Club History

From 1881 to 2010, relive the history of the club

Wednesday 05 October 2011 - 17h25

The Girondins have a rich history, built on shared emotion, hard work, joy, agony, drama and human history. Explore 130 years of heritage: move your mouse around our interactive frame and click on the dates to discover a full history of each era...

1881 to 1936

1st October 1881, the birth of the Club:
The club Girondins-Omnisports is founded on Rue Sanche-de-Pommier, in the Capucins district of central Bordeaux.

1920, football takes hold:
Alongside the many other sporting activities offered by the Girondins, football made its first appearance in the early 1920s. In spite of some disastrous early defeats, the Bordeaux team dug in and worked hard, enjoying its first successes in the 1931-1032 season.

17th October 1936:
The Club becomes Girondins de Bordeaux FC.

1937 to the 1980s

8th June 1937 – from amateurs to professionals:
The Club contested its first professional match on 22nd August 1937 in Toulouse, winning 3-2. The Club would go on to establish a strong reputation in French football, winning the Coupe de France [French FA Cup] in 1941. At this point of the War France was divided into three zones [the Occupied zone, the Free zone and the Forbidden zone], and the Girondins won three finals against Red-Star [3-1], Toulouse [3-1] and Fives [2-0].

1950, French Champions for the first time:
In 1950 the club won the French national championship for the first time, trumping Lille by six points after a remarkable run-un which saw them close a gap of twelve points in 17 matches, without a single defeat!

1980 to 1995

1984-1989, the glory years:
After a difficult period from 1972 to 1979, the Girondins dominated French football in the 1980s.

  • 3 championship titles in 1984, 1985 and 1987
  • Beating Marseille to win the Coupe de France in 1986 and 1987
  • Strong runs in the European Cup between 1982 and 1989, including two semi-finals.

1992, from limbo back to the elite:
Having spent a season in the second tier following administrative troubles, in 1992 the Club won the Second Division championship and gained promotion back to the First Division. Two years later, FC Girondins de Bordeaux was once again competing in Europe.


1996, a European epic – from Intertoto to the Final:
This incredible European epic was orchestrated by the holy trinity of Zidane, Dugarry and Lizarazu. Over the course of the season the Club played an incredible 20 European matches, including the incredible victory over AC Milan in the quarter final [0-2/3-0] – a tie which will never be forgotten by the fans.

Having reached the UEFA Cup final, FC Girondins de Bordeaux were finally beaten by Bayern Munich [0-2/1-3]. This season also saw the appointment of Jean-Louis Triaud, previously an administrator, as club President, working jointly with Jean-Didier Lange for the first 4 years.

1999, fifth championship title and the arrival of M6:
The Girondins were crowned French Champions for the fifth time on the final day of the season, following a thrilling clash with Marseille. Soon after, FC Girondins de Bordeaux announced a partnership with the M6 group, to secure the financial means and unique individual skills needed to maintain and develop the club’s position.

Into the 21st century, confirming our standing on the European stage:
After a 1999-2000 season marked by the club’s first foray into the Champions League, the following two seasons saw the Girondins cement their European status. In 2000-2001 Bordeaux qualified for European competition for the fifth successive season, thanks to a strong showing in the domestic league. The following year, the Club beat Lorient 3-0 to win the League Cup. The 2003-2004 season saw another superb run in the UEFA Cup, with the Girondins finally succumbing in the quarter finals to Valencia, who would go on to win the competition.

2007/2008 - Bordeaux enters the elite:
The Club’s stability and constant investment policy, spearheaded by the majority shareholder and board of executives, means the Girondins are now a confirmed presence among French football’s elite. In 2007 the Club defeated Lyon to win the League Cup and qualify for the following season’s UEFA cup, while a second-place finish in 2008 secured qualification for the Champions League.

2008/2009 – 6th League title, the League Cup and the Trophée des Champions:
Just in time to celebrate the tenth anniversary of M6’s involvement with the Club, the Girondins rounded off a remarkable season with three trophies. The season started with victory over Lyon in the Trophée des Champions match (0-0, 4-3 pens.). On April 25th 2009 Bordeaux won the League Cup for the third time, with a resounding victory over Vannes (4-0). The best was yet to come, as a breath-taking league duel with Marseille led to a perfect end to the season! The Girondins secured their 6th championship title on the last day of an incredible campaign.

2009/2010 – A hard act to follow!
The Girondins soon found out that such success is hard to maintain. The team performed superbly in the first part of the season, but after the Christmas break results began to slip and the Club finished the season in sixth place. But a great performance in the Champions League, reaching the quarter finals, saw the team placed fourth in the UEFA ‘European team of the season’ table.


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