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Christopher "Chris" Paul James (born 4 July 1987) is a New Zealandmarker footballer who is currently registered as a free agent. His contract was not renewed by Finnishmarker club Tampere United at the end of the 2009 season after two years at the club.

Playing career

James, predominantly an attacking midfielder is also able to play very well on both sides of the field as a left or right winger.

James' first professional contract was with Premier League Fulham FC. Although he never made a senior first-team appearance, he made many appearances for the reserve side.

In February 2008, he signed two-year contract with Tampere United. Even though the 2008 season wasn't a very successful one for his team, James debut season was quite impressive, in 17 league games he scored 3 goals and also provided 4 assists.

International career

He played for the England youth team but has now chosen to play for the country of his birth, New Zealand. Ricki Herbert included him in the "All Whites" squad for the friendly match against then-World Champions Brazilmarker on June 5 2006, which they lost 4–0. He has made a number of appearances for his country since his debut, playing the likes of Charlton Athletic and Sevilla in friendlies. He also scored a consolation goal against Sevilla which was calmly slotted away.

Impressive performances in these matches has won him the New Zealandmarker Soccer International Young Men’s Player of the Year award for 2006. He was a member of the New Zealand under-20 team that qualified for the under-20 World Cup in Canada, scoring seven goals in six games including a hat-trick against Samoa. It was the first time New Zealand had a team qualify for the under-20 world cup.

James was named as part of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup New Zealand squad to travel to South Africa.

UEFA Champions League goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 15, 2008 Ratinan Stadionmarker, Tamperemarker FK Budućnost Podgorica 2-0 2-1 UEFA Champions League
2. August 6, 2008 Seneo, Bratislavamarker FC Artmedia Petržalka 3-1 4-2 UEFA Champions League



  1. Brazil 4-0 New Zealand
  2. Brazil 4, New Zealand far from Zero

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