Yoann Gourcuff

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Yoann Gourcuff
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Personal information
Full name Yoann Miguel Gourcuff[1]
Date of birth 11 July 1986 (1986-07-11) (age 28)
Place of birth Ploemeur, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Olympique Lyonnais
Number 29
Youth career
1992-2001
1998-2001
2001-2003
Lorient
PEF Ploufragan
Stade Rennais
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003-2006
2006-2008
2008-2010
2010-
Stade Rennais
Milan
Girondins Bordeaux
Olympique Lyonnais
National team
2008- France
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Yoann Miguel Gourcuff (born 11 July 1986) is a French football player. He plays for the France national team and Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1. Gourcuff plays as a midfielder and sometimes as a striker.[2]

Yoann Gourcuff began his career in 1992 with F.C. Lorient. In 2001 he began to play for Rennes. While playing for Rennes, he attracted many supporters and the interest of other teams. Gourcuff moved to the Italian club AC Milan in 2003.[3] He achieved many club honors with AC Milan, but did not play with the starting eleven players. In 2008 Goucuff was loaned to the French football team Girordins Bordeaux.[4] After playing a good season, he became a permanent player for Bordeaux. Gourcuff has been compared to Zinedine Zidane because of his playing style and ability. Gourcuff has won the UNFP Ligue Player of the Year award. He was named French Player of the Year by the magazine France Football in 2009. In August 2010, he joined Olympique Lyonnais.

Gourcuff played his first game with the France national football team in August 2008.[5] He scored his first international goal against Romania two months later.[6] Since joining the national team, Gourcuff has been the team's playmaker. The role of playmaker had been empty since Zidane's retirement in 2006.

Club career statistics[change | change source]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
2003/04 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2004/05 21 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
2005/06 36 6 1 0 5 0 42 6
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2006/07 Milan Serie A 21 1 4 0 8 2 33 3
2007/08 15 1 1 0 3 0 19 1
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
2008/09 Girondins Bordeaux Ligue 1 37 12 5 1 7 2 49 15
2009/10
Country France 103 18 7 1 12 2 122 21
Italy 36 2 5 0 11 2 52 4
Total 139 20 12 1 23 4 174 25

International career statistics[change | change source]

[7]

France national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 6 1
2009 10 0
2010
Total 16 1

References[change | change source]

  1. Yoann Gourcuff search. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
  2. Yoann Gourcuff: The new Zidane?. The Independent. January 27, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
  3. AC Milan sign French talent Gourcuff. Monsters and Critics. June 22, 2006. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
  4. Gourcuff joins Bordeaux on loan from Milan. June 3, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
  5. GOURCUFF Yoann (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  6. France vs. Romania, Match Report. Fédération Internacionale de Football Association. October 18, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  7. Gourcuff, Yoann. National Football Teams. Retrieved August 28, 2010.