David Trezeguet

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David Trezeguet
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Trezeguet in 2017
Personal information
Full nameDavid Sergio Trezeguet [1]
Date of birth (1977-10-15) 15 October 1977 (age 42) [2]
Place of birth Rouen, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1985–1994 Platense
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1994–1995 Platense 5 (0)
1995–2000 Monaco 93 (52)
2000–2010 Juventus 245 (138)
2010–2011 Hércules 31 (12)
2011 Baniyas 3 (0)
2012–2013 River Plate 35 (16)
2013–2014 Newell's Old Boys 24 (7)
2014 Pune City 9 (2)
Total445(227)
National team
1998–2008 France 71 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Sergio Trezeguet (French pronunciation:  [david sɛʁʒjo tʁezəɡɛ] ; born 15 October 1977) is a French former footballer who played as a striker.

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Trezeguet began his career in Argentina with Club Atlético Platense at the age of eight, progressing through their youth system to their first team, where he made his debut in the Primera División in 1994. After one season, he transferred to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, where he would form a striking partnership with international teammate Thierry Henry, winning the league in the 1996–97 season. He left the club in 2000, having scored 52 goals in 93 Ligue 1 appearances and having claimed two Ligue 1 championships and the 1997 Trophée des champions. In 2000, Trezeguet signed for Serie A club Juventus for a transfer fee of £20 million. With 24 goals, he was the joint recipient of the Capocannoniere award for top scorer as his team won the 2001–02 Serie A title; Trezeguet also scored eight goals in 10 Champions League appearances as Juventus reached the second round of the tournament. Despite struggling with injuries the following season, he won another league title with the club, and also scored four goals in 10 Champions League appearances as Juventus reached the final of the tournament, eventually losing 2–3 on penalties to Milan, as Trezeguet missed his spot kick in the resulting shoot-out. Overall, Trezeguet scored 138 goals in 245 league appearances for Juventus, making him the fourth-highest goalscorer in the club's history. [3] Later in his career he had brief spells in Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina and India.

Club Atlético Platense association football club

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At international level, Trezeguet scored 34 goals in 71 appearances for the France national team between 1998 and 2008. He also played for France at under-18, under-20, and under-21 levels. [4] [5] Trezeguet represented France at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 (scoring the golden goal in the final against Italy, which gave France a 2–1 win in extra time), the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup (where he missed his penalty in the shoot-out against Italy in the final). Trezeguet is part of the FIFA 100 list of 125 Greatest living players. In 2015, he was named one of the Golden Foot Award Legends. [6]

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The France national under-18 football team is the national under-18 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The under-18 team matches are not competitive, merely for participate in friendly matches and tournaments, such as the Lafarge Foot Avenir and the Taça do Atlântico. The team serves as a feeder team to the under-19 team.

The France national under-20 football team represents France in association football at this age level and is controlled by the French Football Federation. Since there is no under-20 UEFA tournament, the team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The under-20 team also participates in the Toulon Tournament, usually replacing the under-21 team, and in the football tournaments of the Mediterranean Games and the Jeux de la Francophonie.

Personal life

Trezeguet was born in Rouen, Normandy, France, but grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the son of Argentine parents: his father, Jorge Trezeguet, a former footballer of French descent who now works as his agent, and his mother, Beatriz. David Trezeguet has a younger sister.

Rouen Prefecture and commune in Normandy, France

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Buenos Aires Place in Argentina

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent's southeastern coast. "Buenos Aires" can be translated as "fair winds" or "good airs", but the former was the meaning intended by the founders in the 16th century, by the use of the original name "Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre". The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas, with a population of around 15.6 million.

Argentines are people identified with the country of Argentina. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Argentines, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Argentine.

Trezeguet was married to Beatriz Villalba for 13 years, they have two sons together, Aarón (born 2000) and Noraan (born 2008). Beatriz is from Alicante, Spain. They divorced in 2012. [7]

Alicante City in Spain

Alicante is a city and port in Spain on the Costa Blanca, the capital of the province of Alicante and of the comarca of Alacantí, in the south of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 330,525, estimated as of 2016, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, the Alicante conurbation had 452,462 residents. The population of the metropolitan area was 757,085 as of 2014 estimates, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.

Club career

Platense

Trezeguet began his career at Platense in the Argentine Primera División, where he played his first professional game on 12 June 1994 as a 16-year-old in a 1–1 tie against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata. [8] After just five matches with the team, he moved to his native country to play for AS Monaco. [8]

Argentine Primera División Professional football league from Argentina

The Primera División, named Superliga Argentina since the 2017–18 season, is a professional football league in Argentina, organised by the homonymous entity, that is administered independently and has its own statute. Nevertheless, the Superliga is contractually linked with the main football body, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) that organized all the championships from 1893 to 2017.

