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Réda Johnson

Réda Johnson
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:37, 26 August 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:32, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Réda Johnson (born 21 March 1988) is a Beninese-Algerian footballer who plays for Football League Championship club Sheffield Wednesday as a defender, having previously played for Gueugnon, Amiens and Plymouth Argyle. He has been capped by Benin at international level.

Club career

Born in Marseille, France to a Beninese father and Algerian mother. Johnson began his career as a professional footballer in 2005 with Gueugnon.[3] He spent two years with the club but didn't make an appearance in Ligue 2 before joining Amiens. He made his debut on 24 August 2007 and went on to make a further eleven appearances in all competitions during the 2007–08 season.[3] He was restricted to eight league appearances the following season as Amiens were relegated to Championnat National.[3] New manager Serge Romano identified Johnson as one of the club's more saleable assets and agreed that he could leave if a suitable offer materialised.[3] He joined Scottish club Aberdeen on trial in July 2009,[4] and looked set to join them permanently after impressing their manager Mark McGhee.[5]

He then played in a pre-season game for English club Plymouth Argyle,[3] and joined permanently for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract a few days later.[6] He made his debut on 22 August 2009,[7] and made a further 24 appearances in his first season with the club.[2] He won earned many plaudits for his performances but couldn't prevent Argyle from being relegated.[8] He scored his first senior goal in September 2010 against Colchester United,[9] while captaining the team in the absence of Carl Fletcher.[10] Johnson was sold to Sheffield Wednesday in January 2011 for an undisclosed fee.[11] He scored on his league debut to rescue a point for his new club against Charlton Athletic.[12] Johnson quickly became a fan favourite at Hillsborough, largely due to his impressive goal scoring ability and consistent performances. He was a member of Wednesday's 2011/12 promotion winning team before contributing a further 6 goals during the club's 2012/13 Championship campaign.

International career

Johnson had the possibility of playing for four different countries, with his father being an American of Beninese descent, his mother being of Algerian descent and Johnson himself being born in France. He did indicate in an interview that he would consider playing for Algeria. However, on 11 February 2009, Johnson made his debut for Benin in a friendly against Algeria.[13]

Personal life

On 5 January 2011, Johnson appeared in court charged with false imprisonment of a woman whilst at the house of an unnamed Blackburn Rovers player. Both Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle, his club at the time of the incident, claimed to have no knowledge of the incident until the court appearance.[14]

The case was dropped due to lack of evidence at his return to court on 7 April 2011, with Johnson later talking of his innocence and relief that his name had been cleared.[15]

Honours

Sheffield Wednesday

References

External links

  • Soccerbase
  • Réda Johnson at National-Football-Teams.com

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