Stéphane Paille

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Stéphane Paille
Personal information
Full name Stéphane Paille
Date of birth (1965-06-27)27 June 1965
Place of birth Scionzier, France
Date of death 27 June 2017(2017-06-27) (aged 52)
Place of death Lyon, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1989 Sochaux 191 (67)
1989 Montpellier 17 (4)
1989–1990 Bordeaux 16 (1)
1990–1991 Porto 17 (4)
1991–1993 Caen 71 (23)
1993–1994 Bordeaux 31 (10)
1994–1995 Lyon 16 (4)
1995 Mulhouse 8 (1)
1996 Servette 17 (5)
1996–1997 Heart of Midlothian 18 (2)
National team
1986–1989 France 8 (1)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Besançon RC
2005 RC Paris
2005–2006 Angers
2007–2008 Cannes
2009–2010 Évian
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stéphane Paille (27 June 1965 – 27 June 2017) was a French professional footballer who played for the French national team as well as for various club sides in France, Portugal, Switzerland and Scotland. After he retired from playing he developed a career in football management.

Playing career[]

Born in Scionzier, Rhône-Alpes, Paille started out with Sochaux, with whom he played for 7 seasons between 1982 and 1989. He helped the Montbéliard side reach the 1987–88 Coupe de France final, and was voted French Player of the Year at that season's end. He also earned his eight caps for France between 1986 and 1989, scoring a single goal for les Bleus.

The rest of Paille's playing career was somewhat nomadic: after leaving Sochaux for Montpellier HSC in 1989, whom he joined with close friend Eric Cantona, he spent no more than 2 seasons at the same club during the next 9 years. He joined Girondins de Bordeaux in December 1989, then FC Porto in the summer of 1990. Following a two-year spell at SM Caen between 1991 and 1993, he returned to Bordeaux for a single season. In 1994, he joined Olympique Lyonnais, then moved to Swiss side Servette Geneva in 1995. After one season he returned to France with FC Mulhouse. In September 1995 Paille retired after failing a drugs test due to cannabis use. He told L'Equipe this was due to serious personal problems.[1] He joined Scottish side Heart of Midlothian in 1996. He was released by the Edinburgh club in May 1997 after failing a drugs test due to his use of Dinintel.[2]

Coaching and management[]

Paille then returned to first club Sochaux, where he held a coaching position for three years between 1999 and 2002. He gained his first executive role when he was appointed head coach of Besançon RC but left in 2004. He was briefly head coach at Racing Club Paris in 2005, before being approached by Angers in May 2005. He left the Blanc et Noir in June 2006.


He died on 27 June 2017, his 52nd birthday.[3]

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