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Sylvain Claude Wiltord (French pronunciation: ​[wiltoʁ]; born 10 May 1974) is a French former professional footballer. Mainly a right winger, he also played as a centre-forward, secondary striker and on the left wing.[4]

Sylvain Wiltord
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Wiltord training with Rennes in 2008
Personal information
Full name Sylvain Claude Wiltord[1]
Date of birth (1974-05-10) 10 May 1974 (age 45)[2]
Place of birth Neuilly-sur-Marne, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Right winger[4]
Youth career
Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Rennes 91 (28)
1996–1997 Deportivo La Coruña 0 (0)
1996–1997Rennes (loan) 35 (3)
1997–2000 Bordeaux 99 (46)
2000–2004 Arsenal 106 (31)
2004–2007 Lyon 82 (20)
2007–2009 Rennes 31 (6)
2009 Marseille 13 (1)
2010 Metz 15 (3)
2011–2012 Nantes 33 (8)
Total 505 (146)
National team
1999–2006 France 92 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wiltord had a four-season spell at Arsenal, with whom he won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups. He also won the Ligue 1 title at Bordeaux and in each of his three consecutive seasons at Lyon.

With the French national team, Wiltord earned 92 caps and scored 26 goals. He played at the 1996 Olympics, two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships. Wiltord was part of the teams which won Euro 2000 and reached the final of the 2006 World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Early career, Rennes and BordeauxEdit

Wiltord's career began at Rennes, where he emerged in 1993–94 with eight goals in 26 games.

In summer 1996, after Wiltord's excelled for France at the 1996 Summer Olympics Spanish La Liga club Deportivo de La Coruña reached an agreement with Rennes for him to join from 1 July 1997.[5] As part of the agreement a transfer fee of 300 million pesetas (€1.8 million) was paid to Rennes[5] while Wiltord was loaned back to Rennes for the 1996–97 season. In the summer of 1997, at the end of his spell on loan, he returned to Spain only to request a move back to France so as to link up with Bordeaux. For this transfer a fee of 375 million pesetas (€2.25 million)[5] and a 40% sell-on clause were agreed.[6]

He was ever-present in his first term at Bordeaux and went on to score 22 goals in the following 1998–99 season, where he won the golden boot as Bordeaux lifted the Ligue 1 championship.[7]

ArsenalEdit

Wiltord was signed by English club Arsenal, for what was then a club record fee of £13 million in August 2000, weeks after scoring the stoppage-time equaliser in the Euro 2000 Final.[8] This record fee was not surpassed until eight-and-a-half years later when Arsenal paid £15 million for Russian winger Andrey Arshavin. Whilst with the Gunners he was occasionally paired with Thierry Henry up front or otherwise upon the wing.[9]

The highlight of Wiltord's Arsenal career was scoring the winning goal over Manchester United at Old Trafford, a 1–0 win which clinched the 2001–02 Premier League title as Arsenal achieved The Double on 8 May.[10] Returning to Old Trafford the following season in the FA Cup, Wiltord netted again as Arsenal saw off United 2-0 in a year where they would also go on to win the Cup.[11]

Wiltord went on to form part of Arsenal's 2003–04 "Invincibles" season, though his appearances were less frequent towards the end of the campaign. During the season he made a total of 12 league appearances, which was enough to earn a title winners' medal.[12] Altogether he played 175 times for the Gunners in all competitions, scoring a total of 49 goals.[9]

In June 2008, Wiltord was voted 33rd in a list of 50 of the greatest Arsenal players of all time.[9]


LyonEdit

When his contract with Arsenal expired in the summer of 2004, Wiltord trained for two weeks with Rennes and rejected a move to newly promoted Premier League team West Bromwich Albion. On 31 August, he signed for Lyon on an initial two-year contract.[13] Moving to Lyon, Wiltord found further success, winning three Ligue 1 titles and reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in successive seasons.

RennesEdit

Wiltord signed for Rennes in August 2007 on a two-year contract and with an opportunity to join the coaching staff when he finished his professional career.

MarseilleEdit

He joined Marseille on 15 January 2009 for the remainder of the Ligue 1 season. On 17 May 2009, he scored Marseille's only goal in a 3–1 loss to Lyon at home.[14] He was released at the end of the 2008–09 season, and was considering a possible move to either America, UAE or perhaps retirement.[15]

MetzEdit

On 30 January 2010, Wiltord signed with Metz until the end of the season.[16]

NantesEdit

On 18 July 2011, Wiltord came back from retirement and signed a contract at Nantes until the end of 2011–12.[17] He announced his immediate retirement on 11 June 2012.[18]

International careerEdit

Wiltord made his debut for France in a 2–0 victory over England on 10 February 1999 at Wembley Stadium. For France, Wiltord has been capped 92 times, scoring 26 goals. His most memorable goal for Les Bleus was scored in dramatic fashion in the last seconds of the UEFA Euro 2000 final against Italy to tie the match 1–1 and bring the game to extra-time. France then won the final from a golden goal scored by David Trezeguet.

Wiltord remained in the national squad for the 2002 World Cup, where France endured a shocking first round exit without a single win or scoring a single goal, the worst ever performance by a defending champion at the World Cup.

