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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 May, 2004, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
Jean-Alain Boumsong
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Jean-Alain Boumsong
Born: 14/12/79
Club: Auxerre
Position: Defender
Debut: 20/06/03 v Japan
A strong central defender, Jean-Alain Boumsong is seen by many as the long-term successor to France captain Marcel Desailly.

Born in Cameroon, Boumsong moved to France as a teenager and made his professional debut at Le Havre in 1998.

He transferred to Auxerre and helped Guy Roux's side qualify for the Champions League.

In January 2004, Boumsong snubbed a move to Liverpool and will sign for Scottish giants Rangers in the summer.

His performances at Under-21 level have been impressive, especially his pace and reading of the game.

Despite his relative inexperience in the senior side, Boumsong was selected for Euro 2004 ahead of his equally-promising central defensive partner at Auxerre, Philippe Mexes.


Did you know? Boumsong played just once in qualifying but scored in the 3-0 defeat of Israel.




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