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Louis Laurent Saha (born 8 August 1978 in Parismarker) is a Frenchmarker international football. He plays for the Englishmarker Premier League club Everton.

Club career

Metz

Louis Saha began his career with Metz in 1996, before going on loan to Newcastle United in 1999. At Newcastle Saha scored once against Coventry City in 11 league games, also scoring once in Newcastle's run to the 1999 FA Cup Final with the only goal in the fifth round clash with Blackburn Rovers. Saha was however left out of the cup final squad entirely by manager Ruud Gullit. He returned to Metz where he netted 5 goals in 47 matches in a 2 year spell.

Fulham

He was transferred to Fulham for £2.1 million in 2000. During a spell of nearly four years at the club, he scored 63 goals in total. In the promotion campaign of 2000–01 he scored 27 goals to fire Fulham into the Premier League.

During his first month in the top flight Saha was named Premier League Player of the Month. He scored nine goals in 44 appearances in all competitions, including scoring twice in games against Manchester United and Chelsea. He was less prolific in 2002–03, scoring seven goals. In his final season at Fulham he contributed fifteen goals in only 22 appearances before leaving in the winter transfer window.

Manchester United

Saha was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of £12.8 million in 2004 having scored 15 goals so far that season and impressing Alex Ferguson in Fulham's 3–1 win at Old Trafford. Fulham were reluctant to sell Saha but he pushed for a deal and it eventually went through on 23 January 2004.

Saha impressed early, with 7 goals in his 10 starting appearances of the 2003–04 season and scoring on his debut against Southampton. In the next match, versus Everton, Saha and Ruud van Nistelrooy each scored two goals in a 4–3 win. On 28 February, he faced his former team for the first time, scoring the only goal for United in a 1–1 draw.

He then got an international call-up for French national team, scoring on his debut versus Belgium and made the Euro 2004 squad for the tournament in Portugalmarker. Unfortunately, he was unable to play in the FA Cup final win over Millwall, being cup-tied due to an earlier appearance with Fulham.

The 2004–05 season was a stop-start season marred by constant injury. Saha never really got going making only 11 starting appearances, 11 from the bench and scoring two goals. In September, he picked up a knee injury playing for France against the Faroe Islands which cost him a month. Then in November he picked up the injury again, also playing for the national side and costing nearly two months out. At the end of February 2005, the problem recurred, again leaving Saha out for a further two months. With serious doubts over fitness, his long term future at Old Traffordmarker was highly uncertain. The Frenchman was again sidelined by a hamstring strain for the first three months of the new season and there was talk of him leaving in the January transfer window.

He finally returned in November 2005 and eased back into side as a sub, making appearances in League Cup matches. To the surprise of many, the French striker recaptured his initial good form and started banging in the goals. Six goals in the League Cup run saw him usurping Ruud van Nistelrooy as the first choice strike partner for Wayne Rooney. Saha was named a starter, over van Nistelrooy, in the final against Wigan Athletic, and scored a goal. For the remainder of the season, Saha was commonly picked in place of the Dutch striker. Saha scored 15 goals during the 2005–06 season and was chosen by Ferguson to partner alongside Rooney for the next season, after van Nistelrooy's exit for Real Madrid during the summer transfer window.

Louis Saha playing for Manchester United
Saha began the 2006–07 season in great form, scoring only seven minutes into the first game versus Fulham. In December 2006, he signed an extension to his contract lasting to 2010, though soon after began suffering from more injury problems. Groin and hamstring injuries restricted appearances and meant he only scored one goal in the 2nd half of the season. He returned as substitute at Roma but then soon picked up a knee injury. Saha's excellent pre-Christmas form had led to him bagging 15 goals in all competitions.

In the 2007–08 season, Saha returned from injury and came as a substitute against Sunderland, scoring the winning goal. On 23 September 2007, Saha won and converted a penalty against Chelsea in Chelsea's first game with Avram Grant in charge. This earned Saha a recall to the French national team after a year out.

Against Arsenal, Saha came on to replace the under-performing Carlos Tévez in a 2–2 draw. He was key in setting up a goal as Cristiano Ronaldo gave United a 2-1 lead. Saha continued to make appearances off the bench, but when Wayne Rooney was ruled out for a few weeks he partnered Tévez up front. He started on December 26, Boxing Day. Manchester United won the game 4–0 and Saha scored two goals including a penalty to lift Manchester United to 1st position in the Premiership.

