Jérémie Aliadière

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Jérémie Aliadière
FC Lorient - June 27th 2013 training - Jérémie Aliadière 4.JPG
Aliadière training with Lorient in 2013
Personal information
Full name Jérémie Aliadière[1]
Date of birth (1983-03-29) 29 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Rambouillet, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Winger, Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
1998–1999 Clairefontaine[3]
1999–2001 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 Arsenal 29 (1)
2005 Celtic (loan) 0 (0)
2005–2006 West Ham United (loan) 7 (0)
2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 14 (2)
2007–2010 Middlesbrough 78 (11)
2011– Lorient 68 (22)
National team
France U21 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jérémie Aliadière (born 30 March 1983) is a French footballer who plays as a striker for Lorient.

As a graduate of the elite Clairefontaine academy, he signed for Arsenal aged 16. After making his Premier League debut in the 2001–02 season, he ultimately had limited opportunities, partly due to injury. For the 2005–06 season he was loaned to three clubs, Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, West Ham United in the Premier League, and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Football League Championship, before returning to Arsenal for another season, featuring in the 2007 Football League Cup Final loss to Chelsea. At the beginning of the 2007–08 season he was sold to Premier League club Middlesbrough for £2.5 million, where he spent the next three seasons, two in the Premier League and the last in the Championship, before electing not to extend his contract and leaving the club in June 2010.

Club career[edit]


Aliadière signed for Arsenal at the age of 16 before the beginning of the 1999–2000 season. He made his Premiership debut for Arsenal against Fulham in the 2001–02 season, replacing Thierry Henry in a 4–1 victory. That game was his only league appearance that season, meaning he wasn't eligible for a medal as Arsenal won the 2001-02 FA Premier League.[4] He scored his first goal for the club the following season, in a 5–2 victory over West Bromwich Albion on 27 August 2002.[5]

In the 2003–04 season, Aliadière was mainly played in the 2003–04 League Cup rather than the league, scoring Arsenal's first League Cup goal of the season against Rotherham United. The match finished 1–1 after extra time, with Arsenal winning 9–8 on penalties.[6] He also scored twice against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the following round of the League Cup,[7] his second winning goal for the month for December. In total he scored four goals in the cup run, having also scored against West Brom in the quarter finals, with Arsenal finally being eliminated by Middlesbrough in the semi-finals.[8] He was voted best young talent in the 2003–04 League Cup.[9] As the season went on, he made further inroads into the Arsenal first team, playing 10 Premier League matches, seven as a substitute, to gain a Premier League winners' medal, as well as making his FA Cup debut in a 1–0 defeat against Manchester United in the semi finals. He also came on as a late substitute in Arsenal's 5-1 victory over Inter Milan in the San Siro. Seconds after coming on he set up the 5th goal for Robert Pires.[10]

Aliadière missed much of the following 2004–05 season through injury, and was kept out of action until February. On his return, he made six substitute appearances for the first team. Although he failed to score in these matches, he scored eight goals in five games for Arsenal's reserves. Despite his limited opportunities, he was offered and signed a new Arsenal contract, running until the summer of 2009, announced at the same time as a loan move to Celtic.[11]

Loan to Celtic[edit]

In the summer of 2005, Aliadière was sent on loan to Scottish club Celtic, for the entire 2005–06 season, in order to play regular first team football. Despite his limited appearances, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger had stated he had a future at Arsenal, despite being kept out of the side at the time by the form of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.[12] In the end, his time at Celtic was forgettable; he made just two substitute appearances for the club, one in each leg of their loss to Artmedia Bratislava in the Champions League. He accused Celtic manager Gordon Strachan of not giving him a chance.[13]

Loan to West Ham United[edit]

On 24 August 2005, Aliadière decided to move back to London after a lack of first team opportunities, where West Ham United took over his year-long loan deal, having been promoted back to the Premier League after two seasons in the lower leagues.[14] Once again affected by injury, he only made eight appearances for West Ham, seven as a substitute.[15]

Loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

On 31 January 2006, West Ham terminated the loan, and Aliadière moved to the English Midlands to join the Football League Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for the remainder of the 2005–06 season. He scored two league goals for Wolves, in games against Hull[16] and Watford.[17] At the end of the season he returned to Arsenal.

