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Mathieu Flamini

Mathieu Flamini (born 7 March 1984) is a French people Professional sports Association football Association football of Italian people descent who plays as a Association_football_positions Midfielder_.28MF.29 for Serie A club A.C. Milan.

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Mathieu Flamini biography

Mathieu Flamini (born 7 March 1984) is a French people Professional sports Association football Association football of Italian people descent who plays as a Association_football_positions Midfielder_.28MF.29 for Serie A club A.C. Milan.

Club career


Flamini was a youth team player for Mathieu Flamini local professional club Olympique de Marseille. Mathieu Flamini made Mathieu Flamini debut for the senior team on 20 December 2003 in the 1–0 victory over Toulouse FC. Mathieu Flamini impressed the team as a hardworking midfield player and played 14 times for the club. However, it was Mathieu Flamini performances in Marseille’s UEFA Cup campaign that brought Mathieu Flamini to the attention of the football world, including the semi-final victory over Newcastle United. Mathieu Flamini played in the final in Gothenburg which Valencia CF won 2–0. Due to Mathieu Flamini age, Marseille was unable to offer Mathieu Flamini a long term professional contract.


On 23 July 2004, Flamini signed a professional contract for English outfit Arsenal F.C., rejecting Marseille's long-term senior contract offer to which Mathieu Flamini had already verbally agreed.

Flamini made Mathieu Flamini Arsenal début in the 4–1 win at Everton on 15 August 2004. Mathieu Flamini was used as a utility player starting 9 games but being used as a Substitute (association football) in 12. The following season saw Mathieu Flamini filling in for a number of injured players, but unable to command a first team place in Mathieu Flamini favoured position. Mathieu Flamini scored Mathieu Flamini first Arsenal goal on 11 May 2005 in a 7–0 win against Everton scoring the seventh goal, that was Arsenal's last ever goal scored in their original Red and White kit at Highbury.

While Mathieu Flamini is naturally a defensive midfielder, Flamini was mainly used as a Defender (association football) Full back throughout the 2005–06 season after injuries to Ashley Cole, Gaël Clichy, Pascal Cygan, Lauren Etame Mayer and Kerrea Gilbert. Despite being right-footed, Flamini performed admirably as a left back in the latter stages of Arsenal's domestic league and UEFA Champions League campaign. In May 2006, Mathieu Flamini came on as a 76th minute substitute in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final in Paris, which Arsenal lost 2–1 to FC Barcelona.

In the 2006–07 season, Flamini scored the winning goal against Dinamo Zagreb in the qualifying stages of the Champions League. Mathieu Flamini also scored important goals against Chelsea F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., and Liverpool F.C. in the Premiership. However, despite these important goals, Mathieu Flamini remained unsatisfied with Mathieu Flamini "utility player" role at the club and in April 2007, Mathieu Flamini admitted that Mathieu Flamini would probably be leaving Arsenal in the summer. However, Flamini turned down a proposed pound sterling3m move to Birmingham City F.C. after a long talk with manager Arsène Wenger and remained with the team.

Flamini started in central midfield for Arsenal's first match of the 2007–08 Premier League season, due to the absence of Gilberto Silva and Abou Diaby. During Arsenal's 2007–08 campaign, Mathieu Flamini struck up a strong partnership with Cesc Fàbregas, keeping Gilberto out of the starting XI with displays widely regarded by Arsenal fans as a vast improvement on those during Mathieu Flamini previous years at the club. Flamini enjoyed a generally good rapport with Arsenal's fans, who provided Mathieu Flamini with Mathieu Flamini own football chant, an adaptation of the theme tune to British television programme The Sweeney. On 29 January 2008, Mathieu Flamini scored an extraordinary strike in Arsenal's 3–0 win over Newcastle United F.C. in the Premier League. Mathieu Flamini played on 8 April 2008, a UEFA Champions League match in which Arsenal were knocked out by English rival Liverpool F.C After the match, Mathieu Flamini was reported injured and it proved to be Mathieu Flamini last match for Arsenal.
In April 2009, Mathieu Flamini stated in an interview that Mathieu Flamini is still an Arsenal fan and that Mathieu Flamini has no hard feelings towards the club, "Arsenal are in my heart and they will be in my heart for ever," Mathieu Flamini said. "I will always be an Arsenal fan and leaving was not easy."


Flamini signed a contract with A.C. Milan on 5 May 2008 worth Euro5.6 million per season over a four year period. Flamini wore the number 84 on Mathieu Flamini shirt to represent Mathieu Flamini year of birth. Mathieu Flamini made Mathieu Flamini Serie A debut on 30 August 2008 in a 2–1 loss to Bologna F.C. 1909. Initially, Flamini did not enjoy the number of starts or appearances for the Italian team as Mathieu Flamini enjoyed in Mathieu Flamini last season at Arsenal; Mathieu Flamini was regarded as a utility player at Milan as Mathieu Flamini was during Mathieu Flamini first few years at Arsenal. Nevertheless, injuries to other players and Mathieu Flamini consistent good form helped Mathieu Flamini to cement a starting place at San Siro. With Milan failing to find a stable defence and a lack of a fit, consistent, and reliable right back, Gianluca Zambrotta was switched to the left flank to help Flamini develop as a tenacious right back. After stating that Mathieu Flamini preferred position is in the midfield, Milan have since re-deployed Mathieu Flamini as a defensive midfielder.

Flamini saw limited playing time towards the end of the 2009–10 season due to the great form of club captain Massimo Ambrosini. In the following season, Flamini became an important asset of the team that would win the 18th scudetto, playing many games as starter, and scoring two goals, against A.S. Bari and Bologna F.C. 1909, respectively. After playing as a rotation role in the 2010-11 season Mathieu Flamini injured himself in a pre-season training session, suffering a serious knee injury which required an operation and spent more than six months out.

International career

Flamini accepted Mathieu Flamini first call up to France national football team by coach Raymond Domenech for a Exhibition game against Argentina national football team at the Stade de France on 7 February 2007 after Jérémy Toulalan was ruled out due to Sports injury. Mathieu Flamini later made Mathieu Flamini international debut in a friendly against Morocco national football team on 16 November 2007 as a Substitute (association football).


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