Emerse Faé

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Emerse Faé
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-01-24) 24 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Nantes, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
0000–1999 USSA Vertou
1999–2003 Nantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Nantes 106 (7)
2007–2008 Reading 8 (0)
2008–2009 Nice (loan) 32 (3)
2009–2012 Nice 57 (7)
Total 203 (17)
National team
France U17
France U21
2005–2012 Côte d'Ivoire 46 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:53, 17 July 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:53, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Emerse Faé (born 24 January 1984 in Nantes) is a retired French-born Ivorian professional football midfielder who last played for Ligue 1 side OGC Nice. He was also a member of the Côte d'Ivoire national team.

Club career[edit]

Faé started his youth career with USSA Vertou before moving to Nantes in 1999.[1]

Nantes[edit]

Faé started his senior career with his home town club, Nantes, in 2003 who were then in Ligue 1. He made his European debut on 26 July 2003 in a 2–3 loss in the third round of the UEFA Intertoto Cup.[2] In August 2003 he debuted in Ligue 1 in a 0–0 draw against Bordeaux.[3] In the Coupe de la Ligue Final 2004, he started for Nantes, which eventually lost on penalties.[4] He went on to play over 100 league games for them. On 9 May 2007, Nantes was relegated from Ligue 1 and he handed in a transfer request.[5]

Reading[edit]

During the summer 2007 transfer window, Faé was strongly linked with a move to Premier League club Reading, and eventually completed a £2.5m move on 2 August 2007,[6] signing a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth. He was given the number 20 shirt.[7] He made his Premier League debut for Reading as a makeshift right midfielder in the 3–0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers on 25 August 2007.[8]

Faé contracted malaria while on Africa Cup of Nations duty and fell ill in the buildup to Reading's match away to Middlesbrough on 1 March 2008. He flew back south for medical treatment and had blood tests on 2 March which revealed the disease.[9]

After failing to break into the Reading first team, Faé refused to play for the reserve team against Tottenham Hotspur reserves along with Ibrahima Sonko. Both were fined two weeks wages and suspended for two weeks and therefore missed the last two league games of the season, which ended with Reading being relegated.[10]

Faé then flew back to France with both Steve Coppell and Faé himself saying that he would never play for Reading again.[11]

During his time with Reading, he started six games only.[12]

OGC Nice[edit]

In June 2008, he was loaned to Ligue 1 side OGC Nice[13] with a view to permanent transfer.[14] He made his debut for his new club on 9 August in a 0–1 defeat to Le Havre AC and on 20 September he scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against Le Mans FC.[15]

On 29 January 2009 it was confirmed that he had completed a permanent move to OGC Nice for an undisclosed fee.[12]

On 18 October 2009, Faé was sent off for a second yellow card after he directed abusive language towards the referee in a 4–1 loss against Lorient.[16] He was suspended for three matches by the league.[17] OGC Nice has also promised to discipline him internally.[18]

On 1 February 2012, Faé announced his retirement from football at age 28 due to ongoing problems with phlebitis.[19]

International career[edit]

As a teenager, Faé played football for the French U17 and U21 teams. He debuted for the French U17 team in an 8–0 win over Liechtenstein on 26 February 2001[2] and was in the team that won the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago.

However, in 2005, following a FIFA rule change concerning national team eligibility, Faé switched allegiances from France to Côte d'Ivoire, the country from which his parents had come.[20] He received his first call up to the Côte d'Ivoire national team for a World Cup qualifier against Benin on 27 March 2005.[21] He made his debut in the 3–0 win.[22]

He scored his first goal for Côte d'Ivoire in a 1–1 draw against Switzerland on 27 May 2006 when he fired in a 30-yard shot two minutes after coming on.[23]

He went on to play at the 2006 African Cup of Nations, appearing at every match for a total of 452 minutes.[22] He also played for the country in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Faé was called up to the Côte d'Ivoire 23-man squad for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations,[24] and made his first appearance at the tournament in the Elephants' 3–0 victory over Mali on 29 January 2008.[25] He was also selected for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, in which he appeared twice as a substitute.[26]

He was also selected in the preliminary Côte d'Ivoire squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but was eventually dropped along with Bakari Koné and Gilles Yapi Yapo, who played with him in the 2006 World Cup.[27][28]

Goals for senior national team[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2006 Basel, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–1 Draw Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League
Apps Goals
Nantes 2003–04 25 1
2004–05 28 1
2005–06 29 4
2006–07 24 1
Total 106 7
Reading 2007–08 8 0
Total 8 0
Nice 2008–09 32 3
2009–10 29 4
2010–11 24 3
2011–12 4 0
Total 89 10
Career total 203 17

Statistics accurate as of 09:59, 17 July 2012 (UTC)[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "17/04/09 – FC Nantes – OGC Nice Les échos de la rencontre (17/04/09 – FC Nantes – OGC Nice The echoes of the meeting)". FC Nantes (in French). Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Emerse Fae". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "FAÉ". Football Database. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "FEUILLE DE MATCH (MATCH)". Coupe de la ligue (in French). Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Reading sign Emerse Fae". BBC Berkshire. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Fae joins for club record fee". Reading F.C. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Fae squad number confirmed". Reading F.C. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Emerse Fae". Reading FC. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Reading's Fae is out with malaria". BBC Sport. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  10. ^ Neil McLeman (2 May 2008). "Emerse Fae won't play for 'stupid' Reading boss Coppell". The Mirror. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "No way back for Fae". getreading. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  12. ^ a b "Fae leaves; Bennett extends loan". Reading FC. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Emerse Fae : " Niçois à 100% "". OGC Nice. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  14. ^ "Reading flop Emerse Fae on his way back to France with a Nice loan deal". Daily Mail. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Le temps de jeu de Emerse FAE en Ligue 1 – Carrière – 2008/2009" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Les Merlus go sixth after Nice rout". ESPN Soccernet. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Makelele suspendu un match, Fae trois (Makelele suspended one game, Fae three)". FIFA (in French). 22 October 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  18. ^ Massaer Ndiaye (21 October 2009). "Nice Midfielder Emerse Fae Will Be Sanctioned After Lorient Incident". Goal.com. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  19. ^ "Illness forces Nice midfielder Emerse Fae to retire". 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  20. ^ "Fae chooses Ivory Coast". BBC Sport. 24 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  21. ^ "Fae gets Ivorian call-up". BBC Sport. 19 March 2005. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  22. ^ a b "Player Profile: Emerse Fae (Cote d Ivoire)". MTN Football. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  23. ^ "Switzerland 1–1 Ivory Coast". BBC Sport. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  24. ^ "Drogba named in Ivory Coast squad". BBC Sport. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  25. ^ "Ivory Coast 3–0 Mali". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  26. ^ "Emerse Fae". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  27. ^ "Sven Goran-Eriksson settles on his Ivory warriors". Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  28. ^ "Eriksson announces attacking squad". FIFA.com. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  29. ^ "La Fiche de Emerse FAĂŠ , Football - L'Equipe.fr". Lequipe.fr. 2003-08-30. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 

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