Rod Fanni

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Rod Fanni
OM - FC Porto - Valais Cup 2013 - Rod Fanni.jpg
Fanni in 2013
Personal information
Full name Rod Dodji Fanni[1]
Date of birth (1981-12-06) 6 December 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Martigues, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
1999–2000 Martigues
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Martigues 63 (1)
2002–2005 Lens 39 (0)
2004–2005 Châteauroux (loan) 34 (1)
2005–2007 Nice 57 (0)
2007–2011 Rennes 114 (2)
2011–2015 Marseille 127 (5)
2015–2016 Al-Arabi SC 14 (1)
2016 Charlton Athletic (loan) 14 (0)
2016– Marseille 28 (1)
National team
2008–2010 France 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2017.

Rod Dodji Fanni (born 6 December 1981) is a French footballer who plays as a right back for French club Marseille. He made five appearances for the French national team between 2008 and 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Fanni's family originates from Benin. He began his football career whilst pursuing his studies, earning a BEP (French secondary school diploma) and then going on to study for a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Science and Technology.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Fanni began his career with FC Martigues, playing in both Ligue 2 and the Championnat National. He joined RC Lens in 2002 where he made his debut in Ligue 1, as well as both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. He played the entire 2004–05 season on loan at Châteauroux in Ligue 2.

In June 2005 he joined Nice but left after only two seasons to sign a four-year contract with Rennes, where he was viewed as a replacement for Dutch defender Mario Melchiot, who had departed for Premier League club Wigan Athletic. Fanni was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year for the 2008–09 season. He expressed desire to play in the Premier League and was strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United before signing for Rennes.[2] He was also linked with Everton[3] and West Ham United[4] prior to signing a one-year contract extension with Rennes in November 2009, which kept Fanni tied to Les Rouges et Noirs until June 2012.

In December 2010, Marseille successfully acquired the services of Fanni.[5]

In 2015 Fanni left Marseille after his contract ended. On 11 July 2015 Qatari side Al-Arabi SC signed Fanni on a free transfer.[6]

On 1 February 2016, Fanni signed for Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of season.[7]

On 31 August 2016, Fanni returned to Marseille.[8]

International career[edit]

Fanni made his debut for the French national team against Tunisia on 14 October 2008 in a 3–1 victory. Despite stiff competition from players such as Bacary Sagna and François Clerc, Fanni was named regularly in Raymond Domenech's squad as second choice right back behind Sagna.






  1. ^ "List of players under written contract registered between 01/02/2016 and 29/02/2016" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 33. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Fanni keen on England move Sky Sports 12 December 2008
  3. ^ Everton trail defender Sky Sports 6 October 2009
  4. ^ Hammers keen on Frenchman Sky Sports 4 June 2009
  5. ^ "Officiel: Accord de principe trouvé pour Fanni!". Olympique de Marseille. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Al Arabi Sign French Defender Rod Fanni from Marseille". Qatar News Agency. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "DONE DEAL Charlton secure Rod Fanni on loan". Charlton Athletic. 1 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Rod Fanni est de nouveau Olympien" [Rod Fanni is Olympian again] (in French). Olympique de Marseille. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 

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