Lausanne-Sports have signed former AJ Auxerre goalkeeper Lionel Charbonnier on a short-term contract.
The 35-year-old Frenchman has signed a six-month deal with the club, who are one place off the bottom of the Swiss first division, with just 16 points from 22 matches. Lausanne will be involved in the relegation-promotion play-offs when the season resumes in late February. These pit the bottom four teams in the top flight with the top four teams from the second division.
World Cup place
Charbonnier was a member of the victorious France squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but was third choice behind Fabien Barthez and Bernard Lama. He played for Auxerre for eleven seasons before sealing a €1.9m move to Rangers FC in the summer of 1998.
Charbonnier will be hoping for happier times in Switzerland than he enjoyed in Scotland. At Rangers, the gifted but temperamental goalkeeper failed to oust German Stefan Klos in his first season before a knee injury ruled him out of 1999/00 campaign.
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