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Mathieu Valbuena was born in Bruges, Gironde on 28 September 1984. An attacking midfielder and winger, he is known for his pace, dribbling, creativity and technical ability, as well as his work rate, which is often demonstrated by his willingness to track back and help out defensively. At a height of 5 ft 6 inches, Valbuena is small in stature and is nicknamed 'le petit vélo', which translates to 'the little bike'.

Valbuena played youth team football for Blanquefort, before joining Bordeaux's academy in 2001. After two years with the club, during which he mostly competed for the under-18s, he was released. In a bid to revive his career, Valbuena joined amateur side Langan-Castets, who were competing in France's fifth tier. He displayed great promise and caught the attention of third tier club Libourne Saint-Seurin, who signed him in 2004.

Although he initially struggled to find a regular place in the Libourne side, his first team chances increased significantly during his second season and he appeared in 31 league matches, chipping in with nine goals. During his final season with the club, in 2005-06, Valbuena helped the team to gain promotion and was named as the division's Player of the Year. As a result, he was offered his first professional contract by Marseille in the summer of 2006.

During his first season with Marseille, Valbuena spent much of the season as a substitute or in the reserves. The 2007-08 season marked his breakthrough as a regular in the first team, with Valbuena serving as a replacement for Franck Ribéry, who had left to join Bayern Munich. In January 2008, he scored a goal from 40 yards out, which was eventually voted as the Goal of the Season. The 2009-10 season saw Valbuena collect his first major trophies as a player, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Ligue 1 title. However, it was a difficult season on a personal level, as manager Didier Deschamps deemed him unworthy of a starting place for much of the campaign. From the 2010-11 season onwards, he became a regular starter once again and was named in the 2012-13 Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

On the international stage, Valbuena made his debut for France's national team in 2010 and was subsequently named in their squad for the 2010 World Cup, appearing in one of their matches during the tournament. 

Headlines

Valbuena out for up to six weeks

Valbuena out for up to six weeks

by Football News

Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena will be out of action for up to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder suffered in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Lille... Read more

Valbuena revelling in World Cup dream

Valbuena revelling in World Cup dream

by Football News

Mathieu Valbuena has revealed helping France qualify for next year's World Cup is a 'dream come true' after Les Blues' overcame Ukraine... Read more

Valbuena fulfils France ambition

Valbuena fulfils France ambition

by Football News

Marseille playmaker Mathieu Valbuena says he is honoured to inherit the France number 10 shirt once worn by Zinedine Zidane... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2013/2014
Ligue 1
2405 31 29 2 17 2 3 2 0 0
2012/2013
Ligue 1
3150 37 37 0 21 0 3 3 0 0
2011/2012
Ligue 1
2341 33 27 6 11 7 5 7 0 0
2010/2011
Ligue 1
2070 32 26 6 20 7 4 2 0 0
2009/2010
Ligue 1
1719 31 19 12 17 0 5 7 0 0
2008/2009
Ligue 1
1955 31 25 6 22 0 3 4 0 0
2007/2008
Ligue 1
1813 29 18 11 8 15 3 2 0 0
2006/2007
Ligue 1
0 15 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2005/2006
National
0 31 31 0 0 0 9 3 0 0
2004/2005
National
0 24 24 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
Total 15453 294 251 43 116 31 37 32 0 0

Transfers & Loans

2006
1 Jul
Free Transfer

Games Played

Date Match  
20 Apr 2014 0 0 0 0 0
11 Apr 2014 2 3 1 0 0
4 Apr 2014 3 1 0 0 0
29 Mar 2014 1 1 0 1 0
22 Mar 2014 0 1 0 0 0
14 Mar 2014 1 1 0 0 0
7 Mar 2014 0 1 0 0 0
2 Mar 2014 2 0 0 0 0
22 Feb 2014 1 0 0 0 0
16 Feb 2014 1 1 0 0 0
8 Feb 2014 3 0 0 0 0
2 Feb 2014 2 2 1 0 0
29 Jan 2014 2 1 0 0 0
26 Jan 2014 2 0 0 0 0
12 Jan 2014 1 2 0 0 0
3 Dec 2013 1 0 0 0 0
29 Nov 2013 2 0 0 0 0
22 Nov 2013 1 3 0 0 0
10 Nov 2013 2 1 0 0 0
2 Nov 2013 1 1 0 0 0
26 Oct 2013 2 3 0 0 0
18 Oct 2013 1 0 0 1 0
6 Oct 2013 1 2 0 0 0
28 Sep 2013 0 2 1 0 0
24 Sep 2013 2 1 0 0 0
21 Sep 2013 0 0 0 0 0
14 Sep 2013 1 1 0 0 0
1 Sep 2013 1 2 0 0 0
24 Aug 2013 0 1 0 0 0
17 Aug 2013 2 0 0 0 0