FC Girondins de Bordeaux

Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux (French pronunciation: [ʒiʁɔ̃dɛ̃ də bɔʁdo]), commonly referred to as Girondins de Bordeaux or simply Bordeaux, is a French professional football club based in the city of Bordeaux. The club currently play in Ligue 1, the top division of French football. The team is currently coached by Paulo Sousa and captained by Benoît Costil.[6][7]

Girondins de Bordeaux
Full nameFootball Club des Girondins de Bordeaux
Nickname(s)Les Girondins (The Girondins)[1]
Le club au scapulaire (The Club with the Chevron)[2]
Les marine et blanc (The Navy blue-and-Whites)[3]
Founded1 October 1881 (1 October 1881)
GroundMatmut Atlantique
OwnerKing Street (86,4%)
GACP (13,6%)[5]
PresidentJoseph DaGrosa
Head coachPaulo Sousa
LeagueLigue 1
2018–19Ligue 1, 14th
WebsiteClub website

Bordeaux was founded in 1 October 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. Bordeaux have also won four Coupe de France titles, three Coupe de la Ligue titles, and three Trophée des champions titles as well. Bordeaux also reached the Uefa Cup final in 1996. From a year to its inception, the club's stadium was the Stade Chaban-Delmas, though since 2015, Bordeaux's home ground has been the Matmut Atlantique.[6][7]



The club took its name Girondins from a group of French Revolutionaries from the region, and was founded on 1 October 1881 as a gymnastics and shooting club. The club, chaired by André Chavois, later added sports such as rowing, equestrian, and swimming, among others. It was not until 1910 when football was officially introduced to the club following strong urging from several members within the club, most notably club president Raymond Brard, though it was only available on a trial basis. The experiment with football lasted only a year before returning almost a decade later in 1919. The club contested its first official match in 1920 defeating Section Burdigalienne 12–0.[8]

Bordeaux achieved professional status in football on 2 July 1936, partly due to the club's merger with fellow Bordelais outfit Girondins Guyenne Sport, which resulted in the club that exists today. Bordeaux's rise to professionalism came about alongside the French Football Federation's plea to increase professionalism in French football, which prior to 1932, had been non-existent. The club was inserted into the second division of French football and made its debut appearance during the 1937–38 season. The club's first manager was Spaniard Benito Díaz. Diaz brought fellow Spanish players Santiago Urtizberea and Jaime Mancisidor to the team with the latter serving as captain. The club's most prominent Frenchmen on the team were homegrown attacker Henri Arnaudeau and goalkeeper André Gérard. Bordeaux played its first official match on 23 May 1937 defeating Rhône-Alpes-based FC Scionzier 2–1 at the Stade de Colombes. The club's first ever league match was contested on 22 August losing away to Toulouse 3–2. Bordeaux recorded its first league win against Nîmes. Unfortunately for the club, the team finished 6th in the Southern region of the division. Bordeaux's disappointing finish inserted the club into the relegation playoff portion of the league where the team finished a respectable 3rd. A year later, Bordeaux moved into a new home, the Stade Chaban-Delmas, which had previously been known as, simply Parc Lescure. The facility was built specifically for the 1938 FIFA World Cup and, following the competition's completion, was designated to Bordeaux. The club had formerly played its home matches at the Stade Galin, which today is used as a training ground.[8]

Success and stability

On 15 October 1940, Bordeaux merged with local club AS Port and took on one of the club's most prestigious traditions, the scapular. Bordeaux ASP, which the club was now known, adorned the scapular during its run to the 1941 edition of the Coupe de France final. The match, played in occupied France at the Stade Municipal in Saint-Ouen, saw Bordeaux defeat SC Fives 2–0 with Urtizberea netting both goals. The Coupe de France triumph was the club's first major honour. Following the liberation of France, Bordeaux returned to league play and earned promotion to the first division following its 2nd-place finish during the 1948–49 season. After the season, André Gérard, now manager of the club, signed Dutchman Bertus de Harder. Led by the three-headed monster of De Harder, Édouard Kargu, and Camille Libar, Bordeaux captured its first-ever league championship, in just the club's first season in the first division, winning by six points over second place Lille. The league success led to Bordeaux being selected to participate in the second edition of the Latin Cup. In the competition, Bordeaux reached the final drawing 3–3 with Portuguese outfit Benfica. The draw forced a second match with Benfica claiming victory following an extra time goal after over two hours and 25 minutes of play.[8]

