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Name Olivier Giroud
Born 1986 09 30
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc The Frenchman has been much maligned over the years, often criticised by supporters and former players in the media, but there can be no doubting his contribution to Arsenal’s top four finishes and FA Cup triumphs. The same applies at international level, where his excellent link-up play continues to be highly rated by Didier Deschamps, and Giroud’s selfless display in Russia helped France lift the World Cup in 2018

Affiliation

Org French National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Arsenal FC
  Montpellier

Notes

Alan Smith He has been compared to Arsenal player Alan Smith

2013 11 09 Retrieve

[Olivier Giroud on the Arsenal supporters signing an adapted version of ‘Hey Jude’ in his honour] I’m really proud to have my own song. It gives me goosebumps! It’s really nice [to hear] when you are on the pitch. I love the English pop-rock, so I love The Beatles

2014 03 09
Mesut Özil celebrates with fellow goalscorer on the day Olivier Giroud as Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles looks on. Arsenal will now play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals on Apr 13

2014 08 10 Retrieve

[About his spectacular goal in the 2014 Community Shield] I had a look at the keeper and I was thinking that he was a bit too much forward from his line. I tried instinctively to shoot and to hit the target. I was a bit lucky but that’s what I wanted to do

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud tells about one of his childhood fears] This is so funny, but my brothers are older than me - I was the youngest, and they used to tease me about a kids TV character called Alf. Do you know him? Alf the Alien, my God he was so ugly and I was so scared of him. My brothers used to say, ‘Be careful, Alf is going to get you tonight!’ They went too far with it!

2017 01 21 Retrieve

[Olivier Giroud jokes that his scorpion kick was better than Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s] Actually, they were teasing me, saying that the Mkhitaryan one was better! It’s crazy that two similar goals were scored in one week. I don’t know if I got inspired, it’s destiny. He did very well as well, but I think mine is better! But to be serious, it was funny in the dressing room, we were all surprised by what happened

2018 05 19 Retrieve

[Olivier Giroud tells about Les Bleus’ ambitions for Russia 2018] We are competitors, we are going to do better than in 2014. The goal given by the Federation is to go to the semi-finals, But, five days before the final, you will try your hardest, do not calculate, do not think, and go for it

2018 06 09 Retrieve

[Olivier Giroud reveals his ambition to set a new scoring record with Les Bleus] I’ve equalled Zinedine Zidane and that’s something no one can take away from me. Trezeguet has three goals more and I want to catch him up and score as many as I can. On a personal level, it’s an objective, an ambition

2018 07 13 Retrieve

[Olivier Giroud believes a focus on mentality is the reason why this France team is different to the one that lost the European Championships final to Portugal in 2016] It’s different. After the semi-final when we won against Germany we were a bit euphoric, whereas against Belgium it was different. It’s not the same feeling - we know we still have one game to win. There’s that real focus and concentration to finish the job - that’s why it’s different. We’ve come a long way to get here and we don’t want to waste this opportunity now. You can’t win a World Cup on just talent. Talent alone is not sufficient. You need efficiency. The mental strength is 70 per cent of the job. If you’re ready to work for your team-mates and each other with dedication and commitment then anything can happen

[The Chelsea striker is yet to score in Russia, but knows his role is part of the bigger picture in creating team balance and fluency] Against Belgium I missed efficiency, luck and something to score but hopefully I can have it for the final. In 1998 [Stephane] Guivarc’h played a good World Cup but didn’t score and I think I’m doing a good World Cup, I’ve assisted three times for goals, I’m committed and the work rate and the work every single player puts in is very important. I feel like I give everything for the team and if one goal has to come then hopefully it will come and it will come on Sunday, but if we are a world champions and I don’t score, I’m okay with that

2018 09 06 Retrieve

[Giroud defends goalless World Cup] It necessarily results in a little frustration. But it has largely been filled by the title. The collective takes precedence over individuals. I often had to do a little bit of different work, make sacrifices to help the team hold the lead. In fact, you have less energy to be decisive in the last third. Except against Belgium in the second half, I do not have the memory of having missed many opportunities. I even produced two assists. My zero goals does not stop me from sleeping. In the street people tell me: even if you have not scored, you have been important. We might not have been world champions if I scored. Statistics can be used for anything and everything. I was decisive in another way

[Reaching further landmarks are still well within Giroud’s sights, with his 81 caps and 31 goals already having earned him a place among France’s elite] A team-mate at Chelsea already asked me this question. As long as I feel good, can bring something to the team and the coach calls me, I am available. I am aware of being closer to the end than the beginning. So I enjoy every moment. I do not put myself any barrier, I do not set any limit. It would be a nice figure [100 caps], but before, I would like to rise to among the top three scorers in the history of Les Bleus. For now, I share fourth place with Zizou [Zinedine Zidane] three only behind [David] Trezeguet. This podium, it would also be a way to mark the story, even if boys like Antoine and Kylian will exceed me

2019 03 30 Retrieve

[Giroud become France’s third outright all-time goalscorer with 35] It’s a goal. The most important thing is always collective success, I always put the collective success first. But it is true that on the personal level, it is necessary to be decisive. I hope to join Michel Platini, we’ll see

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Chelsea renew Giroud’s contract until 2021] I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my team-mates. I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so

2020 06 02 Retrieve

[Giroud reveals how close he was to leaving Chelsea] I was supposed to leave in the January transfer window because I wasn’t playing much and I needed more game time to make the France squad for Euro 2020. I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea