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Full name: Yoann Gourcuff

Date of birth: July 11, 1986

Age: 21

Place of birth: Ploemeur (France)

Nationality: French

Height: 1.85 m (6' 1'')

Weight: 79 kg (174 lbs)

Position: Midfielder

Youth clubs: FC Lorient, Stade Rennais

Previous club: Stade Rennais

Current club: AC Milan

Club number: 20

Under-21 National Team number: 13 (during Euro 2006)


Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986 in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany) is a French and Breton footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.

Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is Christian Gourcuff, Yoann's father), at a young age, Yoann signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001. In 2003, Yoann signed a professional contract with Rennes.

Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were much more successful for Yoann, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.

Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, Yoann decided on a move to AC Milan where he has signed a contract which will take him up to the 2010-11 season.

Yoann has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.

Yoann is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. That has led to his nickname "Petit Zizou".

Yoann had a fantastic start to his Milan career, scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens. Gourcuff is suspected to be one of the greatest players in years to come and AC Milan will vouch to help him succeed that position.

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Reggina 0:1 AC Milan - match report

Scorer: Gilardino 18 (M)

Alberto Gilardino's goal proved enough to maintain Milan's climb up the table as they conquer Reggina 1-0 in a rescheduled Week 15 tie.

This match was rescheduled from December 9, 2007 due to the Rossoneri's participation in the Club World Cup in Japan. Nelson Dida, Ronaldo and Pippo Inzaghi were injured, so Alexandre Pato partnered Alberto Gilardino just three days after the Brazilian teenager bagged both goals in the 2-0 victory over Genoa. Reggina were fresh from a 2-2 draw away to Atalanta, where they fought back from 2-0 down, but Emil Halfredsson and Nicola Amoruso were sidelined.

Gennaro Gattuso scored a rare goal against Atalanta last week, albeit with the aid of a deflection, and he tried to repeat the trick with a fierce right-foot drive that the 'keeper palmed out for a corner. Pato, Kaka and Reggina's Emmanuel Cascione had efforts from distance.

Milan broke the deadlock after 18 minutes with under-fire Alberto Gilardino. An Andrea Pirlo cross found Gila unmarked at the back post and although Andrea Campagnolo got a hand to it, the free header was too powerful and squeezed in. It was the former Parma striker's seventh Serie A goal of the season, all of them away from home.

Moments later Gilardino nodded a Pirlo free kick just over, but he was in an offside position. Alvarez did well to close down Kaka as he ran on to an inspired chipped Pirlo pass, but Gattuso had another two attempts from the edge of the box, the second bringing a save out of Campagnolo.

Reggina's first real scoring opportunity was on 32 minutes, as Fabio Ceravolo got away from Alessandro Nesta and tested Zeljko Kalac at the near post.

Pato fired over from the D and Kaka drilled just wide before the break, while Gattuso and Simone Missiroli had long-range efforts after the restart.

The Amaranto threw on January signing Cristian Stuani and Campagnolo fingertipped a Pirlo set-piece out for a corner.

In the space of 20 seconds Milan had two fantastic opportunities to double their advantage. First Pirlo's free kick was curled over the wall and on to the crossbar, then as the move continued Campagnolo performed an incredible point-blank reaction save on Emerson.

A splendid Pato volley flashed wide of the near post, but the 18-year-old wasted a counter with a terrible finish. Gilardino was at full stretch to toe-poke a Massimo Oddo cross just past the far post.

Substitutes Cristian Brocchi and Yoann Gourcuff kept the Reggina defence busy late on.

Milan: Kalac; Oddo, Nesta, Kaladze, Favalli; Gattuso, Pirlo (Brocchi 82), Emerson; Kakà; Pato (Gourcuff 82), Gilardino

Reggina: Campagnalo; Lanzaro, Cirillo, Aronica; Alvarez, Cascione (Barreto 68), Cozza, Modesto; Vigiani (Montiel 74), Missiroli; Ceravolo (Stuani 61)

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Six Rossoneri players have been called-up by their respective national teams for friendly matches. Milan will resume training on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday afternoon's clash at San Siro against Siena.

MILAN - Six players of Milan will face commitments with their national team shirts:


Friendly game Italy-Portugal, Zurich - Wednesday February 6th at 8.45pm


Friendly game Croatia-Holland, Split - Wednesday February 6th at 8.30pm


Under 21 Friendly game Spain-France, Benidorm - Tuesday February 5th at 8.45pm


Friendly game Georgia-Lithuania, Tbilisi - Wednesday February 6th at 8.45pm

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MILAN - In the Under 21 national team friendly game of Benidorm, Yoann Gourcuff played for France in the 2-0 defeat against Spain. For the young Spanish side a goal per half: Sisi's goal in the 36th minute of the first half, own goal by M. Dabo in the 5th of the second half.

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