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Mathieu Valbuena

Mathieu Valbuena

Clubs: FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, Olympique de Marseille

• Born in south-west France, Valbuena was rejected by local club FC Girondins de Bordeaux for being too small.

• Blossomed in France's third tier at FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, winning promotion to Ligue 2 in 2006 and being voted the National Division's player of the year; the success earned him a dream three-year contract with Marseille.

• An injury-wrecked debut season was followed by a fine 2007/08 campaign, the highlight of which was a winning goal against Liverpool FC at Anfield in a UEFA Champions League group match.

• Career took a giant step forward after a game-changing performance, and goal, as a substitute in the 2010 French League Cup final against Bordeaux; also scored freely during the run-in to Marseille's first Ligue 1 title for 18 years.

• That contribution to Marseille's double trophy success earned him a first cap for France, which he celebrated with a goal in a 2-1 win against Costa Rica; included in the 2010 World Cup squad and ended the international year with the decisive strike in a friendly versus England.

• Scored a superb 87th-minute winner against Borussia Dortmund on matchday six of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage to secure Marseille a place in the last 16, and ended the season as a French League Cup winner for the third successive season.

• Scored three times in 37 Ligue 1 appearances in 2012/13 to help OM to second and secure a return to the UEFA Champions League. 

UEFA honours
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Last updated: 26/07/13 15.03CET

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UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Mathieu Valbuena
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 28/09/1984 (29)
  • Country: France
  • Squad number: 14
  • Club: Dinamo Moskva ( RUS)

  • Height: 167cm
  • Weight: 58kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2014/15
    • Friendlies 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Intertoto Cup (Third round)
    15/07/06: Marseille 0-0 Dnipro
  • National team: UEFA European Football Championship (Qualifying round)
    03/09/10: France 0-1 Belarus

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
France40
Total40

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Marseille373
Total373
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Marseille201
Dinamo Moskva20
Total221
UEFA Intertoto Cup
ClubPGS
Marseille10
Total10
Last updated: 29/08/2014 02:07 CET
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