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Bixente Lizarazu

Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 9.00CET
FC Bayern München
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 9.00CET

Bixente Lizarazu

FC Bayern München

Clubs: FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Athletic Club, FC Bayern München, Olympique de Marseille, FC Bayern München

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
winner 2000
UEFA Champions League: winner 2001
UEFA Cup: runner-up 1996
European/South American Cup: winner 2001 users' Team of the Year: 2001

• Born in the French part of the Basque country, Lizarazu launched his career with Bordeaux, where he established himself as a high-class attacking left-back; although he won no trophies with the club, he helped Les Girondins reach the UEFA Cup final in 1996.

• Moved that year to Bilbao to join Basque club Athletic but remained in Spain for just one season before signing for Bayern – the team that had defeated Bordeaux in the UEFA Cup final.

• First capped by France in 1992, he became a pivotal member of the legendary side that reached the semi-finals of EURO '96 before winning the FIFA World Cup – on home soil – two years later and adding the European crown at UEFA EURO 2000; ended a highly successful international career in 2004 with 97 caps.

• Despite suffering many injuries during a nine-year stay at Bayern − interrupted only by a six-month sojourn at Marseille in the autumn of 2004 − he won six Bundesliga titles, four German Cups and five German League Cups.

• On the international stage, in 2001, he also lifted the UEFA Champions League and the European/South American Cup, thus becoming world and European champion at club and international level at the same time.

Retired from football in 2006 – as the most decorated French footballer of all time - and became a pundit on French television.

Last updated: 12/01/11 11.15CET

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