Steve Marlet

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Steve Marlet
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-01-10) 10 January 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Pithiviers, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward, Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Red Star 137 (42)
1996–2000 Auxerre 107 (25)
2000–2001 Lyon 36 (13)
2001–2005 Fulham 54 (11)
2003–2005 Marseille (loan) 54 (16)
2005–2006 VfL Wolfsburg 21 (1)
2006–2007 Lorient 22 (1)
2009–2011 Aubervilliers 44 (13)
2011–2012 Red Star 20 (2)
Total 495 (124)
National team
2000–2004 France 23 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steve Marlet (born 10 January 1974 in Pithiviers) is a retired French footballer and coach, who played as a forward. He was capped 23 times and scored six goals for the French national team, winning the Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003 and featuring at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

Fulham[edit]

Marlet held the record for Fulham's biggest transfer fee until July 2008, as the newly promoted Premier League team paid £11.5 million to sign him in August 2001 from Olympique Lyonnais.[1][2] His expectations was well received by France national team coach Roger Lemerre, suggesting "He will progress at Fulham".[3] However, He only managed 11 goals in 54 games, as then-manager Jean Tigana was dismissed during the season. He played just one game in the 2003–04 season for Fulham, in which he scored. He was then loaned out to Olympique de Marseille on 27 August, with an option to sign permanently.[4]

While on loan, Marlet partnered Didier Drogba up front as Marseille advanced through the 2003-04 UEFA Cup, before losing the final to Valencia.[5]

Marlet's poor performances for Fulham led to chairman Mohammed Al Fayed taking Tigana to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the high transfer fee. Tigana, who had ties to Lyon and had briefly been Marlet's agent, was accused of signing him for an exorbitant fee and taking a cut of the fee for himself. The charges were quickly dropped.[6]

Wolfsburg and Lorient[edit]

On 21 August 2005, after his release from Fulham, Marlet signed a one-year deal with the option for a second year, at VfL Wolfsburg of the German Bundesliga. On his arrival, manager Thomas Strunz said "Steve Marlet is very well-known in international football, a player who is fast and versatile".[7]

Marlet only scored one Bundesliga goal and was not given the second year of his contract. He trained for two weeks with Paris St. Germain before signing a one-year deal at FC Lorient, newly promoted to Ligue 1. He was attracted by the attacking style of manager Christian Gourcuff.[8]

Later career[edit]

After being released by Lorient, he went on trial with Ipswich Town from 6 to 30 October 2007,[9] Chicago Fire and Reims.[6]

In July 2011, he joined FC Red Star Saint-Ouen in the third tier of French football, the Championnat National, where he spent the last season of his career.

Club statistics[edit]

League matches only

Club Season Apps Goals
Red Star 93 1990–91 0 0
1991–92 7 1
1992–93 31 5
1993–94 40 9
1994–95 24 11
1995–96 35 16
AJ Auxerre 1996–97 24 3
1997–98 18 6
1998–99 32 7
1999–00 33 9
Olympique Lyon 2000–01 31 12
2001–02 5 1
Fulham F.C. 2001/02 25 6
2002–03 28 4
2003–04 1 1
Olympique Marseille 2003–04 23 9
2004–05 31 7
VfL Wolfsburg 2005–06 21 1
FC Lorient 2006–07 22 1

International career[edit]

International Goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 2001 Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu, South Korea  South Korea
1 – 0
5 – 0
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
2. 22 March 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Scotland
5 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly match
3. 12 October 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovenia
2 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
4. 12 October 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovenia
3 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
5. 20 August 2003 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Switzerland
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match
6. 24 May 2004 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Andorra
4 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match

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