Tony Vairelles

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Tony Vairelles
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Personal information
Full name Tony-Mickaël Patrice Yves Vairelles
Date of birth (1973-04-10) 10 April 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Nancy, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Nancy 127 (39)
1995–1999 Lens 123 (31)
1999–2003 Lyon 63 (11)
2001 Bordeaux (loan) 11 (2)
2001–2002 SC Bastia (loan) 30 (14)
2003 Lens (loan) 12 (2)
2003–2004 Rennes 21 (1)
2004–2005 SC Bastia 27 (4)
2005–2006 Lierse 15 (0)
2006–2007 Tours 24 (5)
2007–2008 CA Bastia 13 (2)
2008–2009 Dudelange 30 (20)
2009–2011 Gueugnon 61 (17)
Total 557 (148)
National team
1998–2000 France 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2009

Tony Vairelles (born 10 April 1973) is a French retired footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

A much-travelled centre-forward, the talented Vairelles started his professional career with hometown club AS Nancy before moving to RC Lens in summer 1995. After four seasons with considerable success (one league and one cup title) he joined Olympique Lyonnais who sent him out on loan three times and finally sold him to Stade Rennais. From then he changed clubs every season. Before the 2008 Major League Soccer season he had a trial with Toronto FC but did not fit into their plans and was not signed. In 2009, he joined FC Gueugnon after a stint at F91 Dudelange. He also became the club's main investor.[1]

International career[edit]

Vairelles represented France at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[2]

He made his senior debut for France in an August 1998 friendly match against Austria and went on to earn 8 caps, scoring one goal. He played his final international game in April 2000 against Slovenia.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list France's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 November 1999 Stade de France, Saint Denis, France  Croatia 3-0 3-0 friendly match



Personal life[edit]

Vairelles is the first player from the Gypsy community (through his maternal biological grandfather) to play for the France national team.[4]

He has one sister, Marilyn, and five brothers, Giovan, Diego, Jimmy, Gino, and Fabrice.[5] His cousin David Vairelles and his younger brothers Giovan and Diego are all professional footballers.[6]

Tony Vairelles and his brothers Giovan, Jimmy, and Fabrice were held in pre-trial detention in Nancy from 25 October 2011 after a shooting in a discothèque in Essey-lès-Nancy.[7] He was freed on 27 March 2012 and put on probation.[8][9] In June 2015, the trial was still ongoing with Tony Vairelles and his brothers being charged with attempted murder.[10]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ Men's Olympic Football Tournament - FIFA
  3. ^ a b "T. Vairelles". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "tony goal elvis du ballon rond". Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tony Vairelles en prison : Le dramatique quotidien des parents de l'ex-joueur". Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  6. ^ [1] - Tagesblatt
  7. ^ Report: Former France striker Tony Vairelles arrested for attempted murder
  8. ^ "L'ancien footballeur Tony Vairelles est libre". france tv info. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Tony Vairelles aus U-Haft entlassen". Tageblatt (in German). 28 March 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Toujours poursuivi pour tentative d'assassinat, Tony Vairelles attend la fin de cette affaire". L'Est Républicain (in French). 12 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2017.