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Career and Honors

Vincent CANDELA

Nationality - French
Place and Date of Birth - Bédarieux (FRA) - Oct 24, 1973
Height and Weight - cm 180 - Kg 73

CAREER

Youth Squads
1978/1981 - Maurin (FRA)
1981/1989 - Montpeller HSC (FRA)
1989/1992 - Toulouse FC (FRA)

Professional Clubs
1992/1993 - Toulouse FC (FRA)
Ligue 1 - 3 games - 0 goals

1993/1994 - Toulouse FC (FRA)
Ligue 1 - 26 games - 1 goal

1994/1995 - Toulouse FC (FRA)
Ligue 2 - 27 games - 2 goals

1995/1996 - Guingamp EA (FRA)
Ligue 1 - 27 games - 1 goal

1996/ January 1997 - Guingamp EA (FRA)
Ligue 1 - 21 games - 1 goal
Intertoto Cup - 2 games - 0 goals
Uefa Cup - 1 game - 0 goals

January 1997/1997 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 15 games - 2 goals

1997/1998 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 32 games - 2 goals
Italy's Cup - 6 games - 0 goals

1998/1999 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 30 games - 1 goal
Italy's Cup - 4 games - 0 goals
Uefa Cup - 8 games - 0 goals

1999/2000 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 26 games - 3 goals
Italy's Cup - 1 game - 1 goal
Uefa Cup - 6 games - 0 goals

2000/2001 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 33 games - 3 goals
Italy's Cup - 2 games - 0 goals
Uefa Cup - 5 games - 0 goals

2001/2002 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 31 games - 2 goals
Italy's Cup - 1 game - 0 goals
Champions League - 10 games - 0 goals
Italian Supercup - 1 game - 1 goal

2002/2003 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 23 games - 1 goal
Italy's Cup - 8 games - 0 goals
Champions League - 10 games - 0 goals

2003/2004 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 12 games - 0 goals
Uefa Cup - 4 games - 0 goals

2004/ January 2005 - AS Roma (ITA)
Serie A - 8 games - 0 goals
Italy's Cup - 1 game - 0 goals
Champions League - 3 games - 0 goals

January 2005/2005 - Bolton Wanderers FC (ENG)
Premier League - 10 games - 0 goals
FA Cup - 2 games - 0 goals

2005/2006 - Udinese (ITA)
Serie A - 26 games - 1 goal
Italy's Cup - 3 games - 0 goals
Champions League - 11 games - 1 goal

2006/ January 2007 - Siena (ITA)
Serie A - 14 games - 0 goals
Italy's Cup - 2 games - 0 goals

January 2007/2007 - Messina (ITA)
Serie A - 17 games - 0 goals

French National Team
1996/1997
Friendlies - 5 caps - 0 goals

1997/1998
World Cup - 1 cap - 0 goals
Friendlies - 6 caps - 0 goals

1998/1999
European Championships Qualifiers - 3 caps - 1 goal
Friendlies - 3 caps - 0 goals

1999/2000
European Championships - 2 caps - 0 goals
Friendlies - 4 caps - 0 goals

2000/2001
Friendlies - 6 caps - 0 goals

2001/2002
World Cup - 2 caps - 0 goals
Friendlies - 7 caps - 1 goal

2002/2003
Friendlies - 1 game - 0 goals

HONORS

Club
1996 - Intertoto Cup

Guingamp

2000/2001 - Italian Serie A
AS Roma

2001/2002 - Italian Supercup
AS Roma

French National Team
Under 21 European Championships - Spain 1996

Bronze

World Cup - France 1998
World Champion

European Championships - Belgium & Holland 2000
European Champion

Nicola Cilento 2014. 5. March 1595 Hits Il Calciatore

Me and the National team

"With the shirt of my National team I have played forty times, also scoring five goals. There are some episodes I will never forget: my first cap in October 1996 against Turkey, since I was the first player from Guingamp (a small French club) to have the honor to wear the shirt of Les Bleus.

Then how can we forget the extraordinary adventure of the 1998 World Cup? It was the first, great international success of my country, and I feel immensely proud for having been part of that extraordinary group that was able, after a good 209 years from the historic "Bastille Day", to pour over one and a half million parisiens on the Champs Elysées!

It was an extraordinary moment, and I remember perfectly my excitement on board of the bus that would take us in triumph! Two years later we also won the European Championship. It's been, no doubt, an extraordinary team, driven by who I consider one of the strongest players that I have ever seen play: Zinedine Zidane. He is now a great friend of mine even outside the pitch”.
2014. 3. March 1162 Hits Il Calciatore

Me and AS Roma

"I owe so much to AS Roma: success, fame, wealth. And that's not all: I have built my family here in Rome, here my four sons were born.

And even after I stopped playing I chose this city, where the boy I was has become a man, and now I live the life of an adult entrepreneur.

I still remember - as if it were yesterday – when I arrived at the beginning of 1997: it was a strong impact, a real shock to me, coming from a small city like Guingamp. At the airport there were so many fans waiting for me, to the point that the police had to escort me! I really could have not even imagined it, just a couple of months before...

At the time it had been written that I had been noticed during the UEFA Cup between Guingamp and Inter Milan, but the truth is rather different: it was the end of May 1996 and in Barcelona (Spain), we were playing the U-21 European Championship finals. After being defeated by Italy, we conquered the bronze medal. In the stands, watching at me, there were Giorgio Perinetti and Carlos Bianchi (at that time, respectively DS and AS Roma coach) and they decided to bring me in the Capital city.

In Rome, I immediately felt like being at home: in particular, I made friends with three Romans like Di Biagio, Petruzzi and Totti. On the pitch, however, things did not go the right way: Carlos Bianchi was sacked very soon, and after some months with Nils Liedholm, then Zdenek Zeman came. The bohemian coach did not appreciate me very much, I was not - so to speak – his "first choice": they were difficult times (it was also rumored about a possible transfer to Inter Milan), but with tenacity I overcame those difficulties, until becoming a regular starter in the Eleven of Fabio Capello, the coach of the Scudetto.

Yeah, that Scudetto... I do not think you can describe in words the emotion – one and only – that Roma fans can give you: a strong and overwhelming passion, able to involve everyone.

After eight years I changed my shirt, but AS Roma and Rome always remained as stainless marks in my heart, so when I decided to stop (it was 2009) I did it at the Stadio Olimpico.

And yet today, now as a simple fan, I always - or almost – go and watch the games from the stands".

2014. 5. February 1144 Hits Il Calciatore