Jean-Pierre Adams passes away
Paris Saint-Germain are mourning the death today of a former great. A defender for Les Rouge et Bleu and the French national team, Jean-Pierre Adams represented Paris between 1977 and 1979.
In a coma for more than 39 years, Jean-Pierre Adams had been living in the suburbs of Nîmes as hopes endured of a potential recovery, with his wife Bernadette always at his side.
Born in Senegal, Adams left the country at the age of eight. Football was his passion and he took his first steps in the game with Cepoy, before joining Montargis. In 1967, he joined fourth-tier club Fontainebleau and twice finished a runner-up in the amateur division, earning a moving to Nîmes in 1970 and turning professional. Adams proved his worth in central defence for the family-oriented side and was selected by France for a tour of Brazil, making his debut appearance against a pan-African team on 15 June 1972. He went on to win 22 caps for Les Bleus between 1972 and 1976.
After Nîmes, Adams continued his club career with Nice, before signing a three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain in 1977. His love of life, charisma and experience quickly brought respect. In 1979, he left Paris for Mulhouse and later FC Chalon-sur-Saône, where he served as player-coach. The owner of a sports shop, Adams picked up an injury while playing for Chalon and was operated under anaesthesia at Lyon Hospital on 17 March 1982, falling into a coma. Paris Saint-Germain never forgot him and took part in a jubilee held in his honour in Nîmes at the start of 1984.
Paris Saint-Germain offers heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.