François Clerc

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François Clerc
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Clerc as a Saint-Étienne player in 2013
Personal information
Full name François Clerc
Date of birth (1983-04-18) 18 April 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Saint-Étienne
Number 29
Youth career
1992–1997 Bourg-Péronnas
1997–2001 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Lyon B 67 (7)
2004–2005 Toulouse (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2010 Lyon 78 (1)
2010–2012 Nice 61 (5)
2012– Saint-Étienne 57 (2)
National team
2005–2006 France U21 3 (0)
2006–2008 France 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

François Clerc (born 18 April 1983) is a French footballer who plays for AS Saint-Étienne as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, Clerc joined Olympique Lyonnais at the age of 14. After spending his first years as a senior with the reserves, he was loaned to Toulouse FC with which he first appeared in Ligue 1, making his debut in the competition on 14 August 2004 in a 4–1 away win against RC Strasbourg.

Returned to L'OL for the 2005–06 season, Clerc went on to become and important first-team member as the club won three national championships in a row, contributing with 62 league appearances combined in that timeframe. He battled with Anthony Réveillère for first-choice status during his tenure, appeared in 20 UEFA Champions League games[1] but was also banned for four matches and fined 150,000 by the French Professional Football League, after he incurred in an illegal transfer agreement to Olympique de Marseille in 2006.[2]

In the 2010 summer, free agent Clerc joined OGC Nice also in the top division.[3] He scored a career-best four goals in his second year with the Côte d'Azur side, but it could only rank 13th.

On 9 July 2012, Clerc signed a three-year deal with AS Saint-Étienne.[4] He scored his first and only goal of the campaign on 17 March 2013, helping the hosts come from behind for a 2–2 draw against Paris-Saint Germain FC.[5]

International career[edit]

Clerc earned his first cap for France on 11 October 2006, in a 5–0 win over Faroe Islands for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers. He was selected by coach Raymond Domenech for the finals in Austria and Switzerland, replacing longtime incumbent Willy Sagnol for the last and decisive group stage clash against Italy, which ended in a 0–2 loss and exit.

Honours[edit]

Lyon
Saint-Étienne

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