Playing for Rennes in 2008
|Full name||Jimmy Briand|
|Date of birth||2 August 1985|
|Place of birth||Vitry-sur-Seine, France|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Striker|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jimmy Briand (French pronunciation: [dʒi.mi bʁi.jɑ̃]; born 2 August 1985 in Vitry-sur-Seine) is a French association football player who currently plays for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1. He started his career as a striker, but now he is usually deployed on the wings. Briand is a former graduate of the famous Clairefontaine academy and is formerly a France youth international. He is also a member of the senior team making his debut on 11 October 2008 against Romania. On 14 June 2010, Briand joined Lyon on a four-year contract. Prior to joining the club, he had been the longest serving player that was currently playing for Rennes having joined the club in 2001.
Briand began his career at US Ivry before joining CSF Brétigny. Following a stint there, he was selected to attend the Clairefontaine academy. Following his tenure there, Briand joined the youth academy of professional club Rennes
While in Rennes' youth system, Briand won the Coupe Gambardella in 2003. During the league season, he made his professional football debut, at the age of 17, in a match against Paris Saint-Germain coming on as a substitute playing 25 minutes. The match finished 0–0. Over the next two seasons, his play was limited only appearing in 16 league matches and scoring one goal, his first ever, against Montpellier in a 4–0 victory.
Briand finally broke into the first-team for the 2005–06 season appearing in 29 league matches and scoring 3 goals helping Rennes finish in 7th place, just one spot out of Europe. Over the next two years, his play remained consistent primarily due to the player not sustaining injuries. Despite being linked to clubs outside France, Briand decided to stay with Rennes for the 2008–09 season. He performed well scoring a team-high eight goals in the league. On 26 March 2009, Briand ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while training with the French national team. The injury required six months of rest. Due to the injury, Briand made his debut with Rennes in the 2009–10 Ligue 1 season on 29 October in a league match against Monaco. He finished the season with 23 league appearances converting five goals.
On 14 June 2010, Lyon president and chairman Jean-Michel Aulas announced that the club had signed Briand to a four-year contract effective 1 July. The transfer fee was priced at €7.4 million. He was assigned the number 7 shirt. On 18 February 2011, Briand scored an overhead bicycle kick goal against Nancy in a league match.
Briand played on the under-21 team from 2004 to 2006 scoring 9 goals on 22 appearances. He was a member of the French squad that participated in the 2006 UEFA U-21 Championship helping France reach the semi-finals before losing to the Netherlands.
Briand received his first call-up to the senior side in May 2007 for France's Euro 2008 qualification matches against Ukraine and Georgia. He would not make his debut in those matches. On 11 October 2008, Briand made his international debut against Romania in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match that ended in a 2–2 draw.
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- Jimmy Briand French league stats at LFP.fr (French)