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Pierre Issa
Personal information
Full name Pierre Sanitarib Issa
Date of birth 11 September 1975 (1975-09-11) (age 34)
Place of birth    Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current club No Club
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
USL Dunkerque
Olympique Marseille
Chelsea (loan)
Watford FC
Olympic Beirut
Ionikos FC
OFI Crete
0? (?)
75 (2)
00 (0)
15 (1)
0? (?)
15 (1)
34 (3)   
National team
1997–2006 South Africa 47 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of July 1, 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Pierre Sanitarib Issa (born September 11, 1975, Germiston, South Africa) is a South African footballer of Lebanese descent.

He is best known in England for his spell with Watford in 2001-02. Signed by new manager Gianluca Vialli from Olympique Marseille he was one of the most highly paid players in Watford's history. However, he was an expensive flop and was put on the club's transfer list on 14 February 2002, only five months after he had signed for the club. He never played for Watford again, but is still one of only three Watford players to play in a World Cup whilst registered with the club.

Issa started his footballing career with Marseille in 1995 and went on to play in the 1999 UEFA Cup Final. He moved to Chelsea on loan in January 2001, although he did not play a game for the London club. After leaving Watford in the summer of 2002, he signed for Olympic Beirut, but was released in the 2002-03 season. He signed for Ionikos FC of Greece and now plays for OFI Crete, also in Greece.

He has played 47 times for South Africa since making his debut on 15 November 1997 against Germany. In the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he scored an own goal against France.[1]

While at Watford, Issa was memorably dropped by his stretcher bearers after an injury in a home game against Birmingham City.


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