Sunday, May 23, 2010

FC Girondins de Bordeaux

Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux (commonly known simply as Bordeaux) is a French football club based in the city of Bordeaux. They play in France's highest football division, Ligue 1, and won their last Ligue 1 title in the 2008–09 season.
The club was founded in 1881 as a multi-sports club. Bordeaux is one of the successful football clubs in France. The club has won six Ligue 1 titles, which places them tied for 4th in titles won. Bordeaux have also won three Coupe de France titles, three Coupe de la Ligue titles, and three Trophée des champions. The club has the honor of having appeared in the most finals in the Coupe de la Ligue having appeared in six of the 15 finals contested.
Bordeaux plays its home games in the Stade Chaban Delmas, named after the former mayor of Bordeaux, Jacques Chaban-Delmas. The facility was previously known as the Parc Lescure and seats 34,362. The club is currently in negotiations to build a new stadium, which will seat 42,000. The city of Bordeaux is listed as a site for UEFA Euro 2016 in the France's bid to host.
Bordeaux is one of the popular football clubs in France. About 10% of the country's population support the club. Bordeaux trail only Marseille (20% of the population), Lyon (11%), and Paris Saint-Germain (11%). The club has been wholly owned by the French television group M6 since 2001.


FC Girondins des Bordeaux was founded on 1 October 1881 initially as a gymnastics and shooting club. The club, chaired by André Chavois, later added sports such as rowing, equestrian, and swimming, among others. It was not until 1910 when football was officially introduced to the club following strong urging from several members within the club, most notably club president Raymond Brard, though it was only available on a trial basis. The experiment with football lasted only a year before returning almost a decade later in 1919. The club contested its first official match in 1920 defeating Section Burdigalienne 12–0.
Bordeaux achieved professional status in football on 2 July 1936, partly due to the club's merger with fellow Bordelais Girondins Guyenne Sport, which resulted in the club that exists today. Their rise to professionalism came about alongside the French Football Federation's plea to increase professionalism in French football, which prior to 1932, had been non-existent. The club was inserted into the second division of French football and made its debut appearance during the 1937–38 season. The club's first manager was Spaniard Benito Diaz. Diaz brought fellow players Santiago Urtizberea and Jaime Mancisidor to the team with the latter serving as captain. The club's most prominent Frenchmen on the team were homegrown attacker Henri Arnaudeau and goalkeeper André Gérard. Bordeaux played their first official match on 23 May 1937 defeating Rhône-Alpes-based FC Scionzier 2–1 at the Stade de Colombes. Their first ever league match was contested on 22 August losing away to Toulouse 2–3. They recorded their first league win against Nîmes Olympique. Unfortunately for them, the team eventually finished 6th in the Southern region of the division. Their disappointing finished inserted them into the relegation playoff portion of the league where Bordeaux finished a respectable 3rd. A year later, Bordeaux moved into their current home, the Stade Chaban-Delmas, which had previously been known as, simply Parc Lescure. The facility was built specifically for the 1938 FIFA World Cup and, following the competition's completion, was designated to Bordeaux. The club had formerly played their home matches at the Stade Galin, which today is used as a training ground.
[edit]Success and stability
On 15 October 1940, Bordeaux merged with local club AS Port and took on one of the club's most prestigious traditions, the scapular. Bordeaux ASP, which they were now known, adorned the scapular during their run to the 1941 edition of the Coupe de France final. The match, played in occupied France at the Stade Municipal in Saint-Ouen, saw Bordeaux defeat SC Fives 2–0 with Urtizberea grabbing both goals. The Coupe de France triumph was the club's first major honour. Following the liberation of France, Bordeaux returned to league play and earned promotion to the first division following their 2nd place finish during the 1948–49 season. After the season, André Gérard, now manager of the club, signed Dutchman Bertus de Harder. Led by the three-headed monster of de Harder, Édouard Kargu, and Camille Libar, Bordeaux captured their first-ever league championship, in just their first season in the first division, winning by six points over second place Lille. The league success led to Bordeaux being selected to participate in the second edition of the Latin Cup. In the competition, Bordeaux reached the final drawing 3–3 with Portuguese outfit Benfica. The draw forced a second match with Benfica claiming victory following a extra time goal after over 2 hours and 25 minutes of play.
Bordeaux maintained their title winning aspirations finishing runner-ups to Nice two seasons after winning the title. The club also performed well in cup competitions reaching the Coupe de France final in 1952 and 1955. In 1952, the club suffered defeat to the team they finished runner-up to the same year, Nice, following a thrilling match in which 8 goals were scored with five of them coming in the first 40 minutes. Bordeaux drew the match 3–3 following a 55th minute goal from Henri Baillot, but Nice countered minutes later with two goals in a span of four minutes to go up 5–3, which was the final result. In 1955, Bordeaux were trounced 5–2 by Lille who went up 4–0 within 35 minutes. The resulting struggles in the cup competitions led to struggles domestically with the club suffering relegation during the 1955–56 season. The club returned to the first division for the 1959–60 season, but failed to make an impact falling back to Ligue 2 finishing dead last with 21 points.
Bordeaux returned to their former selves in the 1960s under new manager and former player Salvador Artigas. Under the helm of Artigas, Bordeaux returned to the first division and finished in a respectable 4th place for the 1962–63 season. The following season, Bordeaux returned to the Coupe de France final where they faced off against Olympique Lyonnais. Bordeaux, once again, were defeated 0–2 courtesy of two goals from the Argentine Nestor Combin. The club's runner-up finish resulted in the team qualifying for the 1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The appearance was brief with the club losing 3–4 on aggregate to German club Borussia Dortmund. Four seasons later, Bordeaux again reached the final of the Coupe de France, their seventh appearance overall. The team faced Saint-Étienne and, again failed to match the achievement reached in 1941 losing 2–1. The following season, Bordeaux earned another appearance in the final, but again, failed to win the trophy losing 2–0 to Marseille. The team suffered an extreme decline during the 1970s despite to arrival of Alain Giresse. The club played under seven different managers during the decade and consistently finished at the bottom half of the table. In 1979, the club was sold to the influential and ambitious real estate mogul Claude Bez, who positioned himself as president of the club.

