|Born||Jan 3, 1978|
|Age||45 years old|
Stade Rennais FC had made two shrewd signings from Thouars (National – French 3rd Division) with the arrival of Stéphane Grégoire and Nicolas Goussé. Wanting to keep the good run going, Gérard Lefillatre (General Manager) took a chance in 1997 on Mickaël Bailly, a promising centre-forward from the club in the Poitou-Charentes region. One year of games with the Reserves in CFA (4th Division), Bailly took up the challenge of his professional contract, and joined the professional squad full-time under Manager Paul Le Guen. When Rennes hosted Sedan in October 1999, the boss had to make do without the services of El-Hadji Diouf, so he threw Mickaël Bailly in for his debut in Ligue 1. For 12 minutes, the player from Cholet took part in the biggest and most convincing win of the season (5-0), but that we to end up being his only game time at the club. Unfortunately for him, he would never get given another chance to get on the pitch in the top flight. At the end of his contract, he joined Paris FC (National) and then finished his career in the amateur clubs of the Great Western region of France.