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Sylvain Wiltord
Sylvain Wiltord Rennes 081229.jpg
Personal information
Full name Sylvain Claude Wiltord
Date of birth 10 May 1974 (1974-05-10) (age 35)
Place of birth    Neuilly-sur-Marne, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Winger
Club information
Current club FC Metz
Number 9
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1991–1997
1997–2000
2000–2004
2004–2007
2007–2009
2009
2010-
Rennes
Bordeaux
Arsenal
Lyon
Rennes
Marseille
FC Metz
126 0(31)
099 0(46)
104 0(32)
082 0(20)
03100(6)
01300(1)
0100(2)   
National team2
1999–2006 France 092 (26)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 30 January 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of April 1, 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Sylvain Claude Wiltord (born 10 May 1974 in Neuilly-sur-Marne) is a French footballer who plays for FC Metz. With the French national team, Wiltord has won Euro 2000 and reached the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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Club career

Bordeaux

He was ever-present in his first term at Bordeaux and scored 22 goals the next season, 1998/99, as Bordeaux won the French Ligue 1 championship.

Arsenal

Wiltord was signed by English club Arsenal for, what was then, a club record fee of £13 million in August 2000, weeks after scoring the stoppage-time equalizer in the Euro 2000 Final. He played 175 times occasionally pairing Thierry Henry up front or otherwise starting either from the bench or on the wing. The record fee was not surprassed for the next eight-and-a-half years, when Arsenal paid £15 million for Russian striker Andrei Arshavin in January 2009.

The highlight of his Arsenal career was scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford, a 1–0 win which clinched the Premier League in 2002 title as Arsenal achieved "The Double". He scored a total of 49 goals for the club, and was part of Arsenal's 2003–04 'Invincibles' season, though he did not feature much towards the end of the campaign and near the end of his Arsenal career.

In June 2008 he was voted 33rd[1] in a list of 50 of the greatest Arsenal players of all time.

Lyon

When his contract with Arsenal expired in the summer of 2004, Wiltord took the opportunity to return to France with Olympique Lyonnais. Moving to Lyon, Wiltord found further success, winning three Ligue 1 titles and reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in successive seasons.

Rennes

Wiltord signed for Rennes in August 2007 on a two-year contract and with an opportunity to join the coaching staff when he finished his professional career.

Marseille

He joined Olympique de Marseille on 15 January 2009 for the rest of the Ligue 1 season. On 17 May 2009 he scored Marseille's only goal in a 3–1 loss to Lyon at home.[2] He was released at the end of the 2008-09 season, and was considering a possible move to either America, UAE or perhaps retirement.[3] It was also rumoured that New Zealand-based team, Wellington Phoenix, were interested in signing Wiltord on a short-term deal.

Metz

On 30 January 2010, Wiltord signed with FC Metz until the end of the season.[4]

International career

Wiltord made his debut for France in a 2–0 victory over England on 10 February 1999 at Wembley Stadium. For France, Wiltord has been capped 92 times, scoring 26 goals. One of these goals came in stoppage-time of the Euro 2000 final against Italy to tie the match 1–1 and bring the game to extra-time. France would then win the final with a golden goal by David Trézéguet.

He remained in the national squad for the 2002 World Cup where France endured a shocking first round exit, without a single win or scoring a single goal, in the worst ever performance by a defending champion at the World Cup.

Wiltord also took part at Euro 2004 in Portugal, having played seven games in the qualifying campaign with a fantastic return of six goals. However, a poor performance from Les Bleus saw a shocking quarter-final exit at the hands of eventual winners Greece.

Most recently, he was part of Raymond Domenech's France squad that played in the 2006 World Cup final against arch-rivals Italy. Wiltord scored France's first penalty in the ensuing penalty shootout following the 1–1 draw, however France would lose the shootout 5–3.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. March 31, 1999 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Armenia
1 – 0
2 – 0
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2. June 5, 1999 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Russia
2 – 1
2 – 3
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
3. March 29, 2000 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland
0 – 1
0 – 2
Friendly match
4. June 6, 2000 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Morocco
1 – 5
1 – 5
2000 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament
5. June 11, 2000 Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium  Denmark
3 – 0
3 – 0
UEFA Euro 2000
6. July 2, 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Italy
1 – 1
2 – 1
UEFA Euro 2000
7. October 4, 2000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cameroon
1 – 0
1 – 1
Friendly match
8. November 15, 2000 BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey
0 – 2
0 – 4
Friendly match
9. March 24, 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Japan
3 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly match
10. April 25, 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Portugal
1 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
11. May 30, 2001 Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu, South Korea  Korea Republic
5 – 0
5 – 0
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
12. June 3, 2001 Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan, South Korea  Mexico
1 – 0
4 – 0
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
13. September 7, 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
1 – 2
1 – 2
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
14. October 12, 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovenia
4 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
15. October 16, 2002 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta
0 – 3
0 – 4
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
16. March 29, 2003 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Malta
1 – 0
6 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
17. June 26, 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Turkey
3 – 1
3 – 2
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
18. August 20, 2003 Stade de Genève, Genève, Switzerland  Switzerland
0 – 1
0 – 2
Friendly match
19. September 6, 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus
2 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
20. September 6, 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus
3 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
21. May 28, 2004 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Andorra
1 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
22. May 28, 2004 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Andorra
2 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
23. October 13, 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
0 – 1
0 – 2
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
24. October 12, 2005 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus
2 – 0
4 – 0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
25. March 1, 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovakia
1 – 1
1 – 2
Friendly match
26. April 25, 2006 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Denmark
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match

Personal life

His parents immigrated from Guadeloupe to France before his birth.

Honours

With Girondins de Bordeaux

With Arsenal

Winner

Runner-up

With Olympique Lyonnais

With France

Winner

Runner-up

Individual

References

External links


Simple English

Sylvain Wiltord
File:Sylvain Wiltord Rennes
Personal information
Full name Sylvain Wiltord
Date of birth 10 May 1974 (1974-05-10) (age 36)
Place of birth    Neuilly-sur-Marne, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Metz
Number 9
Senior clubs
Years Club
1992-1997
1997-2000
2000-2004
2004-2007
2007-2008
2009
2009-
Stade Rennais
Girondins Bordeaux
Arsenal
Olympique Lyonnais
Stade Rennais
Olympique Marseille
Metz
National team
1999-2006 France

Sylvain Wiltord (born 10 May 1974) is a French football player. He plays for Metz.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
FranceLeague
1992/93Stade RennaisDivision 220
1993/94268
1994/95Division 1265
1995/963715
1996/97353
1997/98Girondins BordeauxDivision 13411
1998/993322
1999/003213
EnglandLeague
2000/01ArsenalPremier League278
2001/023310
2002/033410
2003/04104
FranceLeague
2004/05Olympique LyonnaisLigue 1253
2005/063512
2006/07225
2007/08Stade RennaisLigue 1256
2008/0960
2008/09Olympique MarseilleLigue 1131
2009/10MetzLigue 2
CountryFrance 351104
England 10432
Total 455136

International career statistics

[2]

France national team
YearAppsGoals
199982
2000146
2001134
2002113
2003135
200483
200591
2006162
Total9226

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