Paul Gascoigne is a famous retired English footballer, born on May 27, 1967 in Dunston, Gateshead, England, a place often referred to as "Gazza".
Paul is widely regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation.
His career included spells at Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Everton, Lazio and Rangers where he played in the position of a midfield.
Paul also played 57 games foe the national team of England.
After the ending of his career as a footballer Paul has suffered from pneumonia, alcoholism, mental illness and personal legal problems. As a footballer Paul won the fourt place with the national team of England to the FIFA World Cup in 1990. He also won the FA Cup in 1991, Scottish League Championship in 1996 and 1997,
the Scottish Cup in 1996 and the
Scottish League Cup in 1997.
As individual honors we can refer to: PFA Young Player of the Year in 1988, BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1990, Scottish Players' Player of the Year in 1996,
Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year in 1996 and he was Inducted into English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Paul was born the second of four children of John Gascoigne (a hod carrier) and his wife Carol. Initially the family lived in Dunston, area of Gateshead, but at the age of ten Paul's father moved away to Germany to find work. In his childhood Paul suffered two personal tragedies: first when he witnessed the death of a friend, who was knocked down by a car outside a sweet shop and the second one when his father suffered a brain hemorrhage and was in hospital for eight months.
Gascoigne started playing football at the age of four, playing almost non-stop in the street and he caught the attention of the football scouts while playing for Gateshead Boys, and was given a trial at Ipswich Town although he failed to impress.
Nevertheless he was signed on as an apprentice at Newcastle in 1983, initially playing for the youth team under Colin Suggett. It was at this time that his nickname of Gazza was first coined.
On January 2009, Paul appeared on Channel 4 in a documentary called "Surviving Gazza" made from home video clips. The conclusion of the documentary was that family's efforts to rehabilitate him from his alcoholism addiction has failed.
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