Jean Tigana

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Jean Tigana
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Tigana in 2000 or 2001
Personal information
Full nameAmadou Jean Tigana [1]
Date of birth (1955-06-23) 23 June 1955 (age 65) [2]
Place of birth Bamako, French Sudan [2]
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) [2]
Playing position(s) Central midfielder
Youth career
1965–1972 ASPTT Marseille
1972–1974 SO Les Caillols
1974–1975 Cassis
Senior career*
1975–1978 Toulon 76 (10)
1978–1981 Lyon 104 (15)
1981–1989 Bordeaux 251 (11)
1989–1991 Marseille 56 (0)
National team
1980–1988 France 52 (1)
Teams managed
1993–1995 Lyon
1995–1999 Monaco
2000–2003 Fulham
2005–2007 Beşiktaş
2010–2011 Bordeaux
2012 Shanghai Shenhua
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Amadou Jean Tigana (born 23 June 1955) is a former French international footballer, having played in midfield and managed professional football extensively throughout France, including 52 appearances and one goal for the France national football team during the 1980s. He most recently coached Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua. In his prime, he was a tireless central midfielder, renowned as one of the best midfielders in the world during the 1980s. [3]


Club career

Tigana started his professional career as a player at Toulon, having been spotted fairly late playing part-time while employed in a spaghetti factory and then as a postman. He moved to Lyon in 1978 and then to Bordeaux in a $4 million transfer. He was part of the French national football team that won the European Championship in 1984, defeating Spain in the final. In Bordeaux's midfield for eight years, Tigana helped them to three league titles and three French cups, as well as taking them close to European glory on two occasions, losing in the semi-final of the European Cup and Cup Winners' Cup in 1985 and 1987 respectively.

He moved in 1989 to Olympique Marseille, and ended his career there following the 1990–91 season.

International career

Tigana was born in Bamako, French Sudan (now Mali) to a Malian father and a French mother. [4] He represented France, and as an international Tigana joined Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse in what was termed "the Magic Square" (le Carré Magique) – one of the great midfield foursomes of all time. Tigana's single international goal came against Hungary in the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals, in which France managed a third-place finish.

Playing style

Tigana was a world-class box-to box midfielder noted for his great movement, teamwork, pace and tireless stamina. Although Tigana was mainly responsible for his team's defensive duties, he also often ventured forward to create scoring opportunities for his teammates.

Managerial career

For his first managerial role, Tigana returned to Lyon, coaching them from 1993–1995, before moving on to AS Monaco, where he remained until 1999. They were French league champions in 1997 and Champions League semi-finalists a year later, beating Manchester United in the quarter-finals.

He took over as manager of English club Fulham in April 2000 and helped them to promotion from the Division One to the FA Premier League as champions in his first full season. They finished 13th in their first top flight season for more than 30 years and qualified for the UEFA Cup (via the Intertoto Cup), but was sacked in April 2003, even though Fulham weren't in danger of going down at this stage. [5] The club later took him to court, claiming he had wrongly overpaid for certain players such as Steve Marlet, but the charges were dropped. Tigana then took Fulham to court for wrongful dismissal and won, winning a payout of over £2 million. [6]

In October 2005, after more than two years out of the game, he signed a two and a half year contract with Turkish side Beşiktaş. During that same season, Beşiktaş won their first Turkish Cup in eight years.

Immediately after winning the 2007 Turkish Cup, Tigana announced that he was to leave Beşiktaş at the end of the season. He left Beşiktaş with two games to play, after a contract termination agreement with club board.

On 25 May 2010, Tigana returned to coaching joining Ligue 1 club Bordeaux, replacing Laurent Blanc. [7]

On 7 May 2011, after a severe defeat against Sochaux (0–4) and a verbal aggression from Bordeaux team fans against his daughter, who was in the stadium, he announced that he was to leave the Girondins de Bordeaux. [8] [9]

On 18 December 2011, it was announced that Tigana would coach Shanghai Shenhua from 2012 season.

On 15 April 2012, Tigana resigned as manager of Shanghai Shenhua after a run of poor form leaving the Chinese club in the bottom five of its domestic league.

Career statistics



Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotal
FranceLeague Coupe de France Europe Total
1975–76 Toulon Division 2 231
1978–79 Lyon Division 1 363
1981–82 Girondins Bordeaux Division 1 271
1989–90 Olympique Marseille Division 1 370


France national team

Managerial record

As of match played 7 April 2012
Managerial record by team and tenure
Lyon 1 July 199330 June 199585422023049.41
AS Monaco 1 July 199531 December 1998170923741054.12
Fulham 9 April 200017 April 2003145673741046.21
Beşiktaş 31 October 200515 May 200782431623052.44
Bordeaux 25 May 20107 May 201138121511031.58
Shanghai Shenhua 1 January 201215 April 20125122020.0















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