Born on January 4 at Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, a small French town on the picturesque Swiss border, five miles from Geneva
1991 Embarks on his career in youth football with local side Bellegarde.
1993 Continues to serve his early footballing apprenticeship with Concordia.
1999 Moves to Plastics Vallee in July that year.
2000 Is spotted by Auxerre and moves to Burgundy to join the youth set-up at Stade de I'Abbe-Deschamps.
2004 Promoted to the Auxerre senior side. Makes his league debut in 2-0 win at Toulouse in the October.
2005 In June helps Auxerre win the Coupe de France with a 2-1 victory over Sedan Ardennes at the Stade de France. Also part of France side that lifts the UEFA Under-19 Championship in Northern Ireland. France defeat England 3-1 in the final at Belfast's Windsor Park. Plays in UEFA Cup.
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