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Laurent Blanc

Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 12.33CET
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Laurent Blanc
Laurent Blanc returned to coaching with Paris in June 2013 ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 12.33CET

Laurent Blanc

Paris Saint-Germain

Date of birth: 19 November 1965
Nationality: French
Playing career: Montpellier Hérault SC, Napoli SSC, Nîmes Olympique SC, AS Saint-Étienne, AJ Auxerre, FC Barcelona, Olympique de Marseille, FC Internazionale Milano, Manchester United FC
Coaching career: FC Girondins de Bordeaux, France, Paris Saint-Germain

• The defender's 20-year club career brought a French Cup win with Montpellier in 1990, a 1996 league and cup double with Auxerre, the 1997 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona and a Premier League title with United just before retirement in 2003.

• Nicknamed Le Président on account of his authority, elegance and leadership. Famous for 'good luck' kiss on goalkeeper Fabien Barthez's bald head before kick-offs, he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil after scoring France's golden goal winner against Paraguay in the last 16, but missed the Paris final after being sent off in the semi-final.

• Helped France win UEFA EURO 2000, scoring against Denmark in the group stage, before retiring from international football that year with 97 caps and 16 goals.

• Spent four years gaining coaching qualifications before taking charge of Bordeaux in June 2007. His team finished second in his first season and won a championship and League Cup double in 2009. Guided Bordeaux to the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals before succeeding Raymond Domenech as France coach that summer.

• Blanc's France lost their first two games but then went 23 matches unbeaten prior to two losses at UEFA EURO 2012, the second in the quarter-finals against Spain. He subsequently left his post as national-team coach but returned to management when stepping into Carlo Ancelotti's shoes at Paris in June 2013, winning Ligue 1 and the League Cup in his first season. Blanc won the Coupe de la Ligue and Ligue 1 again in 2015, adding the French Cup, although Paris lost to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Last updated: 03/08/15 12.05CET

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