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Pascal Chimbonda
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Chimbonda playing for Tottenham Hotspur
Personal information
Date of birth 21 February 1979 (1979-02-21) (age 31)
Place of birth Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 39
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Le Havre 85 (5)
2003–2005 Bastia 67 (4)
2005–2006 Wigan Athletic 38 (2)
2006–2008 Tottenham Hotspur 65 (3)
2008–2009 Sunderland 13 (0)
2009 Tottenham Hotspur 3 (0)
2009– Blackburn Rovers 23 (1)
National team
2003 Guadeloupe 3 (0)
2006 France 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:58, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Pascal Chimbonda (born 21 February 1979) is a French footballer who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers.

Chimbonda, who can play at centre-back or left-back but prefers right-back, became well known to English football supporters due to his impressive displays on the pitch for Wigan Athletic, which led to Tottenham Hotspur chasing his signature in the summer season of 2006, finally landing him on transfer deadline day. Chimbonda re-signed for Tottenham in January 2009, having lasted only six months at Sunderland; but soon made the move to Blackburn after falling out of favour again at Spurs before joining Rovers back in August 2009 for a fee of about £2.5 million.

Chimbonda has currently won one international cap for the France against Denmark in a friendly match.


Club career


Early career

Chimbonda was born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe and began his career at Le Havre in France in 1999, making his debut against Strasbourg on 29 April 2000. He spent four years with the club, until Le Havre were relegated to Ligue 2, when he transferred to Bastia. During his stay at Bastia, Chimbonda received racist taunts from his own fans after a heavy loss against Saint-Étienne;[2][3] this may have contributed to his leaving the club. However, his former teammates at Bastia firmly denied Chimbonda's accusations of racism.[4]

After Bastia were relegated in July 2005, he left the club, turning down an offer from Marseille, and moved to Wigan Athletic for £500,000 on a three-year contract. He cited the fact that he was "ready for a new challenge and coming to Wigan is the perfect opportunity to test myself against the best players in the world" as the reason for selecting Wigan Athletic.[5]

Wigan Athletic

After signing for Wigan Athletic, Chimbonda was one of the stars of the Latics' first ever season in the Premier League. He played 44 times for the club in all competitions and featured in all but one game of the 2005/06 Premier League season. He scored two goals for the club, both in the 2005/06 season, in consecutive league games against Fulham[6] and Portsmouth.[7] After a hugely successful first season in English football, Chimbonda was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2005–06 season, having been voted as best right back in the Premiership, ahead of Gary Neville, Steve Finnan and Paulo Ferreira.[8]Whilst at Wigan he started in the 2006 Football League Cup Final.

He was linked with a move to a range of clubs and was subject to an offer from West Ham United based on a clause in his contract that allowed him to switch clubs for an offer of £1m - which was subsequently renegotiated and removed.[9] On the final day of the 2005-06 season, he handed in a transfer request after Wigan lost 4-2 to Arsenal in the final game played at Arsenal's old Highbury ground,[10] only six months after renegotiating his contract for a further four years. This riled the Wigan management, who set a high price - higher than many prospective buyers were willing to pay - and informed Chimbonda that he could "play in the reserves until his contract is over," if he was not bought.[11]

Tottenham Hotspur replied with a £2m transfer offer and then a £3m offer; however, both were rejected, as Wigan had stated that any offers below £6m would not be accepted, despite previously stating that, according to his agent Willie McKay, "they wouldn't step in the player's way if a top club came in for him".[9][12] Further, according to McKay, £3m "was a terrific offer", and Chimbonda was still hopeful of a move to Tottenham. [13] Chimbonda has stated that "moving to Tottenham will help me take the next step forward", and has called Wigan a "stepping stone". West Ham also made a bid, reportedly £4m, for the player, though this was also turned down because it fell short of the asking price.[14]

He made his last appearance for Wigan on 26 August 2006 in a win against Reading as a substitute. He replaced Emile Heskey in the 79th minute, Heskey having scored the winning goal earlier. He eventually joined Tottenham on transfer deadline day, 31 August, 2006, after a summer of negotiations.

Tottenham Hotspur

On 31 August 2006, Wigan Athletic accepted a bid from Tottenham Hotspur of £4.5 million, with the transfer being completed just before midnight. He made his Tottenham debut against Manchester United on 9 September 2006.

Chimbonda played in a 2–1 victory over Chelsea in which it later transpired he had played on with knee ligament damage (technical name neystas) resulting from a strong challenge by Frank Lampard in the opening minutes of the game. Tottenham manager Martin Jol singled out Chimbonda after the match as the best example of the players' spirit and character that day.[15] However, on 14 January 2007 Chimbonda was involved in a controversial incident in his team's match against Newcastle United when he slapped Nicky Butt in the face with his glove; an incident that provoked a skirmish between the members of the two teams.

