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Encyclopedia > Louis Saha
Louis Saha
Louis Saha playing for Manchester United
Personal information
Full name Louis Laurent Saha
Date of birth August 8, 1978 (1978-08-08) (age 29)
Place of birth    Paris, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 9
Youth clubs
1996–1998 FC Metz
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–2000
1999
2000–2004
2004–
FC Metz
Newcastle United (loan)
Fulham
Manchester United
047 0(5)
011 0(1)
117 (53)
086 (28)   
National team2
2004–2006 France 018 0(4)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 21:02, 19 March 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 11:16, 13 June 2007 (UTC).
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Louis Laurent Saha (born 8 August 1978 in Paris, France) is a French international footballer. He currently plays for the English Premier League club Manchester United. is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the capital of France. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ... 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. ...

Contents

Club Career

Metz

Saha made his English football debut on loan from FC Metz to Newcastle United in 1999, making 11 appearances and scoring one goal before returning to Metz. Football Club de Metz is a French football team, playing in the town of Metz, in the Lorraine region, which has played in the French Ligue 1 for most of its history. ... Newcastle United Football Club (also known as The Magpies or The Toon) is an English professional football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, who currently play in the Premier League. ...


Fulham

He was transferred to Fulham for £2.1million in 2000. During a spell of nearly four years at the club, he scored 63 goals in total. He was an ever favourite for Fulham before his transfer to Manchester United Current season Fulham Football Club -are an English football team based in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. ...


Manchester United

Saha was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of £12.8 million in 2004 after impressing Sir Alex Ferguson in Fulham's 2-1 loss to Manchester United and throughout the season having scored 15 goals up to that point. Fulham were reluctant to sell Saha but he pushed for a deal and it eventually went through on 23 January 2004. 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). ...


Saha certainly looked an impressive signing with 7 goals in his 10 starting appearances of the 2003-04 season. He scored on his debut against Southampton and followed it up with a brace at Everton As is customary he scored against his old club Fulham - a fantastic breakway run and thundering finish. Louis also scored United's late equaliser at Highbury after coming on as sub. Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira lifting the trophy at Highbury The 2003-04 FA Premier League season was mainly contended between Arsenal, Chelsea and to some extent, Manchester United. ... Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. ... Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... Arsenal Stadium was a football stadium in North London, the home ground of Arsenal Football Club between 6 September 1913 and 7 May 2006. ...


He then got an international call-up for France national team, scoring on his debut versus Belgium and made the Euro 2004 squad for the tournament in Portugal. Unfortunately he was unable to play in the FA Cup final win over Millwall, being cup tied due to an earlier appearance with Fulham. 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... The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called Euro 2004, was held in Portugal between June 12 and July 4, 2004. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The 2004 FA Cup Final took place on 22 May 2004 and was the 4th to be played at Cardiffs Millenium Stadium. ... Millwall Football Club are an English professional football team based at the New Den Stadium in Bermondsey, South East London. ...


The 2004-05 season was a stop-start season marred by constant injury. Saha never really got going making only 11 starting appearances, 11 from the bench and scoring two goals. In September he picked up a knee injury playing for France against the Faroe Islands which cost him a month. Then in November he picked up the injury again, also playing for the national side and costing nearly two months out. The 2004-05 season of the FA Premier League began in August 2004 and ended in May 2005. ...


At the end of February 2005, the problem re-occurred, again leaving Saha out for a further two months. With serious doubts over fitness, his long term future at Old Trafford was highly uncertain. The Frenchman was again sidelined by a hamstring strain for the first three months of the new season and there was talk of him leaving in the January transfer window. Old Trafford (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Sir Bobby Charlton) is an all-seater football stadium in the Greater Manchester borough of Trafford, and is the home of Manchester United F.C.. The ground has been Uniteds permanent home since 1910, bar an eight year absence...


He finally returned in November 2005 and eased back into side as a sub and starring in League Cup matches. To the surprise of many, the French striker recaptured his initial good form and started banging in the goals. Six goals in the League Cup run saw him usurping Ruud van Nistelrooy as the first choice strike partner for Wayne Rooney. The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... Rutgerus Johannes Martinius van Nistelrooy (originally spelled Van Nistelrooij) (born 1 July 1976 in Oss, North Brabant) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a centre forward for Real Madrid and the Dutch national team. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Saha took van Nistelrooy's place in the Cardiff final against Wigan Athletic and this signaled an extraordinary turn-a-round in fortunes for the two players. It left the once omnipresent Dutchman consigned to the starting bench for the rest of the season with Saha Sir Alex's preferred choice up front. The 2006 Football League Cup final also known as the 2006 Carling Cup Final was played between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic on 26 February 2006. ... Wigan Athletic Football Club is a professional football team based in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. ...


Few would have thought come the end of the season it would be van Nistelrooy heading for the exit and not Louis Saha. In all, the Frenchman scored 15 goals in the 2005-06 season, enough to persuade Ferguson that he should be his first striker alongside Rooney for season 2006-07. Location of teams in the 2005-06 season The 2005-06 season of the FA Premier League began on August 13, 2005, and concluded on May 7, 2006. ... Locations of the 20 Premiership clubs in the 2006–2007 season, as green dots. ...


