Olivier Dacourt

France 2017

A tenacious defensive midfielder, Olivier Dacourt started his career at Strasbourg before one-season spells at both at Everton and Lens, where he played a pivotal role in their run to the UEFA Cup final. He moved to Leeds United for £7.2m, breaking their transfer record and becoming an instant hero at Elland Road. He was a member of their famous squad that reached the UEFA Champions League semi-final, which coincided with a call-up to the French national team. After three years at Leeds he moved to Italy playing for Roma and Internazionale. He had his most successful spell at Inter winning two Serie A titles and two Supercoppa Italianas. At international level he was part of France’s EURO 2004 squad and won two FIFA Confederation Cups.

Full name: Olivier Nicolas André Dacourt
Born: 25/09/1974, Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Clubs: Strasbourg (1992-1998), Everton (1998-1999), Lens (1999-2000), Leeds United (2000-2003), Roma (loan, 2003), Roma (2003-2006), Internazionale (2006-2009), Fulham (loan, 2009), Standard Liège (2009-2010)
International: 21 apps, 1 goal (2001-2004)
Position: Midfielder

Honours:

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 1995
  • Coupe de la Ligue (1): 1996–97
  • Serie A (2): 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2006, 2008
  • FIFA Confederations Cup (2): 2001, 2003