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Olivier Dacourt
Personal information
Full name Olivier Nicolas André Dacourt
Date of birth September 25, 1974 (1974-09-25) (age 35)
Place of birth Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1991 Aulnay-sous-Bois
1991–1992 Strasbourg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1998 Strasbourg 127 (4)
1998–1999 Everton 30 (2)
1999–2000 Lens 26 (2)
2000–2003 Leeds United 57 (3)
2003 Roma (loan) 18 (0)
2003–2006 Roma 77 (2)
2006–2009 Internazionale 35 (0)
2009 Fulham (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Standard Liège 9 (0)
National team
2001–2004 France 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2010

Olivier Nicolas André Dacourt (born 25 September 1974 in Montreuil-sous-Bois) is a French footballer who is currently without a club. He is a former French international and is best known for his spells at Leeds United, AS Roma and Inter Milan.


Club career


Early career

Dacourt made his debut match in Division 1 with Strasbourg on March 20, 1993 in an away game with Auxerre, which Strasbourg lost 2–0. On May 24, 1997, he scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Strasbourg in an away match against Paris Saint-Germain, however, Strasbourg lost the match 2–1.

Dacourt transferred to Everton in 1998 and his debut game in the Premier League was a 0–0 draw against Aston Villa on August 15, 1998. On February 17, 1999, he scored his first goal in the 5–0 victory against Middlesbrough.

Dacourt returned to France after one season at Everton playing for RC Lens. Where he impressed and earned a multi million pound move back to the Premier League again in Leeds United.

Leeds United

Dacourt joined Leeds United from Lens in a £7 million pound move in 2000, and proved to be an instant hero at Elland Road with his tenacious style and ball winning play. His time at Leeds saw them reach the Champions League semi finals and also finishing in the top 4 of the Premier League. He was a regular in centre midfield under manager David O'Leary mainly partnering David Batty at the heart of Leeds' midfield. His form at Leeds also saw Dacourt become a regular for the french national side. But after the sacking of O'Leary his replacement Terry Venables dropped Dacourt from the Leeds team and favoured players like Paul Okon ahead of him in the pecking order.

Venables had a public falling out with Dacourt, in which Venables claimed he 'would personally drive Dacourt' away from the club. With Leeds' financial problems Dacourt was loaned out to A.S. Roma, and during his time out on loan Venables was sacked and replaced by Peter Reid with many believing Dacourt would return, but during the summer his loan move to Roma was made permanent. Dacourt proclaimed that he would like to return to Leeds one day in the future after playing in his former teammate Lucas Radebe's testimonial.

Roma & Internazionale

Dacourt joined A.S. Roma on loan, and after 6 months the loan move was made permanent as Dacourt's parent club Leeds United needed to raise some much needed money, the transfer cost Roma €5M. After being on the losing side in the Coppa Italia final against Internazionale in 2005–06, Dacourt joined the club from Roma on a two year contract in accordance with the Bosman ruling.[1] He has earned the nickname "The General" by Inter fans for his marvellous displays on the pitch.[citation needed]

Originally signed as a backup player for Internazionale, he became a key player of the league victory, in light of all the injuries to Patrick Vieira. On December 2, 2007, against Fiorentina, he damaged his left knee, with a torn cruciate ligament and damage to two other ligaments in it. He was expected to be out for the rest of the 2007–08 season.

In the 2008–09 season after recovering from injury, Dacourt didn't feature as regularly and wasn't in Inter manager José Mourinho's plans.

Fulham & Standard Liège

On February 2 2009 he joined English side Fulham on loan until the end of the 2008-2009 season after being signed by Roy Hodgson.[2] However he had to settle for being confined to mainly substitute appearances due to the impressive form of Fulham's midfield and also Dacourt picking up some injury niggles, Dacourt's move to Fulham wasn't made permanent come the summer, Dacourt briefly returned to Inter Milan where his contract then expired and he became a free agent.

The 23rd September 2009 Dacourt signed a contract with Standard de Liège for a one year contract. He was bought to replace Steven Defour who had an injury on his foot and should be inactive for three months, Defour was the central midfield partner to Axel Witsel.[3]. On 08 February 2010 Standard de Liège declared the end of his contract.[4]

International career

Dacourt played for France in the 1996 Olympic Games.

After impressing for Leeds United, His first senior appearance in the national team came against South Korea in the Coupe des Confédérations in 2001, which France won 0-5. He also appeared in the 2004 European Championship.


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Olivier Dacourt
Personal information
Full name Olivier Nicolas André Dacourt
Date of birth 27 September 1974 (1974-09-27) (age 36)
Place of birth    Montreuil, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Leeds United
Internazionale Milano
Fulham (loan)
Standard Liège
National team
2001-2004 France

Olivier Dacourt (born 25 September 1974) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1993/94StrasbourgDivision 180
1998/99EvertonPremier League302
1999/00LensDivision 1262
2000/01Leeds UnitedPremier League333
2002/03RomaSerie A180
2006/07Internazionale MilanoSerie A240
2008/09FulhamPremier League80
2009/10Standard LiègeFirst Division80
CountryFrance 1538
England 955
Italy 1282
Belgium 80
Total 38415

International career statistics

France national team



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