Complete Name: Ludovic Giuly
Birthday: July 10th 1976
Ludovic Giuly took his first steps in professional football with his hometown team, Olympique Lyonnais, at the age of 18. He played at OL for four seasons (1994-95 to 1997-98).
The legendary, Jean Tigana, a key figure in Ludovic Giuly´s career took him to AS Monaco where he quickly earned widespread admiration under the orders of another former legendary French international, Didier Deschamps.
Giuly stayed with AS Monaco from 1997 until 2004, winning both titles and international recognition. In the 2003-04 season, Giuly played a big and important part in helping Monaco to reach the final of the Champions League where they lost to FC Porto and later Barça team mate Deco.
Thanks to his great performances for AS Monaco, he made his international debut with France against Scotland in 2000. He was selected for the French squad for EURO 2004 but had to pull out after he got injured in the Champions League final.
Giuly moved From AS Monaco to FC Barcelona for a transfer fee of € 8,500,000 in the summer of 2004. Giuly has contract with FC Barcelona until 30th June of 2007.
Profile & Position
At 1.64 m, Giuly is one of the shortest professional footballers in the top flight but turns this to his advantage with an explosive burst of speed.
He usually plays on the right side of the pitch, either as a midfielder or out on the wing, but is equally at home in the hole behind the centre forward or as a second striker.
He combines speed with a goal poacher's mentality, which means that whatever position he's playing in, he always has an eye on the opposition goal, employing constant cross-field movement to pull defenders out of position.