Guillaume Hoarau

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Guillaume Hoarau
YB vs. FCL - Hoarau 8.jpg
Hoarau with BSC Young Boys in 2014
Personal information
Full name Guillaume Hoarau
Date of birth (1984-03-05) 5 March 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Saint-Louis, Réunion
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Young Boys
Number 99
Youth career
1994–2004 Saint-Pierroise
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Le Havre 81 (33)
2006–2007Gueugnon (loan) 21 (8)
2008–2013 Paris Saint-Germain 114 (39)
2013 Dalian Aerbin 20 (3)
2014 Bordeaux 16 (3)
2014– Young Boys 122 (91)
National team
2010–2011 France 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2019

Guillaume Hoarau (born 5 March 1984) is a Reunionese footballer who plays for Young Boys in the Swiss Super League and formerly for the France national football team as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hoarau started his football career at JS Saint-Pierroise in his native Réunion. In 1995, Le Havre AC scouts considered him too "thin" and signed his then-teammate Florent Sinama Pongolle. After gaining the attention of then-Le Havre manager Jean-François Domergue, Hoarau signed his first professional contract at the age of 20 for Le Havre in January 2004.[1] He made his league debut on 12 May 2004 against Châteauroux in a 1–2 loss, coming on as a substitute.[2]

Despite being signed, Hoarau spent the majority of his career under Domergue playing in the reserves, often earning brief call-ups to the senior squad, then quickly being sent down.[3] He registered his first career goal in just the second match of the 2004–05 season in a 2–1 victory over Amiens.[4] Despite this, his play was heavily limited following the firing of Domergue and the appointment of temporary manager Philippe Hinschberger. During the following season under new manager Thierry Uvenard, his playing time increased—he appeared in 28 matches, scoring five goals. The next season, he only made five appearances for Le Havre before being sent on loan to Gueugnon, where he made 21 appearances and scored eight goals.

Ligue 2 star[edit]

Under new manager Jean-Marc Nobilo, his fourth manager in four years, Hoarau was installed as the lead striker and flourished. Playing in all 38 league matches, he was top scorer with 28 goals and, at one point during the season, scored at least one goal in 12-straight matches.[5] His performances led to the French media naming him the "Karim Benzema of Ligue 2", as Benzema was having a similar season in Ligue 1.[3] His performances caught the eye of several Ligue 1 clubs, such as Auxerre, Marseille, and Paris Saint-Germain to name a few, as well as English clubs Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea,[6] who likened the player to Peter Crouch. Eventually, it was announced in January 2008 that Hoarau had signed with Parisian club Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal after reportedly snubbing the club's primary rival, Marseille.[7] PSG paid Le Havre fee of €500,000 and also allowed the player to finish the Ligue 2 season with his former club, whom he helped achieve promotion to Ligue 1.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Hoarau during a training session with Paris Saint-Germain in 2011

Hoarau arrived in Paris following the Ligue 2 season with high expectations, as he was expected to replace club legend Pauleta and live up to comments made by former president Alain Cayzac, who referred to Hoarau as being the "signing of the century" for PSG.[8]

He made his debut for the club in a 1–0 defeat at Monaco on 9 August 2008. After going scoreless the first week, Hoarau responded in the second week scoring his first goal for the club on his home debut in a 1–0 victory over Bordeaux.[9] His breakthrough into the team came in the annual Classique against rivals Marseille on 26 October 2008. In a huge 4–2 victory for the club, Hoarau scored a brace.[10] He followed this up by scoring another brace, this time against his former club Le Havre in a 3–1 victory.[11] His next set of goals were against Le Mans, earning another brace in another 3–1 victory.[12] Hoarau also continued his solid form on the European stage scoring a brace in the club's first leg match against VfL Wolfsburg on 18 February 2009 in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup.[13] In total for the season, Hoarau made 45 appearances, 32 in league play, and scored 20 goals, 17 in league play, contributing to the club's successful season where they reached as high as the second position in the league and made it to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.

Due to his great performances, Hoarau was linked to several clubs, most notably Lyon, who offered €10 million for the player's services.[14] Both Hoarau and PSG, however, downplayed the offer and, two days later, Hoarau signed a contract extension until 2013.[15]

Following his successful first season in Paris, Hoarau struggled to reproduce the same kind of form. The arrival of new striker Mevlüt Erdinç failed to ignite a successful partnership, with both players often injured and profligate in front of goal whenever they managed to play. Since the signing of new striker Kevin Gameiro in the summer of 2011, both Hoarau and Erdinç were relegated to the substitutes' bench, and the former suffered a serious injury on the very first day of the 2011–12 season. Hoarau was linked with a loan move to Saint-Étienne.[16] On the last day of the 2011–12 season, with Montpellier and PSG both chasing the Ligue 1 title, Hoarau suffered an injury in a match against Lorient, with Montpeillier going on to win their first league title.[17]

In the 2012–13 season, Hoarau featured less for the club and was placed on the transfer list despite being out of contract at the end of the season.[18]

