Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Player Profile: Stephane Henchoz

Player Profile: Stephane Henchoz

Full Name: Stephane Henchoz
Date of Birth: 7th September 1974, Billens
Nationality: Swiss
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 16
Internationals: Capped at Full level for Switzerland
Signed: June 1997 (1st time), September 2006 (current spell)
Previous Clubs: FC Bulle, Neuchatel Xamax (Both Switzerland), Hamburg (Germany), Liverpool, Celtic & Wigan Athletic

Stephane Henchoz began his footballing career in Switzerland with FC Bulle in the late 1980's before a move to Neuchatel Xamax in 1992.

With it long since becoming apparent he was a footballer of immense quality the 1995-1996 season saw a move to German football with Henchoz playing in the German Bundesliga with Hamburg. The following two seasons were to be highly successful for the Swiss International.

His performances in Germany brought him to the attention of others but it would be Rovers who signed him in June 1997 for a £3 million. Henchoz's former Swiss national coach Roy Hodgson had since taken over at Ewood Park so this was to be a deciding factor.

His consistent performances during the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 seasons brought on advances from other top clubs and following Rovers' relegation from the Premiership at the end of the 1998-1999 season the club were powerless to keep him and he moved to Liverpool in the summer of 1999 for £3.5 million.

A highly successful six-year stint at Anfield saw a great central defensive partnership built up with Sami Hyypia. This partnership proved to be instrumental in Liverpool's treble winning season of 2001, winning the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.

When new Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez decided Henchoz wasn't for him Henchoz was released and joined Celtic on a free transfer in January 2005. He rarely featured at Celtic Park however during the final six months of the 2004-2005 season and was again released, this time by Celtic at its end.

In the summer of 2005 with newly promoted Wigan Athletic looking for experienced figures they turned to Henchoz who signed a one-year contract with the club for the 2005-2006 season. Henchoz made nearly thirty League and Cup appearances but struggled to hold down a regular place, particularly for the latter half of the season.

Wigan decided not to renew his deal in the summer of 2006 so he was left as a free agent… until Mark Hughes stepped in to re-sign him in September 2006. Although the transfer window had closed with Henchoz being a free agent he was able to sign immediately, signing a deal until the end of the 2006-2007 season.

The Swiss International, who has won over 60 caps made his first Premiership start against Tottenham Hotspur in November and although he did a good job first team chances will probably be limited, especially when Ryan Nelsen returns. He will however be quality and reliable cover; having arrived for free the club had almost nothing to lose.

Blackburn Rovers appearances and goals up to the start of the 2006-2007 Season
League: 71
FA Cup: 6
League Cup: 4 (1 as sub)
Other (European etc.): 2
TOTAL: 83 - 0 goals

CLICK HERE - For Why You Should Sign Up To Vital Blackburn


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Walker
Date:Saturday November 25 2006
Time: 3:00PM

Comments

0
I know you'll like this one marshin as Henchoz is a favourite of yours isn't he ;)
Hughes Da Man
25/11/2006 13:12:00
0
Henchoz has done very well when called upon since his return, excellent cover for regular players. The kind of squad player you need. Chances are his return will be short and sweet but he'll always give his all when called upon.
Hughes Da Man
25/11/2006 13:12:00
0
well you said it Henchoz is a great player and i like him alot i think he should have more time on the pitch though not a bench jobby !
marshinrover
26/11/2006 17:54:00
0
Think he'll have to get even more used to it come January.
Hughes Da Man
26/11/2006 21:15:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Coyle Content With Birmingham Point

Blackburn would have moved out of the bottom three with a win over Birmingham at Ewood Park on Saturday but Rovers had to settle for a point in the end.

Vital View - Championship, 20th-21st January 2017

Newcastle and Brighton both won with the Magpies keeping top spot. Wigan moved out of the bottom 3 with Rotherham, Blackburn and Burton in the relegation zone.

Video - Blackburn 1-1 Birmingham

Blackburn missed the chance to move out of the bottom 3 after a draw with Birmingham. The 1-1 draw at Ewood Park kept Rovers in the relegation zone.

Stats: Blackburn v Birmingham City

All the stats from Blackburn (1) vs (1) Birmingham City, Ewood Park, 21/1/17 Att: 12,035

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By:
Steele52%
Lowe0%
Greer16%
Lenihan16%
Williams0%
Feeney16%
Akpan0%
Mulgrew0%
Bennett0%
Gallagher0%
Graham0%
Sub - Nyambe0%
Sub - Conway0%
Sub - Guthrie0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 27 18 6 3 60 25
2 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
3 Reading 27 15 4 8 49 3
4 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
5 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 27 10 10 7 40 12
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 27 9 6 12 33 -10
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Blackpool (H)
FA Cup
Feb 1 2017 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.jr of the rovers1
The Vital Football Members League