* Name: Franck Ribéry
* Position: Midfield
* Date of birth (age): 07/04/1983 (27)
* Country: France
* Club: Bayern ( Germany GER )
* Height: 170cm
* Weight: 72kg
* UEFA competition debut:
* Club: UEFA Intertoto Cup (Third round)
23/07/05: Marseille 2 – 1 Young Boys
* National team: European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
03/09/04: France 1 – 0 Israel
41 appearances, 7 goals
2006: 7 app, 1 goal

A man who once pronounced himself ugly and OK with that, Franck Ribery led a nomadic soccer existence until the day his Turkish club Galatasaray could no longer pony up his salary and Ribery moved to Marseille. There he became a star and was appointed the successor to France star Zinedine Zidane, even though Ribery is more a winger than a playmaker. Establishing himself as one of the finest of his craft at Bayern Munich, the bite-sized and injury-prone Ribery has yet to confirm that status with France, for which he has been a regular since its surprise run to the final of the 2006 World Cup.

Scouting thumbnail: Clever playmaker who operates anywhere behind the striker but prefers the wing. Direct player who loves to run at defenders and get to the byline. Impressive work rate. from soccernet.espn.go.com

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