Return to Arsenal[edit]

Having returned to Arsenal, during the 2006–07 season Aliadière was again mainly used in the 2006–07 Football League Cup campaign, scoring both goals in their 2–0 win over West Bromwich Albion on 24 October 2006.[18] His first Premier League goal of the season came on 16 December 2006, a 2–2 draw against Portsmouth, with Aliadière playing for 70 minutes before being replaced by Robin Van Persie. Continuing appearances in Arsenal's League Cup campaign saw him score in the quarter-final against Liverpool in a 6–3 victory, and in the second leg of the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, with Arsenal advancing with a 3–1 win.[19][20] Arsenal ultimately lost the final 2–1 to Chelsea, with Aliadière featuring for 80 minutes.

With four appearances in Premier League matches during the season; as of 9 January 2007 he had played 37 times for Arsenal, 25 as a substitute, scoring nine goals, all but one coming in the League Cup, four against West Bromwich Albion. In the January 2007 transfer window, Aliadière was linked with a move to the Premier League club Middlesbrough in North East England, after Wenger said he would be allowed to leave the club. The move failed to happen however, after Robin van Persie broke his foot, and he was told to stay at Arsenal for the time being. He made his final Arsenal appearance on the final day of the 2006–07 season against Portsmouth in a 0–0 draw at Fratton Park.


Aliadière playing for Middlesbrough in 2008

Middlesbrough signed Aliadière on 19 June 2007, for an initial fee of £2 million.[21] He scored his first goal in a Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in October 2007, with a header to draw level at 1–1, before Middlesbrough went on to lose the game 4–1.[22] This was his first Premier League goal, since scoring his first ever for Arsenal on 27 August 2002. He scored for Middlesbrough against old club Arsenal on 15 March in a 1–1 draw,[23] before rounding off the season, scoring in the final day 8–1 victory over Manchester City on 11 May 2008.[24]

Aliadière got a red card and three match ban for slapping Javier Mascherano in a 23 February 2008 Premier League match against Liverpool, after Mascherano had raised his hands against him, in full view of the referee. It was the cause of controversy after Middlesbrough's consequent appeal was deemed as "frivolous" by the Football Association (FA) and extended by one more game, with the club's chairman and chief executive, and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, deeming this unfair and criticising the FA, contrasting it with a recent appeal by Chelsea's Michael Essien.[25][26][27]

Before the start of the 2008–09 season, Aliadière switched to wearing the number 10 previously worn by midfielder Fábio Rochemback, when his number 11 was given to 3.2 million summer signing Marvin Emnes. He scored his first goal of the season in Middlesbrough's 5–1 home victory against Yeovil Town on 26 August 2008. His first Premier League goal of the season came in a 1–0 win against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium on 4 October 2008, scoring in the 89th minute of the match. After a run of not scoring in his next ten matches, he again scored against his old club Arsenal, with a headed equaliser in a home 1–1 draw on 13 December 2008.[28] At the end of the season, Middlesbrough finished equal bottom of the Premier League with West Brom, on 32 points, and as a result were relegated to the Football League Championship.

On 12 September 2009, he came off the bench against Ipswich Town to score two goals after 30 minutes of being on the pitch, and scored another goal in the same week against Sheffield Wednesday. His next goal came on 26 December against Scunthorpe United, in his first start under new manager Gordon Strachan due to injury. Having failed to reach the play-offs, and after three injury hit seasons at Middlesbrough, he left the club on 30 June 2010 at the end of his contract having decided not to take up the option of extending his contract. In total he had made 86 appearances, scoring 12 goals, for the club.[29] 2010–11 pre-season found Aliadière training with West Ham with a view to a permanent move to the London club. The deal fell through when he damaged his knee ligaments playing in a reserve game against Crystal Palace. Subsequently his old club Middlesbrough offered the player full use of their rehabilitation and training facilities in order to overcome the injury and regain full fitness.[30]

In January 2011, Aliadiere also revealed he was linked with a move to Blackpool but the move collapsed over contract issues; he described the experience as hitting 'rock-bottom'.[31] Al Ain, a club based in the United Arab Emirates, announced on 13 February 2011 that they had signed Aliadiere,[32] but he subsequently denounced their claim, stating that he had rejected a move and Al Ain had "been very unprofessional in their conduct".[33]


In March 2011, Aliadière returned to former club, Arsenal's London Colney training ground in a bid to return to fitness.[34] Aliadiere, along with the newly re-signed Jens Lehmann, both played the full 90 minutes in a reserve game against Wigan on 29 March 2011, losing the game 2–1.


