Oct 17, 1945
|Age||77 years old|
Born in the Saöne-et-Loire region of France, Jacques Castellan began his playing days in 1966 with Stade Français in the French First Division. This striker, a real fox-in-the-box, would only spend one year at the club, who were relegated to the Second Division at the end of that season. Thanks to a satisfactory season from a personal point-of-view, he was spotted by Girondins de Bordeaux, for whom he signed for two years in 1967. He played regularly in the first season, but he was rarely seen in action in his second year at the club. After this bittersweet experience, he left Bordeaux to sign for Lorient in 1969, where he would spend one-and-a-half seasons, during which he proved to be particularly prolific, scoring over 30 goals in the Second Division. He then moved on to Angoulême, who had just completed a fine season in the top flight. He spent three seasons as a first-choice forward in the First Division, only to see them finish bottom of the table in the 1971/1972 season. Subsequently, he went East to Metz in the Lorraine region, and stayed there for a season, before helping Avignon to win promotion to the First Division in 1975. After one final year at the top level of French football, he left the South of France to return to Brittany, signing for Quimper. The Club from the Finistère region were playing the second tier at the time, and he would stay there for four seasons between 1976-1980. Aged 35, he chose to take on one final challenge, signing for Rennes, albeit he would not see much game-time there. He made a meagre four appearances during that lone season with the Red and Blacks, and took the decision to hang up his boots at the end of it. He then swapped the pitch for the dugout, as he went into coaching. He began his management career at the CEP in Lorient in 1981, and continued his apprenticeship with other Breton clubs, such as Quimper and Brest. In the years that folllowed, he would take management roles at lesser clubs, before finishing his stint in football management in Algeria with MC El Eulma between 2009-2010.