(born 22 November 1982 in Évreux
) is a French footballer
who currently plays for Ligue 1
club Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
. He usually plays as a central midfielder
. He serves as president of amateur French club Évreux FC
, located in his hometown.
Bodmer began his professional career at Évreux AC (now Évreux FC
) at the age of 14. In 1998
, he moved to SM Caen
, a club in the second division
of French football
, where he made his debut in 2000. He played in 24 matches that season and by the end of the 2002–03 season, he had played in 79 matches for the club, scoring a total of four goals. His hard-working performances helped Caen
keep a mid-table position in the league. Following the season, he joined first division club Lille OSC
for €1 million.
The 2003–04 season served as an auspicious introduction to top league football, where Bodmer played against the likes of Michael Essien
. He earned 33 appearances for the first-team in his debut season, scoring two goals; however, in the 2004–05 season, Lille enjoyed an impressive second-place finish giving them a place in the UEFA Champions League
. They were considered minnow
in that competition, but Bodmer, as a holding midfielder
, helped Lille achieve a draw against Manchester United
at Old Trafford
His impressive performances earned the interest of Arsène Wenger
, manager of Arsenal
, who had considered buying him in the spring of 2005, but he... Read More