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Jermain Defoe scores against Swansea City.

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe

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Can Defoe pull Sunderland out of danger?

Jermain Defoe with the match ball after his hat-trick.Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick with just three shots to give Sunderland a 4-2 victory against Swansea City in Wales. Sunderland took the lead after only 3 minutes, when Defoe took advantage of a mistake by the Swansea goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski. But, Swansea equalised after 21 minutes from the penalty spot, Icelandic international, Gylfi Sigurdsson, getting the goal. Swansea were then reduced to 10 men after Kyle Naughton was controversially sent off. However, with just 10 men, Swansea took the lead when Ghanaian international and top scorer at this year's Africa Cup of Nations, Andre Ayew, scored. The second half was a different story. Sunderland equalised through Dutch defender, Patrick van Aanholt, and then Defoe scored two more to get his fourth Premier League hat-trick and 134th Premier League goal. It was Defoe's fifth goal in his last two Premier League matches. Sunderland's second consecutive win leaves the Black Cats in 18th place and only one point and one place behind Swansea City and safety. Can Sunderland escape from relegation again this season? 

"An important hat-trick and an unbelievable win."  Jermain Defoe.

Who is Jermain Defoe?

Defoe scores against Aston Villa.Jermain Defoe was born on 7 October 1982 in London. Defoe has played for five different Premier League clubs. He started his career at West Ham but before he made his Premier League debut, he was sent out on loan to Bournemouth, who were then playing in League One, the third level of English football. He scored in ten consecutive matches for the Cherries, a club record and the following season (2001/02) he started playing in the West Ham first-team and finished the season as top scorer for the Hammers. In 2004, Defoe moved to Tottenham Hotspur, where he made his name. He scored 90 Premier League goals for Spurs in two spells at the club. His Spurs career was split by a spell with Portsmouth in 2009, who won the FA Cup that season. Unfortunately, Defoe was cup-tied and could not play, he actually missed two cup finals because Spurs won the League Cup that season. Defoe still hasn't won a major club honour. In 2010, Defoe returned to Spurs and stayed until he moved to Canada to play for Toronto in 2014. After a year in Canada, Defoe returned to the Premier League, in a £6 million deal, to play for Sunderland.

"The clinical Mr. Defoe has won us another game."  Sam Allardyce, Sunderland's manager.

How many players are in the 100 goal club?

Jermain Defoe made his name at Spurs.Jermaine Defoe's fifth goal in just two Premier League games took his Premier League total to 134. Defoe is part of an exclusive club of Premier League goalscorers. There is only one other current Premier League player that has over 100 Premier League goals. Can you guess who it is? Yes, it's Manchester Utd's Wayne Rooney (190). In fact, only 24 players have scored over 100 goals in the Premier League. Without Googling the answer: How many of these players can you name? Have a think and then write your answers in the talk and quiz section that you can find at the bottom of the page.

Can Sunderland escape relegation this season? Who do you think will be relegated?

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Jermain Defoe has played 55 times for England.

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Did you know......?

  • Jermain Defoe scored his 4th Premier League hat-trick. Only 11 players have ever scored more.
  • Defoe has 55 caps for England and has scored 19 goals.
  • Defoe is a devout Christian.
  • In the 1950's Sunderland was known as the 'Bank of England' club because of the large amount of money they spent on players.
  • Sunderland's Kevin Phillips won the European Golden Boot in 1999/2000.
Defoe in action against Watford.

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Jermain Defoe scored his 134th Premier League goal and 4th Premier League hat-trick this week. 

Is Jermain Defoe one of the best all-time Premier League strikers? 

Will Sunderland escape relegation? Who will be relegated this season?

How many players can you name (without Googling) who have scored 100 Premier League goals?

 

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Rich's picture
Rich
14/01/2016
ES
-4956
points

The bottom three clubs; Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland all had great results this week. Villa got their first win since the first day of the season, Newcastle got a great 3-3 draw against Man Utd and Sunderland won 4-2 at Swansea. I think the battle at the bottom will be just as exciting as the race at the top this season. What do you think?


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Rich
14/01/2016 11:19
Spain
Liverpool
-4956

The bottom three clubs; Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland all had great results this week. Villa got their first win since the first day of the season, Newcastle got a great 3-3 draw against Man Utd and Sunderland won 4-2 at Swansea. I think the battle at the bottom will be just as exciting as the race at the top this season. What do you think?

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
14/01/2016
ME
3527
points

I agree with you Rich. It will be very exciting untill the last day. But Villa still needs a winning streak since this is only a second win this season.


