Oct 10, 1967
|Age||53 years old|
Born in Denain, in the North of France, Jean-Christophe Cano started his footballing activity at Montceau in 1984. This solid and battling midfielder left for Grenoble in the Third Division in 1985, where he was to achieve little game-time. He was then loaned to Sète the following season, before joining Olympique de Marseille in 1987. Unfortunately, he would not make a single appearances as a professional with Marseille, playing solely in the Reserves in the Third Division, where he scored two goals in 26 appearances. On the lookout for more game-time at a higher level, he joined Stade Rennais on loan in 1988. At Rennes, he became first-choice right-back, playing 40 matches, scoring 4 times in the process, during his first season at the club, playing in the Second Division at the time. His second season with the Red and Blacks, proved to be much less prolific, his game-time severely impacted by a long-standing infection to the tibia which kept him out for months on end. When he finally returned from injury, Kéruzoré gave him a chance for the last two games of the season, which were crucial in the promotion race. On the last day of the season, he became a folk hero for Rennes fans, as it was his goal against Lorient which sealed promotion to the top flight. It was to be his final match in Rennes colours, as his loan-spell was not extended by the club. Back in Marseille in 1990, he only figured for the Reserves, scoring 7 goals in 58 appearances in the Third Division. After brief spells with Ajaccio and then Lille, he hung up his boots to become a Football Agent for players. And so, Jean-Christophe Cano only experienced top level football with Stade Rennais, where he still managed to leave a lasting, positive, impression: that of the hero of Rennes' promotion campaign.