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Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry Bayern.jpg
Personal information
Full name Franck Bilal Ribéry
Date of birth 7 April 1983 (1983-04-07) (age 26)
Place of birth Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 7
Youth career
1989–1996 Conti Boulogne
1996–1999 Lille
1999–2000 Boulogne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Boulogne 29 (6)
2002–2003 Alès 18 (1)
2003–2004 Stade Brestois 35 (3)
2004–2005 Metz 20 (1)
2005 Galatasaray 14 (0)
2005–2007 Marseille 60 (11)
2007– Bayern Munich 65 (23)
National team
2004–2006 France U21 13 (2)
2006– France 42 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:17, 6 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:15, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Franck Bilal Ribéry (born 7 April 1983) is a French football player currently playing for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. Ribéry primarily plays as a winger, preferably on the left side, and previously represented a number of French clubs (including Marseille) and Galatasaray in Turkey. Ribéry is a French international having represented his nation at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. He is known for "pace, energy, skill and precise passing."[1] Since joining Bayern, Ribéry has been recognised on the world stage as one of the best French players of his generation. The previous talisman of Les Bleus, Zinedine Zidane, has called Ribéry the "jewel of French football."[1]


Club career


Early career

Ribéry was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer and raised in a low-income neighborhood on the fringes of the city. He began his football career at age six playing in the youth section of amateur club FC Conti de Boulogne-sur-Mer. After a seven-year stay, he joined professional outfit Lille, who were playing in the second division. While at Lille, Ribéry excelled athletically, but underperformed academically, which led to Lille releasing the player. After leaving Lille, Ribéry returned to his hometown joining the biggest club in the city, US Boulogne. After spending a year in the reserves, he was promoted to the senior team. Ribéry only made four appearances in his debut season as Boulogne, who were playing in the CFA, earned promotion to third-tier Championnat National. In his second season with the club, Ribéry appeared in 25 league matches converting five goals. Though Boulogne finished 17th, which meant a return to the fourth division, Ribéry's solid performances earned him a move to fellow National club Olympique Alès. In his only season at the club, Ribéry made 18 appearances scoring only one goal. Following the season, despite finishing safe, Alès were relegated to the Division d'Honneur by the DNCG after the club declared bankruptcy. The resulting news led to Ribéry signing with Stade Brest, another Championnat National club. At Brest, Ribéry established himself as a premier player in the league appearing in 35 league matches scoring three goals. Ribéry's performance and the team as a whole led to the club finishing second in the league, thus earning promotion to Ligue 2. Despite the success with Brest, Ribéry sought to play in Ligue 1, the top division of French football. His dream came to fruition when FC Metz's manager Jean Fernandez took a liking to him and recruited him on a free transfer.

Ribéry only spent half a season at Metz, but impressed earning the UNFP Player of the Month in August 2004. He scored his only league goal for Metz on 6 November in the team's 1–1 draw with Toulouse.[2] His stellar play on the right side of midfield led to Metz supporters comparing him to Robert Pirès, a former Metz legend. After stalemate negotiations on an extension, in January 2005, Ribéry relocated to Turkey signing a three-and-a-half year contract with Galatasaray with the Instanbul-based outfit paying Metz a modest 2.5 million.

At Galatasaray, Ribéry was brought in by manager Gheorghe Hagi and appeared in 14 league matches as the club finished in 3rd place position. While playing for the club, Galatasaray suppoerters nicknamed him Ferraribery, in reference to his quick acceleration with the ball at his feet and also Scarface, due to a large scar located on the right side of his face. In the Turkish Cup, Ribéry was instrumental in the club's 5–1 thrashing of rivals Fenerbahçe in the competition's ultimate match. He scored the opening goal in the 16th minute and also assisted on another goal. Ribéry was later substituted out in the 52th minute with Galatasaray leading 3–1. The trophy was Ribéry's first major honour.

Move to Marseille and CAS ruling

In June 2005, Ribéry announced that he would be returning to France joining giants Olympique de Marseille on a five-year contract, thus reuniting with former manager Jean Fernandez. The move was considered shocking to Galatasaray as Ribery still had three years remaining on his contract. Ribéry argued that he had not been paid his wages by the club and asked FIFA, the sport's governing body, to invalidate his contract, which they did following a favorably ruling. In response to this, Galatasaray announced their decision to challenge FIFA's ruling by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. On 25 April 2007, their appeal was dismissed by the court, who declared in a statement that Ribéry had terminated his contract with the Turkish club at the end of the 2004–05 season on just grounds, and that Galatasaray was therefore not entitled to any compensation. Galatasaray had sought 10 million in compensation from Marseille.[3]

Franck Ribéry with Marseille.

