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John O'Shea | Defensemen

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 165

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Dick Advocaat is delighted with the improvement from Sunderland, but still looking to add three new faces…
After all the talk, anticipation and hope circling around Sunderland’s defensive reinforcements this summer, it was the return of John O’Shea at center-back that made the difference here. The Black Cats looked more solid and more competitive throughout. So whatever was said at the team meeting this week seems to be working. Boss Advocaat has said that he wants three more new players, but I suspect at least as many will be leaving before that happens. Danny Graham started upfront – Defoe’s third partner in three matches – but doesn’t look the answer. On the plus side, Jermain’s Defoe and Lens look sharp, carry a threat and linked-up well for the goal. Despite turning 33 in a few weeks, Defoe is still as good as many around the box and might be a decent value ‘third choice’ striker over the course of the season. Aug 24 - 3:42 AM

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Sunderland captain John O’Shea says the competition for places at the center of defense is a manager’s ‘dream’…

Far be it from me to suggest what Dick Advocaat dreams about in his private moments, but his skipper John O’Shea has put himself forward. And Wes Brown, Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Coates. But not necessarily in that order. The acquisition of Kaboul and Coates (permanently) this summer has given Sunderland much more strength in depth, but which two of the four will start is not yet clear. O’Shea will play alongside debutant Kaboul in their friendly with Doncaster this week and are probably favourites to start on week one. Seb Coates is still a week or two behind his team-mates following an extended break due to the Copa America and Wes Brown ended last season out of form and the team. Plus, highly rated academy product Tom Beadling is predicted to make a breakthrough this season having travelled with the first team on their North American tour.
Jul 28 - 10:42 AM

John O’Shea will be assessed after the Republic of Ireland defender limped off during Sundays’ friendly bore-draw with England.

O’Shea was replaced on 71 minutes because of tight calf muscles and manager Martin O’Neill confirmed the centre-back will undergo intensive treatment in the hope of being fit for next weekends’ crucial Euro qualifying match against Scotland. If O’Shea was to miss out then the recently released Paul McShane [Hull] would come into the reckoning along with Stephen Ward who is approaching full fitness following a lengthy ankle injury. Jon Walters was also seen struggling towards the end of the match but Martin O’Neill revealed the Stoke player was not suffering from an injury and fatigue was cited with no cause for concern.
Source: Setanta
Jun 8 - 2:17 AM

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea is facing a race against time to feature in his side’s crucial battle of the basement clash with Leicester after struggling to shake off injury.

O’Shea picked up head and rib injuries during the win over Southampton in GW35 and the defender - who had previously started every domestic game this season - was forced to miss his first match after a late fitness test ruled him out of the trip to Goodison Park. The Irish international is also considered a big doubt for the visit of Leicester this weekend having failed to train with his team-mates during the build-up to the match. However coach Dick Advocaat will take confidence from the performance of his central pairing at Everton - Wes Brown and Sebastian Coates – who were excellent during the Sunderland win.
May 14 - 2:13 AM

John O’Shea ended his record of being the only Premier League player to have participated in every single minute of every game this season after failing to recover from a couple of early knocks against Southampton.

O’Shea required treatment following a collision with Shane Long before a rib injury ended his afternoon on the half hour mark as Santiago Vergini partnered Sebastian Coates in the heart of defence. Having won 3-points at the Stadium of Light Sunderland have given themselves a real chance of survival with a game in hand and Dick Advocaat will be sweating on the availability of his skipper. Wes Brown [knee] is expected to join the main group early next week but after almost 2-months out the defender may not be ready for a start.
May 3 - 11:05 AM

John O'Shea and Seb Larsson may miss Dick Advocaat's debut as Sunderland manager with a knock and ankle injury respectively.

While neither player has a serious injury, both are doubtful to participate in the Black Cats' Week 30 trip to Upton Park. After being mauled by Aston Villa last weekend and auditioning for a new manager, Sunderland players should be motivated to push past injuries and put on a good performance. If you have to make a guess, guess that both players will be at least available for the bench.
Mar 20 - 3:06 PM

Sunderland have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.

Poyet's sacking comes after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games, with Sunderland just one point above the relegation zone after Saturday's crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. "Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season," said chairman Ellis Short. "We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed." The Black Cats will have to move quickly to give any new manager enough time to have an impact and so an appointment is expected this week. Dick Advocaat, Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup, Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are the early favourites.
Mar 16 - 10:44 AM

Sunderland captain John O'Shea has signed a two-year contract extension, extending his stay with the Black Cats until 2017.

33-year-old O'Shea has made more than 100 league appearances for Sunderland and is delighted to have committed his foreseeable future to the club. "I'm really happy that I can continue here for another two years," he said. "To captain a club like this and to play in front of our fantastic supporters is a huge honour and I look forward to showing my commitment on the pitch in the years to come."
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 07:14:00 AM

Sunderland have signed Argentine defender Santiago Vergini on loan from Club Estudiantes de La Plata until the end of the season.

Vergini was on loan with Argentine Primera club Estudiantes from Uruguayan parent club Atletico Fenix. He began his career in Paraguay with Olimpia before playing with Verona in 2011. After a stint with Newell’s Old Boys, Vergini joined Estudiantes in 2013. He has one cap for the Argentina national team. It's not clear yet if Vergini will replace one of the regular starters (John O'Shea or Wes Brown) or if he's strictly there for backup, but with 36 goals conceded (T-3rd most in the league) thru 22 games, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will need to sure up as many inconsistencies at the back as possible before it's too late. Sunderland's next match is against Stoke City at home on January 29.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 10:04:00 PM

Sunderland captain John O'Shea is expected to be fit for the match against Chelsea despite suffering a muscle injury against Aston Villa.

The defensive partnership between O'Shea and West Brown has been one of the main reasons for Sunderland's improved performances and results, so Gus Poyet will be delighted with his captain's recovery. The Black Cats remain without Kieren Westwood and Carlos Cuellar due to injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 04:52:00 AM

Sunderland XI: Westwood, Bardsley, Dossena, O'Shea (c), Cuellar, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Altidore, Fletcher Substitutes: Ki, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Roberge, Borini, Mannone

Phil Bardsley returns to the starting XI, much to the delight of fantasy managers who stashed him at 1.47m this week. Altidore and Fletcher will partner up top with a two-headed striker attack.
Source: Twitter
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:39:00 AM

Sunderland AFC have confirmed via Twitter that they have parted ways with manager Paolo Di Canio, after the Italian manager could only muster 3 wins in 13 matches dating back to when he took over the club late last season.

After a 3-0 drubbing by West Brom, the brass had seen enough. Di Canio cannot complain as to a lack of talent around him, he played a large part in the summer transfer signings. It appears the fault was with tactical decisions and the players not buying into Di Canio's style. Sunderland will now be looking for its sixth manager in five seasons, just the sort of instability that can see a club get relegated.
Source: Twitter
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 06:08:00 AM

Paolo Di Canio insists there are players at Sunderland with the right attitude and has urged everyone to follow the example set by stand-in captain John O'Shea.

It's safe to say that Di Canio's planned clear-out this summer won't include O'Shea after these comments and may even suggest he could replace Lee Cattermole as permanent captain in the long term.
Thu, May 23, 2013 08:11:00 AM