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Encyclopedia > Fabien Barthez
Fabien Barthez
Personal information
Full name Fabien Alain Barthez
Date of birth June 28, 1971 (1971-06-28) (age 36)
Place of birth    Lavelanet, France
Height 1.83 m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Unattached
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990-1992
1992-1995
1995-2000
2000-2003
2003-2006
2006-2007
Toulouse FC
Olympique de Marseille
AS Monaco
Manchester United
Olympique de Marseille
Nantes
026 (0)
142 (0)
143 (0)
094 (0)
074 (0)
014 (0)   
National team
1994-2006 Flag of France France 087 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
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Fabien Alain Barthez (born 28 June 1971 in Lavelanet) is a French football player who plays the position of goalkeeper.He played with the French national team, he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000 and reached the final of the 2006 World Cup. He shares the record for most World Cup final clean sheets with Peter Shilton, with 10. Professionally, he has kept goal for his clubs to a Champions League title and several Ligue 1 and Premier League championships. is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Lavelanet (LAvelhanetis in the Languedocian dialect of Occitan) is a French and Occitan commune of the département of Ariège in the région Midi-Pyrénées of France. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... A goalkeeper. ... First international Belgium 3 - 3 France (Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904) Biggest win France 10 - 0 Azerbaijan (Auxerre, France; 6 September 1995) Biggest defeat Denmark 17 - 1 France (London, England; 22 October 1908) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1930) Best result Winners, 1998 European Championship Appearances 6 (First in... Qualifying countries The 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 16th staging of the World Cup, was held in France from June 10 to July 12 after 60 years to celebrate the third edition scheduled in 1938. ... The 2000 UEFA UEFA European Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Championship, which is held every four years and organised by UEFA, footballs governing body in Europe. ... Qualifying countries The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the eighteenth instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. ... This article lists records of the FIFA World Cup and its qualification matches. ... Peter Leslie Shilton OBE (born Leicester, England, 18 September 1949) was an outstanding goalkeeper who holds the record for playing more games than any other player. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system...

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Club career

Olympique de Marseille

Born in Lavelanet, Ariège, Barthez made his first division debut for Toulouse on 21 September 1991, against AS Nancy Lorraine. He joined Olympique de Marseille in 1992, and won both the French championship and the Champions League at the end of his first season in Marseille. His performance in the final against A.C. Milan was one of the best ever seen for a goalkeeper, and the 1993 victory made him the youngest goalkeeper to win a Champions League title until Iker Casillas did so in 2000. Lavelanet (LAvelhanetis in the Languedocian dialect of Occitan) is a French and Occitan commune of the département of Ariège in the région Midi-Pyrénées of France. ... Ariège is a département in southwestern France named after the Ariège River. ... Toulouse Football Club is a French football team playing in the city of Toulouse, Haute-Garonne. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... AS Nancy-Lorraine is a French football club, based in Nancy. ... Olympique de Marseille (also known as lOM or Marseille) is a football team that plays in Ligue 1, the top level of the French Football League, based in Marseille. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Associazione Calcio Milan is an Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy. ... Iker Casillas Fernández (born May 20, 1981 in Móstoles, Madrid) is a Spanish football goalkeeper. ...


However, OM would be stripped of their domestic title, though not of the Champions League crown, due to their involvement in a domestic match fixing scandal, and a year later (1994) would suffer a forced relegation to the second division due to a related financial bankruptcy. Barthez's 1993-1994 season is seen by many as his best in the Championnat, his many saves and the goalscoring quality of Sonny Anderson allowed l'OM to finish second this year. He stayed with his club in Division 2 for the 1994-1995 season despite many offers from elite French clubs. Match fixing or game fixing in organized sports occurs when a match is played to a completely or partially pre-determined result. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Sonny Anderson da Silva Nilmar (born September 19, 1970 in Goiatuba) is a football (soccer) player from Brazil. ...


