louis saha - fact file

2012 -         forward


Born on 8th August 1983 in Paris, France.

Height : -  1.84m  (6' 0")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

Having been a graduate of the French Clairefontaine academy, Louis Saha was perhaps destined for the top, but his injury hit career might have hindered him reaching his full potential. 

Growing up on an estate on the edge of Paris, Louis was taken in as a boarder at Clairefontaine and he did well enough to earn a deal with Metz, making his debut in 1998.

Signed by Ruud Gullitt at Newcastle United on a loan deal in the January 1999 transfer window, Saha made an immediate impact with his pace and clinical goal-scoring that helped his team to the 1999 FA Cup final, but he was omitted from the squad for the final altogether by Gullitt.  This attracted Fulham's attention and he signed for them in the summer of 2001 and his goals fired them to promotion to the Premier League.

This in turn brought him to the notice of Manchester United, who bought him for about 12.8 million in January 2004.  He scored frequently, despite missing a lot of games with injuries and he won a number of trophies in his four and a half years at Old Trafford.

Everton snapped him up in the summer of 2008 for an undisclosed fee, but Saha was not match fit and offered to forego his wages until he was fit  to play.  This impressed the fans and he became a popular player at Goodison Park, with his goals helping the side to challenge for European places and domestic trophies with a low cost squad.  he helped them to the 2009 FA Cup Final, where he scored the fastest FA Cup final goal ever after 25 seconds, but the team eventually lost out.  An ankle injury in March 2011 ended his season and in the following campaign, he featured erratically and towards the end of 2011 went 942 minutes without a goal for the club.

His arrival at White Hart Lane in January 2012 on a free six month deal was a real surprise.  His time at Everton had ended in him not playing a lot and with Spurs pushing up from their fourth place in the table, it was a questionable move by the club.  He did well initially, scoring twice in his second game, against his old club Newcastle, but he was then side-lined for a few games here and there with niggling injuries, especially when he was needed to get the goals during the slump the team had in March and April.

A French international, Louis scored the winning goal in the European Under-19 Championships against Portugal and went on to play in the 2004 European Championships (missing the final through suspension) and the 2006 World Cup.

In 2012, published a book in the UK entitled "Thinking Inside The Box".

At the end of the 2011-12 season, Tottenham released Saha, as they did not take up the option of a contract extension and he signed up with Sunderland on a free transfer, but a peripheral figure, he was released in January 2013.


Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Metz 1996 - ??  67 13
Newcastle United January 1999 Loan ??  12 2
Fulham January 2000 2,100,000 ??  142 63
Manchester United January 2004 12,800,000 31st January 2004 v Southampton (Premier League) (home) won 3-2 (scored once) 124 42
Everton Summer 2008 Undisclosed 22nd September 2008 v Hull City (Premier League) (away) won 3-2   (as a sub) 115 35
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR January 2012 Free 6th February 2012 v Liverpool (Premier League) (away) drew 0-0  (as a sub) ?? ??
Sunderland Summer 2012 Free ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
Metz (France)
47 League appearances; 5 goals
5 Cup appearances; 0 goals
1 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
14 European appearances; 8 goals
Newcastle United (loan)
11 League appearances; 1 goal
1 FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 European appearances; 0 goals
117 League appearances; 53 goals
11 FA Cup appearances; 3 goals
6 League Cup appearances; 6 goals
8 European appearances; 1 goal
Manchester United
86 League appearances; 28 goals
10 FA Cup appearances; 3 goals
9 League Cup appearances; 7 goals
19 European appearances; 4 goals
97 League appearances; 27 goals
7 FA Cup appearances; 4 goals
5 League Cup appearances; 2 goals
6 European appearances; 2 goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

France international
20 full caps;  4 goals
Debut :  18th February 2004 v Belgium (Friendly) (Brussels) (won 2-0)
Under-21 caps; goals
First Division Championship winners medal 2000-2001 (Fulham)
First Division top scorer 2000-2001 (Fulham)
Premier League Championship winners medal 2006-2007 (Manchester United)
Premier League Championship winners medal 2007-2008 (Manchester United)
League Cup winners medal 2005-2006 (Manchester United)
Champions League winners medal 2007-2008 (Manchester United)
Premier League Player of the Month - August 2001 (Fulham)

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What they said about Louis Saha
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What Louis Saha said about ...
... about the trappings of footballers' wealth ...  2012 (in his book ")

"It is disturbing as a young man to try to adapt to what is not normal for a working-class young man. And it's not normal working class any more, it's fame, success, bigger money. It disturbs you and you are not mature enough.  At times football has disconnected me from real life. The world of football spins on an axis of money and sex."

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