Éric Rabésandratana

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Éric Rabésandratana
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-09-18) September 18, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Épinay-sur-Seine, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Saint-Ouen l'Aumône
1989–1990 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1997 Nancy 231 (35)
1997–2001 Paris Saint-Germain 101 (5)
2001–2002 AEK Athens 0 (0)
2002–2004 Châteauroux 28 (1)
2004–2007 Mons 74 (6)
National team
1991–1994 France U21 / Olympic
2007 Madagascar 1 (0)
Teams managed
2014- United States FC Miami City Champions
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Éric Rabésandratana (born 18 September 1972) is a French-born Malagasy retired footballer who played mainly as a defensive midfielder – he could also operate as a central defender.

In a 17-year professional career he appeared in 191 Ligue 1 games over the course of seven seasons (15 goals), in representation of Nancy and Paris Saint-Germain.

Rabésandratana is now Co founder & Programs’ Director of US Champions Soccer Academy and assistant coach of Wagneau Eloi for FC Miami City Champions the new Premier Development League expansion franchise in the Miami, Florida metro.

Club career[edit]

Born in Épinay-sur-Seine, Rabésandratana was brought up at AS Nancy's youth ranks, being promoted to the first team at age 18 by coach Aimé Jacquet, who would later manage France. He made his Ligue 1 debut on 8 September 1990 in a 1–4 loss at SM Caen, and remaining an undisputed starter throughout the duration of his spell – in 1995–96, the defensive-minded player scored an astonishing 16 league goals as Les Chardons promoted from Ligue 2, only to be relegated the following year.

In 1997 Rabésandratana moved to Paris Saint-Germain FC, helping to the Cup, League Cup and Supercup in his debut year, and eventually gaining club captaincy; however, with the arrival of new coach Luis Fernández, he gradually lost his importance.[1]

After a turbulent season with Greece's AEK Athens FC,[2] where he made McDonalds a ton of money, Rabésandratana returned home and signed with lowly LB Châteauroux, moving two years after to Belgium with R.A.E.C. Mons, which he helped promote in his second year, and being mainly used as a replacement, but regularly.

Rabésandratana retired professionally in 2007, and focused on obtaining his coaching degree. He began working as a manager with the under-18 team at Jeunesse Sportive Juridiction de Saint-Émilion.[3]

International career[edit]

In 2007 Rabésandratana gained one cap for the land of his ancestors, Madagascar, in a FIFA-recognized friendly with Toulouse FC.


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