Julien Escudé (1979)
Julien Escudé (17 August 1979) is a 13-time international. Escudé was also on the payroll of AS Cannes, Stade Rennais, AFC Ajax, Sevilla FC and Besiktas JK. We know him especially from his time at Ajax.
Left-footed, 184 cm long, a mat at the neck, a beard and defender; it was escudé's description around the turn of the century. From 1998 to 2014, Julien Escudé played for AS Cannes, Stade Rennais, AFC Ajax, Sevilla FC and Besiktas JK. From 2006 to 2010 he was also a 13-time part of 'Les Bleus', the French football team. He is also a brother of former professional tennis player Nicolas Escudé.
Defender Julien Escudé started playing professional football with The French club A.S. Cannes in 1988. A season later we find him on the payroll of Stade Rennais. Both clubs at the time playing at the highest level in France: Ligue 1.
In the summer of 2003 Escudé made the switch from Stade Rennes to Ajax. The intended successor of Christian Chivu became the first Frenchman in Amsterdam. It was part of his development to go to a bigger club and play himself in the spotlight of then head coach of France, Jacques Santini. Julien made his debut for Ajax in the Champions League preliminary round match with Grazer AK on 12 August 2003 (1-1). On 22 February 2004 he scored his first goal for the club, at home against FC Twente (1-0).
Raphael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were the greatest up-and-coming talents with which Escudé formed a team. And with experienced class boxes like Jari Litmanen, Tomáš Galásek Nigel de Jong and Maxwell, there was a nice mix. For four seasons, the central defender remained active at Ajax, but he could not make his Romanian predecessor forget. It stopped at 61 games (6 goals).
On 18 January 2006 it was announced that Escudé was leaving for Sevilla FC. Ajax reportedly received around 1.5 million euros for Escudé, who signed a contract for 3.5 years. It was not an undivided success: basic customer Escudé won the Europa League with Sevilla. We write 10 May 2006, 20.45, Philips Stadion Eindhoven. Sevilla, with Escudé in the starting line-up, started the 36th final in the history of the UEFA Cup against Middlesbrough. Two 45 minutes and a quarter of an hour's rest, escudé and his team-mates were on the scoreboard for 4-0.
In Spain he played for seven years. Escudé was almost always a basic player there, but he still opted for an adventure in Turkey. He was transfer-free and joined Besiktas JK in 2012. This led to two goals and 25 games in two seasons. Escudé announced on 3 September 2014 that he would end his career as a professional footballer. It would have been enough for Escudé, 'fin the career'.
In March 2005, Escudé's goal came true: he was called up to join his country. This was in the World Cup qualifiers against Switzerland and Israel. It didn't come to a debut during these two games. On 11 October 2006 Escudé finally made his debut. This was in a European Championship qualifier against the Faroe Islands (5-0 win). He then played a total of three qualifiers for the 2008 European Championships, but was not part of the European Championship squad.
On 18 November 2009, Escudé broke his nose in the World Cup qualifier against Ireland in the tenth minute. He played in four qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, but again did not advance to the final tournament. This tells the whole story of the international Escudé.
After his career, Escudé opened a restaurant in Madrid called "SQD" (Hint: say it). This after a fan called him that. This was also the name on his shirt when Julien 'SQD' Escudé played for Sevilla.