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Laurent Robert
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Personal information
Date of birth 21 May 1975 (1975-05-21) (age 34)
Place of birth    Saint-Benoît, Réunion
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current club Free Agent
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1994–1999
1999–2001
2001–2006
2005
2006
2006–2007
2008
2008
2008–2009
Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain
Newcastle United
Portsmouth (loan)
Benfica
Levante
Derby County
Toronto FC
Larissa
124 0(19)
061 0(24)
129 0(21)
017 00(1)
013 00(2)
013 00(0)
004 00(0)
017 00(1)
006 00(0)   
National team
1999–2001 France 009 00(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:19, 4 December 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Laurent Robert (born 21 May 1975 in Saint-Benoît, Réunion) is a French football (soccer) player. He is a left winger who is a free agent after leaving Larissa.

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Club career

Robert started his career at Montpellier, before signing for Paris Saint-Germain in 1999. He made his debut for France shortly after, on 18 August 1999, against Northern Ireland. In a Champions League match against Rosenborg in 2000 he set up six goals in a 7–2 win. Following a recall to the national team, Robert scored his first goal for France in a match against Turkey on 15 November 2000.

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Newcastle United

In 2001, he joined English club Newcastle United for a fee of £9.5 million. During his stay at the club, Robert was known for his pace and crossing ability, and was often called upon to take corners and free kicks. He had a tendency to shoot from long ranges in both open play and free kicks (scoring four goals in the 2004–05 campaign, all from set pieces) and has scored from almost 40 yards (37 m) from goal - his powerful shot has been measured at around 75 mph. The club qualified for the UEFA Champions League in his first season by finishing fourth, their best finish in five years. However, at the start of the following season there were reports he was unhappy at the signings made by Robson in the summer of 2002. Despite this he still chipped in with the goals as the club made it to the second group stage of the Champions League before finishing third in the Premiership.

Robert's goal against Liverpool in the 2004–05 season at St James' Park is used as the winner against the same team in Goal!. Santiago Munez strikes it and it zooms out as Robert's free kick hits the top corner. In Goal! 2: Living the Dream... his overhead kick against Fulham is featured as Santiago Munez's goal at the start.

Robert spent several seasons at the club, before publicly falling out with manager Graeme Souness.[1] His public criticism of the latter, as well as the entire Newcastle squad, resulted in Newcastle's desire to offload the troubled winger following the 2004–05 season.

Portsmouth

Following his time at Newcastle United and a falling out with the club, Robert moved to fellow Premier League team Portsmouth in June 2005 in a unique deal which created much confusion within the press at the time. Unsure of whether the move to Portsmouth was on a permanent basis or a temporary loan move, it was later revealed by the two clubs that Robert was signed by Portsmouth on a year-long loan, with two additional years agreed following the completion of the loan.[2] The deal was created in order to expedite Robert's exit from St James Park, while allowing Portsmouth to protect themselves from Robert's well-documented temperament.

In his time at Portsmouth, Robert scored only one goal, in a 2–1 away loss to West Bromwich Albion.[3] He refused to sit on the bench for the club's 4–1 win over Sunderland, storming out of the ground despite the relegation-threatened club's position.[4] The sacking of Perrin and return of manager Harry Redknapp meant a return for the final games of 2005 for Robert, but would shortly be followed by Robert's return to Newcastle after his unsuccessful stint. Newcastle would again look to offload the winger as soon as possible, and a move to Portugal would materialize

Benfica

It was not long before he signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Ronald Koeman's Benfica side. Robert said: "This is a super club. To be able to play in the Champions League is fantastic and that's why I am here". He added: "They showed a lot of interest in me. I am very happy to be here."

Robert's first goal in the Portuguese Superliga was, not surprisingly, from a free-kick 40 yards (37 m) away against arch-rivals FC Porto. A powerful but fairly central free kick was spilled into the net by Vitor Baia.

Levante

Laurent signed for Spanish La Liga side Levante UD on 11 July 2006 on a free transfer from Benfica. He played thirteen games before the season ended, twelve of those were incomplete (with one red card), scoring no goals.

Derby

Following a trial at Derby County, Laurent signed a contract that would run until the end of the 2007–08 season.

