Patrice Evra
Professional footballer
Patrice Evra
Patrice Latyr Evra is a French international footballer who plays for English club Manchester United in the Premier League and the France national team. Originally an attacker, he primarily plays as a left back and is described as "the classic example of a modern full-back" who is renowned for his "pace, athleticism, and determination".
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Evra old cool head for Marseille dressing room
Yahoo News - 27 days
Former France full-back Patrice Evra indicated Thursday he saw himself as the old cool head to stabilise Marseille after joining the club from Juventus. "I am someone who looks after the wellbeing of the dressing room," said the 81-cap, 35-year-old former Manchester United star, who has been released from the last six months of his contract with Juve. "That is my first objective," Evra told a press conference officially unveiling him.
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Wake up France! Iceland next, says Evra
Yahoo News - 8 months
By Patrick Vignal PARIS (Reuters) - France, who have earned a reputation for leaving it late at this European Championship, would be well-advised to wake up early when they face Iceland for a place in the semi-finals, veteran defender Patrice Evra warned on Thursday. "We keep scaring ourselves, we're crazy," Evra said. "Yes, that's true," said the Juventus player, in line to win his 78th cap against Iceland.
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Man United to renew bitter Premier League rivalry with Liverpool
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Wayne Rooney plans to send Jurgen Klopp into another frustrated touchline frenzy by ruining the Liverpool manager's first taste of his club's bitter rivalry with Manchester United. Klopp has proved a volatile presence during a series of touchline rows with rival managers since taking charge earlier this season and the fiery German's antics will bear watching closely in one of the most explosive fixtures on the Premier League calendar. From the CS gas attack by a Liverpool fan on Manchester United players and staff at Anfield in 1986, to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez racially abusing United's Patrice Evra in 2011, few meetings between these ancient enemies have passed off without a notable outpouring of hatred.
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Terror is Terror, Even If the Victim Wears Hijab
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I was watching an international soccer match when I saw the news of the horrific Paris Attacks come in through various sources on Twitter. I did not catch the exact second an explosion went on near Stade de France as my livestream was a bit choppy. But soon afterwards video was shared, and I saw the moment when the ball was at the feet of French footballer, Patrice Evra. Then the horrifying details and news reports came in. There are no words. And the world mourned, Toronto mourned. We mourned for the innocent victims from all faiths and backgrounds. We also heard of the stories of heroes, who went out of their way to help others. One of the men, is Muslim. I could not pull myself away from social media for the first few hours. It was agonizing to hear the updates of the events. I had a friend, hijab-wearing woman of Arab descent, attending the match. I was concerned for her safety in the group and I was also concerned for her being an identifiable Muslim. Thank God she was safe ...
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Fiorentina stay top as Roma dominate derby
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Fiorentina retained their grip on top spot in Serie A on Sunday with a 2-0 victory at Sampdoria while Roma beat derby rivals Lazio by the same scoreline to maintain their title challenge. Elsewhere, Napoli stayed in the hunt after Gonzalo Higuain scored his 200th career goal, his 64th for the Azzurri, in a 1-0 home win over Udinese. Champions Juventus, meanwhile, moved up to seventh place after goals from Mario Mandzukic, Patrice Evra and Paulo Dybala secured a second successive league win for the first time this season in a 3-1 victory at Empoli, where Massimo Maccarone hit a 19th minute opener.
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Patrice Evra: I will shake hands with Luis Suarez before the Champions League final but I will make my presence felt 
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Patrice Evra says he has no problem with Luis Suarez and will shake the Barcelona striker's hand before the Champions League final. Evra infamously snubbed Suarez in 2012.
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Tevez putting ghost of legend del Piero to rest
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Carlos Tevez lived up to his nickname of "Apache" so well this season that he is set to be the first Juventus player to finish Serie A top scorer since Alessandro del Piero in 2008. Juventus's all-round dominance in Italy's top flight was key to their fourth consecutive scudetto, but the influence of the 31-year-old Argentinan has been felt throughout the club and not just thanks to his 20 goals. "Tevez is an extraordinary striker," said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. Teammate Patrice Evra, who played alongside Tevez at Manchester United, admitted the Argentinian was crucial in him joining the club when he made the switch from Old Trafford last season.
