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Yoann Gourcuff
Yoann Gourcuff
Yoann Gourcuff
Date of Birth:Jul 11, 1986 (Age 30)
Place of Birth:Ploemeur
Height:185 cm.
Weight:79 Kg.
Squad Number:10
Ligue 1 : Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux)
The new star of French football. He is a midfielder, number 10, a fantasy player like we have seen in past eras of the sport. Yoann, son of Christian Gourcuff, father and coach at Lorient in French Ligue 1, is a highly technically skilled player. He learned his football at Rennes, a very good environment for young players.

He caught the eye of Italian giants AC Milan, where he had his ups and downs. The Italian club loaned Gourcuff to Bordeaux with an option to buy for €15 million, thinking that Bordeaux would never pay it.

But Gourcuff burst onto the scene, receiving the Best Player in Ligue 1 award and Les Girondins paid the fee to keep hold of him. Raymond Domenech trusts him to dictate the play of Les Bleus. He is often compared to Zinedine Zidane because he plays the same position and has a lot of tricks up his sleeve like the 1998 World Cup winner. Gourcuff is quite an intelligent player and person, which is not so often the case in football. He struggled a little bit this year at club level, the second year is often more difficult than the first, but the highly-rated midfielder is part of the starting eleven.

Another advantage is he is tremendous on free-kicks and corners. He and team-mate Marouane Chamakh are well known for that, with Bordeaux scoring around 40 per cent of its goals from set-pieces!

Did you know?

He has been elected the sexiest player in Ligue 1 for the year 2009 in front of Lisandro Lopez and Mamadou Niang. Has made the cover of gay magazine (Têtu) for his nice looking attitude.

Awards and Honours

Club World Cup winner (2007)
UEFA Supercup winner (2007)
Champions League winner (2007)
French Ligue 1 champion (2009)
French League Cup winner (2009)
Best Ligue 1 player (2009)