|Full name||Sylvain Marveaux|
|Date of birth||15 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Vannes, France|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Current club||Newcastle United|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Sylvain Marveaux (born 15 April 1986) is a French football player who currently plays for English club Newcastle United in the Premier League. He can play a variety of positions in the midfield, but is mostly utilized as a left-sided midfielder or an attacking midfielder. Marveaux is a former French under-21 international having earned caps with the team from 2006–2008. He is the younger brother of Joris Marveaux, who currently plays for Montpellier.
Marveaux was born in Vannes, located on the west coast of the Brittany region, and began his career at local club AS Ménimur at age six. He starred for the club at various youth levels before departing for the biggest club in the city, Vannes OC. In his first year at Vannes, Marveaux was selected to attend the Pôle Espoirs Football de Ploufragan, a smaller regional version of the Clairefontaine academy. While training at Ploufragan during the weekdays, he played at Vannes on the weekends. Marveaux also trained alongside future Rennes teammates Yoann Gourcuff, Virgile Reset and William Stanger while attending Ploufragan.
In 2001, after leaving Ploufragan, Marveaux signed an aspirant (youth) contract with Stade Rennais and joined the club's aspiring youth academy. Marveaux spent four years in the club's academy before earning a call up to the club's Championnat de France amateur team for the 2005–06 season. He was an undisputed started in the team making 21 appearances and scoring seven goals. Following the season, Marveaux signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until June 2009. He was officially promoted to the senior team and assigned the number 26 shirt for the 2006–07 season.
Marveaux made his professional debut on 5 August 2006 in a league match against Lille playing the entire match in a 2–1 defeat. Despite starting his first professional match, he was relegated to appearing as a substitute for the majority of the season by manager Guy Lacombe. Marveaux scored his first professional goal for the team on 14 October after appearing as a first-half substitute in a 3–1 win over Auxerre. Two weeks later, he scored an extra time goal in the Coupe de la Ligue against Lille after appearing as a second-half substitute. Rennes won the match 2–0. On 18 November, Marveaux converted a late equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw against Le Mans. He finished the campaign with 32 total appearances and six goals. Of the 32 appearances, Marveaux only made nine starts.
Marveaux began the 2007–08 season alternating between the bench and the first 11 as the player struggled to adapt to new manager Guy Lacombe. He finished the season with 24 appearances in the league and no goals. Marveaux scored his only goal of the season against Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Sofia in the first round of the UEFA Cup. His transition to Lacombe was further hampered during the 2008–09 season when, while playing with the France under-21 team, he suffered a torn hamstring injury. The initial diagnosis of the injury required no surgery, however, in October, it was discovered that the injury was severe after club doctors revealed that a hematoma had formed around the hamstring. Marveaux underwent surgery and, subsequently, missed five months. He returned to the team in May 2009 and appeared in the final three matches of the season.
For the 2009–10 season, under new manager Frédéric Antonetti, a healthy Marveaux thrived having his best season to date. Marveaux posted career-highs in all statistical categories. He scored his first goal of the season on 13 September 2009 in a 1–0 win against Saint-Étienne. The following week, Marveaux netted the second goal in a 4–0 thrashing of Grenoble. In the return leg against Grenoble in 2010, he scored a double in another 4–0 win. The following week, Marveaux was instrumental in the team's 4–2 victory over the defending champions Bordeaux. He scored the opening goal in the 7th minute and assisted on the final goal scored by Asamoah Gyan. In the Coupe de France, Marveaux scored two goals, both of which came in a 4–0 victory over amateur club Saumur in the Round of 32. He finished the campaign by scoring in a 2–1 defeat to Sochaux and a 2–2 draw against Nice. Marveaux successful individual season of 38 total appearances and 12 goals was overshadowed by the team's collective display as Rennes finished mid-table and failed to qualify for Europe after appearing in the UEFA Cup in back-to-back seasons.
Due to having one year left on his contract, Marveaux was the subject of transfer speculation in the 2010 summer transfer window with English clubs Chelsea and Manchester United being the first to scout the player. In June 2010, West Ham offered £3 million for the player, however Rennes' general manager Pierre Dreossi denied the bid stating that Marveaux "will be with Rennes next season" and "I do not usually change my mind, I've demonstrated that in the past." Marveaux, indeed, began the 2010–11 season with Rennes starting in the team's opening match of the season against Lille. On 3 October, he scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win over Toulouse. The following month, in a match against Derby Breton rivals Brest, Marveaux aggravated a groin injury that had been plaguing him during the campaign. The following day, it was reported that Marveaux would not return to action until 2011.
On 18 June 2011, Marveaux agreed and signed a five-year deal with Premier League club Newcastle United. He had reportedly been very close to joining Liverpool under the management of Kenny Dalglish. Marveaux rubbished claims he failed a medical at Anfield, confirming he could not agree terms.
He made his first competitive start in the Football League Cup second round in an away win at Scunthorpe United playing the full 120 minutes that included extra time. He started all Newcastle's other League Cup games until their elimination in the 4th round. Having only made a handful of substitute appearances in the league due to Newcastle's unbeaten stance in November, he got his opportunity in a 2-1 home win against Everton on 5 November 2011. However, he came off injured in the second half with a recurring problem with his groin.
He scored his first goal for Newcastle in a 1-1 UEFA Europa League draw with C.S. Marítimo on 22 November 2012. He scored his first ever Premier League goal in the Magpies' fixture at Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on 29 December 2012, which Newcastle lost 7-3. The goal was a simple tap in after a good piece of work from team mate Gabriel Obertan. He then set up Demba Ba for his 2nd goal of the game with a sublime cross using the outside of his foot.
- As of 12 February 2014.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe[nb 2]||Total|
- Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions, FA Cup and Football League Cup
- Includes UEFA Supercup
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- "Rennes v. Lille Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 5 August 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Rennes v. Auxerre Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 14 October 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Lille v. Rennes Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 26 October 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Rennes v. Le Mans Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 18 November 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
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- "Rennes v. Saint-Étienne Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 13 September 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Grenoble v. Rennes Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 20 September 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Rennes v. Grenoble Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 30 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Rennes v. Bordeaux Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 6 February 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Saumur v. Rennes Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 22 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Rennes v. Sochaux Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 2 May 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Rennes v. Nice Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 8 May 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Marveaux: "J’irai au bout de mon contrat"". Stade Rennais F.C. (in French). 16 July 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Chelsea eyeing Rennes attacking midfielder Marveaux". Tribal Football (in French). 20 May 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Hammers target Marveaux to stay at Rennes". ESPN. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Rennes v. Lille Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 7 August 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Rennes v. Toulouse Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 3 October 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Sylvain Marveaux out until 2011". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Marveaux KO". Sport24. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Marveaux Agrees Terms With United". Newcastle United FC. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Marveaux Snubs Liverpool To Join Newcastle". Newcastle United FC. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Scunthorpe 1-2 Newcastle". BBC. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- "Newcastle2-1 Everton". BBC Sport. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- "Marveaux to face operation". Newcastle United FC. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- "Newcastle 1 - 1 Maritimo". Newcastle United FC. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "Sylvain Marveaux". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- Sylvain Marveaux French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Sylvain Marveaux at L'Équipe Football (French)
- Sylvain Marveaux – UEFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile
- ESPN FC profile