Frank Leboeuf

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Frank Lebœuf
Frank Leboeuf.jpeg
Leboeuf in 2011
Personal information
Full name Franck Alain James Lebœuf[1]
Date of birth (1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Marseille,[2] France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Laval 69 (11)
1991–1996 Strasbourg 189 (48)
1996–2001 Chelsea 206 (24)
2001–2003 Marseille 51 (5)
2003–2004 Al-Sadd 17 (6)
2004–2005 Al Wakrah 10 (2)
Total 480 (89)
National team
1995–2002 France 50 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franck Alain James Leboeuf[1] or Lebœuf (born 22 January 1968) is a former French international footballer who played as a defender. With the French national team, Leboeuf won the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

After starting his career in 1986 in the lower divisions of the French leagues, Leboeuf moved to Laval in 1988. In 1991, he moved to Strasbourg and played there until 1996, when he made a switch to English club Chelsea for £2.5m.

He played over 200 games for the club and scored 24 goals, mainly from penalties and set pieces. With Chelsea, he won two FA Cups, one League Cup and one Cup Winners' Cup. He left in 2001 for club Olympique Marseille, before finishing out his career in Qatar.

International career[edit]

For France, Leboeuf was capped 50 times, scoring four goals. Although he was mainly a substitiute in the 1998 World Cup, he stepped in for red carded Laurent Blanc to play in the final, a 3–0 win against Brazil, a match in which he famously man-marked Ronaldo. In the final Ronaldo only was able to do a couple of his trademark runs thanks to an almost flawless defensive performance by Leboeuf.

Leboeuf received a winner's medal at Euro 2000. He then played at the 2002 World Cup.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
. 6 September 1995 Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps, Auxerre, France  Azerbaijan 5–0 10–0 Euro 1996 qualifier
. 8–0

Playing style[edit]

A highly cultured centre back Leboeuf was noted for his long range passing ability and also for his consistent penalty-taking throughout his career. He took more than 20 penalties for Chelsea, missing just 3 times: against Leicester, Feyenoord and Blackburn.

Personal life[edit]

Leboeuf spent some time in Los Angeles, USA, playing for celebrity team Hollywood United as a midfielder.

He also appeared in the 2001 film Taking Sides.[3]

  • He also starred along with French actor Jean-Francois Garreaud in L'intrus, a theater play touring in France from January to June 2010.
  • He was a contestant in the Koh Lanta reality TV show in 2010 (French version of Survivor).


Following the 1998 World Cup, he was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998.[1][4]



  1. ^ a b c "Décret du 24 juillet 1998 portant nomination à titre exceptionnel". JORF 1998 (170): 11376. 25 July 1998. PREX9801916D. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  2. ^ (French) FFF Statistics
  3. ^ "Taking Sides". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "France honors World Cup winners — Government gives Legion of Honor to players, coaches". CNN/SI. 1 September 1998. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 

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