Thauvin in 2015
|Full name||Florian Tristan Mariano Thauvin|
|Date of birth||26 January 1993|
|Place of birth||Orléans, France|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Marseille (on loan from Newcastle United)|
|2013||→ Bastia (loan)||16||(7)|
|2016–||→ Marseille (loan)||52||(17)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014
Florian Tristan Mariano Thauvin (born 26 January 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a winger for Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille on loan from Newcastle United and the France national football team, having earned caps at the youth level up to the under-21 level and earning a call-up to the senior team in March 2017.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born in Orléans, Thauvin played for youth teams at Ingre, Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle, Orléans, and Grenoble before rising through the ranks at the latter, and drawing the interest of larger clubs. He made his first team debut for Grenoble on 11 March 2011 in a 1-1 Ligue 2 away draw against Vannes. Grenoble was relegated to the CFA 2 after its liquidation in July 2011.
On 19 July 2011, Thauvin departed the club and signed his first professional contract with Corsican side Bastia. On 28 October 2012, he scored his first goal for Bastia in a 3–1 victory over Bordeaux. He helped Bastia to Ligue 2 title triumph in 2012.
On 29 January 2013, Thauvin signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Ligue 1 club Lille for a reported fee of €3.5 million. As part of the deal, he was immediately sent back to Bastia on a six-month loan deal, keeping him at the top-flight Corsican club until the end of the 2012–13 season. Following his impressive displays that season, Thauvin was named the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.
On 3 September 2013, after weeks of drawn-out negotiations and without making single appearance for Lille, Thauvin signed a five-year deal with Olympique de Marseille. The 20-year-old had been absent from training due to disputes over an improved contract, and forced a move to the Stade Velodrome, eventually signing for €15 million including bonuses.
On 4 January 2015, Thauvin was the only Marseille player to miss in the penalty shootout as they were eliminated from the Coupe de France last 64 by fourth-tier former club Grenoble. Thauvin made 81 appearances over two seasons, scoring 15 goals.
On 19 August 2015, Thauvin joined Newcastle United signing a five-year deal, for a reported fee of £15 million, with Rémy Cabella going in the other direction to Marseille on a season-long deal, with an option to buy. Thauvin was handed the departing Cabella's number 20 shirt. He made his debut three days later, replacing compatriot Gabriel Obertan, in the 69th minute of a goalless draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. He made his first start for the club against Northampton Town in the League Cup second round on 25 August, scoring a goal and making three assists in a 4–1 home victory.
Return to Marseille
On 31 January 2016, Newcastle United announced Thauvin would return to Olympique de Marseille on loan for the rest of the season. He scored the only goal (in the 49th minute) on 20 April as they beat FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 1-0 away in the semi-finals to reach the final of the 2016 Coupe de France against Le Classique rivals Paris Saint-Germain, which they lost 4-2 and with Thauvin scoring a goal in the 12th minute.
Thauvin returned to Newcastle United on 1 July and travelled with the team to Carton House, Ireland on their pre-season tour. He came on as a half-time substitute and scored for Rafa Benitez's side in the 6–0 drubbing of Bohemian FC at Dalymount Park on 15 July. Thauvin held talks with Benitez in the weeks thereafter regarding his future, following which the pair agreed it would be best if Thauvin returned to Olympique de Marseille on loan for the 2016-17 season.
On 4 August 2016, Thauvin began his second loan spell at Olympique de Marseille, signing a season-long loan deal; Newcastle United inserted a clause in the contract which gave Marseille the option to make the deal permanent. In November 2016, it was reported that the loan spell would be made permanent in the summer of 2017, with Marseille agreeing to pay £9.8million (€11m) for Thauvin’s permanent transfer once he had played just three matches for the club during his second loan spell. Thauvin captained Marseille for the first time in the 2016–17 Coupe de France round of 64 away match against Toulouse FC on 8 January 2017, which Marseille won 2–1. On 10 March, he scored two goals in the 3–0 Ligue 1 home win against Angers SCO, taking his tally to four goals in his last four Ligue 1 matches.On 30 April, Thauvin scored the first hat-trick of his senior club career and assisted one of Maxime Lopez's two goals in a 5–1 Ligue 1 away win over SM Caen.
Thauvin was a regular in the France national youth football team and represented them at the under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. Thauvin was a member of the French squad which won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. He scored a penalty in the 4–0 win over Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals and a brace in a 2–1 victory against Ghana in the semi-finals.
Thauvin was called up to the senior France squad for the first time to face Luxembourg in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match on 25 Mar 2017 and Spain in a friendly three days later; he did not play in either match.
Style of play
In January 2014, he was named by The Observer as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe. Former Toulouse manager Alain Casanova called Thauvin "a player in the image of Franck Ribéry … someone who is able to disrupt any opponent, someone very dangerous when he picks up speed. Very dangerous indeed." ESPN columnist Andy Brassell described him in 2013 as a wide player who is a "left-footer with fine acceleration and jaw-dropping close control."
- France U-20
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- "Factfile: Florian Thauvin". Newcastle United. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Vannes v. Grenoble Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- "Bastia: Florian Thauvin (Grenoble) a signé" (in French). Foot-National. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- "Bastia beat Bordeaux, Lorient deny Ajaccio". UEFA.com. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
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- "Marseille out of French Cup after shootout defeat by fourth-tier Grenoble". The Guardian. Associated Press. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- "Florian Thauvin: Newcastle sign winger & loan out Remy Cabella". BBC Sport. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
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- Marshall, Anthony. "Thauvin Returns To Marseille On Loan". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
- "Sochaux 0-1 Marseille". BBC Sport. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- Marshall, Anthony (4 August 2016). "Thauvin Returns To Marseille". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "Newcastle transfer already complete: Marseille to splash £9.8m on Florian Thauvin clause". The Daily Express. 5 November 2016.
- "Thauvin helps OM up to fifth". www.ligue1.com. 10 March 2017.
- "Nice deals blow to PSG in French title race with 3-1 win". Associated Press. Daily News. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
- "Thauvin hat trick keeps Marseille's European hopes alive". Associated Press. The Times of India. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
- "France 4-0 Uzbekistan". FIFA. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- "France 2-1 Ghana". FIFA. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- "Mbappé et Lemar sont là, pas Lacazette ni Benzema" (in French). sport24.com. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "The next 10 big things: Europe's top youngsters and stars of the future". The Observer. 18 January 2014.
- Brassell, Andy (20 June 2013). "Under-20 stars ready to dazzle". ESPN FC. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "F. THAUVIN". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- "Florian Thauvin". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- "Florian Thauvin et Baptiste Guillaume, joueurs du mois de Mars !". UNFP. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
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