Philippe Senderos

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Philippe Senderos
Senderos with Switzerland in 2006
Personal information
Full name Philippe Sylvain Senderos
Date of birth (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Valencia
Number 4
Youth career
1992–2002 Servette
2003–2004 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Servette 26 (3)
2004–2010 Arsenal 84 (4)
2008–2009 Milan (loan) 14 (0)
2010 Everton (loan) 2 (0)
2010–2014 Fulham 57 (3)
2014– Valencia 5 (0)
National team
2005– Switzerland 52 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:48, 17 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2013

Philippe Sylvain Senderos (born 14 February 1985) is a Swiss footballer who plays for Valencia CF in La Liga and the Switzerland national team as a central defender.

Previously he has played for Servette, Arsenal, Milan, Everton and Fulham.

Club career[edit]


Philippe Senderos came up through the youth team set up at Swiss club Servette. After a few appearances in his first season, he soon became a regular player in the first team. On 27 July 2002, Senderos scored a brace (and his first goal) in a 2–0 win over Luzern. Senderos signed for Arsenal in December 2002, though he remained working at Servette until the following summer.[1] Shortly after joining Arsenal, Senderos father and agent say he rejected a move to Real Madrid in favour of joining Arsenal.[2] He claimed he made a right decision joining the Gunners.[3]


Shortly after joining Arsenal, his start did not come as planned after he suffered a recurrence of a back problem for six weeks[4] and another injury on a fractured bone in his foot, leaving him out for the rest of the season.[5] During the season, Arsenal would become undefeated and winning the league. He made his debut in a 2–1 win against Manchester City in the League Cup in the 2004–05 season.[6] During the 2004–05 season, the club would win two titles: FA Cup (which he started in, filling for Sol Campbell) and FA Community Shield. After the season, Senderos committed his long-term future by signing an improved five-year deal.[7] During the 2005–06 season he scored his first Arsenal goal in a 2–1 loss to West Bromwich Albion,[8] and again in a 7–0 win over Middlesbrough.[9] He produced some fantastic performances in Arsenal's run to the final of the Champions League in 2005–06, but towards the end of his career at the club his performances became more and more erratic.

A.C. Milan[edit]

Senderos fell out of favour with Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.[10] In August 2008 Senderos joined Italian club Milan on a season-long loan.[11] Senderos described joining Milan as a "dream come true".[12] He quickly picked up an injury and struggled to make the first team ahead of Paolo Maldini and Kakha Kaladze, but finally made his first full appearance for the Rossoneri in a UEFA Cup Group Stage tie against Portuguese side Braga, and came on as a substitute for his first Serie A appearance against Fiorentina, after half the season had gone. Despite wanting his move at Milan to be permanent,[13] Senderos returned to Arsenal after 14 appearances.


Senderos made only two appearances for Arsenal in 2009–10, both in the League Cup,[14] and in January 2010 joined Everton for the remainder of the season,[10] where he wore the number 23, vacated by the departure of Lucas Neill.[15] He made his first appearance for the club in a 1–0 win away against Wigan Athletic.[14] He returned to Arsenal at the end of the season having made only three appearances for Everton (two in the Premier League and one in the Europa League).[14]


In June 2010, Senderos signed a three-year deal with Fulham on a free transfer.[16] On 9 August while training, Senderos tore his Achilles tendon, keeping him out for six months.[17] He underwent surgery and was expected to be out for 6 months.[18] He finally made his debut for Fulham on 30 April 2011 against Sunderland. He made his second appearance for Fulham against Birmingham, helping the team to a clean sheet with a number of good tackles and clearances. On 21 April 2012, he scored his first Premier League goal since joining Fulham as they beat Wigan Athletic 2–1 at Craven Cottage.[19]

On 1 March 2013, Senderos signed a one-year contract extension keeping him at Craven Cottage until June 2014.[20]

On 21 October 2013, Senderos scored a goal in a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.[21]


On 31 January 2014, Senderos joined Valencia CF from Fulham on a permanent deal.[22] He made his debut for the team on 8 February 2014, in the 5:0 home win over Real Betis in a La Liga match, playing the first 82 minutes[23] and netted his first goal (with a header) on 13 March 2014, in the 3:0 away victory over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad in the first leg of a UEFA Europa League 1/8 final.[24]

