Fabien Barthez: What happens to the former 1998 world champion?

Fabien Barthez 

In 2007, Fabien Barthez hung up his boots, thus ending his career as a goalkeeper. But what has become of the former member of the France soccer team since his retirement?

After winning the Champions League with Olympique de Marseille in 1993, Fabien Barthez was crowned world champion with the French team in 1998. Long exiled across the Channel, Aurélie Dupond’s husband also won the Premier League in 2001 and 2003. with Manchester United. But after a difficult spell at FC Nantes, the French goalkeeper decided to hang up his crampons in 2007.

Since then, he has been an advisor to TF1 and Téléfoot during the 2010 World Cup, but he also joined the goalkeeping team of the France national team, then managed by his friend Laurent Blanc. In 2012, he was even appointed manager and then general manager of a small club in Ariège, Luzenac FC, before leaving at the start of the 2014 season, ending his football career.

Fabien Barthez passionate about car racing

Fabien Barthez has not abandoned the sport for that! From now on, the former goalkeeper finds his happiness in motorsport. A practice to which he has dedicated himself completely since his participation in the legendary Andros Trophy in 2011. He did not stop there, since he also participated twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The second time around, in 2016, Fabien Barthez finished 12th in class with his team at the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia GT2. The same year, he launched his own team with former Formula 1 driver Olivier Panis.

However, nothing predestined him for a career in the car. At first, this field did not interest her much, but she fell in love with it during a trip to Monaco. At that time, in 1995, to be precise. I got on the 306 Maxi with Gilles and discovered another unreal world. He does things with this car that I never imagined.

I was with Marco Simone, he couldn’t believe it too. He wanted to find these sensations, but behind the wheel, he explains to the Car Life site. The beginning of a long and beautiful love story.

I found myself with all four legs in the air in a dribble: Fabien Barthez recounts this crazy night after the Blues’ victory at Euro 2000.

The group lives well, an expression typical of soccer players and that suits the players of the France team, champion of the 1998 World Cup and then of the 2000 European Championship.

A true spirit of camaraderie was felt within this (almost) invincible army, despite differences in age and character.

The Les Bleus fans will remember this symbolic scene after the victory over Italy in the final (2-1), that of Didier Deschamps and his teammates, sitting on the pitch, remaking the world for long minutes after the trophy was handed over. But it was time to leave the stage to start the festivities, and once again the cohesion spoke for itself.

A documentary dedicated to the backstage of this competition and broadcast on L’Equipe 21 on Tuesday, May 25, revealed the way in which certain French players celebrated the title on that crazy night of July 2, 2000.

Linda Evangelista as master of ceremonies

Fabien Barthez and Emmanuel Petit are more accustomed to a diet based on beetroot, pasta and chicken than to a Spritz on the terrace, but they have fond memories of that memorable binge.

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The archer, who at that time was a rockstar couple with model Linda Evangelista, had invited his partner to join them and the model’s lumberjack brothers. For better or for worse, as the man with the mythical ponytail tells us.

We don’t have a drink, we clean it up with Linda’s brothers wow! We weren’t used to drinking either. It was hot! confesses this excited man.

The instigator of this little party could only confirm the facts, smiling: Yes, it was hot! So hot that the most famous bald man in French football ended up with his legs in the air under the perfume! We wish Kylian Mbappé and his friends the same hangover.


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