AS Monaco FC association football club in Monaco

Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club, commonly referred to as AS Monaco or Monaco, is a Monégasque football club that competes in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. Founded in 1924, the team plays its home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille.

Monaco

In 1995, he was close to joining Paris Saint-Germain, but the deal was cancelled after the two clubs failed to agree a deal. Shortly afterwards, he opted to join Monaco. [8] Monaco coach Jean Tigana was "impressed" by Trezeguet who scored 5 goals in trial, signing a deal which saw him earn 15,000 francs a month. [9]

Trezeguet spent two seasons with Monaco B, having made just nine appearances in total for the club's first team during his first two seasons. [10] In 1998, Trezeguet scored the fastest ever goal in terms of velocity in UEFA Champions League history in a quarter-final match against Manchester United. The shot that resulted in a goal was clocked at 97.6 mph (157.3 km/h).[ citation needed ] With Monaco, he won Ligue 1 twice and was named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 1998. He scored a total of 60 goals in 113 appearances for the French club and it was here that he made his name as a potent goalscoring poacher. [11]

Juventus

During his first season with Juventus, under manager Carlo Ancelotti, Trezeguet managed 14 goals in Serie A, despite being predominantly utilised as a substitute striker, behind Filippo Inzaghi, who started alongside Alessandro Del Piero. Juventus missed out on the 2000–01 Serie A title that season, finishing in second place behind Roma. In his second season at the club, under manager Marcello Lippi, he scored 24 league goals in 34 league matches to finish as the Serie A top goalscorer, along with Dario Hübner of Piacenza, as Juventus won the 2001–02 Serie A title. That same season, he was named Serie A Footballer of the Year and Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year, also reaching the final of the 2001–02 Coppa Italia; he also scored eight goals in ten UEFA Champions League appearances, although the club were eliminated in the second round of the competition. In his third season, his appearances were limited by injuries, although he still helped Juventus to defend the Serie A title, also winning the 2002 Supercoppa Italiana and scoring four goals in ten appearances as Juventus reached the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final. In the final, Trezeguet was one of three Juventus players to have their penalty saved by Milan keeper Dida, as Juventus lost 3–2 on penalty kicks after a 0–0 draw. This would be the closest Trezeguet ever got to winning the Champions League. During the 2003–04 season, Trezeguet helped the team to win a second consecutive Supercoppa Italiana title, scoring a goal during the match, also reaching another Coppa Italia final, although their European and domestic league campaigns would be less successful, despite his 16 goals in Serie A that season, as the club finished the league in third place. In 2004, Brazilian legend Pelé included Trezeguet in the FIFA 100, his list of the 125 greatest living footballers. [11]

Trezeguet playing for Juventus. David Trezeguet.jpg
Trezeguet playing for Juventus.

Although Trezeguet won the 2004–05 Serie A and 2005–06 Serie A titles with Juventus, scoring 23 league goals in the 2005–06 season, Juventus were caught in the 2006 Italian football scandal that rocked Italian football, and along with Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, and Reggina were accused of match fixing. While the players had no part in the scandal, Juventus were subsequently stripped of their 2004–05 and 2005–06 titles, relegated to Serie B, and were to start the 2006–07 season with a deficit of 30 points, eventually reduced to nine points on appeal. Following the enforced relegation to Serie B, the club lost several of its star players, including Fabio Cannavaro to Real Madrid, Gianluca Zambrotta to FC Barcelona, Adrian Mutu to Fiorentina, and Zlatan Ibrahimović to Internazionale. Trezeguet's compatriots Lilian Thuram and Patrick Vieira also left Juventus, for Barcelona and Inter, respectively. Manager Fabio Capello defected to Real Madrid and former Juventus legend and Trezeguet's former France teammate and captain, Didier Deschamps, was appointed the new manager of Juve. As one of the club's star players, Trezeguet was heavily linked to a move away from Juventus, but he ultimately stayed with the Bianconeri to help the club return to Italy's top flight. [11]

On 16 September 2006, before Juventus' Serie B match against Vicenza, he was awarded a commemorative plate in recognition of his 125 career goals. On 19 May 2007, Juventus achieved promotion to Serie A after a 5–1 win over Arezzo. Trezeguet scored the fifth goal which made the promotion mathematically possible. Despite the successful return to Serie A, and an eventual Serie B title, the season was not without controversy. After scoring a goal in Juventus' final match of the 2006–07 Serie B season against Spezia, Trezeguet made a gesture toward the club president, making a number 15 with his fingers – the number of goals he scored throughout the Serie B season – which was followed by a hand gesture which, in Italian, means "I'm out of here".[ citation needed ] Juventus, however, announced on 25 June 2007 that Trezeguet had renewed his contract until 2011. [12] [13]

