FC Girondins de Bordeaux

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Full name Football Club des
Girondins de Bordeaux
Nickname(s) FCGB[1]
Les Girondins (The Girondins)[2]
Le club au scapulaire (The Club with the Chevron)[3]
Les marine et blanc (The Navy-and-Whites)[4]
Founded 1881; 136 years ago (1881)
Ground Matmut Atlantique,
Bordeaux, France
Ground Capacity 42,115
Chairman Jean-Louis Triaud
Manager Jocelyn Gourvennec
League Ligue 1
2015–16 Ligue 1, 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux (French pronunciation: ​[ʒirɔ̃dɛ̃ də bɔʁdo]; commonly referred to as Girondins de Bordeaux or simply Bordeaux) is a French professional football club based in the city of Bordeaux. The club currently play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football. The team is currently managed by former French international Jocelyn Gourvennec and captained by the current Czech international Jaroslav Plašil.[5][6]

Bordeaux was founded in 1881 as a multi-sports club and is one of the most successful football clubs in France. The club has won six Ligue 1 titles, which is the joint fourth-most in its history. Bordeaux have also won four Coupe de France titles, three Coupe de la Ligue titles, and three Trophée des champions titles as well. The club has the honour of having appeared in the most finals in the Coupe de la Ligue, having featured in six of those contested. From a year to its inception, the club's stadium was the Stade Chaban-Delmas, though since 2015, Bordeaux's home ground has been that of the Matmut Atlantique.[5][6]



The club took its name Girondins from a group of French Revolutionaries from the region, and was founded on 1 October 1881 as a gymnastics and shooting club. The club, chaired by André Chavois, later added sports such as rowing, equestrian, and swimming, among others. It was not until 1910 when football was officially introduced to the club following strong urging from several members within the club, most notably club president Raymond Brard, though it was only available on a trial basis. The experiment with football lasted only a year before returning almost a decade later in 1919. The club contested its first official match in 1920 defeating Section Burdigalienne 12–0.[7]

Bordeaux achieved professional status in football on 2 July 1936, partly due to the club's merger with fellow Bordelais outfit Girondins Guyenne Sport, which resulted in the club that exists today. Bordeaux's rise to professionalism came about alongside the French Football Federation's plea to increase professionalism in French football, which prior to 1932, had been non-existent. The club was inserted into the second division of French football and made its debut appearance during the 1937–38 season. The club's first manager was Spaniard Benito Díaz. Diaz brought fellow Spanish players Santiago Urtizberea and Jaime Mancisidor to the team with the latter serving as captain. The club's most prominent Frenchmen on the team were homegrown attacker Henri Arnaudeau and goalkeeper André Gérard. Bordeaux played its first official match on 23 May 1937 defeating Rhône-Alpes-based FC Scionzier 2–1 at the Stade de Colombes. The club's first ever league match was contested on 22 August losing away to Toulouse 3–2. Bordeaux recorded its first league win against Nîmes. Unfortunately for the club, the team finished 6th in the Southern region of the division. Bordeaux's disappointing finish inserted the club into the relegation playoff portion of the league where the team finished a respectable 3rd. A year later, Bordeaux moved into its current home, the Stade Chaban-Delmas, which had previously been known as, simply Parc Lescure. The facility was built specifically for the 1938 FIFA World Cup and, following the competition's completion, was designated to Bordeaux. The club had formerly played its home matches at the Stade Galin, which today is used as a training ground.[7]

Success and stability[edit]

Trophy of the centenary tournament of Girondins de Bordeaux

On 15 October 1940, Bordeaux merged with local club AS Port and took on one of the club's most prestigious traditions, the scapular. Bordeaux ASP, which the club was now known, adorned the scapular during its run to the 1941 edition of the Coupe de France final. The match, played in occupied France at the Stade Municipal in Saint-Ouen, saw Bordeaux defeat SC Fives 2–0 with Urtizberea netting both goals. The Coupe de France triumph was the club's first major honour. Following the liberation of France, Bordeaux returned to league play and earned promotion to the first division following its 2nd-place finish during the 1948–49 season. After the season, André Gérard, now manager of the club, signed Dutchman Bertus de Harder. Led by the three-headed monster of De Harder, Édouard Kargu, and Camille Libar, Bordeaux captured its first-ever league championship, in just the club's first season in the first division, winning by six points over second place Lille. The league success led to Bordeaux being selected to participate in the second edition of the Latin Cup. In the competition, Bordeaux reached the final drawing 3–3 with Portuguese outfit Benfica. The draw forced a second match with Benfica claiming victory following an extra time goal after over two hours and 25 minutes of play.[7]