In 1995, Barthez joined AS Monaco and won Ligue 1 titles in 1997 and 2000. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club is a Monegasque football club, founded in 1919. ... Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Manchester United

As a result of Barthez's success in the World Cup and Euro, he caught the attention of Manchester United 's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who was searching for a star goalkeeper to replace the departed Peter Schmeichel. Barthez joined United for £7.8 million in 2000. He was later reunited with national teammate Laurent Blanc who joined Manchester United in 2001. The Barthez-Blanc head-kissing ritual was performed at the start of Champions League matches. Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... For other persons named Alex Ferguson, see Alex Ferguson (disambiguation). ... Peter BolesÅ‚aw Schmeichel MBE (IPA: , born 18 November 1963 in Gladsaxe, Denmark) is a retired Danish professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the Worlds Best Goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Laurent Blanc (born November 19, 1965 in Alès) is a retired French football defender, who scored the first golden goal in World Cup history. ...


Well-known for being eccentric, he started out well for Manchester United. His first season was a triumph as he answered all the questions about how he would handle rainy Manchester compared to sunny Monaco. Barthez performed brilliantly throughout the season and became a crowd favourite. The fans loved his eccentric behaviour, his taunting dribbles and step-overs past opposing strikers, and most importantly, his remarkable reaction saves. Very often it was critical saves that kept United from defeat or dropping valuable points, helping United to the 2000-2001 Premier League title, which was United's third in a row.


The 2001-2002 season was split into two parts for him. In the first half was a nightmare. The Frenchman seemed to be taking some unnecessary risks outside his penalty area, and his antics began to have consequences that allowed undeserved goals from opposing teams. There was much speculation as to what was the source of Barthez's decline, and critics urged him to be dropped. However, Sir Alex Ferguson had faith in his goalkeeper and stuck by him. Consequently in the second half of the season, Barthez repaired his reputation with consistent, solid performances and the spectacular saves that he was famous for.


In 2002-2003 Fabien helped United create the best defensive record in the Premiership with a more steady approach, which led to another Premiership crown. One highlight was a fabulous save to deny Dietmar Hamann's 30 yard rocket at Anfield as United held on to win 2-1. However, numerous blunders, including a notorious one against Deportivo La Coruña, [1] led to people making many jokes about him. Barthez was also widely criticised in United's exit to Real Madrid in the Champions League, especially for Ronaldo's opener which beat him to the near post.[1] It would prove to be his last ever game with United as Sir Alex Ferguson's patience had finally run out. Barthez was dropped for the final 3 games of the season. Dietmar Hamann (born August 27, 1973 in Waldsassen, Bavaria) is an ex-German international midfielder who currently plays for Manchester City. ... Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña, S.A.D. (popular Galician name, Deportivo da Coruña, abbreviated Depor) is a Spanish football club. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish sports club most widely known for its professional football team based in Madrid. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ...


Return to Olympique de Marseille

In October 2003, after American newcomer Tim Howard won the starting goalkeeper's job from Barthez, United agreed to release Barthez from his contract at Old Trafford after the 2003-04 season, and also agreed to loan Barthez out to Olympique de Marseille for the remainder of that season. However, FIFA blocked the loan deal on the grounds that it was not agreed upon within the international transfer window. The two clubs agreed on a loan deal after the transfer window reopened on 1 January 2004, and Barthez joined Olympique de Marseille soon afterwards. On 27 April, Olympique de Marseille and Barthez agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract which would keep him at the club until spring 2006. 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for October, 2003. ... For other persons named Tim Howard, see Tim Howard (disambiguation). ... Old Trafford (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Sir. ... The 2003-2004 season was the 124th season of competitive football in England. ... The International Federation of Football Association (French: ), commonly known by its acronym, FIFA, is the international governing body of association football. ... Transfer window is the term given to the period in football when a football club can transfer players either in or out of their playing staff. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Barthez was involved in a controversy due to his actions during a friendly match between OM and Morocco's Raja Casablanca on 12 February 2005. With 10 minutes left, an OM player was sent off, and a brawl erupted between players on the pitch. Barthez was reported for spitting on the Moroccan referee. On 21 April, Barthez was summoned to a hearing before the disciplinary committee of the French Football Federation; the following day, he received a six-month suspension, with the last three months being suspended. In an unusual move, the federal council of the FFF appealed the suspension, arguing that the punishment should have been for a minimum of six full months. Eventually, his suspension was extended to six full months due to political pressures. Emblem Raja Casablanca or Rajah (Raja meaning hope in English) is a sports club with sections in many different disciplines in Casablanca, Morocco. ... February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Misconduct in football (soccer) is any conduct by a player which is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction (caution or dismissal) in accordance with Law 12 the Laws of the Game. ... A referee is a person who has authority to make decisions about play in many sports. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The French Football Federation (FFF) (French: Fédération Française de Football) is the governing body of football in France. ...


