The death of former France goalkeeper Bruno Martini
The former goalkeeper of the French national football team, Bruno Martini, the current assistant director of the Montpellier Training Center, died at the age of 58, according to what was announced today by his club, which ended his football career with him in 1999. Martini, who played 31 international matches between 1987 and 1996, suffered from interruption Heart and respiratory system at the start of last week at the Gramont Training Center in the suburbs of Montpellier, before he was transferred in a critical condition to the Arnaud de Villeneuve hospital.
The former Cocks goalkeeper, who hails from the town of Nevers in central France, took over the responsibility of guarding the national team, succeeding Joel Bates, who reached the 1986 World Cup semi-finals and won the European Champion in 1984, before handing the task to Fabian Barthez, who was preferred over the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Bernard Lama.
Before playing in the senior national team, Martini won the European Under-21 Championship (1988) in a promising squad that included players who would later become stars, such as Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc and Vincent Guerin ...
Martini, who became famous for his discretion, rose to prominence in Auxerre, where he grew up with the small town team, before joining Montpellier in the summer of 1995, where he ended his professional career four years later.
With Auxerre, and under the leadership of historical coach Guy Roux, Martini played big matches in the European Cup, played in the semi-final against Dortmund (1993), and won the French Cup (1994) against his future team.
At the end of his busy career, Martini joined the Technical Department of the French Confederation, where he worked for more than a decade (1999-2010) in training a generation of guards at the highest level.
Martini, who holds a coach license, and Pascal Pais, helped manage Montpellier for a short period, after Roland Corbes resigned in December 2015 and before Frederick Huntz was appointed at the end of January 2016.
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