Remembering France's Bruno Martini

Former France goalkeeper Bruno Martini has passed away at the age of 58.

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Former France goalkeeper Bruno Martini has passed away at the age of 58.

The Nevers-native came to prominence as a player under Guy Roux at AJ Auxerre, where he played 386 games. Bar two seasons on loan at Nancy, he was a starter at the Burgundy side for a decade, including in several European campaigns. Auxerre were UEFA Cup semi-finalists in 1993.

After recovering from a serious knee injury, Martini joined Montpellier in 1995, finishing his playing career from 1995 to 1999.

On the international stage, Martini won the UEFA U21 European Championship in 1988 and was capped 31 times with France, succeeding the great Joël Bats – as he did at Auxerre. He also played the 1992 UEFA European Championship and was in the squad at EURO 96.

At the end of his playing career, he started training goalkeepers with France, and stayed in the role until 2013, after which he served as the goalkeeper coach for Montpellier.

"It is with sadness that we learn of the death of Bruno Martini," French FA President Noël Le Graët said. "Bruno was part of a golden generation, the one that was European champion with the Espoirs [U21] in 1988. He had a magnificent career as a goalkeeper, whether with the French national team or in clubs with AJ Auxerre or Montpellier. After his career as a player, he succesfully turned to training. He was a standard as a coach, within the National Technical Department, of the French team, notably among the European champions in 2000 and since 2014 with the Montpellier club. His used his technical expertise, high level and human qualities to serve others. He was a discreet but remarkable man. Bruno is part of the history of French football. We will not forget him."