 June 1978
0Place of Birth Romford
0Position Midfielder
0Chelsea career 2001 - 2014
0Debut 19 August 2001
0Games (goals) 648 (211)
0Other clubs West Ham United
Swansea City (loan)
New York City
Manchester City (loan)

Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English international who played for Chelsea from 2001 until 2014. He played most often as a box-to-box midfielder and also enjoyed spells in a more advanced attacking midfield role, before settling into a deeper role during his last couple of seasons. His intelligence, passing range, tactical awareness and especially his goalscoring ability marked him out as one of the finest midfielders of his generation. His time at the club coincided with the most successful period in Chelsea's history, and Lampard was one of the driving forces behind that success, playing a central role while helping the club to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

Lampard is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea (along with Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti, John Hollins and John Terry), and has won the Chelsea Player of the Year award a record three times. In 2005, Lampard was voted PFA Fans' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, and came second in both the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year and the 2005 Ballon d'Or. Lampard is also Chelsea's highest all-time goalscorer, having overtaken Bobby Tambling's long standing record in May 2013, and is the highest-scoring midfielder in Premier League history.

Lampard left Chelsea in the summer of 2014, having made 648 appearances (never less than 40 in a single season) and extended his goalscoring record to 211. He will be remembered as one of Chelsea's very greatest players.


Before Chelsea

Lampard began his career at West Ham United, his father's former club. Joining the youth team in 1994, he had secured a place in the first team by the 1997-98 season. He helped the team secure their highest ever Premier League placing in the 1998-99 season. The following season Lampard scored 14 goals in all competitions from midfield. With progress stagnating at West Ham, he moved to rival London club Chelsea in 2001 for £11 million.

Chelsea career

Lampard's Premiership debut with Chelsea came on 19 August 2001 in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, while his first red card came in a match against Tottenham Hotspur on 16 September. Lampard appeared in all of Chelsea's league matches and scored eight goals in the 2001-02 season. He netted the match-winner in Chelsea's 2002-03 season-opener against Charlton Athletic.

The following season, he was selected as the Barclays Player of the Month in September 2003, and the PFA Fans' Player of the Month in October. Chelsea finished 2nd in the 2003-04 Premier League behind unbeaten Arsenal and he was named in the 2004 PFA Team of the Year as he reached double figures in league goals (10) for the first time in his career, in addition to four goals in fourteen UEFA Champions League matches, as Chelsea advanced to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. In the semi-final vs Monaco he scored, but Chelsea lost 5-3 on aggregate[1].


Clinching the Premiership at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, in 2005

Lampard played in all thirty-eight Premiership matches for the third consecutive season in 2004-05. He finished with 13 goals (19 in all competitions), in addition to leading the league in assists with sixteen[2]. He scored a long-range goal from 25 yards vs Crystal Palace in Premier League which Chelsea won 4-1, and scored two goals vs Bolton in a 2-0 win which was the Premier League title winning match, which also won the first major trophy of his career as Chelsea bagged their first Premiership title in fifty years, by a twelve point margin. He was named as Barclays Player of the Season[3]. In the Champions League quarter-finals he scored 3 goals in 2 legs against Bayern Munich as Chelsea won 6-5 on aggregate, his second goal in the first leg was stunning, he controlled Claude Makélélé's cross with his chest then turned & swivelled and sent the ball inside the far post with a left-foot half volley[4]. Though Chelsea were eliminated in the Champions League semi-finals by league rivals Liverpool, they took home the League Cup, in which Lampard scored twice in six matches, including the opening goal vs Manchester United in the semi final, which Chelsea won 2-1. He landed his first personal award by being named the FWA Footballer of the Year[5]. Dutch legend Johan Cruyff referred to him as "the best midfielder in Europe".

He netted a career-high 16 league goals in 2005-06, which marked an increase for the fifth consecutive season and was a Premier League record for a midfielder to score goals in one season. In September 2005, Lampard was selected as a member of the inaugural FIFPro World XI[6]. His record of consecutive Premiership appearances ended at 164 (five better than previous record-holder David James) on 28 December 2005, when he sat out a match against Manchester City due to illness[7]. The streak began on 13 October 2001, during his first season with the club, though has since been bettered twice[8]. He finished as runner-up to Ronaldinho for both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards[9]. He scored twice against Blackburn Rovers in a 4-2 win, which included a free-kick from 25 yards. After the match manager José Mourinho hailed Lampard as the Best player in the world[10]. Chelsea won the Premier League for the second time, in which Lampard was Chelsea's topscorer with 16 league goals. In the Champions League group stages, he scored a free-kick vs Anderlecht, Chelsea progressed to the first knock-out round but were eliminated by Barcelona.

