In 2007, Fabien Barthez hung up his boots, putting an end to his career as a goalkeeper. But what has become of the former member of the France football team since his retirement?
After winning the Champions League with Olympique de Marseille in 1993, Fabien Barthez was crowned world champion with the French national team in 1998. Long exiled on the other side of the Channel, the husband of Aurélie Dupond also won the Premier League in 2001 and 2003 with Manchester United. But after a complicated stint at FC Nantes, the French goalkeeper decided to hang up his crampons in 2007.
Since then, he has been a consultant for TF1 and Téléfoot during the 2010 World Cup, but also joined the team of goalkeepers for the France team, then led by his friend Laurent Blanc. In 2012, he was even appointed manager and then general manager of a small club in Ariège, Luzenac FC, before leaving at the start of the 2014 season, putting an end to his football career.
Fabien Barthez passionate about car racing
Fabien Barthez has not abandoned the sport for all that! From now on, the former goalkeeper finds his happiness in motor racing. A practice to which he has devoted himself entirely since his participation in the legendary Andros Trophy in 2011. He did not stop there, since he also took part twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
🇬🇧 The legend Fabien Barthez 🤝
— SPORTRICOLORE (@sportricolore) July 5, 2022
The second time, in 2016, Fabien Barthez finished 12th in class with his team driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT2. The same year, he launched his own team with former Formula 1 driver Olivier Panis.
However, nothing predestined him for a career in the automobile. Initially, this field did not interest him much, but he fell in love with it during a trip to Monaco. At the time, in 1995, to be precise. I got into the 306 Maxi with Gilles and discovered another, unreal world. He does things with this car that I never imagined.
I was with Marco Simone, he too couldn’t believe it. I wanted to find these sensations, but behind the wheel, he explains to the Car Life site. The beginning of a long and beautiful love story.
I found myself with all four legs in the air on a drip: Fabien Barthez recounts this crazy evening after the victory of the Blues at Euro 2000.
The group lives well, an expression specific to footballers and which suits the players of the France team, winners of the 1998 World Cup and then of Euro 2000.
It had become a ritual during the 1998 World Cup, Laurent Blanc kissed the skull of Fabien Barthez, as if to bring luck at the start of the meetings.
An image that remained in the memories and inevitably became one of the great symbols of the victory of 1998 😍 pic.twitter.com/NThDGihKbs
— Foot Multiple (@footmultiple) July 5, 2022
A true spirit of camaraderie was felt within this (almost) invincible armada, despite the differences in age and character.
Les Bleus fans will remember this symbolic scene after the success against Italy in the final (2-1), that of Didier Deschamps and his teammates, sitting on the lawn, remaking the world for long minutes after the presentation of the trophy. But it was time to leave the stage to begin the festivities, and once again the cohesion spoke for itself.
A documentary dedicated to the backstage of this competition and broadcast on L’Equipe 21 on Tuesday May 25, revealed the way in which certain French players celebrated the title on this crazy night of July 2, 2000.
Linda Evangelista as mistress of ceremonies
Fabien Barthez and Emmanuel Petit are more accustomed to a diet based on beets, pasta and chicken than to a Spritz on the terrace, but they keep fond memories of this memorable drinking binge.
The goalkeeper, who at the time formed a couple of rock stars with the model Linda Evangelista, had invited his partner to join them and the lumberjack brothers of the model. For better or for worse, as the man with the mythical ponytail tells us.
We didn’t have a drink, we wiped it off with Linda’s brothers wow! We weren’t used to drinking either. It was hot!, confides this moved man.
The instigator of this little party could only confirm the facts, smiling: Yes, it was hot! So hot that the most famous bald-headed man in French football ended up with his legs up in the air under the perfume! We wish Kylian Mbappé and his friends the same hangover.