Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc as coach of the " Équipe Tricolore " at the 2012 European Football Championship

Laurent Blanc ( born November 19, 1965 in Alès ) is a French former football player and current coach of Paris Saint- Germain FC. From 2010 to 2012, he was coach of the French national football team.

With his goal in the 113th minute in the second-round match of the 1998 World Cup between France and Paraguay, and thus achieved the first golden goal in World Cup history Blanc went down in the history of the World Cup Soccer Championships.

Because of its qualities as a defender in the national team, he was called by his followers as le Président.

  • 3.1 As a player
  • 3.2 As a coach
  • 3.3 Awards

Career as a player


From 1983 to 2003 he was active as a player in different clubs. He began his career at Montpellier; then he played for Napoli, Olympique Nimes, AS Saint- Étienne and Auxerre. After a mixed 1996/97 season at FC Barcelona, he moved back to France to Marseille. There he played from July 1997 to June 1999, before he went to Inter Milan in Italy. At Inter he played very successfully and was bought by financially strong Manchester United in the summer of 2001.


With the French national soccer team Laurent Blanc won the Football World Cup 1998 in their own country and the European Football Championship 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands. Total Blanc was used between 1989 and 2000 97 times for the national team and scored 16 goals as a defender after all. The main door was the golden goal on June 28, 1998 compared Paraguay. Blanc also played in the European Football Championship in 1992 and the Euro 1996.

Blanc was also known for before the kickoff of a game always kissing the bald head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez to evoke the "luck of the football gods."

Career as a coach

For the season 2007/ 08 Blanc took over his first coach of Girondins Bordeaux. In his first season he could reach the runner-up and thus abolished the direct qualification for the UEFA Champions League. In 2009 he succeeded to the Gironde after open until the final day duel with Olympique Marseille winning the league title.

1 July 2010 Blanc Raymond Domenech has replaced as the coach of the France national team. After the poor performance and the scandals of the Bleus at the World Cup in South Africa Blanc nominated for the first Test match with the backing of the association's top not one of the 23 World Cup " failure ". Instead, he called for the things of the world championship of his predecessor sorted Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Philippe Mexes. Besides these, seven more countries actors playing experience, twelve more no. Laurent Blanc started with two losses, but then followed by five wins in a row, including a 1-0 win over Brazil and abroad 2-1 against England. The French selection lost on 23 June 2012, the quarter-final match of the Euro 2012 football championship against world champions Spain and retired from the tournament. Then he turned down the offer of the Association for a two-year contract extension.

After a year in waiting Blanc stepped to the 2013/14 season at Paris Saint -Germain FC, ​​the successor of Carlo Ancelotti on. He signed a contract for the French champions two seasons until 30 June 2015.


As a player

As a coach

  • 2008 - French vice-champion
  • 2009 - French Champion and League Cup winners
  • 2009 - French coach of the year


  • Member of the Legion of Honor
  • Member of the Association of the Freemasons ( Lodge de Printemps No. 2)