Retirement

On August 8, 2006, Barthez announced he was still hoping to play professional football for another two years, insisting he was also looking to continue his career in the French international setup. His ideal scenario would be a return to first club Toulouse, where he could be close enough to allow him to take care of his sick mother. But he said if he did not have a club by 31 August he would not carry on with football. On October 5, 2006 it was confirmed that he has retired from football, having failed to agree a return to Toulouse. Barthez commented: "The only club I wanted to go to was not so happy to have me. It happens and you have to live with it."[2] is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 278th day of the year (279th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Toulouse Football Club is a French football team playing in the city of Toulouse, Haute-Garonne. ...


In addition to his retirement from club play, he also became the fourth World Cup-participating goalkeeper in less than a week to officially call it quits from national team play, following Brazil's Dida and Marcos, and Australian international Željko Kalac. Nelson de Jesus Silva (born October 7, 1973 in Irará, Bahia), best known as Dida, is a Brazilian goalkeeper. ... Marcos Roberto Silveira Reis (born on August 4, 1973, in Oriente, São Paulo), known simply as Marcos, is a Brazilian football goalkeeper who won the 2002 FIFA World Cup. ... Željko Kalac [] (born December 16, 1972 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian football (soccer) goalkeeper, who currently plays for A.C. Milan in Serie A. He is nicknamed Spider thanks to his height (2. ...


Later that year Barthez came out of club retirement signing for Nantes, and at the same time made himself available for France again.


Comeback

On 17 December 2006, Barthez announced his return to football by signing a contract with French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes Atlantique[3], who were lacking an experienced goalkeeper following Mickaël Landreau's move to Paris Saint-Germain the previous summer. Serb goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković, originally recruited to replace Landreau, failed to impress and left Nantes at the winter break following a vicious rift within the squad. Backup Vincent Briant, at 20, had no Ligue 1 experience prior to this season, while the third goalkeeper, 31-year-old journeyman Tony Heurtebis, has extensive Ligue 1 experience but is not perceived by manager Michel Der Zakarian as the defensive anchor he is looking for in his relegation-threatened side. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... FC Nantes Atlantique is a French football team, playing in the city of Nantes. ... Mickaël Landreau (born May 14, 1979 in Machecoul) is a French professional football (soccer) player in the position of goalkeeper, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1 championship. ... This article is about the football (soccer) club. ... Vladimir Stojković (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Стојковић; born July 28, 1983 in Loznica, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian football player. ... Vincent Briant is a young goalkeeper and product of the FC Nantes training center. ... Tony Heurtebis (born 15 July 1975 in Saint-Nazaire) is a French football goalkeeper who currently, as of June 2006, plays for FC Nantes Atlantique. ... Michel Der Zakarian (born February 18, 1963 in Yerevan, Armenia) is a former Franco-Armenian professional football (soccer) defender, currently managing FC Nantes. ...


