Léandre Griffit

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Léandre Griffit
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Personal information
Full name Léandre Henri Griffit
Date of birth (1984-05-21) 21 May 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Maubeuge, France
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
AS Aulnoye-Aymeries
Youth career
0000–2002 Amiens SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Amiens SC 18 (0)
2003–2005 Southampton 7 (2)
2005 Leeds United (loan) 1 (0)
2005 Rotherham United (loan) 2 (0)
2005–2008 Elfsborg 21 (1)
2007–2008 Norrköping (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2009 Crystal Palace 5 (0)
2009–2010 Centre 17 (4)
2010–2011 Columbus Crew 4 (1)
2011 Toronto FC 0 (0)
2012– AS Aulnoye (fr) 67 (4)
National team
France U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 August 2008

Léandre Griffit (born 21 May 1984, in Maubeuge) is a French professional footballer who currently plays for AS Aulnoye-Aymeries in the CFA 2.

Career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Griffit began his career in his native France with Amiens SC, before moving to Southampton in the Premiership in 2003. He only played seven games for Southampton and scored against Blackburn Rovers[1] and Newcastle United.[2] He was loaned out to Leeds United and Rotherham United before being released.

He then moved to Sweden and played for IF Elfsborg where he only played 21 games and was loaned out to IFK Norrköping in the 2007–08 season. In the summer of 2008 he went on an unsuccessful trial with Championship Plymouth Argyle. He then went on trial with Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace and was signed, but only made a handful of appearances for the club before departing.

North America[edit]

After an unsuccessful trial with Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo,[3] Griffit went on to sign with Houston's league rivals Columbus Crew on 16 April 2010.[4]

Griffit made his first-team debut for the Crew on 6 July 2010 in the Black & Gold's 3–0 home triumph over the USL-2 Charleston Battery in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Quarterfinals. He entered the match in the 76th minute and was credited with an assist on the Crew's third goal.[5]

He made his first MLS appearance on 24 July 2010 against the Dynamo, entering in the 87th minute, and scoring his first MLS goal three minutes later by collecting a rebound of a shot by Guillermo Barros Schelotto.[6]

On 15 July 2011, he was traded to Toronto FC along with Andy Iro for Tony Tchani.[7] Griffit made his debut for Toronto in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage on 25 August against FC Dallas, he came on as a second half sub for Gianluca Zavarise.[8]

Griffit was waived by Toronto on 23 November 2011.[9]

Personal[edit]

Griffit is married to Milena and they have a son, Enzo.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

IF Elfsborg

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup[10] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Amiens 2002–03 18 0 ? ? 18 0
Total 2002–2003 18 0 ? ? 18 0
Southampton 2003–04 5 2 0 0 5 2
Southampton 2004–05 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 2003–2005 7 2 1 0 8 2
Leeds (loan) 2004–05 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2004–2005 1 0 0 0 1 0
Rotherham (loan) 2004–05 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2004–2005 2 0 0 0 2 0
IF Elfsborg 2006 7 1 0 0 7 1
IF Elfsborg 2007 12 0 0 0 12 0
IF Elfsborg 2008 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2005–2008 21 1 0 0 21 1
IFK Norrkoping (loan) 2007 9 0 0 0 9 0
IFK Norrkoping (loan) 2008 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2007–2008 10 0 0 0 10 0
Crystal Palace 2008–09 5 0 1 0 6 0
Total 2008–2009 5 0 1 0 6 0
URS du Centre 2009–10 17 4 0 0 17 4
Total 2009–2010 17 4 0 0 17 4
Columbus Crew 2010 1 1 1 0 2 1
Total 2010 3 1 1 0 4 1
Career totals 84 8 3 0 87 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saints ease past 10-man Rovers". BBC Sport. 25 October 2003. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Southampton 3–3 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Palace, Southampton midfielder Griffit among Houston Dynamo trialists". Tribal Football. 12 February 2010. Archived from the original on 20 February 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Shawn (21 April 2010). "Crew: Griffit fills need for offensive midfielder". Crew Extra. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Mitchell, Shawn (7 July 2010). "Columbus 3, Charleston 0: Crew jumps on Battery quickly". Crew Extra. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Columbus Crew 3 – 0 Houston Dynamo". www.mlssoccer.com. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "An Englishman, a Frenchman and a Canadian go to Toronto". Yahoo! Australia. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Toronto FC v FC Dallas". ESPN FC. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/11/23/players-waived-teams-begin-shape-rosters-2012
  10. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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