Garry Bocaly

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Garry Bocaly
Personal information
Full name Garry Bocaly
Date of birth (1988-04-19) 19 April 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Schœlcher, Martinique
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1995–2003 EV Les Trois Ilets
2003–2005 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Marseille 8 (0)
2007–2008 Libourne (loan) 29 (1)
2008–2009 Montpellier (loan) 35 (4)
2010 Montpellier (loan) 12 (0)
2010–2014 Montpellier 73 (3)
2014–2015 Arles-Avignon 10 (0)
National team
2008–2010 France U21 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Garry Bocaly (born 19 April 1988) is a French footballer who last played for Arles-Avignon, as a right back.

Moving the position of right defender, he began his professional career in Marseille in 2005. After two seasons in his first club, he made a pass by the League 2 respectively being loaned to FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin during the 2007–2008 season and then at Montpellier during the following season. After returning to Marseille, he remained only half a season before being loaned back to Montpellier where he signed at the end of the 2009–10 season. He is also vice-champion of France in 2007, runner-up of League 2 in 2009 and participated in the final of the League Cup in 2011. On 20 May 2012, he won the Ligue 1 title for Montpellier over PSG, for the first time in the club's history.


Olympique de Marseille[edit]

Born in Schœlcher, Martinique, Bocaly arrived at Marseille in 2004 before being promoted to the first team the following year. He made his debut on 5 March 2006 against rivals Paris Saint-Germain in the annual Le Classique under bizarre circumstances.

In order to protest against security flaws at the Parc des Princes, Marseille president Pape Diouf decided to call-up players from the club's youth academy and their CFA2 reserve team to play against the club. Bocaly started the match and played well, despite going against the likes of Pauleta, Jérôme Rothen, and Bonaventure Kalou. The match ended in a 0–0 draw with Garry playing the full 90 minutes.[1][2] A month later, on 14 April 2006, he agreed to his first professional contract, signing for three years.[3]

In 2006-07 season, he was promoted to the senior squad and given the number 6 shirt. Despite the promotion, he was listed as the third-choice right back behind Habib Beye and Renato Civelli. Garry was finally given a chance to make an impression when Beye was forced to move to the centre back position due to injuries after Civelli went down due to injury. He appeared in three straight matches starting them all, however, Marseille lost all three and Bocaly was relegated back to the bench.[4] Soon after, Bocaly, himself, find himself in the injury list after injuring his groin while in training.[5]

After his loan at Montpellier, the club's sporting director José Anigo said when he will be part of first team plan of Didier Deschamps for the 2009–2010 season.[6] He played his first game of the season on 31 October 2009 to face Toulouse, which resulted a 1-1 draw.[7] and played his first match of the Champions League on 3 November 2009 to face Zürich, which the match ended with Marseille thrashing Zürich 6-1.[8]

Libourne-Saint-Seurin (loan)[edit]

Due to a surplus of more experienced full backs, including new signing Laurent Bonnart, Marseille loaned Bocaly out for the 2007–08 season to join Ligue 2 side Libourne-Saint-Seurin.[9] Bocaly soon became an undisputed starter for the club. Bocaly appeared in 29 matches with the club and scored his first ever goal on 24 September 2007 against Nantes. Despite his improved performances, which led to Marseille extending his contract until 2012,[10] Libourne finished 19th and, thus, were relegated to the third-tier Championnat National.


Bocaly playing for Montpellier in 2012

Bocaly's return to Marseille was short-lived, as he was again sent on loan, but this time to Ligue 2 side Montpellier. Instead of going on loan by himself like previously, Marseille team-mates Thomas Deruda and Jean-Philippe Sabo joined him.[11] Bocaly made his debut for Montpellier in a 1–0 loss against Strasbourg on 4 August 2008. Bocaly helped the club achieved promotion to Ligue 2 as the club was second place behind Lens just by goal differences.

On 28 January 2010, Bocaly returned on loan to Montpellier for six months, with an option to purchase 800,000 euros, in his second loan spell.[12][13] His second loan spell with Montpellier was short lived by making 12 appearance when Bocaly suffered a broken hand and had to get surgery.[14] He returned to training on 22 February 2010.[15] Following his recovery, Bocaly made more appearance later in the season. At the end of the season, Montpellier finished fifth in the championship, which they qualified for the UEFA Europa League. After two spells on loan to Montpellier, Bocaly signed for the club on a permanent basis.[citation needed] Since joining the club, Bocaly established in the starting eleven for the club.

