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Christian Bassila

Personal information
Full nameChristian Bassila
Date of birth5 October 1977(age 39)
Place of birthParis, France
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3.6 in)
Playing positionCenter back
Club information
Current clubFree agent

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Christian Bassila (born 5 October 1977 in Paris) is a former France under-21 international footballer.

He prefers to play in the defensive midfield position and started his career with the present French Ligue 1 Champions Lyon in the 1996 97 season. Bassila joined West Ham in August 2000 on a season-long loan deal, moving from French outfit Rennes. After an indifferent 2000 01 season on loan with West Ham United where he rarely featured, he moved on to French league outfit Strasbourg where he enjoyed regular first team football till the 2004 05 season.

Bassila was signed on a two year contract by the premiership side Sunderland on the last week of the 2005 transfer window. By the start of the 2006 season however Basilla activated a free transfer clause in his contract which allowed him to move to another club of his choice, without a transfer fee being paid to Sunderland. His move to Greek side Larisa (now named AEL 1964) came after a season of frequent injury in which Sunderland were relegated from the Premiership. In Larisa he played a dynamic defensive role in the midfield area being one of the best team players.

In 2006 he was called up to represent the national team of the Republic of the Congo by coach Noel Tosi. Since Bassila had represented France at under-21 level, however, FIFA ruled against this as he should have applied for the change in his national status before 31 December 2005.

In 2009 he captained French second division side En Avant de Guingamp to victory in the French Cup, when they beat Rennes 2 1 in the first ever all Breton final.

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