23 Facts About Sylvain Wiltord


Sylvain Claude Wiltord was born on 10 May 1974 and is a French former professional footballer.


Sylvain Wiltord won the Ligue 1 title at Bordeaux and in each of his three consecutive seasons at Lyon.


Sylvain Wiltord played at the 1996 Olympics, two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships.


Sylvain Wiltord was part of the teams which won Euro 2000 and reached the final of the 2006 World Cup.


Sylvain Wiltord joined Rennes from lower-league side CO Joinville in 1991.


In summer 1996, after Sylvain Wiltord's excelled for France at the 1996 Summer Olympics Spanish La Liga club Deportivo de La Coruna reached an agreement with Rennes for him to join from 1 July 1997.


Sylvain Wiltord made his debut as a substitute against Chelsea on 6 September 2000, and his first goal followed against Coventry City on 16 September 2000.


Sylvain Wiltord scored crucial winning goals along the way against Chelsea and Everton.


Sylvain Wiltord started the 2002 FA Cup Final and played as a substitute in the 2003 final.


In June 2008, Sylvain Wiltord was voted 33rd in a list of 50 of the greatest Arsenal players of all time.


When his contract with Arsenal expired in the summer of 2004, Sylvain Wiltord trained for two weeks with Rennes and rejected a move to newly promoted Premier League team West Bromwich Albion.


Sylvain Wiltord was reportedly keen on a move to Arsenal's rivals Tottenham Hotspur.


Sylvain Wiltord signed for Rennes in August 2007 on a two-year contract and with an opportunity to join the coaching staff when he finished his professional career.


Sylvain Wiltord joined Marseille on 15 January 2009 for the remainder of the Ligue 1 season.


On 30 January 2010, after training with US Creteil, Sylvain Wiltord signed with FC Metz until the end of the season.


Sylvain Wiltord announced his immediate retirement on 11 June 2012.


For France, Sylvain Wiltord has been capped 92 times, scoring 26 goals.


Sylvain Wiltord remained in the national squad for the 2002 World Cup, where France endured a shocking first round exit without a single win or scoring a single goal, the worst ever performance by a defending champion at the World Cup.


Sylvain Wiltord took part at UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal, having played seven games in the qualifying campaign with a fantastic return of six goals.


Sylvain Wiltord was a part of Raymond Domenech's France squad that played in the 2006 World Cup final against arch-rivals Italy.


Sylvain Wiltord is France's 12th highest scorer with 26 goals netted for Les Bleus.


Sylvain Wiltord's parents moved from Martinique to metropolitan France before his birth.


Sylvain Wiltord was sponsored by sportswear company Nike and appeared in Nike commercials.