November 28, 2021

former president Jean-Didier Lange has passed away

By Vincent Romain

Jean-Didier Lange, president and co-president of the Girondins from 1991 to 1999, died on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, in Bordeaux.

The news mourns the Girondins of Bordeaux. Jean-Didier Lange, former president and co-president of the club from 1991 to 1999, died overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, following a long illness. He was 75 years old.

A lawyer by profession, at the head of a major legal and tax consultancy firm, he had successfully taken over the FCGB alongside the optician Alain Afflelou, one of his friends and clients. The club was bankrupt at the end of the Claude Bez era and had been administratively demoted to D2 in the spring of 1991.

Still on the board

Under the leadership of two men, who exercised a two-headed direction (Lange was present daily as president of the association), the Girondins came back up in 1992 with Gernot Rohr on the bench, and Lizarazu, Dugarry, Sénac, Dogon or still Huard on the ground.

In 1996, Jean-Didier Lange saw the arrival of a new president, Jean-Louis Triaud, to whom he left control of the club three years later, at the time of the takeover by M6. He had since remained at the head of the association, an ultra-minority shareholder including under King Street and Gérard Lopez. He thus sat on the Board of Directors of the Girondins.

In recent months, his health had deteriorated but until the end, he was very interested in the results and the life of his club. He was also part of the support and vigilance committee created at the initiative of Pierre Hurmic when the Girondins were put on sale by King Street last spring. To his family and loved ones, “Sud Ouest” offers its sincere condolences.

Nicolas de Tavernost, Jean-Didier Lange, Jean Drucker and Jean-Louis Triaud at the time of the sale of the Girondins to M6 in 1999.

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