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aragorn1986
14/01/2016 15:34
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

I agree with you Rich. It will be very exciting untill the last day. But Villa still needs a winning streak since this is only a second win this season.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
14/01/2016
ME
3527
points

Definitely he is. And he even didn't play for the biggest clubs in the PL. If only he had played he would have scored even more goals.


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aragorn1986
14/01/2016 15:39
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Definitely he is. And he even didn't play for the biggest clubs in the PL. If only he had played he would have scored even more goals.

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aragorn1986
14/01/2016
ME
3527
points

Sunderland is not in a desperate position but I doubt they are capable to win more points than Swansea,Newcastle or Norwich. When Defoe is not inspired they usually don't score. We'll see what Sam can do in this second half of the season.


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aragorn1986
14/01/2016 15:42
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Sunderland is not in a desperate position but I doubt they are capable to win more points than Swansea,Newcastle or Norwich. When Defoe is not inspired they usually don't score. We'll see what Sam can do in this second half of the season.

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aragorn1986
14/01/2016
ME
3527
points

Rooney,Shearer,Henry,Bergkamp,Owen,Cole..?


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aragorn1986
14/01/2016 15:45
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Rooney,Shearer,Henry,Bergkamp,Owen,Cole..?

nikosonris
15/01/2016
UA
2453
points

I would probably add to that list (without Googling, honestly!): Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Drogba, van Persie and Sheringham?


nikosonris
15/01/2016 07:39
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I would probably add to that list (without Googling, honestly!): Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Drogba, van Persie and Sheringham?

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
14/01/2016
ME
3527
points

I think that Bournemouth,sunderland and Aston Villa will be relegated.


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aragorn1986
14/01/2016 15:48
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

I think that Bournemouth,sunderland and Aston Villa will be relegated.

nikosonris
15/01/2016
UA
2453
points

That's the beauty of the Premier League. Both races (to win the title and to escape the relegation) are very exciting to watch.


nikosonris
15/01/2016 07:29
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

That's the beauty of the Premier League. Both races (to win the title and to escape the relegation) are very exciting to watch.

nikosonris
15/01/2016
UA
2453
points

My list of teams to be relegated includes Norwich, Bournemouth and Aston Villa.


nikosonris
15/01/2016 07:30
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

My list of teams to be relegated includes Norwich, Bournemouth and Aston Villa.

nikosonris
15/01/2016
UA
2453
points

If you score 134 goals, you should be one of the best all-time Premier League strikers :) I like the way Jermain is playing - on the edge. Just like he did in Wales last weekend. All of his goals came out of an inch-away-from-offside position.


nikosonris
15/01/2016 07:34
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

If you score 134 goals, you should be one of the best all-time Premier League strikers :) I like the way Jermain is playing - on the edge. Just like he did in Wales last weekend. All of his goals came out of an inch-away-from-offside position.

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Rich
15/01/2016
ES
-4956
points

Yes, I think he was in danger of scoring the first ever 'offside hat-trick'!


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Rich
15/01/2016 21:33
Spain
Liverpool
-4956

Yes, I think he was in danger of scoring the first ever 'offside hat-trick'!

nikosonris
18/01/2016
UA
2453
points

The same offside-related issue came out with a late equaliser by John Terry in a 3-3 thrilling draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge. The officials must somehow handle it to improve the refereeing without damaging the pace of the game.


nikosonris
18/01/2016 11:05
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

The same offside-related issue came out with a late equaliser by John Terry in a 3-3 thrilling draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge. The officials must somehow handle it to improve the refereeing without damaging the pace of the game.

SalvaGH
15/01/2016
ES
841
points

I agree with Rich in that there is going to be a thrilling battle. My prediction is that Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich City will be relegated this season.


SalvaGH
15/01/2016 16:29
Spain
Manchester City
841

I agree with Rich in that there is going to be a thrilling battle. My prediction is that Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich City will be relegated this season.

SalvaGH
15/01/2016
ES
841
points

I believe that Defoe will help Sunderland avoid relegation. In my opinion, Defoe has been one the best forwards in the Premier League in the last decade and his numbers say it all: 134 goals scored in the Premier League.


SalvaGH
15/01/2016 16:33
Spain
Manchester City
841

I believe that Defoe will help Sunderland avoid relegation. In my opinion, Defoe has been one the best forwards in the Premier League in the last decade and his numbers say it all: 134 goals scored in the Premier League.

