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Paul Merson is one of the most well knows characters in football, enjoying a successful professional football career as well as turning his hand to managerial and punditry work. Best known for his lengthy career in football as it spanned from 1985 to 2006, this gives Paul a great understanding of the game and the industry in general. Paul describes the drive and determination needed to perform at the highest levels consistently combined with the ability to perform under pressure from huge fan followings, making him one of the most desirable sports speakers on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Beginning his career at Arsenal in 1984 as an apprentice, Paul made his debut for the side in 1986 against Manchester City, then went on to become a permanent figure in the team towards the late eighties. Winning countless trophies with the Gunners, Paul excelled in success of professional football in one of the most competitive arenas in the world. Merson played for Arsenal 423 times in total, scoring a staggering 99 goals in all competitions before moving to Middlesbrough for a mind blowing record cost of £5 million fee. Playing for a highly successful club like Arsenal has given Paul the insight into life at the top and how to remain there, allowing him to deliver intriguing talks as a football speaker.
Paul first played for his national team in 1991, playing a friendly against Germany. Also playing in the 1992 Euro Championship, 1994 World Cup and 1998 World Cup, Merson racked up 21 caps for his country, scoring on three times and playing part in a team that had one of the most successful runs for England in the modern era of the sport.
A renowned sports speaker, Paul ensures that the whole audience feels a part of his journey in professional football and enjoys engaging with the crowd and putting his punditry work to use during anecdotes about the game. Offering his intriguing views and opinions, Paul is sure to spark up debate and guarantee an interesting evening for guests.