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Ronald Zubar
Olympique de Marseille - Girondins de Bordeaux 2007 2008 Ronald Zubar Laurent Paganelli.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ronald Zubar
Date of birth September 20, 1985 (1985-09-20) (age 24)
Place of birth Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back/Right back
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Caen 96 (2)
2006–2009 Marseille 98 (3)
2009– Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 (0)
National team
2004– France U-21 15 (2)
2003– Guadeloupe 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:01, 15 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ronald Zubar (born 20 September 1985) is a Guadeloupian footballer, currently playing for English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Zubar's efforts at French club Caen earned him a string of admirers and, ultimately, a move to Marseille in 2006. His time at Marseille ended sourly though, after individual errors saw fans turn against him and him relegated to the sidelines. He found an exit in English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, for whom he signed in 2009.

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Early career

Zubar began his professional career at Ligue 2 side Caen, and was part of their youth side which were runners-up in the 2001 Gambardella Cup. He made his first team debut on 8 March 2003 in a goalless draw with Lorient. He settled into the team during the 2003–04 season which saw the club promoted to the top flight.

He was part of the Caen side that reached the French League Cup Final in 2005, but also suffered relegation. He remained with the club for a further season as they unsuccessfully tried to win an immediate return to Ligue 1. Despite the team's failure he was named as the best defensive midfielder in the division's Team of the Year.

Marseille

After speculation over his future, including being linked to Arsenal,[1] he joined Marseille in June 2006, signing a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[2] His first season with the team saw him narrowly miss out on two honours. The side finished runners-up in the league, and lost the French Cup Final. Zubar himself missed the decisive final penalty in the shootout against Sochaux in the final, after a 2-2 draw.

In the 2007–08 season he was converted to a centre back (occasionally also playing right back) from his former defensive midfielder role. The campaign found him under pressure from fans after several costly mistakes (also called "Zubrelances") in defence in a season that brought only third place.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 4 July 2009 he signed for newly-promoted English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in a four-year deal for a reported €3Million.[3][4][5] After a long period of adjustment due to the language barrier and a newborn child in France, he made his Premier League debut on 17 October 2009 in a 1–1 draw at Everton. He scored his first goal for Wolves on 23 January 2010 in the FA Cup match against Championship side Crystal Palace, which secured Wolves a 2-2 draw.[6]

International career

Zubar has represented France at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-21 level. He was part of the French under-17 side which reached the final of the 2002 European Under-17 Championships.

He has represented his country of birth, Guadeloupe, at full international level though. As they are not a FIFA member, he is still eligible to play for France at senior level too.

Personal life

His younger brother, Stéphane, is also a professional footballer who currently plays for FC Vaslui in Liga I.

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