Mario Melchiot

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Mario Melchiot
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Personal information
Full name Mario Deno Patrik Melchiot[1]
Date of birth (1976-11-04) 4 November 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Ajax 73 (1)
1999–2004 Chelsea 130 (4)
2004–2006 Birmingham City 56 (2)
2006–2007 Rennes 30 (2)
2007–2010 Wigan Athletic 97 (0)
2010–2011 Umm Salal 20 (0)
Total 406 (9)
National team
1994–1995 Netherlands U19 11 (1)
1996–1998 Netherlands U21 13 (0)
2000–2008 Netherlands 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:48, 30 May 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:33, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

Mario Deno Patrik Melchiot (born 4 November 1976 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch former footballer. He played as a right-back and a central defender, and also occasionally played in midfield.[2]

Early life[edit]

Melchiot was born and raised in Amsterdam, living with his two brothers and two sisters. He enjoyed a close relationship with his eldest brother, Winston, who acted as Mario's mentor after their parents split up. When Winston died of a heart attack at the age of 25, Melchiot considered giving up football.[3]

Career[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Melchiot started his career in the youth system at Ajax, and made his debut in the 1996–97 season. He scored his first goal for the club in the semi-final of the Champions League in a 4–1 defeat against Juventus.[4] Melchiot spent three seasons at the club, winning the Eredivisie in 1998 and the KNVB Cup in 1998 and 1999. In the summer of 1999, he signed a three-year contract with Chelsea under the Bosman ruling.[5]

Chelsea[edit]

For most of his first season at the club, Melchiot did not feature in the first-team due to injuries. However, on 22 April 2000, following an injury to Albert Ferrer, Melchiot finally made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Middlesbrough. A month later he played in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa where he played a major role in helping Chelsea win the match.

At the start of the 2000–01 season, he scored his first goal for Chelsea in a 2–0 win against Manchester United in the Charity Shield.[6] His second goal was also against Manchester United, as he helped his team to a memorable 3-0 win at Old Trafford in the 2001–02 season.[7] Under the management of Claudio Ranieri, Melchiot quickly established himself as the club's first choice right-back, and was soon rewarded with a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2004.[8]

Birmingham City[edit]

Melchiot signed for Birmingham City on a three-year contract in July 2004,[9] and made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Portsmouth.[10] In his second season, Birmingham found themselves in a relegation battle. He soon became a scapegoat for the club's poor performances, and was booed by his own supporters in a match against Tottenham Hotspur.[11] Birmingham were finally relegated in April 2006 after a 0–0 draw with Newcastle United. He played his last game for Birmingham in their 1–0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on 7 May 2006. He scored two league goals during his spell at Birmingham, against Charlton Athletic[12] and Wigan Athletic.[13]

Rennes[edit]

In August 2006, Melchiot joined French outfit Rennes on a one-year contract. He scored his first goal for the club in a Coupe de la Ligue Round of 16 tie against Ligue 2 club Libourne-Saint-Seurin. Melchiot endeared himself to the Rennes faithful when he scored his first league goal for the club in a 2–0 win over fierce rivals Nantes. Melchiot's contract with Rennes lasted until the summer of 2007.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Melchiot warming up before a Wigan Athletic match in 2008

Melchiot joined Wigan Athletic on a free transfer on 15 June 2007.[14] On 24 July 2007, he was given the Wigan captaincy,[15] following the departure of his compatriot Arjan de Zeeuw. He became a fan-favourite at the JJB Stadium, and made Latics history when he became the first Wigan player to play in a major international tournament by coming on for the Netherlands against Romania at the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament. He made over 100 appearances for Wigan during his three years at the club.

