Yohann Pelé

Yohann Pelé (born 4 November 1982) is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1.

Yohann Pelé
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Pelé with Marseille in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-11-04) 4 November 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Brou-sur-Chantereine, France
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2009 Le Mans 164 (0)
2009–2012 Toulouse 18 (0)
2014–2015 Sochaux 49 (0)
2015– Marseille 61 (0)
National team
2004 France U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:07, 3 May 2020 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Le MansEdit

Born in Brou-sur-Chantereine, Pelé spent most of his career at Le Mans, making his debut in Ligue 2 in a 1–0 defeat at FC Istres in September 2002. He established himself as the club's first-choice goalkeeper in the 2004–05 season, as the club won promotion to Ligue 1. He ultimately made 164 appearances for the club before his departure in 2009.


On 29 June 2009, he was transferred from Le Mans to Toulouse FC where he signed a four-year contract.

On 12 October 2010, Toulouse announced that Pelé was suffering from a pulmonary embolism.[1][2] He ended up missing two seasons of football and at the end of the 2011–12 season he left the club.[3]


In January and August 2013, Pelé trained with Dijon FCO and Vannes OC respectively in order to regain fitness.[3][4] In January the following year, more than three years after his last competitive game, he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.[5] He played 49 competitive matches for the club over the next two seasons before leaving to join Marseille in 2015.[6]


In July 2015, Pelé joined Ligue 1 club Marseille.[6] After the departure of Steve Mandanda to Crystal Palace, he became Marseille's first choice goalkeeper.[7] He finished the 2016–17 season playing all league matches, and with the most clean sheets in all of Europe's top five leagues.[8]

On 3 May 2018, he played in the Europa League semi-finals away to FC Red Bull Salzburg as Marseilles played out a 1–2 away loss but a 3–2 aggregate win to secure a place in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final[9] played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, Lyon, France on 16 May 2018,[10] versus Atlético Madrid.

International careerEdit

Pelé was called up to the France U21s in 2004, and made two starts.[11] He received his first call-up to the senior team in October 2008 for a friendly against Tunisia, but did not feature.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Yohann is the brother of Steven Pelé, a former footballer who played as a defender for various clubs in France, Israel and Romania.[3]




  1. ^ "Toulouse goalkeeper Pele out for six months". ESPN FC. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Yohann Pelé s'entraîne avec Vannes". Le Figaro (in French). 20 August 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Dijon accueille Yohann Pelé". L'Équipe (in French). 22 January 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Yohann Pelé est officiellement sochalien" [Yohann Pelé is officially sochalien] (in French). fcsochaux.fr. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Marseille sign ex-Sochaux keeper Yohann Pele". ESPNFC. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Mandanda Pens Crystal Palace Deal". Crystal Palace Football Club. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Yohann Pelé, l'albatros sous-coté". BeIN SPORTS Your Zone. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  9. ^ "FC Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 Marseille". BBC Sport. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League Final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.football365.fr/espoirs-y-pele-appele-1454967.html
  12. ^ "Pele gets France call for friendly with Tunisia". espnfc.com.com. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  13. ^ Begley, Emlyn (16 May 2018). "Europa League final live: Marseille v Atletico Madrid - Live". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 May 2020.

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