Mar 9, 1955
|Age||68 years old|
Born in Rennes, Jean-Luc Arribart joined the Stade Rennais Academy in 1968, aged 13. Primarily a defender by trade, but also deployed in midfield, he played in all the youth team categories for the Red and Blacks, notably winning the French FA Cup (Coupe Gambardella) in 1973 alongside the likes of Pierrick Hiard and Christian Gourcuff. His professional playing career started in earnest in 1974, making a handful of appearances in the First Division, before becoming a First Team regular as of 1975, even becoming Rennes' club captain in the 1977/1978 season. After four seasons at the club, two of which were in the top flight, Arribart was offloaded to Laval in 1978 in an attempt to reduce the playing budget at Rennes. He rapidly established himself as a starter with the Orange and Blacks, and spent three seasons in Division One with them. In 1981, he signed for Reims in the Second Division on a three-year deal. He returned to First Division football with Nancy between 1984-1986. He ended his professional career with a final season at US Orléans in Division Two for the 1986/1987 season. His final tally was over 380 matches as a professional footballer. After that, he played amateur football with Léopards Saint André in La Réunion, and then Châlons sur Marne where he finally hung up his boots. After a convincing playing career, he turned his attentions to working in the media, working as a pundit and even commentator on major channels such as Canal Plus, TF1 and Eurosport. Arribart also occupied the role of Director of Football at RC Lens from December 1999-October 2000, and then more recently, on 8th November 2021, he became General Manager of FC Versailles 78.