Aug 17, 1973
|Age||49 years old|
Transferred from Marseille in 2007, Mickaël Pagis was brought in to give a touch of class and goalscoring ability to a team which had qualified for the UEFA Cup. He struggled at first with competition from Wiltord and Briand, but scored his first goal against Le Mans in a 3-0 win in October. The native of Angers rose to prominence in a supporting role to the centre forward as of the month of December when Lacombe came in to replace Dréossi as First Team Manager. After scoring just 2 goals in the first half of the season, Pagis managed 10 in the second half, each one better than the previous. In the 2008/2009 season, Pagis was first-choice, and supplied multiple assists for the likes of Sow and Briand in attack. His moment of glory came on 5th October 2008 in a 3-0 beating of bogey-side Lyon thanks to a hat-trick which was described simply as “Pagistral”. As of March 2009, Lacombe became less and less enamoured with Pagis' unconventional style, and didn’t pick him for the French Cup Final. After a 2009/2010 season in the shadows under Antonetti, he hung up his boots at the end of an illustrious career, and turned his attention to Beach Soccer and coaching attackers.