Where Are They Now? #6 – 2001 Confederations Cup Final (France)

A bit later than anticipated, the second part of the Confederations Cup edition of “Where Are They Now?” looks at the final of twelve years ago to see what became of each team. Lets look at the winners – the reigning World and European champions France


1. Ulrich Rame (Goalkeeper)


Having made his international debut in 1999, Rame played the full 90 minutes of the final and kept a clean sheet. He was a part of the Euro 2000 squad that was victorious and went to the 2002 World Cup. His international career ended in 2003 after a blunder in a game led to him not being called up again. He finished with just 12 caps. His playing career has been exclusively in France where he began with Angers before joining Bordeaux in 1997. He quickly became their undisputed number one and won 2 league titles and three league cups as well as making over 500 appearances in total. He left in 2011 for current side Sedan.

3. Bixente Lizarazu (Defender)


Left back Lizarazu was an experienced international having made his debut 9 years before the tournament and was the only French player booked in the final. He was a member of the winning French squads at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 and finishing with 97 caps and two goals. His club career was also successful as he spent a decade with first side Bordeaux before joining Athletic Bilbao (because of his Basque heritage) in 1996. He only lasted a season in Bilbao before he joined German giants Bayern Munich, the club he would become most commonly associated with and, barring a short spell with Marseille in 2004, he would finish his career at. He retired in the summer of 2006. Post-retirement he became involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and even became a European champion in it.

4. Patrick Vieira (Midfielder)


Influential midfielder Vieira made his international debut in 1997 and headed in the only goal in the final after half an hour. He made 107 appearances over 12 years and only scored 6 goals winning a World Cup and European Championship in the process. His club career was just as successful. He began his career at French side Cannes where he was captaining the side at just 19 before earning a move to Italian giants AC Milan. He rarely played in Milan and in the summer of 1996 he joined English giants Arsenal. He quickly established himself as one of the most exciting midfielders in the English game and cementing himself as a regular in the Arsenal side. He was key in the double winning side of 1998 but throughout his early years, discipline was an issue with bookings and red cards piling up. He matured over time and was made captain in 2002 and became the instrumental leader of the Invincibles team of 2004. His time at Arsenal came to an end in the summer of 2005 when he made the move to Italian champions Juventus where he won the Serie A in his debut season. However, the Calciopoli scandal rocked Italian football and Juventus were punished with their last two title wins stripped from them and the side was relegated to Serie B. Like many others, Vieira left Juventus for the other Milan giants, Inter. His time at Inter was a success with 3 Serie A wins but his playing time was less due to many injuries. He eventually left Inter in January 2010 for Manchester City where he finished his career. He announced his retirement in July 2011 and took on a behind the scenes role at City before becoming Reserve team manager in the summer of 2013.

6. Youri Djorkaeff (Midfielder)


Djorkaeff was an experienced international and was another veteran of the World and European victories. He made his international debut in 1993 and went on to play 82 times in 9 years, scoring 28 goals. His club career began at Grenoble in 1984 and he went on to play for Strasbourg, Monaco, PSG, Inter Milan, Kaiserslautern, Bolton and Blackburn before ending his career with two seasons in America at New York Red Bull where he was the first French player in the MLS. He retired in October 2006. Post-retirement Djorkaeff has done charity work and has released a single.

7. Robert Pires (Midfielder)


Midfielder Pires made his international debut in 1996 and was the Best Player and Top Scorer at the tournament. Pires was a World Cup and European Championship winner with France and finished with 79 caps and 14 goals over 8 years. He began his club career with Metz in 1993 before joining Marseille in 1998. His time at Marseille ended acrimoniously and he joined Arsenal in 2000. His time at Arsenal was a success as he established himself as one of the stars of the Arsenal side over the next six years winning 2 league titles and 3 FA Cups in his time and being voted Arsenal’s 6th greatest player of all time. He joined Villarreal in 2006 and despite missing the first 7 months of his spell there due to injury, he played more than 100 games before leaving in 2010. He returned to England in November 2010 with Aston Villa for a short spell before being released in May 2011. He currently does not have a club although there have been rumours he has been in talks to finish his career in South America.

8. Marcel Desailly (Defender/Captain)


Another experienced campaigner and the captain of the side, Desailly made his France debut in 1993 and went on to play 116 times in 11 years scoring thrice. He (like many in the team) was a part of the World and European success and was sent off in  the 1998 World Cup final. His club career matched that of his international one. He began his career at Nantes in 1986 before playing for Marseille, AC Milan, Chelsea, Al Gharafa in Qatar and his final side Qatar SC before retiring in 2006. Post playing, Desailly has done lots of charity work as well as punditry for television companies such as BBC, ITV and Canal Plus.

