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Djibril Cissé [1]
Personal information
Full name Djibril Aruun Cissé
Date of birth 12 August 1981 (1981-08-12) (age 28)
Place of birth Arles, France)
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Panathinaikos
Number 9
Youth career
1993–1996 Nîmes Olympique
1996–1998 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Auxerre 128 (70)
2004–2006 Liverpool 49 (13)
2006–2008 Marseille 58 (24)
2008–2009 Sunderland (loan) 35 (10)
2009– Panathinaikos 25 (21)
National team
1998–2002 France U-21 19 (6)
2002– France 39 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 9 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Djibril Aruun Cissé (pronounced Jivry-ul C-Say) (born 12 August 1981 in Arles) is a French footballer of Ivorian descent who plays as a striker for Panathinaikos. He is noted particularly for his speed and acceleration. Since 2005, he has held the title of Lord of the Manor of Frodsham.[1]

Cissé started his career at Nîmes Olympique in 1993 at the age of 11. He then moved to Auxerre still in the youth team, before graduating to the first team in 1998. Having had a move to Liverpool delayed once, he finally moved to the Merseyside based club in 2004, after playing for Auxerre for six seasons, scoring 90 goals in 166 appearances. During his time at Anfield, he played 83 games, scoring 26 times. Towards the end of his Liverpool career, he had a loan spell at Marseille scoring 15 goals in 25 appearances before deal was made permanent. Cissé returned to the English Premier League once more in 2008 with a loan spell at Sunderland, scoring 11 goals in 39 appearances. On 25 June 2009, he signed a 4 year contract with Greek side Panathinaikos, with a transfer fee of about €9 million.


Personal life

Cisse was born as a Muslim to Muslim parents but, he later converted and became a Catholic. His father was formerly a professional footballer and had captained his country before his parents moved from the Ivory Coast to France in 1974. Djibril was the seventh and last child of his family, after siblings Nma, Damaye, Abou, Fode, Seni, Hamed.[2] After his move to Liverpool, Cissé purchased a house in the village of Frodsham, Cheshire, and in doing so gained the title of Lord of the Manor of Frodsham.[3] Soon after buying the house, his decision to refuse the Cheshire Forest Hunt permission to hunt on his land received substantial press coverage.[4] In June 2005, Djibril Cissé married Jude Littler, a Welsh hairdresser from Anglesey. The wedding took place at Bodelwyddan Castle, with notable guests including Shaun Wright-Phillips and Cissé's French national teammates, Louis Saha and Sylvain Wiltord.[5] Cissé got married in a tuxedo in the red of Liverpool.[5] In October 2005, he was given a caution by police for hitting a 15-year-old boy while filming an advertisement in Docklands, East London.[6] He and his wife, Jude, have a son called Cassius [7] and a daughter named Ilona who was born in 2001.

His wife Jude also has a son Liam from a previous relationship.[8] In January 2006, Cissé was given another caution by police, this time for assaulting his heavily pregnant wife.[9] In 27 July 2008, his wife Jude gave birth to the couple's second son, Prince Kobe Cissé, born late on a Saturday night at a Chester hospital, weighing 7 lb 11oz.[8] Cissé appeared in the French comedy movie Taxi 4, playing a cameo role in a high speed taxi journey.[10] On 1 April 2009, Cissé was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman outside a lap-dancing club in Newcastle, believed to be The Diamonds club in Grey Street. He was later released on police bail.[11]

On 20th February 2010, Jude gave birth to the couple's third child, a son named Marley Jackson. [12]

Club career



Having started his career with Nîmes Olympique,[13] he then signed for AJ Auxerre at the age of 15.[14] Playing for the youth team in 1999, Cissé won the Coupe Gambardella, the equivalent of the FA Youth Cup.[15] But in his first two seasons as a senior with the South of France club, he made just three appearances scoring no goals.[15] In his first season as a regular in the 2000–01 season, he scored 8 goals in 25 games.[15] His first honour in his senior Auxerre career came as they won the French Cup in May 2003.[16] The French Cup win led to Auxerre playing in the French Champions Trophy, where they were defeated 2–1 by Olympique Lyonnais on 26 July 2003.[17] Cissé was also the top scorer in the French Ligue 1 in the 2001–02 and 2003–04 seasons,[16] and in his time there, he scored 70 goals in 128 league games[18] before signing for Liverpool in a deal worth over £14 million.[19] Liverpool had pursued Cissé for over a year,[20] and it was an open secret that then Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier admired Cissé's qualities.[21]


