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Franck Ribéry

Ribéry's career began in 1989 as a youth player for local hometown club Conti Boulogne. Franck Ribéry left the club after seven years to join professional outfit Lille OSC, but departed the club after three years after having difficulties adjusting. In 1999, Ribéry joined US Boulogne, where Franck Ribéry played for two years. After spending two more years in the amateur divisions with two different clubs (Olympique Alès and Stade Brestois 29), in 2004, Ribéry earned a move to Ligue 1 club FC Metz. After six months with the club, Ribéry moved to Turkey in January 2005 joining Galatasaray S.K. (football team) where Franck Ribéry won the Turkish Cup. After six months at Galatasaray, Franck Ribéry departed the club in controversial fashion in order to return to France to join Olympique de Marseille. Ribéry spent two seasons at the club helping the Marseillais reach the final of the Coupe de France in back-to-back seasons. In 2007, Ribéry joined German club FC Bayern Munich for a then club-record fee of €25 million. With Bayern, Franck Ribéry has won Double (association football) on two occasions; in the 2007–08 and 2009–10 seasons. In 2010, Ribéry contributed to the team that reached the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final, but was unable to participate in the match due to suspension.

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Ribéry's career began in 1989 as a youth player for local hometown club Conti Boulogne. Franck Ribéry left the club after seven years to join professional outfit Lille OSC, but departed the club after three years after having difficulties adjusting. In 1999, Ribéry joined US Boulogne, where Franck Ribéry played for two years. After spending two more years in the amateur divisions with two different clubs (Olympique Alès and Stade Brestois 29), in 2004, Ribéry earned a move to Ligue 1 club FC Metz. After six months with the club, Ribéry moved to Turkey in January 2005 joining Galatasaray S.K. (football team) where Franck Ribéry won the Turkish Cup. After six months at Galatasaray, Franck Ribéry departed the club in controversial fashion in order to return to France to join Olympique de Marseille. Ribéry spent two seasons at the club helping the Marseillais reach the final of the Coupe de France in back-to-back seasons. In 2007, Ribéry joined German club FC Bayern Munich for a then club-record fee of €25 million. With Bayern, Franck Ribéry has won Double (association football) on two occasions; in the 2007–08 and 2009–10 seasons. In 2010, Ribéry contributed to the team that reached the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final, but was unable to participate in the match due to suspension.

Ribéry is a France national football team. Prior to representing the senior team, Franck Ribéry played at France national under-21 football team. At senior level, Ribéry has represented Franck Ribéry nation two FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2008. Franck Ribéry made Franck Ribéry international debut in May 2006 against Mexico national football team. At the 2006 World Cup, Ribéry scored Franck Ribéry first international goal against Spain national football team and played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final against Italy national football team. Individually, Ribéry is a two-time winner of the France Football French player of the year award and has also won the German Footballer of the Year becoming the first player to hold both honours. Franck Ribéry has also been named to the UEFA Team of the Year and declared the Trophées UNFP du football Young Player of the Year in France.

Personal life

Ribéry was born on 7 April 1983 in Boulogne-sur-Mer and raised in a low-income neighbourhood on the fringes of the city. When Franck Ribéry was two years old, Franck Ribéry and Franck Ribéry family were involved in a car accident in Franck Ribéry hometown, colliding with a truck. Ribéry suffered serious facial injuries that resulted in over one hundred stitches and left two long scars down the right side of Franck Ribéry face. Ribéry's younger brother François is also a football player, and has played for numerous amateur clubs in France. François plays for Aviron Bayonnais FC in the Championnat National. Ribéry's wife, Wahiba, is a French national of Algerian descent and the couple have two daughters and a son. Ribéry is a convert to Islam and, following Franck Ribéry conversion, adopted the name Bilal Yusuf Mohammed.

