UK time is: 22:15:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sol Campbell Thanks Pompey

Sol Campbell has said that he owes Portsmouth Football Club for turning his career around. Sol is enjoying his football and his life on the South Coast.

'Coming here is like my career turning full circle.Yes, the facilities aren't the same I have been used to with Arsenal and England but I am enjoying my football again.

"Coming down here for me is a different level. I was focused before but now the focus is slightly different. More intense maybe.

"Bigger clubs have more resources to draw on in terms of players and experience. Here, you have to look after yourself more because you are more important to the set-up as there's not necessarily anyone there to take your place.

'I'm happy. At a club which is totally different but I'm happy. Sometimes you have less but you have more. I'm trying to help the club move in the right direction and I would be very happy if we got into Europe next year.

'I'm happier in life as well - it's all linked up. I'm a human being and a footballer. There are players who are just complete robots. I'm not a robot. Life is about your football, your friends and family and where you live . . . the whole package.'


Campbell has moved from his home in London where he used to be bombarded by reporters.

'They have completely gone. Getting out of London has really helped me, I am just getting on with my job. I spent all of my life in the city. London knows me and I know London but I only pop back to see my family and friends. It's nice to get on with my job - training, working, gym work and the gaffer has got charisma.

'Portsmouth have finance but you need to use it properly. Big clubs spend money in a particular way - that's why they are up there. It was an attraction to come to a club where I knew I would play and where you have stand up for yourself win, lose or draw.

'The difference is that you can hide when you are at a bigger club. But there's no hiding place for Sol Campbell when you're playing for Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 28 2006

Time: 3:00PM

Your Comments

He has insulted Pompey a bit, IMHO but I'd be stupid to blame him. Sol is VERY lucky to be able to switch clubs in the Premiership and remain as a top 5 team player.
Lysimachus
I for one, am absolutely delighted to see the great man in a Pompey shirt,and i'm very pleased to hear,and see from his performances and reactions to the fans,that he is enjoying life at Pompey.
lincspfcfan
same same
lmatthews
CHIM-CHIMINY-CHIM-CHIM-CHEROO WHO DE ZEUWE WHEN WE'VE GOT SOL CAMPBELL
Lysimachus
Whenever he doesn't play we let in goals ! A truly great buy ! And I'm glad he's happy at 'unfashionable' Portsmouth!
StuartM
He can say what he likes because he is such a great respected player and when you really look at our facilities no one in their right mind would say they are good. Yes we are not a big club - well not yet. The bottom line says it all for me - and that is he wanted to come and join us in the first place.
pompeygray
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Whatmough ready to return (Friday October 31 2014)

On this day in history...31st October (Friday October 31 2014)

'Forgotten man' almost back! (Thursday October 30 2014)

Maloney's chance (Thursday October 30 2014)

On this day in history...30th October (Thursday October 30 2014)

On this day in history...29th October (Wednesday October 29 2014)

On this day in history...28th October (Tuesday October 28 2014)

Cup derby day for Pompey (Monday October 27 2014)

On this day in history...27th October (Monday October 27 2014)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. pompeyrug 164
2. storagematt 67
3. eastneydave 66
4. mslorna48 53
5. gentleman jim 48
6. cornypomp 48
7. Lemmi 38
8. pompeygray 35
9. Pompeytim 28
10. Emsworthianblue 25

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Cheltenham 15 6 4 5 -2 22
12. Cambridge 14 6 2 6 8 20
13. Wimbledon 15 5 5 5 -1 20
14. Portsmouth 15 5 5 5 -1 20
15. Stevenage 15 6 2 7 -3 20
16. Accrington 15 6 2 7 -4 20
17. Mansfield 15 5 4 6 -4 19

Breaking League News

Usual tricks and no treats from Stanley
Morecambe : 31/10/2014 21:51:00
Westley Brings In Barnard
Stevenage : 31/10/2014 20:29:00
Brown Brings In Two
Southend : 31/10/2014 20:23:00
Murray Wants Some Swagger amp; Signs Two
Hartlepool : 31/10/2014 20:15:00
Cameron Signs Three Year Extension
Bury : 31/10/2014 18:55:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Pompey v Carlisle?
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Pompey win 100%
Carlisle win 0%
Draw 0%