France’s biggest European success stories

14 Jul

It is Bastille Day – what better time for UEFA.com to celebrate the most successful players from France to appear in UEFA’s club competitions?


Most appearances by a French player in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
115: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
105: Patrice Evra (Monaco, Man United, Juventus)
96: Claude Makelele (Nantes, Real Madrid, Chelsea)
87: Mikaël Silvestre (Internazionale, Man United, Arsenal, Werder Bremen)
83: Florent Malouda (Lyon, Chelsea)
82= Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
82= Robert Pirès (Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
82= Zinédine Zidane (Juventus, Real Madrid)
76: William Gallas (Marseille, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham)
74: Gaël Clichy (Arsenal, Man City)

Top-scoring French players in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
51: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
46: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
32: David Trezeguet (Monaco, Juventus)
28: Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille, Milan, Bayern)
20: Nicolas Anelka (Paris, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe, Bolton, Juventus)
17: Michel Platini (Saint-Étienne, Juventus)
17: Franck Ribéry (Bayern)
15= Robert Pirès (Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
15= Sylvain Wiltord (Bordeaux, Arsenal, Lyon)
14: Zinédine Zidane (Juventus, Real Madrid)

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Most appearances by French players in UEFA club competition*
140: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona)
134: Claude Makelele (Nantes, Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Paris)
122: Zinédine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid)
117: Robert Pirès (Metz, Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal)
113= Patrice Evra (Monaco, Man United, Juventus)
113= Lilian Thuram (Monaco, Parma, Juventus, Barcelona)
104: Patrick Vieira (Cannes, Arsenal, Juventus, Internazionale, Man City)
99: Bixente Lizarazu (Bordeaux, Bayern)
98: Fabien Barthez (Marseille, Man United, Monaco)
97= Grégory Coupet (Lyon, Atlético Madrid, Paris)
97= William Gallas (Marseille, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham)

Top-scoring French players in UEFA club competition*
59: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona)
46: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
40: Jean-Pierre Papin (Club Brugge, Marseille, Milan, Bayern)
37: David Trezeguet (Monaco, Juventus)
30: Michel Platini (Saint-Étienne, Juventus)
28: Nicolas Anelka (Paris, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Man City, Fenerbahçe, Bolton, Chelsea, Juventus)
25: Djibril Cissé (Auxerre, Liverpool, Marseille, Panathinaikos, Lazio, Kuban Krasnodar)
24= Franck Ribéry (Marseille, Bayern)
24= Stéphane Guivarc’h (Auxerre, Rennes, Newcastle)
23= Zinédine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid)
23= Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg, Paris, Sevilla)

Madrid crowned first winners

First French team to appear in a European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Stade de Reims (lost 4-3 v Real Madrid, 1956)

First Frenchman to win European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Raymond Kopa (Real Madrid 2-0 Fiorentina, 1957)

First French team to win the European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Marseille 1-0 Milan, 1993

First French player to score in a UEFA Champions League final
Basile Boli (Marseille 1-0 Milan, 1993)

First/only French club to win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Paris 1-0 Austria Wien (1996)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

**played at least one minute

Deschamps on Goethals glory with Marseille

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