FC Girondins de Bordeaux is ranked 6th in the all-time ranking of most honored clubs in France. The club has triumphed in the Ligue 1 six times and has also won the Coupe de France four times. Sitting in 2nd place behind Marseille, the club has been league runner-ups nine times, which is a highly impressive number. For reference, OM has finished second in the league a total of 12 times.
Bordeaux's last major trophy was in the 2008/2009 campaign when they were crowned as French champions. Since then, they've displayed consistent results, but their form has fallen off in the last couple of years. The Girondins seem to struggle with their attacking force, scoring 34 goals in 38 matches during the 2018/2019 season and 40 goals in 28 matchups in the unfinished season of 2019/2020.
Zinedine Zidane from Cannes for £7 Million in 1992 – Not many people are aware that the legendary French footballer Zidane has nearly as many matches for Bordeaux as he has for Juventus and Real Madrid. During his time with the Girondins, he won the Intertoto Cup and helped the team reach the UEFA Cup final in 1996, which they lost to Bayern Munich. Zidane was rumored to be joining a couple of English clubs at the end of his Bordeaux spell, but it was Juventus that got his signature. Not only did the Old Lady won the race for his signature, but it struck a clutch deal, buying Zidane for half of what Bordeaux had paid.
Yoann Gourcuff from AC Milan for £13.5 Million in 2009 – For the sizeable amount spent for him, Gourcuff was quick to make an impact in Bordeaux's play. He scored regularly and played a major role in winning the Ligue 1 title the year he arrived. Gourcuff was named French Footballer of the year for 2009, beating names like Thierry Henry, Franck Ribéry, and Nicolas Anelka. In 2010 he joined Olympique Lyon for £22 Million.
Malcom from Corinthians for £5 Million in 2016 – The Girondins were looking to find a replacement for striker Wahbi Kazri who was bound to leave the club in 2016, and that was Corinthians' forward Malcom. It seems like he was a perfect match for the French side. Upon joining Bordeaux, Malcom quickly became a fan favorite through his contributions to the club. This wasn't left unnoticed by some bigger teams, with Barcelona buying the player in 2018. The Catalans spend over £40 Million, eight times more than Bordeaux did two years earlier.
Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal for £5 Million in 2019 – A valuable transfer for the French club as they acquire an experienced high-end defender for a pretty reasonable price. At 35 years, Koscielny is looking towards retirement, and he decided it would be best to play out the remainder of his career in France. The ex-Arsenal center-back has over 250 appearances for the Gunnars, and although he may not be in his prime, he has a lot to contribute to Bordeaux's squad.