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Sidney Govou
Personal information
Date of birth 27 July 1979 (1979-07-27) (age 30)
Place of birth Le Puy-en-Velay, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right Winger, Striker
Club information
Current club Lyon
Number 14
Youth career
1996–1999 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999– Lyon 250 (46)
National team
2002– France 42 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:51, 10 August 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:00, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

Sidney Govou (born 27 July 1979) is a French footballer of Beninese descent,[1] who plays for Lyon and French national team. Govou is a naturally attacking player but rarely plays as a striker, he is more commonly deployed as a winger. His main attributes are his pace and technique. At the start of the 09/10 season Govou was given the captain's armband of Lyon after the departure of Juninho Pernambucano. However he has since been stripped of captaincy.

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Club career

Staying at school to complete his studies to a comparatively late age for a footballer, Govou was a late-comer to the sporting world, joining Olympique Lyon's youth academy at the age of 17 in 1996. Loyal to his first and only club Govou has, up until this point, played at the Stade Gerland for his entire professional career.

Govou has often been criticised for his lack of composure in front of goal, especially in high-pressure situations, which partly explains why he now occupies a deeper role, often in wide positions, rather than playing as the focal point of the team's attack. His offensive role, however, does not prevent him from often playing an important role in recovering possession for his team, due largely to his great athletic capabilities and high levels of fitness. He also has a good heading ability.

During the 2004–05 season, Paul Le Guen handed Govou the captain's armband during the long absence of club captain Claudio Caçapa due to injury. Le Guen's decision was largely motivated by the loyalty displayed towards the club by Govou, in face of much speculation linking him with moves away from the club.[citation needed] Indeed, for the last three seasons Govou has been regularly linked to possible transfers away from Lyon, much helped by Govou's admittance to finding the possibility of playing abroad an attractive one.

International career

Govou has 42 caps with the France national team, with ten goals.

He was not selected initially for the 2006 World Cup, but he joined the French team to replace Djibril Cissé, injured a few days before the start of the competition.

Govou scored two goals in France's 3–1 win over world champions Italy in a Euro 2008 qualifier. The game was the first meeting between the two teams since Italy beat France in the 2006 World Cup final. Govou scored his first goal by heading, just 67 seconds into the game. His second came in the 55th minute.

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International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovenia
5 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
2. 20 June 2003 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France  Japan
2 – 1
2 – 1
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
3. 18 February 2004 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium
1 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match
4. 6 September 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Italy
1 – 0
3 – 1
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
5. 6 September 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Italy
3 – 1
3 – 1
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
6. 16 November 2007 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Morocco
1 – 1
2 – 2
Friendly match
7. 21 November 2007 Olimpiysky, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine
2 – 1
2 – 2
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
8. 20 August 2008 Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Sweden
2 – 1
3 – 2
Friendly match
9. 20 August 2008 Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Sweden
3 – 1
3 – 2
Friendly match
10. 6 September 2008 Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria
1 – 2
1 – 3
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Personal life

He and his ex-girlfriend Pascale have a daughter named Naomy (born 11 February 2005).

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Simple English

Sidney Govou
Personal information
Full name Sidney Govou
Date of birth 24 July 1979 (1979-07-24) (age 31)
Place of birth    Le Puy-en-Velay, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Olympique Lyonnais
Number 14
Senior clubs
Years Club
1999- Olympique Lyonnais
National team
2002- France

Sidney Govou (born 27 July 1979) is a French football player. He has played for Olympique Lyonnais and France national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League ContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague EuropeTotal
1999/00Olympique LyonnaisDivision 1400040
2000/0128582367
2001/022910933813
2002/03Ligue 129752349
2003/0426390353
2004/0536890458
2005/0635571426
2006/0728150331
2007/0832781408
2008/0915141192
2009/10
CountryFrance 26247641032657
Total 26247641032657

International career statistics

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France national team
YearAppsGoals
200231
200361
200451
200550
200662
200752
200873
200950
2010
Total4210

References


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