Matthieu Delpierre

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Matthieu Delpierre
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Delpierre celebrating the league title with Stuttgart in 2007
Personal information
Full name Matthieu Delpierre
Date of birth (1981-04-26) 26 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Nancy, France
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 17
Youth career
1996–1999 Lille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Lille 83 (3)
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart II 6 (0)
2004–2012 VfB Stuttgart 162 (3)
2012–2014 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 23 (1)
2014 FC Utrecht 14 (0)
2014– Melbourne Victory 3 (1)
National team
France U18 2 (0)
France U20 11 (0)
France U21 12 (0)
2008 France B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2008

Matthieu Delpierre (born 26 April 1981 in Nancy, France) is a French footballer who currently plays with A-League side Melbourne Victory. Delpierre plays as a centre back and was the captain of VfB Stuttgart. He has represented France at the U18, U20 and under-21 levels, making appearances during the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

In his first season with Lille, Delpierre made little appearances for the club but helped in the club's promotion to Ligue 1. Delpierre became more of a regular in his second season with the club, helping them in securing third spot and UEFA Champions League qualification. Delpierre continued to perform for Lille though the club kept finishing at a lower position in the league every season.

Delpierre during his time at Stuttgart

Delpierre was signed by VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer after Lille refused to grant him a contract extension. Having been eclipsed by the team's generally poor displays over the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, Delpierre started developing form under the tutelage of coach Armin Veh.

The following season, the French defender became a linchpin at the heart of the Stuttgart defence. Having only missed one game through illness, Delpierre formed an almost impenetrable barrier alongside Fernando Meira at the heart of the Stuttgart defence. Matthieu has also been a vital cog in Stuttgart's success in the 2006–07 DFB-Pokal, conceding only three goals leading up to the finals, which they eventually lost to Nuremberg. On 19 May 2007, Delpierre won the German Bundesliga with Stuttgart, playing a significant part in their success.

His defensive performances have alerted the attentions of English and German giants respectively, Arsenal and Bayern Munich[1] and also French clubs Marseille and Saint-Étienne.

He has extended his contract with Stuttgart until the summer of 2012.[2]

On 1 December 2009, Delpierre was appointed the new captain of VfB Stuttgart by Markus Babbel.[3] On 12 January 2012 he asked Bruno Labbadia to appoint another player.[4] Delpierre joined Hoffenheim on a free transfer at the end of the season.

On 31 January 2014 he moved to FC Utrecht.

On 7 July 2014, A-League club Melbourne Victory announced the signing of Delpierre on a one-year deal.[5]

On 10 October 2014, Delpierre scored the first goal of the 2014–15 A-League season in the Victory's first round match against the Western Sydney Wanderers, scoring from a Guilherme Finkler free kick in just the 8th minute of the match. The Victory eventually won the match 4–1.

International career[edit]

Delpierre took part in the French A-squad pre-selection for the first time in 2007.[6]

Career honours[edit]

Lille
Stuttgart[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bundesliga – Arsenal, Bayern eye Delpierre". Yahoo! Sport. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Four more years". VfB Stuttgart. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Matthieu Delpierre is new VfB captain". VfB Stuttgart. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Serdar Tasci is the new captain". VfB Stuttgart. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Victory sign French defender". FFA. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "List of the pre-selected players in the french A-squad in the season 2007–2008". Retrieved 7 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "M. Delpierre". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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