International career[edit]

Senderos in action for Switzerland in 2012 in a match against Argentina

Senderos is a former youth international and has played at all levels of football from the U15s upward for Switzerland, though he was also eligible to play for Spain or Serbia through his parents. He was captain of the Swiss U-17 squad that won the 2002 U-17 European Championships.[25]

He made his full international debut in March 2005 in Switzerland's 0–0 draw against France in Paris. After playing in Switzerland's successful qualifying campaign, he was named in their 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. He started alongside Patrick Müller in all three of Switzerland's group matches, managing to score a goal in the third match against Korea Republic. He broke his nose and suffered shoulder ligament damage in the match, which ruled him out of the remainder of Switzerland's World Cup campaign.[26] Senderos was also part of the Swiss squad at the UEFA Euro 2008 finals, appearing in all three group matches as the team failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

He was part of the Swiss national team at the 2010 World Cup. In the first match, where Switzerland shocked Spain 1–0,[27] he was substituted in the 36th minute after injuring his ankle seriously in an accidental collision with teammate Stephan Lichtsteiner. Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said after the match, "He has a sprained ankle, possibly a ruptured ligament. If that is the case, it would be very difficult to replace him."[28]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 February 2005 GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus 1–0 3–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 12 November 2005 Stade de Suisse, Bern  Turkey 1–0 2–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 23 June 2006 AWD Arena, Hannover  South Korea 1–0 2–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006
4. 10 October 2009 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–0 3–0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2
5. 10 October 2009 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 2–0 3–0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2

Personal life[edit]

Senderos is a child of Serbian (Zorica Novković) and Spanish (Julián Senderos) immigrants. On 20 July 2009, Senderos married his Iranian girlfriend Sara.[29]

Senderos speaks six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Serbian.[30] His brother Julien is a professional basketball player currently with Meyrin Grand-Saconnex and the Swiss national team.[31]

During his time at Arsenal, fans dubbed him Swiss Tony. The name came from a character from The Fast Show, and was a pun on his nationality, and similar playing style to Tony Adams.[32][33] In June 2012, it was reported that Senderos converted to Islam[34] but he later denied this on his official Facebook page in August 2012.[35]





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  4. ^ "Senderos blow for Gunners". Sky Sports. 12 September 2003. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gunners defender's injury setback". Sky Sports. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Man City 1–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Senderos set to commit to Arsenal". BBC. 19 June 2005. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "West Brom 2–1 Arsenal". BBC. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Arsenal 7–0 Middlesbrough". BBC. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Arsenal's Philippe Senderos to join Everton on loan". BBC Sport. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Senderos joins AC Milan on season-long loan". 27 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  12. ^ "Senderos in dreamland". Sky Sports. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Senderos wants Milan stay". Sky Sports. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
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  16. ^ "Senderos Joins Fulham". Fulham F.C. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  17. ^ "Senderos blow rocks Fulham". Sky Sports. 
  18. ^ "News | Fulham Football Club". 11 August 2010. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Fulham 2–1 Wigan" BBC Sport. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  20. ^ "Fulham defender Philippe Senderos signs a new one-year contract with the club". Sky Sports. 1 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Fulham thrash struggling Palace". BBC Sport. 22 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Phillippe Senderos leaves Fulham to join Valencia". Sky Sports. 31 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Philippe Senderos player profile and match log" (in English). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Valencia CF 0:3" (in English). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  25. ^ Tschoumy, Renaud (10 November 2009). "Les "Rouge" admirent les "Rougets"". Le Matin. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Senderos faces six-week lay-off". BBC. 25 June 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
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  29. ^ "Sie tröstet Senderos". 18 June 2010. 
  30. ^ Anna Kessel (17 April 2005). "Arsenal's cultured ministry of defence". The Observer (London). Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  31. ^ "". 18 September 1980. 
  32. ^ "Swiss Toni leads Arsenal to FA Cup Semis". Gunnerblog. 13 March 2005. 
  33. ^ "Senderos the Scapegoat joins Fulham – Arsenal Action". 
  34. ^ "British footballer Philippe Senderos converts to Islam". Press TV. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  35. ^ "Philippe Senderos Official Facebook page". Facebook. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 

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