Mathieu Debuchy

 

Name: Mathieu Debuchy
Squad number: 26
Nationality: French
Born: 28th July, 1985, Fretin, France
Height: 177.5cm (5ft 10ins)
Weight: 77.7kg
Previous clubs: Lille
Signed: January 2013, from Lille
Newcastle United debut: 12th January, 2013 v Norwich (a), Premier League
Position: Defender

 

 

Mathieu Debuchy joined Newcastle United on 4th January, 2013, from Lille for an undisclosed fee.

 

Putting pen-to-paper on a five-and-a-half year contract, the full-back made his debut the following weekend, as the Magpies played out a goalless draw at Norwich in the Premier League.

 

French international Debuchy joined former club teammate and close friend Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside and was handed the number 26 shirt.

 

 

Early Days

Debuchy started his footballing career as a youngster as hometown club Union Sportive Frétin, before switching to Lille's youth set-up at the age of eight.

 

Following a decade progressing through the ranks with Les Dogues, the defender was promoted into the first team midway through the 2003/04 campaign and made his debut almost immediately, in January 2004 against Metz.

 

Establishing himself as a regular in the Lille starting line-up, Debuchy appeared not only in Ligue 1 but also the Champions League and UEFA Cup, making more than 230 appearances for them, and helped Lille to a league and domestic cup double at the end of 2010/11.

 

 

International Career

After representing France's Under 21 team, Debuchy stepped up to the senior side and made his Les Bleus' bow on 11th November, 2011, in a 1-0 friendly win over USA.

 

His first international goal came against Iceland in May 2012, and just days later Debuchy was named in the French squad for their Euro 2012 campaign.

 

Deputising for the injured Bacary Sagna, the full-back started every match for his nation during the tournament and was hailed as a huge success.