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Bixente Lizarazu ( , ) (born Vicente Lizarazu on December 9, 1969 in Saint-Jean-de-Luzmarker, Pays Basque, Francemarker) is a former football left defender for Bayern Munich and three other professional teams, as well as the French national team. Being such a successful French player he is now a footballing legend in France and is widely considered as one of the greatest left backs of all time.

Football Career

Lizarazu (nicknamed "Liza"), of Basque descent, has been capped 97 times for France (for the first time on November 14 1992 against Finland), scoring two goals, and helped them win the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. He has won six Bundesliga championships with Bayern Munich, as well as five German Cups, the Champions League, and the Intercontinental Cup. During his second spell with Bayern Munich in 2005 and 2006, Lizarazu wore the shirt number 69. Clarifying that it wasn't a lewd gesture, he said this was because he was born in 1969, his height is 1.69m and he weighed 69 kg.

Before moving to Germanymarker, Lizarazu played for Girondins de Bordeaux, where he played in the 1996 UEFA Cup final against Bayern; and Athletic Bilbao. He said he would leave Bayern in the 2004 offseason, and eventually signed with Olympique Marseille. However, six months after signing with Marseille, he returned to Bayern Munich in January 2005.

He has been threatened by the Basque terrorist group, ETA, alleged for not giving money to the organization, what the terrorists called the "revolutionary tax". He also has a stadium named after him in the French Basque country, the "Stade Bixente-Lizarazu" (former "Belcenia Stadium"). His fiancée was French singer and actress Elsa Lunghini for seven years and he has a son named Tximista with his ex-wife Stéphanie.

Lizarazu announced his retirement from football on April 30, 2006 four days after former teammate Zinedine Zidane. He ends his career with the distinction of the most decorated French player in history.

Post-Retirement Activities

After retirement, Lizarazu got involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He competed in a Jiu-Jitsu competition in Europe in 2009, where he was named European champion.

Career statistics



International Goals



Honours

  • Club:
1988-89 Girondins de Bordeaux Division 1 16 0
1989-90 38 2
1990-91 35 2
1991-92 33 0
1992-93 35 4
1993-94 32 9
1994-95 32 2
1995-96 23 3

1996-97 Athletic Bilbao La Liga 16 0

1997-98 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 11 0
1998-99 18 2
1999-00 22 1
2000-01 15 0
2001-02 25 1
2002-03 26 2
2003-04 26 1

2004-05 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 14 0

2004-05 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 13 0
2005-06 18 0
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Date
Venue
Opponent
Score
Result
Competition
1.
November 15, 1995
Stade Michel d'Ornanomarker, Caenmarker, Francemarker
2 – 0
2 – 0
UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
2.
June 18, 1998
Stade de Francemarker, Saint-Denis, Francemarker
4 – 0
4 – 0
1998 FIFA World Cup






Record

After winning the Intercontinental Cup in late 2001 with Bayern, Lizarazu was European Champion and World Champion on both club-level (with Bayern) and national level (with the national squad). This was the first time in history one player held such a record.

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