Sylvain Legwinski

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Sylvain Legwinski
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Personal information
Date of birth (1973-10-06) 6 October 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Clermont-Ferrand, France
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Monaco 135 (13)
1999–2001 Bordeaux 49 (2)
2001–2006 Fulham 128 (8)
2006–2008 Ipswich Town 47 (7)
2009 St Neots Town 2 (0)
Total 361 (30)
National team
1996 France U21/Olympic 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sylvain Legwinski (born 6 October 1973 in Clermont-Ferrand) is a retired French footballer, who played as a midfielder. He is now assistant coach at AS Monaco in France

Having made a name for himself at AS Monaco, he played seven years of his professional career in England, collecting more than 200 official appearances for Fulham and Ipswich Town.

Club career[edit]

The son of a basketball player with Polish descent who settled at Vichy, Legwinski joined AS Monaco FC's youth system at 18, as Arsène Wenger was the main squad's manager, giving the player his first team debuts shortly after. He developed into a midfield force under Jean Tigana's guidance, scoring nine league goals in 1996–97, as Monaco won the national title.

After two seasons and four games into 2001–02 with FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Legwinski rejoined Tigana at Fulham. There, he was renowned for his passion and work rate, and was amusingly given the nickname "Monica" by the fans, a pun on the name of Monica Lewinsky, famous for having a relationship with U.S. president Bill Clinton.

At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, new Fulham boss Chris Coleman made it clear that Legwinski did not fit into the side's future plans and, in August 2006, following a successful trial with Ipswich Town, the player signed a two-year contract.

In his first year at the club, Legwinksi won the supporter's and manager's Player of the Year Award for 2006–07, netting five league goals. During the campaign, he became the only Ipswich player to have scored against all East Anglian opposition during one season (Norwich City, Colchester United, Southend United and Luton Town).

However, Legwinski found himself out of the picture for much of the following season, still managing to find the net twice, in draws against Queen's Park Rangers and Burnley. Due to the team's extensive midfield, he was told he would not be offered a new contract and, as Town teammate Fabian Wilnis, started looking to the future, working towards his coaching badges.[1]

In September 2008, Legwinski underwent an unsuccessful trial with Swedish team IFK Göteborg. Early in the following year, he had another tryout in the country, with Örgryte IS, which had just won promotion to the top flight.

In March 2009, Legwinski joined St Neots Town as a player/assistant manager, joining player-manager Steve Lomas.[2] Shortly after, definitely retired, he moved to Crystal Palace as a youth coach. He is now assistant coach at AS Monaco in France.

International career[edit]

An under-21 international, Legwinski scored once in four matches for the 1996 Summer Olympics quarter-finalists.

Honours[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1992-93 Monaco French League 2 0 - - - 2 0
1993-94 0 0 - - - 0 0
1994-95 21 1 - - - 21 1
1995-96 29 2 - - 1 0 30 2
1996-97 37 9 - - 2 1 39 10
1997-98 22 0 - - 2 0 24 0
1998-99 14 1 - - - 14 1
1999-00 10 0 - - 2 1 12 1
1999-00 Bordeaux French League 13 1 2 0 - - 15 1
2000-01 32 1 - - 4 0 36 1
2001-02 4 0 - - - 4 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Fulham Premier League 33 3 5 1 2 1 - 40 5
2002-03 35 4 3 0 - 12 2 50 6
2003-04 32 0 4 0 1 0 - 37 0
2004-05 15 1 5 0 2 0 - 22 1
2005-06 13 0 1 0 1 0 - 15 0
2006-07 Ipswich Championship 32 5 4 0 - - 36 5
2007-08 15 2 - 1 0 - 16 2
2008-09
Total France 184 15 2 0 - 11 2 197 17
England 175 15 22 1 7 1 12 2 216 19
Career total 359 30 24 1 7 1 23 4 413 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Klug: Fab playing his part". Club Fanzine. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Legwinski à St Neots" [Legwinski at St Neots]. L'Équipe. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 

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