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Name: Frank Lampard  
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Date of Birth: 20th September 1948
Place of Birth: West Ham, London
Profession: Footballer
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Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard with Chelsea
Date of Birth: June 20, 1978
Place of Birth: Romford, Essex
Height: 6' (1.83m)
Weight: 79 kg
Position: MidFielder
Country: England
Squad Number (Country): 8
International Caps: 37
International Goals: 10
International Honours: -
Club: Chelsea F.C.
Squad Number (Club) 8
Club Honours: FA Community Shield (Chelsea FC, 2005)
English Premier League (Chelsea FC, 2004-05)
League Cup (Chelsea FC, 2005)
FA Premier Asia Cup (Chelsea FC, 2003)
UEFA Intertoto Cup (West Ham United, 1999)
Previous Clubs: Swansea City AFC (on loan from Oct 1995 to Jan 1996)
West Ham United (trainee July 1994 to June 2001)

Frank James Lampard, Jr., (born June 20, 1978 in Romford, London) is an English football player currently at Chelsea and previously with West Ham United and Swansea City A.F.C..

Frank is the son of Frank Lampard Sr., former England fullback and two-time FA Cup winner with West Ham United.

He is a regular member of the England national team. He is an attacking midfielder who regularly contributes goals to his teams. Frank has represented England 37 times, scoring 10 goals.

He has won the FA Community Shield (with Chelsea, 2005), the English Premiership (with Chelsea, 2004-05), the League Cup (with Chelsea, 2005) and the UEFA Intertoto Cup (with West Ham, 1999).

Playing career

West Ham United and Swansea City

Lampard joined West Ham United, where his father was Assistant Manager, as an apprentice in July 1994 as part of their Youth System, and signed his professional forms on 1 July, 1995.

In October 1995, he was loaned to Division Two team Swansea City. He made his league debut in the colours of Swansea City on 7 October, 1995 in a match against Bradford City that Swansea won 2-0. He made a total nine league appearances for Swansea, and another two in Cup competitions, scoring one goal, before returning to West Ham in January, 1996. Lampard's debut for West Ham came on January 31, 1996 against Coventry City F.C., but he did not become a team regular that season. He then broke his right leg in a game against Aston Villa on 15 March, 1997, which ended his season. Lampard's first goal for West Ham came in the 1997-98 season, in an away win against Barnsley. Lampard was a regular in the West Ham youth team and captained his side to the final of the FA Youth Cup in 1996.

Around this time, Lampard was spotted by Peter Taylor, the England Under-21 manager, and selected for the team. His U21 debut came on November 13, 1997, in Crete against Greece.

The 1998-99 season was a prolific one for young Lampard. He became a regular in the West Ham first team, not missing a single game throughout the season as the club finished fifth in the Premiership standings. He made his first appearance for the senior England team, starting in a friendly against Belgium, in Sunderland, on 10 October 1999.

Although Lampard was not selected in the England side for EURO 2000, he captained the England U21 side in the U21 European Championships. His final appearance for the U21 team was in June 2000 in an away match against Slovakia. Lampard was a fixture in the West Ham first team, making 187 appearances and scoring a total 39 goals in all competitions in his 6 years at the club. But this regularity in appearance was not appreciated by everyone at the club. Lampard's father, Frank Lampard Sr, was the first team coach and there were accusations of nepotism.

Lampard had formed the core of a successful West Ham team along with players like Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand. But after Ferdinand, a close friend of Lampard's, was sold to Leeds United in the 2000-01 season, and his father, and uncle Harry Redknapp left West Ham, Frank decided to leave as well. Despite interest from Aston Villa, Lampard chose to remain in London by joining Chelsea.


Lampard signed for Chelsea on 15 May 2001 for £11 million, one of the first signings of then Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri. He made his debut for Chelsea in a pre-season game against Leyton Orient on 26 July, 2001, and scored his first goal for the club in another pre-season match, against Northampton Town, a 7-1 away victory, on August 1, 2001. His Premiership debut for Chelsea came on 19 August 2001, in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United. Despite being sent off in only his fourth Premiership game for Chelsea, against Tottenham Hotspur on 16 September 2001, the only dismissal of his career, he had a fruitful first season, missing only one match and scoring seven goals in all competitions.

Lampard again failed to make the England squad for a major competition, as he was left out of the 23-member squad for the World Cup finals in June 2002 in Japan and South Korea. In the 2002-03 season for Chelsea, Lampard was at his regular best again, not missing a match throughout the campaign. He scored eight goals in all competitions as Chelsea finished fourth in the Premiership, giving Lampard the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in his career.

The next season turned out to be extremely productive for Lampard. He was selected in the England squad for a friendly against Croatia on 20 August 2003, and scored his first goal for the country as England won 3-1. He also had an impressive start to the season with his club, being selected as the Barclays Player of the Month in September 2003 and the PFA Fans' Player of the Month in October. Chelsea reached the semi-final of the Champions League before being eliminated by AS Monaco, with Lampard scoring four goals in fourteen games. They also finished second in the Premiership behind Arsenal. This display for the club earned Lampard a place in the England team for the match against Iceland in the FA's Summer Tournament before EURO 2004, and he scored his second international goal as England won 6-1.