At Liverpool, Cissé scored 11 goals in 23 first-team games in all competitions for Liverpool in the 2004–05 season.[16] He had only played 19 games for Liverpool when a tackle from Jay McEveley broke his left leg while playing against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on 30 October 2004. The tackle broke his tibia and fibula, and physio Daryl Martin said "It could take six to nine months and the absolute worst-case scenario is 18 months, but on average it would be three or four months."[22] Cissé later revealed that had it not been for prompt attention from the trainers at the stadium, he would probably have lost the leg below the knee.[23] He had pins inserted in the leg, and was expected to be out of action for the rest of the 2004–05 season.[24] However, it was reported in late March 2005 that Cissé's recovery had advanced enough to enable him to return to action by the end of the season.[25]

On 13 April 2005, Cissé was able to come on as a substitute in the 75th minute of the second leg of Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final tie with Juventus.[26] He went on to score both Liverpool goals in their last Premiership match of the season, a 2–1 win over Aston Villa,[27] and also converted a penalty in Liverpool's penalty shootout win over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.[28] During the 2005–06 season, Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez deployed Cissé on the right wing on numerous occasions.[20] While his pace made him well suited to such a role, it was doubtful whether he would be happy to continue in this role rather than in his preferred position as striker.[13] He scored two goals as Liverpool won the 2005 UEFA Super Cup. Cissé also scored the opening Liverpool goal in the 2006 FA Cup Final with a sliding shot past West Ham United keeper Shaka Hislop, Liverpool going on to win on penalties.


From summer 2005, the media had linked Cissé with a move away from Anfield.[29] Speculation intensified as the season went on due to his lack of starting appearances. On 2 July 2006, Cissé claimed on Sky Sports that Benitez was forcing him out of the club.[30] In early June 2006, it was reported that a transfer to Olympique de Marseille had been agreed.[31] The very same day Cissé broke his leg in a takle from Zheng Zhi during France's final warm up match against China on 7 June 2006. It was thought that even though a relatively quick recovery was expected,[25] Cissé's transfer would be postponed until at least the January transfer window.[32] However, the two teams agreed a loan deal in July 2006.[33]

Cissé made his return to training on 20 October 2006,[34] and scored his first goal for Olympique de Marseille on 22 December 2006 when they beat AS Saint-Étienne 2–1.[35] With only four goals in 14 appearances by April, Cissé's performances were drawing such criticism that former player Jean-Pierre Papin urged Cissé's critics to be more patient while the striker recovered from his career-threatening injury.[36] Despite the slow start, Cissé managed to score 4 goals in his final 7 league appearances to finish with 8 goals in 21 league appearances,[16] helping Marseille to finish 2nd in the 2006–07 season and guarantee a Champions League place for the 2007–08 season.[37] On 12 May 2007, he scored 2 goals in the French Cup Final against Sochaux, although Marseille still lost the match 5–4 on penalties, after a 2–2 stalemate after after extra time following a late equaliser by another Liverpool player on loan Anthony Le Tallec.[38]

On 7 July 2007, Marseille president Pape Diouf announced that the club had struck a deal with Liverpool to sign Cissé permanently, for an estimated fee of €8 million.[39] But subsequently, Cissé was linked with a return to the English Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers said to be interested.[40] Manchester City had their approach for Cissé rejected by Marseille boss, who said, "He is wanted, that is for sure, I myself have been approached by Manchester City (about Cissé) but I turned it down categorically".[41] On 26 January 2008, Cissé scored a hat trick in Marseille's 6–1 win against Caen.[42]


On 20 August 2008, Cisse secured a loan switch to English Premier League club Sunderland.[43] At the same ground where he had scored on his Liverpool debut, Cissé scored the winning header on his debut against Tottenham to make it 2–1 to Sunderland.[44] A few days later, Cissé announced his desire to secure a permanent deal with the club.[45] Manager Roy Keane also expressed his desire to sign Cissé, telling The News of the World, "I'd be happy to break the transfer record if Djibril's doing the business".[46] In the Tyne-Wear derby, Cissé scored his third Sunderland goal on 25 October 2008, Sunderland winning 2–1.[47] After scoring in a 4–1 victory against Hull, Cissé stated that despite the departure of Roy Keane from Sunderland, he still wished to complete a permanent move to the club.[48] On 18 April 2009, Cisse scored his 10th league goal of the season in a 1-0 victory over Hull City at the Stadium of Light.[49] On 24 May, it was confirmed that Sunderland would not be taking up the option to sign Cissé permanently, and he subsequently returned to Marseille.[50]


On 25 June 2009, the French striker signed a 4 year contract with Greek Super League club Panathinaikos.[51] It was reported that the player would earn 2.5 million euros per year, while French club Marseille would get an estimated €8 million as a transfer fee. The total cost of the transfer is about €20 million, taking into account the various bonuses. [52] The French player scored his first goal in Greece against Crete-based Ergotelis. He has scored 21 goals in 24 games for Panathinaikos so far (in the Greek Super League), and tops the scorers' list, and also 5 goals in Europa League, being the second goal scorer until now, behind Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro who has scored eight times.

