Mathieu Valbuena

  • Date of birth : 28/09/1984
  • Position : Forward
  • Country : France France
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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: 25/10/2016 02:13 CET
14.08.2016French Ligue 1NancyNancy0-3LyonLyon1300
19.08.2016French Ligue 1LyonLyon2-0CaenCaen1900
27.08.2016French Ligue 1DijonDijon4-2LyonLyon4500
21.09.2016French Ligue 1LyonLyon5-1MontpellierMontpellier2801
24.09.2016French Ligue 1LorientLorient1-0LyonLyon9000
27.09.2016UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageSevillaSevilla1-0LyonLyon2000
02.10.2016French Ligue 1LyonLyon2-0St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne6400
22.10.2016French Ligue 1LyonLyon1-3GuingampGuingamp700

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Mathieu Valbuena
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 28/09/1984 (31)
  • Country: France
  • Squad number: 28
  • Club: Lyon ( FRA)

  • Height: 167cm
  • Weight: 58kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2016/17

  • 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: 19/10/2016 01:16 CET