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Shay Given Biography »
Shay John James Given (born 20 April 1976) is an Irish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Aston Villa. He played at international level for the Republic of Ireland national football team. As he surpassed the total of 100 caps required for membership, he is thus a part of the FIFA Century Club. Given gained his first international cap in 1996 and played in goal during every match for his country during the 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign, helping them reach the knockout stage. He was later on the pitch in Paris when the Republic of Ireland were knocked out of the play-offs for a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup by France before helping his team qualify for UEFA Euro 2012. His retirement from international football came soon after.