Where Are They Now? #2 – PSG Title Winning Side 1994

With Paris Saint Germain having secured their first league title in 19 years, we take the time to see what became of that side of 1994 in the latest edition of Where Are They Now?

Luc Borrelli (Goalkeeper)

Borrelli

Signed at the beginning of the season from Toulon where he made nearly 150 appearances, Borrelli played very little for PSG (just 4 games) before joining Caen in 1995. He moved to Lyon in 1998 but his life was tragically ended in a road accident in February 1999. Lyon retired his number 16 until 2011.

Bernard Lama (Goalkeeper)

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Played for Lille, Metz, Brest and Lens before joining PSG in 1992 to replace the legendary Joel Bats. Established himself as one of the best keepers in France earning international recognition in 1993. Was banned for two months in 1997 for consumption of cannabis during which he was told he could leave PSG. Joined West Ham for the first half of 1998 before returning to PSG following the World Cup for another two seasons. Played one more season at Rennes before retiring. Finished his career with 44 international caps and World Cup and European Championship winners medals. Had a short spell coaching Kenyan national team in 2006.

Patrick Colleter (Defender)

Colleter

Left back Colleter began his career at local team Brest before joining Montpellier and then PSG in 1991. Played for five years in Paris before joining Bordeaux and Marseille. Signed by Dave Jones in December 1998 for Southampton in the Premiership. Left The Dell in November 2000 to join Cannes until his retirement in 2003. Currently a coach at former club Bordeaux.

Antoine Kombouare (Defender)

Kombouare

Joined PSG from first team Nantes in 1990, going onto make over 100 appearances in Paris and becoming a hero amongst the fans for his composure and knack of scoring important goals. Left for Sion of Switzerland in 1995 before a two year spell in Scotland with Aberdeen. Took up his first coaching position with the PSG reserves before joining Strasbourg in 2003. Left after a poor start to the 04/05 season before joining second tier side Valenciennes. He managed promotion in his first seasons before stabilising them in the top division. PSG came calling and he was appointed boss in 2009. Won the Coupe de France in 2010 and led the club to the top of the league but was replaced in December 2011 by Carlo Ancelotti. Last managed Saudi club Al-Hilal but was sacked in January.

Alain Roche (Defender)

Roche

Roche began his career at Bordeaux and was a part of their 1987 title winning side. Joined Marseille in 1989 before joining Auxerre in 1990. He signed for PSG in 1992 and was a regular for the club until his departure in 1998 for Valencia in Spain. Ended his playing career at first club Bordeaux where he played from 2000 until 2002. Earned 25 caps for France between 1988 and 1996.

Jean-Luc Sassus (Defender)

Sassus

Sassus began his career with 7 years at Toulouse before joining Cannes and then PSG in 1992. Made 29 appearances in 93/94 before leaving to join Lyon and then St Etienne. Retired in 1998. Earned a solitary cap for France in 1992.

Francis Llacer (Defender)

Llacer

Llacer began his career at PSG in 1989, playing a part in the title winning side, before leaving in 1999. Had a short spell at St Etienne before joining Montpellier. Returned to PSG in 2001 and played with the club until his retirement in 2003.

Jose Cobos (Defender)

Cobos

Left back Cobos joined PSG at the beginning of the title winning season from Strasbourg. He made 14 appearances in his debut season before playing more regularly until his departure for Espanyol of Spain in 1996. Lasted two seasons before returning to France with Tolouse in 1998 before joining Nice in 1999. Retired while playing for Nice in 2005 where he was immediately made assistant manager. Left Nice in 2007 and last had a short stint as director of football at Monaco.

Ricardo Gomes (Defender)

Gomes

Centre back Gomes joined PSG from Benfica in 1991. He was a regular in the team until leaving in 1995 for previous club Benfica where he retired in 1996. He earned 45 caps for Brazil over a decade from 1984 even being named captain for the 1994 World CUp but was forced out through injury. Scored 4 times internationally. Became coach of PSG immediately after his retirement in 1996 before embarking on a tour of clubs including Sport Recife, Vitoria, Flamengo, Fluminese, Bordeaux, Monaco, Sao Paulo and the Brazilian Olympic team. Suffered a brain hemorrhage while manager of Vasco da Gama in Brazil in 2011. Returned to Vasco in November 2012 as technical director, a position he still holds.

Paul Le Guen (Defender)

PLG

Le Guen joined PSG 1991 and played over 400 games for the club until his retirement in 1998, earning 17 France caps during his career with a single goal as well. He immediately began his managerial career with a three year stint at Rennes before another three year stint at Lyon where he won the league title every season. He then had an ill-fated 6 month spell in Scotland with Rangers before he rejoined PSG in 2007. His contract was not renewed and he left Paris in 2009. He moved into international management with Cameroon in 2009, leading them to the 2010 World Cup where they were the first team eliminated which lead to the resignation of Le Guen. Became manager of Oman in 2011, a position he still holds.

