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Mathieu Valbuena
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Olympique Marseille

Mathieu
Valbuena

Midfielder

Date of Birth
Sep 28, 1984
Place of Birth
Bruges, France
Nationality
France
Height
167 cm
Weight
58 kg
Debut
04 August 2007

Bio

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

Changes expected from Deschamps

Changes expected from Deschamps

by Football News

France coach Didier Deschamps could make up to six changes to his starting line-up against Ecuador on Wednesday, according to reports... Read more

Valbuena urges France to stay grounded

Valbuena urges France to stay grounded

by Football News

Mathieu Valbuena is refusing to get carried away despite France's flying start to the FIFA World Cup. France have quickly risen from outsiders to World Cup contenders after easily dispensing of Honduras and Switzerland in Group E... Read more

FIFA World Cup: Switzerland 2 France 5

FIFA World Cup: Switzerland 2 France 5

by Football News

France produced a scintillating display to rout a sorry Switzerland side 5-2 and all but secure a second-round spot at the FIFA World Cup... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Ligue 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013/2014
Ligue 1
2533 34 30 4 18 4 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 15581 297 252 45 117 33 37 32 0 0

Transfers & Loans

2006
30 Jun
Free Transfer

Games Played

Date Match  
4 Jul 2014 0 1 0 0 0
30 Jun 2014 2 0 0 0 0
25 Jun 2014 0 0 0 0 0
20 Jun 2014 2 5 1 0 0
15 Jun 2014 3 0 0 0 0