David Sommeil

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David Sommeil
Personal information
Full name David Sommeil
Date of birth (1974-08-10) 10 August 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1992–1993 Saint-Lô
1993 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 Caen 119 (1)
1998–2000 Rennes 64 (1)
2000–2002 Bordeaux 77 (1)
2002–2006 Manchester City 49 (4)
2004 Marseille (loan) 13 (0)
2006–2007 Sheffield United 5 (0)
2007–2008 Valenciennes 20 (0)
Total 347 (7)
National team
2007 Guadeloupe 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Sommeil (born 10 August 1974) is a former professional footballer who last played as a defender for Ligue 1 club Valenciennes.


Born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, Sommeil started his career with non-league Saint-Lô before turning professional with SM Caen, making his professional debut on 8 February 1994 against Le Havre AC. He subsequently played for Rennes before coming to prominence with Bordeaux, where he was capped by France at 'B' level.[1]

Sommeil was signed by Kevin Keegan for Manchester City in January 2003, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of £3 million.[1] Despite an initial run of first team games and being the first Manchester City player to score a league goal at the City of Manchester Stadium in the opening home game of the 2003–04 season,[2] Sommeil lost his place in January and had limited playing for the next two seasons.

In February 2004, he joined Olympique Marseille on loan, in a deal that brought Daniel Van Buyten to England on loan in exchange. He returned to City for the start of the 2004/05 season but was dogged by injuries during the season and only managed two appearances. Sommeil played in just 16 games in 2005–06, partly due to a fractured cheek bone, forcing him to wear a protective mask on his return, and also due to a three games ban for a challenge on Spurs' Lee Young-Pyo.

Out of contract in May 2006, after less than 50 games for City, he was one of ten players released by Manchester City, but made a quick return to the Premiership when he signed a two-year contract with newly promoted Sheffield United on 24 May 2006. Sommeil made just five Premier League appearances for The Blades following his move from Manchester City. On 19 July 2007, Sommeil left Sheffield United and signed a two-year deal with Ligue 1 outfit Valenciennes.[3]

Sommeil has experience of European competition having played 18 games in the UEFA Cup for Bordeaux (14 games) and Manchester City (4 games).

During a training session on 20 August 2008 with his club Valenciennes FC David suffered a suspected heart attack. The 34-year-old player collapsed during the session but his exact condition was not immediately known. After six days in a coma he regained consciousness but was still to recover his speech.[4] By 9 October, Sommeil had regained the ability to speak and use both of his arms, and was able to walk again, his condition "improving".[5]


  • 1996 French 2nd Division Champions – Caen
  • 2002 League Cup winner – Bordeaux

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bonjour David Sommeil". Manchester City v Fulham match programme. 29 January 2003. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Sommeil saves City". BBC. 23 August 2003. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Sommeil makes Blades exit.", Sky Sports, 19 July 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Cologne defender taken to hospital after collapse". www.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Sommeil récupère peu à peu". OM.net. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 

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