Debuchy (left) playing for Lille in 2011
|Full name||Mathieu Debuchy|
|Date of birth||28 July 1985|
|Place of birth||Fretin, France|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|Current club||Newcastle United|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:50, 19 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Mathieu Debuchy (French pronunciation: [ma.tjø də.by.ʃi] ; born 28 July 1985) is a French footballer who plays for Newcastle United and the French national side. He is often deployed in the right back position, but began his career playing as a midfielder usually acting as a deep-lying playmaker.
Club career 
Debuchy began his career playing for his hometown club Union Sportive Frétin before joining Lille at the age of eight. After spending a decade in Lille's youth system, he was promoted to the senior team following the winter break of the 2003–04 season. Debuchy was given the number 33 shirt and simultaneously made his professional debut and first start on 31 January 2004 in a league match against Metz. He played the entire match as Lille recorded a 1–0 win. Debuchy made five more appearances that season, which included two starts and three substitute appearances.
The following season, Debuchy switched to the number 2 and his playing time increased significantly. He appeared in 19 matches and scored three goals. His first professional goal came against Bordeaux. Debuchy scored the goal in the first minute of the match. Lille's solid form that season resulted in the club finishing second in the league and, as a result, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Debuchy was also instrumental in Lille's run to the Round of 16 in 2004–05 UEFA Cup where the club was eliminated by rival French club Auxerre.
Debuchy became a fixture in the starting eleven during the 2005–06 season. On 26 March 2006, he damaged knee ligaments in a league match against Strasbourg. The injury required surgery ruling him out for six months. As a result of the injury, Debuchy missed the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. A week after suffering the injury, on 4 April, Lille officials awarded Debuchy a contract extension until 2010.
Debuchy signed a contract extension on 28 February 2011, tying him down to the club until 2015. That season he was instrumental in the team's advancement to the final of the Coupe de France appearing in all five matches the team contested. In the final, Debuchy played the entire match as Lille defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1–0 at the Stade de France. A week later, Lille clinched the Ligue 1 championship by drawing 2–2 away to Paris Saint-Germain, Debuchy providing the cross from which Moussa Sow netted Lille's second goal. The result meant that the players had achieved the club's first league championship since the 1953–54 season and the club's first double since the 1945–46 season. The domestic cup and league title were the first two domestic honours of Debuchy's career.
The following season started off with a 1–1 draw against Nancy on 6 August 2011, with the right back opening the scoring in the 47th minute. Debuchy was part of the Lille squad that dramatically fell 5–4 to Bordeaux on 12 February 2012, scoring Lille's third goal of the game as former teammate, Ludovic Obraniak netted the winner in the 90th minute. The following weekend, Lille got back on track with a 1–0 defeat of Lorient, as Debuchy scored the only goal of the game. Debuchy started and played the full 90 minutes in all six group games of the Champions League that season, as Lille finished bottom of their tight group and crashed out of Europe because of a 0–0 draw with Trabzonspor on the final matchday. The campaign was hugely successful for Debuchy on a personal level as he made his breakthrough in the French squad as well as being named in the UNFP Team of the Year. Following the season, Lille manager Rudi Garcia described Debuchy as a defender who "plays high and attacks but defensively is also very rigorous and he exudes confidence."
Newcastle United 
Debuchy moved to English club Newcastle United on 4 January 2013, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract until the summer 2018, for an undisclosed fee, reportedly £5.5 million. He made his debut for Newcastle on 12 January 2013 against Norwich City.
International career 
Debuchy has been capped with the under-21 team. On 5 August 2010, Debuchy was called up to the senior team for the first time by new manager Laurent Blanc for the team's friendly match against Norway on 11 August 2010 but did not win his first cap until November 2011. He scored his first goal for France in a friendly against Iceland on 27 May 2012. Blanc selected Debuchy in his final 23-man squad for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine on 29 May. He started at right back for Les Bleus opening match against England, helping his side to a 1–1 draw, in which his performance was hailed as "outstanding" and "terrific." He played the full 90 minutes of France's second group match against, a 2–0 defeat of co-hosts Ukraine on 15 June.
Career statistics 
Correct as of 19 May 2013.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe[nb 2]||Total|
- (Correct as of 14 November 2012)
International goals 
||27 May 2012||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France||Iceland||
|Correct as of 27 May 2012|
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- "Mathieu Debuchy: Newcastle sign France international". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
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- Debuchy adapting well to international arena – UEFA.com
- France 3 Iceland 2: Les Bleus win from 2–0 down | Mail Online
- Blanc finds no place for Gourcuff, Yanga-Mbiwa – UEFA.com
- England 1 France 1 – match report: Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri score in Euro 2012 | Mail Online
- England up and running after 1–1 opening draw against France at Euro 2012 but work is needed – Telegraph
- Euro 2012 results Ukraine 0 France 2: Les Bleus strike twice after lightning and thunderstorms halt clash | Mail Online
- "Mathieu DEBUCHY". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- DEBUCHY Mathieu, French Football Federation, accessed 12 March 2012