Since establishing himself as an international, Ribéry has been involved in numerous promotional campaigns. For the 2008–09 season, Franck Ribéry appeared, alongside international teammate Karim Benzema, on the French cover of video game FIFA 09. Ribéry is sponsored by American sportswear company Nike, Inc. and regularly wears Nike Mercurial Vapors. Franck Ribéry has appeared in several television advertisements for the brand and, during the 2007–08 Bundesliga season, starred in a one-time television show called "The Franck Ribéry Show", which aired on Direct 8 in France. The show, sponsored by Nike, acted as a variety show with Ribéry appearing in several sketches. On 25 May 2010, a billboard of Ribéry was officially unveiled in Franck Ribéry home city of Boulogne-sur-Mer ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The billboard paid tribute to a similar billboard that was erected for Zinedine Zidane in Franck Ribéry home city of Marseille during Franck Ribéry career. The construction of the billboard was initially suspended due to possible image ramifications associated with Ribéry's alleged relationship with an underage prostitute. However, the Regional Council of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, which initially opposed the billboard, agreed to allow construction of the billboard. The billboard was a project of Ribéry's sponsor Nike and was on display for the duration of the FIFA World Cup.

On 18 April 2010, it was first reported by French television service M6 (TV channel) that four members of the French national team were being investigated for their roles as clients of a prostitution ring that was being operated inside of a Paris nightclub with some of the women possibly being underage. The report also stated that two of the players were already questioned as witnesses by Judiciary of France André Dando and a group of magistrates. The report described the two players as being one who “is a major player in a big foreign club” and that the other “plays in the championship of France Ligue 1". Later that day, the players were discovered to be Ribéry and Sidney Govou. During Franck Ribéry interview with Dando, Ribéry reportedly admitted to having a relationship with a prostitute, but did not know that she was a minor at the time the relationship began. On 29 April, the country's Secretary of State for Sports Rama Yade, after refusing to publicly comment on the case in its infancy, declared that any player placed under investigation should not represent the France national team. The following day, a judicial source confirmed that Ribéry would not be placed under official investigation, if at all, before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 20 July, Ribéry was questioned by Paris National Police (France) and, following questioning, was indicted by judge Dando on the charge of "solicitation of a minor prostitute".

Club career

Early career

Ribéry began Franck Ribéry football career at age six playing in the youth section of amateur club FC Conti de Boulogne-sur-Mer. After a seven-year stay, in 1996, Franck Ribéry joined professional outfit Lille OSC, who were playing in the Ligue 2. While at Lille, Ribéry excelled athletically, but developed academic and behavioral problems, which led to Lille releasing him. After leaving Lille, Ribéry returned to Franck Ribéry hometown joining the biggest club in the city, US Boulogne. After spending a year in the reserves, Franck Ribéry was promoted to the senior team. Ribéry only made four appearances in Franck Ribéry debut season as Boulogne, who were playing in the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth division of French football, earned promotion to third-tier Championnat National. In Franck Ribéry second season with the club, Ribéry appeared in 25 league matches converting five goals. Though Boulogne finished 17th, which meant a return to the fourth division, Ribéry's solid performances earned Franck Ribéry a move to fellow National club Olympique Alès. In Franck Ribéry only season at the club, Ribéry made 18 appearances scoring only one goal. Following the season, despite finishing safe, Alès were relegated to the Division d'Honneur, the sixth division of French football, by the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion after the club declared bankruptcy. The resulting news led to Ribéry signing with Stade Brestois 29, another Championnat National club. At Brest, Ribéry established himself as a premier player in the league appearing in 35 league matches scoring three goals. Ribéry's performance and the team as a whole led to the club finishing second in the league, thus earning promotion to Ligue 2. Franck Ribéry stellar play on the right side of midfield led to Metz supporters comparing Franck Ribéry to Robert Pirès, a former Metz legend. In the 2004–05 Türkiye Kupası, Ribéry was instrumental in the club's 5–1 thrashing of rivals Fenerbahçe S.K. in the competition's 2005 Turkish Cup Final. Franck Ribéry scored the opening goal in the 16th minute and also assisted on another goal. Ribéry was later substituted out in the 52nd minute with Galatasaray leading 3–1. The trophy was Ribéry's first major honour.

