Pascal Olmeta

Pascal Olmeta
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-04-07) 7 April 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth Bastia, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 INF Vichy 14 (0)
1981–1984 Bastia 45 (0)
1984–1986 Toulon 76 (0)
1986–1990 Matra Racing 138 (0)
1990–1993 Marseille 84 (0)
1993–1996 Lyon 131 (2)
1996–1998 Espanyol 0 (0)
1998–1999 Gazélec Ajaccio 54 (0)
Total 542 (2)
National team
France U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pascal Olmeta (born 7 April 1961 in Bastia) is a French former football goalkeeper who played for Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais in the 1990s.[1]

Olmeta is good friends with Eric Cantona and has played in two testimonials for the Rest of the World against Manchester United: he played in the Munich testimonial in 1998 and also Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial in 1999. In 2010, Olmeta played in goal for United in a charity game in aid of Sport Relief.

He represented France in the Beach Soccer World Cup 2001 and was awarded the title of 'Best Goalkeeper' in the tournament.

Personal life

Olmeta is married with two daughters.[2]

In 2016, Olmeta drew criticism after video footage from 2011 surfaced showing him shooting an elephant in the head before posing "proudly" with the corpse. He defended the footage stating he had shot the animal because of overpopulation in Zimbabwe, and all income from hunting was being used to help local people.[3]


  1. ^ Pascal Olmeta – French league stats at LFP (also available in French)
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  3. ^ "Une vidéo de Pascal Olmeta chassant un éléphant révolte les internautes". Sud Ouest (in French). 19 October 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)