Melchiot Mario MELCHIOT

Presentation

Retired
NETHERLANDS NETHERLANDS
Born Nov 4, 1976
Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Age 43 years old
Size 1.87 m
Weight 83 kg
Position Right-back
Centre-back
Arrival(s)
Birmingham City Birmingham City 2006
Departure(s)
Wigan Wigan 2007
Numbers 15
Selections
Pays-Bas A
Career
Ajax Ajax
Chelsea Chelsea
Birmingham City Birmingham City
Rennes Rennes
Wigan Wigan
Umm Salal Umm Salal
At the end of the Summer of 2006, Pierre Dréossi (General Manager and First Team Coach at Stade Rennais FC) achieved a major coup in the transfer market. Dutch international Mario Melchiot arrived in Rennes on a year’s deal to take over at right-back where Perrier Doumbé was unconvincing. After experiencing numerous European campaigns with Ajax and Chelsea, Melchiot came to relaunch his career after two seasons in the gloom of Birmingham. The poker strike was a winner, the flying Dutchman quickly got back to his best form, and produced top-notch performances with sheer consistency. For the pleasure of his Rennes fans, he even managed to mark the derbies against Nantes and Lorient with goals. Unfortunately, the story came to an end when Rennes missed out on the Champions League in the final seconds of the match at Lille on the last day of the season. “Super Mario” then returned to surf the cash-rich Premier League with modest club, Wigan, but still stayed in the national team with the “Oranje”.