During the 2007–08 Serie A season, Trezeguet scored 20 league goals and was second only to teammate and club captain Alessandro Del Piero for the Capocannoniere. Juventus finished third in the league to qualify for the Champions League after missing out on the tournament for two consecutive seasons. [11]

In the 2008–09 season, Trezeguet sustained a groin injury that kept him out for most of the season. Trezeguet finally made his return on 4 February 2009 against Napoli in the Coppa Italia and had a goal controversially disallowed. Nevertheless, he was one of the players who scored in the penalty shootout, which Juventus won 4–3. Trezeguet would shortly get his first goal of 2009 in a 2–0 win against Palermo in late February – a match where he received the captaincy for the first time in his professional career. Juventus finished the season in second place in the league, also reaching the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. [11]

On 9 December 2009, Trezeguet scored his 168th goal for Juventus in a 4–1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, making him the club's highest-ever foreign goalscorer, surpassing Omar Sívori's total of 167 goals. [14] At the end of the 2009–10 season, Trezeguet ranked fourth among Juventus' all-time top goalscorers with 171 goals. In August 2010, he was released from the remaining 12 months of his contract by Juventus. [15]

Hércules

Trezeguet during his presentation as a player of Hercules in August 2010. Trezeguet presentacion Hercules 3.jpg
Trezeguet during his presentation as a player of Hércules in August 2010.

On 28 August 2010, Trezeguet completed his move to newly promoted La Liga team Hércules CF on a two-year deal; the club is based in his then wife's hometown. [16] He made his debut on 11 September in a 2–0 surprise victory against defending champions Barcelona. [17] Eight days later, Trezeguet scored his first goal for the club, a conversion from the penalty spot in a 2–1 loss against Valencia CF. [18] He was unable to prevent relegation for the side, however, and left the club at the start of the summer of 2011. [19] Trezeguet made 31 league appearance and scored 12 goals, making him the club's top goalscorer for the season.

Baniyas

On 30 August 2011, Trezeguet completed his move to UAE Pro-League side Baniyas SC on a one-year deal. [20] On 21 November 2011, his contract was mutually terminated due to an injury which had kept him sidelined for most of the season. [21] Trezeguet only appeared in the opening league match and a fixture in the Etisalat Emirates Cup for Baniyas. [22]

River Plate

On 19 December 2011, Trezeguet moved to River Plate in Argentina on a three-year contract, shortly after the club was relegated to the Argentine second division for the first time in its history. [23] Trezeguet, a childhood fan of River, having grown up in Buenos Aires, [24] spoke of it as his dream move, saying, "Being here is a unique feeling, motivated by everything that River represents." [25] On 19 January 2012, Trezeguet scored in his first appearance for River Plate in a friendly match against Racing Club de Avellaneda. [26]

He made his official debut on 13 February 2012. He played his first match at Estadio Monumental the following week and scored his first official goal for River Plate after coming on as a substitute. On 26 February, he scored his second official goal, again after coming on as a substitute on the second half. Trezeguet scored his first double in River Plate on 10 March against Defensa y Justicia, the first goal giving River Plate a 2–1 lead, while the second one tying the match 3–3. In the next match, he played for the first time in the starting XI and scored in the first half to maintain his excellent scoring form for River Plate.

Trezeguet would later state that the adrenaline he gets while playing for River surpasses any other moment he experienced in his career, including winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup with France and scoring the golden goal in the finals of UEFA Euro 2000: "I am feeling things that I have never felt before. Not with Juventus, nor with Monaco and not even at international level with France. Being a River fan and seeing the passion that exists in this team, all the people and all the pressure, I have more adrenaline than ever before." [27]

In the final match of the championship against Almirante Brown on 23 June, Trezeguet secured victory by scoring both of River's goals to seal promotion back to the top flight; Trezeguet also missed a penalty during the match. [28] Trezeguet finished his first season at River Plate with 13 goals in 18 matches, finishing sixth behind the team's top goalscorer, Fernando Cavenaghi. [29]

On 9 September 2012, he scored his first goal in the Primera División Argentina against Newell's Old Boys in a 3–3 draw. He would later score against Estudiantes de La Plata in a 1–0 win and also against Colón de Santa Fe in a 2–1 victory.

Despite being a key member of the River Plate squad which returned to the Primera División Argentina, it was decided in June by head coach and manager Ramón Díaz that he would no longer be a part of the team's squad, despite fan protests.

