Alain Boghossian

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Alain Boghossian
Personal information
Full name Alain Boghossian
Date of birth (1970-10-27) 27 October 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Digne, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
France (Asst. Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Marseille (reserves) 78 (12)
1992–1993 Istres 33 (8)
1993–1994 Marseille 28 (2)
1994–1997 Napoli 54 (4)
1997–1998 Sampdoria 31 (6)
1998–2002 Parma 67 (7)
2002–2003 Espanyol 5 (0)
National team
1997–2002 France 26 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alain Boghossian (born 27 October 1970 in Digne-les-Bains, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) is a retired French-Armenian football player, who played as a midfielder; he is currently serving as an assistant coach for the French national team.

Club career[edit]

Alain Boghossian began playing football in the reserves of Olympique de Marseille. After a sole season on Marseille in Ligue 1, Boghossian joined Ligue 2 club Istres in order to get match practice. He returned to Marseille after a season in Istres. Boghossian moved to Italy in 1994 and was brought into Serie A club S.S.C. Napoli. He played on Napoli for three years and then played on U.C. Sampdoria for a season. Boghossian became a member of Parma A.C. in 1998, where he had his most successful years of his club career. He competed alongside compatriot Lilian Thuram on Parma. Parma won the 1998–99 UEFA Europa League, defeating Marseille 3-1 in the finals. Boghossian scored one goal at the 1998–99 UEFA Cup, the third goal in a 3-1 victory over Fenerbahçe during the second leg. While Boghossian played for Parma, the club went on to win the Italian Supercup in 1999 and the Italian Cup in 1998–99 and 2002. He scored the second decisive goal in the 2-1 victory of Parma over Milan in the 1999 Supercoppa Italiana final. Boghossian signed a contract with La Liga club RCD Espanyol in 2002.

Due to several injuries received throughout the year, Boghossian retired as a football player at the end of the season in June 2003.

International career[edit]

Boghossian turned down offers to play for the Armenia national football team.[1]

He became an international player for France in 1997, and won the 1998 World Cup with France. He replaced Christian Karembeu in the final against Brazil during the second half. The day before the Euro 2000 started, Boghossian was injured and was forced to miss it. He also appeared at the 2002 World Cup, and in total made 26 international appearances, scoring 2 goals.

Managerial career[edit]

In July 2008, the French Football Federation appointed Boghossian the assistant coach of the France national team to support head coach Raymond Domenech in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualification matches.[2] He remained in the position when Laurent Blanc became the new manager of the French team.[3]

After the UEFA Euro 2012 and the appointment of Didier Deschamps as manager, Boghossian was not renewed his position as assistant coach. Fitness trainer Philippe Lambert and doctor Fabrice Bryant also left the staff.[4]

Boghossian is part of the national technical directors of the French Football Federation. He was awarded valedictorian upon getting his DEPF (high professional trainer).

Personal life[edit]

Alain was born in Digne-les-Bains, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence to Armenian parents.[5] In 2001, Boghossian and Youri Djorkaeff both thanked the President of the Fifth Republic Jacques Chirac for official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by France.[6] Boghossian is an Honorary Citizen of Armenia.

Boghossian spends much of his time playing golf. He participated in the Masters 13 on the 2007 Alps Tour.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Italy Parma[7]

  • UEFA Cup (1): 1998–99
  • Italian Supercup (1): 1999
  • Italian Cup (2): 1998–99, 2002

France Marseille

International[edit]

France[7]

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Alain Boghossian, ambition ambiance". FIFA.com. Retrieved 15 May 2013.  (in French)
  2. ^ "Boghossian bientôt adjoint ?". L'Equipe.fr. Retrieved 15 May 2013. [permanent dead link] (in French)
  3. ^ "Boghossian reste dans le staff". L'Equipe.fr. Retrieved 15 May 2013. [permanent dead link] (in French)
  4. ^ "Boghossian quitte la sélection". EuroSport.com. Retrieved 15 May 2013.  (in French)
  5. ^ "Alain Boghossian Footballeur français". evene.fr. Retrieved 15 May 2013.  (in French)
  6. ^ "Юрий Джоркаефф. Армянский бриллиант во французской оправе". Profootball.ua. Retrieved 15 May 2013.  (in Ukrainian)
  7. ^ a b "Alain Boghossian". Eurosport. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "France honors World Cup winners – Government gives Legion of Honor to players, coaches". CNN/SI. 1 September 1998. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  9. ^ "Décret du 24 juillet 1998 portant nomination à titre exceptionnel". JORF. 1998 (170): 11376. 25 July 1998. PREX9801916D. Retrieved 10 March 2009.