Move to Marseille and CAS ruling

On 15 June 2005, Ribéry announced that Franck Ribéry would be returning to France joining Olympique de Marseille on a five-year contract, thus reuniting with former manager Jean Fernandez. The move was considered surprising to Galatasaray as Ribéry had three years remaining on Franck Ribéry contract after the club paid Metz €2 million to make the loan move permanent on 30 March. Ribéry argued that Franck Ribéry had not been paid Franck Ribéry wages by the club and asked FIFA, the sport's Sport governing body, to invalidate Franck Ribéry contract. Franck Ribéry also confirmed that, at one point during the season, Franck Ribéry was threatened with a baseball bat by Franck Ribéry former agent and a Galatasaray director. A day after announcing Franck Ribéry move, Galatasaray officials and manager Eric Gerets blasted the player for betraying the club and also announced their intent to ask FIFA to probe the situation. In July 2005, FIFA ruled in favor of Ribéry and dismissed Galatasaray's claims of the player being at fault. In response, the Turkish club announced their decision to challenge FIFA's ruling by appealing to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. On 25 April 2007, their appeal was dismissed by the court, who declared in a statement that Ribéry had terminated Franck Ribéry contract with the Turkish club at the end of the 2004–05 season on just grounds, and that Galatasaray was therefore not entitled to any compensation. Galatasaray had sought €10 million in compensation from Marseille.

2005–06 season

Upon Franck Ribéry arrival, Ribéry was handed the number 7 shirt and made Franck Ribéry debut on 30 July 2005 in a 2–0 defeat to FC Girondins de Bordeaux collecting a Penalty_card Yellow_card. On 17 September, Franck Ribéry scored Franck Ribéry first goal for the club in their 2–1 victory over Troyes AC. Two weeks later, Ribéry netted goals in back-to-back matches in victories over Franck Ribéry former club Metz and OGC Nice. On 19 November, Ribéry scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 win over FC Nantes. The goal, scored from almost out, was later voted the goal of the season by supporters. In the Coupe de France 2005–06, Ribéry performed well scoring a double against Le Havre AC and scoring the opening goal in Marseille's 3–1 semi-final victory over Stade Rennais F.C.. The win pushed Marseille through to the Coupe de France Final 2006 where they faced Le Classique rivals Paris Saint-Germain F.C., which merited Ribéry Franck Ribéry second consecutive cup final appearance. Unfortunately, Marseille faltered losing 2–1 to the Parisian club. In UEFA, Ribéry scored two goals in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup against Italian club S.S. Lazio and Spanish outfit Deportivo de La Coruña. In the UEFA Europa League, Franck Ribéry scored one goal converting it in the second leg of Marseille's Round of 32 tie with Premier League club Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Ribéry was later named the Ligue 1 Trophées UNFP du football Young Player of the Year by the National Union of Professional Footballers.

2006–07 season

Following Ribéry's success internationally at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a bidding war occurred in order to obtain Franck Ribéry services with English club Arsenal F.C. initially offering €15 million for the player. However, Arsenal would be trumped by Spanish club Real Madrid C.F., who offered €30 million for the Frenchman, according to Marseille directors. Rivals Olympique Lyonnais also sought Ribéry's services with president Pape Diouf accusing Jean-Michel Aulas of tapping-up Ribéry after it was discovered that the Lyon chairman visited the France national team and Ribéry himself during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Diouf later threatened to report Aulas to the Ligue de Football Professionnel for Franck Ribéry actions. Franck Ribéry also went as far as to accuse Ribéry's former agent, Bruno Heiderscheid, of badly advising the player. Despite the tumultuous summer, Marseille continued to declare the player off limits with Ribéry having nearly four years left on Franck Ribéry contract. On 11 August 2006, Ribéry confirmed Franck Ribéry intentions to remain at the club for the Ligue 1 2006–07.