9. Nicolas Anelka (Striker)


Nicknamed “Le Sulk” in England, Anelka was only 22 at the tournament but had already moved 3 times in his short career. His international debut came in 1998 and over a period over 12 years he earned 69 caps with 14 goals although his international career ended in controversy thanks to the French World Cup issues in 2010. His club career has been interesting as well. He began his career at PSG in 1996 before joining Arsenal a year later. A key part of the Double winning side, he left the club in 1999 for Real Madrid. He didn’t settle in Spain and despite a Champions League win, he left after a year to return to PSG. His 18 months in Paris were higlighted by issues with management and he soon returned to England, first with Liverpool and then with Manchester City. He left Manchester after a successful spell for Turkish giants Fenerbahce in January 2005 winning the league title. His return to England came in the summer of 2006 with Bolton. He joined Chelsea in January 2008 and continued his form from Bolton winning the Premiership and FA Cup during his stay. He left to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012. His time in China has not been successful and he had a failed loan spell at the end of the 2012-13 season at Juventus of Italy.

11. Sylvain Wiltord (Midfielder)


A France international since 1999, Wiltord played the whole game against the Japanese. He finished with 92 caps and 26 goals with a European Championship medal in 2000 where he scored an injury-time equalizer in the final. His club career began at Rennes and, after a short and unsuccessful spell at Deportivo, made his name at Bordeaux where he top scored in the season Bordeaux won the league title. Became the record signing of Arsenal shortly after Euro 2000 and had a trophy-laden spell with 2 league titles and 2 FA Cups before leaving on a free in the summer of 2004 for Lyon. He won 3 league titles with Lyon before leaving for Rennes in 2007. He didn’t have a massive impact on his return and had a short spell with Marseille at the end of the 2008-09  season. He had 6 months of unemployment before another short spell with Metz in 2010. He joined Nantes in the summer of 2011 where he had one season before retiring in June 2012.

17. Steve Marlet (Striker)


Striker Marlet made his international debut in 2000 and had scored his first international goal during the tournament. His international career was rather unspectacular with 23 caps and 6 goals in 4 years. His club career began his career at Red Star in France before joining Auxerre in 1996. He joined Lyon in 2000 where he really started to make a name for himself. His form led to Fulham making him their record signing in 2001 with a fee of £11.5 million. His time at Fulham was a huge failure with only 11 goals scored and his time was so bad that Fulham owner, Mohammed Al Fayed, sued the manager at the time Jean Tigana for overpaying for Marlet which was unsuccessful. Marlet left Fulham for a 2 season loan at Marseille before joining Wolfsburg of Germany for free in 2005. His time in Germany was another failure and he returned to France with Lorient after just one season. He was released by Lorient in 2007 after a disappointing season and he ended his career with spells at French sides Aubervilliers and Red Star (his first team) before retiring .

18. Franck Leboeuf (Defender)


The cultured centre back was another experienced international having made his debut in 1995 and provided the assist for Vieira’s goal in the final. He earned 50 caps over 7 years and won the European Championship in 2000 and World Cup in 1998 where he marked Brazilian star Ronaldo out of the game. His club career saw him make his name in France with Laval and Strasbourg before he joined English side Chelsea. Enjoyed a good 5 years in London establishing a reputation as a penalty taker and outstanding passer. Left in the summer of 2001 for Marseille before retiring in 2005 after spells with Al-Sadd and Al Wakrah in Qatar. Following retirement, he has done some acting in plays and films.

19. Christian Karembeu (Midfielder)


Another experienced campaigner, Karembeu played at right back for the game against the Japanese. He made his debut for France in 1992 and went on to make 53 appearances with the solitary goal. His club career began in France with Nantes before he embarked on a tour of Europe with spells at Sampdoria of Italy, Spanish giants Real Madrid (where he won 2 Champions League titles), Middlesbrough of England, Olympaicos of Greece and Swiss side Servette FC. He finished his career with a season back in France with Bastia before retiring in 2006. Following his retirement, Karembeu has been very active having done some scouting for teams like Portsmouth and Arsenal, television presenting in France and charity work around the world. He was recently appointed to an administrative role at former side Olympiacos.


