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|Full name||Philippe Julien Albert|
|Date of birth||10 August 1967|
|Place of birth||Bouillon, Belgium|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|1998–1999||→ Fulham (loan)||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:33, 15 May 2007 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Albert started his career with Charleroi before moving to Mechelen where his performances won him Belgian Golden Shoe and a move to Anderlecht. While playing at Anderlecht, he won the Belgian League twice and helped his national side qualify for the 1994 World Cup.
Albert's exploits at the World Cup earned him a £2.6m transfer to Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United; he was issued the number 27 shirt, and completed the transfer on his 27th birthday. He later claimed he turned down moves to Italian clubs Juventus and Fiorentina the year before as did not like the a hot climate or having to play on Sundays, and moved to Newcastle as he was a fan of Keegan and the team he played for, Liverpool, in his youth. He was an immediate success in the side as he helped them win their first six league games of the 1994–95 season, but he missed the later stages of the season through injury and Newcastle finished sixth – not even enough for a UEFA Cup place. He became a cult hero at Newcastle United due to his less-than-defensive tendencies in "the Entertainers'" central defence, would often make runs forward and be found roaming on the edge of the opposition box. His most famous moment arguably came when he scored an audacious chip over Peter Schmeichel in a 5–0 win over Manchester United in 1996; United manager Alex Ferguson had been interested in signing him a year earlier.
Fans at Newcastle created a terrace chant for the player, singing "Phillipe, Phillipe Albert, everyone knows his name" to the words of the theme song of 1970s children's TV series The Adventures of Rupert Bear.
Injuries towards the end of the decade limited his first team chances and he spent 13 games on loan to third-tier club Fulham (managed at the time by former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan), scoring twice during the 1998–99 season as they were promoted from Division Two as champions.
On leaving Newcastle in 1999, Albert returned to Belgium, rejoining Charleroi for £600,000. He spent one season with the club before retiring from football. As of November 2013 he is working in the fruit and vegetable trade.
Albert made 41 appearances for the Belgium national football team, making his debut in 1987, but came to worldwide prominence at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. There he played in four of Belgium's matches, scoring against the Netherlands in his first game and against Germany in the second round match, which Belgium lost 3–2.
Albert is now working as a pundit for Belgian TV, and also runs a successful fruit and vegetable company.
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