Umm Salal[edit]

In June 2010, Melchiot turned down a new contract from Wigan and agreed to join Umm-Salal Sports Club on a free transfer after his existing contract expired at the end of the month.[16] He was signed by Umm Salal manager, Henk ten Cate, as he was reportedly interested in an experienced defender after signing Spanish midfielder Gabri.[17] He made his debut in a 2–2 draw against Al-Arabi. At the end of the Qatar Stars League Season 2010–2011, he left Umm-Salal as they opted not to give him a new one-year contract. He is currently a free agent.[18]

International career[edit]

Melchiot was capped 22 times for the Netherlands since making his international debut on 11 October 2000 in a 2–0 World Cup qualifier defeat against Portugal. His last international appearance was in the final group match of UEFA Euro 2008 against Romania on 17 June 2008.

Outside football[edit]

In 1998, Melchiot and Ajax teammates Benni McCarthy and Dean Gorre, calling themselves BMD, released a rap/R & B track called "Midas Touch".[19][20] He has also campaigned for the British Heart Foundation[21] and has appeared on the quiz show A Question of Sport.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2010[23][24][25]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Ajax Eredivisie 23 0 1 0 - 9 1 33 1
1997–98 26 0 3 0 - 4 0 33 0
1998–99 24 1 4 1 - 1 0 29 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Chelsea Premier League 5 0 1 0 - - - - 6 0
2000–01 31 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 34 0
2001–02 37 2 6 0 4 0 3 0 50 2
2002–03 34 0 5 0 2 0 - - 41 0
2003–04 23 2 3 0 2 0 5 0 33 2
2004–05 Birmingham City 33 1 2 0 2 0 - - 37 1
2005–06 23 1 5 0 1 0 - - 29 1
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2006–07 Rennes Ligue 1 30 2 1 0 3 1 - - 34 3
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Wigan Athletic Premier League 31 0 1 0 1 0 - - 33 0
2008–09 34 0 - - 1 0 - - 35 0
2009–10 32 0 1 0 - - - - 33 0
Total Netherlands 73 1 8 1 - 14 1 95 3
England 283 6 25 0 14 0 9 0 331 6
France 30 2 1 0 3 1 - - 34 3
Career total 386 9 34 1 17 1 23 1 460 12

Playing honours[edit]

Ajax
Chelsea

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario Melchiot – qsl.com.qa
  2. ^ "Chelsea who's who". BBC Sport. 30 April 2002. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Scott, Danny (6 June 2004). "Best of Times, Worst of Times: Mario Melchiot". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dortmund, Juventus Through To Cup Final". The Age. 24 April 1997. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "CHELSEA WIN THE BATTLE OF THE BLUES; Rangers pipped in race for super Mario.". The Mirror. 14 June 1999. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Keane sees red as Chelsea triumph". BBC Sport. 13 August 2000. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "United they fall". The Telegraph. 1 December 2001. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Daley, Kieran (21 February 2001). "Sheringham will seek two-year United deal". London: The Independent. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Melchiot joins Birmingham". BBC Sport. 9 July 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Melchiot scapegoat as relegation fears put St Andrew's crowd in nasty mood.". The Birmingham Post. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Charlton 3–1 Birmingham". BBC. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Birmingham 2–0 Wigan". BBC. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Wigan capture defender Melchiot". BBC Sport. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  15. ^ "Captain Mario". Wigan Athletic FC. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  16. ^ "Mario Melchiot quits Wigan and signs for Qatar club Umm Salal". Daily Mail (London). 9 June 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Melchiot makes Qatar switch". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  18. ^ http://www.qatar-tribune.com/data/20100914/content.asp?section=sports1_1
  19. ^ "BMD: Zingen is leuk, maar voetbal gaat voor" (in Dutch). AFC Ajax. 1 January 1999. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  20. ^ Dart, James; Bandini, Paolo (8 August 2007). "Which footballers have released a record?". guardian.co.uk (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  21. ^ http://www.bhf.org.uk/report05/extras/melchiotInterview.htm
  22. ^ "Mario Melchiot". Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "Voetbal International – Ajax" (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  24. ^ "Mario Melchiot". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  25. ^ "Mario Melchiot – Stade Rennais Online" (in French). Retrieved 1 September 2010. 

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