Where Are They Now?: Julien Faubert

Former French International Julien Faubert will forever be remembered as one of a long list of weird and wonderful Players to have worn the famous Claret & Blue with too many bizarre stories or situations involving the full-back to fit into one Article perhaps.

But, what made the paceman’s Career so intriguing? How did his fortunes fluctuate so much during his spell in East London? And where is he now?

Julien Faubert

Beginning his Footballing journey in picturesque Cannes, France, Faubert broke into the First-Team as a teenager. But would soon be plucked from Ligue 2 by Bordeaux.

Being played as both a full-back and winger, the versatile star enjoyed Champions League Football with Les Girondins and caught the eye of many. Most notably, Alan Curbishley who decided to pursue a move for Faubert in summer 2007.

At the time, he had been linked with Rangers but declined in favour of a switch to The Premier League.
However, the winger would be plagued by injury from the moment he arrived in E13, as a ruptured Achilles Tendon kept him out until January 2008.

The injury also damaged “The Express Train’s” International Career, as he drifted further away from the French set-up just a year after he scored a last-gasp winner in Bosnia in his one and only cap.

Interestingly, Faubert was the first Player to wear the No10 Shirt for France after Zinedine Zidane.

The full-back would only feature a handful of times in the 2007/2008 campaign as further injuries plagued his first season in England.

However, his second campaign would be far more prosperous as Gianfranco Zola came in and he reserved a fairly regular starting place, but no one could predict what would happen in the subsequent January Transfer Window.
Very late in the month, unusual rumours started to appear in The UK Press about the Frenchman being linked with an extraordinary loan move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Just days later, the World of Football was stunned to see him appear famously next to Alfredo Di Stefano holding up a Madrid Shirt with his name and number on the back.

Remarkably, Juande Ramos had signed the wing-back on loan to make him the first Player in history to have swapped the bustling streets of East Ham for the elegant Boulevards of Madrid.

But, he would only feature twice for the 12-time Champions League Winners and quite hilariously was pictured asleep on the bench during a La Liga tie with Villarreal, prompting many to jokingly suggest that he was on holiday.

However, the paceman was well received on return to East London and would enjoy his finest season in Claret & Blue during the 2009/2010 campaign.

Scoring his first Hammers goal in and winning Individual Performance of the Season in a 3-0 home victory over Hull City, overall, he made 36 appearances as we narrowly avoided Relegation to The Championship.

Despite this, the same couldn’t be said for the season after under new Manager Avram Grant, with whom Faubert reportedly didn’t see eye to eye.

The Frenchman was sparingly used throughout the ill-fated campaign and didn’t feature after January, with rumours of a dispute with Chiefs plaguing him.

Towards the end of the season, Faubert reportedly displeased Grant by leaving Upton Park before a Game against Birmingham City, but he claimed it was to go to Hospital to nurture his new-born son.

In the summer, the winger did not depart as new Manager Sam Allardyce persuaded him to stay, Faubert went on to play a key part in our Promotion and featured a final time in The Championship Play-Off Final victory over Blackpool.

Having made over 120 appearances for The Club, Julien Faubert moved on to Elazıgspor in Turkey during summer 2012, before a return to Bordeaux shortly after.

Meanwhile, switching his International Football allegiance to Martinique, in 2016, Faubert returned to The UK for a short spell with Kilmarnock in Scotland, where he humorously denied that he was asleep on the bench during his infamous spell in Spain.

But, nowadays, he plies his trade in The Finnish First Division with FC Turku at the ripe old age of 34.

Julien Faubert may not have enjoyed the best of West Ham United Careers but he will certainly never be forgotten for his exploits in Claret & Blue as a certain type of Cult Hero, one that come rain or shine, would never cease to entertain.

About the Author

Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.