#LCQ archive player #6 – Jerome Rothen

A one season wonder? Perhaps.

Jerome Rothen, fondly known as one of the stars of Monaco, as the team from the principality reached the Champions League final in 2004.

Born in 1978. Rothen is a french winger, whom attended the famous Clarefontaine National football academy, before beginning his professional career at Caen.

Rothen spent three season with the Caen first team, before leaving in 2000 for pastures new and Troyes. He spent little more than a year and a half there, before Monaco snapped him up on the opening day of the January transfer window, for €5 million. The 2003/04 season was his best to date, as AS Monaco went on a run to the Champions League final, only to lose 3-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto side. Following this season, many of the larger clubs in Europe wanted to sign Rothen, yet he plumped for Paris St Germain, his boyhood club.

He is time at PSG was less than productive, at first anyways. He was injured for the majority of the first two seasons and saw little game time. He fell out of favour with the managers of the club, and eventually found himself on the transfer list. Following rumours that manager, Guy Lacombe was on his way out, Rothen decided to stay put, as Paul Le Guen came into replace the out-going Lacombe.

Rothen finally over came his injury and became an important of a failing PSG side. When Paul Le Guen left, Rothen found himself on the fringes as Antonie Kombouare deemed him surplus to requirements. A brief loan period at Rangers followed before he moved to Turkey and Ankaragucu.

Rothen eventually found his way to Bastia, where he spent two seasons, winning Ligue 2 and the personal accolade of Ligue 2 player of the season.

Rothen can currently be found playing back at his first club Caen.

Rothen has also appeared sporadically for the French national side, winning 13 caps and scoring one goal.

Rothen playing in the Champions League final

Rothen playing in the Champions League final

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