His career began at AS Monaco in 1999, where he made 81 appearances, scoring one goal. Here he also won the French title in the 1999/00 season and made several UEFA Champions League appearances.
He was then snapped up by FC Barcelona for a £6.5million fee in June 2001. He had a terrible time from then on attempting to cope with various injuries, particularly following his 2003 move to Marseille.
"Philippe is a player I have been looking at since I have been Fulham manager. I have always admired him. He was excellent at Barcelona but then had problems with injury and fell out of favour with the last few managers he has had."
"His quality is there - you can see that. He makes the right decisions. For me the best defenders make the right decisions more often than not and he fits into that category."
In his first appearances at Fulham, he found himself playing in defensive midfield. He was quite successful with an enforcement partnership with Papa Bouba Diop. His qualities were obvious; despite being a centre back, he had good vision and passing ability. More recently he has found himself back in the centre half role. His first premiership goal was a late equalizer in a 3–3 draw with West Ham United on 13 January 2006. He has since struggled with injuries, and in the 2007/08 season has only made a single appearance coming on as sub.
At the end of season 2007/2008 Christanval was released by Fulham and was offered a trial with Premier League club Blackburn Rovers as Christanval was a free agent he would be allowed to join any other club outside the FIFA regulated transfer window
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Apr 26, 2002; Byline: JOHN MORGAN BARCELONA'S French international defender Philippe Christanval, who has struggled to get into the side this...