Ribéry's now heightened popularity saw increased speculation from writers and supporters that Marseille would finally win their first league title since the French football Division 1 1991–92. Franck Ribéry began the 2006–07 campaign on a high note scoring in the club's second match of the season against AJ Auxerre in a 3–0 trouncing. However, through the rest of the fall season, Ribéry went cold going scoreless. On 11 November 2006, Franck Ribéry suffered a serious groin injury in Marseille's 1–0 loss to Lille. The resulting injury led to Ribéry missing the rest of the fall season returning following the winter break. On Franck Ribéry return in January, Ribéry netted two goals in another win over Auxerre. The following month, Ribéry suffered a fractured foot in a match against Toulouse FC. The injury required Franck Ribéry to miss four league matches, as well as a Coupe de France match. In April 2007, Ribéry finished the league season by scoring in back-to-back weeks against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in a 4–2 win and AS Monaco FC in another victory. In the Coupe de France, Marseille again reached the final with Ribéry, for the second straight season, putting them there scoring the game-winning goal in a 3–0 semi-final win over Nantes. In Coupe de France Final 2007, Marseille were heavy favorites over Sochaux, a team they had completely dominated just 12 days prior. However, Sochaux recorded an upset victory defeating Marseille 5–4 on Penalty shootout (association football) after the match ended 2–2 following extra time. Ribéry's final match with Marseille was a 1–0 win over CS Sedan Ardennes on the final match day of the season. The victory secured 2nd place for Marseille and was their best finish since finishing runner-up to Bordeaux during the Division 1 1998–99. Following the season, Ribéry was awarded the France Football French player of the year award. The honor ended the four-year reign of Thierry Henry.

Bayern Munich

2007–08 season

On 7 June 2007, German club FC Bayern Munich announced that they had reached an agreement with Marseille for the transfer of Ribéry with the player agreeing to a four-year deal and Bayern paying Marseille a then club-record €25 million. Ribéry was given the number 7 shirt, which was freed up due to the retirement of midfielder Mehmet Scholl at the end of the previous season. Franck Ribéry made Franck Ribéry team début one month later, scoring twice in an 18–0 Exhibition game drubbing of Munich youth side FT Gern. Ribéry made Franck Ribéry competitive debut for Bayern on 21 July 2007 against SV Werder Bremen in the first round of the Premiere Ligapokal scoring twice and also assisting on another in a 4–1 victory. In the semifinals, Franck Ribéry netted an early goal in a 2–0 win over defending champions VfB Stuttgart. Due to injury Ribéry was unable to play in the final, which Bayern won.

Ribéry scored Franck Ribéry first league goal for the club on 18 August in a 4–0 triumph over Bremen converting a penalty in the 31st minute. Franck Ribéry went scoreless in the league for almost two months before scoring a goal and providing the assist on Bayern's other goal in a 2–1 win over VfL Bochum. A month later, Ribéry recorded this feat again providing the assist on the opening goal scored by Miroslav Klose and scoring the game winning goal in a 2–1 win over VfL Wolfsburg. In the DFB-Pokal, Franck Ribéry recorded two goals and provided four assists in five matches Bayern Munich contested. Franck Ribéry netted Franck Ribéry first goal in the competition on 27 February 2008 in Bayern's win over inner-city rivals TSV 1860 München with Ribéry converting the lone goal, a penalty, in the final minute of extra time. In the semifinals, Ribéry scored the opening goal in Bayern's 2–0 win over Wolfsburg, which resulted in the club qualifying for the final where they faced Borussia Dortmund. In the competition's ultimate match, Ribéry assisted on Luca Toni's opener in the 11th minute. Bayern won the match 2–1, claiming their 14th cup title.

In the UEFA Cup, Bayern reached the semi-finals with Ribéry scoring three goals in the competition including one in the Germans' comeback win over Spanish club Getafe CF in the quarterfinals. In total, Ribéry appeared in 46 matches scoring 16 goals and assisting on 17 goals as Bayern won the Double (association football). For Franck Ribéry efforts, on 8 June 2008, Ribéry was named the 2007–08 German Footballer of the Year. Franck Ribéry was also named the French Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

