Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FC Girondins de Bordeaux

2007-2008 Ligue title
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

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. The club has the honour of having appeared in the most finals in the Coupe de la Ligue, having appeared in six of the 16 finals contested. Since 2015, Bordeaux plays its home games at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux instead of the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Team
GK: Gaëtan Huard (France)
Huard played 357 Ligue 1 matches for RC Lens, FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Olympique de Marseille, winning the 1989 and 1990 national championships with the latter. During the 1992–93 season, he had a run of 1,176 minutes (over 13 games) without conceding a goal. Huard helped Bordeaux reach the 1996 UEFA Cup final, lost to FC Bayern Munich. In the 1996–97 campaign the 34-year-old had an abroad stint, being backup at modest Hércules CF.

GK: Ulrich Ramé (France)
Ramé started playing professionally with SCO Angers, making his Ligue 1 debuts in the 1993–94 season but being immediately relegated. Two years later the Maine-et-Loire club dropped down another division, but the player returned to the top flight the following season, signing for FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
He won two league titles– separated by ten years – and three more league cups.  Capped 12 times.  He was a backup for the WC Finals in 2002.

GK: Dominique Dropsy (France)
Dropsy started his senior career with Valenciennes FC. He helped the club return to Ligue 1 and win its first Ligue 2 championship in the process. In the 1973 summer, Dropsy signed with RC Strasbourg. During the 1978–79 campaign,  his team won their first-ever domestic league.  Aged 34, Dropsy joined FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where he remained until his retirement always as first-choice. He won a further two national championships, and added two Coupe de France to his trophy cabinet. Capped 17 times.  He played one match at the 1978 WC Finals.

RB: Gernot Rohr (Germany)
Played with Bayern Munich, SV Waldhof Mannheim and Kickers Offenbach in his native Germany before finding successes with Bordeaux where he played more than 400 matches.  Capped 5 times for West Germany.

RB: Jean-Christophe Thouvenel (France)
Thouvenel began his career with Servette, where his father worked in Geneva.  In 1978, he returned to France and played Paris FC.
After a year, he moved to Bordeaux where he made a name. He
was a member of the French squad that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.  Capped 4 times.

CB:  Marius Tresor
Named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.  He was the French captain before Platini's arrival. He went to the World Cup in 1978 and 1982.  In 1982, he scored one of the extra time goal against West Germany at the semifinal. He also played for Olympique de Marseille and Girondins de Bordeaux.
Marius Trsesor
CB: Patrick Battiston (France)
Battiston began his career at lower league club Talange (1966–1973), before he was spotted and purchased by FC Metz (1973–1980). After seven years at that club, he moved to Saint-Etienne (1980–1983) for three years, where they won the 1981 Division 1 title, before moving to Bordeaux (1983–1987), where they won the 1984, 1985 and 1987 league titles and two Coupe de France. Battiston then moved on to Monaco (1987–1989), where they won the 1988 league title, before he returned to Bordeaux (1989–1991).
Capped 56 times. He represented France in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, and helped France to their victory in the 1984 European Football Championship.  He was also remembered as the player tackled by Toni Schumacher during the semi-final of the 1982 WC Finals before France and West Germany.
Patrick Battistion
CB: André Chorda (France)
He signed his first professional contract with OGC Nice in 1957. He won the league title championship in 1959. The following year, he made his debut in Europe with Nice, but the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Real Madrid. In 1962, he joined the Girondins de Bordeaux, but despite a talented team, they fail to materialize. Finally in 1970, he signed again with Nice where he finished his career in 1974.  Capped 24 times.  He went to the WC Finals in 1966.

CB: Léonard Specht (France)
he started at RC Strasbourg with whom he notably won the League title in 1979. Nevertheless it was with Girondins de Bordeaux that he had his best record with three league titles  and two 1/2 finals in the European Cup.  Capped 18 times.

LB:  Bixente Lizarazu
Bixente Lizarazu was the leftback for the all-conquering French team of 1998 and 2000.  He was also a star at Bayern Munich for 9 seasons. He won the Champions' League in 2001. He is a Basque and played for Atletico Bilbao.
Bixente Lizarazu 

LB/CB: Jean-François Domergue (France)
He started as a left back with Bordeaux before becoming a centerback. He also played with Lille , Lyon, Toulouse, Mariselle and Caen.  Capped 9 times.  He was best remembered for scoring 2 goals in the semi-finals of the Euro 1984 against Portugal, which France won 3–2 after extra time. France went on to win the tournament.

DM: René Girard (France)
Girard started with Nimes and ended there with a long career with Bordeaux in between.  He won three league titles in the 1980's.  Capped 7 times.  He went to Spain 1982.

CM: Jean Gallice (France)
He played with Angoulême CFC, Bordeaus, Lyon, Racing Besançon and Libourne. Capped 7 times.

