|Full name||Jean-Marc Furlan|
|Date of birth||20 November 1957|
|Place of birth||Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, France|
|1993–1997||Libourne Youth team|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Jean-Marc Furlan (born 20 November 1957) is a French football manager. He played as a sweeper from 1975 to 1993 and has worked as a manager since 1997.
From 1975 to 1993, Furlan played 420 games as a professional in the sweeper position. Born in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, his career started at FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where he signed his first professional contract in 1975. One year later (1976) he won the Coupe Gambardella (French Under-18 Cup). He then played at Montpellier HSC, Stade Laval, Olympique Lyonnais, Tours FC (French Ligue 2 Champion), SC Bastia, Montpellier HSC (French Ligue 2 Champion), RC Lens and Saint-Seurin-sur-l'Isle in 1993 (where he retired).
Furlan retired as a player at Saint-Seurin-sur-l'Isle Ligue 2 where he later opened a sport shop. He felt the need to share his soccer passion and did so by volunteering as a coach for his son’s little league team. His aim was to develop the talent of young players. Due to financial difficulties, the club merged into Libourne/Saint-Seurin and started over in CFA 2 (League 5). Satisfied with the results of the youth team, he was asked to manage the first-team squad (1997-2004). This was a success; four seasons in a row he went to the round of 32 in the Coupe de France (eliminating Ligue 1 teams such as Olympique Lyonnais and FC Metz) and one season making it to the quarter-finals. At the same time, he promoted the club from CFA 2 (League 5) to CFA (League 4) and then National (League 3). During his time at Libourne-Saint Seurin he is widely credited with having overseen the progress of youngsters such as Chalmé (Girondins de Bordeaux) and later Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille).
Furlan’s performances as a manager drew the attention of several professional teams. He signed his first professional contract as a manager at Troyes AC (Ligue 2) in the 2004–05 season. His first season was very successful as Troyes AC was promoted to Ligue 1 and he was personally awarded Manager of the Year, being considered to be a shrewd tactician with collective spirit made up of well-oiled offensive tactics.
In the 2010–11 season he returned at Troyes AC and the team was promoted to Ligue 1 the following season. Again in the 2014–15 season, Troyes AC was promoted to the Ligue 1 with ease (4 games before the end of the season) and won its first national title: French Champion of Ligue 2. He later left the club on December 2015.
Despite a very low budget, Furlan developed the talent of very good players such as Perquis (Real Betis), Gomis (Olympique Lyonnais), Matuidi (Paris SG), Sidibe (Lille OSC), Obbadi (AS Monaco ), N’sakala (Anderlecht)…
- 420 games including 273 in the Ligue 1 and 147 in Ligue 2
- French Champion of Ligue 2 in 1984 at Tours and in 1987 at Montpellier HSC
- Coupe Gambardella (French Under-18 Cup) in 1976 at Girondins de Bordeaux
- International A’ French Team
- 1 promotion from CFA 2 (League 5) to CFA (League 4) in 1998–99 at Libourne-Saint Seurin
- 1 promotion from CFA (League 4) to National (League 3) in 2002–03 at Libourne-Saint Seurin
- 3 promotions from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1 in 2004–05, 2011–12 and 2014–15 at Troyes AC
- French Champion of Ligue 2 in 2014–15 at Troyes AC
- Coupe de la Ligue: quarter-finals in 2012–13 at Troyes AC (Ligue 1) and semi-finals in 2013–14 at Troyes AC (Ligue 2)
- Coupe de France: quarter-finals in 2001–02 at Libourne-Saint Seurin (CFA) and semi-finals with Troyes AC (Ligue 1)
- 2 trophies Ligue 2 Manager of the Year (UNFP) in 2004–05 and 2014–15 at Troyes AC