Aimé Jacquet

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Aimé Jacquet
Aime Jacquet portrait.jpg
Jacquet in 2005
Personal information
Full name Aimé Étienne Jacquet
Date of birth (1941-11-27) 27 November 1941 (age 73)
Place of birth Sail-sous-Couzan, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1958–1960 Sail-sous-Couzan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1973 Saint-Étienne 192 (23)
1973–1975 Lyon 22 (2)
Total 214 (25)
National team
1968 France 2 (0)
Teams managed
1976–1980 Lyon
1980–1989 Bordeaux
1989–1990 Montpellier
1990–1991 Nancy
1993–1998 France
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aimé Étienne Jacquet (French pronunciation: ​[e.me ʒa.kɛ]; born 27 November 1941) is a retired French football coach and former player. He was manager of the France national football team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Biography[edit]

Aimé Jacquet was born in Sail-sous-Couzan, Loire. He began his career as an amateur player for his local club, US Couzan, while working in a factory. Scouted by Saint-Étienne, he joined Les Verts in 1960. One of the most successful clubs of the time, Saint-Étienne, won an impressive five league titles and three French Cups in his 11 years with the club. He also played for the national side, but his international career failed to take off because Les Bleus performed poorly during his years on the team. In 1973, he left Saint-Étienne for bitter regional rivals Olympique Lyonnais, where he ended his career as a player.

A "provisional" manager[edit]

Jacquet worked as a manager for clubs around France and gained an impressive list of accolades for Bordeaux during the 1980s, leading them to three league titles, two French Cups, two European semi-finals and one-quarter-final. Dismissed by President Claude Bez in 1989, he left Bordeaux to hone his managerial skills with more modest teams like Montpellier and Nancy.

In 1991, he accepted a position with the National Technical Training Centre (Direction Technique Nationale).

In 1992, he was appointed the assistant to then national team manager Gérard Houllier.

After the French national team was knocked out of the running for the 1994 FIFA World Cup by Israel and Bulgaria, Jacquet was made the manager of the national team, but only provisionally. After a promising series of friendly matches (notably a victory over Italy in Naples in February 1994), his provisional status was upgraded to permanent.

Jacquet initially selected Eric Cantona as captain and made him the team's playmaker. Cantona had successfully restarted his career in the FA Premier League and was playing some of the best football of his career, but he kicked a Crystal Palace fan in January 1995, which earned him a year-long suspension from all international matches.

As Cantona was the key playmaker, Jacquet was forced to make major changes to the team in the wake of his suspension. Jacquet revamped the squad with some new blood and built it around Zinedine Zidane and other younger players, while dropping Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin, and David Ginola. Jacquet's choice of players for the tournament caused some fans to grit their teeth but he succeeded in helping France qualify for the Euro 96.

Making it all the way to the semi-finals, Les Bleus managed to show they could survive without veterans such as Papin, Cantona, or Ginola. Jacquet himself stated that the team had done well without Cantona, and that he wanted to keep faith with the players who had taken them so far.[2] The team's good showing in Euro 96 meant that Jacquet stayed in the media's good graces, for the time-being.

From doubt to victory[edit]

In the months that followed the Euro 96, Jacquet honed his team's skills in a series of friendly matches. He adopted a very defensive strategy and made fans anxious because his team never seemed to develop a definitive offensive tactic. The press began to attack the team manager, calling his methods "paleolithic" and claiming that the team had no hope for the World Cup. Jacquet, taciturn by nature, did not rise to the baiting, preferring to concentrate on helping his team rather than playing the media game.

In June 1997 at Le Tournoi, cries of "Resign!" could be heard from the stadium as the French team finished third behind England and Brazil, only coming out ahead of Italy by virtue of goal difference. The press continued to label Jacquet incompetent.

The media's distrust of Jacquet reached fever pitch in May 1998 when, instead of a list of 22 players meant to play in the World Cup, Jacquet gave a list of 28 players, causing the sports daily L'Équipe to write an editorial arguing that Jacquet was not the right man to lead the French team to victory.

However, all that changed when the team began to play in the play-off rounds for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It was clear that though Jacquet's team was far from being the most flamboyant in French history, it was a perfectly well-oiled machine that neither injury, nor expulsions, nor suspensions, managed to stop. On 12 July 1998, France soundly beat Brazil 3–0 in the Final. Key to the victory was when Jacquet pointed out to his players that Brazilian marking at set-pieces was somewhat suspect, and Zidane headed two goals in from corner kicks.[3]

The evening of the victory, Jacquet announced that he was leaving his position as manager of the French national team.[4] He then became technical director of French football in August 1998, a position which he held until his retirement in December 2006.[5]

Statistics[edit]

Jacquet (top row, second left) with the AS Saint-Étienne Le Championnat winning team of 1968.

[1][6]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Other[n 1] Total
1960–61 Saint-Étienne Division 1 2 1 0 0 2 1
1961–62 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962–63 Division 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
1963–64 Division 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 6 0
1964–65 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1965–66 27 2 1 0 28 2
1966–67 36 5 2 0 38 5
1967–68 35 3 6 0 4 1 0 0 45 4
1968–69 31 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 38 3
1969–70 23 4 8 1 3 0 1 0 35 5
1970–71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971–72 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
1972–73 29 3 4 1 33 4
1973–74 Lyon Division 1 15 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 19 3
1974–75 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Career total 214 25 28 3 13 1 4 0 259 29

[7]

France national team
Year Apps Goals
1968 2 0
Total 2 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

[1][6][8]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Lyon February 1976 July 1980 183 65 42 76 35.52
Bordeaux July 1980 February 1989 422 219 115 88 51.90
Montpellier July 1989 February 1990 25 7 5 13 28.00
Nancy July 1990 July 1991 40 12 11 17 30.00
France 17 December 1993 29 July 1998 53 34 16 3 64.15
Total 723 337 189 197 46.61

Honours[edit]

Awards[edit]

Aimé Jacquet was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998,[9][10] and was promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2007.[11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Coupe Charles Drago (1963–64) and Trophée des champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Aimé Jacquet" (in French). Pari-Et-Gagne.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ FourFourTwo Great Footballers: Eric Cantona 198.
  3. ^ "Classic Fotball: France 1998" at the Wayback Machine (archived March 13, 2007). FIFA. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Jacquet to become France technical director". ESPN Soccernet. 17 July 1998. Archived from the original on 17 April 1999. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Aimé JACQUET" (in French). FFF. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Aimé Jacquet". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jacquet, Aimé". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "French National Team coaches". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "France honors World Cup winners". CNN/SI. 1 September 1998. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  10. ^ "Décret du 13 juillet 1998 portant promotion et nomination". JORF (in French) 1998 (161): 10831. 14 July 1998. PREX9801876D. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Décret du 31 décembre 2006 portant promotion et nomination". JORF (in French) 2007 (1): 8. 2 January 2007. PREX0609790D. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 

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