Jean-Marc Furlan

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Jean-Marc Furlan
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Personal information
Full name Jean-Marc Furlan
Date of birth (1957-11-20) 20 November 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, France
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Brest (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1979 Bordeaux
1979–1980 Laval
1980–1982 Lyon
1982–1985 Tours
1985–1986 Bastia
1986–1988 Montpellier
1988–1989 Lens
1989–1992 AS Saint-Seurin
1992–1993 Libourne
Teams managed
1993–1997 Libourne Youth team
1997–1998 Libourne
1998–2004 Libourne
2004–2007 Troyes
2007–2009 Strasbourg
2009–2010 Nantes
2010–2015 Troyes
2016– Brest
* 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.

Club career[edit]

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).

Managerial career[edit]

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.

He was appointed manager of RC Strasbourg from 2007 to 2009 and then of FC Nantes in the 2009–10 season.

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.

On 30 May 2016, Furlan became the new manager of Stade Brestois 29 for three years after Alex Dupont, the previous manager, failed to bring them back up to Ligue 1 after three years in command.

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)…

Club honours[edit]

Managerial honours[edit]