Upon his arrival, Ribéry was handed the number 7 shirt and made his debut on 30 July 2005 in a 2–0 defeat to Bordeaux collecting a yellow card. On 17 September, he scored his first goal for the club in their 2–1 victory over Troyes. Two weeks later, Ribéry netted goals in back-to-back matches in victories over his former club Metz and Nice. On 19 November, Ribéry scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 win over Nantes. The goal, scored from almost 35 meters out, was later voted the goal of the season by supporters. In the Coupe de France, Ribéry performed admirably scoring a double against Le Havre and scoring the opening goal in Marseille's 3–1 semi-final victory over Rennes. The win pushed Marseille through to the 2006 final where they faced Le Classique rivals Paris Saint-Germain, which merited Ribéry his second consecutive cup final appearance. Unfortunately, Marseille faltered losing 2–1 to the Parisian club. In Europe, Ribéry scored two goals in the UEFA Intertoto Cup against Italian clib Lazio and La Liga outfit Deportivo de La Coruña. In the UEFA Cup, he scored one goal converting it in the second leg of Marseille's Round of 32 tie with Premier League club Bolton Wanderers.

Following Ribéry's success internationally at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a bidding war occurred in order to obtain his services with English club Arsenal initially offering 15 million for the player. However, Arsenal would be trumped by Spanish club Real Madrid, who offered €30 million for the Frenchman, according to Marseille directors.[4] However, despite the offers, Marseille declared the player off limits with Ribéry having nearly four years left on his contract remaining.[5]

Franck Ribéry speaking with referee Hervé Piccirillo.

Ribéry's now heightened popularity saw increased speculation from writers and supporters that Marseille would finally win their first league title since the 1991–92 season. He began the 2006–07 campaign on a high note scoring in the club's second match of the season against Auxerre in a 3–0 trouncing. However, through the rest of the fall season, Ribéry went cold going scoreless. On 11 November 2006, he suffered an injury in Marseille's 1–0 loss to Lille. The resulting injury led to Ribéry missing the rest of the fall season returning following the winter break. On his return in January, Ribéry netted two goals in another win over Auxerre. The following month, Ribéry suffered another injury, which required him to miss four matches. In April 2007, Ribéry finished the league season by scoring in back-to-back weeks against Sochaux in a 4–2 win and Monaco in another victory. In the Coupe de France, Marseille again reached the final with Ribéry, for the second straight season, putting them there scoring the game-winning goal in a 3–0 methodical semi-final win over Nantes. In the final, Marseille were heavy favorites over Sochaux, a team they had completely dominated just 12 days prior. However, Sochaux recorded an upset victory defeating Marseille 5–4 on penalties after the match ended 2–2 following extra time. Ribéry's final match with Marseille was a 1–0 win over Sedan on the final match day of the season. The victory secured 2nd place for Marseille and was their best finish since finishing runner-up to Bordeaux during the 1998–99 season. Following the season, Ribéry was awarded the France Football Magazine's French Player of the Year award. The honor ended the four-year reign of Thierry Henry.

Bayern Munich

Franck Ribéry with Bayern Munich.

On 7 June 2007, Bayern Munich signed Ribéry to a four-year deal for a then club-record 25 million.[6] Ribéry was given the number 7 shirt, which was freed up due to the retirement of club legend Mehmet Scholl at the end of the previous season.[7] He made his team début one month later, scoring twice in an 18–0 friendly drubbing of Munich youth side FT Gern.

He made his competitive debut for Bayern on 21 July 2007 against Werder Bremen in the first round of the Premiere Ligapokal, scoring twice. He also netted an early goal in Bayern's 2–0 victory over defending champions VfB Stuttgart in the semifinals, but was unable to play in the final (won by Bayern) due to injury. On 8 June 2008, Ribéry was named the 2007–08 German Footballer of the Year.[8]

International career

Ribéry playing for France

Ribéry earned his first cap with France in a 1–0 victory over Mexico on 27 May 2006; he started the match but was substituted for David Trézéguet in the 74th minute.[9] He was part of France's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he scored one goal in France's 3–1 win over Spain in the second round. He played in the final where France lost to Italy, and his only shot on goal came in extra time.[10] He scored the only goal in France's 1–0 win over England on 26 March 2008.

