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Pierre Issa

Personal information
Full namePierre Sanitarib Issa
Height1.95 m
Playing positionCentral defender
Club information
Current clubNo Club

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Pierre Sanitarib Issa (born 11 September 1975 in Germiston, South Africa) is a South African footballer of Lebanese descent.

Issa started his footballing career with Marseille in 1995 and went on to play in the 1999 UEFA Cup Final. He moved to Chelsea on loan in January 2001, although he did not play a game for the London club. He is best known in England for his spell with Watford in 2001 - 02. Signed by new manager Gianluca Vialli from Olympique Marseille, Issa he only scored once, against Portsmouth. Issa was memorably dropped by his stretcher bearers after an injury in a home game against Birmingham City, and was put on the club's transfer list on 14 February 2002, only five months after he had signed for the club. He never played for Watford again, but played for his country at that summer's World Cup whilst still contracted to Watford. After leaving Watford, Issa signed for Olympic Beirut, but was released in the 2002 - 03 season. He signed for Ionikos FC of Greece and later for OFI Crete, also in Greece.

He has played 47 times for South Africa since making his debut on 15 November 1997 against Germany. He has also captained his country. In the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he scored two own goals against France.




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