Frank Lampard with England.

He was than selected in the squad for EURO 2004 in Portugal. England reached the quarter-finals with Lampard having an exceptional tournament. He scored three goals in four matches and was named in the official EURO 2004 All-Star squad by the UEFA technical study group. With Paul Scholes's retirement from international football, Lampard finally became a fixture in Eriksson's squad.

The 2004-05 season was one of the most successful in Chelsea's history, and Lampard was at its centre. He played in all 38 of the club's Premiership matches, scoring thirteen goals, remarkable for a midfielder, helping Chelsea to win their first title for 50 years by a 12-point margin. He scored another four goals in the Champions League as Chelsea made the semi-finals for the second successive year. His two goals in six matches were also instrumental in his club's League Cup victory. So impressive was his form during the Champions League and league run that former Brazilian captain Carlos Alberto and Johann Cruyff both referred to him as one of Europe's best midfielders. Lampard was voted English Footballer of the Year and earned the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 2005. In September 2005 he was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro awards. The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers in 40 countries.

Lampard improved much during his time at Stamford Bridge. His first two seasons were sometimes bogged down by his massive transfer fee and later eclipsed by the scintillating form of Gianfranco Zola, but in his third season there, with the arrival of Roman Abramovich, he fully blossomed, establishing himself as a regular of the multi-million pound Chelsea squad, and a fans' favourite.

Despite being a midfielder, Lampard has an impressive scoring ratio since he signed for Chelsea, and a keen eye for goal. Although not a striker, his intelligent runs and long-range efforts at the edge of the box often result in accurate strikes at goals. Lampard also contributes heavily to the Chelsea side through his goal assists. He is usually Chelsea's first choice penalty and set-piece taker as well. He is also second choice captain of the club, behind John Terry.

He has scored seven goals in nine matches in the Premiership in the current season, 2005-06, and one goal in three Champions League matches. Lampard has made 155 consecutive appearances for Chelsea in the Premiership and is 5 games away from beating David James's record of 159.

His goal from the penalty spot against Austria in the October 8, 2005 World Cup qualifier helped England qualify for the World Cup finals to be held in Germany in 2006.


Frank belongs to an illustrious football family. Apart from his father, his uncle Harry Redknapp is also a former England international. He currently manages Championship side Southampton F.C.. Lampard's cousin, Jamie Redknapp, has played 17 games for the England football team, and has also played club football for Southampton FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool F.C. and AFC Bournemouth. Lampard is currently engaged to Elen Rives, who gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl called Luna, in August 2005. Frank is currently (Sep 2005-Oct 2005) featured in a "Super Goals" advertising campaign for The Sun newspaper in England.


All figures correct as of October 20, 2005

All-time club performance

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season League1 FA Cup League Cup Others2 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Chelsea FC 2005-06 9 7 0 0 0 0 4 1 13 8
2004-05 38 13 2 0 6 2 12 4 58 19
2003-04 38 10 4 1 2 0 14 4 58 14
2002-03 38 6 5 1 3 0 2 1 48 8
2001-02 37 5 8 1 4 0 4 1 53 7
Total 160 41 19 3 15 2 36 11 229 55
West Ham 2000-01 30 7 4 1 3 1 0 0 37 9
1999-00 34 7 1 0 4 3 10 4 48 14
1998-99 38 5 1 0 2 1 0 0 41 16
1997-98 31 4 6 1 5 4 0 0 42 9
1996-97 13 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
1995-96 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 148 24 13 2 16 9 10 4 187 39
Swansea City 1995-96 9 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1
Total 9 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 1
Career Totals 317 66 32 5 31 11 48 15 428 97

Note 1: All games for West Ham and Chelsea FC in FA Premier League
All games for Swansea City in Football League Second Division
Note 2: Includes Intertoto Cup, UEFA Cup, Champions League, FA Community Shield

International goals scored

Frank Lampard: International Goals
Sr. No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result
1. 12 October, 2005 Old Trafford, Manchester Poland 2-1 Won
2. 8 October, 2005 Old Trafford, Manchester Austria 1-0 Won
3. 26 March, 2005 Old Trafford, Manchester Northern Ireland 4-0 Won
4. 9 October, 2004 Old Trafford, Manchester Wales 2-0 Won
5. 4 September, 2004 Ernst Happel Stadion, Wien Austria 2-2 Draw
6. 24 June, 2004 Estadio da Luz, Lisbon Portugal 2-2 Lost1
7. 21 June, 2004 Estadio da Luz, Lisbon Croatia 4-2 Won
8. 13 June, 2004 Estadio da Luz, Lisbon France 1-2 Lost
9. 5 June, 2004 City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester Iceland 6-1 Won
10. 20 August, 2003 Portman Road, Ipswich Croatia 3-1 Won

Note 1: lost 5-6 in penalty shootout


  • FA Community Shield (2005)
  • English Premier League (2004-05)
  • League Cup (2005)
  • FA Premier Asia Cup (2003)
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1999)


Preceded by:
Thierry Henry
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by:
current holder

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