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Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud vs Liverpool - 2 November 2013 (cropped).jpg
Giroud with Arsenal in 2013
Personal information
Full name Olivier Giroud[1]
Date of birth (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Chambéry, France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 18
Youth career
1992–1999 Froges
1999–2005 Grenoble
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Grenoble 23 (2)
2007–2008 Istres (loan) 33 (14)
2008–2010 Tours 44 (24)
2010–2012 Montpellier 73 (33)
2010 Tours (loan) 17 (6)
2012–2018 Arsenal 180 (73)
2018– Chelsea 2 (0)
National team
2011– France 69 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2018.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2017

Olivier Giroud (French pronunciation: ​[ɔlivje ʒiʁu]; born 30 September 1986) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Chelsea and the France national team.

He began his career at Grenoble in Ligue 2 before joining Tours in 2008. In his second season at Tours, he was the division's top scorer with 21 goals, earning him a move to top-flight side Montpellier. Giroud was again the top scorer with 21 goals in the 2011–12 season, giving the club their first ever Ligue 1 title before moving to Arsenal. Giroud won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and totalled 105 goals in 253 games for the club. In January 2018, he transferred to Chelsea on an 18-month contract.

Giroud made his full international debut for France in 2011. He has earned over 50 caps, and was part of the teams which reached the quarter-finals at UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as the final of UEFA Euro 2016, in which he finished as the joint second-highest goalscorer of the competition, and was awarded the Bronze Boot.

Early career

Giroud was born in Chambéry, France in the Rhône-Alpes region, and was raised in the nearby village of Froges, close to Grenoble.[3] Giroud began his football career playing for his hometown club, Olympique Club de Froges. He spent six years training at the club before joining professional club Grenoble at the age of 13.[3]

Club career

Grenoble

Giroud spent five years developing in Grenoble's youth academy before signing his first professional contract at the age of 21. He later admitted that signing his first contract was an important part in his development as a player, stating "It took me signing my first professional contract to become aware of my abilities. If you [a club] trusted me, it was because I must have had some qualities."[4] Ahead of the 2005–06 season, he was promoted to the club's reserve team, which was playing in the Championnat de France amateur 2, the fifth level of French football. Giroud quickly became an important player in the team scoring 15 goals in 15 matches.[4] His performances over seven months with the reserve team resulted in the player being called up to the senior team in March 2006 by manager Thierry Goudet. Giroud made his professional debut on 27 March appearing as a late-match substitute in a 1–1 draw with Gueugnon in Ligue 2.[5] He remained a part of the senior team for the rest of the campaign making five more substitute appearances.

Giroud was promoted to the senior team permanently for the 2006–07 season by new manager Payton Pouliquen and Nicola Malgeri and was assigned the number 22 shirt. After appearing as a substitute in the team's first league match of the campaign, he made his first professional start in a 2–1 defeat away to Niort playing the entire match.[6] On 26 February 2007, Giroud scored his first professional goal netting the injury time winner against Le Havre.[7] He described the goal as "a fantastic memory. I could not dream better for a first pro goal". A month later, Giroud made his third start of the campaign against Gueugnon. In the match, which ended 0–0, Giroud incurred his first professional red card.[8] He finished the campaign with 18 total appearances and two goals as Grenoble finished in fifth place.

Loan to Istres

In an attempt to earn some playing time, Giroud spent the 2007–08 season on loan at Istres in the Championnat National, the third level of football in France.[4] Under the tutelage of manager Frédéric Arpinon, he continued his development as a striker and, in his second match with the club, scored his first goal in a 2–1 win over Laval.[9] Two weeks later, Giroud scored goals in back-to-back matches against Vannes and Créteil.[10][11] He scored his first double of the season in a 2–0 win against Arles-Avignon.[12] A fortnight later, Giroud converted two goals again, this time in a 3–2 win over Pau.[13] After going through the months of November and December without scoring a league goal, Giroud returned to form in January scoring goals in a 3–2 defeat to Vannes and a 2–0 win over Beauvais.[14][15] He finished the campaign by scoring goals in April league fixtures against Paris and Martigues, which brought his total goal tally with Istres to 14.[16][17] Of the 14 goals, Giroud only scored four at the Stade Parsemain, Istres' home stadium.[18]