Bordeaux maintained its title-winning aspirations finishing runners-up to Nice two seasons after winning its first title. The club also performed well in cup competitions reaching the Coupe de France final in 1952 and 1955. In 1952, Bordeaux suffered defeat to the team it finished runner-up to the same year, Nice, following a thrilling match in which eight goals were scored with five of them coming in the first 40 minutes. Bordeaux drew the match at 3–3 following a 55th-minute goal from Henri Baillot, but Nice countered minutes later with two goals in a span of four minutes to go up 5–3, which was the final result. In 1955, Bordeaux were trounced 5–2 by Lille who went up 4–0 within 35 minutes. The resulting struggles in the cup competitions led to struggles domestically with the club suffering relegation in the 1955–56 season. The club returned to the first division for the 1959–60 season, but failed to make an impact falling back to Ligue 2 after finishing last in the standings with 21 points.[8]

Bordeaux returned to its former selves in the 1960s under new manager and former player Salvador Artigas. Under the helm of Artigas, Bordeaux returned to the first division and finished in a respectable fourth place for the 1962–63 season. The following season, Bordeaux returned to the Coupe de France final where the club faced off against Lyon. Bordeaux, once again, were defeated 2–0 courtesy of two goals from the Argentine Nestor Combin. The club's runner-up finish resulted in the team qualifying for the 1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The appearance was brief with the club losing 4–3 on aggregate to German club Borussia Dortmund. Four seasons later, Bordeaux again reached the final of the Coupe de France, the club's seventh appearance overall. The team faced Saint-Étienne and, again failed to match the achievement reached in 1941 losing 2–1. The following season, Bordeaux earned another appearance in the final, but again, failed to win the trophy losing 2–0 to Marseille. The team suffered an extreme decline during the 1970s, despite the arrival of Alain Giresse. The club played under seven different managers during the decade and consistently finished at the bottom half of the table. In 1979, the club was sold to the influential and ambitious real estate mogul Claude Bez, who positioned himself as president of the club. In the summer of 1983, Girondins de Bordeaux organised a centenary tournament; Bordeaux won a 2–0 victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals of this tournament, and in the final, the club was defeated by VfB Stuttgart.[8][9]

Return to prominence in the 1980s

Under the helm of Claude Bez, who injected millions into the club, Bordeaux flourished winning three league championships, two Coupe de France titles, and also performed well in European competitions. During Bez's run presiding over the team, he recruited several French internationals such as Bernard Lacombe, Jean Tigana, René Girard, Jean-Christophe Thouvenel, and Thierry Tusseau. Bez also brought in established manager Aimé Jacquet. Led by 1970s mainstays Giresse and Gernot Rohr, Bordeaux captured its first league championship since 1950 in the 1983–84 season finishing equal on points with Monaco, however, due to having a better head-to-head record, Bordeaux were declared champions. The next season, Bordeaux again won the league claiming the title by four points over second place Nantes. In Europe, Bordeaux played in the 1984–85 European Cup and reached the semi-finals, defeating Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, Romanian club Dinamo București, and Soviet outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk before losing to Italian club Juventus. In the Coupe de France, Bordeaux finally achieved cup glory defeating Marseille 2–1 in the 1986 edition of the final with Tigana and Giresse recording both goals. The Coupe de France trophy was the club's first since 1941 after eight agonising attempts in finals. The following year the club responded by winning the trophy again; in a re-match with Marseille, Bordeaux won its second consecutive cup courtesy of goals from Philippe Fargeon and Zlatko Vujović. Bordeaux then capped off the 1986–87 season by winning its fourth league title and achieving the double as well.

