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16: Sebastien Frey

Frey looks to be the long-term successor to Number 1 Gregory Coupet, like the latter was understudy to Fabien Barthez. Although he started at AS Cannes in 1997, Frey played in Italy for most of his career to date. He played for Inter, Verona (while on loan from Inter), Parma, and his present club Fiorentina. His recent performances have received heaps of praise. Frey has helped Fiorentina rank 4th in Serie A, meaning qualification for Champions League. He has played in ALL matches for Fiorentina in Serie A conceding 39 goals.


Frey was call up for France for the first time in 2004 for a match against Poland in November, but he did not earn his first cap in the match. His first cap had to wait 3 years! He made his national debut in November 2007, in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Ukraine on the 21st. The match ended with the score level at 2-2, with Frey being blamed for the equalizing goal for Ukraine by Shevchenko.


Sebastien comes from a family of footballers. His grandfather, his father, and his son Nicholas are/were all professional footballers. Nicholas Frey (Sebastien’s son) currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Italian Serie B side Modena FC. Sebastien Frey provides excellent backup for Coupet, but if Gregory Coupet remains fit and out of injuries, it is unlikely that Frey will play in Euro 2008. He must remain patient as his chance will soon come, as Coupet’s career nears its end.


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