After a successful loan stint, Giroud returned to Grenoble with hopes of receiving some significant playing time as the club was now playing in Ligue 1. However, club manager Mehmed Baždarević, who was hired while Giroud was on his loan stint at Istres, deemed the player surplus to requirements and, subsequently, listed him for transfer. According to reports, Baždarević had declared that Giroud "did not have the level to play among the elite".[4] In 2011, Giroud reevaluated his departure from Grenoble stating "I am neither resentful nor vengeful. I am just disappointed with what happened to Grenoble when there was great potential".[4]

Tours

Giroud playing for Tours in 2010

On 28 May 2008, it was reported that Giroud had agreed to a three-year deal with Ligue 2 club Tours. The striker was lured to the club by sporting director Max Marty who had previously served as the chief executive officer of Grenoble, Giroud's former club.[4] Giroud was also fond of Tours' manager Daniel Sanchez stating "It's always a plus to have a former striker as a coach. His advice to me really helped a lot. With him, I progressed in my positioning and also in front of goal".[4] Giroud was given the number 12 shirt and, due to injury, made his club debut on 3 September 2008 in a 2–1 defeat to Boulogne in the Coupe de la Ligue.[19] He made his league debut a week later playing the entire match in a 1–0 win over Nîmes.[20] A month later, Giroud scored his first goal for the club converting the opener in a league match against Lens. In the second half, he scored another goal to cap a 3–1 win.[21] Two weeks later, Giroud scored his third goal for the club in a victory over Ajaccio.[22]

In the Coupe de France, Giroud scored five goals in two matches. In the eighth round of the competition, he scored the team's only goal in a 1–0 win over semi-professional club Pacy Vallée-d'Eure.[23] In the ensuing round against Réunionais club Jeanne d'Arc, Giroud scored four goals in a 7–1 win.[24][25] Tours would later be eliminated in the next round by Lorient.[26] After his four-goal display against Jeanne d'Arc, Giroud followed up the performance by scoring goals in back-to-back league matches against Montpellier and Metz.[27][28] After a double against Nîmes on 20 February 2009,[29] the striker suffered an injury, which forced him to miss three league matches. After making two substitute appearances on his return, in his first start since the injury on 3 April against Angers, Giroud scored the team's opening goal in a 3–1 win.[30] Giroud later re-aggravated the previous injury in training, which led to him missing the entire month of April as Tours were contesting a promotion battle with several clubs. Despite losing Giroud, the club went unbeaten in the four league matches he missed. On his return against Boulogne on 8 May, Giroud scored his final goal of the season in a victory.[31] In Tours' final three league matches of the campaign, the club failed to achieve a win, which resulted in the club failing to earn promotion to Ligue 1. Giroud finished the season with 27 total appearances and 14 goals.

In the 2009–10 season, Giroud was promoted to the lead striker role following the departure of Tenema N'Diaye to Nantes. The promotion immediately paid off as Giroud scored two goals in the team's opening match of the season; a 2–1 win over Le Havre in the Coupe de la Ligue.[32] On 18 August 2009, he scored his first league goal against the same opposition in another win.[33] Following another league goal in a win over Guingamp,[34] on 18 September, Giroud scored all four of Tours' goals in a 4–2 win over Arles-Avignon.[35][36] It was his second career four-goal match at the professional level and his third overall having had one at amateur level while playing with the Grenoble reserve team.[37] In the team's next 15 matches in all competitions, Giroud remained on form scoring ten goals. During that span, the striker scored in consecutive matches on three occasions. Giroud finished the fall campaign with 16 goals, 13 of which came in league play.[37]

On 26 January 2010, it was reported that Ligue 1 club Montpellier had signed Giroud from Tours on a three and a half-year deal.[38] The transfer fee was priced at €2 million and it was also announced that Montpellier would loan Giroud back to Tours until the end of the 2009–10 season.[38][39] The striker admitted the move to Montpellier would benefit him the most stating "I feel that here (Montpellier), the coach and staff will be able to help me make real progress. The environment is ideal, the training center is good, the group is healthy, and there's a beautiful stadium with an audience that responds to this".[40] Following the transfer, Giroud went three weeks without scoring a goal before converting one on 19 February 2010 in a win over Arles-Avignon.[41] Two weeks later, he scored the team's only goal in a 2–1 defeat to Nantes.[42] On 19 March, Giroud scored two goals in a shutout win against Châteauroux.[43] A week later, he scored in another shutout victory over Strasbourg.[44] After the goal against Strasbourg, Giroud went seven matches without scoring before netting on the final matchday of the season against Nîmes.[45] He finished the season with 42 appearances and 24 goals. Giroud scored 21 in the league and was named the league's top goalscorer. After the season, he was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 2 Player of the Year. Giroud was also named to the league's Team of the Year.[46]

