John Alieu Carew (born 5 September 1979 in L renskog, Akershus), is a Norwegian professional footballer, who currently is a free agent last playing for West Ham United and the Norwegian national team. His father is Gambian and his mother is Norwegian; he was born and raised in Norway.
John Alieu Carew began his career with his local club L renskog, a minor club within the Akershus region. He was considered to be a highly talented youngster and had gained some media attention before he was picked up by V lerenga. During his two year period at the club he won the Norwegian Football Cup while his profile rose even more due to his skill and goal scoring ability.
Eventually Norwegian football's most successful club of the past decade and champions league mainstays Rosenborg, signed a deal with the then still only 20-year old. During his short spell at the club, Rosenborg proved to be a highly formidable team winning many of their UEFA Champions League group matches.
Transfer moves around Europe
After a string of impressive displays in the Champions League, he moved to Spanish club Valencia in a 8.5 million transfer, where Carew managed to win the La Liga title twice. Carew was part of the Valencia side that lost on penalties in the 2001 UEFA Champions League Final, though scoring on his attempt. His goals in that campaign were crucial, including a 75th minute header in a 1 0 home win against Arsenal in the second leg of the quarter-final, which saw Valencia advance to the semi-final. In the 2002 03 Champions League campaign, Carew was once again responsible for the exit of Arsenal. With Valencia needing a win in their final game of the second group phase at home against Arsenal to progress to the quarter finals, Carew scored twice in a 2 1 victory. He then spent the 2003 04 season on loan at Italian side Roma where he scored 7 goals in 26 games. He then moved to Turkey with Be ikta in 2004. After the 2004 05 season, he was snapped up by Lyon for 7.6 million. While Carew was playing in Europe he was constantly linked with a move to the English Premiership and had several failed attempts. He failed a medical at Fulham in 2002  and West Bromwich Albion had a bid rejected by Valencia.
2006 07 season
On 22 January 2007, Carew signed for Aston Villa in an exchange deal with Lyon for Milan Baro . Carew penned a three-and-a-half year deal at the Birmingham-based club. Carew went on to receive the #10 jersey left vacant by Baro ' departure.
Carew made his debut in the 3 1 loss to Newcastle United, but went onto score his first goal for the club in a 1 0 victory against West Ham United just three days later. Villa manager Martin O'Neill praised Carew's performance after the match.
2007 08 season
Carew began the season as Villa's primary forward and was under high expectations from the Villa fans. However, despite some good performances, it took Carew nearly two months to score his opener for the season against Everton in a 2 0 victory. Unfortunately, he also injured himself in the same game and was out of action for six weeks with a hamstring problem. He scored on his second match back in the Villa side in a 3 0 away win against Middlesbrough in November. He then followed this up with a headed goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 4 0 victory as Aston Villa began to climb the Premiership table. December brought just one goal for Carew a 30-yard run and shot against Manchester City but he was instrumental in several of the goals Villa scored.
Carew scored two goals against Reading on 12 January and was unlucky not to be awarded Man of the Match which went to Martin Laursen. He scored his first hat-trick for seven years and his first ever for Aston Villa against Newcastle United on February 9 in a 4 1 win. Gareth Barry allowed him to do so by kindly relinquishing his usual penalty taking duties so Carew could score his third. On 12 April 2008, Carew scored for Aston Villa against Derby County at Pride Park in the Premier League, in the 26th minute and Villa went on to win the game 6 0. On 20 April 2008, Carew scored twice against Birmingham City in the Birmingham derby at Villa Park, which Villa went on to win 5 1. He continued his scoring run with a header the following week, in a crunch game at Everton's Goodison Park, which finished 2 2. It would be his 13th and final goal of the season, crowning him as Villa's top scorer for the 2007 08 season.
2008 09 season
Villa Park]] with team-mate Nigel Reo-Coker Carew scored his first goal of the 2008 09 campaign by scoring the first goal in Aston Villa's 2 2 draw over Odense in the Intertoto Cup. On 14 August 2008, Carew signed a 12-month extension to his contract, thus taking him through to 2011 with his current deal.
