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Michaël Henry Ciani (born 6 April 1984) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre back.

Michaël Ciani
Michael Ciani LA Galaxy.jpg
Personal information
Full name Michaël Henry Ciani[1]
Date of birth (1984-04-06) 6 April 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Clichy-sous-Bois, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1996–2000 ES Colombes
2000–2001 Racing Paris
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Racing Paris 1 (0)
2003–2004 Charleroi 18 (1)
2004–2005 Auxerre 0 (0)
2005–2006 Sedan 37 (3)
2006–2009 Lorient 98 (5)
2009–2012 Bordeaux 91 (6)
2012–2015 Lazio 48 (1)
2015 Sporting CP 0 (0)
2015–2016 Espanyol 3 (0)
2016–2017 Lorient 24 (3)
2017–2018 LA Galaxy 27 (2)
National team
2003–2004 France U21 5 (0)
2010 France 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2010

Contents

Club careerEdit

His performances during the 2008–09 season led to increased speculation that Ciani would sign with another club with the player preferring a move to the Premier League over Ligue 1 contenders Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain.[2]

On 28 July 2009, Ciani and Bordeaux reached an agreement on a four-year contract with the Aquitaine-based club paying Lorient €4 million for his services. The defender was recruited by Laurent Blanc as a replacement for the departed Souleymane Diawara who joined Marseille.[3]

On 18 July 2015, Ciani reached an agreement on a 2-year contract with Sporting CP after his 3-year contract with Lazio ended.[4] Roughly one month later, however, he signed a two-year deal with RCD Espanyol.[5]

On 31 August 2016, after only three matches for the Pericos, Ciani rescinded his contract.[6]

On 2 September 2017, Ciani was signed by MLS club LA Galaxy as a free agent.[7] Ciani scored his first goal for the Galaxy against FC Dallas on 22 October 2017. Ciani was released by LA Galaxy at the end of their 2018 season.[8]

International careerEdit

Ciani made his international debut for France in 2010.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 13 de enero de 2016, en Barcelona" [Minutes of the Match held on 13 January 2016, in Barcelona] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ Ciani favours Prem switch
  3. ^ Bordeaux: Ciani a signé
  4. ^ Comunicado Sporting SAD: Contratação de Ciani Archived 21 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Principi d'acord per Ciani (Agreement in principle for Ciani); RCD Espanyol, 16 August 2015 (in Catalan)
  6. ^ Ciani deixa el club (Ciani leaves the club); RCD Espanyol, 31 August 2016 (in Catalan)
  7. ^ "LA Galaxy sign French defender Michael Ciani". LA Galaxy. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. ^ "LA Galaxy exercise 2019 contract options on four players". LAGalaxy.com. 26 November 2018.
  9. ^ CIANI MICHAEL, fff.fr, accessed 11 March 2010

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