His versatility came in handy as he was deployed at right back, centre back and in midfield. However, his temperament was a problem and during the Frenchman's playing career he was involved in clashes with two high profile midfielders turned managers.
In 1999 he threw an elbow into Pep Guardiola's face in a 1-1 Champions League draw with Barcelona at Camp Nou.
And a year later he received a three-game ban for clattering Diego Simeone in a fiery encounter Champions League encounter against Lazio.
The current Atletico Madrid boss needed six stitches but Grimandi escaped punishment owing to the fact referee Helmut Krug missed what looked like a forearm smash.
"It was not a punch," he said after the game. "I caught him with the flat of my hand because I was trying to push him away when he pulled my shirt and held me."
The match ended 1-1 and Simeone returned to the pitch with a bandaged head after being treated.
In addition, Lazio's Sinisa Mihajlovic was banned for two games "as a result of sustained racist insults directed at Arsenal FC players throughout the match."