Sylvain Distin

Sylvain Distin
Position:
DF
D.o.B: 16/12/1977
Birthplace: Bagnolet, France
Weight: 192cm
Appearances: 204 (8)
Goals: 5
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Defender Sylvain joined Everton from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee in August 2009.

Briefly Club captain at Fratton Park, the Frenchman, who penned a three-year deal with the Blues, brought a wealth of experience, having also played for Paris St Germain, Newcastle United and Manchester City.

The 6ft 4ins defender began his career in his homeland playing non-league football with Joué-lès-Tours. His form earned him a switch to Tours and later Ligue 2 outift Gueugnon before PSG swooped for his services in 2000.

However, he spent just one season at Parc des Princes before moving to the Premier League to join Newcastle on loan. 

The Magpies reportedly made a bid to make the deal permanent but Distin instead opted to join Manchester City for a £4million fee – a then club record for a defender.

His performances with the Citizens earned him the club's Player of the Year accolade at the end of the 2002/03 season and, following the retirement of popular Algerian midfielder Ali Bernarbia, he was made captain.

Sylvain went on to make 207 appearances for City before joining Portsmouth when his contract expired in the summer of 2007.

A stalwart for the south coast side, he helped them to FA Cup glory in 2008 and later succeeded Sol Campbell as captain.

Everton's third major capture of summer 2009, Sylvain followed on-loan striker Jo and Russian international midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov into Goodison Park.

He quickly became a fixture at the centre of defence, scoring at Goodison against AEK Athens in September that year.

He remained the model of consistency in 2010/11, again popping up with vital goals against Liverpool and former club Manchester City.

The Frenchman continued in much the same vein throughout the 2011/12 campaign and was a near ever-present as the Blues reached the FA Cup semi-final and recorded a seventh-place Premier League finish. He was later named Everton's Players' Player of the Season.

In February 2013, he became the first foreign outfield player to reach 400 Premier League appearances.

Distin made his 210th and final appearance for the Toffees against Tottenham Hotspur in the final game of the 2014/15 campaign. Click here to watch his farewell interview.

He later signed a one-year contract with Premier League newcomers Bournemouth.

Premier League
FA Cup
League Cup
UEFA Cup

Career Stats - Sylvain Distin (First team)

League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
2009 2010 29 0 1 0 2 0 6 2 38 2
2010 2011 38 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 45 2
2011 2012 25 (3) 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 31 (3) 0
2012 2013 31 (3) 0 5 0 1 1 0 0 37 (3) 1
2013 2014 33 0 2 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 36 (1) 0
2014 2015 12 (1) 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 17 (1) 0
Total 168 (7) 2 19 0 8 (1) 1 9 2 204 (8) 5

Career Stats - Sylvain Distin (U21)

Season Appearances Goals
2014 2015 4 0
Total 4 0
Please note, not all competitions are listed on this page. In some cases, this may result in a discrepancy between the displayed totals for appearances and goals.

Club From To App. Gls.
Everton 30/08/2009 24/05/2015 204 (8) 5

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