Glenn Whelan (born 13 January 1984 in Dublin) is an Irish professional football player, currently playing for Stoke City in the English Premier League.
He previously played for Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he won promotion to the Championship in May 2005. Whelan usually plays in the role of a midfield playmaker.
Whelan started his career with Manchester City, making one solitary appearance in the UEFA Cup against Total Network Solutions in August 2003, before joining Bury on a one-month loan the following month.
After appearing in the Republic of Ireland's World Youth Cup campaign in November and December, he returned to Bury on another one-month loan on 24 December 2003.
Whelen joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer in the summer of 2004. He was vital in securing a play-off place for the club, starting a total of 41 games and scoring four goals.
Whelan was voted "man of the match" in the League One play-off final against Hartlepool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff after scoring the game-winning third goal for Wednesday. After Wednesday won promotion to the Championship Whelan was trialled as captain by Paul Sturrock after club captain Lee Bullen was injured.
In July 2006, Whelan was placed on the transfer list by Sturrock following increased competition for places in the Wednesday midfield after the arrival of Wade Small, Kenny Lunt and Yoann Folly. He was subsequently removed from the transfer list by the following manager Brian Laws.Whelan repaid the faith shown in him with seven goals, most notably "screamers" against Leicester, Southampton & Luton. He then went on to win a number of 'Player of the year' awards for the club's 2006–07 season.
He joined Stoke City on 30 January 2008 for £500,000, signing a three and a half year contract.He scored his first goal for Stoke in the 2–1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in April 2008 and won promotion with Stoke to the Premier League in May 2008.In September 2008 he was linked by the Daily Mail with a loan deal to Plymouth where he would be re-united with his ex-manager Paul Sturrock..
He represented Republic of Ireland Under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and has been capped 14 times by the Irish Under 21s, captaining the side on many of these occasions.
His first cap for the Republic of Ireland B national football team came on 20 November 2007 against Scotland. Whelan made his debut for the senior team against Serbia in May 2008 and scored his first international goal against Georgia in Mainz, Germany on 6 September 2008.