|FULL NAME||Patrick Vieira|
|BORN||June 23, 1976|
|HEIGHT||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
Patrick Vieira is a former French footballer who was born in Dakar, Senegal, on June 23, 1976. He was a midfielder for his side and now serves as the head coach of New York City FC.
When Vieira was eight years old, he and his family relocated from Senegal to Dreux, France. He began his career with Cannes at the age of 17 and scored two goals in 49 games during the 1994-95 season.
Vieira debuted for France in a match against the Netherlands in 1997, and he was also nominated to the French team for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Rise to glory
Vieira joined Arsenal in August 1996 and lasted with them for approximately ten years, scoring his debut goal for them against Derby County in a 2-2 tie on December 8, 1996.
In that season, he appeared in 38 games for Arsenal, guiding them achieve third place in the UEFA Champions League. That season helped him develop as a player, and his performance improved significantly, allowing him to become a valuable member of the Arsenal club.
Vieira was moved to Juventus in July of 2005. After spending so many years at Arsenal, he found it impossible to transition to any other team and reclaim the success he had with his old club, as seen by his dwindling performances. Vieira also had a groyne injury on the training field, which hampered his performance, and the team was strengthened by his teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic after all of this.
In the 1994-95 Ligue 1 season, Vieira began his club career with Cannes, while he was still a teenager. He appeared in 49 games for them, scoring two goals. He went to AC Milan the next season, where he only played two games and was used as a reserve for the remainder of the season.
He joined Arsenal for £3.5 million in 1996, which marked a turning point in his career. On December 8, 1996, he made his debut for them in a match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside stadium, and scored his first goal for them against Derby County. In that season, he appeared in 38 games for Arsenal, guiding them achieve third place in the UEFA Champions League. He had a fantastic season at Arsenal in 1998-99, earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year for his consistent performances.
Vieira was traded to Juventus in 2005 for £13.75 million after spending several more years at Arsenal, but he was unable to play much for them due to a groyne injury, and his performances began to deteriorate. Internazionale was his next stop, but his desire to play for a better team couldn’t keep him there for long, and he transferred to Inter Milan. Vieira was overlooked since the club had had players like Sulley Muntari and Thiago Motta.
Vieira will play for Manchester City with former Arsenal colleagues Kolo Toure and Silvinho, it was announced on January 8, 2010. He made his Manchester City debut in a 2-1 defeat to Hull City, and a few days later, he scored his first goal in a 6-1 victory against Burnley. He also appeared in the following season, in which Manchester City won the FA Cup by defeating Stoke City 1-0 in the final.
He was a member of the following winning teams:
Arsenal won the Premier League three times (1997-98, 2001-02, and 2003-05); the FA Cup three times (1997-98, 2001-02, and 2004-05); and the FA Community Shield three times (1998, 1999, and 2002).
Internazionale: Serie A in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10; Supercoppa Italiana in 2006 and 2008. Internazionale: Serie A in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10.
In 2010-11, Manchester City won the FA Cup.
For France, he was part of their squad when they won FIFA World Cup in 1998, UEFA Euro Championship in 2000.
He was also selected in the UEFA Football Championship Team of the Tournament in 2000; FIFA 100 in 2004 FIFA World Cup All star Team in 2006; English Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 2011, Vieira announced his retirement from professional football and accepted a position as Football Development Executive at Manchester City, where he would train and develop young players. Vieira was named the Elite Development Squad Manager in May of 2013.
He was named head coach of New York City FC in November 2015, succeeding Jason Kreis.