Shane Duffy Biography
Shane Duffy born on 1st January 1992 is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Republic of Ireland national team.
He came through the youth academy at Everton, where he completed his development after being promoted into the senior squad, spending most of his time at the club out on loan. He joined Blackburn Rovers in 2014 for an undisclosed fee, spending two years with the Lancashire club before moving to Brighton in 2016, where he earned promotion to the Premier League.
Born in Derry in Northern Ireland, Duffy played for Northern Ireland at youth international level before switching allegiance to the Republic of Ireland. He made his debut for their senior team in 2014 and represented the country at UEFA Euro 2016.
As a youth, Duffy played Gaelic football for Doire Colmcille CLG and association football for Foyle Harps, both based in Derry. He represented Northern Ireland at under 16 level in the 2007 Victory Shield tournament and impressed Everton manager David Moyes in a performance at Bloomfield Road against England.
Duffy opted to play for the Republic of Ireland, for which he was eligible through his Irish nationality. Following a discussion with former international Liam Brady, Duffy was called up to the Republic of Ireland training camp in May 2010. Everton formally informed the IFA of Duffy’s change in allegiance, and the player was called up for a training camp squad for the Republic of Ireland squad to take place in May 2010.
At the camp Duffy suffered a ‘freak’ injury, during a match between the Republic of Ireland development squad and the Ireland amateur side, when he collided with goalkeeper Adrian Walsh and had to undergo life saving surgery at the Mater Hospital after damaging his liver and was discharged six days later after making a full recovery.
Although it was expected to take a number of months for him to recuperate and regain his fitness, Duffy returned to action in little over ten weeks after his injury and has since appeared for Republic of Ireland under-19 and under-21 squads. He was called up for the U21 friendly versus Portugal in March 2011.
Players such as Duffy, James McClean, Daniel Kearns, Darron Gibson and Marc Wilson had represented Northern Ireland at youth level but later opted to play for Republic of Ireland. The IFA disputed the players’ right to do so under FIFA rules and felt the current rules were a “clear disadvantage over all other 206 Associations”.
The Irish Football Association took a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the hope of getting FIFA to ‘uphold’ the rules. Although Duffy’s name is often linked with this dispute and the IFA appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, his situation differs from that of players such as Darron Gibson because of his close family ties to Donegal. This means he would have been eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland wherever he was born.
On 13 February 2012, less than two years after sustaining a life-threatening injury, Duffy received a call-up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad, replacing the injured Richard Dunne. On 1 November 2012, Duffy was named in the provisional 26-man Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly fixture against Greece on 14 November 2012. Duffy received his next call-up on 9 May 2014 when he was included in the 32-man provisional squad ahead of friendlies against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal.
Duffy had his international debut in June 2014 lining up against Costa Rica in a friendly in Philadelphia. Two years later, he made his second appearance for Ireland against Switzerland, winning the Man of the Match award, setting up Ciaran Clark for the only goal of the game.
He was called up for Euro 2016, but was an unused sub for the first two matches against Sweden and Belgium. In the final group game of the tournament Duffy came into the team and a heroic performance helped secure an historic victory against Italy to propel the Republic of Ireland into the last sixteen. He was sent off for a professional foul on Antoine Griezmann as the Republic of Ireland were knocked out Euro 2016, losing 2–1 to France.
Shane Duffy Salary
Shane Duffy, defender at Brighton And Hove Albion receives weekly wages of £25,000.
Shane Duffy Everton
Duffy joined Everton in November 2008 as a first-year scholar and worked his way through the U-18 and reserve teams. Manager David Moyes named him and several young players in the first team for the pre-season friendlies and Duffy scored his first Everton goal against Rochdale in a 4–0 victory. He made his professional debut versus AEK Athens in the UEFA Europa League in December 2009, coming on for the injured Sylvain Distin. In Everton’s next European fixture, Duffy made his home debut at Goodison Park, completing the full 90 minutes against BATE Borisov.
In May 2010 Duffy got seriously injured after colliding with a goalkeeper during a training match. He had undergone emergency surgery after lacerating his liver, and losing over 3 litres of blood in what medical staff described as ‘freak accident’.
Duffy made his Premier League debut at White Hart Lane on 11 January 2012, coming on as a substitute for the final 30 minutes in a 2–0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. With Everton’s regular centre-backs, Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka, injured for the next game three days later, Duffy made the first Premier League start of his career in a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa.
Shane Duffy Brighton And Hove Albion
On 26 August, Duffy signed a four-year deal with Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee. Earlier the same day, it had been reported by The Mirror that the transfer cost the Seagulls a club record fee of £4 million, after turning down an extension to his contract at Blackburn Rovers. Duffy was an ever-present in Brighton’s backline in his first season at the club, helping them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2016–17 by making over 30 league appearances for the club. In the summer following Brighton’s promotion, Duffy signed a new contract with the club, extending his stay on the south coast to June 2021.
Shane Duffy Blackburn Rovers
On 1 September 2014, Duffy joined Blackburn Rovers, on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Duffy lost out to Sam Byram after making it to the final 3-man shortlist for the December 2015 Championship Player of the Month. In August 2016, during a league match against Cardiff City, Duffy scored 2 own goals and was later sent off in the final minutes of the game.
Shane Duffy Stats
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Scunthorpe United (loan)||2011–12||League One||18||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||19||1|
|Yeovil Town (loan)||2013–14||Championship||37||1||2||0||0||0||—||39||1|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2016–17||Championship||31||2||0||0||—||—||31||2|
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