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Carew with Aston Villa in April 2008
Personal information
Full nameJohn Alieu Carew
Date of birth (1979-09-05) 5 September 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Lørenskog, Akershus, Norway
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) [1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1995–1997 Lørenskog
Senior career*
1997–1999 Vålerenga 43 (19)
1999–2000 Rosenborg 17 (19)
2000–2004 Valencia 84 (20)
2003–2004Roma (loan) 20 (6)
2004–2005 Beşiktaş 24 (13)
2005–2007 Lyon 35 (9)
2007–2011 Aston Villa 113 (37)
2011Stoke City (loan) 10 (1)
2011–2012 West Ham United 19 (2)
National team
1995 Norway U15 7 (5)
1996 Norway U16 2 (2)
1996–1997 Norway U17 3 (1)
1997 Norway U18 5 (5)
1997–2000 Norway U21 24 (8)
1998–2011 Norway 91 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Alieu Carew (Norwegian pronunciation:  [jɔn ˈkɑːrɛv] ; born 5 September 1979) is a Norwegian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He was capped 91 times, scoring 24 goals for the Norwegian national team. [2]

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Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

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Norway national football team national association football team

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Club career


Carew began his career with his local club Lørenskog, a minor club in the Akershus region. He was already considered a highly talented youngster and had gained some media attention[ citation needed ] before he was acquired by Vålerenga in 1997, and in the same year Carew was a part of the team that gained promotion to Tippeligaen and won the Norwegian Football Cup. [3] During his two-year period at the club he played 58 matches and scored 30 goals, while his profile rose even more due to his combination of strength and goal-scoring ability.

Lørenskog IF

Lørenskog Idrettsforening is a Norwegian football club from Lørenskog, founded in 1929 as a merger between Lørenskogkameratene and Solheim IF. Most of the time the club has played in the Norwegian Second Division, with a short spell in the Norwegian First Division in 2002.

Vålerenga Fotball association football club in Norway

Vålerenga Fotball is a Norwegian association football club from Oslo and a part of the multi-sport club Vålerengens IF. Founded in 1913, the club is named after the neighbourhood of Vålerenga. Vålerenga's home ground is Intility Arena, located in Valle-Hovin. Vålerenga are five-time league champions and four-time Norwegian Football Cup champions, having last won the league in 2005 and the cup in 2008.


During the summer of 1999, Carew joined Norwegian football's most successful club of the past decade and Champions League mainstays Rosenborg in a deal worth 23 000 000 kroner. [4] During his short spell at the club, Rosenborg proved to be a formidable team, finishing first in their group in the UEFA Champions League, a campaign that included a memorable 0–3 away win against Borussia Dortmund.

Rosenborg BK Norwegian football club

Rosenborg Ballklub, commonly referred to simply as Rosenborg or RBK, is a Norwegian professional football club from Trondheim that plays in the Eliteserien. The club have won a record 26 league titles, twelve Norwegian Football Cup titles and have played more UEFA matches than any other Norwegian team. RBK play their home games at the all-seater Lerkendal Stadion which has a capacity of 21,421. Eirik Horneland was appointed head coach in January 2019.

Norwegian krone currency of Norway and its dependent territories

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UEFA Champions League European association football tournament for clubs

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Transfer moves around Europe

After a string of impressive displays in the Champions League, Carew moved to Spanish club Valencia in an €8.5 million transfer, where he 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 he scored his own penalty attempt. His goals in the 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 Arsenal's exit from the competition. 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. Carew then moved to Turkey in 2004 to play with Beşiktaş. [5] After the 2004–05 season, he was snapped up by Lyon for €7.6 million. [6] While Carew was playing in Europe he was constantly linked with a move to the English Premiership and several failed attempts were made to sign him. He failed a medical at Fulham in 2002 [7] and West Bromwich Albion had a bid rejected by Valencia. [8]

Valencia CF Spanish association football club

Valencia Club de Fútbol, commonly referred to as Valencia CF or simply Valencia, is a Spanish football club based in Valencia. They play in La Liga. Valencia have won six La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. They also reached two UEFA Champions League finals in a row, losing to La Liga rivals Real Madrid in 2000 and German club Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1–1 draw in 2001. Valencia were also members of the G-14 group of leading European football clubs and since its end has been part of the original members of the European Club Association. In total, Valencia have reached seven major European finals, winning four of them.

