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Laurent Blanc
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Personal information
Full name Laurent Robert Blanc
Date of birth 19 November 1965 (1965-11-19) (age 44)
Place of birth    Alès, France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3+12 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Club information
Current club Bordeaux (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1983–1991
1991–1992
1992–1993
1993–1995
1995–1996
1996–1997
1997–1999
1999–2001
2001–2003
Montpellier
Napoli
Nîmes
Saint Etienne
Auxerre
FC Barcelona
Marseille
Internazionale
Manchester United
Total
251 0(77)
031 00(6)
029 00(1)
070 0(18)
024 00(2)
028 00(1)
079 0(17)
067 00(6)
048 00(1)
665 (132)   
National team
1989–2000 France 097 0(16)[1][2]
Teams managed
2007– Bordeaux

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Laurent Robert Blanc (born 19 November 1965 in Alès) is a French football manager and former defender, who scored the first golden goal in World Cup history. He was known as a surprisingly high-scoring defender, although in his early career he often operated as a midfielder. He was part of the French national team that successively won the World Cup and the European Championship.

He is the current manager of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, whom he led to the Ligue 1 title in 2009.

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Club career

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Early years

Laurent Blanc's career started in Montpellier, where he signed his first professional contract in 1983. A very technical player, he played as an offensive midfielder and helped Montpellier get promoted to Division 1 in 1987. Only a few years later did he settle as a defender following the advice from Michel Mézy, a position in which his physical stature (1.92 m, 82 kg) and his temper would prove invaluable. His game being perfectly fitted for the French league, he managed to score at least 12 goals (a remarkable tally for a defender) in every season at Montpellier, for the most part penalties and headers. He also won the Coupe de France in 1990, scoring a goal in the final.

Domestic success

In 1991, Blanc tried a first experience abroad when he left Montpellier for Napoli in the Italian Serie A. Despite a decent season during which he managed to score six goals, he felt like he could not fully express his potential and returned to France after just one year, to Nîmes and then Saint Etienne where again he not only imposed himself as one of the best defenders in the league but also scored goals (13 in his last season with Saint-Etienne). However, Saint-Etienne were struggling at the time and got almost relegated, only staying up because Marseille were not allowed to return to Division 1 because of their financial difficulties.

Guy Roux, impressed by Blanc and looking for a replacement for Dutch international Frank Verlaat, convinced him to join Auxerre in 1995. Despite injuring himself early in the season, Blanc came back strongly and played a great part in Auxerre's double that year.

FC Barcelona

Laurent Blanc's performances on the pitch, emphasized by Auxerre's success, drew the attention of several big European clubs. He finally signed for FC Barcelona. That second abroad experience turned out not to be as successful as he could have hoped. Johan Cruyff, who had wanted Blanc and persuaded him to sign for Barça, was sacked on the very day Blanc agreed to join the club. Blanc won the Supercopa de España against Atlético Madrid but injured himself quickly afterwards. He came back and played regularly but was sent off during the Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final against AIK then injured himself again against Extremadura, which forced him to miss the Clásico and the Cup Winners' Cup final against Paris SG. After this disappointing season and only one year away from the World Cup, he decided to leave.

The "President"

Rolland Courbis managed to convince Blanc to join Marseille, which proved beneficial for both Marseille and Blanc. Blanc quickly became a leader in a Marseille side desperately lacking confidence, and helped them reach an honourable fourth place for his first season, scoring 11 goals and earning the nickname Le Président (the President) in the process. The season following the World Cup was both successful and frustrating for Blanc and Marseille, as they finished runners-up in the championship, only one point shy of Bordeaux, and reached the UEFA Cup final, only to lose 3–0 to Parma, with Hernán Crespo intercepting Blanc's back pass to Porato to score the opener.

He then left Marseille for Inter Milan, where he enjoyed some success in defence, even winning the Pirata d'oro (Internazionale Player of the Year) in 2000.

Manchester United

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson had attempted to lure Blanc several times since 1996 and finally succeeded in 2001. Despite his age of 35 years, Blanc was brought in to replace the departing Jaap Stam. He was criticised for poor performances in the early months of his stay at Old Trafford. This was compounded when United suffered their first five losses of the season to Bolton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle and Chelsea (The first letters of each team spelling B-L-A-N-C).[3][4] He retired two years later, having helped his club to the 2002-03 Premier League crown. He scored four goals during his time at Manchester United. One of these came in the league against Tottenham Hotspur,[5] and the other three all came in the Champions League in games against Olympiakos[6] and Boavista (both home[7] and away)[8]

International career

Laurent Blanc won the 1988 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, beating Greece in the final. On February 7, 1989, he made his debut for the national team against Ireland.

