The center forward started his career in 1969 with Olympique Lyon, where he played with Raymond Domenech and Aimé Jacquet, the 1976 also his coach was in a team. 1973 Lacombe took his first title (Coupe de France winner) and made his debut in the French national team.
After a one year stint with AS Saint- Étienne in 1979 he moved to FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where he remained until end of his career (1987) and spent his most successful period; there he was three times champion of France (1984, 1985, 1987 ) and Cup Winners' Cup twice (1986, 1987). Overall Lacombe played in his career 497 games in Division 1, scoring 255 goals, making him in France to this day as the second best scorer of all time. 1972/73 and 1985/85 he was their second- highest league scorer in France.
Bernard Lacombe played between September 1973 and June 1984, 38 countries in the Équipe Tricolore games, scoring 12 goals. He had at the football World Cup in Argentina in 1978, where he signed in the history books in the very first game his first major international use: in the first group match against the favored Italians he scored in the first minute game 1-0 to France. It was the first goal of the tournament, after the opening match had gone the day before between Germany and Poland 0-0. The game was lost at the end of 1:2 and France as different group from third parties in the first round.
Very much more successfully ran for Lacombe, the football World Cup in Spain in 1982 and the European Football Championship 1984 in their own country. In Spain, his team only difference in the dramatic semi-final in Seville against Germany in a penalty shoot out and was after a 2:3 defeat against Poland in fourth. In 1984, Les Bleus then European Soccer Championships.
Life after the active period
Today, Bernard Lacombe moved back to his native town and after having worked for several years as a coach at Olympique Lyon, the club made him the official consultant of the Bureau. He is considered one of the fathers of the rise of Olympique Lyon in the 21st century.