The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División, commonly known as La Liga, is the men's top professional football division of the Spanish football league system. Administered by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, also known as the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), La Liga is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest-placed teams at the end of each season relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division.

2001 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2001 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at San Siro in Milan, Italy, on 23 May 2001, to decide the winner of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League. The match pitted German side Bayern Munich against Spanish side Valencia. The match finished in a 1–1 draw, but Bayern clinched their fourth title by winning 5–4 on penalties. This was also their first European Cup title in a quarter-century, also representing Valencia's second consecutive final defeat. Due to all the goals scored by penalties and the penalty shootout needed to decide the winner, this UEFA Champions League match became an "all-penalty" final and the only one ever to happen to this day. The 2001 final saw the two previous seasons' losing finalists clash, Bayern Munich lost to Manchester United in the 1999 final and Valencia lost to Real Madrid in the 2000 final.

Aston Villa

2006–07 season

On 22 January 2007, Carew signed for Aston Villa in an exchange deal with Lyon for Milan Baroš. [9] Carew penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Birmingham-based club. Carew went on to receive the No. 10 jersey left vacant by Baroš' departure.

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Carew made his debut in the 3–1 defeat to Newcastle United, [10] but went on to score his first goal for the club in a 1–0 victory against West Ham United just three days later. [11] Villa manager Martin O'Neill praised Carew's performance after the match. [12]

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Martin ONeill Northern Irish footballer and manager

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2007–08 season

Carew began the season as Villa's first-choice forward and much was expected of him by the Villa fans. However, despite some promising performances, it took Carew nearly two months to score his opener for the season against Everton in a 2–0 victory. [13] He also suffered an injury in the same game and was out of action for six weeks with a hamstring problem. [14] 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 9 February in a 4–1 win. [15] Gareth Barry allowed him to do so by kindly relinquishing his usual penalty taking duties so Carew could score his third. [16] 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. [17]

2008–09 season

Carew at an open-training session at Villa Park with teammate Nigel Reo-Coker Carew NR-C Wrestling.JPG
Carew at an open-training session at Villa Park with teammate Nigel Reo-Coker

Carew scored his first goal of the 2008–09 campaign by scoring the first goal in Aston Villa's 2–2 draw over Odense in the Intertoto Cup. On 14 August 2008, Carew signed a 12-month extension to his contract, thus taking him through to 2011 with his current deal. [18]

Carew scored the opening goal in Villa's 4–2 win over Manchester City at Villa Park. He then scored his second league goal against Stoke City as they went on to lose the match 3–2 when Mamady Sidibe scored a late winner. [19] He quickly added his 3rd of the season in the 2–1 defeat of local rivals West Bromwich Albion; and with Gabriel Agbonlahor on the scoresheet again the pair began to form a formidable partnership. They both scored again and assisted each other's goals in a 4–0 victory in the Premier League at Wigan Athletic on 26 October 2008. Carew scored the winning goal in the UEFA Cup for Villa in a Group F match away to Slavia Prague on 6 November 2008, Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell struck the ball towards goal but it hit Carew and went in, therefore the goal was credited to Carew; it turned out to be the winning goal and continued Villa's 100% record in the competitions group stages and the 1–0 victory saw Villa go to the top of the group. Carew made the headlines in late October due to his personal behaviour. He was fined two weeks wages by Martin O'Neill for being in a pub near a Birmingham lap dancing club the night before Villa's UEFA cup group stage match with Ajax. [20] [21]

Soon after the controversy, Carew sustained a back injury that kept him out of the side for several months. [22] During this time, Villa boss Martin O'Neill signed England international striker Emile Heskey to fill the gap left by Carew's absence. Heskey appeared to have taken Carew's place in the starting line-up for a number of weeks. However, his own injury woes and Carew's good form on return meant the Norwegian regained his place in the side. Carew played his first game after his injury on 31 January 2009 in a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic. [23] In the last 32 of the UEFA Cup, Carew earned Villa a first leg draw with CSKA Moscow, after going 1–0 down to Vágner Love's goal. On 1 March 2009, Carew came off the bench to score a lob-shot volley in the 2–2 draw against Stoke City in the Premier League, which was later voted the team's goal of the season. [24] He scored an equalising goal in the away fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford before also netting the first goal in the home tie against Everton as Villa fought back from 2–0 and 3–1 down to draw 3–3. Further goals against Hull City and Middlesbrough took his league total to an impressive 11 goals from just 25 appearances.