Montpellier

Giroud officially joined Montpellier on 1 July 2010. He simultaneously made his club and European debut on 29 July in the first leg of Montpellier's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round with Hungarian club Győri ETO. In the match, Giroud scored his first goal for the club in the first half.[47] Montpellier won the match courtesy of Giroud's goal, but were defeated on aggregate after losing on penalties in the second leg.[48] Giroud made his league debut in the team's first match of the campaign; a 1–0 win over Bordeaux.[49] On 28 August, he scored his first league goal in a 1–0 away win against Valenciennes.[50] On 25 September, Giroud scored two goals in a home victory over Arles-Avignon.[51] The double brought his career goal tally to nine against the Bouches-du-Rhône-based club. A week later, he scored Montpellier's lone goal in a 3–1 loss to Lille.[52] In November 2010, Giroud scored game-winning goals in consecutive weeks against Toulouse and Nice.[53][54]

In the Coupe de la Ligue, Montpellier surprisingly reached the final of the competition.[55][56] In the semi-finals against Paris Saint-Germain, Giroud played the entire match, which went into extra time. In the 117th minute, he scored the match-winning goal to send Montpellier to its first major final since the 1993–94 season when the club reached the final of the Coupe de France.[57][58] In the 2011 Coupe de la Ligue Final, Montpellier faced Marseille and were defeated 1–0 courtesy of a goal by Taye Taiwo.[59][60] Giroud played the entire match.[61] Following his goal against Paris Saint-Germain, Giroud went scoreless for nearly two months before converting both club goals against the same opposition in a 2–2 draw at the Parc des Princes.[62] Towards the end of the league season, Giroud scored goals against title contenders Marseille and Lyon. However, Montpellier lost both matches.[63][64] After finishing the season as the club's top scorer, on 31 May 2011, Giroud signed a contract extension with Montpellier until 2014.[65]

Giroud began the 2011–12 campaign on form scoring in the team's first two league matches of the season against Auxerre and the defending champions Lille.[66][67] Montpellier won both matches. After scoring a double in a 2–2 draw with Brest,[68] French newspaper Le Parisien affectionately dubbed him le buteur de charme (the charm striker).[69] The nickname paid tribute to his goalscoring ability, as well as personality and looks and was, subsequently, used by several other media outlets in France to describe the player.[25][70] In the team's next 18 matches in all competitions, Giroud lived up to the nickname by scoring 13 goals. The impressive output consisted of hat-tricks against Dijon and Sochaux,[71][72] match-winning goals against Nancy, Lyon, and Nice, and a goal each in the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France.[73][74][75][76][77]

As a result of Giroud's performance and the team as a whole, Montpellier topped the league table in November 2011.[78] In January 2012, Giroud was linked with a transfer to several clubs. Montpellier's owner Louis Nicollin responded to the rumours on French radio station RTL and surprised many by deeming one club "not big enough" for Giroud, while also declaring that the striker would cost "at least €50 or €60 million".[79] At the start of the second half of the campaign, Giroud scored in back-to-back league matches against Lyon and Nice.[80][81] Two weeks later against Ajaccio, he assisted on Montpellier's second goal and scored the team's final goal in a 3–0 win.[82] On 24 March 2012, Giroud scored in the 1–0 win over Saint-Étienne.[83] The victory placed Montpellier at the top of the table and the club remained there for the rest of the campaign capturing its first league title in club history after beating Auxerre 2–1 on the final day of the season.[84] Giroud finished the season with a league-leading 21 goals and 9 assists. Despite being tied on goals with Paris Saint-Germain attacker Nenê, he was named the league's top scorer by the Ligue de Football Professionnel due to finishing with more goals in open play.[85]

