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Bixente Lizarazu
Bixente Lizarazu
Personal information
Date of birth December 9, 1969 (1969-12-09) (age 40)
Place of birth Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1984–1987 Bordeaux
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1996 Bordeaux 272 (23)
1996–1997 Athletic Bilbao 33 (2)
1997–2004 Bayern Munich 205 (16)
2004–2005 Marseille 24 (0)
2005–2006 Bayern Munich 25 (2)
Total 559 (43)
National team
1992–2004 France 97 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bixente Lizarazu (Basque pronunciation: [biˈʃente lisaˈrasu], French: [biɡzɑ̃t lizaʀazy]) (born Vicente Lizarazu on 9 December 1969 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz) is a former football left defender for Olympique Marseille and three other professional teams, as well as the French national team. Being such a successful French player he is now a footballing legend in France and is widely considered as one of the greatest left backs of all time.

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Football career

Lizarazu (nicknamed "Liza"), of Basque descent, has been capped 97 times for France (for the first time on November 14, 1992 against Finland), scoring two goals, and helped them win the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. He has won six Bundesliga championships with Bayern Munich, as well as five German Cups, the Champions League, and the Intercontinental Cup. During his second spell with Bayern Munich in 2005 and 2006, Lizarazu wore the shirt number 69. Clarifying that it wasn't a lewd gesture, he said this was because he was born in 1969, his height is 1.69 m and he weighed 69 kg.[1]

Before moving to Germany, Lizarazu played for Girondins de Bordeaux, where he played in the 1996 UEFA Cup final against Bayern; and Athletic Bilbao. He said he would leave Bayern in the 2004 offseason, and eventually signed with Olympique Marseille. However, six months after signing with Marseille, he returned to Bayern Munich in January 2005.

He has been threatened by the Basque terrorist group, ETA, alleged for not giving money to the organization, what the terrorists called the "revolutionary tax". He also has a stadium named after him in the French Basque country, the "Stade Bixente-Lizarazu" (former "Belcenia Stadium"). His fiancée was French singer and actress Elsa Lunghini for seven years and he has a son named Tximista with his ex-wife Stéphanie.

Lizarazu announced his retirement from football on 30 April 2006 - four days after former teammate Zinedine Zidane. He ends his career with the distinction of being the most successful French footballer in history.

Post-retirement activities

After retirement, Lizarazu got involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He competed in a Jiu-Jitsu competition in Europe in 2009, where he was named European champion.[2]

Career statistics

[3]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1988-89 Girondins de Bordeaux Division 1 16 0
1989-90 38 2
1990-91 35 2
1991-92 33 0
1992-93 35 4
1993-94 32 9
1994-95 32 2
1995-96 23 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1996-97 Athletic Bilbao La Liga 16 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
1997-98 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 11 0
1998-99 18 2
1999-00 22 1
2000-01 15 0
2001-02 25 1
2002-03 26 2
2003-04 26 1
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2004-05 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 14 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
2004-05 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 13 0
2005-06 18 0
Total France 258 22
Spain 16 0
Germany 174 7
Career Total 448 29
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International Goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 15, 1995 Stade Michel d'Ornano, Caen, France  Israel
2 – 0
2 – 0
UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
2. June 18, 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Saudi Arabia
4 – 0
4 – 0
1998 FIFA World Cup

Honours

Record

After winning the Intercontinental Cup in late 2001 with Bayern, Lizarazu was European Champion and World Champion on both club-level (with Bayern) and national level (with the national squad). This was the first time in history one player held such a record.

References

  1. ^ Bandini, Paolo; Bass, Ian and Dart, James (2006-09-27). "Have any footballers ever admitted moving for the money?". The Guardian. http://football.guardian.co.uk/theknowledge/story/0,,1880604,00.html. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj2_XNENMqc
  3. ^ LIZARAZU (Bixente Lizarazu) - Retired football (soccer) player from France
  4. ^ "France honors World Cup winners - Government gives Legion of Honor to players, coaches". CNN/SI. 1 September 1998. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/world/news/1998/09/01/france_legionhonor. Retrieved 2006-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Décret du 24 juillet 1998 portant nomination à titre exceptionnel". JORF 1998 (170): 11376. 1998-07-25. PREX9801916D. http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/WAspad/UnTexteDeJorf?numjo=PREX9801916D. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 

Simple English

Bixente Lizarazu
Personal information
Full name Bixente Lizarazu
Date of birth 9 December 1969 (1969-12-09) (age 41)
Place of birth    Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1988-1996
1996-1997
1997-2004
2004
2005-2006
Girondins Bordeaux
Athletic Bilbao
Bayern Munich
Olympique Marseille
Bayern Munich
National team
1992-2004 France

Bixente Lizarazu (born 9 December 1969) is a former French football player. He is one of the most successful football players in the world. He won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European Football Championship in 2000. He has also won the UEFA Champions League (2001) and was champion of the Bundesliga (both with Bayern Munich) five times in a six year period (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005).

Lizarazu was born in Saint-Jean-de Luz, a small village in Basque region of France, in 1969. His first club was Eglantins Hendaje (1977-1989). He then went to Girondins Bordeaux (1989-1996). After playing for Bordeaux, he played for the Spanish club Athletic Bilbao (1996-1997) before he went to Bayern Munich (1997-2005). For a six months, he played for Olympique Marseille (2004). He ended his career in 2005.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
FranceLeague
1988/89Girondins BordeauxDivision 1160
1989/90382
1990/91352
1991/92330
1992/93354
1993/94329
1994/95322
1995/96233
SpainLeague
1996/97Athletic BilbaoLa Liga160
GermanyLeague
1997/98Bayern MunichBundesliga110
1998/99182
1999/00221
2000/01150
2001/02251
2002/03263
2003/04261
FranceLeague
2004/05Olympique MarseilleLigue 1140
GermanyLeague
2004/05Bayern MunichBundesliga130
2005/06180
CountryFrance 25822
Spain 160
Germany 1748
Total 44830

International career statistics

[2]

France national team
YearAppsGoals
199210
199360
199450
199551
199690
199740
1998131
199960
2000120
2001100
200270
2003120
200470
Total972

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