|Full name||Ryan William Nelsen|
|Date of birth||October 18, 1977|
|Place of birth||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Height||1. Events 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Christchurch (Ōtautahi The largest City in the South Island, it is also the second largest city and third largest urban area of New Zealand New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island 85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||Blackburn Rovers|
|2002-||New Zealand||29 (5)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Ryan William Nelsen (born October 18, 1977 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a professional football (soccer) player from New Zealand, who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League. Events 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Christchurch (Ōtautahi The largest City in the South Island, it is also the second largest city and third largest urban area of New Zealand New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island Blackburn Rovers Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs
After attending St Thomas of Canterbury College, Nelsen went to the United States of America to play for Greensboro College in North Carolina in 1997. St Thomas of Canterbury College is a college for year 7 to 13 boys and offers a Catholic education to its students Greensboro College is a four year independent Coeducational institution located in Greensboro North Carolina and affiliated with the United Methodist Church North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States After spending two years at Greensboro and leading the team to the NCAA Division III Final Four, Nelsen moved to Stanford University, where he played his final two years of college soccer. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in College soccer is a term used to describe soccer that is played by Teams operated by Colleges and universities as opposed to a professional At Stanford, Nelsen was voted team MVP in his first year, and named an NSCAA All-American in his senior year, while playing as a defensive midfielder. The Division I First-Team All-Americans are the best eleven U
Nelsen was drafted 4th overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United, with whom he has spent four years in Major League Soccer. The 2001 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 DC United is a professional soccer club located in Washington D Major League Soccer ( MLS) is the top-flight professional Soccer league in the United States and Canada with 14 teams 13 in the U After emerging as a starter in 2002, Nelsen was named team captain in 2003, replacing Marco Etcheverry in that role, as well as winning the team's Defender of the Year Award and being named to the league's Best XI. Marco Antonio Etcheverry Vargas (born September 26, 1970 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra) is a former Bolivian Football (soccer Midfielder The MLS Best XI is an acknowledgement of the best eleven players in the league in a given season for Major League Soccer in the United States. He was named to the Best XI again in 2004, after captaining DC to its fourth MLS Cup. The MLS Cup is the annual championship game of Major League Soccer. In four years in MLS, Nelsen scored seven goals and added five assists.
Nelsen was signed by Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in January 2005, shortly after the 2004 MLS season had finished. In the summer of 2005, after just 6 months at the club, Nelsen was rewarded with a new 3 year contract after impressing Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes by helping to turn their defence into one of the stingiest of the league, conceding only . Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Leslie Mark Hughes (born 1 November 1963 in Ruabon, Wrexham, Wales) nicknamed Sparky, is a former Welsh international football 67 goals per game after his arrival that season. The central defender was successfully awarded a work permit when Rovers launched an appeal after the initial application had been refused due to New Zealand being ranked outside the top 70 in the FIFA World Rankings. In Association football (soccer a defender is a player who tries to prevent the other team from scoring Work permit is a generic term for a legal authorization which allows a person to take employment History FIFA World Ranking Leaders In December 1992 FIFA first published
Nelsen has been a revelation for Blackburn, as he's consistently produced top class performances to keep clean sheets against some of the Premier League's best strikers, alongside Zurab Khizanishvili, Andy Todd and Christopher Samba. Zurab Khizanishvili (ზურაბ ხიზანიშვილი born Tbilisi, October 6, 1981) is a Georgian professional football Andrew John James "Andy" Todd (born September 21, 1974 in Derby, England) is an English football player Veijeany Christopher Samba (born March 28 1984 in Créteil, Val-de-Marne) is a French Congolese football player In the 2005-06, Blackburn qualified for the UEFA Cup with a 6th place finish, but Nelsen missed the last couple of games after breaking his foot in a 2-0 win at Charlton. The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA. Nevertheless, his performances since arriving in England prompted much interest from rival clubs, notably Portsmouth having big bids turned down by Rovers.
Despite recovering from the foot injury, Nelsen was dealt another serious blow before the start of the 2006-07 season, with a serious hamstring injury forcing him out until the new year. On his return to the team in an FA Cup 4th round win at Luton Town, he was immediately made captain, a clear indication of highly the club regard him and he remains a fans favourite. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after Luton Town Football Club are an English football team based in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire. In July 2007, he signed a new 5-year deal with the club.
Nelson made his New Zealand All Whites debut against Poland on June 19, 1999. The New Zealand national football team, nicknamed the All Whites, is the national team of New Zealand and is controlled by New Zealand Football The Poland national football team (Reprezentacja Polski w piłce nożnej is the national football team of Poland, under the auspices of the Polish Events 1179 - The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros.  Nelsen last captained the New Zealand national team in 2004. The New Zealand national football team, nicknamed the All Whites, is the national team of New Zealand and is controlled by New Zealand Football Although he has not officially announced his international retirement and has been selected to play on numerous occasions, Nelsen has not represented New Zealand since.