Arsenal

2012–13 season

Giroud warming up for Arsenal in 2012

On 26 June 2012, Arsenal won the race to sign Giroud on a long-term contract for a fee believed to be around £9.6 million (€12.4 million).[86] He was given the number 12 shirt.[87] He made his debut on 18 August as a substitute for fellow debutant Lukas Podolski in a goalless home draw against Sunderland in the Premier League[88] and scored his first goal for Arsenal on 26 September, in a 6–1 win against Coventry City in the League Cup.[89] His first Premier League goal came on 6 October, with the equaliser in a 3–1 win against West Ham United, in which he also assisted a Theo Walcott goal.[90] On 30 October, he helped Arsenal to a historic comeback in a League Cup tie against Reading, as Arsenal were 4–0 down before coming back to win the game 7–5 after extra-time, with Giroud scoring Arsenal's second goal.[91] Giroud scored his first UEFA Champions League goal for Arsenal in a 2–2 draw at Schalke 04 on 6 November[92] and four days later he scored twice in a 3–3 draw at home to Fulham.[93] Giroud's form earned him a place in the Premier League team of the week.[94]

On 17 November, Giroud scored the third goal in Arsenal's 5–2 derby win over Tottenham.[95] Four days later, Giroud assisted both Jack Wilshere's and Lukas Podolski's goals in Arsenal's 2–0 victory over former club Montpellier, which allowed Arsenal to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.[96] The Arsenal fans have warmed to Giroud as he has started to pick up form after a shaky start; a run of goals in consecutive games has led to a chant mimicking The Beatles' "Hey Jude" of 'Na na na, Na na naaaa, Na na naaaa, Giroud' echoing around the Emirates Stadium.[97][98][99] On 29 December 2012, Giroud scored a brace and hit the crossbar after coming on as a substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 80th minute, as Arsenal beat Newcastle United 7–3 at the Emirates Stadium.[100]

On 23 January, Giroud scored a brace as Arsenal beat West Ham 5–1,[101] and did the same in a Man of the Match performance against Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup three days later.[102][103] On 30 January, Giroud scored as Arsenal fought back to earn a 2–2 draw, from 2–0 down at home to Liverpool. Giroud scored a header from a Wilshere free kick, and provided an assist for Theo Walcott.[104] For January, Giroud was awarded with the Arsenal Fan's Player of the Month Award.[105] On 13 April 2013, Giroud played a big part of Arsenal's 3–1 win against Norwich City at home, winning a penalty that led to the equalizer in the 85th minute. He then sent Arsenal ahead himself two minutes later and set up for Lukas Podolski. This victory sent Arsenal to third in the table, climbing past London-rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.[106] He received his first red card for Arsenal against Fulham, which meant he would miss three of Arsenal's last four games of the season. He had his appeal rejected by the Football Association.[107] Giroud finished the season with 17 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances.

2013–14 season

Giroud and Mesut Özil before kick-off against Southampton in November 2013

Giroud scored in the opening game of the Premier League season against Aston Villa, a 3–1 loss for Arsenal.[108] His scored the only goal in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on 1 September.[109] On 26 October, Giroud scored the second goal in a 2–0 win at Crystal Palace, keeping Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, and almost a month later scored a double against Southampton, following a mistake from the Saints' goalkeeper Artur Boruc, and then he converted a penalty in a 2–0 win. Giroud's last goal of 2013, and Arsenal's last of the year, came against Newcastle United. His flicked header from Theo Walcott's free kick gave Arsenal a narrow 1–0 win and placed them at the top of the table going into 2014. He then scored on his return to the first team against Aston Villa after an ankle injury, a match that ended 2–1 in Arsenal's favour.

On 8 March 2014, Giroud scored twice against Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final, helping Arsenal to a 4–1 win.[110] On 12 April, Giroud scored one of the penalties in the shootout against Wigan Athletic to send Arsenal to the final of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.[111] On 17 May, Giroud started in the 2014 FA Cup Final as Arsenal beat Hull City 3–2 at Wembley Stadium and assisted Aaron Ramsey's cup-winning goal.[112]

2014–15 season

Giroud started the season by scoring the third goal in Arsenal 3–0 win against Manchester City in the 2014 FA Community Shield, a 25-yard shot which dipped over goalkeeper Willy Caballero, thus winning Giroud's second title for Arsenal. Despite only coming on as a half-time substitute, he was named Man of the match.[113] Shortly after scoring the equaliser in a 2–2 draw against Everton on 22 August, he broke his left tibia and was ruled out for four months.[114]

On 30 September 2014, his 28th birthday, Giroud signed a new contract at Arsenal, keeping him at the club until 2018 and increasing his weekly wage to £80,000.[115]