Bordeaux maintained its title-winning aspirations finishing runners-up to Nice two seasons after winning its first title. The club also performed well in cup competitions reaching the Coupe de France final in 1952 and 1955. In 1952, Bordeaux suffered defeat to the team it finished runner-up to the same year, Nice, following a thrilling match in which eight goals were scored with five of them coming in the first 40 minutes. Bordeaux drew the match at 3–3 following a 55th-minute goal from Henri Baillot, but Nice countered minutes later with two goals in a span of four minutes to go up 5–3, which was the final result. In 1955, Bordeaux were trounced 5–2 by Lille who went up 4–0 within 35 minutes. The resulting struggles in the cup competitions led to struggles domestically with the club suffering relegation in the 1955–56 season. The club returned to the first division for the 1959–60 season, but failed to make an impact falling back to Ligue 2 after finishing last in the standings with 21 points.[7]

Bordeaux returned to its former selves in the 1960s under new manager and former player Salvador Artigas. Under the helm of Artigas, Bordeaux returned to the first division and finished in a respectable fourth place for the 1962–63 season. The following season, Bordeaux returned to the Coupe de France final where the club faced off against Lyon. Bordeaux, once again, were defeated 2–0 courtesy of two goals from the Argentine Nestor Combin. The club's runner-up finish resulted in the team qualifying for the 1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The appearance was brief with the club losing 4–3 on aggregate to German club Borussia Dortmund. Four seasons later, Bordeaux again reached the final of the Coupe de France, the club's seventh appearance overall. The team faced Saint-Étienne and, again failed to match the achievement reached in 1941 losing 2–1. The following season, Bordeaux earned another appearance in the final, but again, failed to win the trophy losing 2–0 to Marseille. The team suffered an extreme decline during the 1970s, despite the arrival of Alain Giresse. The club played under seven different managers during the decade and consistently finished at the bottom half of the table. In 1979, the club was sold to the influential and ambitious real estate mogul Claude Bez, who positioned himself as president of the club. In the summer of 1983, Girondins de Bordeaux organised a centenary tournament; Bordeaux won a 2–0 victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals of this tournament, and in the final, the club was defeated by VfB Stuttgart.[7][8]

Return to prominence in the 1980s[edit]

Alain Giresse, influential Bordeaux player in the '70s and '80s.

Under the helm of Claude Bez, who injected millions into the club, Bordeaux flourished winning three league championships, two Coupe de France titles, and also performed well in European competitions. During Bez's run presiding over the team, he recruited several French internationals such as Bernard Lacombe, Jean Tigana, René Girard, Jean-Christophe Thouvenel, and Thierry Tusseau. Bez also brought in established manager Aimé Jacquet. Led by 1970s mainstays Giresse and Gernot Rohr, Bordeaux captured its first league championship since 1950 in the 1983–84 season finishing equal on points with Monaco, however, due to having a better head-to-head record, Bordeaux were declared champions. The next season, Bordeaux again won the league claiming the title by four points over second place Nantes. In Europe, Bordeaux played in the 1984–85 European Cup and reached the semi-finals, defeating Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, Romanian club Dinamo București, and Soviet outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk before losing to Italian club Juventus. In the Coupe de France, Bordeaux finally achieved cup glory defeating Marseille 2–1 in the 1986 edition of the final with Tigana and Giresse recording both goals. The Coupe de France trophy was the club's first since 1941 after over eight agonising tries in finals. The following season, the club responded by winning the trophy again. In a re-match with Marseille, Bordeaux won its second consecutive cup courtesy of goals from Philippe Fargeon and Zlatko Vujović. Bordeaux then capped off the 1986–87 season by winning its fourth league title and achieving the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double as well.

In 1989, Bordeaux ended the decade with a consecutive runners-up medal in their 1989 Ligue 1 campaign and getting up towards the semi-final in a strong European Cup run that season.[9]

Rising from the ashes in the 1990s[edit]

Due to administrative problems, the club was relegated just two years thereafter. In 1992, however, Les Giridons won that year's Ligue 2 title, thus being elevated to the top tier of French football. In the emergence of young and exciting players such as playmaker Zinedine Zidane, striker Christophe Dugarry and left back Bixente Lizarazu, the club ascended even higher to win the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995. With this talented trio, the club defeated Milan and Slavia Prague in the quarter- and semi-finals respectively to reach the UEFA Cup final of 1996. Bordeaux witnessed even further glory only three years later, winning their fifth title in that of the 1999 Ligue 1 with winger Sylvain Wiltord winning the Golden Boot of that season with 22 goals.[9]

