Arsenal Legend Patrick Vieira Retires: Factfile

End of an era for Emirates faithful.

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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.

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