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Micoud lured back to Bordeaux

French playmaker Johan Micoud has returned to his former club, UEFA Champions League contenders FC Girondins de Bordeaux, from Werder Bremen.

French playmaker Johan Micoud has returned to UEFA Champions League contenders FC Girondins de Bordeaux from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

Bordeaux vintage
The 32-year-old player has signed a two-year contract with the side who finished second to French champions Olympique Lyonnais in 2005/06, having previously played 127 Ligue 1 games for Bordeaux between 1996 and 2000. During that period he helped the club win successive French League Cups in 1997 and 1998.

'Happy to be back'
The one-time AS Cannes player moved on to Parma FC before spending four seasons at Bremen, where he was part of the tema that won a famous Bundesliga and German Cup double in 2003/04. "I'm very happy to link up with everybody at Bordeaux," said Micoud. "I'm also happy to be back in France in a side with high ambitions for next season."

European pedigree
"He's a very good asset for us," said Bordeaux coach Ricardo, who will be depending on the experience of Micoud - who won 17 caps for France - in the UEFA Champions League as his side start their campaign in the group stage this season. Bordeaux had not previously had a recognised playmaker in their squad.

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