Bernard Lacombe

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Bernard Lacombe
Bernard Lacombe en 2012.jpg
Bernard Lacombe, 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-08-15) August 15, 1952 (age 63)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1960–1969 CS Fontaines
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1978 Lyon 222 (123)
1978–1979 Saint-Étienne 32 (14)
1979–1987 Bordeaux 243 (118)
Total 497 (255)
National team
1973–1984 France 38 (12)
Teams managed
1996–2000 Lyon

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Bernard Lacombe (born 15 August 1952) is a retired French football player. He played forward, mainly with Lyon, Bordeaux and Saint-Étienne and the France national team.

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Lacombe began his professional career with hometown club Lyon in 1969. One of his teammates, Aimé Jacquet, would be later his team manager (and the manager of the France national team which won the 1998 FIFA World Cup).

Lacombe earned his first cap for France in 1973. He went on to represent his nation at the 1978 World Cup, scoring after only 30 seconds against Italy, the fastest goal ever for a French player, and also the first goal of that tournament. Lacombe also played at the 1982 World Cup and won UEFA Euro 1984.

After a brief stay with Saint-Étienne, Lacombe joined Bordeaux, where he was re-united with Aimé Jacquet. He won three French Ligue 1 championships.

With 255 goals scored in Ligue 1, he is the second-best striker of all-time in the French championship, after Delio Onnis.

After his playing career ended, Lacombe joined the technical staff of former club Lyon, first as technical manager (from 1988 to 1996), then as trainer (1996 to 2000) and manager. He was instrumental in the successes of the club in Ligue 1 and also on the European scene, helping lead his side to seven-straight UEFA Champions League appearances. He currently does not have official responsibilities, though serves as a "special adviser" to team president Jean-Michel Aulas. He also has significant influence on choices made; for example, he helped retain several of the brilliant Brazilian players that would join Lyon during the 2000s, including Juninho, Edmílson, Cris, Caçapa and Fred).

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