Grégoire Defrel

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Grégoire Defrel
Personal information
Full name André Grégoire Defrel
Date of birth (1991-06-17) 17 June 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Meudon, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Sassuolo)
Number 23
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Parma 1 (0)
2011–2012 Foggia (loan) 23 (4)
2012–2015 Cesena 106 (16)
2015– Sassuolo 62 (20)
2017– Roma (loan) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 August 2017.

André Grégoire Defrel (born 17 June 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Roma, on loan from Sassuolo.

Club career[edit]


Defrel joined Parma in 2009 and made his début for the club as a substitute at the age of 19 on 22 May 2011 in the final game of the 2010–11 Serie A season in a dead rubber against Cagliari, a match that ended 1–1.


In June 2012, Cesena and Parma made a series of cashless player swaps, in which Defrel (€1.2M) and Gianluca Lapadula (€1.4M) went to Cesena whilst Andrea Rossini (€1.6M) and Nicola Del Pivo (€1.0M) went to Parma. Both clubs retained 50% registration rights.[2][3] In June 2013 and June 2014 the co-ownership of Defrel was renewed. Despite Parma going bankrupted and failing to find a new buyer on 25 June 2015, Cesena submitted a bid of reported €51,000 to Lega Serie A to solve the co-ownership in favour of Cesena, despite the club not being required to do so.[4]


On 5 August 2015, Sassuolo announced that they had signed Defrel from Cesena for an undisclosed fee.[5] He was given the number 92 shirt.


On 20 July 2017, Defrel re-joined former manager Eusebio Di Francesco at Roma on loan, with an with an obligation to make the transfer permanent for €15m should certain sporting targets be met.[6]

Style of play[edit]

A fine dribbler, Defrel has been compared to compatriot Jérémy Ménez.[7]


  1. ^ "Primavera". Archived from the original on May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ A.C. Cesena S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  3. ^ Parma F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  4. ^ "Cesena's Defrel 'gift' for Parma". Football Italia. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ufficiale l'arrivo di Defrel dal Cesena. Venerdì la presentazione al Ricci". 5 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Roma complete signing of Gregoire Defrel". Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  7. ^ David. "Des nouvelles de Grégoire". SCMC FOOTBALL.