Carew scored the opening goal in Villa's 4 2 win over Manchester City at Villa Park. He then scored his second league goal against Stoke City as they went on to lose the match 3 2 when Mamady Sidibe scored a late winner. He quickly added his 3rd of the season in the 2 1 defeat of local rivals West Bromwich Albion; and with Gabriel Agbonlahor on the scoresheet again the pair began to form a formidable partnership. They both scored again and assisted each other's goals in a 4 0 victory in the Premier League at Wigan Athletic on 26 October 2008. Carew scored the winning goal in the UEFA Cup for Villa in a Group F match away to Slavia Prague on 6 November 2008, Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell struck the ball towards goal but it hit Carew and went in, therefore the goal was credited to Carew; it turned out to be the winning goal and continued Villa's 100% record in the competitions group stages and the 1 0 victory saw Villa go to the top of the group. Carew made the headlines in late October due to his personal behaviour. He was fined two weeks wages by Martin O'Neill for being in a pub near a Birmingham lap dancing club the night before Villa's UEFA cup group stage match with Ajax.
Soon after the controversy, Carew sustained a back injury that kept him out of the side for several months. During this time, Villa boss Martin O'Neill signed England international striker Emile Heskey to fill the gap left by Carew's absence. Heskey appeared to have taken Carew's place in the starting line-up for a number of weeks. However, his own injury woes and Carew's good form on return have meant that the Norwegian has regained his place in the side. Carew played his first game after his injury on 31 January 2009 in a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic. In the last 32 of the UEFA Cup, Carew earned Villa a first leg draw with CSKA Moscow, after going 1 0 down to V gner Love's goal. On 1 March 2009, Carew came off the bench to score a lob-shot volley in the 2 2 draw against Stoke City in the Premier League, which was later voted the team's goal of the season. He scored an equalizing goal in the away fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford before also netting the first goal in the home tie against Everton as Villa fought back from 2 0 and 3 1 down to draw 3 3. Further goals against Hull City and Middlesbrough took his league total to an impressive 11 goals from just 25 appearances.
2009 10 season
Due to the persistence of fellow strikers Heskey and Agbonlahor, Carew initially struggled to hold down a regular spot in the starting eleven at the beginning of the 2009 10 campaign. Nevertheless, while being used as a substitute Carew still managed to score several important goals for Aston Villa. On March 7, 2010, manager Martin O'Neill chose to include Carew in the starting eleven in an FA Cup game against Reading. He took the opportunity characteristically and scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa came from two goals behind to defeat Reading 4 2 in the FA Cup quarter final. This made Carew the competitions top scoring striker, raising questions as to why the Norwegian was rarely included in Villa's starting eleven. Carew began to feature in the Villa team once more as the season progressed; goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland and Chelsea helped the Norwegian go neck and neck with Gabriel Agbonlahor as the club's joint top scorers for 2009 10.
2010 11 season
Carew warming-up for West Ham United
Due to an injury to Gabriel Agbonlahor, Carew started the new campaign upfront with support from Ashley Young. However due to both injury concerns of his own and a loss of form, his place in the team was taken by Emile Heskey limiting him to cameo appearances from the bench. As the season progressed, Carew's first team appearances became less frequent. Later that month, he allegedly missed a Villa game due to heavy snow disrupting his travel.
Carew spoke out about his limited chances under the new system under manager G rard Houllier to a Norwegian TV station. Despite ongoing rumors in the press about a dispute between the former Lyon pair, Houllier revealed that Carew had been left out of the Aston Villa squad to work on his fitness. However when Villa signed Darren Bent for 18 million, Carew's first team opportunities were further reduced.
On 27 May 2011, Aston Villa announced that Carew was one of a number of players released by the club after their contracts expired.
Stoke City loan
Carew joined Stoke City on loan until the end of the 2010 11 season on 21 January 2011. Following his move Carew stated that he was looking forward to a new challenge and also revealed that he rejected offers from other clubs. His arrival has been welcomed by the Stoke players including Andy Wilkinson.
Carew made his debut for City the following day at Fulham where he came on as a substitute. He scored his first goal for Stoke in a 3 2 win against Sunderland on 5 February 2011. He followed this up by scoring in the FA Cup against Brighton & Hove Albion. However a back injury slowed his progress in a Stoke shirt. After his release from Villa, it is unlikely that Tony Pulis will offer Carew a contract with Stoke.
