Jeremy Toulalan


BornSeptember 10, 1983


Jérémy Toulalan is a French footballer who currently plays for Málaga CF in La Liga. Though his profile is that of a defensive midfielder, he can also be utilized as a central defender. He is best known for his shy and humble demeanor, simple distribution, good technique, and effective tackling. Toulalan is a product of the FC Nantes youth academy making his first-team debut during the 2001–02 season against Rennes in the annual Derby Breton. It wasn't until the 2004–05 season where he established himself as a strong midfielder. Due to his impressiv e statistics, he was named the UNFP Young Player of the Year and also elected to the league's Team of the Year. On 17 May 2006, Nantes agreed to a fee of €7 million, while Toulalan agreed to a four-year deal making him Lyon's first summer signing that season. He made his competitive debut for Lyon, against his former club Nantes, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win. He was a key component during the season helping Lyon capture their six straight league title. For his performances during the 2007–08 season, Toulalan was among four nominated for the UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year award. On 11 June 2011 Spain's Málaga CF and France's Lyon confirmed the transfer of Toulalan for €10 million for four seasons. On 28 November 2011 he opened the scoring with a header in a 2−1 home win over Villarreal CF and was later sent off during the game. Toulalan is also a French international having previously represented his country at youth level. He made his senior international debut in October 2006 and has represented his nation at two international tournaments: UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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