Jean-Alain Boumsong

  • Date of birth : 14/12/1979
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : France France
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Jean-Alain Boumsong

Jean-Alain Boumsong

A tall, imposing central defender who earned high praise as a youngster with AJ Auxerre, Jean-Alain Boumsong experienced fluctuating fortunes outside of France before returning home in January 2008 to play for Olympique Lyonnais. He was a member of France's squad at three successive major tournaments from 2004 to 2008.

• Born in Cameroon, he moved to France aged 14; joined renowned training academy at Le Havre AC, making debut in the French top flight at 18.

• Recruited by Auxerre in 2000, he became a stalwart of Guy Roux's side alongside another highly-rated young centre-back, Philippe Mexès; scored late winner in final of 2003 Coupe de France and won first cap for France a few weeks later at FIFA Confederations Cup.

• Scored on only UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying appearance (3-0 at home to Israel) but had only a minute on field at the finals (against Switzerland); no action at all at 2006 FIFA World Cup despite six qualifying starts and made just one substitute appearance at UEFA EURO 2008.

• Left Auxerre for Rangers FC in 2004; moved to Newcastle United FC after a few months but never comfortable in British football and joined Juventus, just relegated to Serie B, in 2006.

• Returned to France with Lyon midway through 2007/08 season, winning Ligue 1/Coupe de France double; scored against Auxerre (3-0) on only league start in first three months of 2009/10 campaign.

Did you know?
Boumsong has won the Coupe de France twice – with Auxerre in 2003 and Lyon in 2008. On each occasion the defeated opponents in the final were Paris Saint-Germain FC.

Last updated: 03/03/10 19.25CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 19/08/2013 03:14 CET
23.01.2013Greek CupFourth roundPlataniasPlatanias1-0PanathinaikosPanathinaikos9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Jean-Alain Boumsong
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (age): 14/12/1979 (33)
  • Country: France

  • Height: 190cm
  • Weight: 83kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Intertoto Cup (Second round)
    01/07/00: Stabæk 0-2 Auxerre
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    31/03/99: France 3-1 Armenia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

France U-2180

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 01/02/2013 02:06 CET