His first permanent full season at Montpellier, Bocaly's first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis, in a 1-0 win over Bordeaux, which he scored his first goal (and the first of the season).[16] However the season soon became poor, as the club lost in the final of Coupe de la Ligue against his former club, where he was started for the final.[17] It couldn't get any worse when the club finished fourteenth place, just three points from being relegated. During his first permanent full season at Montpellier, Bocaly went on to score two more goals against Nancy and Lens.

Bocaly dribbling in warm-up before the match started against Arsenal on 18 September 2012.

In 2011-12 season, Bocaly was involved with the club as they won the Ligue 1 title for Montpellier over PSG, for the first time in the club's history and was included in the first team, playing in the right-back defence.

However in 2012-13 season, Bocaly tear his thigh in training and missed the first-three matches at the start of the season.[18] He made his return on 1 September 2012, in a 1-0 win over Sochaux.[19] Bocaly was a regular in the first team. A few week later, Bocaly played his first Champions League match in over four years, in a 2-1 loss against Arsenal, but the next Champions League match, Bocaly was sent-off, in a 2-2 draw against Schalke 04 after a straight red card for his foul on Julian Draxler, giving away a penalty for the opposition team. Afterwards, Bocaly was given a one-match ban by UEFA.[20] Three week later, on 27 October 2012, in a 3-1 win over Nice, Bocaly was sent-off, again, in the last-minute for professional foul. But in mid-November, Bocaly soon suffered a hip problem, that left him out for over a month.[citation needed] By March, Bocaly was ruled out for the entire 2012-13 season after underwent a hip arthroscopy.[21]

International career[edit]

Garry has appeared with all of France's youth teams beginning with the under-16s all the way to the under-21s. He was a member of the under-19 squad that reached the semi-finals at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. He earned his first cap with the under-21 squad on 26 March 2008, in a match against the Czech Republic.[22]


  1. ^ "PSG 0–0 OM : LA TACTIQUE ET LES JOUEURS" (in French). 6 March 2006. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ PSG v. Marseille Match Report
  3. ^ "football J-5 avant la finale de la Coupe de la Ligue Montpellier-OM" (in French). lz 19 April 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "GARRY BOCALY S'IMPOSE EN SÉLECTION" (in French). 6 December 2006. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "G. Bocaly injures his groin". 14 December 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "OM – Anigo souhaite le retour de Garry Bocaly" (in French). 2 June 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "OM – Toulouse : Bocaly titulaire !" (in French). 31 October 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "OM-Zurich : Bocaly et Koné titulaires" (in French). 3 November 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bocaly in Libourne in the Blues" [Bocaly à Libourne et chez les Bleus] (in French). Le Phoceen. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Bocaly prolonge avec l'OM
  11. ^ "Om provides Montpellier" [L'OM fournit Montpellier] (in French). Le Figaro. 23 June 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Marseille loans Garry Bocaly to Montpellier
  13. ^ "Bocaly prêté au MHSC" (in French). L'EQUIPE. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Fracture Garry Bocaly" [Fracture pour Garry Bocaly] (in French). Le Figraro. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bocaly Delaye and resumed" [Bocaly et Delaye ont repris] (in French). Le Figraro. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "BOCALY STRIKE ENOUGH TO SINK BORDEAUX". Ligue 1 Official Website. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Marseille triumph in Coupe de la Ligue". ESPN Soccerner. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mounier will miss TFC" [Foot - Ligue 1 - MHSC : Mounier va manquer le TFC] (in French). L'Equipe. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ligue 1, MHSC - With Bocaly and Saihi" [Ligue 1, MHSC - Avec Bocaly et Saihi] (in French). 31 August 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "LoC, MHSC - suspended one game Bocaly" [LdC, MHSC - Bocaly suspendu un match] (in French). 19 October 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "End of season Saihi and Bocaly" [Foot - Ligue 1 - MHSC : Fin de saison pour Saihi et Bocaly] (in French). L'Equipe. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Bocaly called in Hopes" [Bocaly appelé chez les Espoirs] (in French). 20 March 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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