Bernard Bosquier

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Bernard Bosquier
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Personal information
Date of birth (1942-06-19) 19 June 1942 (age 79)
Place of birth Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1958–1959 Olympique Alès
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1961 Olympique Alès 30 (2)
1961–1966 Sochaux 150 (16)
1966–1971 Saint-Étienne 167 (20)
1971–1974 Marseille 93 (11)
1974–1976 FC Martigues 35 (4)
Total 475 (53)
National team
1964–1972 France 42 (3)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Saint-Étienne (Sport director)
1989–1990 Marseille (Sport director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bernard Bosquier (born 19 June 1942 in Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie) is a French former international footballer who played as a defender.


Bosquier came up from Olympique Alès, and signed with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in 1961, where he became an excellent defender playing at right back before moving to centre back later at Olympique Marseille.

He quickly earned his first cap for France on 2 December 1964, aged 22, against Belgium. He was then part of France squad at the FIFA World Cup 1966 in England playing in all France's games.

Coming back from the World Cup he signed with AS Saint-Étienne, where he won his first titles and was widely regarded as the best French footballer of the 1960s, winning the French player of the year award in 1967 & 1968.

He surprisingly left Forez for Olympique Marseille along with goalkeeper Georges Carnus in 1971 winning the "double" with Olympique Marseille in his first season. He finished his football career at FC Martigues eventually making 354 appearances in 11 seasons. His goalscoring record of 43 goals in very good for a defender and was helped by his great free-kick prowess.

He had then a short career of sport director and discovered talented players such as Grégory Coupet or Ľubomír Moravčík when he worked for AS Saint-Étienne. He currently organises coaching for young footballers.






  • French Footballer of the Year: 1967, 1968


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