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Patrice Evra: Sir Alex Ferguson told me I would make a great coach one day
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Juventus defender Patrice Evra has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him he would make a great coach one day during his time at Manchester United. The French left back enjoyed eight years at Old Trafford.
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Soccer-Juventus sign Frenchman Evra from Man United
Yahoo News - over 2 years
(Adds details, background, Evra quotes) July 21 (Reuters) - French left back Patrice Evra is leaving Manchester United after eight-and-a-half seasons to join Serie A champions Juventus, the Italian club said on Monday. Juventus will pay a further 300,000 pounds to United if they qualify for the 2015-16 Champions League. The move means the chance of Champions League football this season for Evra, who would have missed out on Europe's top club competition had he stayed at Old Trafford after their seventh-place finish in the Premier League.
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Manchester United Transfer News: Nemanja Vidic Wants to Stay, Says Mateja Kezman
Bleacher Report - about 3 years
Initial fears over Nemanja Vidic's future as a Manchester United player have been calmed by the defender's former international teammate, Mateja Kezman. The 34-year-old spoke in response to Vidic's agent, who recently said the veteran will not be renewing his contract at Old Trafford, which is due to expire at the end of the season. Eurosport's dedicated transfer account quotes Kezman: The former Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain forward appeared on talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Breakfast Show this week, where he added his two cents to the debate: I spoke to him (Vidic) a few months ago and he said then that he was waiting to see what will happen with his contract. I would give him a new contract. It’s true he’s not the player he was a few years ago, he’s a bit injury-prone, but he’s still a leader. Man United need him in the dressing room, around the young players. He’s not unhappy. He’s been there for years and would like to stay for another season. He loves th ...
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New man Suarez vows to stay out of trouble
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists he has finally learnt how to keep his explosive temper and cynical instincts under control. Suarez has played a key role in Liverpool's emergence as surprise contenders for the Premier League title this season after surviving one of the darkest periods of his controversial career. The Uruguay international has played only 15 league matches this term as he had to serve the remaining half of a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April. The season before that the 26-year-old was banned for eight matches after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patrice Evra
  • 2016
    Age 34
    In May 2016, Evra was named to national team manager Didier Deschamps's 23-man France squad for UEFA Euro 2016, to be played on home soil.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 June, he was later included in the starting line-up for France's opening match of the tournament against Romania, playing the entire 90 minutes of the fixture. With France leading 1–0, Evra fouled Nicolae Stanciu in the penalty box; Bogdan Stancu scored the resulting penalty in the 65th minute. The hosts eventually won the match 2–1, although Evra was later criticised for his performance. In the semi-final against Germany on 7 July, Evra drew praise from the media as he helped win a penalty for his team and produced a strong defensive performance to help France keep a clean-sheet and defeat the reigning World Champions 2–0 to advance to the final of the competition; following the victory, he was also lauded for his leadership, and his role in using his experience to unite the team. Regarded as one of the best players in the world in his position during his prime, Evra is a fast, energetic, and athletic left-back, who, despite his size, is physically strong, and good in the air, which also allows him to be deployed as a centre-back on occasion; in addition to his physical attributes, he is also comfortable on the ball, and adept at getting into attacking positions as a wing-back, where he can deliver crosses to team-mates, having functioned as a winger earlier on in his career. An aggressive, tactically intelligent, versatile, and hard-working player, he is also renowned for his leadership and tenacity on the pitch; these attributes make him effective both offensively and defensively.
  • 2015
    Age 33
    Evra scored a goal in the last match of the 2015–16 Serie A season on 14 May 2016, in a 5–0 home win over Sampdoria, as Juventus celebrated winning the league title for a fifth consecutive time since the 2011–12 season.
