Papin in 2016
Jean-Pierre Roger Guillaume Papin is a French former professional footballer who played as a forward, and who was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1991.
Papin achieved his greatest success while playing for Marseille between 1986 and 1992. He later played for A.C. Milan, FC Bayern Munich, Bordeaux, Guingamp, JS Saint-Pierroise and US Cap-Ferret. Papin also played 54 times for the French national team. After a short time as manager of French clubs, he joined the local amateur club AS Facture-Biganos Boïen as a player in 2009, aged 45.
Papin was known for his goalscoring, striking ability, and volleys, which his fans nicknamed Papinades in his honour.
In 1996, after their eight-month-old daughter Emily was shown to have serious cerebral lesions, Jean-Pierre and his wife, Florence, 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.
Although Papin played only 31 matches for Club Brugge, he was elected as its best foreign player by the supporters in April 2008.
In a 17-year career in many of Europe's biggest leagues, he scored nearly 350 goals in over 620 matches.
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