Return to prominence

Alain Giresse, influential Bordeaux player in the 70s and 80s.
Under the helm of Claude Bez, who injected millions into the club, Bordeaux flourished winning three league championships, two Coupe de France titles, and performed well in European competitons. During Bez's run presiding over the team, he recruited several French internationals such as Bernard Lacombe, Jean Tigana, René Girard, Jean-Christophe Thouvenel, and Thierry Tusseau. Bez also brought in established manager Aimé Jacquet. Led by 1970s mainstays Giresse and Gernot Rohr, Bordeaux captured their first league championship since 1950 during the 1983–84 season finishing equal on points with Monaco, however, due to having a better head-to-head record, Bordeaux were declared champions. The next season, Bordeaux again won the league claiming the title by four points over second place Nantes. In Europe, Bordeaux played in the 1984–85 European Cup and reached the semi-finals, defeating Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, Romanian club Dinamo Bucureşti, and Soviet outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk before losing to Italian club Juventus. In the Coupe de France, Bordeaux finally achieved cup glory defeating Marseille 2–1 in the 1986 edition of the final with Tigana and Giresse recording both goals. The Coupe de France trophy was the club's first after over eight agonizing tries and their first since 1941. The following season, the club responded by winning the cup again. In a re-match with Marseille, Bordeaux won their second consecutive cup courtesy of goals from Philippe Fargeon and Zlatko Vujovic. Bordeaux capped off the decade during the 1986–87 season by winning their fourth league title.


Current squad
As of march 2010 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Cédric Carrasso
2 DF Michaël Ciani
3 DF Carlos Henrique
4 MF Alou Diarra (captain)
5 MF Fernando Menegazzo
7 MF Yoan Gouffran
8 MF Yoann Gourcuff
9 FW Fernando Cavenaghi
10 FW Jussiê
11 FW David Bellion
16 GK Ulrich Ramé
No. Position Player
17 MF Wendel
18 MF Jaroslav Plašil
20 FW Henri Saivet
21 DF Mathieu Chalmé
22 MF Grégory Sertić
24 MF Abdou Traoré
25 DF Ludovic Sané
27 DF Marc Planus
28 DF Benoît Trémoulinas
30 GK Abdoulaye Keita
33 DF Christopher Glombard
40 GK Fabien Farnolle

Out on loan
FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
12 MF Paul Lasne (at Châteauroux)
15 MF Wilfried Moimbé (at AC Ajaccio)
15 DF Matthieu Saunier (at Rodez)
16 GK Kévin Olimpa (at SCO Angers)
No. Position Player
26 FW Cheick Diabaté (at Nancy)
28 MF Floyd Ayité (at Nancy)
28 MF Pierre Ducasse (at Lorient)

