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Olivier Giroud

BIOGRAPHY

Olivier Giroud moved across London to Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018 and signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge.

The striker arrived with a proven pedigree at the highest level having scored goals regularly in the Premier League, in Europe and on the international stage for France.

A strong, physical forward, Giroud is lethal in the air and clinical with his feet in and around the penalty area.

Giroud began his career with Grenoble and, after moving up through the ranks, eventually made his first-team debut for the French club in 2006.

A loan spell at Istres followed before he joined Ligue 2 club Tours on a permanent basis. So impressive were his displays for Tours, Giroud then moved to Montpellier, in the French top flight, in July 2010.

The striker made a goalscoring debut for Montpellier and enjoyed a solid first season with the club, scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw at PSG, as well as netting the winner against the same opposition in a League Cup semi-final.

His second campaign at the club really could not have gone any better, with the forward netting hat-tricks in matches against Dijon and Sochaux as well as the winning goals against Lyon, Nice and St-Etienne as Montpellier won the French title for the first time in their history. He ended the campaign with 21 league goals.

After signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2012, Giroud quickly adapted to the demands of English football. He ended the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons by playing in victorious FA Cup finals and in the second of those – a 4-0 win over Aston Villa – it was Giroud who completed the scoring.

His best goalscoring return in a season at Arsenal came in 2015/16 when he found the net 24 times and he reached the 100-goal mark for the north London side in September 2017.

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Having made his Chelsea debut in an away game at Watford, Giroud impressed on his first start at home to West Bromwich Albion and scored his maiden goal for the club in our following game, a 4-0 FA Cup win over Hull City.

Giroud had to wait a while for his first league goals in Chelsea blue, but when they arrived they swung an away game at Southampton decisively in our favour as we fought back from 2-0 down. He scored another goal against the same opposition at Wembley a week later, setting us on our way to victory in the FA Cup semi-final with a slalom individual goal. 

He headed a fine winning goal against Liverpool in May and finished the season as first-choice striker, working hard in our FA Cup final win over Man United which earned him a fourth winners' medal in the competition. 

 


International

Giroud has been involved regularly with the France national team since making his debut in 2011 when he was introduced as a substitute against the USA.

He scored his first goal a year later in a friendly win over Germany.

His maiden appearance at a major tournament came in a Euro 2012 game against Ukraine.

Two years later, at the World Cup in Brazil, Giroud opened the scoring when France beat Switzerland 5-2.
 

The striker was then named in the squad for Euro 2016, which took place on home soil, and it was Giroud who scored the first goal of the tournament when he headed the hosts into the lead against Romania.

He followed it up with a brace in their 5-2 quarter-final win over Iceland and ended the competition as the joint-second top scorer.

Having been named in the France squad for the 2018 World Cup, Giroud started their first game on the bench before going on to lead the line for the rest of the tournament, which ended with the Chelsea striker becoming a World Cup-winner.

Manager Didier Deschamps brought Giroud into the starting line-up for their second match, with his impressive hold-up play and ability to link-up well with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe ensuring he remained the focal point of their attack throughout.

Giroud produced a wonderful assist for Mbappe in France's dramatic 4-3 win over Argentina, and produced a solid display in the final as they ran out 4-2 winners against Croatia to secure the trophy.