Giroud returned to action quicker than expected, replacing Aaron Ramsey for the last 13 minutes of a 1–2 home defeat against Manchester United on 22 November and scoring Arsenal's consolation goal in added time.[116] Later, he scored twice in a 4–1 home victory against Newcastle United on 13 December.[117] Thirteen days later, he was sent off in Arsenal's 2–1 win over Queens Park Rangers for a headbutt on Nedum Onuoha after being pushed by the QPR defender.[118] He later returned from his three-game suspension to feature in a 3–0 victory at home against Stoke City on 11 January.[119] On 18 January, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory against Manchester City, giving the gunners their first victory at the Etihad Stadium since 2010.[120] Giroud carried on his Premier League form by opening the scoring and by setting up Mesut Özil for the second goal of the match as Arsenal beat Aston Villa 5–0.[121]

Giroud taking on the Burnley defence in January 2016

On 15 February, he netted two goals in the space of three minutes as Arsenal defeated Middlesbrough 2–0 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.[122] His first goal concluded a move in which every Arsenal player touched the ball without Middlesbrough taking possession.[123]

On 25 February, Giroud was substituted 60 minutes into Arsenal's 3–1 Champions League round of 16 loss to AS Monaco after missing several good chances for his club.[124] Four days later, on 1 March, he scored Arsenal's opening goal in a 2–0 Premier League defeat of Everton.[125] Giroud kept up his fine form by netting one goals each against Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United and two against Newcastle United in the Premier League[126] while also scoring against Monaco in the Champions League.[127] Giroud was announced as the Premier League Player of the Month for March.[126][128] On 4 April, Giroud scored the fourth goal for his team in a 4–1 win over Liverpool.[129]

On 30 May, Giroud scored Arsenal's fourth goal after appearing as a substitute in the team's 4–0 2015 FA Cup Final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.[130]

2015–16 season

Giroud scored Arsenal's first goal of the season, a sideways scissor kick from an Özil assist at Crystal Palace in a 2–1 loss.[131] On 20 October 2015, he came off the bench to score the first goal in a 2–0 win against Bayern Munich in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage.[132] On 9 December, he scored his first competitive Arsenal hat-trick in a 3–0 away victory at Olympiacos helping the Gunners, who needed a two-goal win, make the last-16 of the Champions League.[133] Giroud scored the first goal in a 2–0 victory over Aston Villa four days later, becoming only the seventh Arsenal player to reach 50 Premier League goals for the club.[134] On 8 March, Giroud ended a 12-match scoreless run, with a brace in a 4–0 away victory over Hull City in a FA Cup replay.[135][136]

On 8 May 2016, Giroud scored in a 2–2 against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium to end a run of 15 Premier League matches without a goal. He also assisted the team's second goal, scored by Alexis Sánchez.[137] A week later, in the team's final match of the season, Giroud scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa to end 2015–16 with 16 goals in the Premier League[138] and 24 in all competitions.[139]

2016–17 season

Giroud made only three appearances in Arsenal's first nine matches of the 2016–17 Premier League, all of them coming on as a substitute. On 29 October 2016, after coming onto the pitch as a substitute in the 69th minute on matchday 10 of the Premier League, Giroud scored two goals with his first two touches in Arsenal's 4–1 away win against Sunderland.[140][141] On 19 November, Giroud scored an 89th-minute equalising goal after appearing as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.[142] On 26 December, he scored in a 1–0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion on his first Premier League start of the season.[143] On 1 January 2017, Giroud scored with a backheeled "scorpion kick" volley in a 2–0 win against Crystal Palace, a goal described by Arsène Wenger as the greatest he had seen at the Emirates Stadium.[144] The goal later earned him the FIFA Puskás Award for the goal of the year.[145]

On 12 January 2017, Giroud, alongside teammates Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.[146]

During the 2017 FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley, Giroud came on in the 78th minute with the score 1–1, and a minute later he delivered an assist for Aaron to score the winning goal which saw Arsenal lift the Cup for a record-breaking thirteenth time.[147]

2017–18 season

On 28 September 2017 during Arsenal's Europa League group game away to BATE Borisov, Giroud scored his 100th goal for the club in a 4–2 victory.[148]

Chelsea

On 31 January 2018, Giroud signed an 18-month contract with Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.[149] He made his debut five days later in a Premier League away game at Watford, where he come on in the 64th minute replacing Pedro. However, the result was a 4–1 loss.[150] On 12 February, Giroud started his first game for the club in which he provided an assist for Eden Hazard in a 3-0 home win against West Bromwich Albion.[151] He scored his first goal in the FA Cup fifth round against Hull City in the 4-0 home win.[152]

International career

Giroud playing for France against Georgia on 22 March 2013

Prior to representing the senior national team, Giroud did not earn any caps with the national youth teams. In 2001, he was called up to the under-16 team alongside the likes of Yoann Gourcuff, Yohan Cabaye, and Sylvain Marveaux by coach Pierre Mankowski to participate in a training camp held at the Clairefontaine academy.[153] After the camp, Giroud was not called up for the duration of the 2001–02 under-16 campaign.

