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Grégory Wimbée

Grégory Wimbée (born 19 August 1971 in Essey-lès-Nancy) is a retired France Association football who played as a Goalkeeper (association football).

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Grégory Wimbée biography


Grégory Wimbée (born 19 August 1971 in Essey-lès-Nancy) is a retired France Association football who played as a Goalkeeper (association football).

Football career

After graduating from AS Nancy's youth system and serving a loan to Ligue 2 side OFC Charleville, Wimbée became an undisputed starter for the former, helping it achieve promotion to the Ligue 1. On 28 November 1996, in 1996–97 French Division 1, Grégory Wimbée scored a last-minute goal with Grégory Wimbée right foot, from a Corner kick, in a 1–1 home draw against RC Lens, becoming the first (and only) goalkeeper to have scored in the competition's history.

After an unassuming year with AS Cannes, Wimbée moved to Lille OSC, helping it to another promotion and into the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, the first-ever participation in UEFA Champions League for the Nord-Pas de Calais outfit. During six seasons, Grégory Wimbée was an automatic first-choice.

After two seasons and a further 67 first division matches with FC Metz, Wimbée joined Grenoble Foot 38 in 2006, playing 36 games in 2007–08 Ligue 2, a season which again ended in promotion, as Grenoble returned to the first division after a 45-year absence.

On 24 August 2009, Wimbée, aged 38, signed a one-year contract with fellow league side Valenciennes FC. During 2009–10 Ligue 1, as the club finished exactly in 10th position, Grégory Wimbée played only once, in a 1–3 home loss against FC Toulouse, on 16 January 2010, renewing Grégory Wimbée link in July for one more season.

After no additional league appearances, Wimbée retired from professional football in June 2011, two months shy of Grégory Wimbée 40th birthday.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grégory_Wimbée

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