Factbox: Former France international David Ginola

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London | Published: January 16, 2015 9:09:07 PM

Factbox on former France international David Ginola who declared his intention to stand for the FIFA presidency on Friday.

Factbox on former France international David Ginola who declared his intention to stand for the FIFA presidency on Friday.

Born: Jan. 25, 1967 in Gassin, France

Early Career

-Began his career at Toulon as an 18-year-old in 1985 before moving to RC Paris in 1988, Brest in 1990 and Paris St Germain in 1992.

– His flamboyant style caught the eye in a successful three-year spell at PSG where he won the Ligue 1 title in 1994, two French Cups (93, 95) and one League Cup (1995).

England

– Ginola was touted for a move to Spain but chose to join Newcastle United under Kevin Keegan in 1995 for a fee of 2.5 million pounds ($3.80 million) at a time when the north east club were fighting for the Premier League title.

– His time at Newcastle was ultimately unsuccessful, however, as they finished runners-up to Manchester United twice.

– He joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1997 and won both the player’s association and Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year awards in 1999.

– That year he scored a dazzling individual goal for Tottenham against Barnsley in the FA Cup and won the League Cup, his only trophy in England.

– He finished his career in England with spells at Aston Villa and Everton and retired in 2002.

International career

– Ginola made 17 France appearances between 1990 and 1995, but his international career was largely disappointing.

– A low point came in 1993 when he was blamed by then France coach Gerard Houllier for a World Cup qualifying defeat to Bulgaria that eliminated them from the 1994 tournament.

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