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Jean-Pierre Papin

Jean-Pierre Papin
Personal information
Full nameJean-Pierre Papin
Date of birth5 November 1963(age 52)
Place of birthBoulogne-sur-Mer, France
Playing positionStriker

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Jean-Pierre Papin (born 5 November 1963 in Boulogne-sur-Mer) is a former French professional football player who was European Footballer of the Year in 1991. Papin achieved his greatest success while playing for Olympique Marseille between 1986 and 1992. He later played for AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Bordeaux and Guingamp (1998 to 1999) then he went to JS Saint-Pierroise and spent 2 years at the club between (1999 to 2001) then he left to go to US Cap-Ferret and spent 3 years at the club between (2001 and 2004). Then in January 2009 he got out the football boots again at the age of 45 years old to play for AS Facture-Biganos Boiens where he still plays for them to this day. Papin also played 54 times for the French national team. After a short time as manager of French clubs, he joined the local amateur club AS Facture-Biganos Boïen as a player in 2009, aged 45.

He was famous for his volley shots that his fans nicknamed "Papinades" from his name.

In 1996, after their eight-month-old daughter Emily was shown to have serious cerebral lesions, Jean-Pierre and his wife, Florence, set up an association "Neuf de Coeur" (Nine of Hearts; Papin's shirt number was 9) to help others in that situation and, particularly, to find and apply methods to mentally and physically educate such children.

Although Papin played only 31 matches for Club Bruges, he was elected as its best foreign player by the supporters in April 2008.

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