Guy Demel

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Guy Demel
Guy Demel West Ham July 2014.jpg
Demel playing for West Ham in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Guy Roland Demel[1]
Date of birth (1981-06-13) 13 June 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Orsay, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Nîmes Olympique 1 (0)
2000–2001 Arsenal 0 (0)
2001–2005 Borussia Dortmund II 40 (9)
2001–2003 Borussia Dortmund 33 (0)
2005–2011 Hamburger SV 131 (2)
2006 Hamburger SV II 1 (0)
2011–2015 West Ham United 76 (1)
2015–2016 Dundee United 12 (1)
2016–2017 Marseille Consolat 4 (0)
2017 Red Star 4 (0)
National team
2004–2012 Ivory Coast 35 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:34, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

Guy Roland Demel (born 13 June 1981) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a defender.

He can play in several positions including right back and centre back.[3] Demel started his career in France with Nîmes Olympique before joining English club Arsenal in 2000. He then played in Germany for ten years, signing for Borussia Dortmund in 2001 and then Hamburger SV in 2005. He returned to England with West Ham United in 2011, leaving the club in 2015 and subsequently joining Dundee United.

Demel was born in France but represented the Ivory Coast national team from 2004 until his international retirement in 2012, making 35 appearances. He was in the Ivorian squad for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Born in Orsay, France, Demel started his professional career in the French Ligue 2 with Nîmes Olympique. He was signed by Arsenal in August 2000[4] spending one season in London without making a first team appearance before being transferred to Borussia Dortmund. He made his Bundesliga debut in 2003 winning the Bundesliga and making UEFA Cup Final in his first season.[3] Demel left Dortmund to join Hamburg in 2005, after struggling to hold down a first team place.[5]

With Hamburg, Demel played regularly as both a right back and a midfielder. In May 2006, he signed a new contract with Hamburg, tying him to the club until 2010.[6]

Demel was released by Hamburg at the expiry of his contract in 2011. He made 199 appearances for Hamburg including 52 in European football in the UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League and the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, scoring four goals.[3]

West Ham United[edit]

He signed a two-year deal, with the option of a third, with West Ham on 31 August 2011.[7] Due to injuries it was not until 29 November 2011, in a 2–0 away win against Middlesbrough, that Demel made his West Ham United debut.[8] With West Ham playing in the Championship, Demel 10 games in the 2011–12 season, eight of them after coming on as substitute.[9] On 19 May 2012, he was a member of the team which won promotion to the Premier League after beating Blackpool in the 2012 Football League Championship play-off Final at Wembley Stadium. He played the first 57 minutes before being replaced by Julien Faubert.[10] On 23 January 2013, Demel extended his contract with West Ham until 2015.[11] Demel scored his only West Ham goal in a 2–1 home defeat by Liverpool on 6 April 2014. After West Ham striker, Andy Carroll challenged Liverpool goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, the goalkeeper dropped the ball and Demel scored from 3 yards (2.7 m) out.[12] Demel was first-choice right-back for the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons playing 31 and 32 games respectively.[9] By the 2014–15 season, Carl Jenkinson was first-choice and Demel managed only six games all season.[9] He was released at the end of the 2014–15 season.[13]

Dundee United[edit]

In November 2015, Demel signed for Dundee United until the end of the 2015–16 season.[14] He scored his first goal for Dundee United in a 2–1 win over Hearts on 20 February 2016.[15] Following confirmation of the club's relegation from the Scottish Premiership, Demel was allowed to leave the club and return to France before the end of the season, despite still being under contract.[16]

International career[edit]

Demel playing for the Ivory Coast

In 2004, Demel, a French citizen, acquired an Ivorian passport. He has since been selected for the national team, playing at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, and being named to the squad for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals. Demel announced his retirement from international football on 6 December 2012 confirming his wish to focus on his club career with West Ham United.[17]



Borussia Dortmund
Hamburger SV
West Ham United


  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 1 February 2013. p. 39. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Guy Demel". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Guy Demel Player Profile". Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Wenger's horse play". BBC. 9 August 2000. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Hamburg snap up Demel". Sky Sports. 28 June 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Demel delight at new deal". Sky Sports. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Hammers land Demel". Sky Sports. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Middlesbrough 0 – 2 West Ham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  9. ^ a b c "G. Demel". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Blackpool 1–2 West Ham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  11. ^ Twomey, Liam (23 January 2013). "Demel signs new West Ham deal". Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  12. ^ "West Ham 1–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Hammers confirm retained list". Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Guy Demel: Dundee United sign former West Ham midfielder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  15. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (20 February 2016). "Dundee United 2-1 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  16. ^ Duthie, Tom (10 May 2016). "Duo make early Dundee United exit". The Courier. Dundee. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  17. ^ "West Ham defender Guy Demel confirms he has retired from international football". Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  18. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire — G. Demel — Profile with news, career statistics and history — Soccerway". Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Hammers set Germany dates — News — Latest News — News — West Ham United". Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  20. ^ "Game played on 19 May 2012". Retrieved 16 September 2014.

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