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Micah Richards's Biography

 
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Micah Richards was born on 24 June 1988 in Birmingham. His family lived in the Chapeltown area of Leeds, although his parents were originally from St Kitts & Nevis.

In the BBC website's Micah Richards column, he mentioned that although he liked Leeds United, he supported Arsenal as well because of Ian Wright.

Micah Richards is yet another product of City's excellent Academy, whose director Jim Casell is full of compliments for Richards.

Other Academy graduates include Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton, Bradley Wright- Phillips, Nedum Onuoha and Lee Croft.

Micah Richards grew up in Leeds and as a youngster was with Oldham Athletic, but joined Manchester City at 14 as an England schoolboy.

In the pre-season before the 2005/6 season, the then Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce was already expressing a positive attitude towards Richards:

"Micah is a versatile lad who can play in midfield or at centre-half and he has really impressed in that position. His spring to head a ball is fantastic and he looks as though he has a little more time on the ball and that is always a sign of a decent player."

Micah Richards broke through into Manchester City's first team in the 2005/6 season with his debut coming on as a substitute against Arsenal. He was also called up for the England Under-19 squad.

Micah Richards has also been capped at under-21 level. In 2006 Richards has played for Manchester City at right-back, centre-back, left-back, central midfield, and even in attack!

In November 2006, Micah Richards was included in Steve McClaren's starting eleven for the friendly against Holland.

Micah Richards continued to play well for Manchester City and England. Playing at right back, he scored his first England goal against Israel on 8 September 2007.

Micah Richards is the seventh youngest ever England player and the youngest ever England defender.

In February 2008, Micah Richards signed a new five-and-a-half year deal to stay at Manchester City.

In March 2009, Micah Richards scored the goal in Manchester City's 1-0 victory against Sunderland. It was his first league goal since 2006.

In September 2014, he signed on loan for Fiorentina.

The following year he joined Aston Villa on a free transfer.



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