Feb 26, 1965
|Dead||Mar 17, 2022 (57 years old)|
Developed at Saint-Etienne, Jean-Luc Ribar was recruited by Stade Rennais FC in 1989 whilst playing for Quimper in the Second Division. This versatile midfielder immediately became a first-choice player under Kéruzoré alongside the likes of Goudet, Paillard and Delamontagne. Rewarded with promotion to Division 1 in his first season, he went on to demonstrate his indispensable nature in the top flight. He became a symbol of the Red and Blacks who yo-yoed between Division 1 and Division 2 (D2 in 1989/1990, D1 1990-1992, D2 1992-1994), and was still a key starting line-up member under Notheaux and Le Milinaire. Architect of the promotion campaign in 1994, scoring 3 of his 13 goals as a Rennes player, he was unable to be a part of the new era at Rennes alongside the likes of Denis, Grassi and Wiltord. After 5 apperances in the 1994/1995 season (the last of which came at the Parc des Princes in Paris in January 1995), he sustained a serious injury which kept him out of the game. Aged 30, he was forced to hang up his boots and retire from the game.