A “one club men” that marked the Southampton story
He loved only one team that he stayed with almost his entire career. Southampton. So it’s no coincidence that her followers had given her the nickname “Le God”. He was playing with the same comfort as both the right or left extreme offensive and offensive midfielder, as he was able to shoot with both feet and score goals easily and often.
Ladies and gentlemen, Matthew Paul Le Tissier was born 14 October 1968. Know is a football television presenter and a former professional footballer.
Le Tissier spent his entire professional club career with Southampton and won 8 caps for the England national team before turning to non-League football in 2002; his loyalty garnered special affection from Southampton’s fans who nicknamed him “Le God”.
A creative attacking midfielder with exceptional technical skills, Matthew is the second-highest ever scorer for Southampton behind Mick Channon and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990. He was the first midfielder to score 100 goals in the Premier League. He is notable for his record at scoring penalty kicks – converting from the spot 47 times from 48 attempts – and is considered one of the greatest ever from the 12-yard spot.
Following his retirement as a player, Le Tissier became a football pundit, and currently works as a panellist on the Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday. In 2011, he became honorary president of Guernsey F.C., for whom he briefly registered as a player in May 2013 to help with the club’s fixture congestion.
Xavi’s big fan
“For me, it was a phenomenon. I remember seeing him and going crazy”. Xavi said, with Le Tissier always responding with humour: “When I learned that I was Xavi’s insider, I made a t-shirt that read Xavi with me. I was wearing it and I was wearing it. “ Of course, the opposing coaches admired him too.
During the 16 years of his career (1986-’02), many great teams approached him. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Milan and Lazio have been dealing with his case for some time, but the closest of them all came first.
In the summer of 1992, Alex Ferguson was looking for his new No. 7. He got in the car, went down south and talked to Le Tissier personally. He had almost convinced him and left with this impression. The next day he phoned to say NO because the only thing he really liked was playing for Southampton.
“It was easy for me to go to United or Liverpool. I would constantly win and get titles. But it never intrigued me. I have always preferred to be on the edge of the abyss, to play with the stress and anxiety of survival, of salvation. Competing in the bigger teams is undoubtedly a very important thing. But it doesn’t compare to wearing the Southampton jersey, playing against them and defeating them. And I decided to dedicate myself to this satisfaction”. he once explained.
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Le Tissier was born in Guernsey, a Crown dependency, and played youth football on the island with Vale Recreation between the ages of 7 and 17. At 15, he had a trial at English club Oxford United, but nothing came of it.
Signing for Southampton on YTS forms in 1985 and then signing professional forms in October 1986, Le Tissier made his club debut in a 4–3 defeat at Norwich City in the Football league First Division, and by the end of that season had scored six goals in 24 league games, including a hat-trick against Leicester City in the league. He scored his first two competitive goals in a League Cup third-round replay at home to Manchester United on 4 November 1986, a game which Southampton won 4–1 and was Ron Atkinson’s ‘s last in charge of the visitors, his sacking coming within 48 hours of the result. Le Tissier made 19 first team league appearances in 1987-88, failing to score, but in 1988- 89, scored nine times in 28 league games.
Legend for Southampton
He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year for the 1989- 1990 season, in which he was one of the league’s top goalscorers with 20 goals as Southampton finished 7th in the First Division, the club’s highest finish for 5 years.
Le Tissier’s highest-scoring league season was 1993- 94, when he scored 25 league goals. The following season he won the Match of the Day Goal of the Season award for his drifting 40-yard chip against Blackburn Rovers, scoring against his long term friend, and former Southampton keeper, Tim Flowers.
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Le Tissier’s goal tally for the season regularly went well into double figures for the league alone throughout the 1990s, playing a major role in Southampton preserving their top-flight status into the new millennium as they came close to relegation on five occasions in the first seven seasons of the Premier League – including one season when they only survived on goal difference.
He was the subject of interest from many big clubs in England and overseas during this time, particularly from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, but the transfer never happened and Le Tissier would ultimately remain a Southampton player until his retirement. In August 1995, Chelsea reportedly made a £10million bid for Le Tissier which would have made him the most expensive the player in English football at the time. Shortly afterwards, defending league champions Blackburn Rovers were reportedly planning to sign him for a similar-sized fee.
On 2 April 2000, Le Tissier scored a last-minute penalty for Southampton in a 2–1 defeat to Sunderland. This brought his tally of Premiership goals to 100, making him only the sixth player and first midfielder to reach this milestone.
He scored the last goal in the final competitive match played at the Dell on 19 May 2001, against Arsenal. This turned out to be his last goal for Southampton. He played several games for the club during 2001-02, the first season at the new St Mary’ stadium, in an eventual 11th-place finish. His final competitive appearance for the Saints came against West Ham on 30 January 2002. He announced on 29 March 2002 that he would retire from playing at the season’s end after limping off with a recurrence of a calf strain during a reserve team game against Charlton.
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His final match, a testimonial against an England XI in May 2002, ended in a 9–9 draw, with Le Tissier playing 45 minutes for each side, while his 10-year-old son Mitchell came on as a substitute in the second half, scoring four times.
Throughout his career, Le Tissier had a fearsome reputation for scoring from the spot, converting 47 of the 48 penalties that he took for Southampton. His sole failure to convert came on 24 March 1993 in a match against Nottingham Forest, his spot-kick being saved by Forest keeper Mark Crossley, the feat being so unique that Crossley describes it as the save of which he is most proud.
Le Tissier was a creative and technically gifted the attacking midfielder, with an eye for goal, known for his ball-striking, and ability to get into good attacking positions, in addition to his vision, and ability to create chances for teammates; these abilities also enabled him to play as a supporting striker on occasion, or even on the right-wing, although this was not his favoured position. Despite his poor work-rate, and lack of notable pace or stamina, he was known for his excellent control, the technique, balance, and dribbling skills, as well as his intelligence on the ball, and his use of tricks and feints, which allowed him to beat opponents. He was also known for his extreme accuracy on penalties.
Le Tissier represented Guernsey’s under-15 side, playing in the 1983 Muratti Vase final against Jersey U15. Le Tissier chose to play for England, joining a relatively small group of players who were not born in the country and earned 8 caps over three years.
Matthew was picked by the then manager Terry Venables to start the ill-fated friendly match against the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road, on 15 February 1995. With Ireland leading from a 22nd-minute goal by David Kelly , a group of England fans began to riot, causing the Dutch referee Dick Jol to abandon the match…
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