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    On 25 November 2015, he made his 100th Champions League appearance in a 1–0 home win over Manchester City, becoming the second French player to do so after Thierry Henry.
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    On 6 June 2015, Evra started for Juventus in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final as Juventus were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona at Berlin's Olympiastadion; the match was the fifth Champions League final in which he had appeared, and the defeat meant that he became the first player to lose four Champions League finals.
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  • 2014
    Age 32
    Evra played four of France's five matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in which they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions Germany.
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    On 14 December 2014, he scored his first goal for the club, opening the scoring of a 1–1 home draw to Sampdoria.
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    On 21 July 2014, Evra joined Serie A club Juventus on a two-year contract. The fee was £1.2 million, which rose to £1.5 million, after Juventus qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.
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    On 23 May 2014, Evra signed a new one-year contract extension that would have kept him at Manchester United until at least the summer of 2015.
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    After joining Italian side Juventus in 2014, he immediately helped the club to a domestic double and the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, and won a second domestic double and the Supercoppa Italiana the following season.
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  • 2012
    Age 30
    During the 2012–13 season, despite being just tall, Evra built up a reputation as an attacking threat at corners, doubling his goals tally from his previous seven years at the club with three headed goals from corners in the space of 13 games, against Newcastle United, Arsenal and Swansea City.
    More Details Hide Details He continued this run into the 2013–14 season, heading home against Cardiff City on 24 November 2013. In addition to the headers, Evra has also scored twice from open play since the start of the 2012–13 season, the first a low drive from just outside the penalty area against Newcastle United on Boxing Day 2012, and the second a curling, right-footed effort against Stoke City in the fifth round of the League Cup almost a year later.
  • 2011
    Age 29
    At the start of the 2011–12 season, Evra helped United win the 2011 Community Shield against Manchester City on 7 August.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being caught out in the first half by a header from Joleon Lescott and a long range Edin Džeko strike that put City into a 2–0 lead, United rallied back in the second half and won 3–2 to claim the Shield. On 15 October, Evra captained Manchester United in the club's 1–1 draw away to Liverpool. Following the match, in an interview with French television channel Canal+, Evra asserted that Liverpool player Luis Suárez had racially abused him multiple times during the match. He also stated that he had informed referee Andre Marriner of the incidents at the conclusion of the match. The following day, the FA announced that it would investigate the claim, and on 17 November, the FA announced it would charge Suárez with "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour contrary to FA rules", including "a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra."
    On 21 February 2011, after weeks of negotiations, Evra signed a contract extension with Manchester United that would keep him with the club until at least the end of the 2013–14 season.
    More Details Hide Details Two days after signing his contract extension, Evra participated in United's 0–0 draw with Marseille in the first leg of the team's first knockout round tie in the Champions League. The match, played at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, was Evra's first match played in France since the 2010 World Cup debacle. As a consequence, he was subjected to a barrage of jeers and boos every time he touched the ball.
    Evra's contract with Manchester United was also up at the end of the 2011–12 season, which led to the player being linked with a move to Real Madrid.
    More Details Hide Details Evra's hearing with the federation in Paris, which he attended, was held the day after the team's opening 3–0 league win over Newcastle United. Evra played over 85 minutes in the match. On 20 November, Evra scored his second Premier League goal in a 2–0 win at home against Wigan.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    Early on during the 2010–11 season, Evra was hampered by constant inquiries about what happened at the 2010 FIFA World Cup from the French Football Federation, the French media, as well as the French government.
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    On 28 February 2010, Evra captained Manchester United to a 2–1 win against Aston Villa in the 2010 Football League Cup Final.
    More Details Hide Details The league cup title was Evra's fourth overall as well as his first title earned as a captain. He also became only the second Frenchman after Eric Cantona to captain a Manchester United team to victory in a major competition. In league play, Manchester United failed to win its fourth straight league title conceding the honour to Chelsea. The club also failed to reach the UEFA Champions League final for their third straight final appearance, losing to German champions Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In December 2009, Evra was among three Manchester United players named to the FIFPro World XI for the 2009 calendar year, before being named to the UEFA Team of the Year in January 2010.
