Dec 18, 1975
|Age||45 years old|
In December 2002, Stade Rennais were struggling in the league, and had sacked Bergeroo to bring in Halilhodzic. An exchange of “wildcards” was made with Bastia. Battles went to Corsica, and Cyril Jeunechamp arrived in Rennes as part of the deal. This combative central midfielder was always treading a thin line in terms of aggression on the pitch (3 red cards in 6 seasons at the club). The native of Nîmes established himself straight away in the starting line-up. Under Bölöni, Jeunechamp had his best years as a Rennes player from 2003/2004. Re-positioned as a full-back, he formed one of the best left-sided pairings in the country. Reliable as a defender, he was never averse to making buccaneering forward runs, despite orders to the contrary from his boss, and was Club Captain in the chase for a UEFA Cup spot in 2005. But in September of that year, he was victim of ruptured ligaments, and suffered a relapse a year later. In May 2006, he returned to the pitch in a 4-1 victory over Lorient on the last day of the season, scoring an emotional goal in the process, but he lost his place in the starting line-up under Dréossi, and signed for Nice as a wildcard in November 2007.