Where is Craig Bellamy now?
The first player to score for seven Premier League clubs, Craig Bellamy hung up his boots in 2014 after playing in the Premier League with his hometown club Cardiff City.
During his career he enjoyed success both domestically and internationally winning the League Cup with Liverpool, the Scottish Cup with Celtic and the Championship title with Cardiff City.
He also won 78 caps for Wales scoring 19 goals as well as representing the Great Britain national football team in the 2012 London Olympics.
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In 2008, whilst still an active player, Bellamy founded his own foundation which was a not-for-profit football and education centre in Sierra Leone.
Unfortunately, the foundation had to close in 2016 after failing to make a recovery from the aftermath of the Ebola virus which hit the country two years earlier.
Since retiring from playing, Bellamy has maintained his strong links with Cardiff and at one point owned a construction company, a wine bar and restaurant called Pier 64 as well as a mixed martial arts gym in the city.
In March 2017, his construction company Digger 39 Ltd was wound up after accruing debts of £1.8 million.
In December 2015 Bellamy stepped into Gary Neville’s shoes as an analyst on the Sky Sports Monday Night Football show.
He proved to be a success and was promptly signed up by ITV to join their team of pundits for their Euro 2016 coverage as well as being hired by the Times newspaper to write a regular column during the tournament.
Having always expressed a desire to pusue a coaching career when he retired from playing, Bellamy started working at the Cardiff City youth academy on a part-time basis whilst working towards his coaching badges.
In December 2016, he was appointed as Cardiff City’s new player development manager overseeing the club’s youth development as they progress to the first team.
His role was changed in May 2017 when the club put him in charge of their under 18’s side for the season in his first managerial post.
Bellamy was interviewed for the vacant Wales national team manager role in January 2018 but lost out to Ryan Giggs despite wowing the FAW’s seven-man panel with an impressive PowerPoint presentation demonstrating his vision for Welsh football.
He was also hours away from his first managerial appointment in February 2018 with League One side Oxford United but pulled out when the club was taken over by a new owner at the eleventh hour who wanted more time to think about it.
Bellamy remained as a youth coach at Cardiff City until January 2019 when he stepped down from his role after the club decided to investigate a bullying claim against him.
He made a reurn to football coaching just five months later when he joined former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht in his current role as the club’s under 21’s manager.
In May 2020 Bellamy revealed in an interview with Sky Sports during Mental Health Awareness week that he had been diagnosed with depression and had been taking medication for three years.
Craig Bellamy: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Cardiff City|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com