Dominique Dropsy

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Dominique Dropsy
Dominique Dropsy en 1976 (RC Strasbourg).jpg
Dropsy in 1976
Personal information
Date of birth(1951-12-09)9 December 1951
Place of birth Leuze, France
Date of death 7 October 2015(2015-10-07) (aged 63)
Place of death Bordeaux, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1961–1970 CSC Hirson
Senior career*
1970–1973 Valenciennes 57 (0)
1973–1984 Strasbourg 406 (0)
1984–1990 Bordeaux 186 (0)
National team
1978–1981 France 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dominique Dropsy (9 December 1951 – 7 October 2015) was a French footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.


He played 596 Ligue 1 matches during 17 seasons, which stood as a record for several years, and won three national championships during his career, two with Bordeaux. [1]

Ligue 1 French professional league for association football clubs

Ligue 1, also called Ligue 1 Conforama for sponsorship reasons with Conforama, is a French professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the French football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Administrated by the Ligue de Football Professionnel, Ligue 1 is contested by 20 clubs and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux French association football club

Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux is a French professional football club based in the city of Bordeaux. The club currently play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football. The team is currently managed by Paulo Sousa and captained by Benoît Costil.

Dropsy represented France at the 1978 World Cup.

Club career

Born in Leuze, Aisne, Dropsy started his senior career with Valenciennes FC. He contributed with 19 games in the 1971–72 season, helping the club return to Ligue 1 and win its first Ligue 2 championship in the process.

Leuze, Aisne Commune in Hauts-de-France, France

Leuze is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Valenciennes FC association football team in France

Valenciennes Football Club is a French association football club based in Valenciennes. The club was founded in 1913 and currently play in Ligue 2, the second tier of French football. Valenciennes plays its home matches at the recently built Stade du Hainaut located within the city.

Statistics of Division 2 in the 1971–72 season.

In the summer of 1973, Dropsy signed with RC Strasbourg. During his 11-year spell at the Stade de la Meinau , he never played in less than 31 matches, appearing in all 38 in the 1978–79 campaign as the team conquered their first-ever domestic league. [2]

Stade de la Meinau stadium

The Stade de la Meinau, commonly known as "La Meinau", is a football stadium in Strasbourg, France. It is the home ground of RC Strasbourg and has also hosted international matches, including one game of the 1938 World Cup, two games of Euro 1984 and the final of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1988. La Meinau has also been used as a venue for concerts and a mass by John Paul II in 1988. The stadium is owned by the Strasbourg municipality and is rented by the RC Strasbourg.

RC Strasbourg won Division 1 season 1978/1979 of the French Association Football League with 56 points.

Aged 34, Dropsy joined FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where he remained until his retirement always as first-choice. He won a further two national championships, and added two Coupe de France to his trophy cabinet; subsequently, he worked with his last club as a goalkeeper coach. [3]

Coupe de France

The Coupe de France, also known as the Coupe Charles Simon, is the premier knockout cup competition in French football organized by the French Football Federation (FFF). It was first held in 1917 and is open to all amateur and professional football clubs in France, including clubs based in the overseas departments and territories. Between 1917 and 1919, the competition was called the Coupe Charles Simon, in tribute of Charles Simon, a French sportsman and the founder of the French Interfederal Committee, who died in 1915 while serving in World War I. The final is played at the Stade de France and the winner qualifies for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and a place in the Trophée des Champions match. A concurrent women's tournament is also held, the Coupe de France Féminine.

International career

Dropsy played 17 times for the France national team, during three years. He was selected as an uncapped member for the 1978 FIFA World Cup squad, benefitting from injury to his former Strasbourg teammate André Rey; in the last group phase contest, as both countries had already been eliminated, he appeared in the 3–1 win against Hungary in Mar del Plata. [4]

France national football team mens national association football team representing France

The France national football team represents France in international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, also known as FFF, or in French: Fédération française de football. The team's colours are blue, white and red, and the coq gaulois its symbol. France are colloquially known as Les Bleus. The French side are the reigning World Cup holders, having won the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 15 July 2018.

Cap (sport) sports game

In sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player's appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.

1978 FIFA World Cup 1978 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, quadrennial international football world championship tournament, was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June.

Personal life

Dropsy's son, Damien (born 1983), was also a footballer and a goalkeeper. He never played the sport professionally, his biggest achievement being signing a short-term contract with Bordeaux in 2006 to serve as fourth-choice. [5] [6]

In 2012, Damien played the role of a footballer in Olivier Dahan's motion picture Les Seigneurs. [7]

Health problems / Death

After suffering an aneurysm in 2005, medical exams revealed Dropsy had been struck with leukemia in March 2011. [8] After recovering initially the following year, [1] the 63-year-old died in Bordeaux on 7 October 2015. [9]

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  1. 1 2 "L1 – Bordeaux: Dropsy, l'ex-gardien international, est guéri de sa leucémie" [L1 – Bordeaux: Dropsy, former international goalkeeper, cured of his leukemia]. Le Parisien (in French). 8 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. "Les champions de 1979, vraies stars de la journée" [1979 champions, real stars of the day]. 20 minutes (in French). 28 April 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. "Girondins de Bordeaux: Dominique Dropsy atteint d'une leucémie" [Girondins de Bordeaux: Dominique Dropsy has leukemia]. Sud-Ouest (in French). 31 March 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. Rauline, Nicolas (28 June 2014). "Les insolites du Mondial – 1978: le jour où les Bleus jouèrent en vert et blanc" [World Cup curios – 1978: the day where the Blues played in green and white]. Les Échos (in French). Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  5. "Top 10: J'aurais aimé avoir la carrière de mon père" [Top 10: I would have loved to have my father's career] (in French). Les Cahiers du Football. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. "Amélie et Damien Dropsy accompagnés par Carrasso au Virage Sud" [Amélie and Damien Dropsy accompanied by Carrasso at Virage Sud] (in French). Girondins 33. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  7. "Damien Dropsy, l'acteur" [Damien Dropsy, the actor] (in French). Chez Les Girondins. 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
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  9. "Dominique Dropsy est décédé" [Dominique Dropsy has died]. L'Équipe (in French). 7 October 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016.