[ Joined United for £7.8 million ]
[ Goalkeeper 28]
[ Dob 28/6/1971 ]
[ signed May 2000 ]
[ 183cm 6ft 0" ]
[ 76kg 12s 0lbs ]
[Debut: ?/?/2000 ?]
[Born: Lavelanet, France]
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- International caps for France 32
The acrobatic goalkeeper won his first senior cap with France on 26 May 1994, in a 1-0 friendly win in Japans Kirin Cup over Australia.
- The son of a top-class rugby player, Fabien Barthez
started his career in professional football with Toulouse FC,playing for them from 1989 to 1992.
- He then joined Olympique Marseille, and won the European
Cup at the end of his first season, 1992/93.
- In 1995 he joined AS Monaco, and helped them to win the
French League Championship in 1997.
- In the following season, Barthez and Monaco knocked
Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League.
The sides drew 0-0 in Monte Carlo and then 1-1 at Old
Trafford to send the French side through on away goals.
- In the summer of 1998, Barthez claimed the greatest prize
of all, a World Cup winners' medal. The goalkeeper was
instrumental in France's triumph on home soil, conceding
only two goals in the final tournament.
- He then won a second League Championship with AS
Monaco in 1999/2000.
- Barthez, France's most popular sports personality, from Monaco for 7.8
million pounds. The bald-headed Monaco goalkeeper, widely regarded as the world's best,
ended an on-off transfer saga dating back to Peter Schmeichel's departure from United by
signing for the world's richest soccer club.
- Barthez, a larger than life figure whose popularity has transcended his
sport, has the profile to
succeed at United.
- Despite the difference in their playing positions, Barthez can become as
popular at Old Trafford as Eric ''King'' Cantona, his talismanic compatriot who in the
mid-1990s helped coach Alex Ferguson spark the brilliant run of success enjoyed by United in
Part of the defence on wich France built their World Cup success, Barthez
World Cup winners Marcel Desailly, Frank Leboeuf and Didier Deschamps to
England where the trio have been playing for Chelsea.
Barthez's profile is higher and after the World Cup success he
quickly found his way into the homes of all his countrymen on the cover of magazines with his
top-model girlfriend Linda Evangelista and in ads for the McDonald's fast food chain.
He has an agent dealing with huge numbers of advertising propositions who
said: ''Barthez is
only 28. He still has another World Cup in front of him, or even two. So
we've adopted a plan so he doesn't burn his wings too fast.''
Only the issues of Paris Match magazine dedicated to the deaths of former
president Francois Mitterrand and Princess Diana sold more than the 1.1 million copies with
the shaven-headed Barthez on the cover.
Made his debut in top division with Toulouse on September 21, 91 v Nancy, Played at Olympique Marseille (92/95), Transferred then to Monaco with whom he won the French league title in 97
Won the European Champion Clubs Cup with Marseille against Milan in 93, Stayed with Marseille after their relegation in 94 and helped them win the French second division title in 95
Suspended for four months (two suspended) in January 96 after testing positive for cannabis (03/10/95)
1971: Born June 28, Lavelanet
1990: Joins Toulouse as a teenager.
1991: Makes debut away to Nancy in September as a 20-year-old.
1992: Moves to Marseille.
1993: Wins European Cup with Marseille as 21-year-old, although they are
later stripped of the title following a bribery scandal.
1994: Stays loyal to Marseille after they are sent down to Division Two
because of the scandal.
1995: Wins French Division Two with Marseille only a season after being
relegated from the top flight.
1995: Leaves Marseille to join Monaco.
1996: January, suspended for four months - two months suspended - after
testing positive for cannabis
1997: Monaco win French championship.
1998: Concedes just two goals as France win the World Cup on home soil.
1999-2000: Keeps four clean sheets in his six Euro 2000 qualifying matches.
2000: Wins second French championship with Monaco and voted best goalkeeper
in French First Division, but is involved in major bust-up with coach
Claude Puel after a match against Marseille. Rumours link him with moves to
Manchester United and Barcelona.
2000: May 29, leaves France's Euro 2000 training camp to ''sort out his
future'' and heads for Manchester to discuss a move to Old Trafford.
2000: May 30, joins Manchester United on a six-year deal for £7.8m, a
British record for a goalkeeper.
10 Ten Goalkeeper Transfers Of All Time
£10.5m - A Peruzzi, Juventus to Inter Milan,June 1999
£7.8m - F Barthez, Monaco to Manchester United, May 2000
£7.5m - G Pagliuca, Sampdoria to Inter Milan, August 1994
£6m - L Marchegiani, Torino to Lazio, July 1993,
E van der Saar, Ajax to Juventus, May 1999
£4.5m - M Taibi, Venezia to Manchester United, August 1999
£4m - S Westerveld, Vitesse Arnhem to Liverpool, June 1999
£3.3m - S Simonsen, Tranmere to Everton, September 1998
£2.25m - N Martyn, Crystal Palace to Leeds, April 1997
Ferguson BarthezF Beckham Berg Blomqvist
Bosnich Brown Butt Clegg Curtis
Cole Fortune Greening Giggs
Keane May NevilleG
NevilleP Schmeichel Scholes Sheringham Silvestre Solskjaer Stam Taibi
Van der Gouw Yorke
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