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Nicolas Anelka biography

Nicolas Sebastien Anelka ) is a former List of France international footballers, who plays as a Forward (association football) for Shanghai Shenhua F.C.. Anelka was also a regular starter for the France national football team. Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has described Nicolas Anelka as a quick player with good aerial ability, technique, shooting, and movement off the ball.

Anelka began Nicolas Anelka career at Paris Saint-Germain F.C., but soon moved to Arsenal F.C.. Nicolas Anelka became a first team regular and won the PFA Young Player of the Year the following season. Real Madrid C.F. signed Nicolas Anelka for £22.3 million in 1999, a record fee at the time, but Nicolas Anelka did not settle in well and returned to Paris Saint-Germain in a £20 million deal. Despite regular first team football in Paris, Anelka set Nicolas Anelka eyes upon the Premier League once more; Nicolas Anelka went on loan to Liverpool F.C. in January 2002 but joined Manchester City F.C. for £13 million at the start of the 2002–03 season.

After three seasons in Manchester, Nicolas Anelka moved to Fenerbahçe S.K. (football team) for two seasons before returning to England to join Bolton Wanderers F.C. – in deals worth £7 million and £8 million, respectively. Nicolas Anelka transferred to Chelsea from Bolton for a reported £15 million in January 2008. During Nicolas Anelka transfers over the years, Nicolas Anelka has built an aggregate transfer cost of just under pound sterling90 million. On 12 December 2011, Shanghai Shenhua F.C. announced that they have reached an agreement with Anelka to join the team when the winter transfer window opens.

Anelka has played many times at international level and won Nicolas Anelka first international honours with France national football team at UEFA Euro 2000, and won the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup the following year. Nicolas Anelka failure to settle at club level limited Nicolas Anelka international appearances, but Nicolas Anelka returned to the national team for the UEFA Euro 2008 competition. On 19 June 2010, Anelka was excluded by the French Football Federation from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa for "comments directed against the national coach, Raymond Domenech, unacceptable to the FFF, French football, and the principles they uphold." Two months later, having failed to turn up to Nicolas Anelka disciplinary hearing, Nicolas Anelka was banned for France's next eighteen games by the FFF, effectively ending Nicolas Anelka international career.

Early Life

Anelka was born in 1979 in Le Chesnay, Yvelines, to parents who had migrated from Martinique in 1974. Thereafter they settled in Trappes, near Paris. Nicolas Anelka mother is a secretary in the local high school. Nicolas Anelka has two older brothers Claude Anelka and Didier. Nicolas Anelka brother Claude until 2010 managed a minor league football club in Missouri while Nicolas Anelka other brother Didier is a high school accounting teacher.

Club career

Paris Saint-Germain

Anelka started Nicolas Anelka career at Paris Saint-Germain F.C. as a youth player at age 16 and was said to have great potential for scoring goals.


In February 1997, at the age of 17, Anelka joined Premier League club Arsenal F.C. for a fee of £500,000 under newly appointed manager Arsène Wenger. Anelka scored Nicolas Anelka first goal for Arsenal against Manchester United F.C. in a 3–2 home win. Nicolas Anelka first team opportunities were limited in the 1996–97 season, but in the 1997–98 season, Nicolas Anelka broke into the first team, after a long-term injury to striker Ian Wright. Anelka was a key player in Arsenal's "Double (association football)" win, of both the Premier League championship and the FA Cup trophy that season. Anelka scored the second goal in Arsenal's 2–0 win over Newcastle United F.C. in that season's FA Cup final.

A player with exceptional pace, Nicolas Anelka won the PFA Young Player of the Year in the 1998–99 season, but Arsenal failed to defend their Premier League title and made little progress in the UEFA Champions League, while Anelka wanted a better salary. Fans turned on the striker amid transfer speculation and a perceived lack of enthusiasm, giving Nicolas Anelka the nickname "Le Sulk." In all Nicolas Anelka made 72 first team appearances and 17 appearances as a sub for Arsenal, scoring 27 goals.

Real Madrid

Anelka transferred to Real Madrid C.F. in the summer of 1999 for £22.3 million. Anelka began brightly, arriving as a record signing to the Madrid side. Nicolas Anelka had initial success, but soon fell out of favour with fans, fellow players, and new coach Vicente del Bosque, at one point receiving a 45-day suspension for refusing to train. Despite eventually returning to favour and figuring in the successful capture of the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League campaign (he scored vital goals in both legs of the semi-finals against Bayern Munich and started in the final).

Return to Paris-Saint Germain

Anelka signed a professional contract at Paris Saint-Germain F.C., a return to the club at which Nicolas Anelka used to play as a youth player, in a transfer deal worth £20 million. Once again Anelka developed issues with the team coach, Luis Fernandez (who was already under pressure for benching Ronaldinho due to Nicolas Anelka work ethic) and became unsettled despite good form on the pitch.