West Ham United
On 6 August 2011 Football League Championship side West Ham United announced the signing of Carew as a free agent. He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 2 2 draw with Crystal Palace on 1 October 2011. On 23 May 2012, Carew was released with five other players including Julien Faubert, Frank Nouble, Papa Bouba Diop, Abdoulaye Faye and Oliver Lee.
After the 2011-12 season, Carew did not get a new contract with West Ham.
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From the changing room at Ullevaal Stadion John Carew has played 91 times for Norway, scoring 24 goals (as of October 2011), and was part of their Euro 2000 squad. He made his full international debut on 18 November 1998, and was the first black player to play for Norway. During the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Carew scored four goals and contributed two assists in ten games. Norway failed to qualify for Euro 2008, ending up third place, one point behind Turkey.
|- | 1 || 22 January 1999 || Umm al-Fahm, Israel || || 3 3 || Draw || Friendly |- | 2 || 4 February 2000 || La Manga, Spain || || 1 1 || Draw || Friendly |- | 3 || 3 June 2000 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 1 0 || Win || Friendly |- | 4 || 28 February 2001 || Windsor Park, Belfast || || 4 0 || Win || Friendly |- | 5 || 24 March 2001 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 2 3 || Loss || World Cup 2002 Qualifier |- | 6 || 6 June 2001 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 1 1 || Draw || World Cup 2002 Qualifier |- | 7 || 5 September 2001 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 3 2 || Win || World Cup 2002 Qualifier |- | 8 || 6 October 2001 || Yerevan || || 4 1 || Win || World Cup 2002 Qualifier |- | 9 || 6 October 2001 || Yerevan || || 4 1 || Win || World Cup 2002 Qualifier |- | 10 || 7 September 2002 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 2 2 || Draw || Euro 2004 Qualifier |- | 11 || 4 September 2004 || Palermo || || 1 2 || Loss || World Cup 2006 Qualifier |- | 12 || 13 October 2004 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 3 0 || Win || World Cup 2006 Qualifier |- | 13 || 3 September 2005 || Celje || || 3 2 || Win || World Cup 2006 Qualifier |- | 14 || 15 November 2006 || Belgrade || || 1 1 || Draw || Friendly |- | 15 || 24 March 2007 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 1 2 || Loss || Euro 2008 Qualifier |- | 16 || 6 June 2007 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 4 0 || Win || Euro 2008 Qualifier |- | 17 || 6 June 2007 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 4 0 || Win ||| Euro 2008 Qualifier |- | 18 || 22 August 2007 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 2 1 || Win || Friendly |- | 19 || 22 August 2007 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 2 1 || Win || Friendly |- | 20 || 12 September 2007 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 2 2 || Draw || Euro 2008 Qualifier |- | 21 || 26 March 2008 || Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica || || 3 1 || Loss || Friendly |- | 22 || 14 November 2009 || Stade de Gen ve, Geneva || || 0 1 || Win || Friendly |- | 23 || 8 October 2010 || Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca || || 1 2 || Win || UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying |- | 24 || 11 October 2011 || Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo || || 3 1 || Win || UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying |}
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- V lerenga
- Aston Villa
- Stoke City
- West Ham United
Carew is noted for being a practicing Christian and often makes donations to charity. He also contributes to organizations like Soccer Against Crime, MOT and Ungdom mot Vold (Youth Against Violence) and was awarded the Kniksen award as Kniksen of the year in both 2005 and 2007. Since joining Aston Villa, Carew is noted for visiting children in hospitals around Birmingham and supporting Villa's initiative to donate from the payroll towards hospital running costs.
Carew's sister, Elisabeth, is an R&B singer. She released her debut album, Destructive, in 2008.
In December 2010 Carew was a victim of fraud after he paid 100,000 for a Porsche Cayenne Gemballa which never arrived. In 2012 Carew was declared bankrupt following a petition by HM Revenue and Customs. The Bankruptcy Order was annulled on 4 July 2012.
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