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Jérôme Rothen (pronounced "Ro-tan") (born 31 March 1978 in Châtenay-Malabry, Parismarker) is a Frenchmarker footballer, who plays as a left winger for Rangers on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

Rothen has won 13 caps for the French national team and he competed at the Euro 2004 tournament. He also won the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup with France.

Rothen has won the Coupe de France once with PSG, as well as the Coupe de la Ligue twice with PSG and Monaco.

He is a skilled winger who specialises in free kicks, crossing and passing.

Club career

Early career

Rothen underwent training at the famous Clairefontaine National Football Academymarker in France.

SM Caen

He started his career with SM Caen.

Troyes

He then played for Troyes AC under Alain Perrin.

AS Monaco

He was brought to AS Monaco on 1 January 2002 for €5 million. Rothen was one of the stars of the Monaco side that reached the 2004 final of the Champions League, in May 2004.

Paris Saint-Germain

A native of Parismarker, he fulfilled a childhood dream when he signed for the capital side Paris Saint-Germain in 2004 for €11 million.

Rangers

On 1 September 2009 Rothen agreed to join Rangers on a one-year loan deal from PSG. He made his debut for the club on 12 September 2009 against Motherwell. He made his first appearance in the Champions league for Rangers in their 1-1 draw away to Stuttgart. He had a poor game against FC Unirea Urziceni and has struggled to get into the team since. In November 2009 Rothen was sent back to Paris to receive treatment for suspected swine flu.

International career

Rothen made his debut on 29 March 2003 against Malta

He was a member of the French national squad at Euro 2004, where he made a brief substitute appearance in their defeat by Greece in the quarter-finals. Rothen's loss of form since moving from Monaco to PSG meant he was not considered for a place in France's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. He was recalled to the squad for Euro 2008 qualifying and, on 10 October 2007, marked his comeback with a superbly taken free-kick against the Faroe Islands.

International goals

Scores and results list France's goal tally first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 October 2007 Tórshavnmarker, Faroe Islandsmarker 4–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying


Autobiography

On 8 October 2008, Jérôme Rothen published his autobiography You're Not Going To Believe Me. The book has generated significant attention in the media, notably for its description of an incident concerning Zinédine Zidane, his former teammate in the France national team.

According to Rothen, the incident occurred during the second leg of Monaco's 2004 Champions League quarter-final win over Real Madrid. Monaco had overturned a 4-2 first leg deficit, and were 3-1 up with seconds left to play when Zidane tackled Rothen from behind. "It was a foul and I went down, admittedly I made a bit more of it, but anyone would have done the same, as we were trying to buy some seconds," Rothen wrote. "Zidane leant over me and said: 'Get up, you son of a bitch.'"

The expression Rothen claims Zidane used, 'fils de pute', is a variation on what Marco Materazzi is alleged to have said to Zidane before the head-butt that proved the iconic moment of the 2006 World Cup final. "I was surprised but put it down to his frustration, and I expected him to apologise at the end of the game, but he said nothing," Rothen continued. "I thought the next time we saw each other with the France team he would say sorry, and then it would be forgotten, but he didn't and that disappointed me."

In a subsequent interview with the French newspaper L'Equipe, Rothen stated he did not intend to smear Zidane's image by publicizing the incident. He also denies having received pressure from the latter's camp to remove the offending passage, as had been reported in the press.

Honours

AS Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain

France national team

References

  1. "Rangers tie up Rothen deal" BBC Sport website (1 September 2009)
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/8380757.stm
  3. France 6-0 Malta FFF.Fr
  4. Ben Lyttleton, "Why is Zizou so riled about a PSG winger's autobiography?", The Guardian, 1 October 2008
  5. Jérôme Rothen, «You're Not Going To Believe Me», Peoplestar.tv, 7 October 2008
  6. "Rothen :«Pas voulu salir Zidane»", L'Equipe, 6 October 2008, Retrieved on 6 December 2008.


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