Due to a back injury sustained by John Terry, Lampard spent much of the 2006-07 campaign as team captain in his absence. He enjoyed a streak of seven goals in eight games, he scored both the goals in a 2-0 win over Fulham and scored his 77th goal for Chelsea from a long range strike in a 3-2 win over Everton on 17 December, overtaking Dennis Wise as Chelsea's highest scoring midfielder[11]. Then in the UEFA Champions League group stages he scored a goal from a extremely tight angle vs Barcelona, at Camp Nou, the match ended 2-2. Lampard finished with 21 goals in all competitions, including a career-high six FA Cup goals; he had scored seven Cup goals in his first eleven seasons combined. He scored his first Chelsea hat-trick in the third-round tie against Macclesfield Town on 6 January 2007. He scored two goals to help Chelsea to a quarter-final draw with Tottenham Hotspur after having trailed 3-1, and he was named the FA Cup player-of-the-round for his performance[12]. He gave the assist to Didier Drogba in the 2007 FA Cup Final which was the winning goal in extra-time, as Chelsea won 1-0. In a post-match interview following the victory over Manchester United, Lampard said he wanted to stay at the club "forever."[13]


Lampard's 2007-08 season was riddled with injury, managing to play 40 matches, 24 of which in the league-the fewest he had played in a season since 1996-97. On 16 February 2008, Lampard became the eighth Chelsea player to score 100 goals for the club in a 3-1 FA Cup fifth-round win over Huddersfield Town[14]. After the final whistle, Lampard removed his jersey and flashed a T-shirt to the Chelsea fans with "100 Not Out, They Are All For You, Thanks" printed across the front[15]. He scored four goals in a 6-1 rout of Derby County on 12 March. Then in the Champions League quarter-final second leg he scored the winning goal against Fenerbahçe in the 87th minute as Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate. On 30 April, Lampard, grieving the loss of his mother a week earlier, decided to play in the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, who were eliminated on 4-3 aggregate as he took an emotional penalty in the 98th minute of extra-time, which he scored confidendtly. In the final against Manchester United, he scored an equalising goal in the 45th minute, as Michael Essien's deflected shot found him as he went to the box with his trade-mark run, he scored with a left foot finish. The Match ended 1-1 after extra-time and Chelsea lost 6-5 on penalties. He was later named UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year.

On 13 August 2008, when it seemed that after a long summer of courtship he would join former manger José Mourinho at Inter Milan, Lampard signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea worth £39.2 million, making him the highest-paid Premier League player[16]. He started the 2008-09 season by scoring five goals in his first eleven league matches. He scored the 150th goal of his club career with a goal vs Manchester City in the Premier League. Then he scored chipped goal against Hull City with his left foot in the Premier League; he unleashed a chip from 20 yards that curled & swerved and fooled the goal-keeper as it went into the net, World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said after the game: "It was the best goal I have seen, My vote for World Player of the year award will go to him, only a player with his intelligence could have done that"[17]. He scored his hundredth career Premier League goal in a 5-0 victory over Sunderland on 2 November. Eighteen of Lampard's hundred goals were penalties[18]. He was named Premier League Player of the Month for the third time in his career in October[19].

After a streak of matches without scoring, Lampard scored three goals in the span of two days, the first being against West Bromwich Albion and the latter two against Fulham. On 17 January 2009, he made his 400th Chelsea appearance against Stoke City, scoring a stoppage time winner. Then in the FA cup 4th round, he scored a free-kick from 35 yards vs Ipswich Town. He again scored a stoppage time winner, this time against Wigan Athletic. He scored twice against Liverpool in the second-leg quarter finals of the Champions League which ended 4-4, but Chelsea won 7-5 on aggregate. Then he provided two assists in the next game against Arsenal in FA Cup Semi-finals which Chelsea won 2-1. Lampard finished the Premier League season with 12 goals and 10 assists, and won the Chelsea player of the Year for 2009. Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praise on Lampard saying: "Frank Lampard is an exceptional player - a huge asset to Chelsea, You pay attention to players who can get goals from midfield and he's been averaging 20 a season.You don't see him getting into stupid tackles or making a habit of becoming involved in silly rows. He remained restrained after Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona and even made a point of swapping shirts with Andres Iniesta."

In 2009, Lampard made $18 million, including sponsorships. This made him the seventh highest paid football player in the world [20].

Lampard signing autographs at Cobham in 2009

Lampard's 20th goal of the season was the winning goal in the 2009 FA Cup Final against Everton, with a left-foot shot from long-range. He repeated the corner flag celebration his father had done after scoring the winning goal in the 1980 FA Cup semi final against Everton. It was the fourth consecutive season that he scored 20 or more goals. He was named later named Chelsea's Player of the Year for the third time.


