Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose can not find a way. Even though the game has now passed the 90-minute mark, Bayern Munich still find themselves 1-0 behind Bordeaux and on the verge of their second defeat in a few weeks before the Ligue 1 champions, this time at the Allianz Arena looks at.
Bayern’s latest attempt reverses and the ball returns to the field. Everywhere will do Laurent Blanc for men. Hans-Jörg Butt rushes to meet him, but Marouane Chamakh takes the lead. Bordeaux’s best goalkeeper keeps a close touch around the net before entering the empty net to double his side lead after Yoann Gourcuff who opened the scoring in the first half. Bordeaux are now well on their way to the top of the Champions League group and have avenged their defeat to Bayern in the 1996 UEFA Cup final.
By the end of 2009 things were going well for Bordeaux. They won their Champions League group stage, doubling their victory over Juventus against Bayern. The team that praised Gourcuff, Chamakh and Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi among many others, was on its way to defending the French title. What happened in the next five months was a crippling collapse. They finished sixth in the league – losing all of Europe – and lost to Marseille in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, which led to the summer departure of the star and their manager.
No matter how bitter the spring was, it turned yellow in the face of the bordeaux spiral that has been in place for over a decade. Bordeaux is currently on the verge of bankruptcy. Earlier this month, the DNCG – French Football’s Financial Manager – decided that the club would not own them to see next season. Accordingly, they reduced Bordeaux to the third tier of French football, pending an appeal hearing next week.
To get to this point, Bordeaux has endured many disastrous seasons, each worse than the last, undergoing management changes at all levels and all-round perfection. In the early years of their infancy, there were short periods of rest. During a period of tightening of the transfer window, the amazing upper middle lines under the coach Francis Gillot left the ship on its feet. Of course, the peak came in 2013 when they won the Coupe de France final against Evian – which, in the classic case of intermediate determinism, was eliminated a few years later.
These years marked the beginning of Bordeaux’s role as the comic relief of Ligue 1. On a cold night in October 2013, Serge the Llama was kidnapped from a circus and run around the city by a group of drunken students, and it became an internet sensation. The club decided to capitalize on the animal’s popularity in their first home game, moving him around the pitch before losing 3-0 to the Nantes. Another suspicious sign was when midfielder André Poko was penalized and later kicked out of the club after taking a selfie while taking a bottle while wearing the shirt of former Marseille rivals.
In the 2017-2018 season a very sharp process went from bad to worse, which was an ongoing campaign. A series of catastrophic consequences in the autumn led to the dismissal of manager Jocelyn Gourvennec at the beginning of the year. Club captain Jérémy Toulalan has terminated his contract due to the protest. In the face of an unstable situation, Bordeaux decided to ignite the fire of chaos with the arrest of Gus Poyet. The brave Uruguayan management seems to be working, despite the team of players he has in his hands. He returned to Europe on the back of an interesting second half of the season.
Behind the scenes, though, a change in ownership took place. The long-time owners of the M6 wanted the management of the club, which had not benefited for several years, to pass a pair of safe hands. Negotiations with the U.S. investment fund GACP were approved, but the sale only took place in November 2018, 14 months after the first contact.
The standoff has affected the club’s transfer negotiations, as no signings have been signed until August, following the sale of 36 36.5 million worth of Brazilian club Malcom. Popularly, the match was officially announced as a Roma player and he went to Italy when Barcelona’s 11-hour application was accepted, which was very much the concern of Giallorossi. More players came out. Promoter Gaёtan Laborde was sold to Montpellier although Poyet specifically told the board he would not let him leave, holding a volcanic press conference after a Europa League match, as Poyet called the club “shameful” and claimed that they have no “shame”.cojones”To tell him the truth.
After Poyet’s dismissal was confirmed the next morning, the club sued Thierry Henry for the job, before finally returning to Ricardo, who was previously in charge in the mid-2000s. When it emerged that the Brazilian did not have the required coaching license, physicist Eric Bedouet (again) rose to a point where he lasted until the arrival of Paulo Sousa in 2019.
Sousa monitored 12th place in the 2019-20 season, which was cut short by the pandemic, before Jean-Louis Gasset – Blanc’s former assistant – took over. Meanwhile, GACP and President Joe daGrosa were fired because their partners and majority owners in King Street bought their minority stake. Upon his arrival in 2018, DaGrosa had confidently aimed to return to the Champions League within three years. His plan did not materialize.
In the 2020-21 season, French football collapsed due to the financial impact of the pandemic, the early end of the previous season and the termination of their broadcasting rights agreement. The already dangerous situation of Bordeaux was complicated at the end of the campaign when, the owners did not allow the withdrawal, the owners announced that they would no longer invest in the club.
The atmosphere, which had already deteriorated amidst the spectator protests against the club president Frédéric Longuépée, was annoying. The turmoil that ensued saw the club temporarily relegated to League 2, when a number of transfer requests emerged. The winner was Gérard Lopez, a Spanish-Luxembourg businessman who had just left Lille illegally in heavy debt. Lopez, a Tory party charity and Vladimir Putin ally, is currently facing fraud charges in Luxembourg, allegations he denies.
This season, effectively, he was able to overcome all the others for a perfect combination. Swiss manager Vladimir Petković was suspended for six months, when the team was renewed with eight panic purchases. On the pitch, Bordeaux finished last in Ligue 1, conceding 91 goals in the process, the only highlight being the 10-0 victory of the Coupe de France against a team from the island off Mayotte.
The club sponsors its shirt, an online gossip company, because it makes jokes on its social media account. A scuffle broke out between the ultras behind Lopez and Benoit Costil during Montpellier’s defeat of nine men, as the goalkeeper argued with the group leader, who later accused the player of racism. The club’s decision to sack experienced players like Costil and Laurent Koscielny did nothing to help alleviate their frustration. Koscielny’s removal has been particularly difficult due to the pharaonic contract he signed from Arsenal to the club. Instead of selling him or canceling his contract, the club gave him the role of ambassador to review his five-year contract.
Discussions between Lopez and the creditors over the club’s debts are ongoing. The € 10 million put on the table by Lopez Jogo Bonito’s company, the sale of a stake in Ligue 1 broadcasting rights and the withdrawal of parachute paychecks need to go a long way to alleviating the problem – but DNCG wants the shortfall to be remedied immediately. Bordeaux has a week to raise € 40 million, or at least provide a reliable roadmap on how they can raise that money. Lopez is desperate to move away from the third tier, saying: “With its infrastructure and its costs, this club cannot live in Nation 1.” There are basically two possible outcomes: either the club stays in Ligue 2 or stops its existence.
French football is no stranger to a fallen giant, but seeing Bordeaux – the six-time French champions formerly home to Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Zinedine Zidane – drown in innocence will be the biggest blow to date. With so many clubs being sold in the Ligue 1 financial recovery, the Bordeaux case shows how weak the established order of French football is, despite the outflow of gold, as well as the damage that a poor provider can sell.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have just won their 10th Bundesliga title.