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Fabien Barthez
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc The eccentric French keeper moved to Manchester United in 2000 as the long sought after replacement for Peter Schmeichel. Despite two league titles Sir Alex Ferguson eventually lost patience with Barthez after a host of costly errors. He moved to Marseille in 2003 but controversy was never far away and he was banned for six months in 2005 for spitting at a referee in a friendly. In 2006 he announced his retirement, only to sign for Nantes soon after. His stay there however ended in 2007 after he was attacked by a fan. Aged 37 he is in limbo at the moment but can be found on the beach soccer tour circuit, and has even intimated that he would like to race Porsche GT 3s.


Org French National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
  AS Monaco


Teammate Zinedine Zidane
  Emmanuel Petit
  Patrick Vieira
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2012 09 21 Retrieve

[Fabian Barthez says Hugo Lloris was a better goal keeper than Brad Friedel] Lloris is one of the five best goalkeepers in the world. He is faster than Brad Friedel, he jumps higher and he is very strong mentally. What is happening now is incomprehensible, but I’m not concerned. He will become the centre-piece of the club. Hugo is a calm guy, a good worker. Tottenham will not let him stay on the bench for a long time

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Lilians Thuram] He was a good guy; you could go into battle with him, he was an intelligent player. I used to get annoyed with him on the pitch. That happened a lot because I always wanted the ball off him. He was a calm player

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Marcel Desailly] Marcel was less of a leader, and more of a warrior. Desailly was a rock and a very fair player

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Another player to come up with a poor excuse for spitting was France’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, who contrived to pick up a three-month ban in a friendly match while playing for Marseille against WAC Casablanca. The former Manchester United keeper spat at a referee during the match and said] I regret what happened but I’m not guilty because I didn’t spit at his face