Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bacary Sagna

Bacary Sagna (French pronunciation: [bakaʁi saɲa]) (born 14 February 1983) is a French footballer who plays for Arsenal and the France national football team. His cousin Ibrahima Sonko also plays in England, for Ipswich Town. Sagna is called Bac by the majority of his teammates. Sagna has established as one of the best right backs in the world due to his consistent performances, sheer determination and athleticism which he contributes to the team. Sagna has reached well over 150 appearances for Arsenal and due to the rarity of making errors, he is known as Mr. Reliable by fans. Sagna is also an ambassador for Grassroot Soccer, an international non-profit that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. He has two children with his wife, Ludivine, who is from Auxerre.

He received his first senior international cap for France on 22 August 2007 in a friendly match against Slovakia on the road, which they won 1–0, coming on as a substitute for François Clerc after one hour of play. He went on to make his competitive debut for France in their 6–0 away win at the Faroe Islands on 13 October 2007 in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, playing all 90 minutes. It was his only appearance in the Euro 2008 qualifying. He was not a candidate to join the French team at the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland as he was still recovering from the injury sustained in Arsenal's Premier League match at Chelsea in March 2008.

After recovering from the injury, Sagna returned to the French national team for their friendly match against Sweden in August 2008, playing all 90 minutes in a 3–2 away win for France. He went on to become a regular in the French team's qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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