Sylvain Wiltord

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Sylvain Wiltord
Sylvain Wiltord Rennes 081229.jpg
Wiltord training with Rennes in 2008
Personal information
Full name Sylvain Wiltord[1]
Date of birth (1974-05-10) 10 May 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Neuilly-sur-Marne, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Rennes 126 (31)
1996–1997 Deportivo de La Coruña 0 (0)
1996–1997 Rennes (loan) 28 (8)
1997–2000 Bordeaux 99 (46)
2000–2004 Arsenal 104 (32)
2004–2007 Lyon 82 (20)
2007–2009 Rennes 31 (6)
2009 Marseille 13 (1)
2010 Metz 15 (3)
2011–2012 Nantes 28 (8)
Total 526 (155)
National team
1999–2006 France 92 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 April 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 April 2010

Sylvain Wiltord (born 10 May 1974) is a French former footballer who played as a winger.

Highlights of his club career included his four-season spell at Arsenal, with whom he won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups. He also won the Ligue 1 title in each of his three subsequent seasons at Lyon.

With the French national team, Wiltord earned 92 caps and scored 26 goals. He played at the 1996 Olympics, two World Cups and two European Championships. Wiltord was part of their teams which won Euro 2000 and reached the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career, Rennes and Bordeaux[edit]

Wiltord's career began at Stade Rennais FC, where he emerged in 1993–94 with eight goals in 26 games. He joined Deportivo de La Coruña briefly in 1996, where he continued to plunder goals on loan for one season before moving to FC Girondins de Bordeaux.[3]

He was ever-present in his first term at Bordeaux and scored 22 goals the next season, 1998–99, as Bordeaux won the French Ligue 1 championship.

Arsenal[edit]

Wiltord was signed by English club Arsenal, for what was then, a club record fee of £13 million in August 2000, weeks after scoring the stoppage-time equaliser in the Euro 2000 Final.[4] He played 175 times occasionally pairing Thierry Henry up front or otherwise starting either from the bench or on the wing. The record fee was not surpassed for the next eight-and-a-half years until Arsenal paid £15 million for Russian winger Andrei Arshavin in January 2009.

The highlight of his Arsenal career was scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford, a 1–0 win which clinched the 2001–02 Premier League title as Arsenal achieved "The Double" on 8 May.[5] He scored a total of 49 goals for the club, and was part of Arsenal's 2003–04 'Invincibles' season, though he did not feature much towards the end of the campaign and near the end of his Arsenal career. His final season brought 12 league appearances – enough to qualify for a title winners' medal.[6]

In June 2008 he was voted 33rd in a list of 50 of the greatest Arsenal players of all time.[7]

Lyon[edit]

When his contract with Arsenal expired in the summer of 2004, Wiltord trained for two weeks with Rennes and rejected a move to newly promoted Premier League team West Bromwich Albion. On 31 August, he signed for Olympique Lyonnais on an initial two-year contract.[8]

Moving to Lyon, Wiltord found further success, winning three Ligue 1 titles and reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in successive seasons.

Rennes[edit]

Wiltord signed for Rennes in August 2007 on a two-year contract and with an opportunity to join the coaching staff when he finished his professional career.

Marseille[edit]

He joined Olympique de Marseille on 15 January 2009 for the rest of the Ligue 1 season. On 17 May 2009 he scored Marseille's only goal in a 3–1 loss to Lyon at home.[9] He was released at the end of the 2008–09 season, and was considering a possible move to either America, UAE or perhaps retirement.[10]

Metz[edit]

On 30 January 2010, Wiltord signed with FC Metz until the end of the season.[11]

Nantes[edit]

On 18 July 2011, Wiltord came back from retirement and signed a contract at FC Nantes until the end of 2011–12.[12] He announced his retirement on 11 June 2012 with immediate effect.[13]

International career[edit]

Wiltord made his debut for France in a 2–0 victory over England on 10 February 1999 at Wembley Stadium. For France, Wiltord has been capped 92 times, scoring 26 goals. His most memorable goal for Les Bleus was scored in dramatic fashion in the Euro 2000 final against Italy to tie the match 1–1 and bring the game to extra-time. France then won the final thanks to a golden goal by David Trézéguet.

He remained in the national squad for the 2002 World Cup where France endured a shocking first round exit, without a single win or scoring a single goal, in the worst ever performance by a defending champion at the World Cup.

Wiltord also took part at Euro 2004 in Portugal, having played seven games in the qualifying campaign with a fantastic return of six goals. However, a poor performance from Les Bleus saw a shocking quarter-final exit at the hands of eventual winners Greece.

