Grégory Wimbée

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Grégory Wimbée
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Personal information
Date of birth (1971-08-19) 19 August 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Essey-lès-Nancy, France
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1990–1992 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Nancy 118 (1)
1992–1994 Charleville (loan) 75 (0)
1997–1998 Cannes 11 (0)
1998–2004 Lille 196 (0)
2004–2006 Metz 67 (0)
2006–2009 Grenoble 111 (0)
2009–2011 Valenciennes 1 (0)
Total 579 (1)

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

† Appearances (Goals).

Grégory Wimbée (born 19 August 1971) is a French retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He appeared in 282 Ligue 1 games during 11 seasons, representing in the competition Nancy, Lille, Metz, Grenoble and Valenciennes . Over a 19-year professional career, he added 297 matches in Ligue 2.

Football career[edit]

Wimbée was born in Essey-lès-Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle. After graduating from AS Nancy's youth system and serving a loan to Ligue 2 side OFC Charleville, he became an undisputed starter for the former, helping it achieve promotion to Ligue 1. On 28 November 1996, in his first top flight season, he scored a last-minute goal from a corner, in a 1–1 home draw against RC Lens, becoming the first goalkeeper to have scored in the competition's history.

After an unassuming year with AS Cannes, Wimbée moved to Lille OSC, helping it to another promotion and into the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, the first-ever participation in the competition for the Nord-Pas de Calais club. During six seasons, he was an automatic first-choice.

After two seasons and a further 67 first division matches with FC Metz, Wimbée joined Grenoble Foot 38 in 2006, playing 36 games in 2007–08 as the campaign again ended in promotion and the team returned to the first division after a 45-year absence.

On 24 August 2009 Wimbée, aged 38, signed a one-year contract with fellow league side Valenciennes FC. During the season, as the club finished exactly in tenth position, he played only once, in a 1–3 home loss against FC Toulouse on 16 January 2010, renewing his link in July for one more year.

After no additional league appearances, Wimbée retired from professional football in June 2011, two months shy of his 40th birthday.

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