Nicolas Anelka

Where is Nicolas Anelka now?

Often controversial, but a Premier League legend nonetheless, Nicolas Anelka retired from playing in 2015 after two seasons playing for Indian Super League side Mumbai City.

A prolific striker during his time in the Premier League, he scored 20 or more goals for four of the six teams that he played for as well as winning a number of trophies during his illustrious career including the Premier League twice, the FA Cup three times and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.

Internationally, Anelka represented France on 50 occasions scoring 14 goals and he was a member of the successful side which won the 2000 UEFA European Championships and the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.


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During the last few years of his playing career, Anelka dipped his toe in the coaching side of the game.

His first role was in 2012 whilst playing for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua where he assisted compatriot Jean Tigana in a player-coach capacity.

In 2015 he was appointed as player-manager for his second season at Mumbai City but left the club after failing to reach the play-offs.

After spending some time away from football, Anelka made a return in February 2017 as an advisor and talent scout at Dutch Eredivisie side Roda JC.

He joined the club because of his friendship with Swiss owner Aleksei Korotajev who is his neighbour in Dubai.

Anelka then moved back to his native France in November 2018 where he joined Ligue 1 side Lille as a striker coach within their academy whilst completing his coaching badges.

Now fully qualified, he has left Lille is looking to start a career in management. 

In 2020 a Netflix documentary called ‘Misunderstood’ was released looking at his life and playing career and providing an insight into one of football’s most interesting characters of the last 25 years.

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Nicolas Anelka: Premier League Statistics

Goals Scored125
Yellow Cards5
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forArsenal, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, Fulham, Liverpool, Man City, West Bromwich Albion

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