In 1989, Bordeaux ended the decade with a consecutive runners-up medal in their 1989 Ligue 1 campaign and getting up towards the semi-final in a strong European Cup run that season.[10]

Rising from the ashes in the 1990s

Due to administrative problems, the club was relegated just two years thereafter. In 1992, however, Les Girondins won that year's Ligue 2 title, thus being elevated to the top tier of French football. In the emergence of young and exciting players such as playmaker Zinedine Zidane, striker Christophe Dugarry and left back Bixente Lizarazu, the club ascended even higher to win the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995. With this talented trio, the club defeated FC Rotor Volgograd (the 1995 King's Cup Winner), Real Betis, Milan and Slavia Prague in the second, third, quarter- and semi-finals respectively to reach the UEFA Cup final of 1996. Bordeaux witnessed even further glory only three years later, winning their fifth title in that of the 1999 Ligue 1 with winger Sylvain Wiltord winning the Golden Boot of that season with 22 goals.[10]

Into the 2000s

During the 1999–2000 season, the club played in the new UEFA Champions League for the first time. In two seasons time Bordeaux won another piece of silverware, beating Lorient 3–0 in the 2002 Coupe de la Ligue final. Le club au scapulaire then two seasons later defeated Club Brugge 4–1 on aggregate in the fourth round to reach the 2004 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, where the club fell to eventual winners Valencia.[10] Bordeaux got to another final in 2007 where there were eventually victorious in winning the Coupe de la Ligue of that year. Bordeaux then achieved further honors in winning the Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue titles of the 2008–09 French footballing season thus achieving the first ever double in the club's history.[11] In 2013, Bordeaux won the Coupe de France defeating Evian 3–2 in the final.[12] In the 2013–14 Ligue 1 season, Bordeaux finished 7th in the table.[13] In 2015, Bordeaux appointed Willy Sagnol but in 2016 Sagnol was terminated after only winning one match in the first eight games of the season and was replaced by Ulrich Rame.[14] On 27 May 2016, Rame was replaced by Jocelyn Gourvennec.[15] On 20 January 2018, Gourvennec was terminated and was replaced by Gus Poyet. Poyet guided Bordeaux to a 6th placed finish at the end of the season.[16] In July 2018, General American Capital Partners's CEO Joseph DaGrosa pursued the purchase of the French professional football team for €70 million after 19 years of M6's ownership.[17][18]

On 18 August 2018, Poyet was suspended by Bordeaux after labeling the board a disgrace when Gaetan Laborde was sold to Montpellier without his knowledge or consent. On 5 September 2018, Ricardo was appointed as "General Manager" as he does not possess the necessary coaching badges to be officially appointed the first-team coach.[19][20]


Bordeaux have two main rivalries, firstly the Derby de la Garonne with Toulouse FC, so named because Bordeaux and Toulouse are the two major clubs that play in cities that are along the Garonne River. The consistency and competitiveness of the rivalry developed following Toulouse's return to Ligue 1 after being administratively relegated to the Championnat National in 2001. Les Girondins also contest the Derby de l'Atlantique with their other main rival FC Nantes with the derby's name stemming to the two club's proximity to that of the Atlantic Ocean. The history of this rivalry also transcends to over 50 years and 90 derby games played between the two clubs altogether.[21][22][23] Bordeaux also holds a 40-year-old record against another big rival, Olympique de Marseille. As a matter of fact, Bordeaux has not lost a single Ligue 1 home game to Marseille since 1977.


Bordeaux is currently sponsored by clothing retailer Puma, newspaper firm Sud-Ouest, telecommunications corporation Orange as well as South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia.[24][25]


Current squad

As of 11 September 2019.[26]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Benoît Costil (captain)
2 DF Raoul Bellanova
3 DF Pablo
4 DF Mexer
5 MF Otávio
6 DF Laurent Koscielny
7 FW Jimmy Briand
8 MF Aurélien Tchouaméni
9 FW Josh Maja
10 FW Samuel Kalu
11 FW François Kamano
12 FW Nicolas de Préville
14 DF Vukašin Jovanović
16 GK Gaëtan Poussin
No. Position Player
17 MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (on loan from Monaco)
18 FW Hwang Ui-jo
19 MF Yacine Adli
20 DF Youssouf Sabaly
22 MF Yassine Benrahou
23 DF Loris Benito
24 MF Albert Lottin
25 DF Enock Kwateng
26 MF Toma Bašić
29 DF Maxime Poundjé
30 GK Davy Rouyard
34 DF David Cardoso
42 FW Jonathan Cafú
44 DF Paul Baysse

