Born Paris, 1890
International (11 caps)
Clubs : Patronage Olier, Red Star, Caen.
The best pre-Great War centre forward in France, Maes scored the majority of his goals with headers. He took part in the first ever victory for France over Italy, scoring three goals in the process, and was capped three times for his country playing at Saint-Ouen. Here he scored ten times in five games, including five goals against Luxemburg. International:
Born in 1904
International ( 6 caps)
Clubs : Sète, Red Star (1932-1935), Strasbourg
Superb athlete, defended the cause whatever the odds. Struck fear into the hearts of his adversaries. Excellent communicator with his colleagues, builder of morale and a leader of men. Met a typically heroic end at Sens the 15th June 1940 when, made prisoner of war, he attempted to escape and despite single-handedly tackling his guardians, he fell under a hail of bullets. His book, "Football quand tu nous tiens" rests with us as a souvenir of a remarkable man. International :
Born 8th July 1937 in Saint-Denis
Clubs : Red Star (1946-1959), Fontainebleau, Forbach, Red Star (1961-1966), Boulogne. Manzano, a rugged product of Red Star spent most of his career with the club. He started as a junior in 1946 and eventually captained the side. His career path resembles that of another Red Star player, Rafaël Vasquez-Garcia who started with the club in 1978 and stayed until 1998. Loyalty seldom seen nowadays, where players change clubs virtually every season.
Born Pithiviers, 10th January 1974
Clubs : PSG, Red Star (1989-1996), Auxerre.
Steve, the " son " of Red Star 93. The adolescent nurtured by Red Star 93 has now developed into the player we all know. At Saint-Ouen, from his days in the under-17's, he showed us his qualities, alongside Ted Agasson, then in the reserves before making his mark on the second division. François Gil, Patrice Lecornu and Robert Herbin set Steve on his path to the division one.Robert Herbin gave him his debut on the 7th of March 1992, coming on as a twenty-fifth minute substitute for Samuel Michel. In front of the cameras of Eurosport he scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory at Valenciennes on the 31st March the same year.
Steve played an important role in the last major cup run, in 1992, when Red Star reached the quarter final against Cannes. Playing alongside Safet Susic, opposite was another young hopefule, Zinedine Zidane.
Formed a formidable pertnership with Samuel Michel, Didier Thimothée, and also with Ted Agasson, then Samuel Boutal.
Scored forty one goals, including 16 in 1995-96 with Red Star. Also played in the Under-21's tournament at Toulon.
His last match at Stade Bauer was against Charleville, the 17th May 1996, and his presence was marked by " Thank You Steve " banners from the supporters in the stands. Transferred to Auxerre, where after a couple of weeks of adaptation, Guy Roux handed him his chance and Steve exploded into the minds of the general public one night in a European Cup match against Ajax Amsterdam, the 21st November 1996. Guy Roux compared him to another great young player, none other than Ronaldo.
Hampered by a series of injuries, Steve spent a long time on the sidelines, before this season, where alongside Guivarc'h and Diomède, he starred in Auxerres' impressive start to the campaign. Steve thus has underllined his claims for a spot in the national team. At the end of 19999, for ninety matches in D1, Steve has found the net twenty one times.
Born Paris, 16th June 1953
Clubs : Nogent, Red Star (1979-1983), Nogent
Christian was the goalscorer whos exploits helped in the re-birth of the club. His fifty-eight goals in four season enabled the club to climb from parks' leagues up to the third division. Top club for four successive seasons, in DH, fourth, third and second divisions. Was a regular at Stade Bauer after hanging up his boots to watch his beloved Red Star.
Born 26th November at Cormenon
Clubs : CA Montreuil, Red Star (1967-1968), Rouen, Bordeaux, Red Star (1973-1975)
André Mérelle was a cornerstone of the Red Star defence. He deserved to have been capped by the national team, but unfortunately managed only to make the 'B' team. In his last year at Saint-Ouen, 1974-75 he moved from being player to being player-coach, taking over the reins from José Farias. After Red Star Mérelle was in charge of works sport with Renault before becoming one of the coaches at the National Football Institute at Clairefontaine, for the under-15's. Niclas Anelka is one of the products of the INF.