2008–09 season

Due to tearing ligaments in Franck Ribéry ankle at UEFA Euro 2008, Ribéry began the season with Bayern on 24 September 2008 in a German Cup match against 1. FC Nuremberg appearing as a substitute in the 65th minute. Franck Ribéry made Franck Ribéry league debut three days later and, after a month of play, scored Franck Ribéry first goal of the season in Bayern's 4–2 comeback win over VfL Wolfsburg. Following the match, Ribéry proceeded to go on a goal-scoring rampage converting at least one goal in five straight league matches with the club going undefeated in that span. On 10 December, Ribéry capped the 2008 portion of the season by scoring a goal and provided the assists on the other two in Bayern's 3–2 victory over Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League. For Franck Ribéry performances during the 2008 calendar year, Franck Ribéry finished third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Onze d'Or. Ribéry was also shortlisted by the French magazine France Football for the Ballon d'Or 2008 award, won by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ribéry's 2009 debut saw Bayern earn a 5–1 German Cup win over Stuttgart with the player scoring and also providing an assist. On 24 February 2009, Franck Ribéry scored a double in the club's 5–0 win over Portugal club Sporting C.P. in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash. Bayern were later eliminated 5–1 on aggregate by Spanish champions F.C. Barcelona in the next round with Ribéry scoring a consolation goal in the second leg. In the league, Bayern failed to defend their Bundesliga title, despite suffering defeat only twice in their final 13 matches, losing out to Wolfsburg. Ribéry ended the season with 36 total appearances scoring 14 goals and issuing 19 assists.

2009–10 season


Following the 2008–09 season, constant speculation began to surface regarding Ribéry's availability on the transfer market. Despite Bayern president Uli Hoeneß, executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and new manager Louis van Gaal declaring that Ribéry would not be sold, numerous media outlets declared that English clubs Chelsea F.C. and Manchester United F.C., Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F., and Italian outfit Internazionale Milano F.C. had strong interest in the player with many of the clubs willing to offer as much as €65 million for the player. In order to quell the interest, Hoeneß declared that Ribéry would leave for nothing less than €100 million.

Ribéry started the 2009–10 season struggling with tendonitis in Franck Ribéry left knee, but was healthy enough to start the season scoring Franck Ribéry first goal in a 5–1 victory against Borussia Dortmund converting a free kick. The goal was notable in part due to Ribéry's celebration afterward. Following Franck Ribéry conversion of the free kick goal, Ribéry ran across the field eluding several celebratory teammates and enthusiastically jumped into Franck Ribéry manager Louis van Gaal's awaiting arms. The mutual show of admiration ended speculation by the media of the two having a bad relationship. In early October, the tendinitis began to affect Franck Ribéry play, which resulted in Ribéry missing the rest of the year, as well as France's World Cup playoff tie with the Republic of Ireland national football team. Ribéry returned to the team on 23 January 2010 appearing as a substitute in the club's 3–2 league win over Werder Bremen. Ribéry's first goal of the new year came on 10 February scoring in Bayern's 6–2 DFB-Pokal victory over SpVgg Greuther Fürth. On 31 March, Franck Ribéry scored the equalizing goal in Bayern's 2–1 first leg win over English club Manchester United F.C. in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after converting a Direct free kick, which deflected off of striker Wayne Rooney before going into the net. In the club's ensuing match, Ribéry scored the opening goal in the team's 2–1 victory over FC Schalke 04.

