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John Alieu Carew (born 5 September 1979 in Lørenskog, Akershus), is a Norwegian professional association football player who plays for West Ham United and the Norwegian national team. His father is Gambian and his mother is Norwegian; he was born and raised in Norway.
John Alieu Carew began his career with his local club Lørenskog, a minor club within the Akershus region. He was considered to be a highly talented youngster and had gained some media attention before he was picked up by Vålerenga. During his two year period at the club he won the Norwegian Football Cup while his profile rose even more due to his skill and goal scoring ability. Eventually Norwegian football's most successful club of the past decade and champions league mainstays Rosenborg, signed a deal with the then still only 20-year old. During his short spell at the club, Rosenborg proved to be a highly formidable team winning many of their UEFA Champions League group matches.
After a string of impressive displays in the Champions League, he moved to Spanish club Valencia in a €8.5 million transfer, where Carew managed to win the La Liga title twice. Carew was part of the Valencia side that lost on penalties in the 2001 UEFA Champions League Final, though scoring on his attempt. His goals in that campaign were crucial, including a 75th minute header in a 1–0 home win against Arsenal in the second leg of the quarter-final, which saw Valencia advance to the semi-final. In the 2002–03 Champions League campaign, Carew was once again responsible for the exit of Arsenal. With Valencia needing a win in their final game of the second group phase at home against Arsenal to progress to the quarter finals, Carew scored twice in a 2–1 victory. He then spent the 2003–04 season on loan at Italian side Roma where he scored 7 goals in 26 games. He then moved to Turkey with Beşiktaş in 2004. After the 2004–05 season, he was snapped up by Lyon for €7.6 million. While Carew was playing in Europe he was constantly linked with a move to the English Premiership and had several failed attempts. He failed a medical at Fulham in 2002 and West Bromwich Albion had a bid rejected by Valencia.
On 22 January 2007, Carew signed for Aston Villa in an exchange deal with Lyon for Milan Baroš. Carew penned a three-and-a-half year deal at the Birmingham-based club. Carew went on to receive the #10 jersey – left vacant by Baroš' departure.
Carew made his debut in the 3–1 loss to Newcastle United, but went onto score his first goal for the club in a 1–0 victory against West Ham United just three days later. Villa manager Martin O'Neill praised Carew's performance after the match.
Carew began the season as Villa's primary forward and was under high expectations from the Villa fans. However, despite some good performances, it took Carew nearly two months to score his opener for the season against Everton in a 2–0 victory. Unfortunately, he also injured himself in the same game and was out of action for six weeks with a hamstring problem. He scored on his second match back in the Villa side in a 3–0 away win against Middlesbrough in November. He then followed this up with a headed goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 4–0 victory as Aston Villa began to climb the Premiership table. December brought just one goal for Carew—a 30-yard run and shot against Manchester City—but he was instrumental in several of the goals Villa scored.
Carew scored two goals against Reading on 12 January and was unlucky not to be awarded Man of the Match which went to Martin Laursen. He scored his first hat-trick for seven years and his first ever for Aston Villa against Newcastle United on February 9 in a 4–1 win. Gareth Barry allowed him to do so by kindly relinquishing his usual penalty taking duties so Carew could score his third. On 12 April 2008, Carew scored for Aston Villa against Derby County at Pride Park in the Premier League, in the 26th minute and Villa went on to win the game 6–0. On 20 April 2008, Carew scored twice against Birmingham City in the Birmingham derby at Villa Park, which Villa went on to win 5–1. He continued his scoring run with a header the following week, in a crunch game at Everton's Goodison Park, which finished 2–2. It would be his 13th and final goal of the season, crowning him as Villa's top scorer for the 2007–08 season.
John Carew has played 91 times for Norway, scoring 24 goals (as of October 2011), and was part of their Euro 2000 squad. He made his full international debut on 18 November 1998, and was the first black player to play for Norway. During the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Carew scored four goals and contributed two assists in ten games. Norway failed to qualify for Euro 2008, ending up third place, one point behind Turkey.
It is a first view of John Carew at Lyon and I am totaly open to discussion to improve this set. I would like to create this classic set. John Carew was very good at Lyon. He is a monster physically, fast and strong. The most important thing with him is that whereas he is tall, he is technically very good, not as well than Ibrahimovic but good too.
His shoots are powerfull and especially a good ST, he can put the ball on bad angles on the opposite of the goalkeaper.
By the way, he don't come back a lot and prefer staying on the front of the attack, he is not very sharp too and like to control the ball before striking the ball.
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