Upon his departure to Dalin Aerbin, Hoarau appeared at Parc des Princes, where he made a farewell speech and was left emotional, saying, "Nothing has changed. I'm a little excited. I have a small tear in the eye."[19]

Dalian Aerbin[edit]

On 9 January 2013, Hoarau signed with Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin.[20] On the same day, he was presented by the club.[21] His move to China received objection by commentator Jean-Michel Larqué.[22]

Hoarau made his debut in the opening game of the season, coming on as a substitute in the 69th minutes for Zhou Tong, in a 1–0 loss against Shandong Luneng. Hoarau scored his first goal three weeks later, on 30 March 2013, in a 3–3 draw against newly promoted Shanghai East Asia.[23] Two weeks later, on 14 April 2013, Hoarau scored again in a 2–1 loss against reigning league champion Guangzhou Evergrande. Hoarau later struggled to score despite having earned himself as first team regular. His lack of scoring lead the club recruit Nabil Baha as their new striker, with the club considering selling Hoarau during the summer transfer window.[24] Eventually, Hoarau would stay at the club for the season and would help the club finish in fifth in the league table.

Upon the conclusion of the 2013 season, Chinese media Sina Sports reported that Hoarau was among several foreign players to leave Dalian Aerbin.[25][26] Four days later, the club confirmed the departure of Hoarau, who would return to France.[27]


After one season in China, Hoarau returned to France by joining Ligue 1 side Bordeaux until the end of the 2013–14 season.[28] Prior to the move, Hoarau was also linked with Marseille.[29] The move to Marseille did not transpire, as Hoarau preferred moving elsewhere.[30]

Young Boys[edit]

In the summer of 2014, Hoarau left Bordeaux and joined Swiss side BSC Young Boys.[31]

He was part of the Young Boys squad that won the 2017-18 Swiss Super League, their first league title in 32 years.[32]

In the play-off round of the Champions League campaign the following season, Hoarau scored goals in both legs against Dinamo Zagreb, which took Young Boys to the group stages for the first time ever.[31] He scored twice more in the final group game on 12 December, a surprise 2-1 defeat of Italian giants Juventus. Despite the victory, Young Boys still finished bottom of the group on four points.[33]

International career[edit]

On 23 March 2009, Hoarau was called up to the French national team to replace the injured Nicolas Anelka on the squad.

Career Statistics[edit]


As of match played 7 April 2019.[34]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup1 Continental2 Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Le Havre 2003–04 Ligue 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05 9 1 1 0 10 1
2005–06 28 4 2 0 30 4
2006–07 5 0 1 1 6 1
Gueugnon 2006–07 21 8 1 0 22 8
Le Havre 2007–08 38 28 3 1 41 29
Total 81 33 7 2 0 0 0 0 88 35
PSG 2008–09 Ligue 1 33 17 5 0 9 3 47 20
2009–10 22 6 6 2 28 8
2010–11 33 10 9 7 9 4 49 21
2011–12 20 5 4 0 2 1 26 6
2012–13 6 1 1 0 2 1 9 2
Total 114 39 25 9 22 9 0 0 145 57
Dalian Yifang 2013 Super League 20 2 3 3 23 5
Bordeaux 2013–14 Ligue 1 16 3 1 0 17 3
Young Boys 2014–15 Swiss Super League 28 17 1 0 8 6 37 23
2015–16 22 18 0 0 3 0 25 18
2016–17 21 18 2 2 7 5 30 25
2017–18 25 15 3 1 5 2 33 18
2018–19 20 18 2 0 7 5 29 23
Total 116 86 8 3 30 18 0 0 154 107
Career total 268 169 41 16 52 27 0 0 361 212

1Includes appearances in the Swiss Cup, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Chinese FA Cup
2Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

Personal life[edit]

In addition to football, Hoarau has a strong passion for making music and has sung live on French TV.[35]



Le Havre


Young Boys


  • Swiss Player of the Year: 2016[35]
  • Coupe de France Final Man of the Match: 2010
  • Ligue 2 Top Scorer: 2007–08 (28 goals)


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  3. ^ a b "Haro sur Hoarau le phénomène". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ Amiens v. Le Havre Match Report
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  7. ^ Guillaume Hoarau snobe Marseille et signe au PSG
  8. ^ Hoarau prend le Paris Archived 7 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ PSG v. Bordeaux Match Report Archived 25 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Marseille v. PSG Match Report Archived 30 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Le Havre v. PSG Match Report Archived 22 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ PSG v. Le Mans Match Report Archived 30 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
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  26. ^ "Keita and Albin are seeking rescission Super Cannavaro" [凯塔与阿尔滨解约正寻中超下家 瓦罗高薪让他失衡] (in Chinese). Sina Sports. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
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  28. ^ Transferts - Hoarau en renfort Archived 4 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
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  31. ^ a b "Manchester United opponents Young Boys a side reborn after years of failure". ESPN. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
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  33. ^ "Youngs Boys 2-1 Juventus:Paulo Dybala replies late after Guillaume Hoarau's brace". Mirror. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
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