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Olivier Dacourt

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Position Midfielder
Born 25 Sep 1974, Montreuil-sous-Bois (France)
Height 175 cm
Weight 72 kg
International Caps France: 17 full, ? U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Strasbourg   07 Aug 1998 127 4 £4000000
Everton 07 Aug 1998 29 Jun 1999 36 3 £6500000
Lens 29 Jun 1999 15 May 2000     £7200000
Leeds United 15 May 2000 10 Jul 2003 82 3 £3500000
AS Roma 08 Jan 2003       on loan
AS Roma 10 Jul 2003        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2000 - 2001 33 3 1   0   14   0  
2001 - 2002 16(1)   0   2   6   0  
2002 - 2003 4(3)   0   0   2   0  
Total 53(4) 3 1   2   22   0  

Jabba's Comments

Dacourt's previous sojourn in England was brief, but he left a big impression. In an Everton team that seemed desperate to get itself relegated, he battled hard and helped keep them up, but as transfer rumours took hold, the fans got on his back a little. He took the battling a bit far - picking up 14 yellow cards in a season (his only red card came in a 0-0 draw at Goodison against Leeds). In 1999-2000 season he was part of the Lens side that made it to the UEFA Cup semi-final, where they went out to Arsenal.

His first season at Elland Road was an outstanding success, with his performances in the centre of the park improving as the year went on - notably when David Batty returned from injury. Olly had yet another problematic year from a disciplinary point of view - picking up a card on average every three games - but was unlucky to be cautioned on several occasions, and his overall contribution and improvement was recognised by France when he received his first cap in the Confederations Cup tournament in summer 2001.

In 2001-02 he continued to play a major role in the midfield as Leeds got off to an excellent start in the league and managed - just - to keep a UEFA Cup run going. He injured his shoulder at Blackburn in early December - and his absence was keenly felt as points that should have been won were dropped and Leeds stumbled in the league and the FA Cup. He returned at the start of February but was injured again by the end of March and missed the rest of the season. His agent spent much of that time and half the summer putting about rumours and counter-rumours saying how happy his client was to stay in Leeds, a city he loves, and how much his client was looking forward to playing for Roma...errr...Lazio...err....Juve should they ever make a formal bid for his services. The bid never materialised and Dacourt started the 2002-03 season on the bench against Manchester City.

More agent-led chat followed in 2002-03 and after an article in a French paper in which he seemed to criticise the club, the manager and his fellow players, his relationship with Terry Venables went from bad to impossible, and he was shipped out on loan to AS Roma for the remainder of the season where he has - thus far - struggled to make much of an impression.

Shahir Naga says: Olly is one of the best midfielders actually. Deserves his place in France team alongside Zidane, Vieira and Petit. His haircut suits him very much!!

George Hartson says: Olivier Dacourt belongs to the rare and invaluable group of midfielders who fight till the bitter end, without complaints or even a thought of giving up.

Debbie Colbeck says: Funniest moment seen on a football pitch for a long time - an Oscar winning Maritimo player flat on his back with Ollie shaking both Portugese's legs in an effort to prove he wasn't injured. Hilarious!

Philippe Michel says: Hello! My name is Philippe, I'm French and Dacourt is one of my favourite players. I've even seen Dacourt play when he was at Lens. I've spoken with him : he is too cool!

Matt Podbury says: I'm a big Leeds fan and wanted to get as many French players autographs for my father in law's (he's french!) 50th birthday. Sent off to Arsenal, Man U (gulp!!) and of course Olly. The only one with a swift reply and a fetching autographed photo was our man himself. Well done Msr Dacourt, Merci Beaucoup.

"His biggest French fan" says: I like him very much, he's the best and the most handsome football player in the world. He plays as good as Zidane or Beckham.

Thomas Fullard says: Hello I'm Olivier Dacourt's brother. Well according to my friends and family we were. Maybe I'm his long lost brother?

H From Flowserve says: recently I purchased at an auction, a signed photo, which Olivier kindly provided, for 10 pounds. Unfortunately I got very drunk and lost it. Now I'm so unhappy, life's not fair.

Anon says: I work at Manchester airport. I unfortunately didn't have a clue who dacourt was and charged him for his excess baggage when he was checking in for his flight! Someone later told me who he was and now I feel awful!

K says: Does ne 1 no the likes n dislikes of Olivier Dacourt?

Gemma says: Bonjour ca va? Ha ha only takin da p@@@! Olly i tnk ur class!!!! Rock on honey luv Gem xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Vinh says: Olivier is a good football player, since a long time. We were at school together when we were about 13 years old, during 2 years, in the same classroom. Olivier, if you read this message, maybe you will remember several things, such as our dear Mr Leroy, or about your girfriend "V.." ;-) I just want to congratulate you for your succeed in football. An old friend Vinh

harry kewell says: yes i did meet him when i decorated his house. He was an amazing guy and had a good sense of humour

stormy says: Mark is cute, but unfortuantly he is married with a child. I hope he is happy and shows us by his performance on the pitch. What skill he displayed at west ham.

Danica says: i am the no1 dacourt fan and ive met him once he's lovely i sent him a birthday card and he sent me an autograph i cried with happiness when i got it. dacourt rules

Seb Arbogast says: I spend two years of my life with him in a boarding school specially dedicate for football. He's a really smart guy and a an expectional player.......congratulation old friends

Danny says: I am a passionate Roma supporters and as many of you know by now, Dacourt's very close to buying a one way ticket for the Italian capital. I'm not too familiar with this player and am wondering whether he is worthy of replacing names such as Emerson, Tommasi or Lima who presently make up the Roma midfield. Can anyone fill me in?

caesar says: forza roma!!!

Alan says: Hi my name is Alan. despite my name (my father is english) i was born in rome.I am a ASR ULTRAS and if we got DACOURT is because from the begginning of the year the midfield is not strong enough..Emerson plays in our midfield and if this french man reveals himself as a surprise there is no doubt that he will play... I am glad that you support Roma, we are passionate, we always sing without making difference from winning and losing...In march i am going to highbury to watch the match and i'll hope that we'll have revenge!!!!!!!!! FORZA ROMA VENI VIDI VICI (I've come, i saw i conquer)... Hope of hearing from you gladiator soon thanx fro your attention...

RomanoDeRoma says: ROMA CAPUT MUNDI...tutte le strade portano a Roma...chiedetelo a Dacourt!!! Dacourt is a good player,but TOTTI is the "King"

Bee says: Goodbye,Dacourt I love you!! You're amazing football player!!! I have no idea why they let you go. By the way, wherever you're go, i'll still be your big fan forever..Dacourt, smile!!! (remerber that i told you when we met in Thailand's airport, i bet, you don't but i do)

danica says: dacourt hope ure enjoying ure time at roma but dont 4get ure elland road fanz we want u bac!

mr battys wallet says: before you go ollie can you give that leeds player you owe 4 grand ...for losing at cards his cash back he is getting on a bit afterall

Shahir N says: Finally he got his place in the French National team! he deserved to be there earlier though. He's certainly the best defensive midfielder for "les bleus".Warning 2all countries competing in Euro.."watch out the lethal midfield "Dacourt - Pires - Vieira - Zidane"..the likes of Gerrard, Beckham or Emre, Sas or watever crap is surely of no match..

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