Facts about Crystal Palace Manager Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira. Image/PA Wire

On 8 January 2022, Patrick Vieira will be leading his team against London rivals Millwall, in his FA cup journey as a manager.

The third round will see Vieira test his abilities to win the cup as a manger. He won the competition four times while playing for Arsenal.

According to These football Times Magazine, Vieira is a nuclear soul that guarded and made Arsenal’s Midfield unconquerable universe. Vieira was the captain of the 2004 invincible Arsene Wenger’s team.

Vieira was born I Dakar, Senegal on June 23, 1976 and later his family moved France at the age of 8. He began his professional football career with Cannes club in Dreux at the age of 17.

He builds his talent at a tender age in Dakar, Senegal

Patrick Vieira played with his classmates on the dusty streets of Dakar with makeshift cloth and paper football. He continued to grow the talent while in France playing at the football fields of Dreux at the age of 8.

Vieira is among the first foreign national to be signed in the Premier League

When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal as a manager in 1996, his first targets were Rémi Garde and Patrick Vieira, both French nationals. He made Arsenal dominance in the League grew for a period of 10 years stay at the club.

Vieira Coached American Club New York City FC

After retiring from professional football in 2011, Vieira joined Manchester City managerial team as the training and youth development executive. In 2013, he became the team’s Elite Development Squad Manager and later joined New York City FC as the head coach in 2015, replacing Jason Kreis.

Currently, Vieira is the manager of the Premier League Side Crystal Palace.

He sponsors Diambars Institute in Dakar

In 2003, Vieira went back to his birth country and laid a foundation for a Training Centre created by Bernard Lama and Jimmy Adjovi-Boco. The foundation aims to promote education among young people. To date, the association has created two high-level football schools, one in Senegal (Saly) and the second in South Africa, which led to country’s preparation for the 2010 World Cup.

See also: FA Cup to resume on June 27

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