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Paul Bernardoni (on loan at Nîmes)
GK Over Mandanda (on loan at Créteil)
DF Alexandre Lauray (on loan at Dunkerque)
FW Aaron Boupendza (on loan at Feirense)
No. Position Player
FW Ibrahim Diarra (on loan at Créteil)
FW Alexandre Mendy (on loan at Brest)
FW Michaël Nilor (on loan at Avranches)

Reserve squad

As of 18 July 2020[27]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Tidiane Malbec
GK Corentin Michel
DF Loïc Bessile
DF Aïssa Boudechicha
DF Marly Rampont
36 DF Eyal Golasa
DF Thomas Carrique
DF Karamba Keita
MF Logan Delaurier
MF Emeric Depussay
MF Yanis Hamoudi
MF Brendan Lebas
No. Position Player
MF Johab Pascal
54 MF Ethan Tiby
MF Abdoulaye Bomou
MF Koren Kerkour
FW Daouda Diallo
FW Jamal Haruna
FW Gabriel Lemoine
FW Sekou Mara
FW Sie Malama Ouattara
FW Manuel Semedo
FW Amadou Traore

Club records

Most appearances

Alain Giresse587
Ulrich Ramé525
Jean-Christophe Thouvenel490
Guy Calléja441
Gernot Rohr430
René Gallice390
Marc Planus381
Edouard Kargulewicz341
Jean Tigana326
10° Christophe Dugarry324

Top Scorers

Alain Giresse182
Edouard Kargulewicz151
Bernard Lacombe138
Laurent Robuschi130
Johannes Lambertus de Harder90
Didier Couécou89
Marouane Chamakh76
Hector De Bourgoing72
10° Lilian Laslandes70


Management and staff

Senior club staff[29]
  • President: Joseph DaGrosa
  • Managing Director: Alain Deveseleer
  • Commercial and Marketing Director: Vincent Repoux
  • Administrative and Financial Director: Catherine Steva
  • Recruitment Director: Yannick Stopyra
Coaching and medical staff[30]
  • Head coach: Paulo Sousa
  • Assistant coach: Eric Blahic
  • Goalkeeping coach: Franck Mantaux
  • Technical adviser: Pierre Espanol
  • Fitness coach: Eric Bedouet
  • Fitness coach: Kevin Plantet
  • Medical doctor: Thierry Delmeule
  • Medical doctor: Hervé Petit
  • Cardiologist: Laurent Labbé
  • Physiotherapist: David Das Neves
  • Physiotherapist: Cyril Hostein
  • Physiotherapist: Jacques Thébault
  • Osteopath: Eric Robinson

Coaching history

In its history, Bordeaux have had 36 coaches. The first was the Spaniard Benito Díaz. Díaz was the first Bordeaux coach to achieve an honour when, in 1941, the club won the Coupe de France. The first Bordeaux coach to win the league was André Gérard. Gérard led the team to the league crown in 1950. He also has the honour of being the club's longest-serving coach having spent a decade with the club from 1947 to 1957. Gérard is followed by Aimé Jacquet who spent nine seasons with the club in the 1980s. Under Jacquet, Bordeaux won three league titles and two Coupe de France titles.

Affiliated clubs


Domestic competitions


International competitions


FC Girondins de Bordeaux in European football

FC Girondins de Bordeaux first competitive European match was in the 1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup, beating 1. FC Köln 2–1 before ultimately losing 2–4 on aggregate. Since then, the club has participated in 30 UEFA competitions, its peak being the co-champions of the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup and the final game of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

As of 6 June 2017[31]

101 Chornomorets Odesa15.826
102 Molde15.660
103 Bordeaux15.266
104 Rijeka15.050
105 West Ham United14.863


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