Vital Football

Pompey boys - Sylvain Distin

Pompey boys - Sylvain Distin

Sylvain Distin became the first signing of the summer when on 22nd May he signed a 3-year contract, arriving as a free agent from City.

The Frenchman progressed through the stages in French football; starting at non-league level before giants PSG eventually signed him. A year with PSG came to an end with a loan move to Newcastle - this was successful enough for them to want to sign him but City got him for £4m in 2002.

Successful form on the pitch - despite the odd ricket, some very bad ones early on - saw him 'reportedly' interesting Liverpool, Newcastle and others time and again, but he stayed.

Last summer it was looking like he would move away from City as his contract moved into the final year. He would not sign a contract so he was stripped of the captaincy, but stayed despite a £3m move to Pompey or Boro expected.

Still no contract was signed when the season ended and he confirmed early this summer that he was leaving City 'for a new challenge', this new challenge came a day later when he signed for Pompey. Liverpool reportedly made a late bid to sign him but we saw them off.

Distin has had his moments during his time in England - to sometimes question his ability as a top class central defender, but these moments are far outweighed by the good ones.

Titus Bramble or Sylvain Distin? Although my thinking is still that in the right team, with the right level of quality and experience around him Bramble might still be a fine defender, Distin's experience and quality makes him the better option.

He will add further strength to the defensive ranks, leaving us with three genuine class central defenders that could get into most other sides in this league.


Date:Saturday July 14 2007
Time: 8:00AM


a great free transfer to kick start the pompey era! i think our push to get him last season and probable consistent interest throughout the season would make Distin's choice easy to come to the South coast. Not sure I understand why he chose to reject a contract and then continue for the final year, but hes here now and he will definitely be putting a lot of pressure on Linvoy for that 1st team place and this can only be a good thing! Distin v Bramble ..... Distin! good morning, good afternoon and goodnight!
14/07/2007 08:18:00
off subject, kanu will sign for us [taken from tribul football site] Kanu revealed: "I love the club and I've said that many times. We have to settle this now because the new season is almost here." It was Kanu who recommended £8million new-boy and compatriot John Utaka to Portsmouth. Kanu added: "John is a special player and I can't wait for him to start playing with us." .......... £8 million?!
14/07/2007 08:21:00
Distin, is a great signing! I cant see many people arguing with me on that one! I cant even begin to describe how happy I am with the squad right now. Some of the names I see still blow me away today! I mean...Sol Campbell! Sol Campbell??..Pompey?? Disitn?? Pompey??..I keep pinching myself!! all in all its just fantastic news to see our club really hitting the big off now t get a tissue, all emotinal...sob..sob....
14/07/2007 08:56:00
Well we could have paid £3m for him last year, it didn't happen. We still had a great season. We have him for free & we should have another great season. With Sol & others, yes we have come a long way since the days of Carl Tiler & Ade Whitbread. Thankfully.
14/07/2007 09:26:00
Its like having Gilbert and Blake again
14/07/2007 09:44:00
has anyone ever said distin was a bad signing???? -he was the only reason man city stayed up, and it will really improe the squad to have 3 very good central defenders fighting for places.
14/07/2007 09:44:00
Your best signing of the season !!!
14/07/2007 09:54:00
Good player you lot have got there
14/07/2007 11:17:00
I think i'm in dream land in all honesty, I can't quite believe the quality of player we have at the back at the moment. I mean, Lauren, Campbell, Primus, Distin, Hreidarsson, Taylor. Any of those could get into virtually any of the Prem sides, no question. Can any of us remember when we were embarrassed by such riches? PUP
14/07/2007 11:50:00
I'm definitely in agreement with you there penton !!
14/07/2007 12:52:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Oldham v Pompey - Team Sheets - 17-03-18

Pompey go to Boundary Park as the visitors to Oldham for the latest League 1 game.

Pompey Predictions League - update #35

The Pompey Predictions League is part of this site now isn't it. Would it be the same without? This continued with a defeat against Gillingham - the visit to Oldham is next.

Pompey Predictions League - updates #33 & #34

The Pompey Predictions League is part of this site now isn't it. Would it be the same without? This continued with defeats against Fleetwood and Blackpool.

Seven month consultation yields result

There was much speculation about what would happen, what the final outcome could bring and how happy - or disappointed - this was going to leave us. The new Pompey club crest is known.

Portsmouth Archived Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Oldham v Pompey
Suggested By: pompeyrug
Pompey win12%
Oldham win73%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

10.Dorking Pompey2
Write for Vital Football