Jun 8, 1979
|Age||42 years old|
Tofilou Maoulida was signed during the Winter transfer window in 2002 in a context where Gourcuff’s team was unable to convert its ball possession into goals. Even if Fabiano had returned from a loan spell, Stade Rennais brought in the striker from Montpellier in a deal worth 3.8 Million Euros. After a relatively quiet second half to the season, scoring 2 goals, the player nicknamed “Filou” became first-choice in the 2002/2003 season under Bergeroo, and then Halilhodzic. But despite scoring three decisive goals in the League, it was in the French Cup where the attacker, who hailed from Mayotte, found the net 5 times to take his side to a prestigious semi-final against Auxerre (1-2). Loaned to Metz in the 2003/2004 season, he scored 12 times, but returned to find himself a bit-part player under Bölöni. However he finished the season as first-choice in a team which had very much an attack-oriented philosophy, along with the likes of Frei, Monterrubio and Källström, and he was a key player in the qualification for European competition (7 goals in Ligue 1). At the end of his contract, he joined Monaco in June 2005.