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    The campaign initially began badly for him after he delivered a soft penalty shot, described by some in the media as "awful", in the team's penalty shoot-out defeat to Chelsea in the 2009 FA Community Shield.
    More Details Hide Details Due to injuries to Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, he captained the team in several matches during the season wearing the armband for the first time in his Manchester United career in the team's 3–1 Champions League victory over VfL Wolfsburg.
    For the first time in his career, Evra appeared in all 38 league matches in the 2009–10 season.
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    Evra subsequently appeared in every remaining competitive match for United, excluding an April league match against Sunderland, as the club cruised to its third consecutive Premier League title, won the Football League Cup, and reached the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final after defeating league rivals Arsenal 4–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
    More Details Hide Details Following the second leg against Arsenal, Evra was asked his opinion of the team's 3–1 second leg victory, and declared "It was 11 men against 11 babies. We never doubted ourselves". The final marked Evra's third appearance in Champions League finals as Manchester United lost 2–0 to Barcelona. At the end of the season, Evra was included in the PFA Team of the Year for the second time.
    Evra temporarily returned to the team domestically for its home match, coincidentally, against Chelsea on 11 January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In the match, Evra assisted on the second goal in a 3–0 victory. He was later forced to leave the match due to a foot injury, which was later discovered to be serious. Evra missed a month and returned to the line-up on 15 February in a 3–0 win over Fulham.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    Despite the suspension, Evra still featured with Manchester United in December as the club participated in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in both matches the team contested as United came out as champions after defeating Ecuadorian club LDU Quito in the final.
    At the hearing on 5 December, Evra was found guilty of improper conduct, and handed a four-match ban – due to start on 22 December 2008 – and a £15,000 fine.
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    Evra remained free to play for United up to the date of the hearing despite the charges being made in July 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He began the campaign in similar fashion to last season as Manchester United won the Community Shield following the team's 3–0 victory over Portsmouth on penalties. Evra was ever-present in Manchester United's first 22 competitive matches of the season, starting 19 of them.
    The club later completed the double after defeating the same club on penalties in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.
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    Evra has participated in five major international tournaments for France; the 2008, 2012 and 2016 editions of the UEFA European Football Championship, winning a runners-up medal at Euro 2016, and both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Ahead of the 2010 World Cup, Evra was named captain of the national team by Domenech and bore the armband for the first time in the team's friendly match against Costa Rica in May 2010. At the tournament, he appeared in two group stage matches, although France endured a disastrous campaign which saw the players go on strike. The incident resulted in Evra, for his role as captain, being suspended from national team duty for five matches. However, he returned to the squad and enjoyed a successful 2014 World Cup in Brazil under Didier Deschamps, as France reached the quarter-finals. Evra began his football career playing for hometown club CO Les Ulis. After playing in the streets for years, he was brought to the club by friend Tshymen Buhanga who informed the club coach "I bring you the new Romário". Evra spent a year at the club under the watch of coach Jean-Claude Giordanella, who later became vice-president of the club. Giordanella described the player as "more quiet, almost shy. He was a good kid". Evra originally played football in the striker position and, while training at Les Ulis, underwent trials with professional clubs Rennes and Lens. Following the conclusion of the evaluations, Evra was rejected primarily due to his size.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    The charges were related to an incident that occurred during the 2007–08 season when Evra had an altercation with a Chelsea groundsman during a warm-down following a match on 26 April.
    More Details Hide Details The defender denied the charges and was supported by several members of the club's staff who commented that the player was racially abused by the groundsman prior to the confrontation.
    He began the campaign appearing in United's 3–0 penalty shoot-out win over rivals Chelsea in the 2007 FA Community Shield.