On 20 April, Ribéry was sent off by referee Roberto Rosetti in the club's first leg UEFA Champions League semi-final against Olympique Lyonnais after being adjudged to have committed serious foul play on Lyon striker Lisandro López. The expulsion resulted in Ribéry missing the second leg in Lyon, which Bayern won to advance to the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final. On 28 April, Ribéry was handed a three-match suspension by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body for assault. The suspension meant that Ribéry would miss the final. Following the ruling, Bayern Munich announced their intent to appeal the suspension. On 5 May, the club's appeal was heard by the UEFA Appeals Body and Ribéry's ban was upheld which meant that not only would Ribéry miss the final on 22 May, but Franck Ribéry would also miss the next UEFA club competition fixture for which Franck Ribéry is eligible. However, immediately after the ruling, Bayern responded by announcing their intent to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. On 15 May, Ribéry scored the third goal in Bayern's 4–0 win over SV Werder Bremen in the 2009–10 edition of the DFB-Pokal 2009-10 Final. Two days later, Ribéry's appeal was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and was dismissed meaning Franck Ribéry was officially ruled out of the UEFA Champions League final against F.C. Internazionale Milano on 22 May. Bayern Munich lost the match 2–0. On 20 May, it was announced by German newspaper Bild that Ribéry had agreed to a new five-year contract with Bayern Munich and that the player would sign the contract upon Franck Ribéry arrival in Madrid to watch Franck Ribéry teammates contest the UEFA Champions League final. On 23 May, the day after the final, the club officially confirmed the agreement. The new deal ties Ribéry to the club until 2015 and, though there is uncertainty regarding the annual salary, it has been speculated that the new deal pays Franck Ribéry an annual salary of €10 million a year, the highest annual salary ever awarded to a player in the club's history.

2010–11 season

Ribéry began the 2010–11 in German football healthy for the first time since Franck Ribéry debut season with the club. Franck Ribéry was among the first World Cup players to arrive to pre-season training and made Franck Ribéry season debut on 16 August 2010 in Bayern's 4–0 victory over TSV Germania Windeck in the 1st round of the 2010–11 DFB-Pokal. In the match, Ribéry scored Franck Ribéry first goal of the season. Four days later, Franck Ribéry assisted on the game-winning goal, scored by Bastian Schweinsteiger, in the team's opening league match against VfL Wolfsburg. On 21 September, Ribéry was forced to leave the team's 2–1 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim after suffering an ankle injury. The injury was discovered to be serious and Ribéry was ruled out for four weeks.

Despite the initial diagnosis, Ribéry missed two months and returned to the team on 14 November in a league match against 1. FC Nuremberg. A week later, Ribéry was criticized by manager Louis Van Gaal for Franck Ribéry performance in a friendly match against SpVgg Unterhaching, which was organized to help Ribéry and other injured first-team players regain full fitness. Though Van Gaal was disappointed in several of Franck Ribéry players' performances, Franck Ribéry singled out Ribéry stating "he (Ribéry) didn't make any effort and showed no commitment". Ribéry did, however, remain in contention to appear in the team's next league match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He, subsequently, appeared in the match as a substitute in the 61st minute. On 8 December, Ribéry scored a double in a 3–0 victory over Switzerland club FC Basel in the Champions League. On 15 January, in Bayern's first league match following the winter break against Wolfsburg, Ribéry suffered a lower leg injury in the first half as a result of a tackle by Braziian midfielder Josué Anunciado de Oliveira. Initial media reports described the injury as serious with Ribéry possibly having to undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments. However, after further medical analysis, the injury was only reduced to a sprain and Ribéry subsequently missed two weeks. Franck Ribéry returned to the team on 5 February in a league match against 1. FC Köln. On 12 February, Ribéry assisted on two goals in a 4–0 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Following the team's 3–1 league win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 19 February, Ribéry embarked on a streak in which Franck Ribéry charted a statistical output in Bayern's next five league matches. On 26 February, Franck Ribéry assisted on the team's only goal in its 3–1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. In the next match against Hannover 96, Franck Ribéry repeated Franck Ribéry feat from the previous match assisted on an Arjen Robben goal in another defeat. On 12 March, Ribéry had arguably Franck Ribéry best performance of the season after scoring a goal and providing three assists in a 6–0 hammering of Hamburger SV. In Bayern's following match against SC Freiburg, Franck Ribéry assisted on the team's opening goal, scored by Mario Gomez, and then netted the game-winning goal two minutes from time in a 2–1 win. Against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 2 April, Ribéry assisted on the only goal of the match, which was converted by Robben. The streak ended in the team's 1–1 draw with 1. FC Nuremberg on 11 April. Six days later, Ribéry scored the final goal in a 5–1 sweeping of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

