Date: 28th October 2006 at 10:23am
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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.’