Craig Bellamy


BornJuly 13, 1979


Craig Douglas Bellamy is a Welsh footballer who plays as a forward for Cardiff City and the Welsh national team. Born in Cardiff, Bellamy was the captain of the Welsh national side for four years after taking over from Ryan Giggs in 2007. Bellamy began his footballing career as a nine-year-old at Bristol Rovers, and spent two years at the club before being brought into the youth system of Norwich City. His first team debut for the Canaries came at Crystal Palace on 15 March 1997. On 22 August 1998, Bellamy scored Norwich's 5000th league goal in competitive football, scoring the second (a penalty) in the Canaries 4–2 win over Queens Park Ranger. Since making his professional debut for Norwich City in 1997, he has played for a number of clubs in England, making his name at Newcastle United when signed by Bobby Robson in 2001 and has also had a loan spell with Scottish Premier League sideCeltic in 2005. On 31 August 2011, Bellamy completed a move back to former club Liverpool from Manchester City. During his career, Bellamy has won one League Cup, one Scottish Cup and one FA Community Shield. He also has been a runner-up in both the FA Cup and the Champions League. He made his senior debut for Wales in 1998 and since then has turned out a total of 69 times for his country, scoring 19 goals, though 14 years. He was a member of the Great Britain Olympic Football Team at the 2012 Games in London, appearing five times and scoring once.
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