2. Willy Sagnol (Defender)


An unused substitute in the final, right back Sagnol made his international debut in 2000 and went on to make 58 appearances over 8 years which could have been more had it not been for the presence of Lilian Thuram. Sagnol’s club career began at local side St Etienne before he earned a move to Monaco with whom he won a league title in his final season at the club. Sagnol joined German giants Bayern Munich in the summer of 2000 and went on to win 5 league titles, 4 German Cups, 2 League Cups and a Champions League all while establishing himself as a key component of the Bayern team. He was forced to retire while at Bayern in February 2009 due to recurring Achilles injuries.

5. Nicolas Gillet (Defender)


Another unused substitute in the final, centre back Gillet only made one appearance for the national team which came earlier in the tournament against Australia. His club career has been spent exclusively in France where he spent 7 years in the Nantes first team (winning the league title in 2001) before spells with Lens, Le Havre and Angers. He is currently without a club following his release from Angers.

10. Eric Carriere (Midfielder)


Playmaker (and, yes, he is the star of that photo) Carriere was brought on as a substitute for Djorkaeff after 65 minutes in the final. He made his international debut earlier in 2001 but only amassed 10 caps in 5 years although he did score 5 times for the national team. Carriere made his name in France alongside Gillet at Nantes and was also a part of the title winning side of 2001. He joined Lyon in 2001 and went on to win the title in each of his 3 seasons at the club before joining Lens in 2004 who he stayed with until 2008 when they were relegated. His final club was Dijon who he spent 2 seasons with before he retired in 2010.

12. Gregory Coupet (Goalkeeper)


Coupet was another unused substitute in the final but had only made his international debut earlier in the tournament in the game against Australia at the age of 28. His international career continued for another 7 years but he was never able to truly cement his place as outright number 1 which explains his meager total of 34 caps despite his club form and fan backing. His club career began at St Etienne before he joined their rivals Lyon in 1997. This decision was a good one for Coupet as he went on to play more than 500 games for the club and won 7 league titles and was a regular in the Champions League (as well as making a ridiculous double save at the Nou Camp). Coupet left Lyon in 2008 for Spain and Atletico Madrid. However, his time in Madrid did not go well as he only played times in the league and returned to France after just one season. He joined PSG in 2009 which turned out to be his final club as he retired in 2011.

13. Mikael Silvestre (Defender)


Versatile defender Silvestre was an unused substitute in the final and had only made his debut a few months before the tournament. He amassed 40 caps in 5 years, scoring twice for France. He shot to prominence at Rennes where his form earned him a move to Italian giants Inter Milan. He only spent a season in Italy before joining Manchester United in 1999. He was at United for 9 years during which time he played over 300 games and won 5 league titles, a league cup, FA Cup and Champions League. He left for Arsenal in 2008 but his playing time was limited at the Emirates and he only made 26 league appearances in his two seasons. He joined German side Werder Bremen in 2010 where he spent two years before being released in the summer of 2012. He had a few offers before deciding to join Portland Timbers of the MLS in time for the 2013 season.

14. Frederic Nee (Striker)


Striker Nee was another unused substitute and like Gillet only made one appearance for the national side which was against Australia earlier in the tournament. His club career was spent entirely in France as he began with two years at Caen which earned him a move to Bastia in 1998. His form at Bastia started to earn him admirers before he became the highest scoring Frenchman in the 2000-01 Ligue 1 season (and 3rd overall). This earned him his international call-up as well as a move to French giants Lyon. His two years at Lyon were a disappointment with Nee only managing 3 league goals over the seasons. He returned to Bastia in 2003 but he wasn’t nearly as prolific as before and he retired due to recurring injuries in 2007.

15. Jeremie Brechet (Defender)


The youngest player in the squad at just 21 years old, Brechet was another unused substitute against Japan. He only made 3 appearances for the national team between 2001 and 2003. His club career began at French giants Lyon and he made his professional debut in 1998. During his 5 years at the club he managed to win 2 league titles before he agreed a move to Italian giants Inter Milan in 2003. His Inter career began solidly but due to a change in coach and injuries, Brechet only made 9 league appearances and left for Real Sociedad in 2004. His time in Spain was also blighted by injury and he only made 20 appearances in 2 seasons. He returned to France in 2006 with FC Sochaux and was quickly made captain. He remained injury-free picking up 2 league cups before joining Dutch giants PSV. Despite a solid season in Holland he returned to Sochaux because of family reasons and continued to put in solid performances. He was released in the summer of 2012 and picked up by Troyes where he still plays.

