Jean-Pierre Papin

Jean -Pierre Papin in 2012

Jean -Pierre Papin ( born November 5, 1963 in Boulogne -sur -Mer ) is a French former football player and current coach.

Career as a player


Papin, usually called in France shortly " JiPéPé " grew after the divorce of his parents with his grandmother and went with 6 years already at a football club. He received a Memorandum from U.S. Valenciennes, which sent him in 1981 on a soccer boarding school in Vichy. In his first season (1984 /85) at U.S. Valenciennes in the Division 2 shot the beefy center forward scored 15 goals. He then moved to FC Bruges in Belgium and was there a successful goal scorer, more often at Olympique Marseille, for which he was promoted five times from 1987/88 to 1991/92 in a row for most goals in the Division 1. He was instrumental in the four league titles and the National Cup win of his club. In 1991 he was also voted European Footballer of the Year.

After two seasons in Italy for the first division club AC Milan, he joined the 1994/95 season in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich, where he was to intensify the storm together with the Bulgarians Emil Kostadinov. He made ​​his debut on 20 August 1994 ( 1st Round ) 3-1 victory at home to VfL Bochum; He scored his first goal on 12 November 1994 ( 13th Round ) 2-0 victory at home to FC Schalke 04 - six minutes after coming on. The following season he came on 20 league bets and scored two goals. His goal for 1-0 in the 2-0 Premier League victory at the Olympic Stadium against KFC Uerdingen 05 in August 1995 was chosen as the goal of the month. Furthermore, he came to three inserts in the DFB Cup and nine in the European cup competitions. The highlight was winning the UEFA Cup in 1996 in two finals against Girondins Bordeaux. However, since he had already passed its zenith, and he was also not nominated for the European Football Championship in England in 1996.

He then played two years in the French first division club Girondins Bordeaux and one year in Division 2 at EA Guingamp. From January to December 1999, he was active for JS Saint- Pierroise in Saint -Pierre on Réunion and in 2004 moved as player-coach for FC Bassin d' Arcachon, where he worked until 2006.

In January 2009 it was announced that the 45 -year-old in the AS Facture Biganos buoys, a division club amateur club in south-west France, wanted to be active as a player again; he had signed his eligibility to play there, the president of the association announced. Papin's comeback was made " out of friendship for our trainer Thierry Castets ".


Papin was appointed between February 1986 and January 1995 54 times into the Équipe Tricolore and scored 30 goals there; in eleven encounters he was their captain. He made his debut on February 26, 1986 in Paris in a test match against the Northern Ireland which ended goalless. His first international goal, scored on 1 June 1986 in Leon in the first World Cup group game was also the 1-0 winner against Canada.

He participated in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico in part, was used in the preliminary games in the 3rd place match and scored two goals. Even more disappointing for him was the 1992 European Championship in Sweden without a win and with only two goals scored by him eliminated Les Bleus after the first round of. His last international game he played on January 18, 1995 in Utrecht against the Netherlands, which was won 1-0.

Career as a coach

Papin remained after his playing days the soccer sports faithful as coach. From 2004 to 2006 he was in charge in this new role, the Fünftdivisionär FC Bassin d' Arcachon. In the season 2006/ 07 he coached the Erstligaabsteiger Racing Strasbourg and managed with the Alsatians prompt the promotion back to the top flight. However, his contract was terminated prematurely on the Meinau in June 2007. From August 2007 to May 2008, he was the successor to the retiring Guy Roux at Racing Lens, who were relegated from the Ligue1 end of the season.

As of 29 December 2009, he coached the second division side LB Châteauroux; after the team in the summer of 2010 as a table 16th only narrowly escaped relegation was, Papin's contract was not renewed. Jean -Pierre Papin was replaced by Didier Tholot as coach in June 2010.

Successes as a player

  • Third in the 1986 World Cup
  • Champions League Winner 1994
  • UEFA Cup winners 1996
  • Belgian Cup winners 1986
  • French Champion 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • French Cup Winners 1989
  • Italian Champion 1993, 1994


  • European Footballer of the Year 1991
  • French Player of the Year in 1989, 1991
  • World Top Scorers 1991
  • Scorer in the European Cup of Champions in 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Division 1 scorer in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Goal of the Month August 1995
  • Goal of the Year 1995