Menu

Arsenal Legend Patrick Vieira Retires: Factfile

End of an era for Emirates faithful.

Watching Hangzhou Greentown v Arsenal? Check In With the Great New COS Facebook App

1976: Born Dakar, Senegal, on June 23. Later moves to France.

1995: November – Joins Italian giants AC Milan from Cannes.

1996: August – After just two Serie A appearances for Milan becomes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s first buy for £4million.

1997: February – Wins first call-up to France senior squad and makes debut in friendly against Holland.

1998: May – Clinches Premiership and FA Cup double with Arsenal. Picked for France’s World Cup squad.

July – Wins World Cup winner’s medal with France.

December 14 – Fined £20,000 for misconduct by FA for making gesture to Sheffield Wednesday fans, but cleared of assaulting police officer in the Hillsborough tunnel after match in September.

1999: September 3 – Sent off against West Ham and television captures him spitting at Neil Ruddock, then is reported to FA by police after clashing with an officer in the tunnel.

October 28 – Given six-match ban. The penalty was a four-match ban plus a £30,000 fine for spitting, and a two-match ban plus £15,000 for confrontation with a police officer.

2000: July – Wins European Championship with France in Belgium and Holland.

December 4 – Vieira is charged with misconduct by the FA after apparently headbutting Eirik Bakke and kicking Olivier Dacourt in the throat in a match against Leeds.

2001: February 8 – Given one-match suspension and £10,000 fine after being found guilty of kicking Dacourt but cleared of headbutting Bakke.

2002: June – Travels to World Cup with France but the holders are eliminated after failing to win a game.

2004: June – Reaches quarter-finals of Euro 2004 where France suffer surprise defeat by Greece.

November 24 – Receives 10th red card of Arsenal career in Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven.

2005: February – Referee Graham Poll has to separate Vieira and Manchester United skipper Roy Keane after they clash in tunnel before the Gunners’ 4-2 defeat at Highbury.

May 21 – Arsenal beat United on penalties in the FA Cup final.

July 14 – Juventus sign Vieira from Arsenal for £13.7million.

2006: May – Juventus win Serie A title.

July 9 – Vieira on losing side as France are beaten on penalties by Italy in World Cup final.

August 2 – With Juventus stripped of their Serie A title and relegated to Serie B for their role in a match-fixing scandal, Vieira moves to Inter Milan for £6.5million.

August 6 – Regains captaincy of French national side following the retirement of Zinedine Zidane.

November 15 – Earns 100th cap for France against Greece in Paris.

2007: May – Ends first season at Inter as Serie A champions.

2008: May – Helps Inter retain the Scudetto.

June – Included in France’s Euro 2008 squad but fails to feature in any of their three group games due to a knee injury.

2009: May – Wins a third Serie A title with Inter, although features in less than half of their league games under Jose Mourinho.

2010: January 8 – Signs a six-month deal with Manchester City.

May – Misses out on place in Raymond Domenech’s France squad for World Cup.

June 9 – Takes up option of one-year extension to Manchester City contract.

2011: May 14 – Makes late substitute appearance as City beat Stoke 1-0 in the FA Cup final, their first major silverware for 35 years. City also reach Champions League by finishing third in Premier League.

July 14: Announces retirement from playing to take up development role with City.

Join the Best Football Manager game now, Its Free!

More Stories Arsenal FC Inter Milan FC Juventus FC Manchester City FC Patrick Vieira