Toronto FC

MLS side Toronto FC announced on 2 April 2008, that they had signed Robert to a contract.[5] He made his debut on 5 April, against D.C. United in the 4–1 loss. Robert impressed, delivering a number of excellent set piece opportunities. Robert continued to impress in his team's second match against Los Angeles Galaxy, delivering a free kick, from which the subsequent rebound was converted by Jarrod Smith en route to a 3–2 victory, Toronto's first of the 2008 season. On 19 April, Robert scored his only MLS goal from a free kick in the 31st minute of the first home game for Toronto against Real Salt Lake, and was named "Man of the Match" in the 1–0 victory. In his last game with the team he was substituted at half-time. He was waived by Toronto FC on 19 August 2008.[6]

Larissa

Super League Greece side Larissa announced on 27 August that they signed in Robert for two-years, as a replacement for Nektarios Alexandrou who was released from his contract a few days before. He joined up with his former Newcastle teammate Nikos Dabizas.

Future

On 4 December 2009 Robert is so keen on a move back to Newcastle United that he has even persuaded Toon new boy Fabrice Pancrate to act as a go-between.[7][8] Robert is also in talks with former club Paris Saint-Germain.

International career

He made his debut for France on 18 August 1999 against Northern Ireland. Following a recall to the national team, Robert scored his first goal for France in a match against Turkey on 15 November 2000. He was also called for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. In 9 games for France, Robert scored a goal against Turkey.

References

External links


Laurent Robert
Personal information
Date of birth 21 May 1975 (1975-05-21) (age 35)
Place of birth    Saint-Benoît, Réunion
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current club Free Agent
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1994–1999
1999–2001
2001–2006
2005
2006
2006–2007
2008
2008
2008–2009
Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain
Newcastle United
Portsmouth (loan)
Benfica
Levante
Derby County
Toronto FC
Larissa
124 0(19)
061 0(24)
129 0(21)
017 00(1)
013 00(2)
013 00(0)
004 00(0)
017 00(1)
006 00(0)   
National team
1999–2001 France 009 00(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:19, 4 December 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Laurent Robert (born 21 May 1975 in Saint-Benoît, Réunion) is a French football player. He is a left winger who is a free agent after leaving Greek side Larissa, and has played for the French national football team.

Robert began his professional career in his native France before making a move to English side Newcastle United, where he made his reputation as a free-kick specialist. His career has been noted for a number of high-profile disagreements with club management.[1][2]

Contents

Club career

Robert started his career at Montpellier, before signing for Paris Saint-Germain in 1999. He made his debut for France shortly after, on 18 August 1999, against Northern Ireland. In a Champions League match against Rosenborg in 2000 he set up six goals in a 7–2 win. Following a recall to the national team, Robert scored his first goal for France in a match against Turkey on 15 November 2000.

Newcastle United

In 2001, he joined English club Newcastle United for a fee of £9.5 million. During his stay at the club, Robert was known for his pace and crossing ability, and was often called upon to take corners and free kicks. He had a tendency to shoot from long ranges in both open play and free kicks (scoring four goals in the 2004–05 campaign, all from set pieces) and has scored from almost 40 yards (37 m) from goal - his powerful shot has been measured at around 75 mph.[citation needed] The club qualified for the UEFA Champions League in his first season by finishing fourth, their best finish in five years. However, at the start of the following season there were reports he was unhappy at the signings made by Robson in the summer of 2002. Despite this he still chipped in with the goals as the club made it to the second group stage of the Champions League before finishing third in the Premiership.

Robert's goal against Liverpool in the 2004–05 season at St James' Park is used as the winner against the same team in Goal!. Santiago Munez strikes it and it zooms out as Robert's free kick hits the top corner. In Goal! 2: Living the Dream... his overhead kick against Fulham is featured as Santiago Munez's goal at the start.

Robert spent several seasons at the club, before publicly falling out with manager Graeme Souness.[3] His public criticism of the latter, as well as the entire Newcastle squad, resulted in Newcastle's desire to offload the troubled winger following the 2004–05 season. In his last match as a Newcastle player, Robert stripped down and ran the field in front of the Newcastle supporters in a strange gesture that was greeted with bemusement.[4]

Portsmouth

Following his time at Newcastle United and a falling out with the club, Robert moved to fellow Premier League team Portsmouth in June 2005 in a unique deal which created much confusion within the press at the time. Unsure of whether the move to Portsmouth was on a permanent basis or a temporary loan move, it was later revealed by the two clubs that Robert was signed by Portsmouth on a year-long loan, with two additional years agreed following the completion of the loan.[5] The deal was created in order to expedite Robert's exit from St James Park, while allowing Portsmouth to protect themselves from Robert's well-documented temperament.

