Bruno Cheyrou

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Bruno Cheyrou
Personal information
Full name Bruno Cheyrou
Date of birth (1978-05-10) 10 May 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Suresnes, France
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Lille 111 (31)
2002–2006 Liverpool 31 (2)
2004–2005 Marseille (loan) 23 (2)
2005–2006 Bordeaux (loan) 28 (1)
2006–2009 Rennes 107 (14)
2010 Anorthosis 12 (2)
2010–2012 FC Nantes 41 (1)
National team
2002–2004 France 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bruno Cheyrou (born 10 May 1978 in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine) is a French professional footballer, currently without a club.

Career[edit]

After success with Lille OSC, where he scored against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, Cheyrou attracted interest from a number of clubs around Europe, most notably Liverpool. Gérard Houllier had the player scouted for several months by scout David Murray before deciding to sign him in the summer of 2002 for £4.5 million (€ 6.5m[1]).

On signing him, Houllier dubbed Cheyrou the "new Zidane".[2] Unfortunately, over time this tag proved to be a burden as he failed to live up to expectations. His first Liverpool goal came against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League,[3] however this would be his only goal of the 2002-03 season.

A spell of four goals in five games over the Christmas period of the 2003-04 season at one time suggested his Liverpool career may make a turn for the better. Arguably, the highlight of Cheyrou's Liverpool career was the winning goal he scored in the 33rd minute at Chelsea in the 2003/04 season.[4] He only scored once more in the league for Liverpool, in the 1–1 draw at Wolves in January 2004.[5] Three days later Cheyrou had another memorable game for Liverpool in the FA Cup where he scored twice to help Liverpool beat Newcastle 2–1.[6]

At the beginning of the 2004/05 season, new manager Rafael Benítez deemed Cheyrou surplus to requirements and immediately loaned him to Marseille in a season-long deal. He played 20 times for the club, scoring one goal. In the 2005/06 season, he was once again sent on a season-long loan, this time to Bordeaux, with a view to a permanent move; however, this failed to materialise. Ahead of the following season, he made a permanent move to Rennes and played there for three and a half seasons, scoring some goals. In January 2010 Anorthosis Famagusta signed the midfielder from Stade Rennes. After six months with Anorthosis, the 32-year old midfielder returned to France and signed a two-year contract for FC Nantes.[7]

International career[edit]

He has been capped three times by the France national team, making his debut on 21 August 2002 in a 1–1 draw against Tunisia.

Personal life[edit]

Bruno has a younger brother, Benoît Cheyrou, who plays for Olympique de Marseille. Cheyrou and his wife Constance welcomed a son, Nino on 23 January 2007 in France.

Honours[edit]

Lille

Statistics[edit]

Club Performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Bordeaux Loan 2005–06 26 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
Marseille Loan 2004–05 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
Liverpool 2003–04 12 2 4 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 19 4
2002–03 19 0 2 0 2 0 5 1 1 0 29 1
Lille 2001–02 27 11 0 0 0 0 11 4 0 0 38 15
2000–01 28 6 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 28 6
1999-00 21 5 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 21 5
1998–99 20 6 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 20 6
Total 164 32 7 2 5 0 19 5 1 0 196 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA". 
  2. ^ "Houllier - Cheyrou can be our Zidane". Liverpool F.C. 8 October 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool trounce Spartak". BBC. 2 October 2002. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea 0–1 Liverpool". BBC. 7 January 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Wolves 1–1 Liverpool". BBC. 21 January 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Liverpool 2–1 Newcastle". BBC. 24 January 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Bruno Cheyrou: "Apporter mon experience"

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