Newell's Old Boys

On 22 July 2013, Trezeguet joined Newell's Old Boys on a one-year deal. [30] He made his debut on 18 August coming on as a substitute for Víctor Aquino in the 73rd minute, his side drew 0–0 with Belgrano de Córdoba. In his second game for the NOB he scored his first goal in the 90th minute against Atletico Rafaela, they won the game 2–0. On 1 November, Trezeguet scored his 300th career goal against Colón de Santa Fe and 11 minutes later followed up with his 301st career goal and subsequently the equaliser, drawing 2–2 on the night.

On 16 March 2014, Trezeguet was subbed on in the 78th minute for Ezequiel Ponce. In the 83rd minute he scored the second goal of the game with his side winning 2–0 against Racing Club de Avellaneda, a team which Trezeguet's former Juventus teammate Mauro Camoranesi played for and was subbed on earlier in the match.

FC Pune City

On 30 July 2014, Trezeguet signed for Indian Super League franchise Pune City. [31] Trezeguet scored his first goal for the club against FC Goa, by the virtue of which, his franchise registered their first victory in the tournament. [32] This was followed by his second and his last goal in ISL, which came in a defeat against Kerala Blasters FC. [33]

On 20 January 2015, it was announced that Trezeguet had retired as a player and was set to join the Juventus management team. It was confirmed by Trezeguet's agent. [34]

International career

As a French–Argentinian, Trezeguet was eligible to play for France or Argentina.

Trezeguet first competed internationally in the French youth squad alongside Thierry Henry, Willy Sagnol, and William Gallas, and played in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. In the lead up to the 1998 World Cup in France, Aimé Jacquet gave younger players such as David Trezeguet, Henry and Patrick Vieira the chance to display their talent, and all three were eventually selected for the World Cup ahead of experienced French players including David Ginola. Trezeguet scored one goal in the tournament, in the 4–0 win over Saudi Arabia, as France went on to win the World Cup, defeating Brazil 3–0 in the final at the Stade de France. Two years later France were crowned European champions after defeating Italy 2–1 in the Euro 2000 final, courtesy of Trezeguet's golden goal in extra time from a Robert Pires assist. [35]

Although ranked first in the world, France was not very successful in the 2002 World Cup, being eliminated in the group stage without scoring a single goal, despite David Trezeguet, Thierry Henry and Djibril Cissé being the top goalscorers respectively in Serie A, the Premier League and Ligue 1 that season. The failure was then followed up by a quarter-final exit at Euro 2004 at the hands of unheralded Greece with Trezeguet scoring just one goal in the tournament in a 2–2 draw against Croatia. However, with the return of Zinedine Zidane from brief international retirement, France would go on to reach the final of the 2006 World Cup. Throughout the tournament, Trezeguet found himself out of place in Raymond Domenech's 4–2–3–1 formation which only used one striker – a position allocated to Thierry Henry. On 9 July 2006, Trezeguet took part in the final, coming on as a substitute. The match, against Italy, went to a penalty shootout and Trezeguet was the only player from either team to miss his penalty, his shot hitting the crossbar, as Italy won 5–3 on penalty kicks after a 1–1 draw. [11]

On 19 October 2007, Trezeguet threatened to quit France after being overlooked for two Euro 2008 qualifying matches by coach Raymond Domenech. [36] On 26 March 2008, Trezeguet was selected for a friendly against England to replace the injured Karim Benzema, which would turn out to be his last appearance for France as he was subsequently not chosen for the squad that competed in Euro 2008. [37]

On 9 July 2008, he announced his retirement from international football, finishing his France career ranked third among France's all-time top goalscorers with 34 goals from 71 caps. [38] He cited "the awful Euro 2008 and the reappointment of the coach" being the main reasons for this decision, and also added "I see football differently from how they see it in France. Euro 2008 was very negative, but what annoys me more is that Domenech is staying." [39]

Style of play

Trezeguet was a prolific, complete, and talented striker, who was gifted with pace, power, instinct, and an eye for goal. [11] [40] A highly opportunistic player, he was excellent at taking advantage of chances and loose balls in the area, and was an accurate striker of the ball, known for his clinical finishing, as well as his ability to score with few touches, due to his ability to shoot first time and finish off chances from close range, even when off-balance or from awkward positions. He was capable of scoring with either foot, despite being naturally right footed, as well as with his head, and excelled in the air; he was also known for having a penchant for scoring acrobatic goals. Although he wasn't particularly talented, skillful, or known for his link-up play, he was also highly regarded for his positional sense, anticipation, reactions, offensive movement, and his ability to lose his markers, as well as for his skill at playing with his back to goal, courtesy of his solid technique. [11] [41] [42] Considered to be one of the best strikers of his generation, due to the number of goals he scored for Juventus he gained the nicknames: Cobra, Trezegol, and Re David (King David, in Italian), during his time at the club. Despite his ability, his playing time throughout his career was often limited by injuries. [11] [43] [44]

