Aug 20, 1956
|Age||66 years old|
Born in Mulhouse, goalkeeper Claude Klimek started his playing career at Sedan in the Second Division in 1974. He would spend three seasons in the Ardennes region, totalling over 80 appearances for his first club. Nicknamed the "Flying Genius", he would continue his professional career with Red Star in Paris between 1977 and 1978, before signing for Stade Rennais in 1978. He was undisputed first-choice goalkeeper in his first two seasons with the Red and Blacks, but would see his game-time shrink in the third with the emergence of Vaast as competition in the 1980/1981 season. In 1981, he decided to leave Brittany after three seasons, having made a total of 83 appearances, with 83 goals conceded, signing for Laval in the First Division. Alas, he would not make a single appearance in the First Team with his new club, and he was reduced to playing with Reserves. Frustrated, he decided to end his professional playing days, but continued to play in amateur football, notably with Cholet between 1982-1984 and he finally hung up his boots and his gloves for good after a spell with Sens from 1984 to 1993.