Patrice Rio

Patrice Rio ( born August 15, 1948 in Le Petit- Quevilly, Seine- Maritime ) is a retired French footballer.

Club career

The center-back started his professional career in 1969 in the first division side FC Rouen, for his father before him, the striker Roger Rio had played. In the championship Patrice Rio landed at the end of the season, although only on the 12th place, but he stood in all six games of today (2008) the only European appearance of the "Red Devils " on the lawn. In the UEFA Cup competition predecessor Fairs Cup Rouen turned first Twente and the RSC Charleroi before the FCR failed in the third round with 0:0 and 0:1 at Arsenal. When the financially stricken club yet returned his pro card at the end of season, Rio moved from Normandy to Brittany.

With FC Nantes, for the Patrice Rio from 1970 his football boots laced, the physical, but also technically strong and with a header also dangerous in front of goal player won during the following 14 years, a large number of successes. In the Division 1 he took the Canaris - as " canaries " the players from Nantes are called because of the color of their game Dresses - four national championship titles and also was runner-up four times. Once he won the National Cup after a 4-1 final victory over AJ Auxerre, personally 1983 was a second time in the final of this competition ( 2:3 defeat to Paris Saint- Germain FC ). In 1976 he also became a national player. He also came to a total of 30 missions in the European club competitions in which he also get three hits. The highlight here was reaching the semi-finals in the European Cup Winners' Cup 1979/80, where, however, the later Cupgewinner Valencia finished by 2:1 and 0:4 further title dreams, low point, however, the departure of the national champion competition in 1973/74, as Nantes in the first round with 0:1 and 2:2 was denied by the Danish club Vejle BK amateur. From major injuries Rio was largely spared, so that it is less than half the Official matches the Canaris was able to complete only two seasons (1972 /73 and 1981/82 ).

With 36 years not yet ready for retirement, Patrice Rio played from 1984 to relegated straight in the Division 2 Stade Rennes. Although Stade had completed the 1984/85 season only in fourth, his immediate back in the Bundesliga after successes in the Barrages on FC Rouen FC Mulhouse and AS Saint- Étienne, and the defense Recke had associated them share. After two more Erstligajahren, at the end of Rennes was relegated to the second division again, ended the nearly 39 -year-old Rio, who had come in the last season only to four point play, after 509 matches in footballing upper house of France in 1987 his long playing career.


  • Football Club de Rouen 1899 (1969 /70)
  • Football Club de Nantes (1970-1984)
  • Stade Rennais Football Club (1984-1987, of which 1984/85 in D2)


Between March 1976 and September 1978 Patrice Rio was appointed to 17 A- internationals into the Équipe Tricolore. During this time, he had to compete for the free space in the center of defense alongside Marius Trésor especially with Christian Lopez. Nevertheless, he was in the French World Cup squad in 1978, and in Argentina was coach Hidalgo him in the opening game against Italy in preference; after the 1-2 defeat against the Azzurri, however displaced Lopez Rio then - except for the European Championship qualifier against Sweden immediately after the World Cup finals - permanently from the team.


  • French Champion: 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983 ( and runner-up in 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981)
  • French Cup Winners: 1979 ( and finalist 1973 [ only nominally ], 1983)
  • 17 A- internationals for France, World Cup 1978 participant
  • 36 European games (6 for Rouen, Nantes 30 )
  • 509 missions and 28 goals in Division 1 (33/ 0 for Rouen, 436/23 Nantes, 40/5 for Rennes), so until today (2008) the player with the zwölftmeisten playing in France's first league

Life after time as a footballer

After a short episode as sports director at SCO Angers Patrice Rio worked in the episode as a sales representative for a manufacturer of hydraulic rear tailgates for trucks addition is his opinion as an expert for the French football league in the broadcasts of pay- TV channel Canal asked regularly.