Bixente Lizarazu is a former French professional footballer who played as a defender. Born on December 9, 1969, he began playing for France and later played in Spain and Germany.
Bixente played for youth club, Les Eglantins Hendaye, he has always possessed great speed and attacking ability, despite being a defender.
He made his debut for France in November 1992. Beginning his career at Caen, he later shifted to FC Girondins Bordeaux in 1989.
He represented the national team 96 times and was a part of the French squads that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and EURO 2000.
Rise to glory
His career was at its peak in 2001 when his team won DFB Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, Bundesliga title and the Champions League for Bayern Munich and he played a significant role in all these.
His career graph decelerated in 1997-98 due to an injury but he recovered quickly and came back stronger than ever, winning the World Cup in 1998 contributing a goal towards the win.
Lizarazu made his Ligue 1 debut in 1989, for FC Girondins Bordeaux. He played in the UEFA Cup in 1990 until 1995 for FC Girondins Bordeaux.
He has played in the Champions League (1997 until 2006) for Bayern Munich. He has played for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga 1996.
Apart from this, he has been a part of national cup competitions like DFB-Pokal for Bayern Munich since 1997 until 2005.
Lizarazu retired on July 1, 2006. He played his last match on 13 May, 2006 for Bayern Munich.