Stéphane Zubar

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Stéphane Zubar
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Zubar as a Caen player in 2008
Personal information
Full name Stéphane Zubar[1]
Date of birth (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Weymouth
Youth career
2003–2005 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Caen B[a] 18 (1)
2006–2009 Caen 0 (0)
2007 Pau (loan) 10 (0)
2008 Brussels (loan) 11 (0)
2009–2010 Vaslui 35 (1)
2010–2011 Plymouth Argyle 33 (2)
2011–2016 Bournemouth 24 (0)
2013 Bury (loan) 6 (0)
2014 Port Vale (loan) 2 (0)
2014–2015 York City (loan) 23 (2)
2015 York City (loan) 4 (0)
2016– Weymouth 15 (1)
National team
2011 Guadeloupe 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:05, 8 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:05, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Stéphane Zubar (born 9 October 1986) is a Guadeloupean professional footballer who plays as a defender for Southern League Premier Division club Weymouth. He is the younger brother of fellow professional footballer Ronald Zubar.

Zubar began his career at Caen, but never made a first-team appearance and was released from the club after spells on loan at Championnat National club Pau and Belgian First Division club Brussels. He spent the 2009–10 season with Romanian Liga I club Vaslui, where he experienced European football after helping the club to the 2010 Cupa României Final. Zubar signed with English club Plymouth Argyle in November 2010, and moved on to Bournemouth in September 2011. He was loaned out to Bury in January 2013 and to Port Vale in September 2014. He joined League Two club York City in November 2014, where he played for the rest of 2014–15. Zubar returned to York on loan in August 2015, but returned to Bournemouth after he suffered a cruciate ligament injury. He joined Weymouth on non-contract terms in August 2016.

Club career[edit]

Caen[edit]

Born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe,[2] Zubar began his career with Caen at the start of the 2003–04 season, following in the footsteps of his older brother Ronald.[3] He signed a three-year professional contract with Caen in the summer of 2006.[3] He spent time on loan with Championnat National club Pau in 2007 and Belgian First Division club Brussels in 2008,[4][5] but did not make a first-team appearance for Caen.[6]

Vaslui[edit]

Zubar was transferred to Romanian Liga I club Vaslui in 2009, where he made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw against Steaua București on 27 February. He scored his first goal for the "Yellow-Greens" in a 2–2 draw with Brașov at the Municipal. He helped the club to finish third in Liga I and reach the final of the Cupa României during 2009–10, where Zubar was not used in the substitute bench, only to lose to Cluj 5–4 on penalties in the final.[7]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

He joined English League One club Plymouth Argyle on a trial during the summer of 2010.[8] His trial at Plymouth was successful and he signed for club after international clearance was granted on 16 November.[9] He made his debut four days later as the "Pilgrims" lost 2–1 to Brentford at Home Park.[10] On 28 December, Zubar scored his first goal in England as Plymouth drew 1–1 with Notts County.[11] Seven days later he scored his second goal for Plymouth in a 3–2 win over Bristol Rovers.[12] On 11 January 2012, Zubar received a red card after a second bookable offence in a 3–2 defeat to Huddersfield Town.[13] At the end of 2010–11 Argyle were relegated into League Two and Zubar was the only player to be offered a new (two-year) contract by a club, which he signed in July.[14][15] However he had his contract with the club terminated at the end of August, citing "personal reasons"; club chairman Peter Ridsdale said that "Stephane will remain a friend of the club and leaves with our best wishes".[16]

"Because of the situation at Plymouth when I was manager, with regards being paid, the lad had forgone a lot of money in Romania and felt he just couldn’t do it any more. We agreed by mutual consent to let him go, but it was a blow for me because he is a good character and he is a good player."

— Manager Peter Reid explained the circumstances of Zubar's departure.[17]

Bournemouth[edit]

In September 2011, Zubar joined Bournemouth on a free transfer, signing a one-year contract with the option for a second, having spent time with the club on trial.[18] He made his League One debut for the club on 24 September in a 2–1 defeat to Hartlepool United at Dean Court.[19] He scored an own goal on 25 October which cost the "Cherries" two points in a 1–1 draw at Colchester United.[20] On 12 November, Zubar scored his first goal for Bournemouth in a 3–3 draw with Gillingham in the FA Cup.[21] Some impressive performance for the club kept him in the first team at the expense of Adam Barrett and led manager Lee Bradbury to offer him a new three-and-a-half-year contract, which was signed in February 2012.[22]

