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Encyclopedia > Sidney Govou
Sidney Govou
Personal information
Date of birth July 27, 1979 (1979-07-27) (age 28)
Place of birth    Le Puy-en-Velay, France
Height 1.75 m (5' 9")
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Lyon
Number 14
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1999- Lyon 304 (50)   
National team2
2002- France 30 (7)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18 November, 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of April 1, 2007.
* Appearances (Goals) is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Saint Michel dAiguilhe Chapel Le Puy-en-Velay (Lo Puèi de Velai in the Auvergnat dialect of the Occitan language, pronounced [lu/lə ˈpœj də ˈvəlaj]) is a commune of south-central France, préfecture (capital) of the Haute-Loire département. ... Olympique Lyonnais (popularly known as OL, or simply Lyon) is a French football club based in Lyon. ... Olympique Lyonnais (popularly known as OL, or simply Lyon) is a French football club based in Lyon. ...

Sidney Govou (born July 27, 1979 in Le Puy-en-Velay) is a football player from France of Beninese descent. He plays for Lyon and France. Govou is a naturally attacking player but rarely plays as a striker; he is more commonly deployed as an attacking midfielder, winger or in the 'second striker' role. His main attributes are his pace and technique. is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Saint Michel dAiguilhe Chapel Le Puy-en-Velay (Lo Puèi de Velai in the Auvergnat dialect of the Occitan language, pronounced [lu/lə ˈpœj də ˈvəlaj]) is a commune of south-central France, préfecture (capital) of the Haute-Loire département. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Olympique Lyonnais (popularly known as OL, or simply Lyon) is a French football club based in Lyon. ...

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Club career

Staying at school to complete his studies to a comparatively late age for a footballer, Govou was a late-comer to the sporting world, joining Olympique Lyon's youth academy at the age of 17 in 1996. Loyal to his first and only club Sidney has, up until this point, played at the Stade Gerland for his entire professional career. Olympique Lyonnais (sometimes abbreviated to OL or Lyon) is a French football club founded in 1950. ... The stade de Gerland is the principal sporting hub of the city of Lyon. ...


Govou made his debut for Lyon in French Ligue 1 championship on January 15, 2000. He first became a household name during the 2000/2001 season,largely thanks to his performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League when he scored twice. Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003, now called Ligue 1 Orange) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... FC Bayern Munich (German: FC Bayern München) is a German football club based in Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria. ... European Cup redirects here. ...


Govou has often been criticised for his lack of composure in front of goal, especially in high-pressure situations, which partly explains why he now occupies a deeper role, often in wide positions, rather than playing as the focal point of the team's attack. His offensive role, however, does not prevent him from often playing an important role in recovering possession for his team, due largely to his great athletic capabilities and high levels of fitness. These attributes help mask deficiencies such as his heading ability.


During the 2004/2005 season, Paul Le Guen handed Govou the captain's armband during the long absence of club captain Claudio Caçapa due to injury. Le Guen's decision was largely motivated by the loyalty displayed towards the club by Govou, in face of much speculation linking him with moves away from the club.[citation needed] Indeed, for the last three seasons Govou has been regularly linked to possible transfers away from Lyon, much helped by Govou's admittance to finding the possibility of playing abroad an attractive one. However, up until now Govou has continued to prolong his career in Lyon. Indeed, last year Sidney extended his contract with Lyon until 2010. Paul Le Guen (born March 1, 1964 in Pencran, Brittany) is a former French international footballer and a football manager. ... Caçapa, real name Claudio Roberto da Silva, (born May 29, 1976 in Lavras) is a football player from Brazil. ...


International career

Govou has 28 caps with the France national team with five goals. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Cap (sport). ... 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...


He was not selected initially for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but he joined the French team to replace Djibril Cissé, injured a few days before the start of the competition. 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Djibril Aruun Cissé (IPA: , born 12 August 1981 in Arles, France) is a French international football player of Ivorian descent who plays as a striker for both France and Olympique de Marseille. ...


Sidney scored two goals in France's 3-1 win over world champions Italy in a Euro 2008 qualifier. The game was the first meeting between the two teams since Italy beat France in the 2006 World Cup final. Govou scored his first goal, just 67 seconds into the game. His second came in the 55th minute. The 2008 European Football Championship (EURO 2008) will take place in Austria and Switzerland. ...


Honours

Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003, now called Ligue 1 Orange) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Olympique Lyonnais (popularly known as OL, or simply Lyon) is a French football club based in Lyon. ... Le Trophée des Champions, the Champions Trophy is a cup organised by the French Football Federation, a match between the winners of the French Championship and the winners of the Coupe de France (French Cup) Categories: Football (soccer) stubs | French football competitions ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Olympique Lyonnais (popularly known as OL, or simply Lyon) is a French football club based in Lyon. ... The Coupe de la Ligue, the French League Cup is an elimination cup competition. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Olympique Lyonnais (popularly known as OL, or simply Lyon) is a French football club based in Lyon. ... The FIFA Confederations Cup is a football (soccer) tournament for national teams, held every two years by FIFA. It is contested by the winners of each of the six continental championships, with one or more other teams invited, to bring the number of teams up to eight. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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... For the club competition, see FIFA Club World Cup. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...

Personal

He and his wife Pascale have a daughter named Naomy (born February 11, 2005). is the 42nd 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. ...


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Sidney Govou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (249 words)
Sidney Govou (born July 27, 1979 in Le Puy-en-Velay) is a football player from France of Beninese descent.
Govou has been trained by Olympique Lyonnais and played all his professionnal games with this team, starting in French Ligue 1 championship on January 15, 2000.
Govou scored his first goal, just 1 minute and 7 seconds into the game.
channel4.com - French Football (581 words)
Despite his obvious talents, it is something of a surprise that pacy Lyon forward Sidney Govou ever became a professional footballer at all.
Govou says the birth of his baby daughter Naomy in 2005 helped calm him down, though, and his reward was the captaincy while Claudio Caçapa was sidelined.
Govou attracted the interest of Newcastle and Tottenham, but the interest he had been hoping for from Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United did not materialise and he opted to stay on at the Stade Gerland.
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