Julien Faubert

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Julien Faubert
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Faubert at West Ham in April 2010
Personal information
Full name Julien Faubert[1]
Date of birth (1983-08-01) 1 August 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Le Havre, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Right back / Right winger
Club information
Current team
Bordeaux
Number 22
Youth career
1998–2002 Cannes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Cannes 45 (4)
2004–2007 Bordeaux 96 (9)
2007–2012 West Ham United 103 (2)
2009 Real Madrid (loan) 2 (0)
2012 Elazığspor 16 (1)
2013– Bordeaux 37 (3)
National team
2002–2004 France U21 17 (2)
2006 France 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:28, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Julien Faubert (born 1 August 1983) is a French footballer who currently plays right back or midfielder for Bordeaux. Faubert started his footballing career in France with Cannes before moving to Bordeaux. In 2007 he moved to England to play for West Ham. In 2009 he spent a short period on loan with Real Madrid before returning to West Ham for the beginning of the 2009–10 season. He has represented both France U21 and France; the latter on only one occasion, scoring one goal. He is nicknamed " Le TGV " or "The Express Train" from his time in French football.[3]

Club career[edit]

Cannes and Bordeaux[edit]

Born in Le Havre, Faubert enrolled in the AS Cannes academy in 1998 and began his career as a right back, but with his crossing ability quickly became a right winger as well as playing in a midfield role. He made his Cannes first team debut in the 2002–03 season. He steadily earned notoriety as an important member of the squad and eventually caught the eye of several Ligue 1 sides. Bordeaux signed him in 2004, with whom he played in 96 matches, as well as in the UEFA Champions League.[4]

West Ham United[edit]

Faubert playing for West Ham United, pictured on 26 April 2008.

On 23 June 2007, it was reported in French sports newspaper L'Équipe that Faubert was on the verge of a €6.5 million (£4.3 million) transfer to Rangers.[5][6] However, on 1 July, he was signed by West Ham United for £6.1 million on a five-year contract.[7] He suffered a ruptured achilles tendon during a pre-season friendly on 17 July against Czech Republic side Sigma Olomouc, which was expected to take six months to heal.[8] As part of his comeback Faubert turned out for the reserves against Aston Villa's reserve team in January 2008.[9] He finally made his first team debut for the Hammers as a late substitute against Fulham at Boleyn Ground on 12 January 2008.[10] His first season in English football was marked by continuing injury and he made only eight appearances in the league and FA Cup.

On loan to Real Madrid[edit]

Faubert was given permission to speak to Real Madrid on 30 January 2009,[11] with the move being completed on 31 January, when he signed on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season for a reported fee of £1.5 million with an option for Real to purchase him on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[12] Faubert made his Real Madrid debut on 7 February 2009 in a 1–0 win against Racing Santander.[13] His loan with Real Madrid was underwhelming.[14] He missed training when he mistakenly thought he had the day off,[15] and was pictured asleep on the bench during Real Madrid's match against Villarreal.[14] His loan spell finished with only two appearances.

Return to West Ham[edit]

Faubert 'warming-up' before the game against Everton on 8 November 2009.

Faubert enjoyed a fine start to the 2009–10 season, helping the Hammers to victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Millwall and an impressive goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers.[16] The 2009–10 season saw a change in fortunes for the Frenchman. He turned in several impressive performances, particularly in the second half of the season.[17] He set up Carlton Cole with a measured cross for the second goal in a 2–0 win against Birmingham City.[18] Faubert scored his first goal for the club on his 50th league game for the claret and blue against Hull City on 20 February 2010.[19] He also added an assist in that game, producing a through ball, which Carlton Cole latched on to and dispatched accordingly. His sublime cross set up Ilan for an equalising goal against Everton on 4 April 2010. The Hammers were experiencing a poor run of form at the time.[17] Faubert capped an accomplished season by winning the best 'Performance Of The Season' for his match-winning display against Hull.[20] He was also awarded the SBOBET Player of the Month for August.[21]