16. Olivier Dacourt (Midfielder)


Another unused substitute, Dacourt had made his international debut earlier in the torunament against South Korea. He would go on to make 21 appearances in 3 years with a solitary goal. His club career began at Strasbourg where he enjoyed 5 years in the first team before moving to England with Everton. Despite a good season on Merseyside, he returned to France with Lens. He was on the move again the next summer as he became the record signing at Leeds in the summer of 2000. He quickly became a fan favourite but despite this Leeds quickly fell into financial difficulty and a falling out with Terry Venables led to Dacourt joining Roma in 2003, first on loan and then permanently. He enjoyed 3 good years at Roma before joining Inter Milan on a Bosman in 2006. He was key to their 2007 Scudetto success due to injuries to Patrick Vieira before he got a serious injury in late 2007. After his recovery, he discovered he was low down on the pecking order and joined Fulham on a short term loan. It wasn’t a successful one and he joined Belgian side Standard Liege in 2009 before leaving after a season and reitiring.

20. Zoumana Camara (Defender)


Another who made his only international appearance in the tournament game against Australia, Camara was an unused substitute against Japan. His club career began at 17 with St Etienne where he spent 2 seasons in the first team before joining Italian giants Inter Milan. He only managed a couple of appearances for Inter and spent two spells on loan at Empoli and Bastia. He returned to France in 2000 with Marseille but left for Lens after 18 months. He left Lens on loan after only 6 months to play for Leeds but didn’t play regularly and he blasted Leeds for being in such a poor position financially. He returned to St Etienne in 2004 and had 3 good seasons before joining PSG in 2007. He has been a regular thorughout most of his time in Paris and still plays for the club.

21. Christophe Dugarry (Striker)


Another experienced member of the World Cup and European Championship victories, Dugarry was an unused substitute against Japan. He made his international debut in 1994 and earned 55 caps and scored 8 times in 8 years for France. His club career began at Bordeaux where his performances earned him a move to Italian giants AC Milan. He only managed 5 league goals and left for Spanish giants Barcelona a year later. He only spent 6 disappointing months in Barcelona before returning to Marseille in January 1998. He returned to Bordeaux in 2000 before joining English side Birmingham City in 2003, first on loan and then permanently. He is loved by Birmingham fans for a run of 5 goals in 5 games which stopped them getting relegated during his loan. His permanent move wasn’t as successful but he still managed to get in the Birmingham City Hall of Fame. He joined Qatar SC in 2004 but didn’t make an appearance for them and retired in 2005.

22. Laurent Robert (Midfielder)


Winger Robert was brought on for Marlet in the 58th minute against Japan and this would prove to be one his last appearances for France. He made his debut in 1999 but played just 9 times in 2 years with a solitary goal against Turkey. Robert began his club career at Montpellier with his form earning him a move to PSG in 1999. His performances earned him a move to England in 2001 with Newcastle United for £9.5 million. His time at Newcastle saw him become a fan favourite and establish a reputation for being a long shot and set piece specialist. However, his public falling out with management led to his departure in 2005 on loan to Portsmouth. He finally left Newcastle permanently in 2006 for Portuguese giants Benfica. He left in the summer of 2006 and then had uninspiring spells with Levante in Spain, Derby County, Toronto FC in the MLS and Larissa of Greece before his retirement in 2009.

23. Mickael Landreau (Goalkeeper)


Keeper Landreau was another unused substitute and had also made his debut earlier in the tournament against Mexico. He has won 11 caps for France since 2001 which have been infrequent. Beginning his career at Nantes, Landreau drew interest from around Europe. He was named club captain at just 19 and was key to their league title win in 2001. He left Nantes on a free in 2006 and after over 400 games for PSG. He was the undisputed number 1 during his time in Paris but the signing of Coupet in 2009 led to Landreau joining Lille. While at Lille Landreau was a key component of their title winning side however he left in December 2012 due to a strained relationship with the sporting director. He joined current side Bastia in January 2013.


Roger Lemerre


A former French international defender in the late 60s/early 70s, Lemerre had been French coach since just after the 1998 World Cup (where he was Aime Jacquet’s assistant). He maintained the success winning Euro 2000 and the 2001 Confederations Cup. He was sacked following their abysmal performance in the 2002 World Cup. He was soon hired by Tunisia and guided them to the 2004 African Cup of Nations and the 2006 World Cup. He was sacked in 2008 and then had spells with Morocco and Ankaragucu of Turkey. Last managed CS Constantine of Algeria, a post he left in the summer of 2013.

There, folks, is what happened to the 2001 Confederations Cup champions. I would like to apologise for the fact that this is a day late due to being busy. So, sorry.

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