Didier Digard

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Didier Digard
Didier Digard 18-10-2008 1.jpg
Digard playing for Middlesbrough in 2008
Personal information
Full nameDidier Frédéric Thierry Digard [1]
Date of birth (1986-07-12) 12 July 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Gisors, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1999–2003 Le Havre
Senior career*
2003–2007 Le Havre 72 (3)
2007–2008 Paris Saint-Germain 16 (0)
2008–2011 Middlesbrough 32 (0)
2010–2011Nice (loan) 12 (1)
2011–2015 Nice 133 (3)
2015–2017 Betis 8 (0)
2016–2017Osasuna (loan) 3 (0)
2018 Lorca 6 (0)
National team
2007–2009 France U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 3 June 2018

Didier Frédéric Thierry Digard (born 12 July 1986) is a French footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder. [2]

Association football Team field sport

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Le Havre

Digard started his career with Le Havre and spent eight years at the club. On 29 April 2004, Digard made his debut for the club in a 1–0 win over Dijon and in his first season, he made 15 league appearances. In his second season, Digard scored his first goal against Dijon in a 2–1 win on 31 March 2006. In the next game on 7 April 2006, Digard scored his second goal against Grenoble Foot in a 4–1 win. In his third season, Digard scored his third goal in a 2–0 win over Tours on 12 January 2007. He played over 70 league games for the club.

Le Havre AC association football club in France

Le Havre Athletic Club is a French association football club based in Le Havre, Normandy. The club was founded as an athletics and rugby club in 1872. Le Havre plays in Ligue 2, the second level of French football, and plays its home matches at the Stade Océane.

Dijon FCO association football club in Dijon, France

Dijon Football Côte d'Or is a French association football club based in Dijon. The club was founded in 1998 as a result of a merger between two local clubs in the city, and competed in Ligue 2 after suffering relegation from Ligue 1 in the 2011–12 season. The club earned promotion back to Ligue 1 at the end of the 2015–16 season. The club president is Olivier Delcourt and the first-team is coached by Olivier Dall'Oglio, a former football player. Dijon play its home matches at the Stade Gaston Gérard.

Grenoble Foot 38 association football club in France

Grenoble Foot 38, commonly referred to as simply GF38, is a French association football club based in Grenoble. The club plays its home matches at the Stade des Alpes, a sports complex based in the heart of the city, and wears white and blue.

Paris Saint-Germain

In June 2007, he was strongly linked with a move from Le Havre to the Premier League with Aston Villa, Reading and West Ham United interested. [3] However, he eventually opted to stay in France, and signed a three-year deal with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain on 3 July 2007 for a transfer fee of €2.5 million. [4] Digard made his debut for PSG in their opening match, a draw against Sochaux on 4 August 2007. His time at Paris Saint-Germain was frustrating due to little playing time and limited first team opportunities. Digard voiced his frustration over his delayed move to Boro and blamed the clubs board's "incompetence" for the delay. This resulted in his suspension by PSG. [5]

Premier League Association football league in England

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Aston Villa F.C. association football club

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Reading F.C. association football club

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Digard at Middlesbrough. Didier Digard 18-10-2008 2.jpg
Digard at Middlesbrough.

On 4 July 2008, he signed for Middlesbrough on a four-year contract after the club agreed a €5 million (£4 million and 85k per week.) deal with PSG. Boro had targeted him since June 2008. [6] In the process of signing with Middlesbrough, Digard rejected overtures from Portsmouth and Monaco. [7] Later in the season, Digard insisted he had no regrets about his move to Middlesbrough and that he had settled at Middlesbrough. [8]

Middlesbrough F.C. association football club

Middlesbrough Football Club is a professional association football club based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. They are currently competing in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football. Formed in 1876, they have played at the Riverside Stadium since 1995, their third ground since turning professional in 1889. They played at the Linthorpe Road ground from 1882 to 1903 and at Ayresome Park for 92 years, from 1903 to 1995.

Portsmouth F.C. English association football club

Portsmouth Football Club is an English professional association football club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, which plays in EFL League One, the third tier of English football, following their promotion as EFL League Two champions in the 2016–17 EFL League Two season. The club was founded on 5 April 1898 and home matches are played at Fratton Park in Milton, Portsmouth.

AS Monaco FC professional association football club based 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. The club is coached by Leonardo Jardim and captained by Radamel Falcao.

