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Papin, the king of goalscorers – FRENCH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Papin, the king of goalscorers - FRENCH FOOTBALL 1

Jean-Pierre Papin, one of the greatest strikers in the history of our league, becomes ambassador of Ligue 1 Conforama. A look at his career.

Jean-Pierre Papin is a true legend of Ligue 1 Conforama. 17th player to score more in the elite of French football (156 goals in 270 matches), “JPP” holds (with Bianchi and Onnis) the record for the number of top scorer titles of the elite of French football: 5 in a row between 1987 and 1992. It is, of course, under the OM jersey that Papin has achieved this exceptional quintuplate.

A long reign with OM

Before becoming the best French striker of his generation, “JPP” trained at Valenciennes FC, where he began his professional career in the former selves of the elite. He then had a great season in Belgium with FC Bruges. Enough to open the doors of Olympique de Marseille.

After a first season of “configuration” (13 goals in 1986/1987), the Papin machine was launched. In addition to his place on the goalscoring throne (19, 22, 30, 23 and 27 goals), the Boulogne-sur-Mer native is also one of the top players in the four French league titles won by OM between 1989 and 1992. His “papinades”, goals more spectacular than the others (resumption of the volley, acrobatic return…) are the happiness of the hexagon public.

Bordeaux, your other club in the elite

After 4 years abroad (Milan AC and Bayern Munich), “JPP” returns to France, in its second and last elite club: the Girondins of Bordeaux. He played two good seasons (22 goals) between 1996 and 1998, before finishing his professional career in the lower tier, in En Avant Guingamp, during the 1998/1999 season. His taste for football and goals kept him playing in the amateur world until 2004. Jean-Pierre Papin then became coach, conducting Racing Club Strasbourg Alsace (2006/2007), RC Lens (2007/2008) and Berrichonne de Chéteauroux (2010).