Though synonymous mainly with his time at Tottenham Hotspur FC, Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell was part of the Arsenal FC team that won the double in 2001/02 and was with the unbeaten side that claimed the 2003/04 League title. Acknowledged as one of the best centre backs of his generation, we take a look at some of the top quotes about Sol Campbell.
A 20-year career which saw him appear in a record six consecutive major international tournaments, Campbell represented the England national team on 73 occasions.
Growing up in a suburban area of London, he fought his way into the Spurs team, where despite only winning one major trophy, he represented the club in over 250 league matches in nine seasons.
He gained more success with Arsenal with two Premier League and three FA Cup trophies, whilst a further move to Portsmouth also brought a domestic Cup triumph.
Never a great scorer of goals, Campbell did strike in the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona, and his one international goal for England came in 2002 versus Sweden in a World Cup group game.
A part of numerous defensive partnerships that were tight in conceding the least amount of goals in various competitions, he represented both Portsmouth and Newcastle United before taking up football management after hanging up his boots.
With an interest also in British politics, and doing his own charity work, Campbell has kept himself on the celebrity sports star spotlight away from the game.
“Sol’s experience, his desire and strength and he is all right. He is back and focused.”
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal manager)
“He’s a top, top player, a big character and I think he’s a great signing for us…..He’s very strong. I think he’s fine and looking forward to the challenge.”
Harry Redknapp (Portsmouth manager)
“…..because he is a great player – and you want to play against the best…..”
“We’re better when Sol’s at the back…..When you have Sol at the back it gives you the confidence you need.”
Thierry Henry (Arsenal player)
“I think he is still a fantastic player…..In my opinion he’s still in the top six central defenders in the Premier League so for Notts County to get him in that division is incredible.”
Harry Redknapp (Tottenham Hotspur manager)
“Sol is still a fantastic defender – one of the best in the country, and the world.”
Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham United player)
“…..it was as if he was indestructible, such a power spread from him.”
“I think Sol is a good player. We all know what he has done for Arsenal and the England national team as well…..”
Kolo Toure (Arsenal team-mate)
“Sol is a strong-minded person and he will do what he wants and what he thinks is best…..”
David Beckham (England team-mate)
“Sol had become one of our main players, and we now had an absolute physical presence and stability at the back. He is monstrous and, with his full power and also his ability to score a goal, you have an outstanding player.”
“He is a big figure for young, up-and-coming defenders…..”
“He’s a leader, he’s a top centre-half…..”
Harry Redknapp (Portsmouth)
“His defensive qualities are exceptional.”
Pape Diouf (Marseille president)
“Sol has been a giant for us…..the younger players, who have progressed here over recent times, have benefited hugely from playing alongside Sol.”