Étienne Capoue

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Étienne Capoue
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Capoue in training with Watford in 2015
Personal information
Full nameÉtienne Capoue [1]
Date of birth (1988-07-11) 11 July 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Niort, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) [2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder [3]
Club information
Current team
Number 29
Youth career
1995–2002 Niort
2002–2004 Chauray
2004–2005 Angers
2005–2007 Toulouse
Senior career*
2007–2013 Toulouse 174 (13)
2013–2015 Tottenham Hotspur 24 (1)
2015– Watford 126 (9)
National team
2006 France U18 4 (0)
2006–2007 France U19 14 (3)
2008–2010 France U21 13 (0)
2012– France 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14:30, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:52, 25 July 2017 (UTC)

Étienne Capoue (born 11 July 1988) is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Watford. He can play as either a defensive midfielder or defender. Capoue was a French youth international having earned caps at under-18, under-19, and under-21 level, serving as captain for a portion of his stint with the latter team. He is the younger brother of Boulogne player Aurélien Capoue.

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Club career

Early career

Capoue was born in the commune of Niort in Deux-Sèvres, and began his career playing for hometown club Chamois Niortais. In 2002, he departed the club and joined FC Chauray, a local club in Poitou-Charentes. [4] Capoue stayed at the club for two years before joining Angers SCO in Pays de la Loire. While playing in a youth league match against Toulouse, Capoue drew the attention of the club's scouts who offered the player a one-week trial. Prior to agreeing to the internship, he was also approached by Lille, Auxerre, and Bordeaux. Capoue chose Toulouse because of the club's training facilities and the good weather. [5]

The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain. The United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered. The communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France.

Niort Prefecture and commune in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

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Capoue with Toulouse in 2008

Capoue began his club career with Toulouse in 2006 playing on the club's under-18 team. During the early portion of the 2007–08 season, he played on the club's Championnat de France amateur team in the fourth division making eight appearances. Midway through the season, Capoue was called up to the senior team by manager Alain Casanova. On 8 December 2007, he made his professional debut appearing as a substitute in a 1–0 victory over Lille. [6] The following week, Capoue made his first professional start against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes. Toulouse won the match 2–1 with Capoue playing 71 minutes. [7]

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On 7 February 2008, Capoue, along with teammate Cheikh M'Bengue, signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until 2011. [8] For the 2008–09 season, Casanova paired the young defensive midfielder with former youth teammate Moussa Sissoko and new signing Étienne Didot, who arrived from Rennes. The trio performed well in the midfield with Capoue flourishing making 36 total appearances. On 18 October 2008, Capoue scored his first professional goal against Bordeaux in a 2–1 defeat. [9] During the season, he also received 14 yellow cards in all competitions, second to only Siaka Tiéné of Valenciennes in the league. For his efforts, he was nominated for the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award and awarded a contract extension until 2013 by his club. [10] [11]

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During the 2009–10 season, Capoue appeared regularly in the first team and drew interest from Italian club Lazio and Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal. [12] [13] On 26 November 2009, Toulouse responded to the interest by reaching an agreement with Capoue on a one-year contract extension until 2014. [14] Capoue appeared in 41 total matches for the season collecting 17 total yellow cards, 13 of which came in Ligue 1, leading all players. [15]

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In July 2013, Toulouse accepted a reported £9.5 million bid from Premier League side Cardiff City. [16] However, personal terms were not agreed and the deal was not finalised. On 15 August 2013, he completed an €11m (£9.3m) transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. [17] [18]

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Capoue playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Etienne Capoue vs Arsenal - 1 September 2013.jpg
Capoue playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.

On 15 August 2013, Tottenham Hotspur officially announced the signing of Capoue. The day before the announcement of Capoue, Tottenham and France's first choice goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris told French paper L'Equipe that joining Tottenham is a big step in Capoue's career. He stated his delight to see the fellow countrymen join Tottenham. [19] Capoue made his debut for Spurs on 18 August 2013, replacing Mousa Dembélé in a 1–0 win away to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. [20]


On 6 July 2015, Capoue joined newly promoted Watford for a reported club-record transfer fee of £6.3 million (€9 million). [21] [22]

He began his second season at Watford with four goals in his first six games, including the opening goal against Manchester United in a 3–1 win at Vicarage Road and another in a 4–2 comeback win against West Ham United. [23] [24]

In May 2019 he was named as Watford's Player of the Year for the 2018–19 season. [25]

International career

Capoue was eligible to play for Guadeloupe, due to his father being from there. [26] Capoue has been active with France on the youth level. He has received caps with the under-18 and under-19 teams. Capoue made his youth international debut with the under-18 team on 14 March 2006 in a 2–1 victory over Germany. [27] He finished the under-18 campaign with four appearances. He made his debut with the under-19 team at the 2006 edition of the Sendaï Cup in Japan in the opening match against the Tōhoku region national team. [28] In the team's next group stage match against Japan, Capoue scored his first youth international goal in a 3–1 victory. [29] On 23 January 2007, he scored his second under-17 goal in a 2–0 win against Turkey. [30] During qualification for the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, Capoue scored his only goal in a 3–1 positive result against Poland in the Elite Round. [31] At the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, Capoue missed the first two group stage matches, but appeared in the team final one against Russia and the team's semi-final defeat on penalties to Spain. [32] [33]

On 15 August 2012, Capoue made his debut for the French senior team in a friendly match against Uruguay. [34] On 11 September 2012, he scored his first goal for France in a 3–1 World Cup qualifier win over Belarus at the Stade de France. [35]

Career statistics


As of match played 18 May 2019 [36] [37]
ClubDivisionSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupOtherTotal
Toulouse Ligue 1 2007–08 5000001060
2008–09 321301000361
2009–10 330102070430
2010–11 372101000392
2011–12 333001000341
2012–13 347202000387
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 2013–14 121001050181
2014–15 120211030181
Watford Premier League 2015–16 330300000360
2016–17 377101000397
2017–18 221211100263
2018–19 [38] 331521100394
Career total3242320412216037229

International goals

Scores and results list France's goal tally first. [39]
11 September 2012 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Belarus.svg  Belarus
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification



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