Patrick Battiston

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Patrick Battiston
Personal information
Full name Patrick Battiston
Date of birth (1957-03-12) March 12, 1957 (age 58)
Place of birth Amnéville, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1966–1973 Talange
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1980 FC Metz 181 (19)
1980–1983 AS Saint-Étienne 101 (8)
1983–1987 FC Girondins de Bordeaux 136 (10)
1987–1989 AS Monaco FC 68 (0)
1989–1991 FC Girondins de Bordeaux 71 (1)
Total 557 (38)
National team
1977–1989 France 56 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Patrick Battiston (born March 12, 1957 in Amnéville, Moselle) is a former French football player, who played for the France national team in three World Cups and won the 1984 European Football Championship.

Club career[edit]

Battiston began his career at lower league club Talange (1966–1973), before he was spotted and purchased by FC Metz (1973–1980). After seven years at that club, he moved to Saint-Etienne (1980–1983) for three years, where they won the 1981 Division 1 title, before moving to Bordeaux (1983–1987), where they won the 1984, 1985 and 1987 league titles and two Coupe de France. Battiston then moved on to Monaco (1987–1989), where they won the 1988 league title, before he returned to Bordeaux (1989–1991).

International career[edit]

Battiston earned 56 caps for his national side, scoring three goals. He represented France in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, and helped France to their victory in the 1984 European Football Championship.

1982 World Cup incident[edit]

Battiston is particularly remembered for the 1982 FIFA World Cup semi final in Seville, when France faced West Germany. He came off the bench in the second half, and after ten minutes of play, following a through ball by Platini, Battiston was clear through the German defence racing towards goal. The German goalkeeper, Harald Schumacher, raced towards Battiston as the Frenchman took the shot, missing the goal. Schumacher leapt into the air, twisting his body and colliding with Battiston. In the process Schumacher's hip hit the Frenchman's face. Battiston, clattered, fell to the ground unconscious, with damaged vertebrae and teeth knocked out, later slipping into a coma. Emergency medics had to administer oxygen on the pitch.[1] Michel Platini later said that he thought that Battiston was dead, because "he had no pulse and looked pale".[2]

The Dutch referee Charles Corver did not give a foul, let alone send Schumacher off. Schumacher then proceeded to take the goal-kick and play resumed. After winning the game, the goalkeeper caused more controversy when he was told that Battiston had lost three teeth, and replied: "If that's all that's wrong with him, I'll pay him the crowns."

Schumacher later apologised in person to Battiston, and the apology was accepted by Battiston. In his autobiography, Anpfiff, published a couple of years later, Schumacher said the reason he did not go over to check on Battiston's condition was because a number of French players were standing around Battiston and making threatening gestures in his direction.


1981 Won Division 1
1982 World Cup Semifinalist (4th)
1984 Won Division 1
Won European Football Championship
1985 Won Division 1
1986 Won Coupe de France
World Cup Semifinalist (3rd)
1987 Won Division 1
Won Coupe de France
1988 Won Division 1


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