He made his Middlesbrough debut during the first fixture of the 2008–09 Premier League season replacing Tuncay Şanlı in the 72nd minute in the 2–1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside Stadium. He made his first contribution of note in the 86th minute of the same game, when his wayward shot turned into an assist when it was deflected goalwards by Mido, a goal which turned out to be the winner.

The 2008–09 Premier League season was the 17th season since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992. Manchester United became champions for the 11th time on the penultimate weekend of the season, defending their crown after winning their tenth Premier League title on the final day of the previous season. They were run close by Liverpool, who had a better goal difference and who had beaten United home and away, including a dramatic 4–1 victory at Old Trafford, but who were undone by a series of disappointing draws. The campaign – the fixtures for which were announced on 16 June 2008 – began on Saturday, 16 August 2008, and ended on 24 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, consisting of 17 who competed in the previous season and three promoted from the Football League Championship. The new match ball was the Nike T90 Omni.

Tuncay Şanlı Turkish footballer

Tuncay Volkan Şanlı, or simply Tuncay, is a Turkish retired footballer.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is a professional football club in Tottenham, London, England, that competes in the Premier League. Wembley Stadium will be the club's home ground for the 2018–19 season until the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opens in 2019. Their former home of White Hart Lane had been demolished to make way for the new stadium on the same site. Their training ground is on Hotspur Way in Bulls Cross in the London Borough of Enfield. Tottenham have played in a first (home) strip of white shirts and navy blue shorts since the 1898–99 season. The club's emblem is a cockerel standing upon a football, with a Latin motto Audere est Facere.

He made his Cup debut against Yeovil Town in the League Cup. He scored a 30-yard goal and the score ended up 5–1 to Middlesbrough. [9]

Yeovil Town F.C. association football club

Yeovil Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Yeovil, Somerset, England. They play in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. The club won the League Two championship in 2004–05, and promotion to the Championship through the play-offs in 2013. Founded in 1895, Yeovil took 108 years to enter the Football League when they were promoted from the Football Conference as champions in 2003.

After another substitute appearance in the 2–1 away defeat to Liverpool, Digard once again came off the bench in the 2–1 home win against Stoke City. Once again, a mishit shot from Digard turned into an assist, with the ball falling to Tuncay to score the winner. On 17 January 2009, Digard was sent off against West Bromwich Albion for a tackle on Borja Valero. In a match again Wigan on 21 February 2009 which resulted 0–0 draw, Digard was involved in a challenge by Lee Cattermole and was stretchered off midway through the first half suffering an injury to his medial ligaments in his right knee as well as a rupture to the quadriceps muscle in his left leg. [10] Following the three-month injury lay-off, Digard returned to the team squad as an unused substitute in a 0–0 draw against Fulham on 18 April 2009. On 26 April 2009, Digard returned to action, coming on a substitute for Tony McMahon after 73 minutes in a 2–0 loss against Arsenal. At the end of the season, Middlesbrough were relegated to the Championship after 11 successive years in the Premier League.


Digard joined French Ligue 1 club Nice on loan for six months in January 2010, [11] having been limited to 34 appearances for Middlesbrough due to a series of injuries. [12] [13] On 16 January 2010, Digard made his debut for Nice in a 1–0 loss against Montpellier. On 30 January 2010, Digard scored his first goal in a 3–2 loss against Monaco. It was his first goal since 2007.

Upon returning to Middlesbrough in the summer, he was told by manager Gordon Strachan that he was surplus to requirements and should seek a move elsewhere. [14] He rejoined Nice on loan in August 2010 for the rest of the 2010–11 season with a view to making the move permanent. [15] [16] Having featured regularly throughout the campaign, a deal was agreed between both clubs, [17] and Digard completed his permanent transfer in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. [18] [19] Digard expressed his hope to get his career back on track at Nice following difficult experiences at Paris St Germain and Middlesbrough and to return to the France national side. [20] "Didier will play in front of the defence," said manager Éric Roy, "this is a pivotal position in modern football and he has all the qualities to do so." [21] At Nice, Digard was made captain in his first season.


On 8 July 2015 Digard signed a three-year deal with Real Betis, newly promoted to La Liga. [22] He appeared in only eight maches for his new club during the seasons, with two rare starts.

On 31 August 2016, Digard was loaned to fellow top tier club CA Osasuna, for one year. [23]

A year later on 31 August 3017, Digard terminated his contract at Betis who thanked him for his services to the club. [24]


In January 2018 Digard signed for Lorca FC in the Spanish Segunda División. [25]

International career

Although born in France, Digard had yet to play for the national team. But he has played for the U21 side.

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