He fell out of favour under new manager Eddie Howe, and signed for Kevin Blackwell's Bury on loan until the end of 2012–13 on 24 January 2013.[23] Howe agreed to loan Zubar out to league rivals as he felt he needed to get game time in order to "get his career back on track".[24] Despite only playing six games for the "Shakers" Blackwell said that the Gigg Lane faithful had appreciated Zubar's contribution and "have become massive Zubar fans".[25] However he picked up an anterior cruciate knee injury in March and was ruled out of action for nine months.[26] Bournemouth were promoted into the Championship at the end of 2012–13, and the higher standard of football and his injury effectively ruled him out of action throughout 2013–14. He was expected to join Bury on a free transfer in July 2013,[27] but a deal was never completed.

Zubar playing for York City in 2015

Zubar had a trial with Crewe Alexandra in September 2014.[28] He joined League One club Port Vale on a one-month loan on 29 September.[29] He made three appearances for the "Valiants", and was sent off in the last of these games for striking out at Preston North End's Joe Garner in a 2–0 defeat at Deepdale.[30] He did not return to the starting line-up and manager Rob Page elected not to extend his loan spell at Vale Park.[31] Zubar instead joined Russ Wilcox's York City on a two-month loan.[32] The loan was extended to the end of 2014–15[33] and he impressed in his performances at Bootham Crescent enough to warrant speculation in the local press that he would be offered a contract by York in the summer.[34]

Despite having not played for Bournemouth for more than two-and-a-half years, the club's promotion into the Premier League in May 2015 triggered a one-year extension to his contract.[35] Zubar rejoined York on a one-month loan on 7 August 2015,[36] and made his debut a day later in a 3–0 away defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, the opening match of 2015–16.[37] He suffered cruciate ligament damage during York's 0–0 away draw with Exeter City on 22 August 2015, which was expected to rule him out for the season.[37][38] He returned to Bournemouth for treatment,[38] ending his loan at York on five appearances.[37]

Non-league[edit]

Zubar had a trial with Dundee United, playing two closed-door friendlies in June and July 2016.[39] He joined Southern League Premier Division club Weymouth on non-contract terms in August 2016.[40] The "Terras" finished tenth in the 2016–17 season.

International career[edit]

Zubar made his international debut for Guadeloupe at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[41][42] He played in the 1–0 defeats to Canada and eventual runners-up the United States.[43]

Style of play[edit]

Zubar is a pacey and strong defender, able to play at centre-back and right-back.[44] Speaking in February 2012, Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury stated that Zubar is "works very hard, is really passionate about the game and is a deep thinker".[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Zubar playing for York City in 2015
As of match played 2 January 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Season Club League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Caen B 2005–06[43] Championnat de France Amateur 2
2006–07[43] Championnat de France Amateur 2
2007–08[43] Championnat de France Amateur 9 1 9 1
2008–09[43] Championnat de France Amateur 9 0 9 0
Total[a] 18 1 18 1
Pau (loan) 2006–07[43] Championnat National 10 0 10 0
Caen 2007–08[45] Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Brussels (loan) 2007–08[43] Belgian First Division 11 0 11 0
Vaslui 2008–09[2] Liga I 9 0 0 0 9 0
2009–10[2] Liga I 26 1 1 0 4[b] 0 31 1
Total 35 1 1 0 4 0 40 1
Plymouth Argyle 2010–11[46] League One 29 2 29 2
2011–12[47] League Two 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 33 2 1 0 34 2
Bournemouth 2011–12[47] League One 22 0 1 1 2[c] 0 25 1
2012–13[48] League One 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2013–14[49] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[50] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[37] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 24 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 28 1
Bury (loan) 2012–13[48] League One 6 0 6 0
Port Vale (loan) 2014–15[50] League One 2 0 1[c] 0 3 0
York City (loan) 2014–15[50] League Two 23 2 2 0 25 2
2015–16[37] League Two 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 27 2 2 0 1 0 30 2
Weymouth 2016–17[51] Southern League Premier Division 15 1 4 0 4[d] 0 23 1
Career total 181 7 8 1 4 0 11 0 204 8
  1. ^ a b The Caen B appearances and goals only cover the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons.
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 14 June 2011[43]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Guadeloupe 2011 2 0
Total 2 0

References[edit]

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