On 3 November 2011, in an effort to reward Giroud for his performances domestically with Montpellier, national team coach Laurent Blanc named the striker in the squad to play in friendly matches against the United States and Belgium on 11 and 15 November 2011, respectively.[154][155] Giroud described the call up as "a childhood dream come true", while also stating it is "immensely satisfying and a privilege" to represent the national team.[156] He made his international debut in the match against the United States appearing as a substitute. France won the match 1–0.[157] Against Belgium, Giroud earned another cap appearing as a substitute as the match ended 0–0.[158] On 29 February 2012 Giroud scored his first career international goal in a 2–1 friendly victory over Germany. Three months later, he was named to the squad to participate in UEFA Euro 2012.[159] Two days prior to the announcement of the final squad, Giroud assisted on two goals in France's 3–2 friendly comeback win over Iceland.[160]

On 16 October 2012, Giroud equalised for France in their 1–1 draw against Spain in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Coming on as a substitute in the 88th minute, he scored a headed goal from a Franck Ribéry cross in the fourth minute of injury time.[161] Due to his goal against Spain and good form with Arsenal, Giroud, along with Arsenal teammate Laurent Koscielny, received a call for France's tie against Italy on 14 November.[162] In the match, Giroud had a few chances, but then was substituted with five other players in the second half as France came back from behind to win the match 2–1.[163] Giroud scored twice and was named man of the match in a 6–0 win over Australia on 11 October 2013 in an international friendly.

On 13 May 2014, Giroud was named in Didier Deschamps' squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[164] After appearing as a second-half substitute in France's opening match against Honduras,[165] Giroud was named in the starting line-up for the team's second group fixture against Switzerland. He scored the opening goal of the match in the 17th minute to record his first FIFA World Cup goal and the 100th at the tournament in the French national team's history, as Les Bleus ran out 5–2 winners to qualify for the knockout stage.[166]

In the opening match of Euro 2016 on 10 June 2016, France defeated Romania 2–1. Giroud earned his 50th France cap by being in the starting line-up of that match and played every minute of it; he scored the opening goal by heading Dimitri Payet's cross into the goal in the 57th minute.[167][168] He scored a brace in a 5–2 win against Iceland in the Quarter-finals.[169] Following France's defeat to Portugal in the final of the tournament, Giroud finished the competition as the joint second-highest scorer, with 3 goals and 2 assists, and was awarded the Bronze Boot.[170]

In a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg in March 2017, which France won 3–1, Giroud scored twice, taking his total to 23 and moving him into his country's top ten goalscorers of all time.[171]

On 2 June 2017, Giroud scored a hat-trick at Roazhon Park for France in a friendly against Paraguay which finished 5–0 to the hosts. Giroud's strikes also saw him become the first player to score a hat-trick for Les Bleus in 17 years.[172]

Style of play

Giroud is capable of playing in several offensive positions, but usually plays as a striker or as a centre-forward; he has also occasionally been used as a second striker. A hard-working striker, he is known in particular for his reliable goal scoring rate, size, strength, heading accuracy, powerful shot, ability to hold up the ball with his back to goal, and link-up play.[173][174][175][176] He is also associated with making runs to the front post that outwit defenders.[177]

Outside football

Giroud in May 2015

Giroud has an older brother, Romain, who was also a footballer. He played at the Auxerre academy and represented France at under-15 and under-17 level, alongside players such as Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Nicolas Anelka, but ended up dropping a potential professional career to study and become a nutritionist.[178]