Laurent Fournier (Midfielder)

Fournier

Fournier joined PSG from then-champions Marseille in 1991 and earned his only French caps (all 3 of them) with PSG. He left just after the title win for a season with Bordeaux before returning to Paris in 1995. Left again in 1998 for a short spell playing with Bastia before retiring when he was appointed manager of them until his departure in 1999. He replaced Kombouare as PSG reserves coach in 2003 and was promoted to first team manager for a short spell in 2005. Has had short spells managing teams such as Strasbourg, Nimes and Creteil. Last managed Auxerre from where he was sacked in March 2012.

David Ginola (Midfielder)

Ginola

Ginola signed for PSG from Brest in 1992 and top scored in the title winning season with 13 goals from midfield. His performances in European competition drew admiring glances from around the continent before he decided on joining Newcastle in 1995. He had two fruitful years on Tyneside and was loved by the Newscastle fans. This didn’t stop him from being sold to Tottenham in 1997. His time at White Hart Lane was even better as he was crowned PFA Player of the Year in 1999 and was revered by Spurs fans (and has been inducted into the Spurs Hall of Fame). He shockingly joined Aston Villa in 2000 before a short spell with Everton preceding his retirement in 2002. He only earned 17 French caps scoring thrice having been blamed for French failure to get to the 1994 World Cup. Has dabbled in acting since retirement along with charity work.

Vincent Guerin (Midfielder)

Guerin

Guerin joined PSG from Montpellier in 1992 and amassed 7 goals in the title winning season. Earned 19 French caps with two goals, all of which came when he was at PSG. Was banned by the French Football Federation (FFF) for doping in 1997. Unsuccessfully appealed the 18 month ban (12 of which were suspended) with the FFF but got it overturned by the Administrative Court in Versailles. Left PSG for spells at Hearts in Scotland and Red Start 93 before retiring in 2002. Currently coach of the PSG reserve team.

Daniel Bravo (Midfielder)

Bravo

A member of the victorious French Euro 1984 squad, Bravo joined PSG from Nice in 1989. Staying at the club for 7 years, he made over 200 appearances for the Paris side before leaving for Parma in Italy. Had short spells with Lyon, Marseille and first club Nice before his retirement in 2000. He only played 13 times for France with his only goal for the country coming on debut against Italy in 1982.

Valdo (Midfielder)

Valdo

Valdo joined PSG from Benfica at the same time as international team mate Gomes. Returned to Benfica with Gomes in 1995 before moving to Japan in 1997 with Nagoya Grampus Eight. Returned to Brazil in 1998 with Cruzeiro before spells at Santos, Juvetude, Atletico Mineiro and Sao Caetano. Ended his career with Botafogo in 2004 at the age of 40. Earned 45 Brazilian caps scoring 4 times between 1987 and 1993.

Rai (Midfielder/Forward)

Rai

Baby brother of late, chain smoking legend Socrates, Rai joined PSG from Sao Paulo at the beginning of the season and chipped in with 6 league goals for the title winning team. Stayed with the club until 1998 when he returned for a final season at Sao Paulo. Retired in 1999. Earned 51 international caps for Brazil, scoring 17 goals and captaining his country to glory at the 1994 World Cup in the USA. Has become a social activist and justice campaigner.

George Weah (Forward)

Weah

Weah joined from Monaco in 1992 and contributed 11 goals to be second top scorer in the title winning team. Left for AC Milan in 1995 – the year in which he was named World, European and African Player of the Year (his third African award win). His time at a Milan was a resounding success before he started to fall out of favour in 2000 when he had a short loan at Chelsea in England. He left permanently for Manchester City in 2000 but was only around Maine Road until October before leaving due to frustration at not being picked. Joined Marseille for the rest of the season before ending his career in 2003 after two years at Al-Jazira in the UAE. Earned 60 Liberian caps, scoring 22 times. Has also coached and funded the team himself. Ran for Liberian president in 2005 but lost before being running mate to Winston Tubman in 2011.

Xavier Gravelaine (Forward)

Gravelaine

Joined from Caen at the beginning of the season, Gravelaine only scored twice for PSG in the title winning campaign. Left after the title win for Strasbourg. Returned for short spells at PSG in 1995 and 1999. Also had spells at Guingamp, Marseille, Montpellier, Le Havre, Monaco, Watford, Istres, Ajaccio and Caen. Finished his playing career in 2004 with a short spell in Switzerland with FC Sion. Made 4 appearances for France in 1992 and 1993. Had a brief managerial stint at Istres in 2005. Currently a consultant on French television.

Artur Jorge (Manager)

Jorge

A respected player and coach in Portugal, Jorge had achieved great success prior to joining PSG in 1991. Led the team to the league title and left for former team Benfica immediately after. Replaced by Benfica in 1995, he then went on to manage a number of teams including Switzerland, Portugal, Tenerife of Spain, Vitesse of Holland, Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Academica and CSKA Moscow. Had a second spell at PSG for a year from 1998. Last managed second division side Creteil for the 2006/07 season.

There is what happened to the last title winning side from PSG. We can all agree very differing fortunes experienced.

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