Loan to Liverpool

After 30 months, Anelka returned to the Premier League in December 2001 with Liverpool F.C. on a short term loan deal until the end of the season. Nicolas Anelka contributed to Liverpool's late push to come second in the league, scoring goals against Everton F.C.,
Fulham F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Ipswich Town F.C., and in the FA Cup against Birmingham City F.C., but manager Gérard Houllier decided not to offer Nicolas Anelka a permanent deal after the end of the season in favour of signing Nicolas Anelka future Bolton teammate, El Hadji Diouf.

Manchester City

Anelka opted to join Manchester City F.C. on 24 May 2002, and the £13 million fee paid by manager Kevin Keegan was then a club record. In Nicolas Anelka first season at City Nicolas Anelka would end up top scorer at Maine Road with 14 goals including a goal in the last ever Manchester Derby at Maine Road, against former club Arsenal and a last minute winner at Anfield after scoring a penalty just moments earlier. In Nicolas Anelka second season at City Nicolas Anelka finished top scorer again in the clubs first season at the City of Manchester Stadium with 25 goals. Anelka started the 2004/05 campaign in clinical form again scoring the winner in Jose Mourinho's first ever defeat as Chelsea F.C manager. In January 2005 Anelka decided to move on to Fenerbahçe S.K. (football team).


In January 2005, Manchester City announced that Anelka had completed a £7 million transfer to Turkish team Fenerbahçe S.K. (football team). Anelka helped the Turkish club win the league title in 2005, and played with them in the UEFA Champions League.

Bolton Wanderers

On 25 August 2006, Bolton Wanderers F.C. signed Anelka on a four-year deal for a club record of £8 million. Anelka made Nicolas Anelka debut for Bolton against Watford F.C. on 9 September 2006. Nicolas Anelka finished the 2006–07 season as Bolton's top scorer with 11 goals.

During January 2007, Anelka stated that Nicolas Anelka would be willing to leave Bolton for a return to former club Arsenal F.C.. However, Anelka pledged Nicolas Anelka future to Bolton in July 2007, following talks with manager Sammy Lee (footballer). Anelka later said Nicolas Anelka would reluctantly consider leaving the club if Bolton's poor start to the 2007–08 season continued, but later signed a new four-year contract until 2011 on 30 August.


On 11 January 2008, it was confirmed that Anelka would join Chelsea F.C. for £15 million. Anelka made Nicolas Anelka début against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on 12 January 2008, and scored Nicolas Anelka first goal two weeks later in the FA Cup 2007-08 against Wigan Athletic F.C.. Nicolas Anelka scored Nicolas Anelka first league goal on 2 February against Portsmouth F.C., but failed to score again for Chelsea during the 2007–08 season. Anelka scored Nicolas Anelka first competitive hat-trick for Chelsea against Sunderland A.F.C., in a 5–0 home win on 1 November 2008, and followed this up with two braces against Blackburn Rovers F.C., then West Bromwich Albion. Nicolas Anelka established himself as an important member of the squad and maintained Nicolas Anelka place in the team despite the return to fitness of Drogba. After the arrival of Guus Hiddink, Anelka was more often played on the wing. Furthermore, Nicolas Anelka was ranked among the top goalscorers in the league for the season. Nicolas Anelka scored another hat-trick against Watford in the FA Cup to earn Chelsea a 3–1 victory at Vicarage Road. On 10 May, Nicolas Anelka scored one goal and set up another in a 4–1 away win against former club Arsenal. A goal in Chelsea's final Premier League game of the season at Sunderland put Nicolas Anelka as top goal scorer for the season in the Premier League, earning Nicolas Anelka the Golden Boot with 19 goals in total.

Anelka started the 2010–11 campaign in fine form for Chelsea. Nicolas Anelka assisted Florent Malouda's last goal against West Bromwich Albion F.C. on the opening day of the season, scored a double in the next game against Wigan Athletic F.C., and won a penalty against Stoke City in Chelsea's third game of the season. Nicolas Anelka continued this fine form in Chelsea's first Champions League game, scoring a first half brace against MSK Zilina. Further goals against Marseille and Spartak Moscow ensured that this was the first season since playing for that Nicolas Anelka had scored at least four goals in a UEFA Champions League Season. On 19 October, during Chelsea's Champions League group-stage match against FC Spartak Moscow, Anelka continued Nicolas Anelka impressive goal scoring form in the Champions League, scoring the second goal of the match and Nicolas Anelka 50th goal for Chelsea in the 43rd minute of the game. Anelka scored Chelsea's first goal of the 2011–12 season against West Bromwich Albion in a 2–1 victory.

Shanghai Shenhua

On 3 December 2011 after Chelsea's 3–0 victory against Newcastle United, manager André Villas-Boas confirmed to the media that Anelka along with Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa had submitted transfer requests to the club and would be free to leave Chelsea in January. On 12 December, Chelsea confirmed that Anelka would head to the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua F.C.. It was rumored that Nicolas Anelka salary would be as high as £175,000 a week. Zhu Jun (businessman), owner of Shanghai Shenhua, confirmed that they had sealed a deal with Anelka in Nicolas Anelka Sina Weibo on 12 December. The official websites of Shanghai Shenhua and Chelsea also confirmed this transfer later on the same day. On 1 January 2012, Anelka moved to the Chinese club. Following Nicolas Anelka move to the club, Anelka revealed that Nicolas Anelka turned down the chance to join Nicolas Anelka former club Paris Saint-Germain the previous month in favour of signing for Shanghai Shenhua and explained that Nicolas Anelka move was because Nicolas Anelka did not have attractive offers to remain within Europe. On 21 February 2012, Anelka scored a debut goal in a pre-season friendly match against Hunan Billows, just 40 seconds after the start of the game.

International career

At youth level, Anelka played for the French under-20 team at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, and made Nicolas Anelka senior team debut for France national football team in a goal-less draw with Sweden national football team on 22 April 1998. Anelka was not selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup winning squad but quickly became France's first choice centre forward during the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying, scoring the opening goal in France's 3–2 win over Russia national football team on Nicolas Anelka first international start and scoring both goals in a comfortable 2–0 win over England national football team at Wembley Stadium (1923) in February 1999. Anelka made Nicolas Anelka first appearance in a major tournament at UEFA Euro 2000; France went on to win the competition. Nicolas Anelka also formed part of the squad which won the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. Despite a promising start, Anelka lost Nicolas Anelka place in the national team from 2001–2007 as Nicolas Anelka was not playing much first team football at club level, mainly because Nicolas Anelka was frequently transferred between clubs. When striker Djibril Cissé was forced out of 2006 FIFA World Cup due to injury, Olympique Lyonnais' striker Sidney Govou was called up as Cissé's replacement rather than Anelka, who described the decision as a "real shame... I was completely available and ready to play in this World Cup. I think I could have helped France."

Anelka came on as a substitute in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying against Lithuania national football team on 24 March 2007, and scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory. Following Nicolas Anelka performance, Anelka was praised by Raymond Domenech: "It is the Nicolas I like to see... when Nicolas Anelka shows these qualities, Nicolas Anelka is a candidate for a permanent place."
Nicolas Anelka also scored in the 2–0 victory against Ukraine national football team on 2 June 2007.

Anelka featured in the France squad for UEFA Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. Anelka started France's first group game against Romania national football team, but was substituted after 72 minutes. Nicolas Anelka did not start either of France's remaining two games in the tournament against the Netherlands national football team and Italy national football team, coming on as a substitute in both games.

Anelka played a key role in France's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Second Round against the Republic of Ireland National Football team. Nicolas Anelka scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute that put France in a good position with one away goal.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Anelka was sent home after reportedly abusing coach Raymond Domenech at half-time during the 2–0 defeat to Mexico national football team. Following criticism of Nicolas Anelka positioning by Domenech, Anelka is reported to have said, “Va te faire enculer, sale fils de pute” meaning "Go fuck yourself, dirty son of a whore." The incident was later reported by the media, and the player refused to publicly apologise when asked to by French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes. The next day, the squad refused to get to training in protest against Anelka's expulsion. Anelka was subsequently hit by an 18-game suspension from international football by the FFF as punishment for Nicolas Anelka actions, effectively ending Nicolas Anelka international career. Anelka later claimed to be "dying with laughter" at the 18-match ban, as Nicolas Anelka had already decided to retire from international play.

Personal life

Anelka is married to Barbara Tausia, a Belgian choreographer. Together, they have two sons, Kais born in 2008 and Kahil born in 2010. Nicolas Anelka acted in the 2002 film Le Boulet as a footballer named Nicolas. Nicolas Anelka has stated that, when Nicolas Anelka retires from football, Nicolas Anelka would like to work in the film industry because Nicolas Anelka has a friend in the business. Nicolas Anelka said: "I have a friend who's a producer, who makes lots of films. Nicolas Anelka recently did Asterix. So it's already agreed that I'm going to do other films. It helps to know actors and producers. It's different to football and it's something I enjoy very much because there's no ball. I like pretending to be somebody else, it's fun."

After discussing religion with some childhood friends, Anelka converted to Islam in 2004 in the United Arab Emirates, taking the Muslim name of Abdul-Salam Bilal. Initially, Anelka considered leaving European football to play in the UAE: "I am ready to stay here and to play for a club in the Emirates. I am not keen to go back to England or France." However, this did not come to pass and Nicolas Anelka briefly moved to Turkey instead.

Anelka has two brothers, Claude Anelka and Didier.


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