SS/LW/RW: Sylvain Wiltord (France)
Weltered started with Rennes and Bordeaux before moving to Arsenal in England. He won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups. He also won the Ligue 1 title in each of his three subsequent seasons at Lyon.  For France, Wiltord has been capped 92 times, scoring 26 goals. His most memorable goal for Les Bleus was scored in dramatic fashion in the last seconds of the UEFA Euro 2000 final against Italy to tie the match 1–1 and bring the game to extra-time. France then won the final from a golden goal scored by David Trezeguet. He is the most capped French player who was not on the 1998 World Cup team.

RW: Hector De Bourgoing (Argentina/France)
De Bourgoing started his career at Club Atlético Tigre in the Argentine 1st division in 1953. In 1957 he was transferred to Argentine giants River Plate where he won his first and only major title in his first season with the club. During 1959 he was enticed into a move to France to play for Nice, he played for them for four years before moving to Bordeaux in 1963 and finally retiring from football in 1970 at Racing Paris.  Capped 5 times for Argentina before moving to Europe, where he was capped 3 times and went to the WC Finals in 1966.

CM: Jean Tigana (France)
He was a member of the great French side of the 1980's.  He won the Euro 1984 playing in the famous "Magic Square". He played with Bordeaux for eight years, winning three league titles and three French Cups.
Jean Tigana

AM/CM: Alain Giresse (France)
He was the French footballer of the year in 1982, 1983 and 1987. He was part of the "Magic Square" that won the European Cup n 1984.  He also played in the WC finals in 1982 and 1986.  He played with Tigana at Bordeaux, a side that dominated French football in that period.
Alain Giresse

AM: Johan Micoud (Provence-Alpes-Côte_d'Azur)
Micoud played in an era where France was loaded with talented attack midfielders.  He only managed 17 caps.  For club career, he played with Cannes, Bordeaux, Parma, Werder Bremen.

AM: Zinedine Zidane
He was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times.  He led France to victory at  the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  With Real Madrid, he also won the Champions League in 2002, where he scored one of the greatest goals in history at the Final. 
Zinedine Zidane

ST: Pedro Pauleta (Portugal)
During 18 years as a professional, he never played in the Primeira Liga, having spent twelve of those campaigns in Spain and France. He had his most successful spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored 109 goals across all competitions. At Bordeaux, he was the league top scorer once and was also voted twice as the division's player of the season. He would also win another scoring title with PSG.  Pauleta also scored 47 goals in 88 matches for Portugal, a national record at the time of his retirement. He played for his country in two World Cups and two European Championships.
Pauleta

ST: Bertus De Harder (Holland)
De Harder scored 3 goals in 11 games for the Dutch national side. He represented the Netherlands at the 1938 FIFA World Cup.  He played in France for FC Girondins de Bordeaux and later became a manager with AS Angoulême and FC Mulhouse

ST: Laurent Robuschi (France)
He played for Monaco, Cannes, Bordeaux and Marseille.  His most successful career was with Bordeaux, where all five of his caps.

ST: Edouard Kargu (France)
Born in Poland, Kargu played professionally for Bordeaux between 1947 and 1958, and was the Ligue 1 topscorer in the 1953–54 season scoring 27 goals. Capped 11 times.
Edouard Kargu 
ST: Christophe Dugarry (France)
Dugarry came through the youth ranks at Bordeaux alongside future France teammates Bixente Lizarazu and Zinedine Zidane. He spent eight years at Bordeaux, scoring 34 goals in 187 appearances. He also played for Milan, Barcelona, Marseille, Birmingham City and Qatar SC. He was also a member of the France team that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

ST: Didier Couécou (France)
He began with Girondins de Bordeaux from 1963 to 1969. He began the following season in the OGC Nice on loan from Girondins,  but ended this season with the Olympique de Marseille. He won the title of champion of France in 1971 and 1972 . He also won the Coupe de France in 1972. Following this double title in 1972, he joined FC Nantes and won his third title.  He then returns to play for Marseille for a season and then finished his career at Girondins in 1976.  Capped once.

ST: Bernard Lacombe (France)
Lacombe began his professional career with hometown club Lyon in 1969. After a brief stay with Saint-Étienne, Lacombe joined Bordeaux. With 255 goals scored in Ligue 1, he is the second-best striker of all-time in the French championship, after Delio Onnis.
Lacombe earned his first cap for France in 1973. He went on to represent his nation at the 1978 World Cup, scoring after only 30 seconds against Italy, the fastest goal ever for a French player. Lacombe also played at the 1982 World Cup and won UEFA Euro 1984.
Bernard Lacombe 


Honorable Mention 
Marc Planus, Franck Jurietti, Manuel Garriga, Jean-Luc Dogon, Alain Roche, Lilian Laslandes, Dieter Müller, André Doye, Marouane Chamakh, Yoan Gourcuff, Gabriel Abossolo, Thierry Tusseau, Jean-Marc Ferreri, André Gerard, Philippe Bergeroo, Roland Guillas.

Squad Explanation  -- Too many great midfielders:
--I need wide players.  So I took both Hector De Bourgoing and Sylvain Wiltord. 
-- Zidane was selected because he was simply Zidane.  

Formation



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