Leboeuf in 2011
|Full name||Franck Alain James Leboeuf|
|Date of birth||22 January 1968|
|Place of birth||Marseille, France|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Franck Alain James Leboeuf (French: [fʁɑ̃k lə.bœf], typically anglicised as Frank Leboeuf, born 22 January 1968) is a French actor, sports commentator and former French international footballer who played primarily as a central defender. With the French national team, Leboeuf won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Championships as well as a number of domestic trophies, most famously during his 5 years at Chelsea. Since the conclusion of his playing career, Leboeuf has transitioned to acting, appearing in stage and film productions.
Leboeuf was raised in the fishing village of Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in southeastern France and introduced to football by his father, a former Stade Rennais coach, who trained children in the sport. After starting his career in 1986 in the lower divisions of the French leagues, Leboeuf moved to Laval in 1988. In 1991, he moved to Strasbourg and played there until 1996, when he made a switch to English club Chelsea for £2.5m.
He played over 200 games for the club and scored 24 goals, mainly from penalties and set pieces. With Chelsea, he won two FA Cups, one League Cup and one Cup Winners' Cup. He left in 2001 for club Olympique Marseille, before finishing out his career in Qatar.
For France, Leboeuf was capped 50 times, scoring four goals. Although he was mainly a substitute in the 1998 World Cup, he stepped in for red carded Laurent Blanc to play in the final, a 3–0 win against Brazil, a match in which he famously man-marked Ronaldo. In the final Ronaldo only was able to do a couple of his trademark runs thanks to an almost flawless defensive performance by Leboeuf.
- Scores and results list France's goal tally first.
|1.||6 September 1995||Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps, Auxerre, France||Azerbaijan||5–0||10–0||Euro 1996 qualifier|
|3.||9 June 1999||Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain||Andorra||1–0||1–0||Euro 2000 qualifier|
|4.||26 May 2002||Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea||South Korea||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
A cultured centre back, Leboeuf was noted for his long range passing ability and also for his consistent penalty-taking throughout his career. He took more than 20 penalties for Chelsea, missing just 3 times.
Following his retirement from competitive football, Leboeuf spent 2 years living in Los Angeles. During this time he played for amateur team Hollywood United, alongside celebrity team-mates such as Vinnie Jones, Steve Jones and Anthony LaPaglia. However, the move was motivated by his "desperation" to learn the profession of acting, something he described as being his "first passion" as a child. Leboeuf studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute in West Hollywood, keeping a low profile, and won his first acting role as a television commentator for a pay cheque totalling $100, which he keeps as a memento.
In 2001, whilst still playing football for Chelsea, Leboeuf had made his first acting appearance in the film Taking Sides. Following his retirement from football, he acted in several theatre plays in France, including starring alongside Jean-Francois Garreaud in L'intrus in 2010 and a role in the play Avec Ma Belle Mère et Moi. In 2014, Leboeuf played a French Resistance fighter in the World War II film Allies and a doctor in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.
Leboeuf works as a sports commentator and analyst for RMC and ESPN in the United States. In 2010, he was a contestant on the reality television show Koh-Lanta in the Koh-Lanta, le choc des héros special series. He was forced to depart the show after two episodes due to a back injury he had suffered in a car accident shortly before the series commenced. In 2014, Leboeuf made an appearance in the television comedy series Nos Chers Voisins and began writing a column for Téléfoot.
Leboeuf is married to actress Chrislaure Nollet and has two children, Jade and Hugo, from his first marriage to Beatrice. His amateur sporting hobbies include tennis, swimming and boxing.
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- (in French) FFF Statistics
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...et de Franck Leboeuf, venu aux côtés de sa compagne, l'actrice Chrislaure Nollet
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