Olivier Giroud was born on the 30th of September 1986 in Chambery France. His first club was Grenoble where he played six seasons in the youth academy before stepping up to the first team in 2005. He played 23 league matches for the club scoring two goals. He went to Istres on loan for the 2007-08 season where he scored an impressive 14 goals in 33 matches.
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He moved to Tours in 2008 where he signed a three year deal with the club. In his last season at the club he won the Ligue 2 Player of the Year award and was named in the Team of the Year also. He played 44 league matches for the club scoring 24 goals. He was lured in 2010 to Montpellier where he made a name for himself. He attracted the attention of big name clubs as he helped the club to win the 2011-12 Ligue 1 title. He netted 33 league goals in 71 matches for the French club. In 2010 he went to Tours on loan where he scored six goals in 17 matches. At Montpellier he was awarded the Ligue 1 top goal scorer and UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
In 2012 he signed a deal worth £12 million for Arsenal. He scored his first goal for the club in a League Cup match against Coventry City in which they won six-one. He scored his first Premier League goal against West Ham United on the 6th of October 2012 which ended in a 3-1 win. Giroud faces competition from Lukas Podolski and Marouane Chamakh for the sole striker role.
In 2011 he made his international debut for France aged 25 years. He played in the 2012 UEFA EURO Championship. He scored his first goal for the club in a friendly against Germany. He faces competition from Karim Benzema for the number one striker spot at France.
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