The 2010–011 season proved less successful for Faubert. He started the season playing on the right wing, reverting to right-back. On the last day of the summer 2011 transfer window, the Hammers recruited Blackburn Rovers full-back Lars Jacobsen who was preferred throughout the majority of the season. After the turn of the year, Faubert was in and out of the side. He did not help his chances of being selected when he left the stadium after learning he was not in the squad to face Birmingham City.[22] Faubert claimed that he had rushed to hospital to look after his ill newborn son. He did not make another appearance for the Hammers that season and declared his intention to leave the club.[22]

At the start of the 2011–12 season, Faubert was expected to leave the club after their relegation to the Championship.[22] A tight hamstring ruled him out of the opening two games of the season but he made his first appearance on 16 August in an away match against Watford. Faubert came on as a 72-minute substitute providing the assist for Scott Parker's goal to make it 4–0.[23] During the rest of the season, he was West Ham's first choice right back and played a full part in West Ham's subsequent promotion. In May 2012, Faubert was released by West Ham due to the expiry of his contract.[24] He played 124 games in all competitions for West Ham, scoring twice.[25]

Elazığspor[edit]

On 27 June 2012, Faubert was officially signed by Elazığspor of the Turkish Süper Lig on a three-year contract.[26]

Return to Bordeaux[edit]

After being released by Elazığspor, Faubert signed for his old club Bordeaux as a free agent on the transfer deadline day in January 2013, signing a contract that keeps him there until the end of the 2012–13 season. He was given squad number 22 due to his old number 18 was occupied by Jaroslav Plasil.[27] Prior the move, Faubert asked his old club to train to maintain his fitness.[28] Faubert made his first appearance at Bordeaux, coming on as a substitute in a late minutes, as Bordeaux won 2–0 against Valenciennes. On December 4 2013 Faubert scored in a 1–0 win over Guingamp.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Bordeaux 2004–05 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 36 1 0
2005–06 33 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 33 5 0
2006–07 30 4 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 8 2 2 41 6 5
Total 99 10 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 8 2 2 110 12 5
West Ham United 2007–08 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 8 0 0
2008–09 20 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 - - - 24 0 3
Total 27 0 2 3 0 0 2 0 1 - - - 32 0 3
Real Madrid (loan) 2008–09 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
West Ham United
2009–10 33 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 - - - 36 1 3
2010–11 9 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 - - - 16 0 0
2011–12 20 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 - - - 21 1 5
Total 62 2 8 2 0 0 8 0 0 - - - 70 2 8
Elazığspor 2012–13 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1 0
Total 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1 0
Bordeaux 2012–13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 16 0 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 16 0 0
2013–14 13 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 19 0 0
Total 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 35 1 0
Career Total 232 14 14 6 0 0 12 0 1 8 2 2 261 16 16

International career[edit]

Faubert made his debut for France on 16 August 2006 against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He wore the number 10 shirt; the first player to do so for France since the retirement of Zinedine Zidane.[30] He marked his first match by scoring in the final minute of the game to ensure France won 2–1. Despite never receiving another call-up since then, Faubert has frequently stated his desire to return to the international scene with France.[31]

In an interview with French newspaper L'Équipe published on 24 December 2009, Faubert said that he was approached by the Algerian FA about representing the country due to his wife being Algerian.[32] He said he would consider the option if he fails to get recalled by Les Bleus. However, two days later, Algerian head coach Rabah Saadane denied that the Algerian FA had made any contact with Faubert.[33]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 August 2006 Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia  Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 – 2 1–2 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

He is of Martiniquais descent and is married to a wife of Algerian descent. He is a devout Muslim having converted to his wife's faith. He is also a tattoo enthusiast with Allah tattooed on his forearm.[34][35]

Honours[edit]

Bordeaux
West Ham United

References[edit]

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  34. ^ Julien Faubert | Player Profiles | First Team | Team | West Ham United
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