Louis Laurent Saha
(born 8 August 1978 in Paris) is a French
international footballer of Guadaloupian descent who plays for the English club,
He made his English football debut while on loan at Newcastle United on
January 9, 1999, but made the greatest impact of his career when, during 2000,
he was transferred to Fulham from F.C. Metz for £2.1million. During a spell of
nearly four years at the club, he scored 63 goals in total.
In January 2004 he moved to Manchester United for £12.82million, and was
handed the number 9 shirt which had been vacant since the departure of Andy Cole
two years earlier. Saha scored from a free-kick on his United debut in a 3-2 win
over Southampton F.C. on 30 January 2004. In February 2004, Saha capped another
debut appearance with a goal, on this occasion for the French national team, in
a 2-0 victory against Belgium. Saha ended the season with 7 goals from 13
appearances for United and he looked to have developed a promising partnership
with Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
||Louis Laurent Saha
|Date of birth
||August 8, 1978
|Place of birth
||181 cm / 5' 11"
Newcastle United (loan)
|2004 - Present
* Professional club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 6 June 2006.
** National team caps and goals correct
as of July 5, 2006.
However, the arrival of Alan Smith (from Leeds United for £6million) and then
Wayne Rooney (from Everton for £30million) pushed Saha down the pecking order
and he was linked with a move away from the club less than a year after
arriving. His 2004-05 season was badly hit by a succession of injuries and he
managed only two goals. 2005-06 also began with injury setbacks, but Saha has
silenced his critics with a series of strong performances since his return to
first-team action in November 2005. He now looks likely to replace Van
Nistelrooy as United's main striker after the Dutchman has left the club. A
member of the French national team and now fairly well established in the squad,
Saha was a part of the squad at the 2004 European Football Championship. He is a
friend of national team-mate Thierry Henry.
He was picked in the 2006 World Cup Squad squad for France as a forward,
along with Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet as well as Djibril Cisse, Sylvain
Wiltord and Franck Ribéry. He was unable to play in the final due to receiving
his second yellow card of the knockout stages in the semi-final against
2006 finally saw him pick up his first medal in the Carling Cup 4-0 win over
Wigan. Saha managed to score one of the goals and could be the first of many
trophies with the Red Devils.
he is the best player in the world because he plays for
sahas wiked. ppl dnt giv him enuff credit. he does wat he is
supposed to do. he puts the ball in the net, he is fast, strong, good headerer
of the ball. HES A LEGEND