2009–10 season

Due to the persistence of fellow strikers Heskey and Agbonlahor, Carew initially struggled to hold down a regular spot in the starting eleven at the beginning of the 2009–10 campaign. Nevertheless, while being used as a substitute Carew still managed to score several important goals for Aston Villa. On 7 March 2010, manager Martin O'Neill chose to include Carew in the starting eleven in an FA Cup game against Reading. He took the opportunity characteristically and scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa came from two goals behind to defeat Reading 4–2 in the FA Cup quarter final. This made Carew the competitions top scoring striker, raising questions as to why the Norwegian was rarely included in Villa's starting eleven. [25] Carew began to feature in the Villa team once more as the season progressed; goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland and Chelsea helped the Norwegian go neck and neck with Gabriel Agbonlahor as the club's joint top scorers for 2009–10.

2010–11 season

Carew warming-up for West Ham United JohnCarewWHU.jpg
Carew warming-up for West Ham United

Due to an injury to Gabriel Agbonlahor, Carew started the new campaign upfront with support from Ashley Young. However, due to both injury concerns of his own and a loss of form, his place in the team was taken by Emile Heskey limiting him to cameo appearances from the bench. As the season progressed, Carew's first team appearances became less frequent. Later that month, he allegedly missed a Villa game due to heavy snow disrupting his travel. [26]

Carew spoke out about his limited chances under the new system under manager Gérard Houllier to a Norwegian TV station. Despite ongoing rumors in the press about a dispute between the former Lyon pair, Houllier revealed that Carew had been left out of the Aston Villa squad to work on his fitness. [27] However, when Villa signed Darren Bent for £18 million, Carew's first team opportunities were further reduced. [28]

On 27 May 2011, Aston Villa announced that Carew was one of a number of players released by the club after their contracts expired. [2]

Stoke City loan

Carew joined Stoke City on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season on 21 January 2011. [29] [30] Following his move Carew stated that he was looking forward to a new challenge and also revealed that he rejected offers from other clubs. [31] His arrival has been welcomed by the Stoke players including Andy Wilkinson. [32]

I'm looking forward to the challenge and I am happy to be here. Although I had other offers, I saw Stoke as the best team and the strongest team, so this is a great chance for me to join a side fighting in the top half of the table. The important thing now is to make the most of this opportunity

Carew on his decision to join Stoke on loan. [33]

Carew made his debut for City the following day at Fulham where he came on as a substitute. [34] He scored his first goal for Stoke in a 3–2 win against Sunderland on 5 February 2011. [35] He followed this up by scoring in the FA Cup against Brighton & Hove Albion. [36] However a back injury slowed his progress in a Stoke shirt. [37] After his release from Villa, it is unlikely that Tony Pulis will offer Carew a contract with Stoke. [38]

West Ham United

On 6 August 2011 Football League Championship side West Ham United announced the signing of Carew as a free agent. [39] He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 2–2 draw with Crystal Palace on 1 October 2011. [40] On 23 May 2012, Carew was released with five other players including Julien Faubert, Frank Nouble, Papa Bouba Diop, Abdoulaye Faye and Olly Lee. After the 2011–12 season, Carew did not get a new contract with West Ham. [41]

In August 2012, Carew was in talks with his old club Vålerenga, but Vålerenga did not accept his demand of a wage of 600,000 kr per match. [42] In connection with Carew's possible transfer to Vålerenga, Kjetil Siem told Dagbladet that he had signed an unofficial contract with Carew in 2005, when Siem was Director of Football in Vålerenga, that Carew would return to Vålerenga in 2012. [43] He went on trial with Serie A team Internazionale in February 2013, but was not offered a contract as Inter were concerned over his fitness. [44] In October 2013 Carew stated that he had retired. [45]

International career

John Carew's kit at the Norway national team.
From the changing room at Ullevaal Stadion Carewkit.jpg
John Carew's kit at the Norway national team.
From the changing room at Ullevaal Stadion

John Carew played 91 times for Norway, scoring 24 goals, 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 represent Norway. [46]

Personal life

Carew was born in Lørenskog, Norway to a Gambian [47] father and a Norwegian mother.

