Dominique Dropsy

Dominique Dropsy
Dominique Dropsy en 1976 (RC Strasbourg).jpg
Dropsy in 1976
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-12-09)9 December 1951
Place of birth Leuze, France
Date of death 7 October 2015(2015-10-07) (aged 63)
Place of death Bordeaux, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1961–1970 CSC Hirson
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 Valenciennes 57 (0)
1973–1984 Strasbourg 406 (0)
1984–1990 Bordeaux 186 (0)
Total 649 (0)
National team
1978–1981 France 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dominique Dropsy (9 December 1951 – 7 October 2015) was a French footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He played 596 Ligue 1 matches during 17 seasons, which stood as a record for several years, and won three national championships during his career, two with Bordeaux.[1]

Dropsy represented France at the 1978 World Cup.

Club career

Born in Leuze, Aisne, Dropsy started his senior career with Valenciennes FC. He contributed with 19 games in the 1971–72 season, helping the club return to Ligue 1 and win its first Ligue 2 championship in the process.

In the summer of 1973, Dropsy signed with RC Strasbourg. During his 11-year spell at the Stade de la Meinau, he never played in less than 31 matches, appearing in all 38 in the 1978–79 campaign as the team conquered their first-ever domestic league.[2]

Aged 34, Dropsy joined FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where he remained until his retirement always as first-choice. He won a further two national championships, and added two Coupe de France to his trophy cabinet; subsequently, he worked with his last club as a goalkeeper coach.[3]

International career

Dropsy played 17 times for the France national team, during three years. He was selected as an uncapped member for the 1978 FIFA World Cup squad, benefitting from injury to his former Strasbourg teammate André Rey; in the last group phase contest, as both countries had already been eliminated, he appeared in the 3–1 win against Hungary in Mar del Plata.[4]

Personal life

Dropsy's son, Damien (born 1983), was also a footballer and a goalkeeper. He never played the sport professionally, his biggest achievement being signing a short-term contract with Bordeaux in 2006 to serve as fourth-choice.[5][6]

In 2012, Damien played the role of a footballer in Olivier Dahan's motion picture Les Seigneurs.[7]

Health problems / Death

After suffering an aneurysm in 2005, medical exams revealed Dropsy had been struck with leukemia in March 2011.[8] After recovering initially the following year,[1] the 63-year-old died in Bordeaux on 7 October 2015.[9]


  1. ^ a b "L1 – Bordeaux: Dropsy, l'ex-gardien international, est guéri de sa leucémie" [L1 – Bordeaux: Dropsy, former international goalkeeper, cured of his leukemia]. Le Parisien (in French). 8 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Les champions de 1979, vraies stars de la journée" [1979 champions, real stars of the day]. 20 minutes (in French). 28 April 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Girondins de Bordeaux: Dominique Dropsy atteint d'une leucémie" [Girondins de Bordeaux: Dominique Dropsy has leukemia]. Sud-Ouest (in French). 31 March 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ Rauline, Nicolas (28 June 2014). "Les insolites du Mondial – 1978: le jour où les Bleus jouèrent en vert et blanc" [World Cup curios – 1978: the day where the Blues played in green and white]. Les Échos (in French). Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Top 10: J'aurais aimé avoir la carrière de mon père" [Top 10: I would have loved to have my father's career] (in French). Les Cahiers du Football. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Amélie et Damien Dropsy accompagnés par Carrasso au Virage Sud" [Amélie and Damien Dropsy accompanied by Carrasso at Virage Sud] (in French). Girondins 33. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Damien Dropsy, l'acteur" [Damien Dropsy, the actor] (in French). Chez Les Girondins. 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  8. ^ Granjou, Denis (31 March 2011). "Bordeaux: Dominique Dropsy hospitalisé pour une leucémie" [Bordeaux: Dominique Dropsy hospitalised with leukemia] (in French). RTL. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Dominique Dropsy est décédé" [Dominique Dropsy has died]. L'Équipe (in French). 7 October 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

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