Ex-Man United Player Patrice Evra Announces Retirement

In this file photo taken on August 23, 2017 then Marseille’s defender Patrice Evra holds a press conference at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille.  PHOTO: BORIS HORVAT / AFP

 

Former France and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has called time on his playing career, according to the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

“My career as a player is officially over,” the 38-year-old told the paper.

Evra made his name with Nice and Monaco before Alex Ferguson signed him for Manchester United in 2006. He would go on to make almost 300 appearances for the club, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions Leage.

He moved to Juventus in 2014, winning two Serie A titles, before spells at Marseille and West Ham.

He also played 81 times for France and captained them at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which became famous for the French team strike at Knysna as they were eliminated in the group stages.

Evra said that he was now turning his attention fully to coaching.

“I started the course for the UEFA B licence as a coach in 2013,” he said. “Now, I want to finish that so that I can take the A licence. In other words, in a year and a half I will be qualified to manage a team.”

Evra was quick to praise the influence of his former Manchester United boss.

“He predicted that two of his players would become top level coaches: Ryan Giggs and Pat Evra,” he said naming himself in the third person.

“I think of Sir Alex as a father. He accepted me just as I am, sometimes a leader, sometimes arrogant.”

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I Am Not Homophobic, Says Evra After Social Media Spat With PSG

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Patrice Evra has hit back at accusations of homophobia after Paris Saint-Germain blasted the former France captain for calling the Ligue 1 club “a bunch of queers” in the aftermath of their Champions League exit to Manchester United.

Earlier, PSG condemned “Patrice Evra’s homophobic insults aimed at us… on social media” after a bizarre spat in which Evra used the French word “pede”, a derogatory term for homosexuals, to describe the Parisians.

Nonetheless, the 37-year-old claimed his comments had been twisted by the French media.

“I made a video, as a joke as a friend, and the French media, they take it because I used the word ‘pede’, so they translated as I am against the gay people,” Evra said on Twitter.

“I am not homophobic. I love everybody. So if I offend someone or I hurt someone, I already apologised.

“You have to be free for whatever you want to do in life, I will never judge anyone. Only God can judge me.”

Tensions began to mount between PSG and when Evra when the former United defender posted a video on Instagram, where he has 5.8 million followers, from PSG’s Parc des Princes stadium celebrating the Premier League side’s stunning 3-1 away win in the Champions League last 16.

This drew criticism from former PSG player and television pundit Jerome Rothen, who was a France and Monaco teammate of Evra.

Evra responded to Rothen by threatening to “smash his face in”.

The left-back, who played 379 times for United and 81 times for France, has a history of provocative statements and was the French captain during their infamous strike at the 2010 World Cup.

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‘Karate kick’ Patrice Evra Leaves Marseille

Patrice Evra ended his career with Marseille on Friday after his infamous karate kick on one of his own fans, the French giants announced.

Marseille said they and the 36-year-old had both agreed that the former Manchester United and French international would leave by “mutual consent”.

Just moments earlier, Evra was banned by UEFA from all European tournaments until June 30, 2018 and fined 10,000 euros.

 

Marseille’s French defender Patrice Evra (C) is escorted off the pitch by teammates Portuguese defender Rolando and Brazilian defender Doria (R) after an argument with supporters before the start of the UEFA Europa League group I football match Vitoria SC vs Marseille at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes on November 2, 2017. MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP

Evra was widely condemned for the assault on a Marseille spectator which took place during the pre-match warm-up of a Europa League tie at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes last week.

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France Beat Germany 2-0 To Reach Euro 2016 Final

Euro 2016, France, Portugal, GermanyAntoine Griezmann scored twice to knock World Champions Germany out of Euro 2016 and send France through to the final against Portugal on Sunday.

Griezmann netted at the end of the first half from the penalty spot after a controversial handball decision against Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger conceded the penalty as replays showed his arm grazed the ball as he put his arms up while marking Patrice Evra from a corner.

Griezmann scored again in the second half after a mistake from German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer handed him an easy tap in.

It’s the first time that France have beaten Germany in the finals of a competition since 1958.

Juventus Signs Evra From Manchester United

EvraFrance left back, Patrice Evra, has completed a £1.2m move to Juventus from Manchester United, signing a two-year contract with his new club after eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford.

Evra signed a one-year extension to his contract in May but asked to leave when Juventus approached United over his availability.

The former Monaco defender would have been competing for a starting berth next season against £27m signing, Luke Shaw.

Evra, who featured for France as they got to the last 8 of the just concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, reflected happily on his time with United, where he made 379 appearances and scored 10 goals for the club since he joined in January 2006.

He said of his departure: “After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.

“Joining and playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true and my time here has been so memorable. Through the good times and the bad times we have all stuck together and remained loyal. I have always said you don’t just join Manchester United, you join the family and long may that tradition continue.

“This club is steeped in history and I feel privileged to have become a part of that. Over the past nine years I have met and worked with some incredible people, many of whom will remain friends for life. I would like to thank everyone at the club – teammates, coaches and in particular all the staff who made every single day in Carrington or at Old Trafford a special day.

He also thanked former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and the club’s fans.

“An immense thank you to Sir Alex for making it all possible, for giving me the privilege to be a captain and to understand that nobody is bigger than the club”, he said.

“My biggest thanks go to the fans. We have had some fantastic times together and every single time I stepped out in that shirt I knew I was playing for a very special club.

“My passion for this club will live on and I know you guys will go on to enjoy more success in the coming seasons.”

It is understood that the Serie A Champion would pay an initial £1.2m for Evra, plus an extra £300,000 if they qualify for the Champions League in 2015-16.

Evra won five Premier League titles, three League Cup triumphs as well as an UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup winner’s medal.

Luis Suarez Signs New Long-Term Liverpool Contract

Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Anfield.

Twenty-six year old Suarez joined the Reds in January 2011 and has scored 17 goals in 11 Premier League starts this season. Suarez, whose original deal was set to expire in 2016, will reportedly earn around £160,000 until the end of the current 2013/2014 season and then £200,000 per week over the final four years of the contract.

“I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.” He said.

In the summer transfer, Suarez was close to joining Arsenal, but Liverpool rejected the Gunners club record offer of £40 million plus £1 in an attempt to trigger a release clause in his contract. Since the new season started, Suarez’s relationship with leading figures at Anfield has improved significantly.

Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax for £22 million and his time at the club has often been controversial as he has previously served two long-term bans.

In December 2011, the Uruguayan was banned for eight games  for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and again received a 10-match ban in April 2013 for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez who is widely regarded as one of the most talented footballers in the world paid tribute to the supporters, citing the ‘special relationship’ he has with them as a key factor in reaffirming his commitment to Liverpool.

van Persie scores against old club as Man U defeats Arsenal

Manchester United went top of the Premier League, temporarily at least, as they beat Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday.

Robin van Persie, playing against his former club for the first time, put United ahead after three minutes and Wayne Rooney missed a penalty before a Patrice Evra header midway through the second-half doubled their advantage.

Jack Wilshere was then sent off for a second yellow card as United squandered a number of opportunities to increase their advantage.

Santi Cazorla bent in superb goal in the final seconds to reduce the deficit for the visitors

Robin van Persie’s goal meant he has scored in the past three meetings between the age-long foes.