Barthez is rumoured to have been offered a six-month contract with the option of being extended another two years upon the end of the 2006-07 season. He also announced a possible international comeback, although France coach Raymond Domenech has yet to call him up as of March 2007. Raymond Domenech Raymond Domenech (born January 24, 1952 in Lyon) is a former French football player and the current manager of the French national team. ...


On April 29, it was announced by the chairman of Nantes Atlantique Rudi Roussillon, that after a fistfight with a Nantes fan, Barthez had left the city of Nantes with his family. It was left unclear has he completely ended playing for the club. The next day he confirmed the fact he is not going to play for Nantes anymore.[4] The Club confirmed that they have terminated the contract with Fabien Barthez.


Even if he left Nantes, he denied that he will retire, and in an article for "l'équipe", he said that he was looking for another contract for at least 2 years. Some hearsay spread about some contacts with a club of the MLS, most precisely David Beckham´s team LA Galaxy. In June 2007, rumors were spread through out news papers about him signing with Mexican club Necaxa. On June 12th however, lawyers and his agent explained that it had all been false news. Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Year Founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Stadium Home Depot Center Coach Steve Sampson, 2004- All-Time Leaders* Games Cobi Jones, 223 Goals Cobi Jones, 59 Assists Mauricio Cienfuegos, 80 Points Cobi Jones, 194 Shutouts Kevin Hartman, 47 First Game Los Angeles Galaxy 2 - 1 MetroStars (Rose Bowl; April 13... Club Necaxa is a Mexican professional football club. ...


International career

Barthez is considered by many to be France's best goalkeeper ever.


1998 World Cup

On 26 May 1994, he won his first cap for France against Australia. Though Barthez missed Euro 1996 where his country went all the way to the semi-finals, he gained the number one goalkeeping position shortly afterwards and would not relinquish it for a decade. is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Cap (sport). ... The 1996 European Football Championship (or simply Euro 96) was hosted by England. ...


In the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by his home country, Barthez conceded only two goals in seven games and bagged the Yashin Award as the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Barthez was also well-known during the tournament for letting teammate and good friend Laurent Blanc kiss his shaved head before the start of every match, supposedly for good luck. Barthez was an integral part of his national team's inaugural triumph which also made it the first time in 20 years that a host had won the World Cup; the highlight being a 3-0 shutout of defending champion Brazil in the finals. During the game, Barthez made a spectacular save on Brazilian superstar Ronaldo, doing his trademark leap/step-over the attacking striker to grab the ball, which injured Ronaldo in the process. Barthez was afterwards one of the most popular national players in France, second only to Zinédine Zidane. Qualifying countries The 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 16th staging of the World Cup, was held in France from June 10 to July 12 after 60 years to celebrate the third edition scheduled in 1938. ... For more information about the Football World Cup, go to Football World Cup At the end of each World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game. ... Laurent Blanc (born November 19, 1965 in Alès) is a retired French football defender, who scored the first golden goal in World Cup history. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Zinédine Yazid Zidane (born June 23, 1972, in Marseille, France), nicknamed Zizou, is a French football player for Real Madrid and France, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the world. ...


2000 European Championship

Two years later, Barthez was again the starter as his country won Euro 2000. It was the first time in over twenty years that a national team held both the World Cup and Euro titles, a feat last accomplished by West Germany in 1974. After that triumph, France held the top position in the FIFA World Rankings system from 2001-2002. The 2000 UEFA European Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th edition of the UEFA European Championship, a competition between the national football teams of Europe held every four years and organised by UEFA, footballs governing body in Europe. ...


2002 and 2004 World Cup and Euro

He played on France's World Cup team again in 2002 in which they exited in the first round without winning a game or scoring a goal. He was also the starter in Euro 2004, saving David Beckham's penalty shot in the round robin, but France was upset in the quarterfinals by eventual winners Greece. The 2002 Football World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called Euro 2004, was held in Portugal between June 12 and July 4, 2004. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ...