France, then in reconstruction after the retirement of numerous key players, did not manage to qualify for the 1990 World Cup. Shortly after that, they started an impressive 19-game unbeaten streak, including eight wins out of eight in Euro 1992 qualifying, making them one of the favorites to win the competition. They would, however, get knocked out in the pool stage by eventual winners Denmark.

After France inexplicably failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, Laurent Blanc was heavily criticised, as well the rest of the team, and he subsequently decided to retire from international football. Aimé Jacquet, after taking over the managerial position of the national team, made it one of his priorities to convince Blanc to change his mind. Blanc then became one of the key players of this new French squad which reached the semi-finals of the Euro 96, only to lose to Czech Republic in a penalty shoot-out.

That same team then entered the 1998 World Cup, which was held on home soil. Blanc was exemplary during the competition and, on June 28, 1998, he scored against Paraguay in the Round of 16 the first ever golden goal in World Cup history. He would, however, miss the final after being sent off in the semi-final against Croatia for elbowing Slaven Bilić, although replays showed that Bilić had clearly feigned the injury. The Croatian was heavily criticised afterwards.

Blanc was also part of the team that won the Euro 2000 during which, despite having been criticised for his age and lack of speed during the qualifications, he proved reliable in defence and even scored a goal against Denmark in the group stage.

He announced his retirement from international football after the Euro, following the example of his captain Didier Deschamps.

Blanc was also well-known for kissing good friend and goalkeeper Fabien Barthez's head before the start of every match, supposedly for good luck (the two did repeat this ritual when they played together for Manchester United, only for Champions League matches). Overall, he recorded 97 caps and scored 16 goals.

In 2006, the readers of France Football Magazine voted him the fourth best French player of all time behind Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane and Raymond Kopa.

Career as a manager

On June 8, 2007, Blanc was named the new manager of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, replacing Brazilian Ricardo. For his first season on the bench, he led Bordeaux to a very good second place in the league and won the Manager of the Year award. His second season was extremely successful, as Bordeaux won the final eleven games of the season, setting a new French record for consecutive wins,[9] and clinched the 2008–09 Ligue 1 championship title, three points clear of Marseille, having already won the Coupe de la Ligue that year. Blanc was again nominated for Manager of the Year but lost to Marseille's Eric Gerets.

Honours

As a player

Individual

As a manager

Statistics

Player

[1] [13] [14]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1983-84 Montpellier Division 2 15 0 -
1984-85 32 5 -
1985-86 29 6 -
1986-87 34 18 -
1987-88 Division 1 24 6 -
1988-89 35 15 2 0
1989-90 36 12 -
1990-91 38 14 6 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1991-92 Napoli Serie A 31 6 -
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1992-93 Nîmes Olympique Division 1 29 1 -
1993-94 Saint-Étienne Division 1 33 5 -
1994-95 37 13 -
1995-96 Auxerre Division 1 23 2 1 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1996-97 FC Barcelona La Liga 28 1 5 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1997-98 Olympique Marseille Division 1 31 11 -
1998-99 32 2 10 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1999-00 Internazionale Milano Serie A 34 3 -
2000-01 33 3 9 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Manchester United Premier League 29 1 2 0 0 0 15 2 46 3
2002-03 19 0 1 0 0 0 9 1 29 1
Total France 428 110 19 1
Italy 98 12 9 0
Spain 28 1 5 0
England 48 1 3 0 0 0 24 3 75 4
Career Total 602 124 57 4

