Robert Pires arrives into Goa to warm welcome from fans
September 23, 2014 Panaji, Goa: Former French international and Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires who is FC Goa’s marquee player arrived into Goa today to a warm welcome from fans and FC Goa supporters who turned up at the airport. He was accompanied by Mr. Dattaraj Salgaocar, Owner FC Goa and coach Zico.
Pires’ (40) career is a glittering testimony to his on-field achievements be it for his club or country. Pires was part of the French national squad which won the 1992 and 2000 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro finals respectively. He also represented France in the 1996 Olympic Games.
Pires’s club career is a trail of glory too. As a player he peaked during his six-year stint at Arsenal from 2000-06, where he was part of the squad which won three FA cups and two Premier League titles. He was also a part of the Arsenal squad nicknamed ‘The Invincibles’ which remained unbeaten through the season of 2003-04.
Pires has also represented FC Metz, Marseille, Villareal, Aston Villa and has played over 500 games in his career spanning over two decades. In the 79 games he played as a French international, Pires scored 14 goals.
Pires will begin practice sessions with team FC Goa starting tomorrow at Tilak Maidan.