Lampard scored against Manchester United, in the 2009 Community Shield, in the 72nd minute, the match ended 2-2, but Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties. On 18 August 2009, Lampard scored Chelsea's second goal in a 3-1 away win against Sunderland. He scored his 133rd goal for Chelsea in a UEFA Champions League match against Atlético Madrid on 21 October 2009, which moved him up to 5th among the club's all time goalscorers. He had been struggling to score the amount of goals he had in the past seasons however this soon changed as he scored 2 goals in the 5-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers on 24 October 2009. On 30 October, he was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award for the sixth straight year. [21] He then scored a penalty against Bolton Wanderers as Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners on Halloween.

On 16 December, Lampard scored a crucial 79th minute winning goal from a penalty against Portsmouth and on 20 December, Lampard scored a penalty against West Ham, however he had to take his spot-kick 3 times due to players running into the box too early, he scored all three and later kissed his fists in front of Hammers fan at the West Stand before kick-off. In Chelsea's 7-2 thrashing of Sunderland, Lampard notched up two goals to add to his league tally. On 27 January 2010 Lampard also scored two goals in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Birmingham City, and on 27 March he scored four goals, including two penalties, in a 7-1 win over Aston Villa, overtaking Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley to become Chelsea's third highest goalscorer of all time. His four goal haul also saw Lampard reach 100 goals Premier League goals for Chelsea, and meant that he had scored twenty or more goals for the fifth successive season.

Lampard started the first three Premier League games of the 2010-11 season, but the midfielder required an operation on a hernia following the 2-0 win against Stoke City. The operation was a success, but Lampard suffered a leg muscle injury in November in training, and would not appear again until the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, when he appeared as a substitute. Chelsea won an injury-time penalty, but regular penalty-taker Lampard – who had been on the field for less than 15 minutes and had not appeared for the first team since August – left the spot kick to Didier Drogba, whose effort was saved. Lampard coverted his side's next penalty, opening the scoring in a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa on 2 January. One week later Lampard was again on the scoresheet, scoring twice in a 7-0 win against Ipswich Town in the FA Cup Third Round, taking him to 201 career club goals. The England midfielder went on to find the net consistently for the remainder of the season, including important goals against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but his overall influence on matches was not at the same level that it had been in previous seasons, and with several other players failing to find their best form Chelsea finished the season trophyless. Lampard's return of 13 goals was his lowest total since the 2002-03 season, and the first time he had failed to reach the 20-goal mark in six seasons, though injuries had limited his appearances to 32 in all competitions; the lowest number in his ten seasons at the club.


André Villas-Boas replaced Carlo Ancelotti at the start of the 2011-12 season, and though the Portuguese coach – just a few months older than Lampard – had reportedly been tasked with overhauling an aging squad, he insisted that the Chelsea vice-captain was part of his future plans, after playing him in various midfield roles in pre-season. Lampard himself commented "I don’t mind where I play I have actually played there (deep-lying midfielder) for England fairly regularly. But I do like to get forward and this won’t be a role that will stop me getting into the box." [22]
Lampard after the 2012 Champions League final
Lampard started the first four games of the season, including a 3-1 win against Norwich City in which he converted a penalty. However, at the start of September he was substituted at half time with his side 3-0 down to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and struggled to make the starting line-up over the following weeks. After scoring against Valencia upon his return to the starting line-up Lampard spoke of his desire to play in every game [23], and scored a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers in the following game. Nonetheless Lampard continued to be used sparingly by Villas-Boas for the remainder of the year, and found himself unused in crucial matches. [24]

In the New Year Villas-Boas was forced to defend his handling of Lampard, with press speculation growing of a rift between himself and the England international. [25] Following defeat to Napoli in the Champions League 1st knock-out round 1st leg – a match in which both Lampard and Ashley Cole had been left out of the starting line-up – the pressure mounted on Villas-Boas as Chelsea's season appeared to be fragmenting. [26] The Portuguese was sacked following defeat to West Bromwich Albion and was replaced by assistant Roberto Di Matteo. Though Lampard didn't start the Italian's first match in charge he went on to play a key role for the remainder of the season; often employed by Di Matteo in a deeper midfield role as Chelsea's fortunes were turned around in a spectacular manner. Lampard scored a long-range free-kick against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Semi-Final victory, before appearing in his fifth FA Cup final for the club as the Blues beat Liverpool 2-1. Lampard then helped his club to the biggest prize in European football. Having converted penalties against Napoli and Benfica he played the full 90 minutes in both legs of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Barcelona – making crucial contributions for goals from Didier Drogba in the 1st leg and Ramires in the second – before playing the full 120 minutes and scoring in the penalty shoot-out as Chelsea won the competition for the first time against Bayern Munich. After the victory Lampard – whose 16 goals over the season meant he was Chelsea top-scorer for the fourth time – commented "It's huge, we've been fantastic in England, winning the league and cups, but we wanted to win the Champions League and now we've done it." [27]


Lampard was first spotted by England under-21 manager Peter Taylor, and his under-21 debut came on 13 November 1997 in a match against Greece. He played for the under-21 side from November 1997 to June 2000, and scored nine goals, a mark bettered only by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers.

