Laurent Blanc- The Baby Faced Assasin
Very few are there who have been successful both as a player and a manager. This guy has done both in his life, from Copa Del Rey to Premier League, now winning the French league on a habit, this retired defender has done it all. Laurent Blanco, who is 52 today is the phenomenal PSG manager.
Early Life :
He was born in 1965 in Alès, France, graduated from Montpellier youth academy and was promoted to the first team. He played for them between 1983 and 1991, helped the team to win Coupe de France in 1989/90 and in 1991 Blanc moved to Italy.
He spent a season with Napoli and then returned to France. There he played for Nîmes, Saint-Étienne and Auxerre. In 1996 Blanc signed for Barcelona, but his season-long period there wasn’t a success, as he picked up several injuries. He re-joined Marseille and in 1998/99 they were league runners-up and the UEFA Cup finalists. In 2000/01 he played for Internazionale and in 2001 Blanc signed for Manchester United at the age of 35. He played for Manchester until 2003 and helped them with the Premier League title in 2002/03.
Laurent Blanc earned 97 caps for the France national team, was a part of the youth team winning UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 1988. In 1998 France won FIFA World Cup and in 2000 the team was UEFA European Football Championship winner.
As Manager :
He went in for managing and in 2007 became the head coach of Bordeaux and guided them until May 2010. He led them to Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue titles in 2008/09. In 2008, 2009 they were Trophée des Champions winners. From May 2010 to June 2012 he was the manager of the France national team and in 2013 was appointed the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain.
As a player :
Coupe de France: 1989–90
Division 1: 1995–96
Coupe de France: 1995–96
Copa del Rey: 1996–97
Supercopa de España: 1996
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1996–97
Manchester United :
Premier League: 2002–03
FIFA World Cup: 1998
UEFA European Football Championship: 2000
UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 1988
1988 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Golden Player
1990 French Player of the Year
1992 UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament
1996 UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament
1996 ESM Team of the Year
1998 ESM Team of the Year
1999 ESM Team of the Year
2000 Pirata d’Oro (Internazionale Player Of The Year)
2000 UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament
2004 Trophée d’honneur UNFP
2011 Équipe type spéciale 20 ans des trophées UNFP
Ligue 1: 2008–09
Coupe de la Ligue: 2008–09
Trophée des Champions: 2008, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain :
Ligue 1: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Coupe de France: 2014–15, 2015–16
Coupe de la Ligue: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Trophée des Champions: 2013, 2014, 2015
2008 Ligue 1 Manager of the Year
2009 French Manager of the Year
2015 Ligue 1 Manager of the Year
Personal Life :
Married to Anne having 3 children.
One of the vastly experienced player having 602 appearances total in club football band 97 international stage. Except champions league he has tasted all kind of renowned trophy in his life and with the current form and team of PSG, who knows this year gonna be his too ?
Happy Birthday Blanc !