Peter Crouch Decided to Retire from Football

Another footballer who declared his retirement from the world that raised his name, Peter “The Robot” Crouch, who is now 38 years old, ended his long journey in football for 23 years of his career. In terms of individual abilities, there is actually nothing special about Crouch as a footballer besides his towering height of more than 2 meters with a thin stature. In his first season with Liverpool, songs from supporters of the Reds appeared to Crouch were quoted, “He is big, He is red, his legs are stretching past the bed, Peter Crouch, Peter Crouch” to illustrate how this one player is more striking compared to his teammates because of his height.

His Football Career

Crouch was a Tottenham academy graduate player who was given a permanent contract in the 1999/2000 season, but Crouch was not given the chance to play and be loaned to Dulwich Hamlet and IFK Hassleholm in Sweden before being bought by Queens Park Rangers who played in the Premier League First Division in 2000. After one season strengthening QPR, Crouch anchored to Portsmouth who also played in the First Division. It was only at the end of the 2001/02 season, precisely in March 2002, that Crouch was officially carried away by Aston Villa and played in the Premier League.

The Tottenham academy graduate finally officially recorded 462 Premier League appearances while strengthening playing for Aston Villa (2001-2004, including being loaned out to Norwich City who played in the First Division for 6 months from December 2003 to May 2004), Southampton (2004- 2005), Liverpool (2005-2008), Portsmouth (2008-2009), Tottenham Hotspur (2009-2012), Stoke City (2011-2019, including playing in the Championship Division in the 2018-29 season) and Burnley (2018-2019) .

A perfect hat trick and header goal record

Crouch’s achievements as a footballer were quite mediocre, during his professional career Crouch only recorded the FA Cup 2005/06 season and the 2006 Community Shield FA which were all won with Liverpool. Crouch also brought Liverpool to the Champions League runner-up in the 2006/07 season before being beaten by AC Milan in the final and being runner-up to the Club World Cup in 2005. During his career, Crouch only ever recorded a hat trick twice, once with Liverpool and once with the England national team. Crouch’s hat trick was made on March 31, 2007 when Liverpool brought him to destroy Arsenal with a score of 4-1 at Anfield. Crouch’s hat trick was called the perfect hat trick because each goal was scored using the right foot, left foot and head. In addition Crouch is also included in the 28 players who managed to record more than one hundred goals in the Premier League with a total of 109 goals. Crouch also recorded a record in the Premier League as a player who scored the most goals using a head with a total of 51 goals.

Robot from England

As a footballer, Crouch also dreamed of playing for his country’s national team. In 2005, Crouch was given the opportunity by Sven-Goran Eriksson to make his debut for the England national team against Colombia. Crouch’s total strengthened England in 42 matches with a total of 22 goals, including his performances in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. When in the friendly match against Uruguay in March 2006 where England won 2-1, there was a unique event in which Crouch used a back number and a different chest number, number 21 in front and number 12 behind. Despite being a mockery, Crouch managed to score his first international goal in this match. Crouch also made a scene for the British public with his celebration when he scored England’s third goal in a friendly against Hungary. In the match won by England with a score of 3-1, Crouch celebrated with a robot dance. This celebration was repeated again when he managed to score a hat trick in a friendly match between England against Jamaica and finally when he managed to record 100 goals in the Premier League while strengthening Stoke City.

Good bye, Peter Crouch.


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