A brief summary of the club's illustrious history
The dates and events which made the Girondins.
1881 - 1936
1st October 1881, the birth of our Club:
The Girondins-Omnisports was established on Rue Sanche de Pomiers, in the Capucins district of Bordeaux.
1920, football comes to the fore:
Originally just one of the many sporting activities on offer at the Girondins, football emerged as the club's main sport in the early 1920s. Despite some fairly disastrous early results, Bordeaux kept improving and enjoyed their first successful season in 1931/32.
17th October 1936:
The Club officially became Girondins de Bordeaux FC.
From 1937 to the 1980s
8th June 1937, turning professional:
The Club played its first professional match on 22nd August 1937 in Toulouse [3-2]. The Girondins soon set about making a name for themselves in French football, winning the Coupe de France in 1941. At the time France was divided into three zones [the occupied zone, the free zone and the forbidden zone], and to win the cup Bordeaux had to win three finals against Red-Star [3-1], Toulouse [3-1] and Fives [2-0].
1950, Champions of France for the first time:
Bordeaux won their first ever league title with a six point margin over 2nd-placed Lille, overcoming a 12-point deficit by going 17 games without a defeat!
1980 to 1995
1984/1989, the golden years:
After a rough patch between 1972 and 1979, the Girondins dominated French football in the 1980s.
- 3 league titles in 1984, 1985 and 1987
- 2 Coupe de France victories (beating Marseille in the final) in 1986 & 1987
- Multiple European cup runs between 1982 and 1989, including two semi-finals.
1992 - back from purgatory: after being relegated for administrative reasons, the club bounced right back into the top flight in 1991/92 by finishing top of Ligue 2. Two years later, the Girondins de Bordeaux were back in Europe.
1995 - present
1996, the European epic: from the Intertoto to the final
This incredible European odyssey was helmed by the magic trio of Zidane, Dugarry and Lizarazu. The Club played 20 games in Europe that season, including the unbelievable come-back against AC Milan in the quarter-final [0-2/3-0], a match which fans will never forget. The Girondins eventually lost the UEFA Cup Final to Bayern Munich [0-2/1-3]. This season also saw the appointment of administrative director Jean-Louis Triaud as the club's president, sharing the role with Jean-Didier Lange for the next four years.
1999, fifth league title and new ownership:
After snatching the league title from Olympique de Marseille on a dramatic final day of the season, the Girondins established a partnership with TV channel M6 in order to secure the financial resources and expertise required to keep the club at the top.
The new millennium, success in France and in Europe:
After discovering the Champions League for the first time in the 1999/2000 season, the next two years saw Bordeaux cement their position at the top table of European football. The Girondins qualified for Europe for the fifth consecutive year in 2000-2001, and in the following season beat Lorient to win the League Cup [3-0]. 2003-2004 saw a great run in the UEFA Cup, ending in a quarter-final defeat to Valencia, who would go on to win the cup.
2008/2009 - 6th league title, League Cup and Trophée des Champions
Right on time for the 10th anniversary of M6's investment in the club, the Girondins had a fantastic season and won three cups. The season started off in style with a Trophée des Champions victory over Lyon (0-0, 4 - 3 pens). On 25th April 2009 the Girondins won their third League Cup with victory over Vannes (4-0). Last but not least, Bordeaux were crowned Ligue 1 champions 2008-2009! After a gripping, nail-biting race with Marseille, the Girondins secure the league title on the last day of the season.
2010/2011 - A time of transition
The 2010-2011 season was the start of a new era for the Club. Marouane Chamakh and Yoann Gourcuff left the Girondins, while the coaching team of Blanc-Gasset were replaced by Jean Tigana. The former midfield legend would leave before the end of this frustratingly inconsistent season, with Bordeaux finishing in 7th place.
2011/2014 - Francis Gillot at the helm
It took Francis GIllot and his team six months to whip the Girondins back into shape, strengthened by the arrival of smart signings including Maurice-Belay, Nguemo and Mariano. Thanks to an incredible run of 6 consecutive victories in the last games of the season, Bordeaux qualified for Europe for the 29th time. 2013 was another good year for the trophy cabinet, with a fourth Coupe de France and a second Coupe Gambardella.
2014 - Willy Sagnol
As Gillot's spell in Bordeaux came to an end, the Girondins turned to a promising young coach. At just 37, and already manager of the France youth team, Willy Sagnol impressive career as a player spoke for itself. In his first season in charge he steered the Girondins to sixth place and European qualification, a promising start.