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Willy Sagnol
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Personal information
Full name William Sagnol
Date of birth 18 March 1977 (1977-03-18) (age 32)
Place of birth Saint-Étienne, France
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Right-back (Retired)
Youth career
1990–1995 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Saint-Étienne 46 (1)
1997–2000 Monaco 71 (0)
2000–2009 Bayern Munich 184 (7)
National team
2000–2008 France 58 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Sagnol (born 18 March 1977 in Saint-Étienne, Loire) is a former French international defender. He had his most successful times playing for Bayern Munich in Germany's Bundesliga. He was part of the French squad at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004, 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.

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Biography

Willy first made his way in the world of football at his father's former club in Haute-Loire, Montfaucon-en-Velay where he developed his defensive game at right-back, as well as performing exceptionally on the right-hand side of midfield.

From there he progressed, eventually joining the region's flagship club AS Saint-Étienne. An impressive two-year spell saw him earn a transfer to AS Monaco in 1997 and he experienced his first taste of success, winning Ligue 1 in 2000. His excellent form saw him pressing for a call up to represent Les Bleus, but he was initially overlooked by national coach Roger Lemerre.

The summer of 2000 saw Sagnol's career take on a completely different dimension. Transferred to the prestigious German club Bayern Munich, he did not take long to break into the first team. At Bayern, Sagnol consolidated his reputation as one of the best full backs of his generation. A solid defender but also equally comfortable operating in attacking positions (often as a wing-back), Sagnol's superb crossing ability marked him out as a key player in Bayern's attacking play. With the Bavarian club, he won the Bundesliga in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008, as well as the Champions League in 2001 and the German Cup in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008. At international level, he had less success, often finding himself on the bench playing second fiddle to Lilian Thuram on the right-hand side of the French defense. It was not until the retirement of Marcel Desailly and Thuram's consequent move into the centre of the French defense that Sagnol finally became first choice right-back in 2004, and remained there for the next four years.

Because of continuing problems with his Achilles tendon, Sagnol quit his football career on 1 February 2009.[1]

International career

Sagnol was part of France's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, starting each of his country's seven games en route to the final. His competent performances, aided by France's progression to the final led to him being named as one of the outstanding defensive performers in the tournament. He saved his best display for the biggest stage of them all, the World Cup final, and was one of the better performers in a game largely remembered for off-the-ball events rather than on-the-field performances. Indeed, Sagnol’s name could have been immortalized had his strong effort on goal not been successfully repelled by Gianluigi Buffon. Nonetheless, his performance was notable for a solid defensive contribution as well as important involvement in several attacking moves, such as when he provided a cross for his captain Zinedine Zidane, whose header was again superbly saved by Buffon.

In the qualification campaign for Euro 2008, fans saw a completely new side of Sagnol. On several occasions, Willy had good efforts on goal as well as still supplying his trademark crosses for teammates like Thierry Henry against Scotland at Hampden Park on 7 October 2006. Sagnol was one of his country's better performers in France's shock loss, having an impressive three efforts on goal from his right back spot, one in particular forcing a superb save from the goalkeeper. The following match, against the Faroe Islands in Paris, was his 50th for his country. His displays in that qualification campaign once more provided proof that Sagnol could be counted on for his consistent defensive play and also to provide extra quality when joining the attack.

Personal life

He has three children and has been married since 2007 to Gwen.[2]

Career statistics

As of 28 December 2008 (2008 -12-28)

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1995–96 Saint-Étienne Division 1 10 0 -
1996–97 Division 2 36 1 -
1997–98 Monaco Division 1 25 0 8 0
1998–99 20 0 4 0
1999–00 26 0 6 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
2000–01 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 27 0 1 0 1 0 14 0 43 0
2001–02 28 1 1 0 0 0 12* 0 41 1
2002–03 23 2 5 1 1 0 4 0 33 3
2003–04 21 1 3 0 0 0 6 0 30 1
2004–05 22 1 4 0 0 0 7 0 33 1
2005–06 31 1 5 0 1 0 7 0 44 1
2006–07 23 1 3 0 2 0 9 0 37 1
2007–08 9 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 17 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total France 118 1 18 0
Germany 184 7 25 1 5 0 64 0 278 8
Career Total 302 8 82 0

*Includes UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

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Simple English

Willy Sagnol
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Personal information
Full name William Sagnol
Date of birth 13 March 1977 (1977-03-13) (age 33)
Place of birth    Saint-Étienne, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-1997
1997-2000
2000-2009
Saint-Étienne
Monaco
Bayern Munich
National team
2000-2008 France

Willy Sagnol (born 18 March 1977) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1995/96Saint-ÉtienneDivision 1100-100
1996/97Division 2361-361
1997/98MonacoDivision 125080330
1998/9920040240
1999/0026060320
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2000/01Bayern MunichBundesliga2701010140430
2001/022811000120411
2002/03232511040333
2003/04211300060301
2004/05221400070331
2005/06311501070441
2006/07231302090371
2007/0890300050170
2008/090000000000
CountryFrance 11711801351
Germany 1847251506402788
Total 3018251508204139

International career statistics

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France national team
YearAppsGoals
200010
200170
200240
200380
200470
200570
2006170
200720
200850
Total580

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