Guillaume Beuzelin

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Guillaume Beuzelin
Personal information
Full name Guillaume Pierre Beuzelin[1]
Date of birth (1979-04-14) 14 April 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Le Havre, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Le Havre 93 (8)
2001–2002 AS Beauvais (loan) 35 (3)
2004–2008 Hibernian 99 (10)
2008–2009 Coventry City 35 (1)
2009 Hamilton Academical 4 (0)
2010 Olympiakos Nicosia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Guillaume Pierre Beuzelin (born 14 April 1979 in Le Havre, Upper Normandy) is a French professional football player and coach. He played in France for Le Havre and AS Beauvais, in Scotland for Hibernian and Hamilton Academical, in England for Coventry City and in Cyprus for Olympiakos Nicosia.

Playing career[edit]

Hibernian[edit]

Beuzelin joined Hibernian in 2004, having been released by his previous club Le Havre. He quickly became a favourite of the Hibs fans. He was part of the team who won the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final.[2] Following an impressive couple of season in the SPL, Beuzelin drew attention from a number of English clubs in the Championship. Chief amongst them were Tony Mowbray's West Brom team, Mowbray having previously worked with the Frenchman at Hibs. However West Brom's promotion to the Premier League in 2007-08 meant that their interest waned, as Beuzelin's contract reached its expiry date, leaving room open for other Championship sides to sign him on a free.

Coventry City[edit]

Beuzelin signed for Coventry after his contract with Hibs expired at the end of the 2007–08 season.[3] He signed a one-year deal, with a club option for a further year.[4] Beuzelin arrived with a big reputation following his impressive spell in Scottish football but failed to live up to expectations, and becoming the subject of vocal criticism from the club's fans. He ended up making 35 league appearances and scoring once against Blackpool[5] during the 2008–09 season. However his level of performance was disappointing as the first year of his contract drew to a close. During the summer of 2009 Coventry and Beuzelin reached an impasse in their contract negotiations and the Frenchman left the club during the close season.[4]

Hamilton Academical[edit]

After leaving Coventry, Beuzelin started training with Celtic, and he played in a friendly match against Cork City.[6] After a trial with MK Dons, Beuzelin started training with Hamilton,[7] and signed for the club on 29 September.[8]

Olympiakos Nicosia[edit]

After being released by Hamilton at the end of 2009, he signed in early January for Cypriot team Olympiakos Nicosia. Beuzelin was released at the end of the 2009–10 season.

Beuzelin then began training with SPL side Kilmarnock, who were managed by Mixu Paatelainen, who had previously worked with Beuzelin at Hibs. Beuzelin agreed a one-year contract with Kilmarnock,[9] but he failed a medical to complete the transfer.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

A succession of injuries forced Beuzelin to formally retire from playing football in 2011.[2] As of 2011, he was employed by Falkirk as a coach in their youth academy system.[2] In January 2012, Beuzelin was appointed to a coaching role with Stirling University as the University's 2nd team head coach.[citation needed] Hibernian appointed Beuzelin to coach their under 14 team in September 2012.[11] He also worked for the Scottish Football Association. In July 2014, Beuzelin was appointed assistant manager of Dumbarton.[12] He moved to Hamilton Academical in January 2015.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guillaume Beuzelin". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Hardie, David (4 August 2011). "Boozy's battle against pain ends in youngsters' gain". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Press. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Coventry sign Beuzelin from Hibs". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Beuzelin set to leave, Eurosport, 22 June 2009
  5. ^ "Coventry 2-1 Blackpool". BBC. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  6. ^ McCourt magic gives Celtic victory, Celtic FC, 9 September 2009
  7. ^ Hamilton weigh up Beuzelin move BBC Sport, 28 September 2009
  8. ^ Accies snap up Beuzelin, Scottish Premier League official website, 29 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Kilmarnock swoop to sign ex-Hibs star Guillame Beuzelin". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Wednesday's Scottish gossip". BBC News. BBC. 21 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Boozy is Back!". www.hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Dumbarton: Guillaume Beuzelin poised for Dumbarton role, BBC Sport.
  13. ^ Crawford, Kenny (23 January 2015). "Hamilton Academical: Martin Canning becomes new manager". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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