    More Details Hide Details In competitive matches, Evra appeared in the club's first 12 matches. He missed his first match of the season against Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League after suffering a calf injury during warm-ups. Evra returned to the team a few days later for the team's league match against Arsenal. The rest paid off as he assisted on a Cristiano Ronaldo goal in the 82nd minute to give United a 2–1 lead. France international teammate William Gallas later equalised for Arsenal to draw the match at 2–2. In the return match against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League, Evra provided the assist for one of the goals in a 4–0 victory. Though he made 48 appearances in all competitions, Evra failed to score a goal. Manchester United clinched its second consecutive Premier League title on the final day, edging Chelsea by two points.
    Evra began the 2007–08 season as the first-choice left-back.
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    On 10 April 2007, Evra scored the final goal in a 7–1 win over Roma in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League.
    More Details Hide Details The goal was his first-ever in the Champions League and helped progress Manchester United to the semi-finals where the club suffered defeat to the eventual champions Milan. Following the league season, which Manchester United won by a six-point margin, Evra was named to the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Team of the Year, despite only appearing in 24 league matches.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    In Evra's first full season as a Manchester United player, he struggled to consistently appear as a starter early on in the season as Ferguson preferred Evra's compatriot Mikaël Silvestre. After appearing as an unused substitute in United's first two Champions League matches, on 17 October 2006, Evra made his European debut for the club in its 3–0 group stage win over Danish club Copenhagen.
    More Details Hide Details On 18 November, he provided the assist for the game-winning goal, scored by Wayne Rooney, in the team's 2–1 win over Sheffield United. Eight days later, Evra scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 league win over Everton. He also assisted on a goal in the match. By December, Evra began featuring as a regular in the starting 11. After starting in United's 3–1 Champions League win over Portuguese club Benfica on 6 December, Evra started nine consecutive matches. Evra provided assists in two of the matches; a Rooney goal in a 2–1 away defeat to Arsenal and another in a 2–0 victory over Charlton Athletic.
    On 26 February, Evra appeared as a substitute in United's 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic in the 2006 Football League Cup Final.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 March, it was reported that Liverpool defender Steve Finnan had racially abused Evra in the match. The abuse claims surfaced from two deaf television viewers lodging a police complaint. The viewers claimed to have lip-read Finnan abusing Evra during the televised match. Finnan denied the charge and, after an investigation, The Football Association (FA) decided against charging the player. Evra regularly alternated between the bench and the starting 11 to close out the campaign. He finished the season with 14 total appearances for his new club.
    Despite rumours of Monaco reaching a transfer agreement with Italian club Internazionale, on 3 January 2006, Evra revealed that he preferred to move to England to join Manchester United.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, Manchester United officially issued a transfer bid for the player. On 6 January, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that a deal for Evra was done. Four days later, the transfer was official as Evra joined the club for a transfer fee of around £5.5 million and put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract. Evra's arrival signalled Ferguson's intention to shore up the club's defence that had suffered since the sidelining of Gabriel Heinze. After joining the club, Evra affirmed that Manchester was his only future destination pronouncing "I was not very keen to go forward in the talks with Arsenal, Liverpool or Real Madrid. They all talked with my agent in the past two seasons. But to me, it was over. As I said to the Monaco officials, I only wanted to hear about Manchester".
  • 2005
    Age 23
    On 21 December 2005, Evra made his final appearance with the club in a 1–0 win over Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue.
    More Details Hide Details On 27 December, French sources revealed that Manchester United was interested in signing Evra.
    In April 2005, Evra confirmed that he was interested in departing the club stating "I will have a decision to make for the rest of my career If attracted clubs show concrete interest, I will think about it seriously".
    More Details Hide Details Despite several clubs declaring interest in Evra, Deschamps declared that the player would not be sold. At the start of the 2005–06 season, Monaco struggled falling to 15th place after only a month of play.
    Evra scored his only goal of the season on 8 January 2005 in the team's Round of 64 Coupe de France match against amateur club AC Seyssinet-Pariset.