On 5 July 2011, Aliadière signed a deal with Ligue 1 club FC Lorient on a free transfer, to revive his career and an options of three years.[35] It was revealed Arsène Wenger helped Aliadiere seal his move to Lorient.[36] He made his debut for Lorient, in a 2–0 win against Valenciennes. Aliadiere scored his first goal and score another, in a 3–0 win over Saint-Étienne.[37] On 18 October 2011, Aliadiere agreed to a new three-year deal with Lorient[38] and Aliadiere officially signed it on 1 November 2011.[39]

In Lorient's 2–2 draw with PSG to start the 2012-13 Ligue 1 season, Aliadiere scored Lorient's second, putting them up 2–0 at the time.[40] With his side down 4–1 at home to Ajaccio on 28 October 2012, Aliadiere scored a second-half brace to help Lorient earn a point, as Gilles Sunu scored Lorient's fourth goal in the dying seconds.[41] On 9 December, Aliadière opened the scoring against title contenders Marseille, striking from the penalty spot and also provided the assist for Kevin Monnet-Paquet's strike, as Lorient won comfortably 3–0 at the Stade Velodrome.[42]

On 12 December, Aliadière received the ball from a poor clearance by Sochaux goalkeeper Simon Pouplin and found Alain Traoré, who fizzed a long-range effort in off the left-hand post, giving Lorient a 1–0 lead; Lorient went on to win 2–0 and moved up to fourth in the Ligue 1 table.[43] Lorient continued their ascent up the Ligue 1 table with a 2–0 defeat of AS Saint-Étienne on 16 December, Aliadière opening the scoring on the 20th minute after defeating two defenders and smartly finishing past the keeper.[44] In January transfer window, Aliadière was linked a return move to England by joining Middlebrough's rival Newcastle United, due to personal reason. But the move was rejected by the club[45] Eventually, he remained at the club throughout the transfer window and spoke out that transfer speculation didn't effect his form and hints to play for the national team.[46]

In Lorient's Brittany derby with Rennes on 2 February 2013, Aliadière scored the team's second goal in a game that finished 2-2.[47] Ahead of the match, Aliadière told the Ligue 1.com when asked about comparing the derbies and said: "You can't really compare them to be honest. The derbies I played in the UK were Arsenal versus Spurs or even Middlesbrough against Sunderland or Newcastle. The derbies here are not as fanatical as those in England. It's obviously a big game and a game that the fans want to win but it won't be the end of the world for them if they don't. They are not as passionate as the people in the UK so it's not as big."[48]

Aliadière converted a penalty to open the scoring in a 2-1 defeat of Evian Thonon on 16 February, keeping Lorient within reach of securing European football.[49] Aliadière expressed his pleasure at playing for manager Christian Gourcuff, stating that "his vision of football . . . means very good organisation defensively."[50]

International career[edit]

Aliadière has made seven appearances and scored one goal for the France national under-21 football team.[51]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 March 2013
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2001–02[52] 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2002–03[53] 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
2003–04[54] 10 0 4 4 1 0 15 4
2004–05[55] 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Celtic 2005–06[56] 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
West Ham United 2005–06[56] 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2005–06[56] 14 2 0 0 14 2
Arsenal 2006–07[57] 11 0 10 4 2 0 23 4
Total 50 3 20 8 5 0 75 11
Middlesbrough 2007–08[58] 29 5 2 0 0 0 31 5
2008–09[59] 29 2 5 1 0 0 34 3
2009–10[60] 20 4 1 0 21 4
Total 78 11 8 1 0 0 86 12
Lorient 2011–12[61] 18 2 1 2 0 0 19 4
2012–13[61] 29 15 5 4 0 0 34 19
2013–14[61] 21 5 1 0 0 0 22 5
Total 68 22 7 6 0 0 75 28
Career Total 195 36 35 15 5 0 236 51



Personal life[edit]

Aliadière is of Algerian descent and has a tattoo with the flag of Algeria.[62] Aliadière says Arsène Wenger is like a father to him, during his six year spell at Arsenal and still remains in contact with him now.[63]


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