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Jean-Pierre Papin Signed France Photo

Jean-Pierre Papin Signed France Photo

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Jean-Pierre Papin is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a forward and is the current technical advisor of Ligue 1 club Marseille.

Considered to be one of the best centre-forwards of his generation, he won the Ballon d'Or in 1991.

He was included in the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living footballers, published in 2004 for the centenary of the FIFA, signed by Pelé.

He was named one of the best European footballers on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the UEFA in 2004.

He is famous in particular for his first-time strikes from distance, his overhead kicks, and his volleys, which are known as Papinades.

The nickname of JPP is attributed to him by supporters and journalists.

Trained at Jeumont, he signed his first professional contract in 1984 at Valenciennes.

Recruited by Brugge, he had an excellent season, winning the Belgian Cup and being selected for the French team for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Recruited by Marseille, he experienced the peak of his career and won with Marseille, the Ligue 1 in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992, the Coupe de France in 1989 and reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in 1991.

In 1992, he was transferred the highest in the history of football, when he left Olympique de Marseille for AC Milan with which he scored in 1994, the Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.

He joined Bayern Munich, with which he won the Europa League in 1996.

He returned to France, to Bordeaux, where he was a finalist in the Coupe de la ligue in 1997 and 1998 and then ended his professional career at Guingamp.

Capped 54 times and captain of the France team 11 times, Jean-Pierre Papin won the bronze medal at the 1986 World Cup and competed in Euro 1992.

Injuries and the emergence of the Zinedine Zidane generation moved away from the selection and his international career ended in the mid-1990s.

He was not retained in the French selections which reached the semi-finals of Euro 1996 and won the 1998 World Cup.

In 1996, after their eight-month-old daughter was shown to have serious cerebral lesions, Jean-Pierre and his wife set up an association "Neuf de Coeur" (Nine of Hearts; Papin's shirt number was 9) to help others in that situation and, particularly, to find and apply methods to mentally and physically educate such children.

This signed photo measures 12" x 8" and comes with a COA.

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