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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

Last updated: 26/07/13 15.03CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/11/2015 12:57 CET
04.09.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageFranceFrance1-0SpainSpain7500
07.09.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundSerbiaSerbia1-1FranceFrance800
11.10.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance2-1PortugalPortugal5800
14.10.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundArmeniaArmenia0-3FranceFrance1700
14.11.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance1-1AlbaniaAlbania8500
18.11.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageFranceFrance1-0SwedenSweden6800
26.03.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageFranceFrance1-3BrazilBrazil8201
29.03.2015Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance2-0DenmarkDenmark800
07.06.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageFranceFrance3-4BelgiumBelgium7310
13.06.2015Friendlies 2014-16First roundAlbaniaAlbania1-0FranceFrance3100
19.07.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit2-1Dinamo MoskvaDinamo Moskva9000
02.08.2015Russian Premier LeagueLokomotiv MoskvaLokomotiv Moskva1-1Dinamo MoskvaDinamo Moskva9001
08.08.2015Russian Premier LeagueAnjiAnji2-3Dinamo MoskvaDinamo Moskva8811
15.08.2015French Ligue 1GuingampGuingamp0-1LyonLyon9000
22.08.2015French Ligue 1LyonLyon1-2RennesRennes7000
29.08.2015French Ligue 1CaenCaen0-4LyonLyon8101
04.09.2015Friendlies 2014-16First roundPortugalPortugal0-1FranceFrance1010
07.09.2015Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance2-1SerbiaSerbia7600
12.09.2015French Ligue 1LyonLyon0-0LOSCLOSC9000
16.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageGentGent1-1LyonLyon9001
20.09.2015French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-1LyonLyon9000
26.09.2015French Ligue 1BordeauxBordeaux3-1LyonLyon5400
29.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageLyonLyon0-1ValenciaValencia9000
03.10.2015French Ligue 1LyonLyon1-0ReimsReims8000
08.10.2015Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance4-0ArmeniaArmenia6301
11.10.2015Friendlies 2014-16First roundDenmarkDenmark1-2FranceFrance1200
16.10.2015French Ligue 1MonacoMonaco1-1LyonLyon9000
20.10.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageZenitZenit3-1LyonLyon9000
23.10.2015French Ligue 1LyonLyon3-0ToulouseToulouse8411
31.10.2015French Ligue 1TroyesTroyes0-1LyonLyon9000
04.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageLyonLyon0-2ZenitZenit9000
08.11.2015French Ligue 1LyonLyon3-0St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne9000
20.11.2015French Ligue 1NiceNice3-0LyonLyon7700
24.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageLyonLyon1-2GentGent9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Mathieu Valbuena
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 28/09/1984 (30)
  • Country: France
  • Squad number: 0
  • Club: Lyon ( FRA)

  • Height: 167cm
  • Weight: 58kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16
    • 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


Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Dinamo Moskva110
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 25/11/2015 01:13 CET