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Frank Lebœuf was born on January 22, 1968, in Marseille. He grew up in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, a village in Provence. His father, owner of an artisanal plumbing and heating company, is also the coach of the village youth football team. The future was mapped out and at the instigation of his father Frank started football.

The young athlete then made his debut at the SC Toulon training center. However, some time later, the club encountered financial concerns which forced it to separate from several of its young players, including Frank Leboeuf. The latter then made an attempt at the Olympique de Marseille which ended in failure. He finally joined the Hyères Football Club then CS Meaux, where he played in D3. Until then semi-professional, it was in August 1988, that he played his first match in Division 1 at the Stade Levallo...

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