Anthony Knockaert

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Anthony Knockaert
Personal information
Full name Anthony Knockaert
Date of birth (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Roubaix, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Wide Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 24
Youth career
1997–1999 Wasquehal
1999–2001 Leers
2001–2004 Lens
2004–2007 Mouscron
2007–2009 Lesquin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Guingamp 59 (13)
2012– Leicester City 84 (13)
National team
2011–2012 France U20 10 (4)
2012 France U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:45, 19 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:45, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Anthony Knockaert (born 20 November 1991) is a French footballer who plays for Leicester City.

Career[edit]

Guingamp[edit]

Knockaert, who was born in Roubaix, began his professional career with Guingamp.

Leicester City[edit]

2012/13 Season[edit]

On 1 August 2012 Knockaert moved to Leicester City on a three-year contract.[2] He scored his first goal for Leicester with a free-kick against Burton Albion in the League Cup on 28 August 2012.[3] His first league goals came in a 2–0 win at Huddersfield Town on 2 October 2012. The first was a 35-yard shot into the top corner, while the second saw him flick the ball in from behind with his left heel, after a cross from left-back Paul Konchesky.[4] On 1 January 2013, Knockaert scored another 2 league goals for the club in the reverse fixture against Huddersfield Town with Leicester City winning 6–1. [5] On 4 May 2013, Knockaert scored the winning goal in a 3–2 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground that got Leicester City into a playoff place.[6][7] Following his performance against Forest, which also contained an assist for Andy King's 50th Leicester goal, Knockaert was named in the Championship Team of the Week, alongside King.

However, in the 2013 Playoff semi-final, Knockaert allegedly dived to earn a penalty for Leicester City deep into stoppage time. Knockaert opted to take the penalty himself but it was saved by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia who also saved the follow-up.[8] If he had scored it would have surely have sent them through to the final, but Watford broke from defence immediately and scored the winning goal to ensure Leicester City remained in the Championship. Knockaert was later spotted in tears after the game.

2013/14 Season[edit]

Knockaert scored his first goal of the 2013/14 season in the 5-2 League Cup victory away to Carlisle United. Knockaert continued scoring goals in the League cup with a 30 yard free kick at home to Derby County in the 3rd round victory, Knockaert also assisted Danny Drinkwater's winning goal in a 2nd half come back. Despite his good performances, Knockaert did not score his first league goal until Leicester's 3-0 away to Watford. He was a regular member of a settled side that went unbeaten from early December until 5 April, when promotion was assured after losses by third placed QPR and fourth placed Derby County. Knockaert had scored the winning goal from a free-kick in a Friday night fixture the day before, at home to Sheffield Wednesday.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2014.[10][11]
Season Club Division League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010–11 Guingamp Championnat National 23 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 27 4
2011–12 Ligue 2 36 11 1 0 2 2 0 0 39 13
Guingamp Total 59 13 1 0 6 4 0 0 66 17
2012–13 Leicester City Championship 42 8 2 0 1 1 2 0 47 9
2013–14 42 5 1 0 5 2 0 0 48 7
Leicester City Total 84 13 3 0 6 3 2 0 95 16
Career Total 143 26 4 0 12 7 2 0 161 33

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

En Avant de Guingamp
Leicester City

Individual[edit]

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