40 Facts About Patrick Vieira

1. Patrick Vieira was sponsored by sportswear company Nike and appeared in Nike commercials.

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2. Patrick Vieira led New York City to their first ever playoff appearance after finishing second in the Eastern Conference.

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3. Patrick Vieira was consequently selected by Chicago Fire as number one pick in the 2016 Super Draft, upon when Vieira agreed a trade with Chicago in exchange for the number four pick and allocation funds.

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4. Patrick Vieira was selected for the role by Director of Soccer Claudio Reyna due to his familiarity with the structure of operations within the group, as well as his tactical knowledge, which was previously utilised by Jason Kreis on his scholar period in Manchester.

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5. On 9 November 2015, Patrick Vieira was announced as the new head coach of New York City from 1 January 2016, replacing inaugural head coach Jason Kreis.

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6. In May 2015, Patrick Vieira was interviewed to be the next manager of Newcastle United, an opportunity which both parties rejected due to difference of policies.

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7. In May 2013, Patrick Vieira was appointed as the club's new reserve team and Elite Development squad manager.

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8. On 7 July 2010, Patrick Vieira confirmed again that he was no longer interested in playing for France and would devote his time to Manchester City.

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9. Patrick Vieira was not included by coach Raymond Domenech in France's squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and after France's failed campaign, he announced his international retirement by declaring that he would not make himself available to play under former teammate and new French manager Laurent Blanc.

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10. On 5 August 2006, Patrick Vieira was reappointed captain of the French national team for the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

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11. Patrick Vieira started the final, but was substituted due to injury in the second half, likely sustained when he collided with Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro.

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12. Patrick Vieira was appointed France's national team captain on Zinedine Zidane's retirement from international football.

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13. Patrick Vieira was injured and missed France's defeat to Greece, the eventual winners, at Euro 2004.

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14. Patrick Vieira played in all three games in the 2002 World Cup, in which France were eliminated in the group stage, failing to score a goal.

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15. Patrick Vieira helped France to victory in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, ending the tournament as joint top scorer with two goals, including the winner, a header, in the final against Japan.

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16. Patrick Vieira made his debut for France in 1997 against the Netherlands.

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17. Patrick Vieira scored in the Premier League on 3 April 2011 against Sunderland, having come on as a substitute for Adam Johnson in the 66th minute.

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18. Patrick Vieira was praised for how well he linked up with Aleksandar Kolarov.

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19. On 9 June 2010, Patrick Vieira agreed to a one-year extension to his contract, which kept him at Eastlands until the summer of 2011.

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20. Patrick Vieira was left crestfallen as Pires regained possession and Arsenal attacked, scoring the first goal of the tie through Cesc Fabregas.

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21. Patrick Vieira scored his first goal for the club—a 37th-minute winner against Udinese a week after, which contributed towards Juventus' impressive start to the league season.

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22. Patrick Vieira made his debut for Juventus against Chievo on 28 August 2005, in a match where the team won by a goal to nil.

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23. Patrick Vieira was reunited with Fabio Capello, who had signed him at Milan, as a teenager.

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24. On 15 August 2005, Patrick Vieira signed a five-year contract, in a deal worth £13.75 million.

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25. Patrick Vieira returned for the opening match of Emirates Stadium, in a testimonial for Bergkamp on 22 July 2006, as one of the Arsenal legends against Ajax.

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26. Patrick Vieira is, in my opinion, the best in the world in his position.

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27. Patrick Vieira went off with a thigh strain during the match against Newcastle United, which commenced a period of being in and out of the side for two months.

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28. In spite of growing interest to sign Patrick Vieira, not least from Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea in the summer of 2003, the player agreed terms to stay at Arsenal and signed a deal which ran until 2007.

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29. Patrick Vieira was ruled out of the 2003 FA Cup Final which Arsenal won, but jointly lifted the trophy with captain for the day, David Seaman.

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30. Patrick Vieira missed Arsenal's title run-in, which saw Manchester United overtake them in first place, due to sustaining a knee injury.

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31. Patrick Vieira pushed himself very hard and that explains why he was so tired.

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32. Patrick Vieira described the feeling as "daunting", but it was something he looked forward to: "Taking the responsibility on my shoulders is something I relish.

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33. Patrick Vieira was sent off on the opening day against Sunderland and for the second time in 72 hours at home to Liverpool.

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34. Patrick Vieira was charged, banned for six matches and fined a record £45,000 by The Football Association.

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35. Patrick Vieira returned for the trip at Wimbledon on 22 December 1997, which was postponed due to floodlight problems.

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36. Patrick Vieira ended his first season with 38 appearances in total and Arsenal finished in third place, missing out on a spot in the UEFA Champions League via goal difference.

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37. Patrick Vieira made his full debut against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, three days after.

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38. Patrick Vieira played in the final in his nation's victorious campaign at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and featured heavily as the team won Euro 2000.

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39. Patrick Vieira helped Arsenal achieve a sustained period of success during his time at the club, where he lifted three FA Cups and three league titles, including one unbeaten.

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40. Patrick Vieira was born on 23 June 1976 and is a French professional football head coach and former player.

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