Matthew Le Tissier

Matthew " Matt" Le Tissier, Paul ( born October 14, 1968 in Guernsey, Channel Islands ) is a former football player. Throughout his professional career ( 1986-2002 ) he played for Southampton FC. There, the Le Tissier was used mostly as an attacking midfielder. He was considered very talented, albeit running lazy players.


In the club

Matthew Le Tissier began playing football at the club Vale Recreation, a club on the island of Guernsey. Here it was noticed early on his extraordinary talent. During a football game with the U-15 team, he was discovered by the then Premier League club Southampton FC and finally taken in May 1985 under contract. At the beginning of the 1986/87 season he was then equipped with a professional contract and announced on September 2, 1986 his debut for the first team. He quickly became very popular among the fans, and they gave him the nickname " Le God". However, there was due to his way of playing repeated criticism from the public. Despite everything he could to fight for a regular place in the team quickly.

His best season was probably 1993/94 when he scored 25 goals and behind Andy Cole and Alan Shearer third scorer was, although Southampton only 18th in the Premier League was. At the end of the season 1994/1995 he won election to the "Goal of the Season " with a goal scored from 30 yards against Blackburn Rovers. His 100th goal for Southampton in the League Le Tissier scored on 1 April 2000 in the home game against Sunderland one minute before the end of the game. His last competitive goal he scored in May 2001 in a 3-2 home win against Arsenal - the last game in the old stadium Southampton's The Dell. At his farewell game at the newly built St. Mary's Stadium were over 32,000 spectators. With 162 league scoring gates Le Tissier is behind Mick Channon 's # 2 time scoring list of Southampton FC.


Since originates Le Tissier from the Channel Islands which are not part of the United Kingdom nor a colony, but report directly to the British Crown, could Le Tessier the country for the national team, he would run up, choose among the so-called Home Nations. He opted for England. For the English soccer team Le Tissier came under coach Terry Venables eight times used. His successor, Glenn Hoddle nominated Le Tissier then not for the World Cup 1998. As a reason for not nominating the coach stated that Le Tissier does not fit into the team.

After end of his career as a footballer, he is currently working as an expert for the program " Soccer Saturday" on Sky Sports.