Sébastien Frey

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Sébastien Frey
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Personal information
Date of birth (1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Thonon-les-Bains, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Cannes 24 (0)
1998–2001 Internazionale 35 (0)
1999–2000 Verona (loan) 30 (0)
2001–2006 Parma 132 (0)
2005–2006 Fiorentina (loan) 18 (0)
2006–2011 Fiorentina 157 (0)
2011–2013 Genoa 74 (0)
2013– Bursaspor 27 (0)
National team
France U-21 4 (0)
2007–2008 France 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2008

Sébastien Frey (born 18 March 1980 in Thonon-les-Bains) is a French footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bursaspor in the Süper Lig.

Club career[edit]


Frey began his career with French side AS Cannes in 1997, at the age of 17. On 20 September 1997, Frey made his professional league debut, playing as a starter in a 1–1 home draw against Rennes. At the end of the season in the 1997/98 season, Frey made 24 league appearance and took Grégory Wimbée's starting goalkeeping spot in the first team.


Following two promising seasons at Cannes Frey began to attract attention from abroad, most noticably from Internazionale whom had been notified of his exceptional talents by former keeper Walter Zenga and Serie A rivals Juventus. Eventually, Frey opted to join Internazionale. At Internazionale in earlier season, Frey was the third goalkeeper behind Andrea Mazzantini and Gianluca Pagliuca until Mazzantini was sold to Perugia, making Frey as second choice goalkeeper. On 21 March 1999, Frey finally made his debut for the club against Genoa. Frey also made appearance against Sampdoria when he was put on instead of Pagliuca a the 70 minutes on the score (and final) 4–0. He ended the season with a total of seven league appearances for Nerazzurri.

Loan to Verona and Return to Internazionale[edit]

In the summer transfer window of 1999, Frey moved to Verona on loan where he played thirty league appearances and gained salvation with the team.

The following year he returned from loan to play for Internazionale. At Inter, Frey was recalled in view of its performance at Inter, in 2000–2001 he became the youngest goalie in team history Lombard and the first foreigner to move from Internazionale to this post. He also participated in the preliminary round of the Champions League. His exemplary behavior, his maturity and dedication to the club propel him on rare occasions to be the team captain. However the team played below expectations, so the club decided to change the squad, and he was placed on a transfer list after the arrival of Francesco Toldo from Fiorentina.


After the arrival of Toldo, Frey was forced into exile to a new club. Frey transferred to Parma in the summer of 2001, for 8 billion lire cash plus Sérgio Conceição (Conceição tagged for 32 billion lire,[1] Internazionale official site claimed the cash was 10 billion lire[2]), or 40 billion lire[3] with whom he won the 2001–02 Coppa Italia. Frey was the replacement for Gianluigi Buffon who was sold to Juventus for a transfer fee of 100 billion lire[1] which is currently the world-record goalkeeper's transfer fee. It was a difficult task for Frey to replace Buffon.

His experience in Parma was positive and provides ample opportunity to Frey to demonstrate his talent and justify the trust placed in him by the leaders in Parma. He become a key element of the squad and regularly played in the UEFA Cup. In the 2001/02 Coppa Italia, Frey led a Parma winning the cup for the third time since 1999. However Frey never played in the tournament. But in the 2002/03 Supercoppa Italiana, Frey was the goalie against Juventus but could not help his team enough and they ended up losing 2–1.

Frey playing in a match for Fiorentina.

In June 2005 Parma avoided relegation to Serie B against Bologna thanks to Sebastien Frey and his outstanding performance. Despite an affection for the club, an economic concern of the latter to balance its budget meant Frey had to go. Frey joined Fiorentina for the 2005/2006 season, after four seasons with Parma, on the occasion of a loan with a purchase option.


Frey joined Fiorentina on loan for the 2005–06 campaign, and signed a permanent deal with the club for €6 million (€5.6M went to Parma)[4] at the end of the year following a glittering season where he formed the backbone of the team along with Cristian Brocchi, Stefano Fiore, and Luca Toni. After a positive first half of the season for him and his team, on 10 January 2006, during a game of Italy Cup against Juventus, he received a blow after a conflict with Marcelo Zalayeta.

In the battle, Frey gets a blunt trauma to the tibia that meant he had to stay out of the playing fields for a few months, forcing the sports director Pantaleo Corvino to return to the player market to hire a replacement, which turned out to be Romanian keeper Bogdan Lobonț.

