Anthony Basso

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Anthony Basso
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Basso
Date of birth (1979-07-04) 4 July 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Besançon, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
1999–2001 Auxerre 0 (0)
2001–2005 Udinese 1 (0)
2001–2002Viterbese (loan) 23 (0)
2002–2003Benevento (loan) 8 (0)
2003–2004Chieti (loan) 21 (0)
2005–2006 Viking 36 (0)
2006–2007 Auxerre 0 (0)
2007–2009 Hearts 7 (0)
2010–2011 Besançon 4 (0)
2011 Yverdon-Sport 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 13 February 2011

Anthony Basso (born 4 July 1979) is a retired French footballer.



Early career

Basso began his career with the French side Auxerre, but left at a young age to join the Serie A side Udinese. His time in Italy was ultimately unsuccessful, as he made only one appearance for Udinese and spent the rest of the time out on loan at three different lower-league teams. In 2005, Basso moved on to the Tippeligaen side Viking, where he enjoyed a good spell, the highlight of which was his impressive performance in the shock 1–0 home victory over Ligue 1 giants Monaco in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup group stage. This performance enhanced his reputation in his homeland and alerted the interest of several Ligue 1 teams.

Return to Auxerre

In July 2006, Basso completed his return to Auxerre following the departure of fellow keeper Sébastien Hamel to Marseille. Viking had hoped to hold on to their keeper but relented due to his expiring contract and desire to return to his former club. [1] Upon his arrival he described returning as a "dream" and announced his intention to compete with veteran Fabien Cool to be starting goalkeeper. [2] However both Basso and Cool suffered long-term injuries and in December 2006 Auxerre signed Nancy goalkeeper Olivier Sorin, meaning Basso had slipped to third-choice keeper. [3] Following Cool's retirement at the end of the season Auxerre signed young Lyon goalkeeper Rémy Riou making Basso's prospects of first-team football look increasingly bleak.


Basso joined Heart of Midlothian on trial in August 2007, [4] and joined permanently later that month. [5] He made his debut against St Mirren on 30 September 2007 at Love Street, in which Hearts won the game 3–1. [6] Towards the end of the 2007–08 season Basso was dropped from the Hearts team as it emerged that talks over a new contract had broken down, his agent suggested that unless Hearts improved their contract offer Basso may look to leave. [7]

Basso was left out of the Hearts squad for their pre-season training camp in Germany, which raised serious questions over his future at the club. [8] Manager Csaba László told Basso he was surplus to requirements and that he was free to look for another club. Scottish First Division side Livingston, where Basso's agent Tomasso Angelini is a director, approached Basso in the hope of signing the Frenchman on a season-long loan deal but Bulgarian side Levski Sofia were also credited with an interest. [9] On 28 January 2009 it was announced Basso had been released by Hearts. [10]

Later career

After being without a club for the rest of 2009, Basso eventually joined Besançon of the French fourth division for the 2010–11 season. Playing only a handful of matches, he transferred to Yverdon-Sport of the Swiss Challenge League in early 2011.

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  2. Basso speaks of 'dream' return Sky, 3 July 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2008
  3. Sorin joins Auxerre Sky, 23 December 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2008
  4. "Keeper Basso wins move to Hearts". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Keeper Basso wins move to Hearts". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. St Mirren 1–3 Hearts, BBC Sport, 30 September 2007.
  7. Hearts warned over keeper, Sky, 24 April 2008.
  8. Hearts leave trio out of their camp BBC Sport 19 July 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008
  9. Laszlo wants rid of Basso Setanta Sports 11 August 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008
  10. "Keeper Basso released by Hearts". BBC Sport. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)