Jean-Claude Darcheville

Jean-Claude Jacques Ducan Darcheville (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ klod dykɑ̃ daʁʃ(ə)vil]; born 25 July 1975) is a French former professional footballer who played as a striker. He played for various clubs in France, England, Scotland, and Greece.

Jean-Claude Darcheville
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Darcheville in 2005
Personal information
Full name Jean-Claude Jacques Ducan Darcheville[1]
Date of birth (1975-07-25) 25 July 1975 (age 44)[2]
Place of birth Sinnamary, French Guiana
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Sinnamary 9 (1)
1995–1999 Rennes 42 (5)
1998–1999Nottingham Forest (loan) 16 (2)
1999–2002 Lorient 102 (44)
2002–2007 Bordeaux 131 (37)
2007–2009 Rangers 38 (13)
2009 Valenciennes 10 (4)
2009–2010 Nantes 27 (6)
2010–2011 Kavala 9 (2)
Total 384 (114)
National team
1993 France U21 1 (0)
2012–2014 French Guiana 7 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In December 2012, he represented French Guiana at the 2012 Caribbean Cup.


Early careerEdit

Darcheville was born in Sinnamary, French Guiana.[2] He began his professional career in France at Rennes. He played his first game for Rennes in a 3–1 defeat to Monaco in 1995. He spent three seasons at Rennes, scoring five goals in 42 matches.[citation needed]

He then joined English Premier League club Nottingham Forest on loan for a season but failed to settle, scoring only two goals in 16 matches. He was still coming to terms with the death of his wife and children in a car accident in 1998.[4]

Return to FranceEdit

After a disappointing season in England, Darcheville decided to continue his career in France and joined Lorient. He spent three seasons with Lorient, scoring 44 goals in 102 matches, including the winning goal in the Coupe de France as Lorient beat Bastia 1–0.[5] He was also on the losing side in the Coupe de la Ligue final as Lorient lost 3–0 to Bordeaux.[citation needed]

When Lorient were relegated from the top-flight Ligue 1, Darcheville joined Bordeaux. During the previous season, he had scored 19 goals in 32 matches for the doomed Lorient and his good form continued for Bordeaux, where he scored 11 league goals in his first season. Overall, he scored 37 goals in 131 league games and netted seven goals in European competition.[citation needed]


Darcheville signed a two-year contract with Scottish side Rangers on 9 May 2007 to join the club on 1 July. He was signed by Walter Smith, after Rangers' two previous managers, Alex McLeish and Paul Le Guen, were also linked with him.[4] Darcheville made his Rangers debut against Montenegrin side Zeta on 31 July 2007, in a 2–0 victory.[6] He then went on to score his first and second goals for the club in a match against Falkirk on 18 August 2007.[7]

On 12 December 2007, in Rangers' final "make-or-break" 2007–08 UEFA Champions League match against Lyon, Darcheville missed an open goal from five yards out and was later sent off for stamping on Kim Källström.[8] He later received a three match suspension for this offence and missed the UEFA Cup third round tie against Panathinaikos (Rangers would eventually go through to the next round on the away goals rule after drawing 1–1 in Athens) and was also unavailable for the first leg of the last-16 clash with German side Werder Bremen. Darcheville did, however, score away from home in the next round against Sporting CP, and helped Rangers defeat Fiorentina to reach the final against Zenit Saint Petersburg. Rangers lost the final 2–0; the game was Darcheville's only full match for the club.[9] Darcheville scored his first goal of the 2008–09 season, and his first in six months for Rangers, against Aberdeen on 22 November in a 2–0 win at Ibrox. This was to prove to be his last goal for the Ibrox club, but a vital goal at that.[citation needed]

Later careerEdit

Darcheville left Rangers on 1 January 2009 to join Valenciennes in France.[10]

On 7 August 2009, Nantes signed Darcheville on a free transfer until the end of the 2009–10 season.[11]

On 28 August 2010, Darcheville signed a one-year contract for Kavala of Greece.[citation needed]






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    "Jean-Claude Ducan Barcheville". BFM Business (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Jean-Claude Darcheville". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Jean-Claude Darcheville: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Rangers sign striker Darcheville". BBC Sport. 8 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Bastia 0–1 Lorient". L'Équipe. Paris. 11 May 2002. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Rangers 2–0 FK Zeta". BBC Sport. 31 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Rangers 7–2 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 18 August 2007.
  8. ^ "Darcheville rues spurned chance". BBC Sport. 13 December 2007.
  9. ^ "Darcheville given three-match ban". BBC Sport. 16 January 2007.
  10. ^ "Rangers Striker Darcheville Agrees Valenciennes Move". 12 December 2008. Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  11. ^ Nantes : Officiel pour Darcheville
  12. ^ Lindsay, Clive (24 May 2008). "Queen of the South 2–3 Rangers: Report". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  13. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (16 March 2008). "Dundee Utd 2–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  14. ^ Lindsay, Clive (14 May 2008). "Zenit St Petersburg 2–0 Rangers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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