Gérald Baticle

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Gérald Baticle
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-10-10) 10 October 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Amiens, France
Playing position Striker
Youth career
–1990 Amiens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Amiens
1991–1995 Auxerre 109 (29)
1995–1998 Strasbourg 105 (21)
1998–1999 Auxerre 39 (5)
1999–2002 Metz 82 (24)
2002–2003 Troyes 30 (1)
2003–2004 Le Havre 32 (4)
Teams managed
2004–2008 AJ Auxerre U-18
2008–2009 Stade Brest
2011 Lyon U-19
2011– Lyon (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gérald Baticle (born 10 October 1969), is a former French football striker and current manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Amiens, Baticle started his professional career in his native Picardy region at Amiens SC but quickly attracted the attention of Guy Roux who recruited him at AJ Auxerre. He played his first game in Ligue 1 on 19 September 1991 against FC Metz. In the 1992–93 season, he was the UEFA Cup's top goalscorer as Auxerre reached the semi-finals where they were edged out by Borussia Dortmund after a penalty shootout. A year later, Baticle scored one of Auxerre's goal during the final of the French cup where the AJA defeated Montpellier HSC 3–0 to win its first national title. In the 1994–95 season, he had to face the concurrence of an emerging Lilian Laslandes for the sole striker post in Guy Roux's emblematic 4-3-3.

Baticle then chose to move to an ambitious RC Strasbourg side where he joined a team composed of Frank Leboeuf, Franck Sauzée and Aleksandr Mostovoi. He spent three seasons at Strasbourg and was a captain there after Leboeuf's departure in 1996. He was repositioned as an offensive midfielder by Jacky Duguépéroux and, in this position, was instrumental in Strasbourg's 1997 League cup triumph as well as the good UEFA Cup run the following season.

He was then back for a season and a half at Auxerre as a transition striker between world champion Stéphane Guivarc'h and the young Djibril Cissé. In December 1999, he was transferred to FC Metz where he enjoyed decent success as a striker for three years in a struggling team. When Metz was relegated, Baticle moved to Troyes AC for a season before ending his career in 2003–04 with Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC.

Coaching career[edit]

Baticle was a successful youth coach for three seasons with AJ Auxerre's under 18 team, reaching the final of the Coupe Gambardella in 2007. In October 2008, Pascal Janin was sacked from his post at Stade Brestois and it was rumoured that general manager Corentin Martins was eager to bring his former Auxerre teammate at Brest for the managing job but the move was at first opposed by Auxerre's president Jean-Claude Hamel.[1] Ultimately, a compromise was found and Baticle joined Brest,[2] winning his first game 4–0 against SC Bastia on 7 November 2008. He was fired on May 2009 and replaced by Alex Dupont.[3]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

As a manager[edit]

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Notes[edit]

Preceded by
Frank Leboeuf
RC Strasbourg Captain
1996-1998
Succeeded by
Teddy Bertin