SalvaGH
15/01/2016
ES
841
points

I could name a few players who have scored more than 100 goals: Andy Cole, Shearer, Owen, Henry, Van Persie, Bergkamp, Lampard, Gerrard, Drogba... (I'm not sure about the last one but it must be very close to it)


SalvaGH
15/01/2016 16:39
Spain
Manchester City
841

I could name a few players who have scored more than 100 goals: Andy Cole, Shearer, Owen, Henry, Van Persie, Bergkamp, Lampard, Gerrard, Drogba... (I'm not sure about the last one but it must be very close to it)

Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016
AM
76
points

Defoe is a good player, he is still fast, despite of his age, he is one of the best all-time Premier League strikers. but in Tottenham he was better, in my opinion.


Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016 20:28
Armenia
Manchester United
76

Defoe is a good player, he is still fast, despite of his age, he is one of the best all-time Premier League strikers. but in Tottenham he was better, in my opinion.

Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016
AM
76
points

I think that Sunderland will be one of the three teams which will relegate this season. The other two will be Aston Villa and Bournemouth.


Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016 20:31
Armenia
Manchester United
76

I think that Sunderland will be one of the three teams which will relegate this season. The other two will be Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016
AM
76
points

I am not sure)) Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robby Fowler, Michael Owen, Thierry Henry, Rud van Nistelrooy, Robbin van Persie


Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016 20:37
Armenia
Manchester United
76

I am not sure)) Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robby Fowler, Michael Owen, Thierry Henry, Rud van Nistelrooy, Robbin van Persie

Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016
AM
76
points

I forgot Alan Shearer


Edmond Eloyan
15/01/2016 20:40
Armenia
Manchester United
76

I forgot Alan Shearer

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assemjuve
16/01/2016
PS
3553
points

Surely,Defoe is one of the best strikers.I think Sunderland will play in the premier league this season and Aston Villa will be relegated.The players that i think they scored over 100 goals are Alan Sherar,Steven Gerrard,Frank Lampard,Dider Drogba Ryan Giggs.


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assemjuve
16/01/2016 11:55
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3553

Surely,Defoe is one of the best strikers.I think Sunderland will play in the premier league this season and Aston Villa will be relegated.The players that i think they scored over 100 goals are Alan Sherar,Steven Gerrard,Frank Lampard,Dider Drogba Ryan Giggs.

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elghoul
17/01/2016
DZ
1534
points

Defoe is one of the best all-time Premier League striker. Sunderland, Aston Villa and Swansea might be relegated this season.
I can name Shearer and Lineker between the strikers who have scored more than100 Premier League goals


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elghoul
17/01/2016 14:18
Algeria
Arsenal
1534

Defoe is one of the best all-time Premier League striker. Sunderland, Aston Villa and Swansea might be relegated this season.
I can name Shearer and Lineker between the strikers who have scored more than100 Premier League goals

Abdallah
23/01/2016
KW
1813
points

Sure Defoe is one of the best strikers , especially when he played at Spurs, i really liked his performance then .
I believe sunderlañd will escape relegation zone , according to their results against big teams . I think Aston villa , Newcastle and Swansea will be relegated .
1- van nestelroy 2- Alan shearer 3- Rooney 4- Lampard 5- aguero 6- Henry


Abdallah
23/01/2016 07:16
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

Sure Defoe is one of the best strikers , especially when he played at Spurs, i really liked his performance then .
I believe sunderlañd will escape relegation zone , according to their results against big teams . I think Aston villa , Newcastle and Swansea will be relegated .
1- van nestelroy 2- Alan shearer 3- Rooney 4- Lampard 5- aguero 6- Henry

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HakanUslu1881
10/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Yes,I like him.


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HakanUslu1881
10/03/2016 20:54
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Yes,I like him.

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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
3903
points

He is in the making for one of the best all-time Premier league strikers given that he still has some time to play


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:50
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

He is in the making for one of the best all-time Premier league strikers given that he still has some time to play

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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Van persie,Raud Van N,Rooney, Gerald, Andy Cole, Lampand, Drogba, Giggs, Thierry, Alan Shearer


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:55
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Van persie,Raud Van N,Rooney, Gerald, Andy Cole, Lampand, Drogba, Giggs, Thierry, Alan Shearer

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

he is not the best


englishman
18/07/2016 15:34
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

he is not the best

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

I don't know


englishman
18/07/2016 15:35
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

I don't know

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

I don't think so


englishman
18/07/2016 15:37
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

I don't think so

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