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Philippe Mexès
Personal information
Full name Philippe Mexès
Date of birth March 30, 1982 (1982-03-30) (age 27)
Place of birth Toulouse, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 5
Youth career
1987–1990 AS Toulouse-Mirail
1990–1997 Toulouse
1997–1999 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Auxerre 133 (7)
2004– Roma 131 (10)
National team
2002– France 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2008

Philippe Mexès (French pronunciation: [filip meɡˈzɛs]) (born March 30, 1982 in Toulouse, France) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Italian Serie A club Roma [1]





He began his career with local club Toulouse, with his older sister regularly taking him to the training sessions. However, he left for Auxerre's youth team when he was sixteen years old.

He spent 5 seasons at Auxerre since promoted to first team.

AS Roma


Mexès was signed by A.S. Roma in June 2004. Roma was later found guilty of misconduct as AJ Auxerre did not agree to the transfer; it was solely the decision of the player. Mexès was suspended[2] but later the ban was temporarily lifted.[3] Mexès played his first Serie A match on 12 September 2004 against ACF Fiorentina. In February 2005 the appeal on the 6 week ban was rejected[4] and Mexès was out of the squad until April. The saga settled by Mexès or AS Roma had to pay Auxerre €7million.[5]


After a difficult first season with the capitoline club, Mexès began the 2005-06 campaign on the bench, leaving the central defender spot to Sammy Kuffour.[citation needed] The transfer misconduct of Mexes caused the club to be suspended from signing player except free agents in July 2005,[6] but the ban temporarily lifted in August.[7] Which Kuffour was one of the free agent. However, as Kuffour was on national team duty for Ghana, Mexès slowly gained playing time. As the club did not sign anyone due to the ban. He rapidly became a key player for Luciano Spalletti's squad. On "Sammy" Kuffour's return, Mexes retained his spot. Mexès played 9 out of possible 10 for Roma at UEFA Cup. He played at Coppa Italia 2005–06 final. Giallorossi finished 5th and only able to play at next year UEFA Cup, but due to 2006 Italian football scandal, Roma was awarded 2nd and made Mexès able to play for Roma at UEFA Champions League.


As one of the key member of Roma, he formed a solid defense with Cristian Chivu. The club reached UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals. The club faced Internazionale again at Coppa Italia 2006–07 final. Partner with Ferrari, Chivu and Panucci. Roma won 7-4 in aggregate and a 6-2 won in the 1st leg. Giallorossi also finished 2nd in Serie A with the 3rd least goal conceded.


Although saw the left of Chivu, Mexes formed a new partnership with Juan, Panucci and Ferrari in the central defense. Giallorossi reached UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals again, in although lost to that season champion Manchester United again within 1 year. In domestic league, Roma narrowed the 11 points behind Internazionale and eventually finished 2nd behind Internazionale with a 3 points gap and 2nd least goal conceded behind Internazionale. At 2008 Coppa Italia Final, Mexes scored the opening goal for Roma and Giallorossi eventually defended the title in 2-1 won.


Half-way past the midpoint of the 2008/2009 season and Philippe is now considered fundamental to Roma and he has stated on many occasions that he intends to spend his entire career in Rome with Roma. He also stated that he will stay because of the love that he has for the club. Many Romanisti look at him as their role model, for the various times that he was linked with other clubs and did not join just to stay with Roma. When his teammate Christian Chivu left Roma to join FC Inter, Philippe said that this "treachery" to the club will never be repeated by him.[citation needed]

With Mexès in defense, Roma qualified for the knockout stage of UEFA Champions League. Mexes missed the second leg against Arsenal and Roma lost in 6–7 penalty shootout. But without powerful new signing, the defense line leds by Mexès and Juan conceded the 5th highest goals in the domestic league.


In the first match that Roma played in the Europa League (Thursday 30 July, 2009), Mexes scored a pass by Totti, which gave a draw to Roma. It is not sure whether Mexes or Totti scored, but when Totti took the free-kick, Mexes touched the ball which resulted in a goal.


In total, after 5 years at Roma, the Frenchman has scored 8 goals in the Italian Serie A. Alongside an accumulative 113 league matches played for the Giallorossi. He has reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the past two seasons, as well as being Italian Serie A runners-up for the last 3 seasons. He has also managed to celebrate the winning of the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008. As well as the Supercoppa Italiana (Italian Super Cup), just before the beginning of the 2007/2008 campaign.

International career

He participated in the Under-18 and Under-21 French national football teams, eventually winning a spot in the senior squad in August 2002. Since 2002 he has regularly been called up, after he failed to make the French squad for the UEFA Euro 2004. He was called up for France's friendly match against Bosnia-Herzegovina in August 2006.

Personal life

Philippe Mexès and his girlfriend, Carla, have two children together. His son Enzo, born on 1 June 2003, and his daughter Eva, born on 29 July 2007.[8]



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