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Florent Malouda


Florent Johan Malouda is a French footballer who plays as a left winger for Chelsea and the France national football team. Starting off as a street footballer in his teen years, Malouda soon attracted the interest of scouts from French club Châteauroux and he soon moved to Paris to join the club. Malouda played 57 games for Châteauroux, making his senior debut at the age of 16 in the French Ligue 2. Malouda was then signed by Guingamp, where his talent was showcased in French top-flight football. In 2003, Malouda signed with Olympique Lyonnais. The highlights of Malouda's career at Lyon were a man of the match display against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and his 10 goals which led Lyon to their sixth consecutive Ligue 1 title, both during the 2006–07 season. On 8 July 2007, he transferred to Chelseas on a three year contract, for an undisclosed amount. On 19 August, Malouda won a penalty awarded by referee Rob Styles in a Premier League game against Liverpool. Malouda scored his first two goals in the Luis Felipe Scolari era against French outfit Girondins de Bordeaux in the Champions League group stages on 16 September 2008. He played a pivotal role in setting up the first goal in Chelsea's campaign against Manchester United in the 2009–10 Premier League campaign . the 2009–10 Premier League campaign. Malouda made his debut for France on 17 November 2004 in a match against Poland. He then became a squad regular, scoring his first goal for his country on 31 May 2005 against Hungary.  
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