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 November 1989 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France  Cyprus 2 – 0 2 – 0 1990 World Cup Qualification
2 21 January 1990 Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 0 – 1 0 – 1 Friendly
3 20 February 1991 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  Spain 3 – 1 3 – 1 Euro '92 Qualification
4 14 August 1991 Stadion Miejski, Poznań, Poland  Poland 1 – 4 1 – 5 Friendly
5 17 February 1993 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 0 – 2 0 – 4 1994 World Cup Qualification
6 17 February 1993 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 0 – 3 0 – 4 1994 World Cup Qualification
7 8 September 1993 Ratina Stadion, Tampere, Finland  Finland 0 – 1 0 – 2 1994 World Cup Qualification
8 26 April 1995 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France  Slovakia 3 – 0 4 – 0 Euro '96 Qualification
9 1 June 1996 Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany  Germany 0 – 1 0 – 1 Friendly
10 18 June 1996 St James' Park, Newcastle, England  Bulgaria 1 – 0 3 – 1 Euro '96 Group Stage
11 9 October 1996 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  Turkey 1 – 0 4 – 0 Friendly
12 25 February 1998 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  Norway 1 – 1 3 – 3 Friendly
13 29 May 1998 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Morocco 1 – 1 2 – 2 Hassan II Trophy
14 28 June 1998 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Paraguay 1 – 0 1 – 0 1998 World Cup Round of 16
15 26 April 2000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Slovenia 2 – 2 3 – 2 Friendly
16 11 June 2000 Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium  Denmark 1 – 0 3 – 0 Euro 2000 Group Stage

Managerial stats

Last updated 2 June 2009

Nat Team From To Record
G W L D Win % GF GA +/-
France Bordeaux 2007 77 47 17 13 61.04% 133 72 +61
Total Career 77 47 17 13 61.04% 133 72 +61

References

  1. ^ a b National Football Teams Player Profile - Laurent Blanc at www.national-football-teams.com
  2. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (23 August 2001). "Laurent Blanc - International Appearances". RSSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/blanc-intl.html. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/blancs-spell-curses-united-618755.html
  4. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=254403&root=england&cc=5739
  5. ^ "Man Utd's amazing comeback". BBC. 29 September 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/1567733.stm. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Man Utd go through". BBC. 23 October 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/champions_league/2344237.stm. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Man Utd stroll past Boavista". BBC. 5 December 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/champions_league/1691444.stm. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Man Utd top group". BBC. 19 March 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/champions_league/1878830.stm. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Joy as Bordeaux end 10-year French title wait". http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090530/sp_soccer_afp/fblfralead. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  10. ^ "France honors World Cup winners - Government gives Legion of Honor to players, coaches". CNN/SI. 1 September 1998. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/world/news/1998/09/01/france_legionhonor. Retrieved 2006-07-20. 
  11. ^ "Décret du 24 juillet 1998 portant nomination à titre exceptionnel". JORF 1998 (170): 11376. 1998-07-25. PREX9801916D. http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/WAspad/UnTexteDeJorf?numjo=PREX9801916D. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  12. ^ A CAMBIASSO IL "PIRATA D'ORO" - Inter.com (Italian)
  13. ^ Laurent Blanc career stats at Soccerbase
  14. ^ Endlar, Andrew. "Laurent Blanc". StretfordEnd.co.uk. http://www.stretfordend.co.uk/playermenu/blanc.html. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 

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Preceded by
Benoît Cauet
Internazionale Player of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Prisco

Simple English

Laurent Blanc
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Personal information
Full name Laurent Robert Blanc
Date of birth 19 November 1965 (1965-11-19) (age 45)
Place of birth    Alès, France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1983-1991
1991-1992
1992-1993
1993-1995
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-1999
1999-2001
2001-2003
Montpellier
Napoli
Nîmes Olympique
Saint Etienne
Auxerre
Barcelona
Olympique Marseille
Internazionale Milano
Manchester United
National team
1989-2000 France
Teams managed
2007- Girondins Bordeaux

Laurent Blanc (born 19 November 1965) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1983/84MontpellierDivision 2150-150
1984/85325-325
1985/86296-296
1986/873418-3418
1987/88Division 1246-246
1988/893515203715
1989/903612-3612
1990/913814614415
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
1991/92NapoliSerie A316-316
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1992/93Nîmes OlympiqueDivision 1291-291
1993/94Saint-ÉtienneDivision 1335-335
1994/953713-3713
1995/96AuxerreDivision 123210242
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
1996/97BarcelonaLa Liga28150331
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1997/98Olympique MarseilleDivision 13111-3111
1998/99322101423
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
1999/00Internazionale MilanoSerie A343-343
2000/0133390423
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02Manchester UnitedPremier League2912000152463
2002/03190100091291
CountryFrance 428110191447111
Italy 98129010712
Spain 28150331
England 4813000243754
Total 6021243000574662128

International career statistics

[1] [2]

France national team
YearAppsGoals
198961
199071
199162
199280
199383
199470
199541
1996103
199770
1998133
199990
2000122
Total9716

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