Into the 2000s[edit]

During the 1999–2000 season, the club played in the new UEFA Champions League for the first time. In two seasons time Bordeaux won another piece of silverware, beating Lorient 3–0 in the 2002 Coupe de la Ligue final. Les Girondins beat Club Brugge 4–1 on aggregate in the fourth round to reach the 2004 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, where the club fell to eventual winners Valencia.[9]


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2017.[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Paul Bernardoni
2 Serbia DF Milan Gajić
3 Germany DF Diego Contento
4 Serbia DF Vukašin Jovanović (on loan from Zenit)
5 France DF Nicolas Pallois
6 Poland DF Igor Lewczuk
7 France FW Jérémy Ménez
8 Uruguay MF Mauro Arambarri
9 Uruguay FW Diego Rolán
10 Ivory Coast FW Thomas Touré
11 Guinea MF François Kamano
12 France MF Younés Kaabouni
13 Senegal MF Younousse Sankharé
14 France MF Jérémy Toulalan
No. Position Player
15 Mali MF Abdou Traoré
16 France GK Cédric Carrasso
17 Algeria MF Adam Ounas
18 Czech Republic MF Jaroslav Plašil (captain)
19 France MF Nicolas Maurice-Belay
20 France DF Youssouf Sabaly (on loan from PSG)
21 France DF Théo Pellenard
23 Argentina MF Valentin Vada
24 France FW Gaëtan Laborde
25 Brazil FW Malcom
28 Argentina MF Daniel Mancini
29 France DF Maxime Poundjé
30 France GK Jérôme Prior

On loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
France DF Frédéric Guilbert (on loan to Caen)
Brazil DF Pablo (on loan to Corinthians)
Central African Republic DF Cédric Yambéré (on loan to APOEL)
No. Position Player
Cameroon MF Kévin Soni (on loan to Pau)
France FW Enzo Crivelli (on loan to Bastia)
Sweden FW Isaac Kiese Thelin (on loan to Anderlecht)

Most appearances[edit]

# Name Matches
France Alain Giresse 587
France Ulrich Ramé 525
France Jean-Christophe Thouvenel 490
France Guy Calléja 441
Germany Gernot Rohr 430
France René Gallice 390
France Marc Planus 381
France Edouard Kargulewicz 341
France Jean Tigana 326
10° France Christophe Dugarry 324

Top Scorers[edit]

# Name Goals
France Alain Giresse 182
France Edouard Kargulewicz 151
France Bernard Lacombe 138
France Laurent Robuschi 130
Portugal Pauleta 91
Netherlands Johannes Lambertus de Harder 90
France Didier Couécou 89
Morocco Marouane Chamakh 76
Argentina Hector De Bourgoing 72
10° France Lilian Laslandes 70

Management and staff[edit]

Senior club staff[11]
  • President: Jean-Louis Triaud
  • Managing Director: Alain Deveseleer
  • Commercial and Marketing Director: Vincent Repoux
  • Administrative and Financial Director: Catherine Steva
  • Recruitment Director: Yannick Stopyra
Coaching and medical staff[12]
  • Manager: Jocelyn Gourvennec
  • Assistant Manager: Eric Blahic
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Franck Mantaux
  • Technical Adviser: Pierre Espanol
  • Fitness Coach: Eric Bedouet
  • Fitness Coach: Kevin Plantet
  • Medical Doctor: Thierry Delmeule
  • Medical Doctor: Hervé Petit
  • Cardiologist: Laurent Labbé
  • Physiotherapist: David Das Neves
  • Physiotherapist: Cyril Hostein
  • Physiotherapist: Jacques Thébault
  • Osteopath: Eric Robinson

Managerial history[edit]

In its history, Bordeaux have had 35 managers. The first was the Spaniard Benito Díaz. Díaz was the first Bordeaux manager to achieve an honour when, in 1941, the club won the Coupe de France. The first Bordeaux manager to win the league was André Gérard. Gérard led the team to the league crown in 1950. He also has the honour of being the club's longest-serving manager having spent a decade with the club from 1947 to 1957. Gérard is followed by Aimé Jacquet who spent nine season with the club in the 1980s. Under Jacquet, Bordeaux won three league titles and two Coupe de France titles.

Affiliated clubs[edit]


Domestic competitions[edit]


International competitions[edit]



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