Charles Joseph John “Joe” Hart is a professional football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian Serie A side Torino and the England national team.
Hart boasts over 100 clean sheets in the English Premier League. He also holds the record for the most number of Premier League Golden Glove awards, having won it four times. The goalkeeper has earned 68 caps for the England senior team and continues to be first-choice for England under their current manager Gareth Southgate.
The player started his youth career with Shrewsbury Town in 2003. He made his senior debut for the side on April 20, 2004. Hart would go on to make 55 more appearances for Shrewsbury in the Conference and League 2 up until the summer 2006. During this time, Hart won his first England U-19 cap as a substitute against Poland in October 2005 before scooping the League Two Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2005-06. That year, he made the League Two’s PFA Team of the Year.
In the summer of 2006, amidst interest from a host of Premier League clubs, Hart was signed by Manchester City. He would make his debut for the Citizens on October 14, 2006. However, first team opportunities were few and far between for Hart.
The goalkeeper left on a short loan deal to League One side Tranmere Rovers in January 2007 when the transfer window opener. In April, Hart signed a similar loan deal with Blackpool, who had lost all three goalkeepers to injury. Blackpool won all five games in which Hart featured for the side.
Following his return to Manchester City in the summer of 2007, Hart was promoted as City’s number one by then manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. A superb performance against Newcastle United prompted his manager to claim that he was one of the biggest talents in England.
A few months later, Hart made his senior debut for England in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago on June 1, 2008. He claimed the vacant number 1 shirt at City that summer after the departure of Andreas Isaksson but was no longer first choice after City signed Shay Given in January 2009.
Birmingham City, who had just been promoted to the Premier League in 2009, acted swiftly to sign Hart on a year-long loan deal. Hart’s displays at the Midlands turned heads and his reputation grew from strength to strength as he found a place in the PFA Team of the Year at the end of the season.
Hart was restored as the number one once again under the Italian coach Roberto Mancini following his return from loan. He would go on to impress as City won the FA Cup and sealed a Champions League berth for the first time in their history. On a personal level, Hart had kept 18 clean sheets that season in the top flight and a further 11 in other competitions, earning him the first of his four Premier League Golden Glove award.
The 2011-12 season saw City win the English Premier League for the first time in 44 years and Hart was a major player for them as he won his second Premier League Golden Glove award. Although City lost the league title to Manchester United the next season, Hart still claimed the Golden Glove award once again.
Hart won his second Premier League title with City in the 2013-14 season but he did not win the Golden Glove award this time around. However, he reclaimed the award the following season when he kept a clean sheet against Southampton in his 300th appearance for City.
Josep Guardiola’s arrival at City in the summer of 2016 changed the dynamics of the football club. With Guardiola favouring a goalkeeper who can distribute the ball along the ground quickly from the back, Hart was shipped out on loan to Torino with former Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo moving to the Etihad stadium. In the process, Hart became the first English goalkeeper to play in the Serie A since its inception in 1929.