Olivier Dacourt

Where is Olivier Dacourt now?

Leeds United favourite Olivier Dacourt retired from playing in 2010 after a six-month spell playing in Belgium with Standard Liege.

Dacourt was also a fan’s favourite during his time at Everton but left under a cloud after becoming disillusioned with the club’s lack of ambition and what he claimed were a string of broken promises made by the management.

Returning to France with Lens, his impressive performances for the club earned him a move back to the Premier League with the Elland Road side who paid a club record £7.2 million in 2000 for his services.

Dacourt’s tenacious style and ball winning play was a big factor in helping the club secure a top four finish in the Premier League and a Champions League semi-final in his first season.

Playing for 18 seasons, he went onto make over 400 first-team appearances winning the Serie A title twice during his time at Inter Milan as well as the Intertoto Cup and the French League Cup in France with Strasbourg.
 
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Upon retiring from playing professionally, Dacourt returned to France and went straight into punditry with RMC Radio.

His frank and direct style proved to be a huge hit with listeners and he left after just three months to join television station Eurosport as a pundit for their coverage of the Coupe de France which is the French equivalent of the FA Cup.

He also worked for French football television show Telefoot going behind the scenes at some of the biggest clubs and interviewing some of the top European players.

After five years working for Eurosport, he left the station in 2016 to work at French channel Canal Plus in his current role as one of their leading pundits.

Alongside his media work, Dacourt has also completed a diploma in professional sports club general management.

In 2016 the New York Times revealed that Dacourt was one of a number of investors who successfully sued Donald Trump after a deal to open a luxury hotel project in Lower Manhattan called “Trump SoHo” never materialised.

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Olivier Dacourt: Premier League Statistics

NationalityFrench
PositionMidfielder
Appearances96
Goals Scored5
Yellow Cards31
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forEverton, Fulham, Leeds United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com