Patrick Vieira is a former French footballer who was born on June 23, 1976 in Dakar, Senegal. He played at the position of midfielder for his team and is now currently working as the head coach of New York City FC.
Vieira along with his family moved from Senegal to Dreux (in France) when he was just eight years old. He began his career with Cannes at the age of 17 and made 49 appearances during the 1994-95 season in which he scored two goals.
Vieira made his international debut for France in 1997 in a match against Netherlands and was named also named in the French squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Rise to glory
In August 1996, when Vieira joined Arsenal and stayed with them for around 10 years with them where his first goal for them came against Derby County on December 8, 1996 in a 2-2 draw match.
He ended up playing 38 games in that season and helping Arsenal to finish at the third place in the UEFA Champions League. That season helped him to grow as a player and his performance grew greatly which helped him to become an integral and important part of the Arsenal team.
In July 2005, Vieira was transferred to play with Juventus. After spending so many years with Arsenal, it was difficult for him to adjust in any other team and regain the success that he achieved for his former team which could be clearly seen in his dipping performances. Vieira also got a groin injury at the training ground which worsened his play and after all this, the team was boosted up by his teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Vieira began his club career with Cannes at his teenage in 1994-95 Ligue 1 season. He made 49 appearances for them in which he scored two goals. In the next season he moved to the Italian giants AC Milan where he just played two games and was used as a reserve in rest of the matches.
1996 was a career changing year for him in which he joined Arsenal for £3.5 million. He made his debut for them in a match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside stadium while his first goal for them came against Derby County on December 8, 1996. He played 38 matches in that season and helped Arsenal to finish at the third position of UEFA Champions League. 1998-99 was a successful for him with Arsenal as he named in his PFA Team of the year for his consistent performances.
After spending many more years with Arsenal, Vieira was transferred to Juventus in 2005 in a deal worth £13.75 million but he was not able to play much for them while he also got a groin injury and his performances started to decline. He then joined Internazionale but his wish to play with a higher team could not stick him there for too long and he moved to Inter Milan. As the club already had players like Sulley Muntari and Thiago Motta, Vieira was not given much importance.
On January 8, 2010 it was confirmed that Vieira will play with Manchester City with his former Arsenal teammates like Kolo Toure and Silvinho. He made his debut for Manchester City in a 2-1 losing match against Hull City and few days later, his first goal for them came on April 3, 2010 in a 6-1 winning match against Burnley. He also played in the next for them where Manchester City won the FA Cup after defeating Stoke City 1-0 in the finals.
He was part of the following teams that won:
Arsenal: Premier League in 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2003-05; FA Cup in 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2004-05; FA Community Shield in 1998, 1999 and 2002.
Internazionale: Serie A in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10; Supercoppa Italiana in 2006 and 2008.
Manchester City: FA Cup in 2010-11
For France, he was part of their squad when they won FIFA World Cup in 1998, UEFA Euro Championship in 2000.
He was also selected in the UEFA Football Championship Team of the Tournament in 2000; FIFA 100 in 2004 FIFA World Cup All star Team in 2006; English Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 2011, Vieira announced retirement from professional football and accepted a training and youth development role at the Manchester City with the title of Football Development Executive. In May 2013, Vieira was appointed as their Elite Development Squad Manager.
In November 2015, he was announced as the head coach of New York City FC replacing Jason Kreis.