On 17 June 2008, during France's 2–0 Euro 2008 loss to Italy, Ribéry suffered an injury in the eighth minute after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle,[11] and underwent successful surgery in Munich two days later.[12] His return to play happened in the 65th minute of Bayern Munich's 2–0 win over Nuremberg in the third round of the DFB Cup on 24 September 2008. Ribery then scored the only goals in two matches which gave France a double 1–0 win in a home-away roust against Lithuania to boost France's chances of getting into the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Career statistics


Statistics accurate as of 6 March 2010[13][14]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
2000–01 Boulogne CFA Group A 4 1 - - 4 1
2001–02 Championnat National 24 5 1 0 - 25 5
2002–03 Alès Championnat National 18 1 - - 18 1
2003–04 Stade Brestois Championnat National 35 3 2 1 - 37 4
2004–05 Metz Ligue 1 20 1 1 0 - 21 1
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2004–05 Galatasaray Süper Lig 14 0 3 1 - 17 1
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
2005–06 Marseille Ligue 1 35 6 6 3 7 1 48 10
2006–07 Ligue 1 25 5 7 1 5 1 37 7
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2007–08 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 28 11 7 5 10 3 45 19
2008–09 Bundesliga 25 9 3 1 8 4 36 14
2009–10 Bundesliga 12 3 2 1 3 0 17 4
Total France 161 22 17 5 12 2 190 29
Turkey 14 0 3 1 - 17 1
Germany 65 23 12 7 21 7 98 37
Career Total 240 45 32 13 33 9 305 64


(Correct as of 3 March)[15]
National team Season Apps Goals Assists
France 2005–06 10 1 4
2006–07 8 1 2
2007–08 12 2 2
2008–09 8 3 1
2009–10 4 0 0
Total 42 7 9

International goals





Bayern Munich


Personal life

When Ribéry was two years old, he and his family were involved in a car accident in Boulogne-sur-Mer, colliding with a truck. Ribéry suffered serious facial injuries that resulted in over one hundred stitches and left two long scars down the right side of his face.[16]

His wife, Wahiba, is a French national of Algerian descent, and the couple have two daughters, Hizya and Shahinez.[1][17] Ribéry is a convert to Islam.[18][19]


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  2. ^ "Toulouse v. Metz Match Report". Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Galatasaray Ribery claim rejected by court". ESPN. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Real's £26m to trump Arsenal's pursuit of winger Ribéry". The Guardian. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ribery agent makes Arsenal claim". British Broadcasting Company. 15 October 2006. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Sky Sports (7 June 2006). "German giants recruit Ribéry". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 June 2006. 
  7. ^ "FCB unveil star signings Ribéry and Toni". 7 June 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2006. 
  8. ^ "Ribéry named Footballer of the Year". 8 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ribéry stats and timeline at".éry. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "Match Report: Brazil - France". 1 July 2006. Retrieved 12 July 2006. 
  11. ^ "Ribery muss unters Messer (transl.: Surgery for Ribéry)" (in German). 18 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008. 
  12. ^ "Ribery has surgery on ankle". The Canadian Press. 
  13. ^ "Franck Ribéry - History". Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  14. ^ "Franck Ribéry History".,19754,11890_298190,00.html. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  15. ^ RIBERY Franck,, accessed 8 February 2010
  16. ^ "Ribery: Lucky to be alive". The Sun. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2008. 
  17. ^ Lichfield, John (6 October 2006). "Convert to Islam changes French mindset: Rebel Ribéry strides from sink estate to brink of greatness". The Independent. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  18. ^ Pasquet, Yannick (19 February 2008). "Ribery making his mark in Germany". Agence France-Presse. NewsBank. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  19. ^ RIBERY HAILS GREAT ZIDANE: Sporting Life | 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany, Breaking News, Features, Cannavaro, Zidane, Lippi, Domenech, Buffon, Vieira, Henry

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