Career statistics

Club

Source: [45]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Platense 1993–94 Primera División 3030
1994–95 2020
Total5050
Monaco 1995–96 Division 1 40001 [lower-alpha 1] 050
1996–97 500050
1997–98 2718319 [lower-alpha 2] 42 [lower-alpha 1] 14124
1998–99 2712105 [lower-alpha 3] 22 [lower-alpha 1] 03514
1999–2000 3022106 [lower-alpha 3] 21 [lower-alpha 1] 03824
Total9352512186112562
Juventus 2000–01 Serie A 2514205 [lower-alpha 2] 13215
2001–02 34242010 [lower-alpha 2] 84632
2002–03 1791010 [lower-alpha 2] 4002813
2003–04 2516315 [lower-alpha 2] 41 [lower-alpha 4] 13422
2004–05 189115 [lower-alpha 2] 42414
2005–06 3223009 [lower-alpha 2] 61 [lower-alpha 4] 04229
2006–07 Serie B 3115103215
2007–08 Serie A 3620303920
2008–09 81104 [lower-alpha 2] 4121
2009–10 197008 [lower-alpha 5] 32710
2010–11 00001 [lower-alpha 6] 010
Total245138162573021320171
Hércules 2010–11 La Liga 3112003112
Baniyas 2011–12 Pro-League 30001 [lower-alpha 7] 040
River Plate 2011–12 Primera B Nacional 1913212114
2012–13 Primera División 16300163
Total3516213717
Newell's Old Boys 2013–14 Primera División 247006 [lower-alpha 8] 2309
Pune City 2014 Indian Super League 920092
Career total445227234824092559273
  1. 1 2 3 4 All appearance(s) in Coupe de la Ligue
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. 1 2 All appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  4. 1 2 Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  5. Four appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, three appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  6. All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  7. Appearance in UAE League Cup
  8. All appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores

International

Source: [46]
France national team
YearAppsGoals
1998122
199921
2000129
200175
200273
200388
200471
200552
200683
200720
200810
Total7134

International goals

France score listed first, score column indicates score after each Trezeguet goal. [46]
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.5 June 1998 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, FinlandFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 1–01–0 Friendly
2.18 June 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 2–04–0 1998 FIFA World Cup
3.9 October 1999Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 3–23–2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
4.26 April 2000Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1–23–2Friendly
5.3–2
6.28 May 2000 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, CroatiaFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2–02–0Friendly
7.21 June 2000 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, NetherlandsFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2–12–3 UEFA Euro 2000
8.2 July 2000 De Kuip, Rotterdam, NetherlandsFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 2–12–1UEFA Euro 2000
9.16 August 2000 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France Flag of FIFA.svg FIFA XI 1–05–1Friendly
10.2–0
11.3–0
12.15 November 2000 BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, TurkeyFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1–04–0Friendly
13.24 March 2001Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 4–05–0Friendly
14.5–0
15.28 March 2001 Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, SpainFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–21–2Friendly
16.1 September 2001 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, ChileFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 1–21–2Friendly
17.11 November 2001 Cricket Ground, Melbourne, AustraliaFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–11–1Friendly
18.27 March 2002Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2–05–0Friendly
19.4–0
20.26 May 2002 World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South KoreaFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1–03–2Friendly
21.29 March 2003 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, FranceFlag of Malta.svg  Malta 5–06–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
22.2 April 2003 Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, ItalyFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 1–12–1UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
23.6 September 2003Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1–05–0UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
24.5–0
25.10 September 2003 Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana, SloveniaFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1–02–0UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
26.11 October 2003Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 2–03–0UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
27.15 November 2003 Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, GermanyFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 2–03–0Friendly
28.3–0
29.17 June 2004 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, PortugalFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2–22–2 UEFA Euro 2004
30.9 February 2005Stade de France, Saint-Denis, FranceFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–11–1Friendly
31.30 March 2005 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, IsraelFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 1–01–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
32.7 June 2006 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, FranceFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1–03–1Friendly
33.11 October 2006 Stade Auguste Bonal, Montbéliard, FranceFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 4–05–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
34.5–0

Honours

AS Monaco [45]

Juventus [45]

River Plate [45]

France [45]

F2 [45]

Individual

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