Jonathan Biabiany

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Jonathan Biabiany
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Ludovic Biabiany
Date of birth (1988-04-28) 28 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2004 Blanc Mesnil
2004–2007 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Internazionale 14 (0)
2007 Chievo (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2009 Modena (loan) 55 (9)
2009–2010 Parma (loan) 8 (2)
2011–2011 Sampdoria 16 (1)
2011– Parma 179 (26)
National team
2009–2010 France U21 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2010

Jonathan Ludovic Biabiany (born 28 April 1988) is a French footballer who currently plays as a winger for Italian club Parma F.C.. He is known for his acceleration and pace with the ball.

Early life[edit]

Biabiany, who is of Guadeloupean descent, began his career with a local club in Le Blanc-Mesnil (in the northeastern suburbs of Paris) and was signed by Italian giants Internazionale in July 2004, initially credited as Jonathan Begora.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]


Biabiany, along with Sebastián Ribas, made his senior debut for Internazionale against Empoli F.C. in the Coppa Italia, in January 2007.[3] It was his only appearance that season.


In August 2007, he was loaned to Chievo,[4] but did not play. Instead he played in the youth team. By January 2008, he had made the Chievo bench just two times, not being used in either of those two occasions.


He was then loaned to Modena in January 2008,[5] where his loan was extended to a further season in July 2008. He became an immediate starter at Modena and made 15 appearances in the second half of the 07/08 season, scoring his first goal at a professional level against Ascoli in Round 41 of the Serie B season. The next season he had an explosion of form at Modena, managing 8 goals and 8 assists in 40 appearances.


In July 2009, he was loaned to Parma who had recently returned to Serie A. Biabiany featured in the starting 11 for the first few league matches. After international duty for France U21,[6] he did not play again for Parma due to injury[7] until late November. He scored both of Parma's goals in a 2-2 draw with Genoa in Round 15, his first goals in Serie A.

On 1 February 2010, Parma gained half the rights to Biabiany, as part of McDonald Mariga's deal to Inter.[8] Inter later revealed he was valued €5 million at that time, thus costed Parma €2.5 million for half.[9] He ended the season with 6 goals and 3 assists in 30 appearances.

Return to Internazionale[edit]

In June 2010, Inter bought Biabiany and Mariga outright for €4.2 million each. The deal effectively made Inter paid €10.9 million cash and the special loan of Biabiany to Parma for the signing of Mariga.[10][11][9]

On 13 July 2010 he was presented to the media by Inter where he declared it is 'a joy to be back home'.[12] On 18 December 2010, he scored his first goal for Inter, against TP Mazembe in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup Final following an assist by Dejan Stanković. He registered 3 assists in 1 game, when his side beat his old side Parma 5-2 in Round 14.


On 28 January 2011, it was confirmed that Biabiany would move to Sampdoria as part of the deal that took Giampaolo Pazzini to Internazionale for €19 million.[13] Biabiany was valued €7 million at that time, thus only €12 million cash was involved.[14] Biabiany struggled in his time at Samp as they were relegated, managing a goal and 3 assists in 16 appearances.

Return to Parma[edit]

On 24 June 2011, Biabiany was signed on loan with option to purchase from Sampdoria by Parma, a year after his departure from the Emilian club.[15][16] He went on to feature in every Parma league game that season and the summer of 2012 saw him move to Parma in a co-ownership deal for €2.5 million in 3-year contract.[17][18]

On 2 February 2014 he extended the contract to 30 June 2018.[19] On 20 June 2014 Parma acquired Biabiany outright for another €1 million.[20][21]

After a strong 2013–14 season, Biabiany was set to move to AC Milan on the last day of the 2014 summer transfer window. After posing for a photo with the Milan scarf outside of the club headquarters, Biabiany failed his medical at what was set to become his new home with the Milan side's medical staff uncovering a heart problem the player had. After extensive testing, doctors indicated that the Frenchman had an irregular heartbeat and would miss the first half of the season in order to treat his condition. Biabiany returned to training in February 2015.

Health problems[edit]

On 18 September 2014 it was announced that Biabiany had been diagnosed with cardiac dysrhythmia, and would be out of competitive action for an indefinite period. His irregular heartbeat had been discovered on 1 September during a medical exam with the staff of AC Milan, where his acquisition from Parma had already been announced. Following his medical exam, another statement was issued announcing that the transfer had been called off; the initial reason given was that Milan defender Cristian Zaccardo could not agree to terms for his return to Parma, and therefore the deal had collapsed. The announcement of Biabiany's condition by Parma CEO Pietro Leonardi seventeen days later revealed the true reason for the transfer's cancellation. Leonardi stated that Biabiany had undergone further testing upon his return to Parma, after which "It was felt that the best thing to do at this time would be to take a break from competitive activity for a limited period of time, during which the player will be monitored and subjected to further investigation to establish the eventual return to action."[22]




  1. ^ L’Inter de Milan pour Jonathan
  2. ^ "Another Young Player Signs for Inter". 6 July 2004. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Inter Safely Through to Cup Semis". 17 January 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Biabiany moves on loan to Chievo". 13 August 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Academy: players in and out". 31 January 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "France hit top gear". 9 October 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Domani appuntamento con Mirante" (in Italian). Parma FC. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Mariga signs for Inter". 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  9. ^ a b FC Internazionale Milano Spa 2009–10 Bilancio. FC Internazionale Milano (in Italian) (Registro Imprese & C.C.I.A.A.). ca. January 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ "Ufficiale: l' Inter ha riscattato Mariga e Biabiany per 10 milioni". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 17 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Leonardi: Bojinov a Titolo Definitivo". Parma FC (in Italian). 16 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Biabiany: "A joy to be back home"". Internazionale FC. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Welcome to Inter, Giampaolo Pazzini!". 28 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  14. ^ Relazione sulla Gestione of UC Sampdoria Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010
  15. ^ "PAOLO CASTELLINI PRIMO VOLTO NUOVO, BIABIANY AL PARMA" (in Italian). UC Sampdoria. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Movimenti di mercato e compartecipazioni" [Market movements and co-ownerships]. Parma F.C. ( 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Ufficiale: Parma, riscattato Biabiany. Castellini è tutto della Sampdoria" [Official: Parma, Biabiany option taken. Castellini wholly Sampdoria's]. Sportsbook24 ( 9 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (Italian)
  19. ^ "Jonathan Biabiany prolunga con il Parma Fc fino al 30 giugno 2018" (in Italian). Parma FC. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  21. ^ "Intesa raggiunta: Jonathan Biabiany è un calciatore del Parma" (in Italian). UC Sampdoria. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  22. ^ Doyle, Mark (September 18, 2014). "Biabiany's AC Milan move collapsed over irregular heartbeat". Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Supercoppa 2010 Inter-Roma 3-1". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "FIFA World Club Cup 2010". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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