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Johan Micoud
Personal information
Date of birth 24 July 1973 (1973-07-24) (age 36)
Place of birth Cannes, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Cannes 127 (17)
1996–2000 Bordeaux 127 (27)
2000–2002 Parma 47 (9)
2002–2006 Werder Bremen 123 (31)
2006–2008 Bordeaux 61 (10)
National team
1999–2004 France 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Johan Micoud (born 24 July 1973) is a retired French footballer, who played mostly as an attacking midfielder.

Left-footed, he was considered a very good midfielder and a dead-ball expert.


Club career

A product of Cannes' youth system, Micoud became the side's newest playmaker, after Zinedine Zidane's 1992 departure to Bordeaux. He helped the club to promotion from the second division in 1993 and UEFA Cup qualification the following season.

In 1998–99, two years after also moving to Bordeaux, Micoud played a pivotal role as the club were crowned league champions, and helped it to the following season Champions League's second group stage.

In 2000, he was seduced by the attraction of playing abroad, initially joining Parma, where he stayed for two seasons. Micoud then moved to Germany, signing for Werder Bremen, where he enjoyed a successful four-year stay, the peak of which being a major force in the league and cup double in 2004, as he netted 10 league goals, the highest for a midfielder alongside Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Schneider.

In June 2006, aged 33, Micoud returned to France, re-joining the club where he first flourished, Bordeaux,[1] enjoying immediate success as he scored the winner in his first league match back at the club, at Lorient (1–0). He quickly became a key player in Bordeaux's squad, helping it to win the 2007 League Cup and fight for the title the following season. However, after two solid seasons, Laurent Blanc announced on 10 May 2008 that Micoud's contract would not be renewed at the end of the season, and the player subsequently retired from the game.[2]

International career

Despite being selected in the French national team on several occasions throughout his career, Micoud never managed to secure himself a regular starting role, mainly due to the presence of Zidane, whom occupied the same position.

Courtesy of his stellar championship performances with Bordeaux, he made his debut on 17 August 1999, in a friendly match with Northern Ireland, and was subsequently picked for the squad which won Euro 2000, but he only played in one of the six matches of the tournament, in the group match against Netherlands, effectively a dead rubber given that both nations had already qualified both the group. He was also selected for the disastrous FIFA World Cup campaign of 2002, during which he was entrusted with the key midfield role against Uruguay, only to turn in a largely unconvincing display in a disappointing 0–0 draw, mostly remembered for Thierry Henry's red card.

Regardless of his consistently high level of performance at club level, Micoud found himself subsequently marginalised by the following national selectors. Jacques Santini only selected him once, in a friendly match against Holland in 2004, and he failed to make the squad for Euro 2004, despite his Bremen performances. With Raymond Domenech, he did not win a single call-up for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, with the finals to be held in Germany, the country where he delivered strong performances on a regular basis.


  1. ^ Micoud lured back to Bordeaux;, 9 June 2006
  2. ^ Micoud calls time on playing career;, 18 September 2008

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Johan Micoud
Personal information
Full name Johan Micoud
Date of birth 24 June 1973 (1973-06-24) (age 37)
Place of birth    Cannes, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Girondins Bordeaux
Werder Bremen
Girondins Bordeaux
National team
1999-2004 France

Johan Micoud (born 24 July 1973) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1992/93CannesDivision 2282
1993/94Division 1343
1996/97Girondins BordeauxDivision 1368
2000/01ParmaSerie A294
2002/03Werder BremenBundesliga285
2006/07Girondins BordeauxLigue 1325
CountryFrance 31554
Italy 479
Germany 12331
Total 48594

International career statistics

France national team



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