Mikaël Silvestre

  • Born: (Chambray-lès-Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France)

Mikaël Samy Silvestre is a French former footballer who played as a defender.

He began his career at Rennes in 1996, before moving to Italian club Inter Milan in 1998. He joined Manchester United in 1999, where he won five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League in his final season at the club in 2008. He then joined Arsenal, followed by a move to German side Werder Bremen two years later. After a further two years in Germany, he moved to the United States to play for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer, before signing for Indian Super League side Chennaiyin in 2014, where he retired at the end of the season.

Silvestre has also played for the France national team, earning 40 caps between 2001 and 2006. He represented France at two FIFA World Cups (2002 and 2006, winning a runners-up medal in the latter edition of the tournament), UEFA Euro 2004, and two conquests of the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003.

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