2006 World Cup

His placement as starting goalkeeper on France's 2006 World Cup Squad, despite a substantial public campaign in support of Grégory Coupet, was surprising to many—even more so given Coupet's flawless performance in the remainder of the World Cup qualifying campaign after Barthez's suspension. This decision was met with derision in the French press and also led to Coupet's walking out of the national squad before the tournament, though he was to return one day later. The move was viewed by some as a desire to keep the veterans of France's 1998 World Cup victory on the team. Also, French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported after the World Cup that Barthez would have walked out of the squad had he not been named the starter, leaving coach Raymond Domenech with only one internationally tested goalkeeper. Grégory Coupet, (born December 31, 1972 in Le Puy-en-Velay) is a football (soccer) player from France. ... LÉquipe (French for the team) is a French nationwide newspaper devoted to sports. ... Raymond Domenech Raymond Domenech (born January 24, 1952 in Lyon) is a former French football player and the current manager of the French national team. ...


France had a slow start in the group stage, drawing their first two games and putting their playoff chances at risk. Fortunately, Barthez's team found their form and won their final round robin match 2-0 to advance to the next stage, where they upset heavily favoured Spain 3-1 in the round of 16.


In defeating Brazil, 1-0 on July 1, 2006, Barthez—having made only one save in the game—became the first keeper to blank the Brazilian team in consecutive World Cup finals matches, the first being the 1998 final (3-0). France is now one of only two nations (along with Argentina) to have shut Brazil out twice in the World Cup finals, and the first to have done it in consecutive matches, both times with Barthez in goal. First international  Argentina 3 - 0 Brazil  (Buenos Aires, Argentina; September 20, 1914) Biggest win  Brazil 14 - 0 Nicaragua  (Mexico; October 17, 1975) Biggest defeat  Uruguay 6 - 0 Brazil  (Viña del Mar, Chile; 18 September 1920) World Cup Appearances 18 (First in 1930) Best result Winners, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994...


Barthez again kept a clean sheet in the semi-final against Portugal (with Zinédine Zidane's penalty shot the winning goal), though he appeared in questionable form. A few minutes from time, he spectacularly spilled a free-kick which a Portuguese striker recovered, missing the open net by a whisker. He did, however, redeem himself in injury time when a French defender fumbled the ball, enabling a Portuguese player to mount a last-moment attack. Barthez scrambled out of the net and blocked the first shot; a linesman later ruled that the Portuguese player had been offside and if the goal had been scored it would not have counted. Zinédine Yazid Zidane (born June 23, 1972, in Marseille, France), nicknamed Zizou, is a French football player for Real Madrid and France, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the world. ...


During the final against Italy, Barthez was again in the spotlight for the wrong reason. On the corner kick that led to Marco Materazzi's equalizer, he hesitated to go collect the ball and was caught in no man's land, too far away from his line to manage a save on the Italian's powerful header. He briefly captained his team for the remainder of the second period of extra time after Zidane was sent off. During the penalty shootout, neither he nor his Italian counterpart Gianluigi Buffon made a save, and France striker David Trezeguet's missed shot ultimately proved decisive. Marco Materazzi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[2][3], (born August 19, 1973 in Lecce) is an Italian football defender, who currently plays for Serie A club Internazionale, sometimes known as Inter Milan. ... Gianluigi Gigi Buffon, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2], (born January 28, 1978) is an Italian FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper. ... David Trézéguet (born 15 October 1977 in Rouen, France) is a French-Argentine football striker. ...


Honours

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Notes

  1. ^ Anderson, D. (2001). Manchester United 2:3 Deportivo La Coruna. RedCafe.net - Unofficial Manchester United Website. Retrieved on July 6, 2006.
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/5411562.stm
  3. ^ http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/17122006/4/barthez-join-nantes.html
  4. ^ Barthez quits Nantes after attack - BBC Sport

External links

  • Article about France's 2004 victory over England with a VIDEO that includes Barthez's save from Beckham's penalty

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