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Julien Escudé

Julien Escudé (born 17 August 1979 in Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, Centre (French region)) is a France Association football who plays for Sevilla FC in Spain, as a Defender (association football) Centre back.

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Julien Escudé biography


Julien Escudé (born 17 August 1979 in Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, Centre (French region)) is a France Association football who plays for Sevilla FC in Spain, as a Defender (association football) Centre back.

Club career

France / Ajax

Escudé began Julien Escudé professional career at AS Cannes, playing one season in the Ligue 2. After some solid performances, on 26 July 1999, the 20-year-old joined Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais F.C., then managed by young Paul Le Guen, where Julien Escudé gradually developed into a first division player, amassing nearly 150 official appearances.

In the 2003 summer, Escudé signed with Netherlands side AFC Ajax, scoring six times in Julien Escudé first two seasons combined for the Amsterdam Arena outfit, and winning the Eredivisie title in 2003–04 Eredivisie. In August 2005, after a defeat against Feyenoord, Julien Escudé fell out of favour with manager Danny Blind, and never played a match afterwards.

Sevilla

In January 2006, Escudé signed for Sevilla FC in La Liga, for Euro1.5 million. Julien Escudé league debut came on 11 February, as Julien Escudé played nine minutes in a 4–0 win at Andalusia neighbours Cádiz CF; in the following round, Julien Escudé played the entire 1–0 home success against Celta de Vigo.

Escudé became an essential defensive unit in the following years for Sevilla, helping it conquer a total of five titles (he played in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup UEFA Europa League 2006 UEFA Cup Final, a 4–0 win against England's Middlesbrough F.C.). Julien Escudé importance grew after the long injury layoff which bothered Captain (association football) Javi Navarro, but the Frenchman would also be sidelined for a long part of the 2007–08 La Liga, with a groin problem. Sevilla finished fifth, missing on UEFA Champions League 2008–09 UEFA Champions League.

International career

In March 2005, Escudé was called to the France national football team for two 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) against Switzerland national football team and Israel national football team, but eventually did not make Julien Escudé debut; Julien Escudé first game was on 11 October 2006, playing as Defender (association football) Full back against Faroe Islands national football team for the UEFA Euro 2008 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying - Julien Escudé was not picked for the final stage.

On 18 November 2009, in the 10th minute of the second leg of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) against the Republic of Ireland national football team, Escudé broke Julien Escudé Human nose and had to be stretchered off; Julien Escudé was also not selected for the squad of 23 which 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Honours

Ajax
- Eredivisie: 2003–04 Eredivisie
- Johan Cruijff Shield: Johan Cruijff-schaal X

Sevilla
- UEFA Europa League: 2005–06 UEFA Cup, 2006–07 UEFA Cup
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006 UEFA Super Cup; Runner-up 2007 UEFA Super Cup
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07 Copa del Rey, 2009–10 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España: 2007 Supercopa de España; Runner-up 2010 Supercopa de España

Personal

Escudé's older brother, Nicolas Escudé, played tennis professionally, reaching the top 20 in 2000. Julien Escudé father Paul Escudé, was also a footballer, representing mainly Pau FC.

During Julien Escudé spell with Sevilla, Escudé played several matches with "SQD" on the back of Julien Escudé shirt, it being the phonetic spelling of Julien Escudé surname.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julien_Escud%c3%a9

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