Séamus Coleman

Séamus Coleman

Coleman lining up for the Republic of Ireland in 2013
Personal information
Full name Séamus Coleman[1]
Date of birth (1988-10-11) 11 October 1988[1]
Place of birth Killybegs, Ireland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Number 23
Youth career
St. Catherine's (Killybegs)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Sligo Rovers 55 (1)
2009– Everton 190 (16)
2010Blackpool (loan) 9 (1)
National team
2007–2010 Republic of Ireland U21 13 (1)
2011– Republic of Ireland 42 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:23, 30 November 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:47, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

Séamus Coleman /ˈʃməs ˈklmən/ (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Everton and is captain of the Republic of Ireland national team.

Originally a Gaelic footballer, Coleman started his football career with amateur club St. Catherines in Killybegs before moving to Sligo Rovers and then moving to English club Everton in 2009. In 2010, he spent half a season on loan with Blackpool, helping them win promotion via the 2010 Championship play-offs, before returning to Everton where he has made over 200 appearances, and has been regarded as one of the league's top full-backs.

Coleman has been a senior international for the Republic of Ireland since 2011, acquiring over 40 caps. He won the 2011 Nations Cup and was awarded the FAI Under-21 International Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. He was selected for the Irish squad at UEFA Euro 2016, captaining Ireland against both Italy and France. He was named the new Ireland captain in September 2016 following Robbie Keane's international retirement.

Club career

Sligo Rovers

Coleman was born in the fishing port of Killybegs,[3] in the Irish county of Donegal.[1] Originally a Gaelic footballer who, aged 16, played as a back on his local GAA team Na Cealla Beaga,[4][5] Coleman was spotted by Sligo Rovers when he lined up against them in a friendly for his hometown club, St. Catherine's.[6] He made his League of Ireland debut against Derry City at the Brandywell in October 2006 as a substitute for Adam Hughes.[7]

Sligo Rovers coach Rob McDonald did not rate Coleman very highly as a player, telling him that he should join League of Ireland First Division club Finn Harps.[8] McDonald departed Sligo Rovers in March 2007,[9] and was replaced by Paul Cook, of whom Coleman later said; "he made me feel like I was the best player in the League. It just makes such a difference when you have a manager who believes in you".[8]

Coleman was sent off on 28 September 2007 in a 3–0 loss at Bohemians, for a two-footed challenge on their substitute John-Paul Kelly.[10] He scored his only goal for Rovers against Bray Wanderers on 17 May 2008, concluding a 3–0 win.[11]



Following a recommendation by Willie McStay to former teammate and Everton manager David Moyes, Coleman was signed by the Merseyside club for £60,000[12] in January 2009, ahead of other interest from Ipswich Town, Birmingham City and Celtic.[13] Before playing a game for Everton, Coleman had to undergo surgery on a career-threatening infected blister.[14] He made his debut on 22 October 2009 in the Europa League group stage in a 5–0 loss to Benfica at the Estádio da Luz, being beaten to the ball by Javier Saviola for the first goal.[15] Three days later in his home debut, a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, Coleman was named Man of the Match after coming on as a first-half substitute for the injured Joseph Yobo, and played an instrumental part for both of Everton's goals in a 2–2 draw.[16] He made his FA Cup debut against Carlisle United in the third round on 2 January 2010, replacing Tony Hibbert in the 80th minute and creating a goal for Tim Cahill two minutes later, in a 3–1 home win.[17]

Coleman celebrating promotion with Blackpool in 2010

On 19 March 2010, Coleman joined Championship club Blackpool on loan, initially for one month as a replacement for the injured Neil Eardley.[18] He made his debut the next day, in a 2–2 draw at home to Crystal Palace.[19] He scored his first goal for the Tangerines in a 4–2 win away to Scunthorpe United on 2 April.[20] Later that month, Coleman's loan was extended until the end of the season,[21] while on 19 May he agreed a new four-year contract with Everton.[22] He played in Blackpool's play–off final at Wembley Stadium, which they won 3–2 against Cardiff City.[23]

Coleman returned to Everton for the following season, breaking into the first team on the right of midfield. He scored his first goal for Everton against Brentford in the Football League Cup third round on 21 September 2010. He opened the scoring at Griffin Park in the sixth minute, but also gave away a penalty with a foul on Myles Weston, which Ján Mucha saved from Charlie MacDonald, although Brentford eventually won in a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw.[24] He scored his first Premier League goal against his former team Blackpool on 6 November to secure a 2–2 draw at Bloomfield Road,[25] signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal two months later,[26] and was nominated for the 2011 PFA Young Player of the Year Award.[27] He finished the season having scored four league goals, though was sent off in the final game of the season, a 1–0 win against Chelsea.[28][29]

On 31 December 2012, Coleman signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Everton.[30]


Coleman in action for Everton in 2015

The 2013–14 season proved to be Coleman's best to date as he scored six league goals, more than his previous seasons at the club combined.[31][32] In April, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.[33] He was also named Everton's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year. Manager Roberto Martínez hailed Coleman as one of the best full-backs in world football as he was part of a defence which conceded just 39 goals to help Everton finish fifth with a club record of 72 Premier League points.[34] He created 45 chances during the season, the third highest amongst Everton players and had the second highest pass completion at 88%.[35]

On 26 June 2014, Coleman signed a new five-year contract with Everton.[36] He scored his first ever goal in European football for Everton on 18 September 2014, netting their second in a 4–1 win over Wolfsburg in the first match of their Europa League campaign.[37] On 19 February 2015, he was again on target in Europe, in a 4–1 win over BSC Young Boys in the last 32.[38]

Coleman scored his only goal of the 2015–16 season in a 3–0 away victory against Stoke City on 6 February 2016.[39]

On 17 September, he opened his 2016–17 goalscoring account in a 3–1 home win against Middlesbrough with a great solo run and finish on his weaker foot.[40] He scored his second goal of the season on 19 November with an 89th-minute header to equalise in a 1–1 home draw against Swansea City.[41]

International career


Coleman has represented Ireland U18 schools, helping them retain the Centenary Shield in 2006. He is an Ireland under-21 and under-23 international, having made his debut for the former against Sweden in 2007.[42] On 10 August 2010, Coleman scored his first international goal in a 5–0 win against Estonia.[43] In the same month he won the 2009 FAI Under 21 Player of the Year Award.[44] He retained the award in 2010.[45] He captained Ireland in a 1–0 defeat against Turkey in November 2010.[46]


Coleman playing for the Republic of Ireland in 2013

He received his first call-up to the senior squad in October 2010,[47] and made his full international debut in the Republic of Ireland's inaugural Nations Cup match against Wales on 8 February 2011, which Ireland won 3–0.[48]

On 29 May 2013, Coleman was named Man of the Match for his performance against England at Wembley Stadium. He crossed the ball for Shane Long's opening goal of the game, a header past Joe Hart.[49][50] Coleman captained Ireland for the first time in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Germany on 11 October 2013, his 25th birthday, which Ireland lost 3–0 in Cologne.[51]

On 31 May 2016, Coleman was selected in Martin O'Neill's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.[52] At the tournament, he captained Ireland in their final group game victory over Italy. The 1–0 win ensured that the team advanced past the group stages at a UEFA European Championship for the first time.[53] He was also captain for Ireland's round of 16 match against France in Lyon where the hosts prevailed 2–1 winners.[54]

Coleman was named the permanent Ireland captain in September 2016 following the international retirement of Robbie Keane.[55] The following month, he scored his first senior international goal for Ireland in a 1–0 win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.[56]

Personal life

Coleman has two brothers: Francis and Stevie. Stevie has cerebral palsy and participated in the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games football event.[57] His parents are Máire and Henry Coleman. As a boy, he attended St. Catherine's Vocational School.[58] He supports the Donegal senior football team.[59][60] He also still follows his local GAA team, Na Cealla Beaga,[4] and attended the final of the 2013 Donegal Senior Football Championship when they lost to Gleann tSuilí.[61]

I'd be more nervous watching the [Gaelic football] lads than I would be watching my own games [...] When it's Killybegs playing, it means a bit more. It's something I was a big part of growing up, I played with all them lads.[62]

In June 2015, he married Rachel Cunningham in St. Mary of the Visitation Church in Killybegs.[63]

Career statistics


As of match played 27 November 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Sligo Rovers 2006[64] League of Ireland Premier Division 30 30
2007[64] League of Ireland Premier Division 260 260
2008[64] League of Ireland Premier Division 261 261
Total 551 551
Everton 2009–10[65] Premier League 3010003[lower-alpha 1]070
2010–11[66] Premier League 3444121406
2011–12[67] Premier League 1804020240
2012–13[68] Premier League 2603120311
2013–14[69] Premier League 3663120417
2014–15[70] Premier League 35320005[lower-alpha 1]2425
2015–16[71] Premier League 2813030341
2016–17[72] Premier League 1020010112
Total 190162031218223022
Blackpool (loan) 2009–10[65] Championship 913[lower-alpha 2]0121
Career total 2541820312111229724


As of match played 12 November 2016[64]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Republic of Ireland 201140

International goals

As of match played 12 November 2016

Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Coleman goal.

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 6 October 2016Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland40 Georgia1–01–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification[73]





Republic of Ireland



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