Arribas Claude ARRIBAS


Born Aug 13, 1951
Age 71 years old
Size 1.80 m
Weight 75 kg
Position Central midfielder
Bordeaux Bordeaux 1976
Cannes Cannes 1978
Nantes Nantes
Paris SG Paris SG
Bordeaux Bordeaux
Rennes Rennes
Cannes Cannes
Angers Angers
Châteaubriant Châteaubriant
Born in Nantes, Claude Arribas naturally began his football development with the Canaries before turning professional in 1969. Defender by trade, he began his career at left-back, under the management of his father, José Arribas, who was the originator of the famous "Nantes-style of football" ("Jeu à la Nantaise"). In his five seasons at Nantes, he was constantly faced with competition for his place in the team, and never managed to achieve a complete season of action. He spent a year on loan at Paris Saint Germain, which was the club's first season in the top flight since it was created. He was given plenty of game-time, being a permanent member of the starting eleven. He then returned to Nantes, but played less and less. In 1974, he left Nantes to sign for Bordeaux in the First Division, where he had a full season, but then faded progressively from the scene the next. Stade Rennais signed him in 1976, and he would mainly play in a role of defensive central midfielder. In spite of a decent season from a personal perspective, he was unable to prevent his team from being relegated to the Second Division after a disastrous campaign. He decided to stay put nevertheless with Rennes, staying for a further year before leaving in 1978 for Cannes, who were playing in the Second Division at the time. Although he was mostly deployed in a defensive role, his spell at Cannes would prove to be his most prolific of his career. He went on to score over 20 goals in his 90 matches at the club, 13 of which came in the 1979/1980 season. He ended his professional playing days at Angers in the second tier, playing there between 1981 and 1985. He remained in football, however, taking on the role of Player/Manager with an amateur club, Saint Brévin (in Division d'Honneur), Chateaubriant (Division Régionale d'Honneur) and Vertou (Division Supérieur Régionale.) After an honourable career in football, he became a Sales Consultant in the food industry.