Franck Silvestre

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Franck Silvestre
Personal information
Full name Franck Silvestre
Date of birth (1967-04-05) 5 April 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1993 Sochaux 240 (14)
1993–1998 Auxerre 160 (5)
1998–2002 Montpellier 134 (23)
2003 Bastia 16 (2)
2003–2005 Sturm Graz 75 (4)
2006 Sète 13 (0)
National team
1986–1988 France U21
1989–1992 France 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Franck Silvestre (born 5 April 1967) is a retired French footballer who played as a central defender.

During his career, spent in two countries and with six different clubs, he played in more than 700 official games. A French international during three years, Silvestre represented the nation at Euro 1992.

Football career[edit]

Born in Paris, Silvestre began his professional career at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in 1985. An undisputed first-choice when he was just 18, he saw the club be relegated into the French second division in 1987, but it immediately gained promotion to the top level, also reaching the French Cup final the next year, lost against FC Metz. The player topped a great 1988 winning the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship with France U21s.

In 1989 Silvestre, who did not play for a big team, received his first senior callup from national team boss Michel Platini, making his international debut against the Republic of Ireland; he was also selected for UEFA Euro 1992, but remained on the bench as the national side exited on the group stage – he gained a total of 11 caps, the last coming exactly in 1992.

Silvestre signed in the 1993 summer for Guy Roux's AJ Auxerre, making up for William Prunier's departure. During his years in the team, which featured Dutch Frank Verlaat, Laurent Blanc and Frédéric Danjou, he won two domestic cups and one league, including the historic 1995–96 double, also appearing in the UEFA Champions League.

In 1998, Silvestre moved to Montpellier HSC, where he again was an undisputed starter, also eventually becoming team captain. In his third year, he helped the side return to the top division, after netting a career-best nine goals (in 33 matches); eventually, in January 2003, he left for SC Bastia, contributing to a comfortable escape from relegation.

Aged already 36, Silvestre had his first abroad experience, joining SK Sturm Graz in Austria, where he continued to appear regularly, albeit without no silveware conquered. In January 2006, he signed for his last club, second division's FC Sète, not managing to help the club maintain its league status, and retiring with a total of 638 league matches played.





Silvestre's cousin, Mikaël, was also a footballer – and a defender. During his career, he played notably for Arsenal and Manchester United, also gaining nearly 50 international caps.

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