Patrick Vieira is a former footballer. A former midfielder, Vieira began his career with French club Cannes in 1994. He moved to Italian side Milan the following season, but was unable to break into the starting line-up, and was subsequently sold. He rose to prominence during a hugely successful spell at Arsenal from 1996 to 2005, where he eventually became club captain, and won three Premier League titles – one unbeaten – and four FA Cups. He transferred from Arsenal in 2005 and spent one season at Juventus, helping the team to the Serie A championship. Following Juventus’ relegation for their part in a match-fixing scandal, Vieira moved to Internazionale and won three Serie A titles, before moving to Manchester City for two seasons, where he retired in 2011 after adding another FA Cup winners’ medal to his personal honours. At international level, Vieira obtained 107 caps for France, and was part of their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning sides; he was also a member of the French team that finished runners-up in the 2006 World Cup. In May 2010, Vieira was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Vieira spent two seasons as Football Development Executive at Manchester City with a role to oversee aspects such as youth development, commercial partners and the club’s social responsibility programme, “City in the Community”.
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For the second consecutive season Arsenal failed to progress past the group stage of the UEFA Champions League; a third-place finish, however, earnt them a consolation place in the UEFA Cup. Arsenal eventually reached the final to play Galatasaray in Copenhagen – the match was overshadowed by altercations between both sets of supporters. Arsenal lost 4–1 on penalties after a goalless draw.
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Vieira’s family moved from Senegal to Dreux, France, when he was eight, and he did not return to Senegal until 2003. His parents divorced when Vieira was young, and he never met his father again. His grandfather served in the French Army, making him eligible for French nationality at birth. His surname Vieira, which is Portuguese, is his mother’s maiden name, who is from Cape Verde.
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This shirt was worn by Patrick Vieira during the second half of Internazionale vs Roma which took place in Milan, San Siro Stadium, on February 27th 2008. The shirt was swapped after the game with a A.S.Roma player who we got the shirt from. The shirt has a special “Fondazione Pupi” badge on sleeve with match details and player’s number. The “Fondazione Pupi” (Fundación PUPI) is a charity organization, funded by Javier Zanetti and his wife Paula, with the aim of helping children who were left impoverished by the country’s economic crisis by giving them educational opportunities, as well as taking care of their nutritional requirements.“Pupi” is the nickname of Javier Zanetti. It was given to him by his brother football’s coach when he was very young in Argentina. Since then Javier is “Pupi”. Inter team is usual to play with special shirts with special “Fondazione Pupi” badges on sleeves few times a year since early 2000’s and to auction the shirts to raise money for the foundation. Aside of the special badge on sleeve, this shirt is considered a very special shirt because it is the team centenary’s shirt, with a special commemorative embroidery around the team’s crest.
February 27th 2008
Inter vs Roma
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Juventus were stripped of their 2004–05 and 2005–06 titles after it was revealed they were involved in a match-fixing scandal. Juventus were relegated to Serie B and deducted 17 points by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for their involvement, prompting many of the club’s major stars to move elsewhere. After press speculation linking him to various clubs, including a move back to Arsenal, on 2 August 2006, Vieira officially signed a four-year deal with Inter Milan in a deal to be worth €9.5 million, less than half of the €20 million fee Juventus had paid just 12 months prior. Vieira declared he wanted to continue to play at the highest level at the presentation conference, which is his reason to leave Juve. In his first season at Inter, he added to his trophy cabinet the Italian Super Cup (scoring a brace in that game) as well as the 2006–07, 2007–08, and 2008–09 Serie A titles. But due to injury, he failed to become a regular starter. Olivier Dacourt, initially a backup player, became manager Roberto Mancini’s first choice player in the 2006–07 season. And since the club signed Sulley Muntari and Thiago Motta, Vieira became of lesser and lesser importance in the team. In response to extensive media speculation regarding a possible return by Vieira to his former club in 2009, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger admitted that he would contemplate re-signing Vieira. The move never happened, however, and Vieira remained at Inter. On 6 January 2010, Vieira unusually played as starter against Chievo, which was his eighth league start of the season. Before the match commenced, Inter had lost Esteban Cambiasso and Sulley Muntari due to injury, with Dejan Stanković and Thiago Motta suspended. José Mourinho stated that Vieira had played his last game at Inter after the match.
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Vieira was a complete, powerful, tenacious and aggressive footballer, with outstanding physical, athletic and technical attributes. Usually deployed as a defensive, central, or box-to-box midfielder, he was a competent tackler, and a tactically intelligent midfielder, gifted with good ball skills, distribution and vision, which enabled him to start attacking plays in midfield after winning back possession; he also excelled in the air, and was known for his surging forward runs from midfield, which enabled him to contribute to his team’s offensive play. These attributes, in addition to his pace, strength, pressing ability and stamina, allowed him to link up the defence with the attack effectively, and made him capable of playing anywhere in midfield. In 2007, The Times placed him at number 33 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.