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Vincent Candela

Personal information
Full nameVincent Philippe Antoine Candela
Date of birthOctober 24, 1973(age 43)
Place of birthBédarieux, France
Height1.80 m
Playing positionLeft wingback

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Vincent Philippe Antoine Candela (-frvɛ̃sɑ̃ kɑ̃dəˈla; born October 24, 1973, is a former French footballer. With the French national team, Candela won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as well as Euro 2000.

Candela was a skilled right-footed left wingback, effective at joining the attack as well as being able in defence.

On the club level, Candela played for Toulouse (1992 95), Guingamp (1995 97), A.S. Roma (1997 2005), Bolton Wanderers (2005), Udinese (2005 2006) and Siena (2006 2007). He won one scudetto with Roma.

On January 28, 2007 he played his last Serie A match for Messina against Ascoli.

For France, Candela was capped 40 times, scoring five goals. His playing time was often limited by Bixente Lizarazu, but he did play in one match during the 1998 triumph. During the winning Euro 2000 Candela did play two matches, both as a starter. He also played at the 1996 Olympic Games and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Candela is married. He and his wife, Mara, welcomed their first child, Angelica, in April 2005.

He was a dubbing actor in the Italian language version of Shaolin Soccer.


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