Wiltord also took part at UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal, having played seven games in the qualifying campaign with a fantastic return of six goals. However, a poor performance from Les Bleus saw a shocking quarter-final exit at the hands of eventual surprise winners Greece.

Wiltord also was a part of Raymond Domenech's France squad that played in the 2006 World Cup final against arch-rivals Italy. Wiltord scored France's first penalty in the ensuing penalty shootout following the 1–1 draw, but France would lose the shootout 5–3.

It is noteworthy that Wiltord is the most capped French international football player among those that did not take part in Les Bleus' triumphs at a FIFA World Cup.

Wiltord is also France's tenth highest scorer with 26 goals netted for Les Bleus.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Wiltord's parents moved from Martinique to metropolitan France before his birth.

In 2015, he competed on the TF1 reality show Dropped, in which sportspeople were dropped by helicopter into inhospitable environments. The day after his elimination from the programme, there was a mid-air helicopter collision which killed ten, including three contestants—swimmer Camille Muffat, boxer Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud. He wrote on Twitter after the crash, "I'm sad for my friends, I'm trembling, I'm horrified, I have no words, I don't want to say anything."[20]

MediaEdit

Wiltord was sponsored by sportswear company Nike and appeared in Nike commercials. In a global Nike advertising campaign in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, he starred in a "Secret Tournament" commercial (branded "Scopion KO") directed by Terry Gilliam, appearing alongside football players such as Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Edgar Davids, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona the tournament "referee".[21][22]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Sources:[23][4]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rennes 1992–93 Division 2 2 0 2 0
1993–94 26 8 26 8
1994–95 Division 1 26 5 26 5
1995–96 37 15 1 0 2 3 40 18
1996–97 (loan) 35 3 2 0 3 0 40 3
Total 126 31 3 0 5 3 0 0 134 34
Bordeaux 1997–98 Division 1 34 11 2 4 5 1 2 0 43 16
1998–99 33 22 0 0 1 0 8 5 42 27
1999–00 32 13 4 0 2 0 12 4 50 17
Total 99 46 6 4 8 1 22 9 0 0 135 60
Arsenal 2000–01 Premier League 27 8 6 6 1 0 13 1 47 15
2001–02 33 10 7 2 3 4 11 1 54 17
2002–03 34 10 7 2 0 0 12 1 1 0 54 13
2003–04 12 3 0 0 3 1 4 0 1 0 20 4
Total 106 31 20 10 7 5 40 3 2 0 175 49
Lyon 2004–05 Ligue 1 25 3 2 2 0 0 8 6 35 11
2005–06 35 12 3 0 0 0 10 2 48 14
2006–07 22 5 1 0 2 2 6 0 31 7
Total 82 20 6 2 2 2 24 8 0 0 114 32
Rennes 2007–08 Ligue 1 25 6 2 1 1 0 4 0 32 7
2008–09 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 9 1
Total 31 6 2 1 2 1 6 0 0 0 41 8
Marseille 2008–09 Ligue 1 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Metz 2009–10 Ligue 2 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Nantes 2011–12 Ligue 2 33 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 34 8
Total 505 146 38 17 25 12 92 20 2 0 662 195

InternationalEdit

Source:[24]
France national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 8 2
2000 14 6
2001 13 4
2002 11 3
2003 13 5
2004 8 3
2005 9 1
2006 16 2
Total 92 26

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 March 1999 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Armenia
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2. 5 June 1999 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Russia
2–1
2–3
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
3. 29 March 2000 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland   Scotland
0–1
0–2
Friendly match
4. 6 June 2000 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco   Morocco
1–5
1–5
2000 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament
5. 11 June 2000 Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium   Denmark
3–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2000
6. 2 July 2000 Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands   Italy
1–1
2–1
UEFA Euro 2000
7. 4 October 2000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Cameroon
1–0
1–1
Friendly match
8. 15 November 2000 BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey   Turkey
0–2
0–4
Friendly match
9. 24 March 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Japan
3–0
5–0
Friendly match
10. 25 April 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Portugal
1–0
4–0
Friendly match
11. 30 May 2001 Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu, South Korea   South Korea
5–0
5–0
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
12. 3 June 2001 Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan, South Korea   Mexico
1–0
4–0
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
13. 7 September 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Cyprus
1–2
1–2
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
14. 12 October 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Slovenia
4–0
5–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
15. 16 October 2002 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta
0–3
0–4
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
16. 29 March 2003 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France   Malta
1–0
6–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
17. 26 June 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Turkey
3–1
3–2
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
18. 20 August 2003 Stade de Genève, Genève, Switzerland    Switzerland
0–1
0–2
Friendly match
19. 6 September 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Cyprus
2–0
5–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
20. 6 September 2003 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Cyprus
3–0
5–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
21. 28 May 2004 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France   Andorra
1–0
4–0
Friendly match
22. 28 May 2004 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France   Andorra
2–0
4–0
Friendly match
23. 13 October 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Cyprus
0–1
0–2
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
24. 12 October 2005 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Cyprus
2–0
4–0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
25. 1 March 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Slovakia
1–1
1–2
Friendly match
26. 25 April 2006 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France   Denmark
2–0
2–0
Friendly match

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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