Jean Tigana

Jean Tigana
Tigana in 2000 or 2001
Personal information
Full name Jean Amadou Tigana[1]
Date of birth (1955-06-23) 23 June 1955[1]
Place of birth Bamako, French Sudan[1]
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Playing position Centre Midfielder
Youth career
1965–1972 ASPTT Marseille
1972–1974 SO Les Caillols
1974–1975 Cassis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 Toulon 76 (10)
1978–1981 Lyon 104 (15)
1981–1989 Bordeaux 251 (11)
1989–1991 Marseille 56 (0)
Total 487 (36)
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

Jean Amadou 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7][8]

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 performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1975–76ToulonDivision 2231
1978–79LyonDivision 1363
1981–82Girondins BordeauxDivision 1271
1989–90Olympique MarseilleDivision 1370
CountryFrance 48736
Total 48736


France national team

Managerial record

As of match played 7 April 2012
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
Lyon 1 July 1993 30 June 1995 85 42 20 23 049.41
AS Monaco 1 July 1995 31 December 1998 170 92 37 41 054.12
Fulham 9 April 2000 17 April 2003 145 67 37 41 046.21
Beşiktaş 31 October 2005 15 May 2007 82 43 16 23 052.44
Bordeaux 25 May 2010 7 May 2011 38 12 15 11 031.58
Shanghai Shenhua 1 January 2012 15 April 2012 5 1 2 2 020.0
Total 525 257 127 141 048.95
















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  7. "Tigana – " J'arrête "" (in French). FC Girondins de Bordeaux. 7 May 2011. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  8. "Jean Tigana steps down as Bordeaux coach". 2011-05-07. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  9. "Jean Tigana". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  10. "France - Footballer of the Year". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015.
  11. Courtney, Barrie (14 August 2004). "European Championships - UEFA Teams of Tournament". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
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