In his time at Portsmouth, Robert scored only one goal, in a 2–1 away loss to West Bromwich Albion.[6] He refused to sit on the bench for the club's 4–1 win over Sunderland, storming out of the ground despite the relegation-threatened club's position. His actions left the club with only four substitutes of a possible five for the match.[7] The sacking of Perrin and return of manager Harry Redknapp meant a return for the final games of 2005 for Robert, but would shortly be followed by Robert's return to Newcastle after his unsuccessful stint. Newcastle would again look to offload the winger as soon as possible, and a move to Portugal would materialize.

Benfica

It was not long before he signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Ronald Koeman's Benfica side. Robert said: "This is a super club. To be able to play in the Champions League is fantastic and that's why I am here". He added: "They showed a lot of interest in me. I am very happy to be here."

Robert's first goal in the Portuguese Superliga was, not surprisingly, from a free-kick 40 yards (37 m) away against arch-rivals FC Porto. A powerful but fairly central free kick was spilled into the net by Vitor Baia.

Levante

Laurent signed for Spanish La Liga side Levante UD on 11 July 2006 on a free transfer from Benfica. He played thirteen games before the season ended, twelve of those were incomplete (with one red card), scoring no goals.

Derby

Following a trial at Derby County, Robert signed a contract that would run until the end of the 2007–08 season.

Toronto FC

MLS side Toronto FC announced on 2 April 2008, that they had signed Robert to a contract.[8] He made his debut on 5 April, against D.C. United in the 4–1 loss. Robert impressed, delivering a number of excellent set piece opportunities. Robert continued to impress in his team's second match against Los Angeles Galaxy, delivering a free kick, from which the subsequent rebound was converted by Jarrod Smith en route to a 3–2 victory, Toronto's first of the 2008 season. On 19 April, Robert scored his only MLS goal from a free kick in the 31st minute of the first home game for Toronto against Real Salt Lake, and was named "Man of the Match" in the 1–0 victory. In his last game with the team he was substituted at half-time. He was waived by Toronto FC on 19 August 2008.[9]

Larissa

Super League Greece side Larissa announced on 27 August that they signed in Robert for two-years, as a replacement for Nektarios Alexandrou who was released from his contract a few days before. He joined up with his former Newcastle teammate Nikos Dabizas.

Future

On 4 December 2009 Robert was so keen on a move back to Newcastle United that he has even persuaded Toon new boy Fabrice Pancrate to act as a go-between, to no avail.[10][11] Robert is also in talks with former club Paris Saint-Germain. It was 'reported' in mid-February that Newcastle were keen to sign him back to the club but there was no substance to the rumour.

International career

He made his debut for France on 18 August 1999 against Northern Ireland. Following a recall to the national team, Robert scored his first goal for France in a match against Turkey on 15 November 2000. He was also called for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. In 9 games for France, Robert scored a goal against Turkey.

Honours

France

References

External links


Simple English

Laurent Robert
Personal information
Full name Laurent Robert
Date of birth 21 May 1975 (1975-05-21) (age 35)
Place of birth    Saint-Benoît, Réunion
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994-1999
1999-2001
2001-2005
2005
2006
2006-2007
2008
2008
2008-2009
Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain
Newcastle United
Portsmouth (loan)
Benfica
Levante
Derby County
Toronto
Larissas
National team
1999-2001 France

Laurent Robert (born 21 May 1975) is a French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
FranceLeague
1994/95MontpellierDivision 170
1995/96215
1996/97381
1997/98262
1998/993211
1999/00Paris Saint-GermainDivision 1289
2000/013215
2001/0210
EnglandLeague
2001/02Newcastle UnitedPremier League368
2002/03275
2003/04356
2004/05313
2005/06PortsmouthPremier League171
PortugalLeague
2005/06BenficaPortuguese Liga132
SpainLeague
2006/07LevanteLa Liga130
EnglandLeague
2007/08Derby CountyPremier League40
United StatesLeague
2008TorontoMajor League Soccer171
GreeceLeague
2008/09LarissasSuper League60
CountryFrance 18543
England 15023
Portugal 132
Spain 130
United States 171
Greece 60
Total 38469

International career statistics

France national team
YearAppsGoals
199920
200031
200140
Total91

References


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