Post-career is not nicknamed the "little death" for nothing. For many top athletes, this period is very difficult to negotiate. This was the case of Stéphane Dalmat, who hung up in 2012 after having known 11 clubs, including OM, PSG, Inter Milan, Bordeaux, Sochaux and Rennes.

"At first, I enjoyed then, for nearly a year, I sank," he says in a beautiful interview with Le Parisien, published this Friday. My wife had left and I was alone in my house in Bordeaux. The former midfielder, now 44, says he "started drinking on his own" and no longer had contact in football, where he always felt "apart".

Coma and cardiac arrests

Dalmat even came close to the worst after a serious scooter accident in Bordeaux in 2017. "I was in a coma for six days and had two cardiac arrests. I almost died. After several operations and "six months in a wheelchair", he was finally able to walk again.

Now at peace, the former player, who has never confirmed all the hopes he had sown, wants to return to the environment he knows best. "I want to return to football by investing in a project to create a great football club in Tours, where I was born." After having known the first division and Ligue 2 (until 2018), Tours FC currently plays in National 3, the fifth division.

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