Patrice Evra, the man that leaves no one unmoved.

25 jan 2017
Allan Chaussard
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Allan Chaussard / 2017
By signing Patrice Evra, OM gives a sure value to the left-back post, but also one of the most outstanding players of the last two decades of French football. Portrait.

And to think he almost persisted in staying an attacker. No one knows what would have been the future of Patrice Evra if he had not listened to the advice of Sandro Salviani, his coach in Nice in the early 2000s. But one thing is certain: this switch to the left-hand side changed his life.
A tumultuous life began in Dakar, Senegal in the spring of 1981, then was shaped in Les Ulis in the Essonne. Between the towers of his neighborhood, Patrice played matches until late at night with his friends and quickly became the darling of his elders. His early talent surprised more than one person, but the French training centers refused to open their doors. The reason? A history of caliber.
He was then spotted by the Italian technical manager of Torino and reached Serie C in Sicily, then the Serie B in Lombardy. But the Transalpine adventure went badly. The young striker faced racism and loneliness and disembarked in Nice in Ligue 2 at just 19 years old.
After much refusal, Patrice Evra agreed to evolve on the left side of the defense if he plays a small amount in the first year, as his coach strongly encouraged. Very soon, the young Senegal-Cape Verdean is owning his new position, where his ability to project forward and his abnegation exaggerate covetousness.
The Monegasque neighbor offered his services and, consequently, the career of the neo-Olympian accelerated. Under the baton of Didier Deschamps, Evra found a challenge to match his ambitions and won his first title with a League cup in 2003. The beginning of an impressive series ( complete list below ). The epic presentation in the 2004 Champions League gave him access to the French team and he caught the eyes of the biggest European clubs. A year and a half later, Patrice chose Manchester United. In England, he gradually improved himself in spite of his injuries and the competition of Sylvestre and Heinze. He then forged a unique record of 5 championship titles and a Champions League, as well as some personal distinctions.
While his club career is impressive, Evra struggled to win at the Blues but did not abdicate, and became captain of the French team at the start of the 2010 World Cup. The rest is known, but the one who hardens all the critics by his position does not hide or cling. His performances in clubs always impose respect and successive selectors can not do without his sports and human services. «Tonton Pat’», as Paul Pogba calls him, is a born leader, able to make the most of his teammates in the most difficult moments. Although he is often the target of criticism from the press and consultants, he has never been singled out by his partners. A sign that it is perhaps less clever than it seems.
For the past two years, he has played at Juventus in Turin, where he has added five new titles.
Last summer, he actively participated in the superb presentation of the Blues at the Euro Cup in France and graced the group of Didier Deschamps of some of his finest interventions to reach the final.
Patrice Evra, the man that leaves no one unmoved, has chosen Marseille to meet a new challenge, despite the solicitations of many clubs. His great professionalism, his experience, his thirst for competition, his aura and his footballing skills will bring an undeniable advantage to Rudi Garcia, who is in search of a left-back professional since his arrival in Provence.
Let's hope that with a similar journey and personality, he will acclimatize without any problem to his new uniform and to the fervor of the Vélodrome.
Welcome to OM, Patrice! 

Patrice Evra at a glance

Born on May 15, 1981 to Dakar in Senegal
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Best position : Left Side Defender
Dexterity: left-handed

Junior league

1992-93 : CO Les Ulis (France)
1993-97 : CS Brétigny (France)
1997-98 : Paris SG (France)

Professional league

1998-99 : CS Marsala (Italie) - 27 matches, 6 goals
1999-00 : Monza Calcio (Italie) - 3 matches
2000-02 : OGC Nice (France) - 42 matches, 1 goal
2002-06 : AS Monaco (France) - 163 matches, 3 goals and 8 assists
2006-14 : Manchester United (Angleterre) - 379 matches, 10 goals and 25 assists
2014-17 : Juventus FC (Italie) - 77 matches, 3 goals and 6 assists

International League

2002-03: France team hopefuls- 11 goals
2004- : French Team A - 81 matches et 3 assists


Winner of the 2003 Liga Cup
Vice-champion of France 2003
Finalist of the Champions League 2004, 2009, 2011, 2015
Champion of England 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
Winner of the Champions League 2008
Winner of the 2008 Club World Cup
Vice-Champion of England 2010, 2012
Winner of the League Cup 2006, 2009, 2010
Winner of the Community Shield 2007, 208, 2011, 2013
Finalist of the Italian Supercup 2014
Italian Champion 2015, 2016
Winner of the Italian Cup 2015, 2016
Winner of the Italian Supercup 2016
Finalist of the Euro Cup 2016

Best hopeful of Ligue 1 2004
Member of the Ligue 1 type team 2004
Member of the Premier League type team 2007, 2009, 2010
Member of the FIFPro 2009 team
Member of the UEFA 2009 team


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