Graduates of our Academy
The Girondins have one of the best youth academies in France
Bordeaux's training centre deserves its excellent reputation, having produced many top-class professionals.
The list is long, but far from exhaustive: Bixente Lizarazu, Christophe Dugarry, François Grenet, Alain Roche, Pascal Feindouno, Rio Mavuba, Kodjou Afanou, Marc Planus, Juan Pablo Francia, Marouane Chamakh, Gérald Cid, Matthieu Chalmé, Gabriel Obertan, Florian Marange, Pierre Ducasse, Benoît Trémoulinas, Lamine Sané, Valentin Vada, Adam Ounas, Thomas Touré, Maxime Poundjé... Many of the players who make up today's first squad were trained right here at the Girondins de Bordeaux.
Giresse's extraordinary career began in 1970. He won numerous trophies over the years, including two French league titles and a Coupe de France. He twice reached the World Cup semi-finals with the national side, and won the European Championships in 1984 as part of the famous "magic diamond" in midfield. He was also voted Ballon d'Argent in 1982! A true club legend if ever there was one.
Arriving in Bordeaux from Corrèze, he turned pro in 1985 and won the league title once and the Coupe de France twice with the Girondins. With Marseille, Auxerre, Paris and Valencia the silverware just kept coming: 13 trophies, including the Cup Winners' Cup in 1996 and 25 caps for France.
Arriving in Bordeaux fresh from the Basque Country at the tender age of 13, Bixente made his way through the Girondins' youth set-up Girondins and turned pro at the age of 17. Alongside Zidane and Dugarry, he was one corner of the "golden triangle" which took Bordeaux all the way to the UEFA Cup final. He was a key part of the France side which won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championships in 2000, going on to finish his career at Bayern Munich where he won eight league titles and the Champions League.
A selfless, probing forward, Dugarry was one of the most gifted footballers of his generation. Hailing from the Bordeaux suburb of Lormont, he was part of the Girondins side that went from promotion to the top flight in 1992 to the legendary European adventure of 1996. His career also included stellar spells at AC Milan and Barcelona. With the national side, he won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championships in 2000.
Rio was just 7 years old when he joined the Bordeaux football school. He kept on progressing year after year, and the club became like a second family to him. He turned professional in 2003 and became a linchpin of the team which finished 2nd in Ligue 1 in 2006 and won the League Cup in 2007. He was part of the Lille side which won the league in 2011.
Scouted in Marmande, Marouane signed for the Girondins at the age of 16, turned pro at 17 and was a key first team player by 19. This pacy, combative striker was instrumental in some of the Club's greatest triumphs of the past decade (2 League Cups, 1 Ligue 1 title and 2 Trophées des Champions). Although still adored by the Bordeaux faithful, he left for Arsenal in 2010. Marouane Chamakh was also a long-serving stalwart of the Moroccan national side.
Marc Planus more or less kicked his first ball with the Girondins. He signed his first player's licence with the club at the age of 8, and spent his whole footballing career in Bordeaux. His young career had its ups and downs, but Marc fought with courage and tenacity to improve his game, turn professional and ultimately become an undisputed fixture of the Girondins' defence for over a decade. During his time at the club he won 2 League Cups, one Ligue 1 title, 2 Trophées des Champions and the Coupe de France. A true club legend.