Lampard earned his first cap for England on 10 October 1999 in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium, and scored his first goal on 20 August 2003 in a 3-1 win over Croatia. He was bypassed for Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup, and had to wait until Euro 2004 to participate in his first international competition. England reached the quarter-finals with Lampard netting three goals in four matches, he equalised for England in the 112th minute against Portugal, bringing the scoreline to 2–2 but England lost on penalties. He was named in the team of the tournament by UEFA.[28] He became a regular in the squad following the retirement of Paul Scholes, and was voted England Player of the Year by fans in 2004 and 2005.[29][30]

Though Lampard played every minute of England's 2006 World Cup matches, he went scoreless as England were eliminated in the quarter finals by Portugal on penalties [31]. He scored in a 2-1 loss to Germany in a friendly. He was booed by England supporters while coming on as a second-half substitute during England's Euro 2008 qualifying match against Estonia on 13 October 2007,[32] and finished with one goal (a 3-2 loss to Croatia on 21 November) as England failed to qualify for the tournament. He scored his first international goal in two years in a 4-0 win over Slovakia in March 2009, and also created another for Wayne Rooney. Lampard's goal was the 500th England goal scored at Wembley[33]. On 9 September 2009, Lampard struck twice in England's 5-1 win against Croatia which secured their place at the 2010 World Cup.

In a 2010 FIFA World Cup Second Round match against Germany, Lampard had a shot at goal that bounced off the crossbar and from TV replays was clearly seen to cross the goal line. If given, it would have drawn the game level at 2-2 in the first half. However, neither the referee nor the linesman gave the goal, and play continued. The final score was 4-1 to Germany, with England exiting the tournament. In February 2011, Lampard led the side out as captain for the first time in a friendly against Denmark.


See also: List of Frank Lampard goals
Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001-02 37 5 8 1 4 0 4 1 0 0 53 7
2002-03 38 6 5 1 3 0 2 1 0 0 48 8
2003-04 38 10 4 1 2 0 14 4 0 0 58 15
2004-05 38 13 2 0 6 2 12 4 0 0 58 19
2005-06 35 16 5 2 1 0 8 2 1 0 50 20
2006-07 37 11 7 6 6 3 11 1 1 0 62 21
2007-08 24 10 1 2 3 4 11 4 1 0 40 20
2008-09 37 12 7 3 2 2 11 3 0 0 57 20
2009-10 36 22 6 3 1 0 7 1 1 1 51 27
2010-11 24 10 3 3 0 0 4 0 1 0 32 13
2011-12 30 11 5 2 2 0 12 3 0 0 49 16
2012-13 29 15 4 2 3 0 10 0 4 0 50 17
2013-14 26 6 1 0 1 1 11 1 1 0 40 8
Total 429 147 58 34 34 12 117 25 10 1 648 211

Career honours

Winner: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10
Runner-up: 2003-04, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11
Winner: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runner-up: 2002
Winner: 2005, 2007
Runner-up: 2008
Winner: 2012
Runner-up: 2008
Winner: 2013
Winner: 2005, 2009
Runner-up: 2006, 2007, 2010
Runner-up: 2005
Runner-up: 2005

Player of the Year
1967: Bonetti | 1968: Cooke | 1969: Webb | 1970: Hollins | 1971: Hollins | 1972: Webb | 1973: Osgood | 1974: Locke
1975: Cooke | 1976: Wilkins | 1977: Wilkins | 1978: Droy | 1979: Langley | 1980: Walker | 1981: Borota | 1982: Fillery
1983: Jones | 1984: Nevin | 1985: Speedie | 1986: Niedzwiecki | 1987: Nevin | 1988: Dorigo | 1989: Roberts
1990: Monkou | 1991: Townsend | 1992: Elliott | 1993: Sinclair | 1994: Clarke | 1995: Johnsen | 1996: Gullit
1997: Hughes | 1998: Wise | 1999: Zola | 2000: Wise | 2001: Terry | 2002: Cudicini | 2003: Zola | 2004: Lampard
2005: Lampard | 2006: Terry | 2007: Essien | 2008: J.Cole | 2009: Lampard | 2010: Drogba | 2011: Čech | 2012: Mata
2013: Mata | 2014: Hazard
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