Jacques Zimako

Jacques Zimako, actually Jacques Atre ( born December 28, 1951 in Drueulu on Lifou / New Caledonia ) is a retired French footballer.

Club career

The Left Wing came in 1972 in the French professional gaming operations, as obliged him the Corsican Erstligist SEC Bastia. There Jacques Zimako denied in the following five years, 138 point games; with a total of 42 league goals he contributed significantly to the fact that only Bastia in 1973/74 did not end the season on a digit place in the table. A third Rank (1976 /77) was the best placement. In the seasons 1974/75 and 1976/77 he scored with 15 hits for the most goals in the Division 1 1974/75 reached Zimako with the SEC also the cup - half, in the years before and after each of the quarter-finals.

His playful qualities listed next to his goalscoring his speed and his trickery. Then there was the ability to transform directly corner kicks, which came about in late 1979 even in a European Cup match ( 3-3 against Aris Salonika ). In 1977 he moved to AS Saint- Étienne, the time of its "flagship" of the French club football. In the following four years he played under coach Robert Herbin alongside the likes of Michel Platini, Gérard Janvion, Johnny Rep, Christian Lopez, Jacques Santini, Dominique Rocheteau, Bernard Lacombe and Patrick Battiston. The Greens - " the Greens " is the most common designation of AS Saint- Étienne in France - was Zimako an international player, and after two third place finishes in the top French league, he won there in 1981 and his first and only championship, while the 10 and to this day (2008) last for the club. He also starred in the same year in the Cup Final; However, the lost ASSE with 1:2 against Zimakos former club from Bastia, for a certain Roger Milla scored the decisive goal.

1979/80 made ​​it Zimako again among the top 15 league scorers. He was also involved in two " moments " of the Greens at the European level: the 6-0 home victory over PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup 1979/80 and the 5-0 win against Hamburger SV in the same competition a year later; in Volksparkstadion succeeded the fourth goal of his team.

In 1981, he nevertheless reoriented himself and signed a contract with FC Sochaux, where he met with Patrick Revelli on a former teammate of Saint- Étienne. In his first season at Sochaux brought it Zimako again to a third place league. In 1983 he returned to the SEC Bastia, but no longer had the skill level of the previous years. 1985 ended the striker his playing career.


  • A total of 388 games and 91 goals in the D1: Sporting Club Bastia Étoile (1972-1977): 138 Spiele/42 Goals
  • Association Sportive Saint- Étienne (1977-1981): 120/30
  • Football Club Sochaux (1981-1983): 62/8
  • Sporting Club Bastia Étoile (1983-1985): 68/11

The National Players

Between June 1977 and November 1981 Jacques Zimako was a total of 13 times used in the French A- national team; in this circle get him two hits. He was the first Kanak footballer ever, who was appointed in the Équipe Tricolore. However, he often had to make do with the role of Einwechselspielers, which he then found himself on the lawn cope usually fast. To be durable for regular players, it lacked the "Joker de luxe" in Konstanz. He also contributed to the successful qualification for the 1982 World Cup, but was not called up by coach Michel Hidalgo for the finals in Spain.

Life after time as players

Mid-1980s, Jacques Zimako returned to New Caledonia, where he volunteer participates in the development of local football and the national team. In his view, the local potential is far too little used. Beginning of the 21st century he returned to Corsica, where he coordinates the youth work of the local football clubs Muriani on the Costa Verde.


  • French Champion: 1981
  • French Cup Winner: None, but Finalist 1981
  • 13 A internationals ( including 11 during his time at Saint- Étienne and 2 at Sochaux ) 2 Results for France
  • 14 European matches, 3 goals ( Saint -Étienne )