Reserve squad
Bordeaux's B team plays in the Championnat de France amateur, Group C. As of November 2009.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Fabien Farnolle
GK Florian Pigeyre
DF Johan Blonbou
DF Alexandre Dulom
DF Christopher Glombard
DF Floréal Nivert
DF Maxime Poundje
DF Ludovic Sané
DF Salif Sané
MF Rémi Elissalde
MF Guillaume Insou
MF Grzegorz Krychowiak
No. Position Player
MF Paul Lasne
MF Grégory Sertić
MF Abdou Traoré
FW Alexandre Martin Cantero
FW Sacha Clémence
FW Anthony Gaillard
FW Papé Gueye
FW Thomas Poussevin
FW Henri Saivet
FW Michel Sanchez
FW Elhadji Malick Seck

Notable players
For a complete FC Girondins de Bordeaux players list, see here

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William Ayache
Ibrahim Ba
Patrick Battiston
Philippe Bergeroo
Eric Cantona
Didier Deschamps
Vikash Dhorasoo
Raymond Domenech
Dominique Dropsy
Christophe Dugarry
Jean-Marc Ferreri
Jean Gallice
René Girard
Alain Giresse
Bernard Lacombe
Lilian Laslandes
Bixente Lizarazu
Johan Micoud
Stéphane Paille
Jean-Pierre Papin
Ulrich Ramé
Alain Roche
Gérard Soler
Jean-Christophe Thouvenel
Jean Tigana
Marius Trésor
Philippe Vercruysse
Sylvain Wiltord
Zinédine Zidane
Yoann Gourcuff
Gabriel Obertan
Héctor de Bourgoing
Fernando Cavenaghi
Ali Benarbia
Gilbert Bodart
Enzo Scifo
Marc Wilmots
Patrick Vervoort
Eduardo Costa
Marcio Santos
Joseph-Antoine Bell
Edixon Perea Valencia
Côte d'Ivoire
Cyril Domoraud
Czech Republic
Vladimír Šmicer
Jesper Olsen
Brahim Zehhar
Marouane Chamakh
Klaus Allofs
Manfred Kaltz
Dieter Müller
Uwe Reinders
Michalis Kapsis
Arnór Guðjohnsen
Niša Saveljić
Wim Kieft
Stanley Menzo
Kiki Musampa
Richard Witschge
Leongino Unzaim
Marco Caneira
Fernando Chalana
Alexey Smertin
Salvador Artigas
Iván Pérez Muñoz
Víctor Torres Mestre
Albert Celades
Albert Riera


Elie Baup was the coach of the Bordeaux during five years, from 1998 to 2003. Former Bordeaux midfielder Michel Pavon became head coach in October 24, 2003. Because of health problems, he stood back and continued his career as scout on June 2005. Brazilian Ricardo became the new coach, until Laurent Blanc took over in 2007.
Benito Díaz, 1937–1942
Santiago Urtizberea, 1942–1943
Eugen Stern, 1943
Oscar Saggiero, 1943–1945
Maurice Bunyan, 1945–1947
André Gérard, 1947–1957
Santiago Urtizberea, 1957
Camille Libar, 1957–1960
Salvador Artigas, 1960–1967
Jean-Pierre Bakrim, 1967–1970
Pierre Danzelle, 1970
André Gérard, 1970–1972
Pierre Phelipon, 1972–1974
André Menaut, 1974–1976
Christian Montes, 1976–1978
Luis Carniglia, 1978–1979
Raymond Goethals, 1979–1980
Aimé Jacquet, 1980–1989

Didier Couécou, 1989
Raymond Goethals, 1989–1990
Gernot Rohr, 1990
Gérard Gili, 1990–1991
Gernot Rohr, 1991–1992
Rolland Courbis, 1992–1994
Toni, 1994–1995
Eric Guérit, 1995
Slavo Muslin, 1995–1996
Gernot Rohr, 1996
Rolland Courbis, 1996–1997
Guy Stéphan, 1997
Elie Baup, 1998–2003
Michel Pavon, 2003–2005
Ricardo Gomes, 2005–2007
Laurent Blanc, 2007–2010


National honours
Ligue 1 Championship 6:
1949–50, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1998–99, 2008–09.
Ligue 2 Championship 1:
Coupe de France 3:
1941, 1986, 1987.
Coupe de la Ligue 3:
2002, 2007, 2009
Trophée des champions 3:
1986, 2008, 2009
[edit]International honours
Coppa delle Alpi
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1:
Runners-up (1): 1995–96

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