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Jimmy Briand (born August 2, 1985 in Vitry-sur-Seine, Francemarker) is a French football player who plays as a forward. He currently plays for Rennes in Ligue 1. A graduate of the famous Clairefontainemarker academy, Jimmy also plays for the France national team. He is currently the longest serving player at Rennes having been at the club since 2001 and making his debut during the 2002–03 season.

Career

Jimmy began his career at US Ivry before joining CSF Brétigny. Following a stint there, he joined Ligue 1 side Rennes who decided to send him to the famed Clairefontaine academymarker for a year to receive further training.

While in Rennes's youth system, he won the Coupe Gambardella in 2003. During the league season, he would make his professional football debut, at the age of 17, in a match against Paris Saint-Germain coming on as a substitute wearing the number 31 shirt playing 25 minutes. The match would finish 0–0. Over the next two seasons, his play would be heavily limited only appearing in 16 league matches and scoring one goal, his first ever, against Montpellier in a 4-0 victory.

He would finally break into the first-team for the 2005–06 season appearing in 29 league matches and scoring 3 goals helping Rennes finish 7th, just one spot out of Europe. Over the next two years, his play would remain consistent primarily due to him not sustaining injuries. Despite being linked to clubs outside France, Jimmy decided to stay with Rennes for the 2008–09 season. Rennes have been a solid side in league play so far this season with Jimmy scoring 5 goals, second-best on the team.

He will miss the rest of the 2008–09 season, as well as the beginning of the 2009–10 season after rupturing his ACL while training with the French national team.

International career

Jimmy played on the under-21 team from 2004 to 2006 scoring 9 goals on 22 appearances. He was a member of the French squad that participated in the 2006 UEFA U-21 Championship helping France reach the semi-finals before losing to the Netherlands.

Jimmy received his first call-up to the senior side in May 2007 for France's Euro 2008 qualification matches against Ukraine and Georgia. He would not make his debut in those matches. On October 11, 2008, he made his international debut against Romania in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match that ended in a 2–2 draw.

References

  1. PSG v. Rennes Match Report
  2. Briand 'disaster' for Rennes


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