John Carew has a son born in 2004 who lives with his mother in Norway. [48]

Carew has a Spanish-language tattoo which reads "Ma Vie, Mes Régles," which translates to "my life, my menstruation." Carew likely was hoping to have his tattoo read "Ma View, Mes Règlès," meaning "my life, my rules." [49]

Carew is noted for being a practicing Christian and often makes donations to charity. [50] [51] He also contributes to organizations like Soccer Against Crime, MOT and Ungdom mot Vold (Youth Against Violence) and was awarded the Kniksen award as Kniksen of the year in both 2005 and 2007. Since joining Aston Villa, Carew is noted for visiting children in hospitals around Birmingham and supporting Villa's initiative to donate from the payroll towards hospital running costs.

Carew's sister, Elisabeth Carew, is an R&B singer. She released her debut album, Destructive, in 2008. She is competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2014 with her song "Sole Survivor". [52]

In December 2010 Carew was a victim of fraud after he paid £100,000 for a Porsche Cayenne Gemballa which never arrived. [53] In 2012 Carew was declared bankrupt following a petition by HM Revenue and Customs. [54] The Bankruptcy Order was annulled on 4 July 2012. [55]

In 2014 Carew starred in his first feature film, a Canadian horror called Dead of Winter. [56] His second film, a Norwegian-made thriller called Høvdinger, was released on 17 July 2015

In 2018 Carew starred in the Norwegian TV-series "Heimebane", playing an aging star player for a small town Norwegian club.

Career statistics


ClubSeasonLeagueCupOther [n 1] EuropeTotal
Vålerenga 1997 [57] 1. divisjon 105451410
1998 [57] [58] Tippeligaen 18700432210
1999 [57] [58] [59] 15731422210
Rosenborg 1999 [57] [60] Tippeligaen71020841714
2000 [60] [57] [61] 10900411410
Valencia 2000–01 [62] La Liga 3711201835714
2001–02 [62] 1511080241
2002–03 [62] 32810101354713
Roma (loan) 2003–04 [59] Serie A 2063161298
Beşiktaş 2004–05 [63] [59] Süper Lig 241310312814
Lyon 2005–06 [59] Ligue 1 26820231044015
2006–07 [59] 91002021132
Aston Villa 2006–07 [64] Premier League 1130000113
2007–08 [64] 321310003313
2008–09 [64] 27112110433415
2009–10 [64] 33105630114217
2010–11 [64] 100001000110
Stoke City (loan) 2010–11 [64] Premier League1013100132
West Ham United 2011–12 [64] Championship 1921010212
Career total36512631151138529492173
  1. Includes appearances in Supercopa de España, Trophée des Champions (scored a Hat-trick in 2005), Coupe de la Ligue (one match 05–06 & one match 06–07) and English League Cup.

International statistics


National teamYearAppsGoals

International goals

Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first.
Carew – goals for Norway [66]
122 January 1999 Umm al-Fahm, IsraelFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 3–3Draw Friendly
24 February 2000 La Manga, SpainFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–1Draw Friendly
33 June 2000 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–0Win Friendly
428 February 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 4–0Win Friendly
524 March 2001 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 2–3Loss World Cup 2002 Qualifier
66 June 2001 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1–1Draw World Cup 2002 Qualifier
75 September 2001 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 3–2Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
86 October 2001 Yerevan Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 4–1Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
96 October 2001 Yerevan Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 4–1Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
107 September 2002 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2–2Draw Euro 2004 Qualifier
114 September 2004 Palermo Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–2Loss World Cup 2006 Qualifier
1213 October 2004 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 3–0Win World Cup 2006 Qualifier
133 September 2005 Celje Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 3–2Win World Cup 2006 Qualifier
1415 November 2006 Belgrade Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1–1Draw Friendly
1524 March 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–2Loss Euro 2008 Qualifier
166 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 4–0Win Euro 2008 Qualifier
176 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 4–0Win Euro 2008 Qualifier
1822 August 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2–1Win Friendly
1922 August 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2–1Win Friendly
2012 September 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Greece.svg  Greece 2–2Draw Euro 2008 Qualifier
2126 March 2008 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 3–1Loss Friendly
2214 November 2009 Stade de Genève, Geneva Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0–1Win Friendly
238 October 2010 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1–2Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2411 October 2011 Ullevaal Stadion, OsloFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 3–1Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying




Rosenborg [63]

Valencia [63]

Lyon [63]

Aston Villa [63]

Stoke City [63]

West Ham United


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