Ligue 1

Who The Hell Is… Frederic Piquionne?

Out of the darkness and gloom of Portsmouth’s season seemed to appear a small ray of light in the contribution of Frederic Piquionne.

After moving to Fratton Park on loan from Lyon, Piquionne contributed vital goals in some memorable victories. The supporters will fondly remember his goal against Liverpool in the league and against Birmingham and Tottenham that led Portsmouth to the FA Cup final.

Well travelled amongst clubs within France, Piquionne began his professional career in the second division at Nimes, before moving on first to Rennes and then Saint Etienne, Monaco and Lyon. Piquionne joined Portsmouth on loan in August 2009. Piquionne began his international career playing for Martinique, though as they are not part of FIFA, he remained eligible to play for France. He made his debut for Les Bleus in a friendly against Austria in 2007, currently his only cap.

Piquionne has currently scored a total of 33 goals in 138 appearances in Ligue 1. Whilst not a particularly impressive total for a striker, Piquionne’s 11 goals in all competitions for Portsmouth last season brought some joy to supporters in what otherwise was a dismal season. As a loan player, Piquionne certainly didn’t shirk any responsibility and continued to contribute to the team. With Fulham, Blackburn and West Ham reported to be interested in his services, it may not be too long before we see Piquionne back in the Premier League.

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