Player Profile – GiulyJune 29, 2007
Full name: Ludovic Giuly
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Date of Birth: 10th July 1976
Previous Teams: Monaco, France; Olympique Lyonnais, France.
National Squad/Number of Appearances: France/10+
Giuly joined Barcelona in 2004 and despite having to compete with players such as Larsson and Messi has regularly played for the team since then. Despite his lack of height he is a renowned goalscorer with an explosive turn of speed and an eye for goal. He can play in most forward positions including as a second striker or in the hole but is usually played on the right wing. His creative goal poaching skills make him a firm favourite with fans.
Giuly joined AS Roma in July 2007
- Giuly has earned himself many nicknames including Ludo, the Magic Imp, the Atomic Goblin, the Petit Prince of Monaco, El Raton and Speedy Giuly.
- In 2005 his Barca team mates noted his resemblance to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and decided to call him that – shortly before the 2006 Champions League Final he announced that he would grow a moustache like the singer’s for pre-season training if Barca won.
- Giuly’s goal won Barcelona their place in the Champions League final of 2005-6.
- Despite a run of injuries he was Barca’s second top scorer with 11 goals in the League winning year of 2004-5.
- He was unable to take up his place in the French team for Euro 2004 following an injury picked up in the Champions League Final.
- He has won two Spanish Supercups (2005-6/2006-7), two League Titles (2004-5/2005-6) and the Champions League (2005-6) with Barcelona.
- At Monaco Guily won the French League (2000-1) and the French League Cup (2002-3).
- Giuly was a member of the winning French team at the Confederations Cup of 2002-3.
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