José Arribas

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José Arribas
Personal information
Date of birth 16 January 1921
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Date of death 28 September 1989(1989-09-28) (aged 68)
Place of death France
Playing position Midfielder, Manager
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1952 Le Mans
Teams managed
1952–1954 Saint-Malo
1954–1960 Noyen-sur-Sarthe
1960–1976 Nantes
1966 France
1976–1977 Marseille
1977–1983 Lille
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Arribas (16 January 1921 – 28 September 1989) was a French association football midfielder and a manager. He mostly coached FC Nantes, where he created the "jeu à la nantaise", a tactic based on speed, technique, intelligence and one touch play. He also coached France national football team along with Jean Snella after the FIFA World Cup 1966.


At the age of 14, Arribas left Spain for France because of the Spanish Civil War and landed in Nantes. Fond of football, he signed a professional contract with US Le Mans of Division 2. In 1952, he became a coach and trained amateur sides of US Saint-Malo and Noyen-sur-Sarthe, before being called up by FC Nantes, where he won the Division 1 titles in 1965, 1966 and 1973. In 1966, he coached for four matches France national football team with Jean Snella. He left the club in 1976, and ended his career coaching Olympique de Marseille and Lille OSC.