Saha made his return in an FA Cup clash versus Arsenal on 16 February 2008. The following weekend, Saha came on as a substitute for Ronaldo, scoring the final goal in a 5–1 rout of Newcastle United. After returning to nearly full fitness, Saha's injury haunts returned and forced him off with a hamstring complaint during United's win over Bolton at Old Trafford, where Saha had been looking good, causing the defense various problems. Saha was ruled out for several weeks, missing key games. In the final game of the Premier League season against Wigan Athletic, Saha was named as a substitute, but played no part in the game. In May 2008, Saha admitted that he believed his United career was in doubt. Despite his desire to stay and love for the club, he was unsure of what the future held for him at Old Trafford.

Despite struggling with injuries in parts of the 2004–05 and latter parts of the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, Saha still contributed 42 goals in all competitions for Manchester United in 120 appearances for the club and often assisted in setting up goals with some slick passes throughout his career with the Red Devils.

Everton

Saha joined Everton for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year 'pay-as-you-play' deal. Not match-fit at his time of signing, Saha offered to train without being paid whilst injured. He made his Everton debut on 22 September coming on as a substitute in a league game away to Hull City, before scoring his first goal against his former club Fulham at Goodison Parkmarker on 1 November. On 16 May 2009, Everton scored 3 goals in four minutes to come from 1-0 behind to win the game 3-1. Lescott got the first and the Saha scored a brace to seal the 3-1 win over West Ham United at Upton Parkmarker. He returned from injury with a stunning goal against West Bromwich Albion, his fourth goal of the season. During his celebration he ran up to Joleon Lescott who was on the bench. The following week at Goodison Parkmarker, Saha came off the bench at half-time in the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough. With Everton trailing 1–0, his introduction helped to turn the game around and he scored Everton's winner as they went on to win 2–1 and reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1995. On 16 May 2009, Everton had to again come from behind the beat West Ham, this time at home. Saha again scored twice as Everton won the match 3-1 and gave Saha his 4th goal in two games for the season against West Ham. On 30 May 2009, Saha scored the fastest FA Cup final goal in history against Chelsea after 25 seconds in the 2009 FA Cup Final, however Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1. This broke Bob Chatt's record which was set 114 years earlier in the 1895 Final.. It was also the fastest goal in any match at the new Wembley Stadium, beating the previous record by Gianpaolo Pazzini in March 2007 in an U-21 international for Italy.

For the 2009-10 season Saha changed his shirt number from 9 to 8. He scored his first goal of the season after coming on as a substitute on the opening day of the season against Arsenal in a 6-1 defeat at Goodisonmarker. He went on to score twice in Everton's opening Europa League Play-off round match against Sigma Olomouc in a 4-0 win., and twice again during the club's 3-0 home victory against Blackburn Roversmarker on 20 September. Saha then extended his run of goals to 7 goals in 7 games in all competitions scoring the winner in Everton's 1-0 win over Portsmouth on 26 September.

International career

Saha represented France at various youth levels and scored the winning goal in the 1997 European Under-19 Championships against Portugal.

It wasn't until 2004 that Saha finally earned his first full cap, marking his debut with a goal in a 2–0 victory over Belgium on February 18. That summer he was also selected for the Euro 2004 squad.

Saha contributed to France reaching the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final, but he was suspended for the final against Italy after receiving a yellow card during the semi-final victory over Portugal.

International Goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. February 18, 2004 King Baudouin Stadiummarker, Brusselsmarker, Belgiummarker
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match
2. May 28, 2004 Stade de la Mossonmarker, Montpelliermarker, Francemarker
3 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
3. September 2, 2006 Boris Paichadze Stadiummarker, Tbilisimarker, Georgiamarker
1 – 0
3 – 0
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4. October 11, 2006 Stade Auguste Bonalmarker, Montbéliardmarker, Francemarker
1 – 0
5 – 0
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying


Honours

Fulham



Manchester United



Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Metz 1997–98 21 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 24 1
1998–99 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
1999–2000 23 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 4
Total 47 5 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 54 5
Newcastle United (loan) 1999–2000 11 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Fulham 2000–01 43 27 1 0 4 5 0 0 0 0 48 32
2001–02 36 8 6 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 44 9
2002–03 17 5 3 1 0 0 8 1 0 0 28 7
2003–04 21 13 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 15
Total 117 53 11 3 6 6 8 1 0 0 142 63
Manchester United 2003–04 12 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 14 7
2004–05 14 1 2 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 22 2
2005–06 19 7 4 2 5 6 2 0 0 0 30 15
2006–07 24 8 2 1 0 0 8 4 0 0 34 13
2007–08 17 5 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 24 5
Total 86 28 10 3 9 7 19 4 0 0 124 42
Everton 2008–09 24 6 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 29 8
2009–10 12 8 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 16 10
Total 36 14 3 2 2 0 4 2 0 0 45 18
Career total 297 101 25 9 18 13 37 7 0 0 376 130


Statistics accurate as of match played 25 November 2009

References

  1. Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup


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