Johan Micoud

Johan Micoud 2006

Johan Micoud [ ʒɔɑ miku ] ( born July 24, 1973 in Cannes) is a French former football player. He played as an attacking midfielder on the position of the so-called playmaker. He is now the local vintners Pomerol.



Micoud began his professional career in 1992 in the French top at AS Cannes. In 1996 he moved to Bordeaux, where he worked with the French championship won his first title in 1999. In 2000 he moved to Italy's Serie A for AC Parma, with whom he was in 2001/ 02 Italian Cup Winners' Cup.

In 2002, Micoud then to Bundesliga Werder Bremen, where he soon became as " le chef " the undisputed leading players. His Erstligadebüt in Germany gave the Frenchman on 10 September 2002 against 1 FC Nuremberg. In the same game him his first league goal for the SVW succeeded. In his Bremen time he was one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga. Over four years, he coined the playful style of Werder 's team and played a big part in her rise to the top team. With Johan Micoud Werder won the 2004 the so-called double, ie the German championship and the DFB Cup, and qualified three times in a row for the Champions League. Especially in the Champions League games for Werder Bremen Johan Micoud grew regularly beyond itself and shone as a strategist and as a Sagittarius important goals.

Micoud was a goal threat and participates on many ports as preparers. His greatest strengths were the sophisticated technology, the brilliant game overview, the Mannschaftsdienlichkeit and a quick learner - all this made ​​him a key figure of the fast and technically demanding combination game. Werder coach Thomas Schaaf said of his former number 10: "I have never seen a player who can move the game so quickly. " In 2006, Micoud back to his home to Girondins Bordeaux. On 10 May 2008, there Laurent Blanc, coach of Girondins de Bordeaux, announced that Johan Micoud can not get a new contract for the upcoming season.

On 18 September 2008 Johan Micoud the end of his 18- year pro career announced in an interview with the French sports newspaper L' Équipe. Despite some offers French clubs was " this is the right moment to stop ."

After his career, Micoud bought together with other players ( Matthieu Chalmé ) a winery and brought in 2009 his first Merlot out.


Despite its class Johan Micoud remained the major international breakthrough, especially with the national team of his country, denied. One of the main reasons for this is called Zinedine Zidane. The three-time World Player played in the same position, used a similar style of play and was the same age as Micoud, in short: He blocked the development of the national team, so Micoud here ultimately came only to 17 inserts. In the Euro 2000 he was in the squad of the French team and won her the title ( an insert ). Also in the 2002 World Cup was Micoud in the French squad and came in two games for use. His World Cup debut in the midfield on 6 June 2002 in the group stage match against Uruguay, where he replaced the injured Zidane over the full 90 minutes. After the 2002 World Cup Micoud was not nominated one and a half years before Jacques Santini in Rotterdam invited the midfielder for the friendly on 29 March 2004 against the Netherlands. In that game, he was also used. It should also be his last international game. After he was not nominated for the French squad for the Euro 2004, Micoud announced his retirement from international football.


  • Micoud is considered willful and media shy player who confronts the mechanisms of the football business and the requirements of the public distancing. So he avoided during his time at Werder Bremen phased interviews, especially with German media. He often emphasizes the importance of the collective for the success and has concerns about his status as a star.
  • The Bremen playmaker was - incomprehensible to many - has not been taken into account by team coach Jacques Santini for the European Championship 2004. In the quarter- final match of the French against Greece Bremer teammate Angelos Charisteas was successful as the only player. At the moment of success he had at hand a very special gesture. After the hit, he lifted his jersey and on the T- shirt underneath came the name " Micoud " to light.


  • 2000 European Championship with the French national team
  • 2000 winner of the Hassan II Cup with the French national team