2011–12 season

Prior to the start of the 2011–12 season, Ribéry suffered an ankle injury during a pre-season training session, which resulted in the player being carried from the training ground by members of the club's medical team. Despite the player himself fearing Franck Ribéry may have torn ligaments in the ankle, after an examination, club doctors revealed that the injury wasn't as serious as first thought and Ribéry missed only one competitive match; a 3–0 DFP-Pokal away win over Eintracht Braunschweig on 1 August 2011. Ribéry made Franck Ribéry season debut a week later in Bayern's opening league match of the season playing the entire match in a 1–0 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the following week, Franck Ribéry assisted on the game-winning goal, scored by Luiz Gustavo, in a win over VfL Wolfsburg. Ribéry scored Franck Ribéry first goal of the campaign in the team's next league match against Hamburger SV. Bayern won the match 5–0. Following the international break, on 10 September, Franck Ribéry scored a double and assisted on a goal in a 7–0 home victory over SC Freiburg. A week later, Ribéry assisted on both team goals in a shutout win over Schalke.

Following the October international break, Ribéry manufactured another statistical output after scoring and assisting on two goals in a 4–0 win over Hertha Berlin. On 29 October, Franck Ribéry scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 win over Augsburg. In the UEFA Champions League, Ribéry scored Franck Ribéry first goal in the competition on 22 November against Spain club Villarreal CF in the group stage. Franck Ribéry scored one goal in each half to give Bayern a 3–1 win, which allowed the club progression to the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League knockout phase. On 3 December, Ribéry scored another set of goals in a 4–1 win against Werder Bremen. The league win re-inserted Bayern back into first place position in the league after momentarily losing the spot in late November.

International career

Prior to representing the France national football team, Ribéry was ever present with the France national under-21 football team earning Franck Ribéry first selection on 3 September 2004 in a 1–0 victory over Israel national under-21 football team in 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Ribéry scored Franck Ribéry first under-21 goal five days later in a 1–0 Exhibition match win over Slovakia national under-21 football team. On 15 November 2005, Franck Ribéry scored an important goal against England national under-21 football team during the qualification playoffs as France defeated them 3–2 on aggregate to advance to the finals. Ribéry, however, missed the competition after earning selection to coach Raymond Domenech's pre-FIFA World Cup squad. In total with the under-21s, Ribéry made 13 appearances scoring two goals.

Ribéry earned Franck Ribéry first cap with the senior team in a 1–0 victory over Mexico national football team on 27 May 2006 appearing as a substitute in the 74th minute for striker David Trézéguet. Franck Ribéry solid performances in the friendly matches ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup led to Franck Ribéry inclusion in the team for the competition. Ribéry appeared in all seven matches France contested, starting six. On 27 June, Franck Ribéry scored France's opening goal in the team's 3–1 Round of 16 win over Spain national football team after receiving a through ball from Patrick Vieira, which allowed the winger to dribble past an oncoming Iker Casillas and shoot into the empty net. Franck Ribéry later played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final where France lost to Italy national football team on penalties. Ribéry's only shot on goal came in extra time and Franck Ribéry was later replaced by Trézéguet.

Following the retirement of Zinedine Zidane, it was expected that Ribéry would succeed Franck Ribéry and become the national team's talisman. Franck Ribéry went scoreless for almost a year and a half before converting a penalty shot against England national football team on 26 March 2008 at the Stade de France. Following the goal, Ribéry paid tribute to legendary French commentator Thierry Gilardi who had passed away a day earlier. At UEFA Euro 2008, France performed under expectations with Ribéry appearing in all three group stage matches as France suffered early elimination. On 17 June 2008, in the team's final group stage match against Italy national football team, Ribéry ruptured a ligament in Franck Ribéry left ankle in just the 8th minute of play. Ribéry returned to the team on 11 October 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) against Romania national football team and scored the team's opening goal in a 2–2 draw. On 28 March 2009, Franck Ribéry scored the lone goal away to Lithuania national football team. Three days later, Franck Ribéry completed this feat again, this time at the Stade de France, netting the winner in the 75th minute following service from André-Pierre Gignac.

