Laurent Blanc Profile

Laurent Blanc

Lau­rent Ro­bert Blanc, born Ales, Fran­ce, Nov­ember 19, 1965. Hail­ing from Langue­doc-Roussil­lon, Lau­rent Blanc spent the fir­st years of his pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball ca­reer play­ing for Mont­pel­li­er be­fore he left for Serie A te­am Na­poli in 1991. Blanc re­turned to his home­land the fol­low­ing sea­son, how­ever, when he joi­ned for­ces wi­th Nimes Olym­pique where he ac­cu­mu­lated 29 French Lea­gue One ap­pear­ances for The Cro­codiles in the 1992-93 season.

Lau­rent Blanc ev­entually furthered his ca­reer by fir­st mov­ing to Saint Etienne, and then Aux­erre, en­joy­ing great suc­cess at bo­th clubs. As his fa­me spread, the tal­en­ted and ver­sat­ile de­fender was sig­ned by La Liga gi­ants Bar­celona for a trans­fer fee of £4 mil­lion at the be­gin­ning of the 1996–1997 cam­paign, but af­ter a com­par­at­ively short spell at the Nou Camp he was bro­ught to Olym­pique de Mar­seille by man­ager Rolland Cour­bis for a fee of ar­ound £2 mil­lion in Au­gust 1997. The French­man la­ter ap­peared for Serie A out­fit Inter Mil­an be­fore he fi­nally sig­ned wi­th reign­ing Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted in the sum­mer of 2001. Wi­th Uni­ted, the ex­per­i­enced cam­paign­er notched up 48 Pre­miership ap­pear­ances for The Reds and went on to win the Pre­mier Lea­gue in 2002-03. A ded­ic­ated and com­mit­ted per­former, he was giv­en his in­ter­na­tion­al seni­or de­but for Fran­ce in a 0-0 friendly draw to the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land at Daly­mount Park on the 7th of Feb­ruary 1989. The mas­sive stop­per pro­ceeded to play 97 mat­ches for his coun­try and was a mem­ber of the te­am that won the FIFA Wor­ld Cup in 1998 and the UEFA Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship in 2000. Lau­rent Blanc Play­ing Ca­reer: Mont­pel­li­er, Na­poli, Nimes Olym­pique, Saint-Etienne, Aux­erre, Bar­celona, Olym­pique de Mar­seille, Inter Mil­an, Man­chester Uni­ted. Man­aging Ca­reer: Bor­deaux, Par­is Saint-Germain.


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