Football: Bruno Martini hospitalized after cardiac arrest

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French football is holding its breath! Bruno Martini, 58, is, as revealed by the site Metropolitan, hospitalized since Monday afternoon in the intensive care unit of the Arnaud de Villeneuve hospital in Montpellier (Hérault).

The former goalkeeper of the France team (31 selections between 1987 and 1996) was found in the early afternoon in cardio-respiratory arrest in front of his car in the parking lot of the Grammont training center, in the near outskirts of Montpellier. Resuscitated on the spot thanks to the rapid intervention of the firefighters, he was transported in serious condition. He was still in intensive care that evening.

Renowned for his discretion, Bruno Martini was crowned European Champion Espoir, in 1988, within a promising generation led by Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc or Vincent Guérin …

His name remains marked with that of Auxerre, the club where he was trained. Under the authority of the iconic Guy Roux, he played in multiple European epics, playing in a semi-final of the UEFA Cup against Dortmund (1993) and winning the Coupe de France (1994) in front of his future club . He will leave the Burgundy club for that of Montpellier in 1995 where he will put an end to his career four years later.

At the end of his playing career, he joined the national technical management and set up the training of high-level goalkeepers until 2013. Holder of a coaching diploma, he also ensured alongside Pascal Baills a short interim at the head of the Montpellier team, after the resignation of Rolland Courbis in December 2015 and before the appointment of Frédéric Hantz.

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