Association football player
25 February 1985, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, canton of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, arrondissement of Créteil, Val-de-Marne
Jacques Faty (born 25 February 1984 in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, Val-de-Marne) is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Australian A-League club Central Coast Mariners and the Senegal national football team.
He was a product of the well-known Clairefontaine Youth Centre. Faty’s primary position is central defence but he has also been fielded in midfield.
He is the elder brother of Standard de Liège player Ricardo Faty and is the cousin of Mariners teammate Mickaël Tavares.
Faty has been a Rennes player since 1999, although he only signed professional terms in 2002. He became an integral part of the 2003–04 Rennes team which historically achieved qualification to the UEFA Cup.
Faty started to lose his place in the team following the arrival of Ghanaian John Mensah early in 2006. The departure of coach László Bölöni to manage AS Monaco did not help his claim either. Pierre Dréossi came in to fill in the vacant coach’s position and used Grégory Bourillon and Mensah as the main central defence partnership for the 2006–07 season.
Faty became more and more unsettled as the season went on, and in October 2006 his patience run out. Faty announced his desire to leave the club when his contract was due to expire in June 2007. A knee injury to Mensah gave him a run in the side, and to his credit, he put in some decent performances, finishing with 24 games in the season. The Rennes management tried to keep him at the club by giving him an extension to his contract, but he declined and opted to join Marseille and enjoy a new experience at “France’s top club” as he said when he signed his contract.
Faty’s stay at Marseille was short-lived. After experiencing the highs of UEFA Champions League and Europa League competition, he was unable to break the first team with only nine appearances. He moved onto fellow Ligue 1 team FC Sochaux. There he spent three seasons before moving to Turkish Süper Lig club Sivasspor.
Faty returned to Ligue 1 when he was loaned to Bastia from Sivasspor in January 2013.
Following this, he moved to the Chinese Super League with Wuhan Zall in mid-2013.
On 11 January 2015, he signed for Australian side Sydney FC for the rest of the season, becoming the second player acquired by the club in the transfer window, being an injury replacement for vice-captain. Sasa Ognenovski. On 11 April 2016, Faty was released from his contract by mutual consent.
On the same day of his release, Faty agreed to a one-year deal with the Central Coast Mariners.
Faty is an accomplished player in the youth level of international football.
In 2001, he captained France’s FIFA U-17 World Championship squad to a first-place finish. Faty was a regular starter of the French U-21 international squad. He took part in the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship held in Portugal where the French finished as losing semi-finalists. He is no longer available for selection after exceeding the age limit.
Faty made his international debut for Senegal national football team on 26 August 2009.
|Stade Rennes||2002–03||Ligue 1||9||0||0||0||—||0||0|
|FC Sochaux||2008–09||Ligue 1||26||1||0||0||—||26||1|
|SC Bastia (loan)||2012–13||Ligue 1||12||0||0||0||—||12||0|
|Wuhan Zall||2013||Chinese SL||12||0||0||0||—||12||0|