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Philippe Christanval

Philippe Christanval
Full namePhilippe Charles Lucien Christanval
Date of birth (1978-08-31) 31 August 1978 (age 37)
Place of birthParis, France
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Playing positionCentre back
Youth career
Senior career*
National team

Philippe Charles Lucien Christanval (born 31 August 1978 in Paris) is a retired French footballer of Guadeloupian origin who most recently played for Fulham as a centre back. During his career, he played top-flight football in France, Spain and England, and earned six full international caps, as well as a selection to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Club career


His career began at AS Monaco in 1999, where he made 81 appearances, scoring one goal. They won the 1999-2000 league title, earning him the title of Young Player of the Year, and he made several UEFA Champions League appearances. In January 2001, it was reported that Monaco were considering exchanging him for Frank LeBoeuf of Chelsea.[2]

Barcelona and Marseille

Christanval was then signed by Barcelona of Spain's La Liga for a £6.5million fee in June 2001, the team he supported as a child.[3][4] After being released from Barcelona in 2003, he joined Marseille on 18 July on a four-year contract.[5] They reached the 2004 UEFA Cup Final in his first season, but he was an unused substitute as they lost 2-0 to Valencia.[6]


After two weeks on trial at Arsenal,[7] their manager Arsène Wenger opted not to sign Christanval.[8] He then joined another Premier League London team, Fulham, on 9 September 2005. Upon his signing, manager Chris Coleman stated:

"He can be captain for the next five years if he shows the same consistency and level of performance."[9]

In his first appearances at Fulham, he found himself playing in defensive midfield with Papa Bouba Diop. He was later moved back to his typical position. His first Premier League goal was a late equaliser in a 3–3 draw with West Ham United on 13 January 2007.[10]

In the 2007-08 season he made a single substitute appearance. At the end of the season, Christanval was released by Fulham and was offered a trial with Premier League club Blackburn Rovers.[11] On 9 April 2009, Christanval retired from football, having been unable to find a new club.


Christanval was a part of the France at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.

He made his full debut on 7 October 2001, in a 0-0 friendly draw away to South Africa. Christanval played four more friendlies in 2002 before his last appearance, a 2-1 away win against Cyprus in qualification for Euro 2004.[12] He was selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup but did not enter the field of play.[13]


  1. ^ "INF, formateur de talents" (in French). FFF. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Leboeuf appeals for Monaco switch". BBC Sport. 23 January 2001. 
  3. ^ "Barcelona bag Andersson". BBC Sport. 6 July 2001. 
  4. ^ "Philippe Christanval on Past, Present and Future". Fulham Official Website. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Christanval returns to France" [Christanval revient en France]. 18 July 2003. 
  6. ^ "UEFA Cup Final: Valencia 2-0 Marseille". BBC Sport. 19 May 2004. 
  7. ^ "Philippe Christanval joins on trial". Arsenal Football Club Official Website. 16 July 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Christanval fails Gunners trial". Sky Sports. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Christanval handed Fulham chance". UEFA. 9 September 2005. 
  10. ^ "West Ham 3–3 Fulham". BBC. 13 January 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Christanval trains with Rovers". Sky Sports. 14 September 2008. 
  12. ^ Philippe Christanval Profile
  13. ^ 2002 FIFA World Cup France



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