|Tam adı||Ciaran Clark|
|Doğum tarihi||26 Eylül 1989|
|Doğum yeri||Harrow, Londra, İngiltere|
|Boyu||1,88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Mevkii||Defansif Orta Saha|
|Millî takım kariyeri|
İngiltere U-19 |
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Ciaran Clark (doğumu 26 Eylül 1989; Harrow) İngiltere-doğumlu İrlandalı profesynel futbolcudur. Premier League takımı Aston Villa'da oynamaktadır. Clark, doğal olarak fiziki gereği stoper pozisyonunda oynar, fakat Villa teknik direktörü Gérard Houllier onu orta saha pozisyonunda oynatmaktadır.
He previously captained the academy and reserve teams to their respective league titles and also played for the England U18, U19 and U20 teams. In October 2010, he declared his ambition to play for the Republic of Ireland.
Although born in London and growing up in Sandy, Clark came through the Aston Villa youth academy after joining at the age of eleven. He captained the academy U-18 team to the 2007–08 Premier Academy League, the academy's maiden league title. He was given a squad number for the 2008–09 season and named on the bench for Villa's 2008–09 UEFA Cup match away at CSKA Moscow, but remained an unused substitute. He captained the reserves to the Premier Reserve League South title and defeated PRL North winners Sunderland in the play-off final to win their first ever Reserve League trophy.
Clark was included in the squads for the preseason friendlies and the 2009 Peace Cup. On 30 August 2009, he made his debut in a 2–0 win against Fulham. With Curtis Davies unavailable through injury, the nineteen-year-old was named in Villa's starting line-up, partnering Carlos Cuéllar in defence. He helped keep a clean sheet and nearly marked his debut with a goal but sent his header inches wide. Garth Crooks of the BBC named the youngster in his Team of the week. Although the formidable partnership of new signings James Collins and Richard Dunne limited him to the bench, he has been tipped to break into the first team on a regular basis within several years. In November 2009, he signed a contract extension until 2012.
Ciaran Clark started in the first two league games of the 2010–11 season: against West Ham United, partnering Richard Dunne and keeping a clean sheet; then against Newcastle United. Clark also was handed a start in Gerard Houllier's first match in-charge, against Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup. He then started the match against local rivals Birmingham City in midfield and continued in the role against Fulham and Blackpool due to the club's injury crisis. On 27 November 2010, Clark scored his first 2 goals for the club in a 4-2 defeat against Arsenal.
Clark skippered the England U-19 team through qualification for the 2008 European Championships, playing in 5 out of the 6 qualifers and scoring a goal. He missed out on the tournament through an ankle injury sustained during training. After being promoted to the England U-20's, he was appointed captain and scored in only his second match, in a friendly against Italy on March 2008.
Clark is also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland national team due to his Irish mother and paternal grandparents. In late September 2010, FAI officials approached Clark about switching his allegiance. They sent scout and former Ireland U21 manager, Don Givens, to watch him in the match against Blackburn.
On 5 October 2010, it was reported that Clark had pledged his international future to the Irish national team. Richard Dunne played a role in convincing him and had spoken to FAI scouts about his eligibility.
- ^ "Ciaran Clark confirms allegiance to Ireland". GreenScene. 20 October 2010.
- ^ "RESERVES: VILLA 3–1 Sunderland". 21 May 2009.
- ^ "Peace Cup squad". avfc.co.uk. 22 July 2009.
- ^ "Aston Villa 2 – 0 Fulham". BBC Sport. 2009-08-30.
- ^ "Garth Crooks' team of the week". BBC Sport. 2009-08-30.
- ^ "Future is bright for Aston Villa youngsters, says Gordon Cowans". Birmingham Mail. 13 June 2008.
- ^ "Ciaran Clark grateful for deal at Aston Villa". Birmingham Mail. 28 November 2009.
- ^ "Captain's Pride". TheFA.com. 1 April 2009.
- ^ "Czechs' rivals aim to be class acts". uefa.com. 16 July 2008.
- ^ "Republic of Ireland approach Ciaran Clark about switching his England allegiance". Birmingham Mail. 28 September 2010.
- ^ "Ciaran Clark pledges international future to Ireland - after ringing endorsement from Richard Dunne". Birmingham Mail. 5 October 2010.
- ^ "Ciaran Clark called up the Irish Squad". GreenScene. 12 November 2010.
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