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Ian Paul Joy (born July 14, 1981) is an American born Scottish football sportscaster and former professional player.

Ian Joy
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Personal information
Full name Ian Paul Joy[1]
Date of birth (1981-07-14) July 14, 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth San Diego, California, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1997–1998 Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Tranmere Rovers 0 (0)
2000 Stirling Albion 2 (0)
2000–2001 Montrose 25 (2)
2001–2003 Kidderminster Harriers 22 (0)
2003 Chester City 3 (0)
2003–2005 Hamburger SV 34 (0)
2005–2008 FC St. Pauli 89 (1)
2008–2009 Real Salt Lake 20 (0)
2009 FC Ingolstadt 04 3 (0)
2010 Portland Timbers 21 (0)
Total 219 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Born in San Diego, California,[1] Joy is the son of English former professional player Brian Joy. His mother is Scottish and he grew up in Scotland from the age of 3.[3] Joy lived in Bo'ness and attended Deanburn Primary School and Bo'ness Academy.

Playing careerEdit

Joy played as a left back for Tranmere Rovers, Stirling Albion, Montrose, Kidderminster Harriers, Chester City, Hamburger SV, FC St. Pauli, Real Salt Lake, FC Ingolstadt 04 and Portland Timbers.[1][3][4][5][6][2][7]

As a 15 year-old, he featured for the United States U-17 team on a three-match week long tour of Germany in 1997.[8] Joy went on to represent the USA Youth national teams at U-18, U-20 and U-23 level. He captained the USA U-18's at the World Youth Games in Moscow, Russia in 1998.

Media careerEdit

After retiring as a player in 2011, Joy became a sportscaster. In 2015 he became the studio host of Fox Sports' coverage of the Bundesliga, FA Cup, and Europa League.[9] In April 2018, Joy was named as a studio host for FOX's coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Ian Joy". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Profile". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Interview with Ian Joy" (PDF). Timbers Army. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Ian Joy at Soccerbase  
  5. ^ "Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Ian Joy at fussballdaten.de ‹See Tfd›(in German)
  7. ^ "Timbers sign veteran defender Joy". USL. February 18, 2010. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "STARLET IAN TURNS BACK ON SCOTLAND; EXCLUSIVE: Footballer wants to play for USA". Daily Record. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "FOX Sports to televise or stream all 306 Bundesliga matches". Fox Sports. July 30, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "FOX Sports Announces Broadcasters, Celebrates 50-Day Countdown to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™". April 26, 2018. Retrieved May 6, 2018.