On 15 May 2006 the Florentine officials announced the outright purchase of Frey, buying him for an amount equal to €6 million. In the new season Frey regained his starting spot in defense of the purple team, after an initial physiological problems due to long stop regains fitness.

On 13 December 2007, Frey suffered a meniscus injury during training, and underwent knee surgery the next day. He returned for Fiorentina's 2–1 victory over Parma on 13 January 2008, after being sidelined for one month, and his outstanding play was rewarded with a contract extension.[5]

In the 2008–09 Serie A season Frey conceded less than a goal per game; thirty-one in thirty-eight matches.

On 2 November 2010, Frey injured his knee during training, suffering an Anterior cruciate ligament injury,[6] ruling him out for the rest of the season.[7][8]


In 2011, Frey joined Genoa on a five-year deal on free transfer[9] after falling out of favor for the newly signed Artur Boruc who joined from Celtic in the previous season. The move turned out to be a failure as Genoa was moving backwards and was ever present in the relegation zone. Frey left after 2 years and was replaced by Mattia Perin. Before joining Genoa, Frey revealed talks with French side spenders PSG during the summer transfer window but they eventually got Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. Frey also revealed that German side Bayern Munich was keen of signing him in the past.[10]


On 15 July 2013, Frey joined Turkish club Bursaspor for an undisclosed fee.[11]

International career[edit]

Frey received his first call-up for France for a match against Poland in November 2004, but did not make an appearance. He earned his first cap in France's final UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Ukraine on 21 November 2007. The match ended in a 2–2 draw after he erred on Andriy Shevchenko's equalising goal. He was a member of France's Euro 2008 finals squad. On 20 August 2008, after being continually overlooked by manager Raymond Domenech, despite his excellent form for Fiorentina, and the constant calls for his selection by the French media, Frey announced his retirement from international football at the age of just 28.

Personal life[edit]

Frey's grandfather André was a French international footballer, and his father Raymond was also a professional goalkeeper. His younger brother Nicolas is a defensive midfielder currently playing for Serie A team Chievo. Frey is Buddhist (Soka Gakkai), and credited former Fiorentina legend Roberto Baggio as one of his spiritual mentors.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 December 2013[13]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1997–98 Cannes Division 1 24 0 - 24 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
1998–99 Internazionale Milano Serie A 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
1999–2000 Hellas Verona Serie A 30 0 1 0 - 31 0
2000–01 Internazionale Milano Serie A 28 0 0 0 10 0 38 0
2001–02 Parma Serie A 29 0 0 0 10 0 39 0
2002–03 34 0 0 0 4 0 38 0
2003–04 33 0 2 0 5 0 40 0
2004–05 36 0 0 0 1 0 37 0
2005–06 Fiorentina Serie A 18 0 5 0 - 23 0
2006–07 38 0 2 0 - 40 0
2007–08 35 0 1 0 13 0 49 0
2008–09 37 0 0 0 8 0 45 0
2009–10 36 0 3 0 9 0 48 0
2010–11 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2011–12 Genoa Serie A 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2012–13 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
2013–14 Bursaspor Süper Lig 27 0 10 0 2 0 39 0
Country France 24 0 - 24 0
Italy 446 0 16 0 60 0 522 0
Turkey 27 0 10 0 2 0 39 0
Total 497 0 26 0 62 0 585 0
France national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 1 0
Total 2 0


  1. ^ a b Parma AC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2002 (Italian), CCIAA
  2. ^ "FREY TO PARMA, CONCEIÇAO AND 10 Billion TO INTER". inter.it. 5 July 2001. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  3. ^ FC Internazionale Milano SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2002 (Italian), CCIAA
  4. ^ ACF Fiorentina SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2006 (Italian)
  5. ^ Frey va rester
  6. ^ "REPORT MEDICO" [Medical Report]. Viola Channel (in Italian). 2 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Frey undergoes knee surgery". Published by FIFA.com. AFP. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "REPORT MEDICO FREY". Viola Channel (in Italian). 10 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  9. ^ ACF Fiorentina SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (Italian)
  10. ^ "Genoa's Sebastien Frey: I spoke with Paris Saint-Germain last summer & Bayern Munich have wanted me in the past". Goals.com. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.bursaspor.org.tr/bs//haber?id=17583/15/07/2013/sebastien_frey_bursaspor_da_
  12. ^ "FREY, Non vedo l'ora di tornare a giocare". Firenze Viola (in Italian). 3 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  13. ^ Sébastien Frey at National-Football-Teams.com

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