Sébastien Schemmel

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Sébastien Schemmel
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-06-02) June 2, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Nancy, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 Nancy 146 (1)
1998–2001 Metz 60 (2)
2001–2003 West Ham United 63 (1)
2003–2004 Portsmouth 12 (0)
2004–2005 Le Havre 8 (0)
Total 289 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sébastien Schemmel (born 2 June 1975 in Nancy) is a French former footballer.


He played for AS Nancy and Metz before being signed by manager Harry Redknapp for West Ham United.[1] Metz president Carlo Molinari had complained about Schemmel's character, saying he was "phenomenally unstable." [1] Schemmel was dropped from the Metz team and fined after an incident in December 2000 when he insulted two journalists, who later lodged a formal complaint with police.[1]

In his first season in the Premier League, 2001–02, he won the "Hammer of the Year" award. Whilst at West Ham he played in their 1–0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 2000–01 FA Cup,[2] and scored once in the league against Derby County.[3] The following season saw a downturn in form, perhaps caused by family problems.[4] He left West Ham for Portsmouth in 2003. He scored once during his spell with Portsmouth, in a 2–1 win over Blackpool in the FA Cup.[5]

After being released by Portsmouth in December 2004, he joined Le Havre AC for the rest of the season and played eight games.


  1. ^ a b c "Hammers double swoop". BBC News. 2001-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  2. ^ "Di Canio sinks Man Utd". BBC. 28 January 2001. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Hammers nail Derby". BBC. 26 December 2001. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Schemmel in search of the lost adventure - Football League, Football". The Independent. 2002-11-17. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  5. ^ "Portsmouth 2–1 Blackpool". BBC. 3 January 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2009.

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