32 Facts About Jean-Pierre Papin


Jean-Pierre Papin was born on 5 November 1963 and is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a forward who is the current technical advisor of French Ligue 1 side Marseille.


Jean-Pierre Papin was included in the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living footballers, published in 2004 for the centenary of the FIFA, signed by Pele.


Jean-Pierre Papin was named one of the best European footballers on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the UEFA in 2004.


Jean-Pierre Papin is famous in particular for his long shots in first intention, his acrobatic return and his recovery volleys which are known as Papinade.


Jean-Pierre Papin joined Bayern Munich, with which he won the Europa League in 1996.


Jean-Pierre Papin returned to France, to Bordeaux where he was a finalist in the Coupe de la ligue in 1997 and 1998 and then ended his professional career at Guingamp.


Jean-Pierre Papin was not retained in the French selections which reached the semi-finals of Euro 1996 and won the 1998 World Cup.


At age 15, Jean-Pierre Papin started his professional career with Valenciennes, in Northern France, before moving to Club Brugge in Belgium.


Jean-Pierre Papin had a very successful first season at Club Brugge, scoring 32 goals in 43 games.


Jean-Pierre Papin entered as a substitute during the 1993 Champions League final in which Milan lost to his former club, Marseille.


Jean-Pierre Papin won the Champions League in the next year, but did not play in the final.


Nevertheless, Jean-Pierre Papin has kept good memories of his spell in Italy and frequently cites former Milan managers Fabio Capello and Arrigo Sacchi as his models when coaching is concerned.


Jean-Pierre Papin was twice linked with clubs in England later in his playing career.


However, neither transfer ever happened and Jean-Pierre Papin finished his career without having spent any time in England.


Jean-Pierre Papin finished his career as a player in the amateur club US Cap-Ferret between 2001 and 2004.


Jean-Pierre Papin was selected for the first time in the French team during the Toulon Tournament in 1985 in Marseille with the number 14, alongside Pascal Baills, Stephane Paille, Gerald Passi, Franck Sauzee, Vincent Cobos and Jean-Christophe Thomas.


Jean-Pierre Papin finished as the tournament's top scorer and it was during the match against Spain that Jean-Pierre Papin scored his first official goal at the Stade Velodrome.


Jean-Pierre Papin earned his first cap in a friendly match against Northern Ireland in February 1986 and appeared at the 1986 World Cup.


Jean-Pierre Papin scored twice in four games: first during France opening game against Canada and then during France's victory against Belgium, helping France finish third.


Jean-Pierre Papin did not participate in the 1990 World Cup because of failures during the qualifiers but during the qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 1992 he finished second top scorer in the Qualifiers of the 1992 European Football Championship with nine goals behind Darko Pancev and the France team is the only one to win all its playoff matches, a first in Europe and this in a very strong group with two quarter-finalists of the previous World Cup, Spain and Czechoslovakia.


Jean-Pierre Papin who suffers from the aftermath of an ankle injury cannot prevent France from failing in the first round, despite scoring two goals in three games.


Jean-Pierre Papin initially said goodbye to the Blues of which he was the captain after the elimination in qualifying for the 1994 World Cup, before being convinced by Aime Jacquet to return.


Jean-Pierre Papin scored his last goal in selection at Trebizond in Turkey against Azerbaijan at the end of 1994.


Jean-Pierre Papin played his last international match against the Netherlands in January 1995, before injuries and the emergence of the Zinedine Zidane generation permanently removed him from the selection.


In May 2006, Jean-Pierre Papin took over from Jacky Dugueperoux as the new coach of Strasbourg, who were relegated to the Second Division.


Jean-Pierre Papin had previously been coaching Arcachon, an amateur team, and helped them to be promoted from CFA 2 to CFA.


Jean-Pierre Papin was replaced by Jean-Marc Furlan, former manager of Troyes, while Lens selected Guy Roux as their new manager.


Jean-Pierre Papin left his position in May 2010 and was replaced by Didier Tholot.


On 2 June 2020, Jean-Pierre Papin was announced as the new manager of Championnat National 2 side C'Chartres.


Jean-Pierre Papin left his position in October 2022 to go back to Marseille as a technical advisor.


Jean-Pierre Papin was iconic in French pop culture because of his caricature in the satirical TV puppet show Les Guignols de l'Info.


At first, Jean-Pierre Papin was depicted as a rather dumb football player, his only obsession being the many different ways to score goals.