Giroud has been married to Jennifer[179] since 2011. Their daughter Jade was born on June 18, 2013. Giroud is a Catholic and has a tattoo on his right arm from Psalm 23 in Latin: "Dominus regit me et nihil mihi deerit" ("The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want"). He describes himself as a "very believing person [...] I don't cross myself before my games but I do a little prayer".[70][180] In February 2014, Giroud reportedly cheated on his wife with model Celia Kay.[181] After the incident, he issued an apology to his wife but later insisted that he had not committed adultery.[181] Wenger did not comment on the matter saying he wanted to "respect his privacy".[181]

In 2013 Giroud stripped naked for Dieux du Stade, a French charity calendar featuring naked sportsmen sold for charity.[182] In 2014, he became the face of Hugo Boss's Boss Bottled men's fragrance.[183] In February 2015 Giroud was voted the 'Hottest Premier League Player'.[184] In an interview with GQ, he cited David Beckham as an inspiration for the way he looks, saying that Beckham's "style is iconic".[185]

Giroud has been sponsored by Puma since 2009.[186] He together with Antoine Greizmann starred in an advert for the brand of which was released in August 2016.[187]

Career statistics

Club

As of 16 February 2018[188][189][190]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Europe[nb 3] Other[nb 4] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grenoble 2005–06 Ligue 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2006–07 17 2 1 0 1 0 19 2
Total 23 2 1 0 1 0 25 2
Istres 2007–08 Championnat National 33 14 0 0 1 0 34 14
Total 33 14 0 0 1 0 34 14
Tours 2008–09 Ligue 2 23 9 2 4 1 0 26 13
2009–10 38 21 1 0 2 2 41 23
Total 61 30 3 4 3 2 67 36
Montpellier 2010–11 Ligue 1 37 12 1 0 3 1 2 1 43 14
2011–12 36 21 4 2 2 2 42 25
Total 73 33 5 2 5 3 2 1 85 39
Arsenal 2012–13 Premier League 34 11 4 2 2 2 7 2 47 17
2013–14 36 16 5 3 1 0 9 3 51 22
2014–15 27 14 5 3 0 0 3 1 1 1 36 19
2015–16 38 16 5 3 2 0 7 5 1 0 53 24
2016–17 29 12 4 2 1 0 6 2 40 16
2017–18 16 4 0 0 3 0 6 3 1 0 26 7
Total 180 73 23 13 9 2 38 16 3 1 253 105
Chelsea 2017–18 Premier League 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 1
Total 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Career total 371 138 33 18 19 7 40 17 3 1 467 197
Notes

International

As of match played 10 November 2017.[191]
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2011 2 0
2012 12 2
2013 12 3
2014 9 4
2015 10 4
2016 14 8
2017 10 8
Total 69 29

International goals

As of match played 10 November 2017. France score listed first, score column indicates score after each Giroud goal.[192]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 February 2012 Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany 3  Germany 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2 16 October 2012 Vicente Calderón Stadium, Madrid, Spain 13  Spain 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 22 March 2013 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 16  Georgia 1–0 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 11 October 2013 Parc des Princes, Paris, France 23  Australia 2–0
6–0
Friendly
5 3–0
6 27 May 2014 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 28  Norway 2–0
4–0
Friendly
7 4–0
8 8 June 2014 Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France 30  Jamaica 4–0 8–0 Friendly
9 20 June 2014 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil 32   Switzerland 1–0 5–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
10 29 March 2015 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France 37  Denmark 2–0 2–0 Friendly
11 11 October 2015 Parken Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark 43  Denmark 1–0
2–0
Friendly
12 2–0
13 13 November 2015 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 44  Germany 1–0 2–0 Friendly
14 25 March 2016 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands 46  Netherlands 2–0 3–2 Friendly
15 30 May 2016 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France 48  Cameroon 2–1 3–2 Friendly
16 4 June 2016 Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz, France 49  Scotland 1–0
3–0
Friendly
17 2–0
18 10 June 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 50  Romania 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016
19 3 July 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 53  Iceland 1–0
5–2
UEFA Euro 2016
20 5–1
21 1 September 2016 Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy 56  Italy 2–1 3–1 Friendly
22 25 March 2017 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 60  Luxembourg 1–0
3–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
23 3–1
24 2 June 2017 Roazhon Park, Rennes, France 62  Paraguay 1–0
5–0
Friendly
25 2–0
26 3–0
27 9 June 2017 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden 63  Sweden 1–0 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
28 10 October 2017 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 68  Belarus 2–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
29 10 November 2017 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 69  Wales 2–0 2–0 Friendly

Honours

Club

Montpellier[193]
Arsenal[193]

International

France

Individual

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