Most recently, he was part of Raymond Domenech's France squad that played in the 2006 World Cup final against arch-rivals Italy. Wiltord scored France's first penalty in the ensuing penalty shootout following the 1–1 draw, but France would lose the shootout 5–3.

Statistics[edit]

[14]

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 Stade Rennais Division 2 2 0
1993/94 26 8
1994/95 Division 1 26 5
1995/96 37 15
1996/97 35 3
1997/98 Girondins Bordeaux Division 1 34 11
1998/99 33 22
1999/00 32 13 12 4
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000/01 Arsenal Premier League 27 8 6 6 1 0 13 1 47 15
2001/02 33 10 7 2 3 4 11 1 54 17
2002/03 34 10 7 2 0 0 12 1 53 13
2003/04 12 3 0 0 3 1 4 0 19 4
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2004/05 Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 25 3 0 0 0 0 8 6 31 9
2005/06 35 12 0 0 0 0 10 2 45 14
2006/07 22 5 0 0 0 0 6 0 28 5
2007/08 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 25 6 0 0 0 0 4 0 29 6
2008/09 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 9 1
2008/09 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2009/10 Metz Ligue 2 15 3
Country France 366 107
England 104 32 20 10 7 5 40 3
Total 470 139

[15]

France national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 8 2
2000 14 6
2001 13 4
2002 11 3
2003 13 5
2004 8 3
2005 9 1
2006 16 2
Total 92 26

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 March 1999 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Armenia
1 – 0
2 – 0
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2. 5 June 1999 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Russia
2 – 1
2 – 3
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
3. 29 March 2000 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland
0 – 1
0 – 2
Friendly match
4. 6 June 2000 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Morocco
1 – 5
1 – 5
2000 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament
5. 11 June 2000 Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium  Denmark
3 – 0
3 – 0
UEFA Euro 2000
6. 2 July 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Italy
1 – 1
2 – 1
UEFA Euro 2000
7. 4 October 2000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cameroon
1 – 0
1 – 1
Friendly match
8. 15 November 2000 BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey
0 – 2
0 – 4
Friendly match
9. 24 March 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Japan
3 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly match
10. 25 April 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Portugal
1 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
11. 30 May 2001 Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu, South Korea  South Korea
5 – 0
5 – 0
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
12. 3 June 2001 Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan, South Korea  Mexico
1 – 0
4 – 0
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
13. 7 September 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
1 – 2
1 – 2
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
14. 12 October 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovenia
4 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
15. 16 October 2002 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta
0 – 3
0 – 4
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
16. 29 March 2003 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Malta
1 – 0
6 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
17. 26 June 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Turkey
3 – 1
3 – 2
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
18. 20 August 2003 Stade de Genève, Genève, Switzerland  Switzerland
0 – 1
0 – 2
Friendly match
19. 6 September 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus
2 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
20. 6 September 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus
3 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
21. 28 May 2004 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Andorra
1 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
22. 28 May 2004 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Andorra
2 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
23. 13 October 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
0 – 1
0 – 2
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
24. 12 October 2005 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus
2 – 0
4 – 0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
25. 1 March 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovakia
1 – 1
1 – 2
Friendly match
26. 25 April 2006 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Denmark
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match

Personal life[edit]

His parents moved from Martinique to metropolitan France before his birth.

Honours[edit]

With Girondins de Bordeaux[edit]

With Arsenal[edit]

Winner

Runner-up

With Olympique Lyonnais[edit]

With France[edit]

Winner

Runner-up

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Germany 2006: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 May 2010. p. 11. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Sylvain Wiltord". Premier League. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "[Depor, Past Players (and Coaches): since 1991". Deportivo-la-coruna.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/football/2000/aug/25/newsstory.sport4
  5. ^ "Arsenal clinch Double". BBC News. 8 May 2002. 
  6. ^ "Games played by Sylvain Wiltord in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  7. ^ 2 mins 28 seconds (12 June 2008). "Gunners' Greatest Players 33. Sylvain Wiltord , News Archive , News". Arsenal.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Wiltord seals Lyon move". BBC News. 31 August 2004. 
  9. ^ "Wiltord secures Marseille loan , Sky Sports , Football , Transfer Centre , Done Deal". Sky Sports. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Quel avenir pour Sylvain Wiltord ?". Footmercato.net. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  11. ^ Former Arsenal striker joins Metz; Ontheminute.com, 31 January 2010
  12. ^ [1]; mercato365.com, 18 July 2011
  13. ^ [2]; Andy Brassell's Twitter page, 11 June 2012
  14. ^ "Sylvain Wiltord". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Sylvain Wiltord – Goals in International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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