Date of birth
An Ivory Coast international, Emerse Faé began his career with his hometown club Nantes at the age of 15.
Progressing through their youth system, he made his league debut against Bordeaux in 2003, and went on to play in the Coupe de la Ligue Final of 2004, missing out on the trophy through penalties.
Faé went on to make over 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 club and in doing so, caught the eye of one Premier League club in particular.
In the 2007 summer transfer window, Reading boss Steve Coppell brought the promising 23-year old midfielder to Berkshire, signing him for a club record £2.5 million, a high that still stands to this day.
He made his debut for the Royals as a make-shift right midfielder against Bolton, and went on to play nine games for Coppell’s men before jetting off to represent Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Whilst on international duty Faé contracted an illness, and on his return to England a blood-test confirmed that it was malaria.
Due to his playing time at the club being hindered, he only appeared two more times for Reading before embarking on a loan spell back to France with Nice in June 2008.
With the move made permanent in January the following year, Faé made over 80 appearances for the French side across the space of four years.
In February 2012 at the age of 28, an ongoing problem with phlebitis caused him to hang up his professional boots, ending a nine year career.