On 11 May 2010, Ribéry was named to Domenech's 30-man preliminary squad to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Franck Ribéry second World Cup overall. Franck Ribéry was later named to the 23-man team to compete in the competition. Ribéry appeared in all three group stage matches. Following the team's opening match against Uruguay national football team, Ribéry was criticized for Franck Ribéry performance by former international Just Fontaine with the former striker questioning Ribéry's leadership ability. It was later reported by the media that Ribéry and striker Nicolas Anelka purposely "froze-out" midfielder Yoann Gourcuff. Anelka was later dismissed from the team after reportedly having a dispute, in which obscenities were passed, with Domenech during half-time of the team's 2–0 loss to Mexico. On 20 June, an emotional Ribéry appeared, alongside Domenech, on TF1's football show Téléfoot to dispelled any rumors associated with the team and to also apologize to supporters for the national team's performance over the past two years stating that "We (France) are suffering at the moment" and "I would like to say sorry to the whole country". The following day, the team boycotted a training session in response to Anelka's expulsion and, on 21 June, returned to training without incident. In the team's final group stage match against the hosts South Africa national football team, Ribéry assisted on the team's only goal of the competition scored by Florent Malouda. France lost the match 2–1, which resulted in the team's elimination from the competition. On 6 August, Ribéry was one of five players summoned to attend a hearing held by the Disciplinary Committee of the French Football Federation in response to the team's strike held at the World Cup. On 17 August, Franck Ribéry received a three-match international ban for Franck Ribéry part in the incident. Ribéry did not attend the hearing due to Franck Ribéry parent club's objection.

On 17 March 2011, Ribéry was called up to the national team by new manager Laurent Blanc for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Franck Ribéry had been eligible to return to the team since October 2010 after serving Franck Ribéry three-match suspension, however, due to injuries, Ribéry missed three call-ups. On 21 March, after arriving to Clairefontaine ahead of the team's matches against Luxembourg national football team and Croatia national football team, Ribéry attended a personal press conference in which Franck Ribéry apologized for Franck Ribéry behavior overall during the 2010 calendar year. Franck Ribéry made Franck Ribéry return to the team on 25 March in the team's match against Luxembourg and responded by assisting on the team's second goal, scored by Gourcuff, in its 2–0 win. In Franck Ribéry first match at the Stade de France since the World Cup against Croatia, Ribéry appeared as a substitute and was subject to jeers from some section of supporters, however, other parts of the stadium chanted Franck Ribéry name.

Style of play and personality


Ribéry primarily plays as a Midfielder Winger and is described as a player who is "fast, tricky, and an excellent dribbler who has great control with the ball at Franck Ribéry feet". Though, Franck Ribéry is often played on the left wing domestically, Ribéry has struggled to establish himself as a left winger at international level with France due to the presence of left-footed dominant players such as Florent Malouda. Ribéry has declared that Franck Ribéry is best utilized on the left side because "that is where I am most free and I am the best in my head". Playing on the left also allows Ribéry to use Franck Ribéry "bursts of acceleration and weaving runs" to effectively cut inside, which gives Franck Ribéry the options of either shooting or delivering a decisive pass. Ribéry is also capable of playing in the center of the field as an Attacking midfielder Attacking midfielder where Franck Ribéry vision and playmaking skills are best exhibited. Despite predominantly playing on the wing, Franck Ribéry has averaged double-digits in assists every year beginning with Franck Ribéry final season at Marseille.

Ribéry has been described as a provocateur on the field of play with UEFA describing Franck Ribéry as "a crowd-pleaser – one of those rare breed of footballer capable of enjoying Franck Ribéry talents while expressing them". During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Franck Ribéry was mentored by national team play-maker Zinedine Zidane. While boasting Franck Ribéry as "the jewel of French football", Zidane has also praised Ribéry as a person declaring "Franck just loves life. He’s the kind of player that makes an impression every time Franck Ribéry plays. He’s bound to become an important figure in the world of football". The midfielder has stated that humour is very important admitting "It's important to always be smiling, to wake up and feel good. We (footballers) have a great job, we like what we do and we have fun.

On the negative front, Ribéry has often struggled with injury issues.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franck_Rib%c3%a9ry

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