Patris Evra

Patris Evra

French footballer
Date of Birth: 15.05.1981
Country: France

  1. Biography of Patrice Evra
  2. Early Career
  3. Move to Nice and Monaco
  4. Career at Manchester United
  5. International Career

Biography of Patrice Evra

Patrice Latyr Evra is a French footballer who was born on May 15, 1981, in Dakar, Senegal. He is currently a left-back for the English club Manchester United and the French national team. Evra was born into a diplomatic family and moved to Europe with his parents at the age of six. From 1984 to 1998, he lived with his parents in the suburbs of Paris. Despite losing two siblings, Evra grew up with a total of 25 brothers and sisters.

Early Career

As a teenager, Evra played as a striker for the youth team of Paris Saint-Germain. He was noticed by a scout from the small Italian club Marsala, and subsequently signed a contract with the team. Evra played in 27 matches for Marsala, scoring 6 goals as a forward. Local fans gave him the nickname "Black Gazelle". In the following season, he joined the Italian Serie B club Monza, but only played in three matches.

Move to Nice and Monaco

Evra returned to France and joined the club Nice, which competed in Ligue 2. Initially playing as a forward, he was later moved to defense by the head coach, Sandro Salvioni, due to an injury epidemic in the team. Salvioni continued to use Evra in both defense and attack throughout the remaining season. Evra excelled in his new position and was named the best left-back in Ligue 2. In 2002, after being impressed by Evra's performance, the head coach of Monaco, Didier Deschamps, signed a contract with him. Evra quickly established himself in the starting lineup, forming a defensive partnership with Lucas Bernardi, Gaël Givet, and Julien Rodriguez. In his first season with Monaco, the team reached the final of the 2004 UEFA Champions League but lost to Porto with a score of 3-0. Evra's impressive performances did not go unnoticed, and he was called up to the French national team.

Career at Manchester United

In 2005, Evra was named captain of Monaco. The club was eliminated from the Champions League after the group stage and spent most of the season in the lower part of the league table. On January 10, 2006, Evra transferred to Manchester United for £5.5 million, signing a 3.5-year contract with the club. The signing reflected Alex Ferguson's desire to strengthen United's defensive line, which had been weakened due to Gabriel Heinze's injury. During his first meeting with the team after signing the contract, Evra asked Gary Neville where the nearest church was located.

Evra made his debut for Manchester United on January 14, 2006, in a match against Manchester City, which ended in a 3-1 defeat for United. On January 22, Evra played his first match at Old Trafford and helped his club secure a 1-0 victory over Liverpool. Initially, the Frenchman had some difficulties adapting to the English style of play, but by the middle of the 2006/07 season, Evra found his form and secured a place in the starting lineup. On November 29, 2006, he scored his first goal for the club in the Premier League against Everton. On April 10, 2007, Evra participated in the 7-1 victory over Roma, scoring the final goal against the Italian club. At the end of the 2006/07 season, Evra was named in the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Team of the Year. In the 2007/08 season, Evra became a key player in United's defense, playing in 47 matches for the club, although he did not score any goals. Manchester United won their second consecutive Premier League title on the last matchday, beating Chelsea by two points. Evra played in ten matches for the club in the UEFA Champions League 2007/08, including the final in Moscow, where United defeated Chelsea on penalties. On June 12, 2008, Evra signed a new four-year contract, extending his stay at the club until 2012.

International Career

At Euro 2008, Evra remained on the bench for the first group stage match against Romania, with Éric Abidal playing at left-back. He started in the next game against the Netherlands, which ended in a 4-1 defeat for France. In the final group stage match, France lost 2-0 to Italy and were eliminated from the tournament. Prior to the match, cameras caught an altercation between Evra and Patrick Vieira in the players' tunnel.