Patrick Battiston

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Patrick Battiston
birthday March 12, 1957
place of birth AmnévilleFrance
size 182 cm
position Libero
Years station
1966-1973 AS Talange
1973–197? FC Metz
Years station Games (goals) 1
1973-1980 FC Metz 181 (20)
1974-1975 FC Metz B 13 0(1)
1980-1983 AS Saint-Etienne 102 0(8)
1983-1987 Girondins Bordeaux 136 (10)
1987-1989 AS Monaco 68 0(0)
1989-1991 Girondins Bordeaux 71 0(1)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1977-1989 France 56 0(3)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1991-2008 Girondins Bordeaux
(Sports Director / Marketing
Director / Head of the Training Center /
Trainer of the U-17, B and C teams)
1 Only league games are given.

Patrick Battiston (born March 12, 1957 in Amnéville , Moselle department ) is a former French football player. He was mostly used as a defender .

Club career

The battiston, who grew up in Lorraine , began his career at FC Metz (1973–1980) and then played for AS Saint-Étienne (1980–1983), Girondins Bordeaux (1983–1987, 1989–1991) and AS Monaco (1987–1989) . With these teams he was five times French football champion (1981 with AS Saint-Étienne, 1984, 1985 and 1987 with Girondins Bordeaux, 1988 with AS Monaco) and twice French football cup winner (1986 and 1987 with Bordeaux). With 558 first division appearances , he ranks seventh on the list of French record players (as of August 2015).

National player

Battiston was a defender for the French national football team at the 1978 , 1982 and 1986 World Cups . His greatest success was winning the 1984 European Football Championship in his own country. He played a total of 56 international matches and scored 3 goals. He played his first major tournament in 1978 at the World Cup in Argentina. France was in the group like the eventual world champion Argentina and the eventual World Cup fourth Italy and was eliminated in the preliminary round despite a solid performance. Battiston was used only once, on June 6, 1978 in Buenos Aires against Argentina. Here he played alongside Marius Trésor, Christian Lopez and Maxime Bossis in defense. For the European Championship 1980 in Italy two years later, France could not qualify because they remained one point worse than Czechoslovakia in qualifying. At the 1982 World Cup in Spain Battiston was used once in the preliminary round against England and once in the second final round against Austria. France had reached the semi-finals and met Germany there.

Patrick Battiston became known in Germany when there was an incident on the so-called night of Seville during the semi-finals between France and Germany at the 1982 World Cup in Spain: When the score was 1: 1, he was substituted on in the 50th minute and shortly afterwards received a long through pass to the German goal. Immediately after he ran into him and shot at the goal, he was jumped at by the running out German goalkeeper Harald "Toni" Schumacher and brought down. Battiston was briefly passed out, suffered a concussion , spinal injuries, and lost two teeth. Schumacher's action was not punished by the referee. Battiston was replaced in the 60th minute.

Schumacher commented on the incident after the game with the words: "If it's just the jacket crowns, I'll be happy to pay him." Schumacher later explained that he had the sentence with the jacket crowns , emotionally boosted by the course of a game of the century, out of relief said about it that no more had happened. Schumacher said he did not go to Battiston after the foul out of fear and uncertainty about the generally heated situation. Schumacher later apologized to Battiston, but despite various reconciliation appointments, Battiston emphasized in 2014: “We will no longer be friends.” Parts of the French media use this event to spread a caricature of the “ugly German”. At the European Football Championship in France in 1984, he took part as a regular player in each of the five games and won the title. Battiston was also a regular at the 1986 World Cup and played all seven games. In the semifinals they met again on Germany and goalkeeper Schumacher. France lost that game and finished third after beating Belgium.


After the end of the playing career

Battiston ended his career as an active player in 1991 with Girondins Bordeaux. He then worked in various functions for this club; Currently (2005) he is responsible for the reserve and amateur teams and heads the club's youth training center ( Center de Formation ).

Individual evidence

  1. a b Patrick Battiston in the FIFA database , accessed on December 14, 2011
  2. a b Patrick Battiston In:, accessed on December 14, 2011 (French)
  3. Stefan Hermanns: World Cup semi-finals: Germany is almost always there. In: Zeit Online . June 7, 2010, accessed December 14, 2011 .
  4. a b Isaac Bah: Semifinals: making a classic In: Zeit Online . June 4, 2006, accessed December 14, 2011
  5. ^ Henry Michel: "Je n'ai pas senti de pouls pendant deux minutes" In: Liberation . June 14, 2006, accessed December 14, 2011 (French)
  6. Lead wolves of the Bundesliga Harald Schumacher
  7. ^ T-Online: Patrick Battiston still angry with Toni Schumacher
  8. Aloys Behler: Rebellion of the wounded souls In: The time . July 16, 1982, accessed December 14, 2011
  9. Academy Facilities ( Memento of the original from March 18, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: Girondins de Bordeaux . June 27, 2011, accessed December 14, 2011 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /