Laurent Dufresne

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Laurent Dufresne
Personal information
Full name Laurent Dufresne
Date of birth (1972-03-02) March 2, 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Calais, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Valenciennes 34 (11)
1997–2001 Châteauroux 158 (48)
2001–2005 Nancy 104 (37)
2005–2007 Valenciennes 22 (8)
2007–2008 Châteauroux 29 (11)
Total 347 (115)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Laurent Dufresne is a French footballer. He is the former team captain of Valenciennes FC (the title was passed on to Éric Chelle).

Laurent was born on March 2, 1972. Over his entire career, which started in 1992, he has scored over 100 goals in over 300 appearances.

Introduction to Professional Football[edit]

Dufresne first played professionally in 1992 when he first played for the Valenciennes FC. He was there for a full five years before he was transferred. These years were not to be his last at Valenciennes FC.


Laurent Dufresne spent four years here, from the start of 1997 to 2001. He made his most appearances for a club here, and also he scored the largest amount of goals he has scored for any club here for Châteauroux.

Nancy Football Club[edit]

Dufresne spent four years at the Nancy Football Club. From the 2001 season to the 2005 season, he proved to be an invaluable striker, with an average of one goal per three games.

Return to Valenciennes[edit]

The 2005-2006 saw that Laurent Dufresne was to be transferred to the Valenciennes FC, where he had first started his professional football career. This time, however, he was Team Captain of the group, and led them to an astounding victory, as they won the French Second Division and were promoted to French First Division.

Valenciennes, even with Laurent Dufresne as their team captain, are faced with the challenge of deseating the five-times-in-a-row-winner of the French First Division, Olympique Lyonnais. On his second run at Valenciennes, Dufresne led his team in goals in FIFA 06 at many a game between Guerms and Francs. Despite being a mere 1 star team, Valenciennes managed to beat some great top class teams such as FC Barcelona and Boca Juniors under Dufresne's charismatic leadership.

He return to Châteauroux in 2007 and retired the following year.

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