TheWhen the Girondins de Bordeaux family were relegated administratively for financial reasons, the name Bernard Jimenez naturally establishes himself as one of the captains of the 1991-92 season. He is still young (25) but he is experienced – he has …
TheWhen the Girondins de Bordeaux family were relegated administratively for financial reasons, the name Bernard Jimenez naturally establishes himself as one of the captains of the 1991-92 season. Still young (25) but seasoned – he played his first professional match at the age of 17 and shared the 1985 and 1987 championship titles – Landis has the right profile for the recovery process. He is a defensive midfielder with a height of 1.73 metres, strong on man and good technical, in the style of Didier Deschamps or Rene Gerrard who was his substitute in previous years.
Thirty years later, from Mont-de-Marsan where he finished his amateur career, and notably being a pillar of Stade Montois promoted to the National in 1996, “Gim” recalls a “great year” in which he played 30 league games (one goal) . “Mr. Avello has just taken over the presidency, he has come to tell us in the locker room that rising in Division 1 will be the goal.”
It was obvious, especially since the Girondins had the means to suit their ambitions. They offer a good balance between talented young players (Lizarazu, Dujarry) and experience (Cenac, Milojevic, Howard, Dogon). With Gernot Rohr on the bench, another Marine and the White Club, the rigors are punctual. “We were disciplined and all focused,” Jimenez says.
He quickly realizes that this D2 campaign will not be a picnic. Rodez, Saint-Quentin, Alès, Istres, Annecy, Rodez, Martigues… and nearby Girondin Saint-Seurin: people are expected to come from Bordeaux everywhere. “Campaign games. D2 is more physical, we had to adapt. Being pretty is good, but the first victory.” In short, he still smiles today: “Less in his hair and respect.”
In the fight with Strasbourg, Bordeaux confirmed its return to the D1 by defeating Saint-Surin (3-0) (three penalties from German Rainer Ernst) at the Boiling Chaban-Delmas stadium on the penultimate day. Atonement didn’t last, and the rest of Bernard Jimenez’s career would be less fun. In Bordeaux, the following season, he did not enter the plans of Roland Corbis. He was taken to Nim, and soon a serious injury stopped him.
Backgammon and lifestyle
From Mont-de-Marsan, he notes the mercilessly slow slippage of his former club in recent seasons, until the relegation on Saturday 21 May. We’ve seen that happen for a long time. Today, I no longer understand this club: who does what? Why go for the so-called “Swiss Deschamps” (editor’s note by Vladimir Petkovic) upon exiting Euro Miracle? And Gerard Lopez? We see him in the stands with his hat. We have the impression that he decides everything in a small committee with the people around him.”
Gigi and Tigana gave me their plate to the end; Like a good Landais, I wasn’t embarrassed. But Mr. Jack watched the slightest deviation. He “disassembled” in his office, because the cleanliness of life is crucial for a footballer
Players don’t find much favor in his eyes. I read that they ordered 350 euros from a McDo? I remember that when I got to the Girondins, Gigi (Giresse) and Tigana gave me their plate to finish; As a good Landais, I wasn’t shy (laughs). But Mr. Jack watched the slightest deviation. He “disassembled” in his office, because the cleanliness of life is crucial for a football player.
Many fans around me at Mont-de-Marsan have turned their backs on the club
Beyond this observation, Bernard Jimenez, like many in the region, has gradually moved away from Girondins, almost indifferently today. “A lot of fans around me in Mont-de-Marsan have turned their backs on the club. I rarely go to matches and nothing makes me want to come back: I don’t know anyone anymore regarding the game, nothing”.
Despite everything, the future of the club, where he spent his best years as a footballer, still worries him: “I’m afraid they will go down even more.”