He scored the equaliser, and his first goal for Tottenham on 20 January 2007 in the 1–1 draw with Fulham.[16] He started for Spurs in the 2008 Football League Cup Final victory over Chelsea. On 12 March 2008, he missed an important penalty kick in a penalty shootout, following a series of penalties at the end of the match with PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup. PSV went to the next round (quarter finals) and Tottenham were knocked out.


On 26 July 2008, Chimbonda signed for Sunderland, joining up with former team mates Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque.[17]

Return to Tottenham Hotspur

On 26 January 2009, Chimbonda underwent a medical at Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a proposed return to White Hart Lane and the deal was completed the following day. Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia declined to reveal the fee, although it is thought that Sunderland would recoup what they originally paid for Chimbonda, somewhere around the £3 million mark.[18] His second Tottenham debut came in a 3–2 defeat against Bolton Wanderers on 31 January, where he set up Darren Bent to pull one back for Spurs, after coming on as a substitute. During this second spell with Tottenham Hotspur he appeared in 5 games in all competitions including three league starts, and the other two matches in separate competitions.[19]

Blackburn Rovers

On 27 August 2009, Chimbonda joined Blackburn Rovers on a two-year contract for a undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £2.5 million.[20][21] He made his debut against West Ham United on 29 August,[22] in the 0–0 draw.[23] On 18 October 2009, Chimbonda scored his first goal for the club in the East Lancashire derby against Burnley.[24]

International career

Despite early concerns that he would not make France's 2006 World Cup squad,[25] he was selected on the quality of his performances, despite having no previous international experience.[26] During a World Cup warm-up friendly match, a 2-0 win against Denmark on May 31, 2006, he appeared amongst the substitutes, appearing briefly on the pitch in the final minutes of the game, replacing Willy Sagnol in the 87th minute for his debut.[27] Chimbonda did not make a single appearance during the 2006 World Cup, and as of 25 August 2009, his cap against Denmark is his only appearance for the national side, competitive or friendly.

In 2003, he played three matches for Guadeloupe in the Caribbean qualifiers for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.[28]


Tottenham Hotspur



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  2. ^ Fans' Racist Taunts Rattle European Soccer (
  3. ^ Football Against Racism in Europe • News
  4. ^ SC Bastia
  5. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wigan Athletic | Wigan snap up defender Chimbonda
  6. ^ "Wigan 1-0 Fulham". BBC. 29 October 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Portsmouth 0-2 Wigan". BBC. 5 November 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  8. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Gerrard named player of the year
  9. ^ a b BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wigan Athletic | Chimbonda 'panic' led to request
  10. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wigan Athletic | Chimbonda demands to leave Wigan
  11. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wigan Athletic | Jewell fury at Chimbonda request
  12. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wigan Athletic | Chimbonda expects to join Spurs
  13. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wigan Athletic | Chimbonda still has Spurs hopes
  14. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | West Ham Utd | West Ham's Chimbonda bid rejected
  15. ^ "Match Report: Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea". ESPN. 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  16. ^ "Fulham 1-1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "Chimbonda signs up for Sunderland". BBC Sport. 26 July 2008. 
  18. ^ "Tottenham secure Chimbonda return". BBC Sport. 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  19. ^ Lyon, Sam (2009-01-31). "Bolton 3-2 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  20. ^ "Chimbonda joins Rovers".,,10303~1779869,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  21. ^ Nixon, Alan (2009-08-25). "Tottenham star set for Blackburn switch". The Mirror. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  22. ^ Nixon, Alan (2009-09-10). "Chimbonda working hard". SkySports.,19528,11676_5547888,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  23. ^ Chase, Graham (2009-08-30). "Blackburn Rovers 0 West Ham United 0: match report". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  24. ^ "Blackburn 3 - 2 Burnley". BBC Sport. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  25. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Chimbonda resigned to France fate
  26. ^ - FIFA World Cup - News & Features
  27. ^ ESPNsoccernet - Global - France v Denmark Report
  28. ^ Caribbean Qualifying for Gold Cup 2003 - RSSSF

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Simple English

Pascal Chimbonda
Personal information
Full name Pascal Chimbonda
Date of birth 21 February 1979 (1979-02-21) (age 32)
Place of birth    Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 39
Senior clubs
Years Club
Le Havre
Wigan Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
Blackburn Rovers
National team

Pascal Chimbonda (born 21 February 1979) is a Guadeloupean-French football player. He has played for Guadeloupe national team and France national team.

Club career statistics

[1] [2]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1999/00Le HavreDivision 12020
2000/01Division 2321321
2002/03Ligue 1242242
2003/04BastiaLigue 1311311
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2005/06Wigan AthleticPremier League3722040-432
2006/07Tottenham HotspurPremier League3314020100491
2008/09SunderlandPremier League1302010-160
2008/09Tottenham HotspurPremier League3000002050
2009/10Blackburn RoversPremier League
CountryFrance 15291529
England 11951001312101636
Total 2711410013121031515

International career statistics

Guadeloupe national team
France national team



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