    More Details Hide Details He netted the opener in a 7–0 win. In the Champions League, Monaco reached the first knockout round where the club suffered defeat to PSV 3–0 on aggregate. Evra appeared in nine of the ten matches the team contested in the competition.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Following the European Championship, with former under-21 coach Domenech now coaching the team, Evra was called up to the senior team for its friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 18 August 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The defender admitted that he was "very proud" to have been called up to the team. Evra made his senior international debut in the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He started on the left wing before being substituted out in the 75th minute for Robert Pirès. The match ended in a 1–1 draw. Due to an injury to starter Éric Abidal, Evra supplanted him and appeared as the starting left-back in France's first two 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. After being called up for the team's March 2005 friendly against Switzerland, Evra was forced to withdraw from the team due to injury. As a result, William Gallas was inserted in the role as a makeshift left-back. Following Abidal's return from injury and, due to Domenech preferring Mikaël Silvestre as the incumbent's back-up, Evra went without a call-up for almost two years and, consequently, missed the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In October 2007, the defender explained to L'Equipe that the World Cup snub "gave me my determination".
    He made his senior international debut in August 2004 in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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    On 24 September 2004, he signed a one-year contract extension with the club until 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In the season, Evra was a regular appearing in a career-high 52 matches scoring one goal and assisting on seven as Monaco reached the semi-finals in both the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France.
    Despite missing out on playing in UEFA Euro 2004, Evra endured a tumultuous summer in which the player was linked with moves with Manchester United in England, and Juventus and Internazionale in Italy.
    More Details Hide Details Despite offers, Evra remained at Monaco.
    In the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final, Monaco were pitted against Portuguese contenders Porto at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
    More Details Hide Details The club was defeated 3–0 by Porto. Evra played the full 90 minutes. After the season, Evra was given the UNFP Young Player of the Year award, becoming only the second defender and the first since 1997 (Philippe Christanval) to win the award. He was also named to the organisation's Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
    After appearing consistently with the team, on 24 March 2004, Evra suffered an ankle injury in the team's 4–2 first leg defeat to Spanish club Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
    More Details Hide Details Evra subsequently missed two weeks in the league, but was healthy enough to return for the team's second leg quarter-final tie against Madrid, which Monaco won 3–1. The win allowed the club advancement to the Champions League semi-finals on the away goals rule. In the semi-finals, Monaco faced English club Chelsea. Evra appeared in both matches as Monaco advanced to the final, beating the London club 5–3 on aggregate.
  • 2003
    Age 21
    For his performances in the first half of the 2003–04 season, Evra was linked with a 2004 winter move to English club Arsenal, Italian clubs Juventus and Milan, and Spanish club Barcelona.
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    Evra made his UEFA Champions League debut on 17 September 2003 in the team's opening group stage match against Dutch club PSV.
    More Details Hide Details Evra played the entire match in a 2–1 win. He appeared in all six group stage matches as Monaco finished in first place.
    After the season, Marquez and Jurietti departed Monaco for Spanish club Barcelona and Bordeaux respectively, and were replaced by Gaël Givet and Hugo Ibarra, the latter joining the club on loan. In the 2003–04 league season, Deschamps installed Evra as a vice-captain and he responded by appearing in 33 matches and providing four assists.
    More Details Hide Details Monaco spent six months from September to March in first place, but, like last season, conceded the top spot to Lyon as the season wore on.
    On 22 March 2003, he scored his second goal of the season in a 3–0 away win over Le Havre.
    More Details Hide Details The victory allowed Monaco to maintain its position at the top of the table as the club was in a three-way battle with Lyon and Marseille. Monaco climatically conceded first place to Lyon in May, which resulted in Lyon being declared champions for the first time in its history. Monaco finished the campaign in second place, which merited the club an appearance in the UEFA Champions League. The club was also rewarded domestically for its performance in the Coupe de la Ligue where it reached the final. Evra featured in the team's 4–1 win over Sochaux in the match. The league cup title gave Evra the first major honour of his career.
