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Name: Wayne Bridge  
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Date of Birth: 5th August 1980
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Profession: Footballer
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Bridge playing for Chelsea

Wayne Bridge (born August 5, 1980) is an English football defender, who currently plays left back for Chelsea F.C. of the FA Premier League.

Bridge began his professional career with Southampton F.C., where he broke through onto the club's first team in the 1998-1999 Premiership season. Bridge quickly became a regular and a star for the club, and was named the Southampton Player of the Year for the 2000-2001 season. After five years and 173 appearances with the Saints, Bridge was sold to Chelsea during the 2003 offseason for a fee of £7 million and Graeme Le Saux.

Bridge has continued his success with Chelsea, and was initially a regular starter for one of the best clubs in the world. His finest moment came in the Champions League quater-final against Arsenal in 2003/2004. Bridge scored the winning goal in the 88th minute to send Chelsea into the semi-finals and end an 18 game unbeaten run against Arsenal. The goal was later voted goal of the season. Bridge scored against Besiktas and Portsmouth in 2003/2004 also.

Bridge is also a frequent player for the English national team; after appearing for his country at various youth levels, Bridge made his debut with the full squad in February 2002. He quickly proved himself, and appeared twice as a substitute in the 2002 World Cup, although he did not appear at all in Euro 2004, facing stiff competition from Ashley Cole for the position.

During the Qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, he was given the role of playing in England's problematic left midfield role, but he lost this to his Chelsea team mate Joe Cole when he was injured.

For the 2005/06 season Chelsea have signed Spanish left-back Asier del Horno and Bridge faces a challenge to get back into the side when he recovers from the injury that kept him out of the team in the latter stages of the 2004/05 campaign.

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