The new season in August 2006 saw his return from the World Cup in Germany where he had played for France making three appearances as substitute. Saha began in fine form scoring after 7 minutes against old club Fulham in the opener and went on to score regularly throughout the first half of the campaign. He ended up with 14 goals before the turn of the new year. 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...


This included two at home to Celtic, goals against Manchester City and Chelsea plus crackers away to Charlton and Benfica. He also took on penalty duties but missed a last minute kick at Celtic that would have given the Reds a 1-1 draw. Current season Celtic Football Club are a football club from Glasgow, Scotland, who currently play in the Scottish Premier League, the highest form of competition in Scotland. ... Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Manchester. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Current season Charlton Athletic Football Club (also known as The Addicks) is a professional football club based in Charlton, in the London Borough of Greenwich. ... For other uses, see Benfica (disambiguation). ...


Saha signed an extension to his contract in December 2006, lasting to 2010, but from then on the old ghost of injury problems would haunt him again. Groin and hamstring injuries restricted appearances and meant he only scored one goal in the 2nd half of the season. He returned as substitute at Roma but then soon picked up a knee injury. Associazione Sportiva Roma (ISE: IT0001008876) is a major professional football club both in Italy’s Serie A and in European football. ...


In the 2007-08 season, Saha returned from injury and came as a substitute against Sunderland, netting a late winner from a corner kick. On 23 September 2007, Saha won and converted a penalty against Chelsea in Chelsea's first game with Avram Grant in charge. This earned Saha a recall to the French national team after a year out. The Premier League 2007–08 season (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) is the sixteenth since its establishment. ... Sunderland Association Football Club is a professional football club, based at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in North-East England. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Avraham Avram Grant (‎; born 6 May 1955 in Petah Tikva, Israel) is an Israeli football coach. ...


Against Arsenal, Saha came on to replace the under performing Tevez and supplied a sublime no look back heel pass to Patrice Evra who centred the ball for Cristiano Ronaldo to put Man Utd 2-1 up. Ferguson commented that Saha's form was 'exceptional'. This was Saha's first game back since he picked up an injury during Utd's home clash with Roma in the Champions League group stage. Saha continued to make appearances off the bench, but when Wayne Rooney was ruled out for a few weeks he partnered Carlos Tevez up front. Saha continues to be used off the bench for the majority, but has been given more starts recently. This hopefully is alluding to the fact that he is getting his fitness back. He recently revealed on www.manutd.com that he feels much fitter and hopes to get back into scoring form again. He started on December 26, Boxing Day. Manchester United won the game 4-0 and Saha scored two goals including a penalty to lift Manchester United to 1st position in the Premiership.


Saha returned in United's crunch FA Cup clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on February 16th. He replaced Wayne Rooney in the 71st minute with United leading 3-0 and came very close to scoring twice, forcing Lehmann into a quality reflex save first off and then brushing the side netting in the 90th minute. Overall, Saha looked sharp in his return to the team.


Then on the following weekend match against Newcastle, he came as a sub for Cristiano Ronaldo and scored a goal to take United up by 5-1. Later on in the interview, United Assistant Manager Carlos Quieroz said that Ferguson was very happy with his return and would continue to play in the same way in the future.[citation needed]


After seemingly returning to full fitness, Saha's injury haunts returned and forced him off with a hamstring complaint during United's win over Bolton at Old Trafford, where Saha had been looking good, causing the defense various problems. Saha was ruled out for 2-3 weeks, and has a chance of returning to the bench for the crunch game with Arsenal in the Premier League if his recovery goes well.[citation needed]


Honours

Manchester United

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 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... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The 2005 FA Cup Final was held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on May 21, 2005 between Arsenal and Manchester United. ... The FA Cup Final 2007 will be played on Saturday May 19, 2007[1] between Chelsea and Manchester United. ...

References

Louis Saha: A career profile with pictures


External links

  • Louis Saha FIFA World Cup Record
  • Louis Saha career stats at Soccerbase
  • FootballDatabase provides Louis Saha's profile and stats
Persondata
NAME Saha, Louis Laurent
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Saha, Louis, Jos Louis
SHORT DESCRIPTION footballer
DATE OF BIRTH 1978-8-8
PLACE OF BIRTH Paris , France
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
This article is about the capital of France. ...

  Results from FactBites:
 
www.manutdzone.com: Louis Saha: A career profile with pictures (1211 words)
Born in Paris to parents from the French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, Louis Saha came to the Premiership on loan to Newcastle in January 1999.
Saha began in fine form scoring after 7 minutes against old club Fulham in the opener and went on to score regularly throughout the first half of the campaign.
Saha signed an extension to his contract in December 2006, lasting to 2010, but from then on the old ghost of injury problems would haunt him again.
Louis Saha.com - The online home of all things Louis Saha (991 words)
Louis Saha could have gone it alone but showed once again that his game is so much more than just goals with an unselfish pass that left it on a plate for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Louis Saha was on hand to provide the finishing touch to a good United move and secure all three points for the Reds.
Louis Saha is happy to take his place in the team, but would have preferred Manchester United to keep Ruud van Nistelrooy - not least for his guaranteed 40 goals a season.
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