  • 2002
    Age 20
    The defender regularly appeared for the team through 2002–2004 as France attempted to qualify for both the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and the football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details France failed to qualify for both competitions, which resulted in the end of Evra's youth career. Evra earned his first call-up to the senior national team in May 2004 after coach Jacques Santini named him to the 31-man preliminary squad to participate in UEFA Euro 2004. Following the trimming of the squad to 23 players, Evra was not included and subsequently missed out on the competition.
    Evra was assigned the number 3 shirt and made his debut for the club in the opening match of the 2002–03 season against Troyes.
    More Details Hide Details He played the entire match in a 4–0 win. On 28 September, Evra scored his first goal for the club netting the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory against Rennes.
  • 2001
    Age 19
    In the 2001–02 season, Evra switched to the number 17 shirt and was promoted to the first team on a permanent basis.
    More Details Hide Details In the team's first league match of the season against Laval, he started in the team's 2–1 win. Towards the end of the match, reserve left-back Jean-Charles Cirilli, who was starting in place of the regular starter José Cobos, suffered an injury, which required the player to be substituted out. As a consequence, Evra dropped back into the role and played out the rest of the match in the position. Following the match, due to injuries to both Cobos and Cirilli, Evra was informed by Salvioni that he would take over the position. The young player disagreed with the manager's decision declaring that he was a forward, however, after Salvioni informed him "If you want to be in the team you play there", Evra agreed to take on the role. Evra made his debut in the position in the team's following league match against Strasbourg; a 3–0 defeat. He appeared regularly in the campaign and, following the return of Cobos, was even allowed to play in his preferred left wing role. With the club in the midst of a promotion battle, Evra scored his first and only goal for Nice in his last match with the club, a 4–3 win over Laval. The victory placed Nice in third place, which resulted in the club earning promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time since 1997. For his performances, Evra was named to the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 2 Team of the Year in the left-back position.
  • 2000
    Age 18
    He was assigned the number 26 shirt and made his club debut on 7 October 2000 in the team's 7–2 defeat to Châteauroux starting in the left winger position.
    More Details Hide Details Evra made four more appearances during the campaign appearing as a substitute in defeats to Cannes, Nancy, and starting in the team's 3–0 win over Laval and 1–0 loss to Le Havre on the final match day of the season. Evra played primarily as centre forward in the matches.
  • 1999
    Age 17
    Evra only appeared in three matches, making his debut on 29 August 1999 in a 2–1 away defeat against Alzano.
    More Details Hide Details He left the club following one season after becoming frustrated due to his lack of appearances. Evra returned to France joining professional club Nice in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. He spent the majority of his first season with the club playing with its reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth level of French football. He primarily played as a midfielder on the team and appeared in 18 matches, converting one goal. Midway through the campaign, Evra was called into the first team by manager Sandro Salvioni.
  • 1993
    Age 11
    In 1993, he joined amateur club CSF Brétigny based in nearby Brétigny-sur-Orge.
    More Details Hide Details Similar to his stint with Les Ulis, Evra went on trials with several clubs, most notably Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain. He was ultimately signed by the latter club and converted into a winger. Evra trained at the Camp des Loges for a few months, but was later released. After failing to convince Paris Saint-Germain officials of his ability as a footballer, Evra returned to Brétigny and was invited by a friend to participate in an indoor five-a-side football tournament organised by the Juvisy-sur-Orge sports center. While playing, he was spotted by an Italian scout who offered him the opportunity to attend a trial with professional club Torino in Italy. Evra spent ten days training with the club and, after the trial, was offered a place on the club's youth team. Afterwards, he was approached by Serie C1 club Marsala whose officials enticed him with the prospect of becoming a professional. Evra chose the latter option and signed his first professional contract at the age of 17. He described the moment as "the best feeling I have had in football". Evra spent only one season with the club appearing in 27 total matches and scoring six goals. After this, he moved to the Serie B level to join Monza for a fee of €250,000 after potential moves to Serie A clubs Roma and Lazio came to nothing.
  • 1981
    Born on May 15, 1981.
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