These 5 Premier League defenders faced the herculean task of stopping some of the best attackers in the world.
They were the symbols of safety in defense and shone in one of the most important Leagues in Europe. Here is the list of the 5 greatest defenders of Premier League era. It was not easy to choose 5 players, and here is the list.
Undoubtedly, we are talking about one of the greatest defenders of his generation. Imposing physically, he was a human barrier and a nightmare for the attacking opponents. In the list, he is the one who played less in the Premier League, only 79 games but left its mark. In his 3 full seasons for Manchester United, Stam won 3 Premier League titles. He made his debut in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the English Super Cup, but United lost only four more matches until the end of the season, leading to treble (Premier League, The Cup and Champions League). With great performances, he quickly became one of the players, most wanted by the fans. His departure from the club was one of the biggest regrets of Sir Alex Ferguson’s career, as the coach himself has already revealed in his autobiography.
Jamie Carragher only wore two shirts in his football career, Liverpool and England. Despite cheering for Everton as a child, he made history with the Red shirt from the Beatles’ city. If he failed to stand out by technique, he compensated with the physical vigor, disposition and force in the aerial game. Though he is short of a Premier League title, he can boast a plethora of great performances in the 508 matches he played in the Premier League. Along with Steven Gerrard, he was a leader and very identified with the fans for his claw in the field. His versatility made him play at right-back, and even on the left side. He had a great partnership with Sami Hyppia and led the 2004-05 Champions League win in an epic final against Milan.
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Only five club legends can boast a statue of their own at the Emirates Stadium entrance – Ken Friar, Herbert Chapman, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, and Tony Adams. Adams is the greatest defender of Arsenal’s history. By his infectious leadership, he became the captain of the club at age 21 and continued to proudly boast the band for 14 years. He became involved in controversies involving alcohol abuse in the 1980s but managed to overcome the problem, mainly with the help of Arsene Wenger. He wore the Gunners shirt for 19 years and 669 games, which put him in the golden list as the second player with most matches for the Londen-based club. His relationship with the club is so engraved, that he earned the nickname, “Mr. Arsenal”.
At the age of 11, John Terry was a midfielder of West Ham junior squad and moved to Chelsea three years later. It was due to the lack of defenders that he ended up being backed for the defense and stayed there until the end of his career. When still young, Sir Alex Ferguson tried to convince the young man to train with Manchester United during the holidays of the school, but it did not work. In his early years as a professional, he fought hard for a place in the starting lineup with the Frenchman Marcel Desailly. After the departure of Desailly, Terry consolidated his place, became the captain of the Blues and made a great partnership with Ricardo Carvalho. Alongside Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, and Didier Drogba, the English defender made history with the blue shirt. Terry was a player with few flaws, as he was great in the air and firm in the marking.
Sol Campbell was a ruthless defender with an enviable physical strength. He played for Tottenham from 1992 to 2001, for 315 appearances. After that, The English defender left the Spurs to end the bond and, in a controversial negotiation. He was presented like reinforcement for the archrival Arsenal. For the Gunners, Campbell made a great partnership with the experienced Tony Adams, showing his physical vigor and precise tackles. Later, Adams gave place to the young Kolo Toure, and the Ivorian helped Campbell to mount a wall in the defense for the Gunners. There are 503 Premier League games in Sol Campbell’s curriculum, plus two English titles. Campbell also played for Portsmouth and Newcastle United.