Ludovic Sylvestre

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Ludovic Sylvestre
Ludovic Slyvestre.JPG
Sylvestre playing for Çaykur Rizespor in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ludovic Sylvestre[1]
Date of birth (1984-02-05) 5 February 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Le Blanc-Mesnil, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) [2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Red Star (sporting director)
Youth career
000?–2000 Clairefontaine
2001–2003 Guingamp
2003–2005 Strasbourg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Barcelona B 20 (0)
2006 Barcelona 2 (0)
2006–2008 Sparta Prague 25 (0)
2008Viktoria Plzeň (loan) 14 (3)
2008–2010 Mladá Boleslav 60 (12)
2010–2013 Blackpool 65 (6)
2013–2016 Çaykur Rizespor 88 (2)
2016–2018 Red Star 44 (2)
Total 318 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ludovic Sylvestre (born 5 February 1984) is a retired French football central midfielder and current sporting director at Red Star.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Born in the commune of Le Blanc-Mesnil in Seine-Saint-Denis, as a youth, Sylvestre spent time at Clairefontaine football academy until 2000,[3] Guingamp and then Strasbourg.

Barcelona[edit]

In 2005, he was signed by La Liga side Barcelona. Playing for B teams he made just two league appearances for Barça. His debut came on 13 May 2006 as a 64th-minute substitute in a 3–2 away defeat to Sevilla.[4] His full debut, seven days later, was also his last appearance for the club, a 3–1 away defeat to Athletic Bilbao.[5]

Sparta Prague[edit]

In 2006 Sylvestre moved to Czech 1.Liga side Sparta Prague. His debut came on 29 July 2006 in a 0–0 home draw with Kladno.[6] His European debut came on 14 September in a 2–0 win away to Scottish Premier League side Hearts in the First round of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup.[7] He went on to make a total on 19 appearances in the 2006–07 season as Sparta won the league.

He started the 2007–08 season with Sparta Prague, making six appearances, before joining Viktoria Plzeň on loan in early 2008. He scored on his debut, a 2–0 home win over 1 FC Brno.[8] He went on to make a total of 14 appearances, scoring one goal for Viktoria Plzeň that season.

Sylvestre made a total of 25 league appearances as well as eight appearances in the UEFA Cup for Sparta.[7]

Mladá Boleslav[edit]

Later in 2008 Sylvestre joined Mladá Boleslav, signing a four-year contract with the club. He made his debut on 2 August 2008 in a 1–0 defeat away at former club Sparta Prague.[9] His first goal came in the 2–0 home win over 1 FC Brno on 25 August.[10] He made a total of 29 appearances in the 2008–09 season, scoring four goals as Mladá Boleslav finished 6th, just missing out on qualifying for the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League by two points.

The 2009–10 season saw Sylvestre score seven goals in 27 appearances.

Blackpool[edit]

On 8 August 2010, Mladá Boleslav stated on their official website that Sylvestre had travelled to England for a medical the following day with newly promoted Premier League side Blackpool and that he was due to sign a two-year contract with them.[11] On the proposed move, Sylvestre said: "'Naturally it is a big call for me, something new. The Czech chapter of my career is over and I would like to thank everyone at Mladá Boleslav. I have been happy playing here and will have good memories. It is difficult to leave Mladá Boleslav as I have a lot of friends there, but this is football life,"[12] adding, "I will have a medical and then sign. I am looking forward to playing in England and I am aware Blackpool have just been promoted and there is a big task."[13]

Three days later it was confirmed that Sylvestre had signed a two-year contract with an option of a further year with Blackpool.[14][15]

On 14 August he made his debut as a 59th-minute substitute as Blackpool marked their Premier League debut with a 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

His full debut came on 21 August in the 6–0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in the club's second game of their debut season in the Premier League.[16] Three days later he scored his first goal for the Tangerines in the second round of the 2010–11 League Cup, a 4–3 defeat to MK Dons at Stadium MK.[17]

Red Star[edit]

In September 2016, Sylvestre joined Ligue 2 club Red Star, marking his return to his homeland after playing abroad for twelve years.[18]

He retired in summer 2018 having contributed 23 matches and 2 goals during the club's promotion from Championnat National.[19]

Post-playing career[edit]

In August 2018, Sylvestre was appointed at Red Star F.C.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Sylvestre was born in France and is of Martiniquais descent.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Sylvestre playing for Blackpool in 2010

Source:[21]

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2005–06 Segunda División B 20 0 20 0
Barcelona 2005–06 La Liga 2 0 2 0
Sparta Prague 2006–07 Czech First League 19 0 2 0 21 0
2007–08 6 0 6 0
Total 25 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 27 0
Viktoria Plzeň (loan) 2007–08 Czech First League 14 3 14 3
Mladá Boleslav 2008–09 Czech First League 29 4 29 4
2009–10 27 7 27 7
2010–11 4 1 4 1
Total 60 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 60 12
Blackpool 2010–11 Premier League 8 0 1 0 1 1 - 10 1
2011–12 Championship 28 1 3 1 1 0 - 31 2
2012–13 29 5 2 1 1 0 - 32 6
Total 65 6 6 2 3 1 0 0 74 9
Rizespor 2013–14 Süper Lig 33 0 0 0 33 0
2014–15 29 0 6 3 35 3
2015–16 25 2 11 1 36 3
Total 87 2 17 4 0 0 0 0 104 6
Red Star 2016–17 Ligue 2 21 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
2017–18 Championnat National 23 2 0 0 3 0 26 2
Total 44 2 1 0 3 1 0 0 48 2
Career total 312 25 23 5 5 2 2 0 343 33

Honours[edit]

Sparta Prague

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 77. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  3. ^ "INF, formateur de talents" (in French). French Football Federation. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre 13/05/2006 (Barcelona)". The Guardian. 13 May 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre 20/05/2006 (Barcelona)". The Guardian. 20 May 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre 29/07/2006 (AC Sparta Prague)". The Guardian. 29 July 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Ludovic Sylvestre". UEFA. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre 17/02/2008 (Viktoria Plzen)". The Guardian. 17 February 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre 02/08/2008". The Guardian. 2 August 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre 25/08/2008". The Guardian. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  11. ^ Koros, Jiří (8 August 2010). "Stannerovi se líbil první poločas. Divákům jistě taky" (in Czech). Mladá Boleslav. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Blackpool to snap up French midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre on two-year deal". Daily Mail. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  13. ^ "Marlon Harewood move to Blackpool hits a snag so Ian Holloway turns to ex-Barcelona academy star Ludovic Sylvestre". Daily Mail. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  14. ^ "Seasiders seal four deals". ESPNsoccernet. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  15. ^ "Four New Faces At Bloomfield Road". Blackpool F.C. 11 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  16. ^ Ornstein, David (21 August 2010). "Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  17. ^ "MK Dons v Blackpool". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  18. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre au Red Star !" (in French). redstar.fr. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  19. ^ a b Waymel, Dorian (9 August 2018). "Ludovic Sylvestre devient coordinateur sportif du Red Star". MaLigue2 (in French). Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Ludovic Sylvestre, champion avec le Sparta Prague : " Je ne peux que conseiller aux Français de venir tenter leur chance ici " - Radio Prague".
  21. ^ "L. Sylvestre". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 August 2018.

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