What will happen to the former 1998 world champion?

In 2007, Fabien Barthez hung up his cleats, thus ending his career as a goalkeeper. But what has happened to the former member of the French football team since his retirement?

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

Since then, he was a consultant for TF1 and Téléfoot during the 2010 World Cup, but also joined the team of goalkeepers for the French team, then led 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 is passionate about car racing

Fabien Barthez did not leave the game for all that! Since then, the former goalkeeper has found his happiness in motor racing. A practice to which he fully dedicated himself since his participation in the legendary Andros Trophy in 2011. He did not stop there, as he also participated twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For the second time, in 2016, Fabien Barthez finished 12th in class with his team driving the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2. In the same year, he launched his own team with former Formula 1 driver Olivier Panis.

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

I’m with Marco Simone, he can’t believe it either. I want to find these sensations, but on the wheel, he explains the Car Life site. The beginning of a long and beautiful love story.

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

The life of the group is good, an expression specific to the players and which is appropriate for the players of the French team, winners of the 1998 World Cup and then of Euro 2000.

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

The fans of Les Bleus will remember this symbolic scene after the success against Italy in the final (2-1), that of Didier Deschamps and his teammates, sitting on the turf, reminiscing the world within long minutes after the delivery of the trophy. But it was time to leave the stage to start the festivities, and once again the unity spoke for itself.

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

Linda Evangelista as mistress of ceremonies

Fabien Barthez and Emmanuel Petit are more used to a meal based on beets, pasta and chicken than a Spritz on the terrace, but they have fond memories of this memorable drinking binge.

Fabian Bartholomew

The goalkeeper, who at that time formed a couple of rock stars with the model Linda Evangelista, invited his partner to join them and the lumberjack brothers of the model. For better or worse, as the man with the mythical ponytail tells us.

We didn’t drink, Linda’s brothers and sisters rubbed us wow! We are not used to drinking. It was hot!, confided this touched man.

The organizer of this small party can 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 hope Kylian Mbappé and his friends have the same hangover.

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