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A photoshop meme featuring English Football Player John Terry celebrating at various victory celebrations for which he was not involved and/or taking credit for undeserved achievements.
When English Premier League club Chelsea reached the UEFA Champions League Final in 2012, they had to play without their regular team captain John Terry who was suspended for the match having received a red-card during the semi-final victory over Barcelona. Chelsea went on to win the final against Bayern Munich without Terry, but it was the suspended captain, fully decked out in his playing kit, who went up to receive the trophy at the end of the match. This was viewed by many as an egotistical attempt to claim credit for a victory in which he had not participated and for which he did not deserve to take credit for. This started a trend for people photoshopping images of John Terry into other victory celebrations for which he was also not involved.
UEFA Champions League Final
Shortly after the May 19th final, a series of photoshopped images showing John Terry celebrating at various historical moments as if he were claiming credit for the achievement appeared online, and were collated by various news agencies for online articles.
During the subsequent Euro 2012 International Tournament (in which John Terry represented England), betting company Paddy Power posted a succession of further collected John Terry Photoshops showing him gatecrashing on various other teams celebrations during the tournament, including , Italy’s win over John Terry’s own England team and Spain’s win in the final itself. They also ran a feature on their blog entitled John Terry’s Euro 2012 Picture Diary. Many other websites also featured John Terry Celebration Photoshops throughout the tournament.
The John Terry Celebration meme continued to be popular during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships (June 25th 2012 to July 8th 2012) with various photoshops of John Terry, both celebrating with the winners and also celebrating as the winner himself appearing online during the tournament.
London 2012 Olympics
During the London 2012 Olympics, John Terry was the victim of further photoshop pranks, with images of him celebrating with almost every Great Britain medal winner appearing online shortly after the medal ceremonies. The Telegraph collated many of these images from the internet into a feature entitled John Terry’s Golden Games
Ryder Cup 2012
During Europe’s unexpected victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup, John Terry jokes were were popular on Twitter, with several photoshopped images of John Terry celebrating featuring on Twitter shortly after the victory:
John Terry photoshops have also featured around other most major sporting events in the latter half of 2012, with each sporting victory being accompanied shortly after by the inevitable John Terry gatecrash photo appearing online, such as British Tennis player Andy Murray’s victory in the US Open:
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012
In honour of his year of “achievements”, photoshops featuring John Terry celebrating as winner of the BBC’s annual “Sports Personality of the Year” award started to appear online in anticipation of the award ceremony in Decemeber.
John Terry celebration jokes (with and without the accompanying photoshop) have been popular on Twitter throughout 2012, with even England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughan tweeting that he Can’t wait for John Terry to lift the Ashes next year
Real World Occurences
When Sligo Rangers won the Irish Premier Division League Title in October 2012, Sligo defender Iarflaith Davoren took the meme into the real wolrd by wearing a printed John Terry mask and a full Chelsea kit to join in his teams celebrations, gaining widespread coverage in the UK press as a result.
John Terry has also been featured celebrating at various non-sporting victories such as award ceremonies, popular movies, and around significant news stories.
Europa League 2013
When Chelsea won the UEFA Europa League tournament in 2013, John Terry again donned his full kit at the end of the match to receive the Trophy, despite having not played in the match due to injury. This once again prompted a flurry of internet based mockery at his expense: