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Philippe Mexès

Philippe Mexès (born 30 March 1982) is a French people Professional sports Association football association football who plays as a Association_football_positions Defender_.28DF.29 for Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan and for the France national football team.

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Philippe Mexès biography

Philippe Mexès (born 30 March 1982) is a French people Professional sports Association football association football who plays as a Association_football_positions Defender_.28DF.29 for Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan and for the France national football team.

Club career


Mexés began Philippe Mexès youth career at Auxerre, at aged 12, Philippe Mexès began training at Bastille, the youth team, where Philippe Mexès quickly became one of the key players for youth squads, captaining them to many cups.Philippe Mexès was renamed the ram after getting attacked by a bull during a game in the french league in 2002.


Mexès was signed to a four-year contract by A.S. Roma in June 2004. Roma was later found guilty of misconduct, as AJ Auxerre, Philippe Mexès previous club, did not agree to the transfer; it was solely the decision of the player. Mexès was suspended but later the ban was temporarily lifted. Mexès played Philippe Mexès first Serie A match on 12 September 2004 against ACF Fiorentina. In February 2005, the appeal on the six week ban was rejected and Mexès was suspended until April. The saga was eventually settled by Mexès, or Roma would have had to pay Auxerre Euro7 million.

After a difficult first season with the capitoline club, Mexès began the Serie A 2005-06 on the bench. Roma's transfer misconduct in the purchase of Mexès led to the club's being suspended in 2005 from signing players other than free agents, but the ban temporarily lifted in August. As the club did not sign anyone due to the ban, Philippe Mexès became a key player for Luciano Spalletti's squad. Mexès played nine out of a possible ten games for Roma in UEFA Cup competition. Philippe Mexès also played in the final of Coppa Italia 2005–06. The Giallorossi finished fifth in Serie A, initially qualifying only for the next year's UEFA Cup, but due to the 2006 Italian football scandal, Roma were awarded second, allowing Mexès to play for the first time in the UEFA Champions League.

As one of the key players of Roma, Philippe Mexès formed a central defensive partnership with Cristian Chivu. The club reached the UEFA Champions League 2006–07 quarter-finals. The club faced F.C. Internazionale Milano again at Coppa Italia 2006–07 Final. Mexès, partnering with Matteo Ferrari, Cristian Chivu, and Christian Panucci on defence, helped Roma to a 7–4 aggregate victory, including a 6–2 first leg win. The Giallorossi also finished second in Serie A with the third lowest goals conceded total.

Mexès signed a new five-year contract in which Philippe Mexès would earn Euro4.5 million in the first year, increasing to Euro5 million by the last year, in gross annual salary (pre-taxed salary). The Giallorossi reached the UEFA Champions League 2007–08 quarter-finals for the second straight year, but lost to eventual champions Manchester United F.C. for the second time in the same year. In Serie A, Roma narrowed an 11 point gap with Internazionale and eventually finished second behind Inter, three points back. At the 2008 Coppa Italia Final, Mexès scored the opening goal for Roma, and the Giallorossi went on to win 2–1, defending their title.

With Mexès in defense, Roma qualified for the knockout stage of UEFA Champions League 2008–09. Mexès missed the second leg against Arsenal F.C. and Roma lost in 6–7 Penalty shootout (association football). Roma's defense, however, conceded the fifth highest number of goals in Serie A.

In Roma's first Europa League match on 30 July 2009, Mexès scored on a Francesco Totti Indirect free kick, giving Roma a draw. Although Philippe Mexès received slightly less playing time with the arrival of Nicolás Burdisso on loan from Inter, Mexès contributed to a defense which helped Roma finish second in Serie A. In the latter part of 2010 Philippe Mexès reclaimed Philippe Mexès spot in the team..

On 3 April 2011, Mexès had to be substituted early in the second half in a Serie A match with Juventus F.C. because of an injury to Philippe Mexès left knee. After the match, it was revealed that Philippe Mexès had cruciate ligament damage. Two days after the injury, Philippe Mexès came through a successful operation. In an interview after Philippe Mexès operation, Mexès responded to speculation that Philippe Mexès had played Philippe Mexès last match for Roma. With Philippe Mexès contract due to expire in June 2011, Philippe Mexès hinted that Philippe Mexès would be leaving, likely to sign with A.C. Milan.


On 10 May 2011, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani announced, "Philippe Mexès will play for A.C. Milan next season," stating the completion of a transfer for Mexès. Mexes was handed the number five shirt, the same number Philippe Mexès had at Roma. Philippe Mexès played Philippe Mexès first unofficial match for the club in their Primavera (youth team). Philippe Mexès played only 45 minutes as the game was intended as to aid Philippe Mexès recovery from Philippe Mexès long term knee injury. On 26 October 2011 Philippe Mexès made Philippe Mexès debut in Serie A with Milan, in the home match won 4–1 against Parma F.C..

International career

Philippe Mexès played for the Under-18 and Under-21 France national football team, eventually winning a spot in the senior squad in August 2002. In Raymond Domenech's tenure as coach of the national team, Philippe Mexès was rarely called up, and Philippe Mexès failed to make the French squad for UEFA Euro 2004. Philippe Mexès was called up for France's friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in August 2006.
Mexès was not chosen for the 2006 FIFA World Cup or 2010 FIFA World Cup competitions in Germany and South Africa, respectively.
After 2010 World Cup, Laurent Blanc was appointed as new coach of the national team, and Mexès played the five first games of the Blanc era, partnering in centre back with Adil Rami.
On 25 March 2011, Philippe Mexès scored Philippe Mexès first goal for Philippe Mexès country in a game against Luxembourg national football team.

Personal life

Mexès and Philippe Mexès girlfriend, Carla, have two children together. Philippe Mexès son, Enzo, was born on 1 June 2003, and Philippe Mexès daughter, Eva, was born on 29 July 2007.



- AJ Auxerre
- - Coupe de France: 2003 Coupe de France Final

- A.S. Roma
- - Coppa Italia: 2007 Coppa Italia Final, 2008 Coppa Italia Final

- AC Milan
- - Supercoppa Italiana: 2011 Supercoppa Italiana


- European Under-18 Football Championship Gold medal: 2000 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup


- France Football "Hope of the Year": 2000

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