François Modesto

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François Modesto
Personal information
Full name François Joseph Modesto
Date of birth (1978-08-19) 19 August 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Bastia, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bastia
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Bastia 16 (0)
1999–2004 Cagliari 150 (3)
2004–2010 Monaco 164 (6)
2010–2013 Olympiacos 69 (4)
2013– Bastia 29 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

François Joseph Modesto (born 19 August 1978) is a French professional footballer who plays for SC Bastia. He can operate as a right or central defender, and also as a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Bastia, Modesto started his career with hometown club SC Bastia. On 20 February 1998 he made his first-team – and Ligue 1 – debut, in a 2–0 home win against AS Monaco FC, and was sparingly played by the Corsicans over the course of two seasons.

Aged 21, Modesto signed with another island club, Cagliari Calcio in Italy. He appeared in 22 Serie A games in his first year, suffering team relegation; in the 2003–04 campaign he played in a career-high 43 matches to help the Sardinia outfit return to the top level, as runner-up.[1]

Late into the 2004 summer, after a brief loan spell with Modena FC, Modesto was sold by Cagliari to Monaco. In his second season he appeared in 29 league games (two goals) as the club finished in tenth position, adding seven matches in the campaign's UEFA Cup, which ended in round-of-32 against FC Basel, 1–2 on aggregate.

On 30 June 2010 Olympiacos F.C. signed Modesto for two years, with the Greek team paying him an annual salary of 550.000.[2] During his first year, as the Piraeus club won the national championship, he was mainly used by coach Ernesto Valverde as a defensive midfielder, scoring twice in 24 appearances.

On 19 October 2011 Modesto scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League, in a 3–1 group stage home win against Borussia Dortmund.[3] He added another in the same competition against Arsenal (same venue and result)[4] as Olympiacos finished third in its group, being "demoted" to the Europa League.

In the summer of 2013, aged nearly 35, Modesto left Olympiacos and signed a one-year contract with first club Bastia.[5]

Honours[edit]

Monaco
Olympiacos

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