Born Puteaux, 25th May 1960
Clubs : Meaux, Paris SG, Cannes, Paris SG, Auxerre, Niort, Red Star 93 (1990-1992)
Under-21 international goalkeeper, Franck Mérelles' career was blighted by a serious injury. With Red Star he enjoyed a flying start to the season before cruelly another injury ruined things. The injury finally put paid to his career.
Born Lons-le-Saulnier, 28th April 1970
Defender or defensice midfielder
Clubs : Saint-Etienne, Annecy, Red Star 93 (1993-1997), Louhans-Cuiseaux
Nicolas joined Red Star at the behest of Pierre Repellini who had been his mentor at Saint-Etienne. A multi-role player, his flexibility was a real bonus to any side. His moment of fame will remain the winning goal he scored at Toulouse, seconds from the end of a match on the 29th October 1994. Also involved in one of the most spectacular Red Star goals, ironically against Saint-Etienne in 1997, where his long pass was headed on by Samuel Boutal for Yannick Le Saux to unleash an unstoppable volley from twenty yards out.
Born Amiens, 11th February 1971
Clubs : Garges, Red Star (1988-1994), Rennes, Caen, Sochaux, Rennes, Red Star (1997-1999), Guingamp.
To the regulars of Stade Bauer, Samy represents the archetypal second division centre-forward. His career progress relects this, too. Top D2 marksman still playing, he has notched up 155 goals including 73 with " his club ". Alongside his teammates Steve Marlet and Didier Thimothée, he was part of a formidable strike force en 1992-93 and 1993-94, scoring forty goals himself. Unfortunately Red Star just missed out on promotion to the big time during these two seasons.
He did have a brief taste of D1 in 1994, featuring on a number of occasions with Rennes, and after a stint at Caen then Sochaux where he was D2 top scorer for the season by far he returned to Rennes. During his period of National Service he was part of Roger Lemerres' army team. During season 1997-98 he returned to his roots at Saint-Ouen and helped the Audoniens to finish the season strongly. His return coincided with the rekindled ambitions of Red Star with hopes of playing at the Stade de France and top-flight football. However, the situation turned sour, broken dreams after a hopeful start to the season. Samy quit Red Star for Guingamp after his last match in green against Salbris in the Cup. His second spell thus ended on a down note, but for the true supporter Samy will always be the goal machine of Saint-Ouen.
Born Paris, 4th August 1900
International (5 caps)
Clubs : Club Français, Red Star (1919-1920), Olympique de Paris, Strasbourg, Nice, Saint-Raphaël, Montpellier, Joyeuses d'Oran. A muscular half back capable of running round all day and never running out of breath. Was capped seventeen times in the Paris football XI. International :
Born 18th July 1939 in Asuncion (Paraguay)
Paraguayan international (18 caps)
Clubs : Serro Portejo (Paraguay), Flamengo (Brésil), Conception (Paraguay), Toulouse, Red Star (1967-1979)
A long career with Red Star which started with the unlikely merger of the club with Toulouse FC. This centre-half was built like a brick out-house and was difficult to get past. He had some notable tangles with the Marseillais Joseph Skoblar. In 1968 he had the misfortune to break the leg of team-mate Fleury Di Nallo. After his paying career, he became reserve team coach before becoming the first-ever player coach of the re-born club in 1978, in the Division d'Honneur.
Born 25th May 1937 in Cruetzwald (Moselle)
Winger, later defender
Clubs : Carling, Forbach, Roubaix, Bordeaux, Nancy, Red Star (64-69).
Before arriving at Red Star (1964-1969), his professional career led hime from Forbach at Nancy, passing by Roubaix and Bordeaux
Solid, rapid, lively, he could hit the ball with both feet as well as the head. He was a lively spirit in the side and was a regular in the starting eleven, playing in many different positions .