International career

Youth career

Before he played for the senior France national football team, Cissé had previously played for the Under-19's and Under-21's sides.[53] He played for France in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, where they reached the quarter-finals, with the player scoring six goals over the five games.[53] These goals included a hat-trick against Iran on 18 June 2001 in a 5–0 win on their opening game,[54] and two goals against Germany on 27 June 2001 in the round of 16.[55] While playing for France in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Cissé scored two goals against Portugal in the first leg of qualification playoffs, winning 2–1.[56] However, in the second leg, Cissé having already scored a goal was sent off for kicking Mário Sérgio. France went on to lose the game 4–1 on penalties, after drawing 3–3 on aggregate.[57] As a result of the sending off, he was given a five match ban and missed UEFA Euro 2004.[58]

Senior career

Cissé made his international debut, aged 21, against Belgium coming on as a 48th minute substitute for David Trezeguet on 18 May 2002.[59] French coach Roger Lemerre included Cissé in his 23 man squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[60] In the tournament he played in all of the group matches against Senegal,[61] Uruguay,[62] and Denmark,[63] coming on as a substitute in all three games but France were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages. His first goal for the senior side came on 7 September 2002 against Cyprus in qualifying for Euro 2004.[64] Cissé was included as part of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup winning French team. He scored his only goal of the tournament from the penalty spot in France's 1–0 win against Colombia on 18 June 2003.[65]

After being banned from UEFA Euro 2004, the next tournament for Cissé was the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[66] However, in France's final warm-up match against China on 7 June 2006, he suffered another broken leg when ten minutes into the game he was knocked off balance by the China captain Zheng Zhi and fell with his leg twisting under him.[67] "It's so tough to hear Djibril scream like that," said fellow French striker Thierry Henry. "You lose a teammate and also a friend. But he is tough; he will come back." Immediate surgery to repair his open fractured tibia followed the accident, ruling him out of the tournament.[68] During the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Cissé played three games,[18] but could not win a place in the France squad for the finals.[69]

In March 2010, Cisse was re-called to the French squad for the friendly against Spain in Paris after his goalscoring form for Panathinaikos. When introduced into the match as a substitute, he had a cosiderable impact, heading on a Florent Malouda cross only for Iker Casillas to push it onto the post.[70]

Career statistics


As of 6 December 2009.
Club Performance
Club Season Ligue 1 French Cup Ligue Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Auxerre 1998–99 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1999–00 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01 25 8 4 5 2 1 4 1 0 0 35 15
2001–02 29 22 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 31 24
2002–03 33 14 6 6 0 0 6 1 0 0 45 21
2003–04 38 26 3 1 4 1 7 2 0 0 52 30
Club Season Premiership FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Liverpool 2004–05 16 4 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 25 5
2005–06 33 9 6 2 0 0 13 6 5 0 57 17
Club Season Ligue 1 French Cup Ligue Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Marseille (loan) 2006–07 21 8 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 15
Marseille 2007–08 35 16 3 2 2 1 10 3 0 0 50 22
2008–09 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Club Season Premiership FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sunderland (loan) 2008–09 35 10 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 11
Club Season Super League Greece Greek Football Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Panathinaikos 2009–10 25 21 3 0 0 0 12 5 0 0 40 26
Total 295 138 30 24 12 5 62 19 5 0 404 186

International Goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 2–1 Win UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
2. 30 April 2003 Stade de France, Paris, France  Egypt 5–0 Win Friendly
3. 22 June 2003 Stade de France, Paris, France  New Zealand 5–0 Win 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
4. 8 September 2004 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 2–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 31 May 2005 Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien, Metz, France  Hungary 2–1 Win Friendly
6. 9 November 2005 Stade d'Honneur de Dillon, Fort-de-France, Martinique  Costa Rica 3–2 Win Friendly
7. 3 September 2005 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 3–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 3 September 2005 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 3–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 8 October 2005 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland  Switzerland 1–1 Draw 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification






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