Philippe Troussier

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Date of birth (1955-03-21) 21 March 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Paris, France
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Angoulême
1977–1978 Red Star 93
1978–1981 Rouen
1981–1983 Stade de Reims
Teams managed
1983–1984 INF Vichy
1984–1987 CS Alençon
1987–1989 Red Star 93
1989 Créteil
1989–1992 ASEC Mimosas
1993 Côte d'Ivoire
1994 Kaizer Chiefs
1994–1995 CA Rabat
1995–1997 FUS Rabat
1997 Nigeria
1997–1998 Burkina Faso
1998 South Africa
1998–2002 Japan
2003–2004 Qatar
2004–2005 Marseille
2005 Morocco
2008–2010 Ryūkyū
2011–2013 Shenzhen Ruby
2014–2014 CS Sfaxien of Tunisia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Philippe Omar Troussier[1] (born 21 March 1955 in Paris) is a French football manager and a former professional player. After a modest playing career within the French leagues he moved into management where he started out within the lower echelons of French football, however it was his move to Ivorian team ASEC Mimosas where he started to distinguish himself as a manager after winning several league titles with them.[2] This would soon see him have a long association with African football and particularly their national teams, with Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa and Burkina Faso being teams he managed. His international management career would continue with Japan where he had a successful spell with them by winning the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, since then he has returned to club management and is currently the manager of Chinese football team Shenzhen Ruby. In june 2014 he signed for css (club sportif sfaxien) in Tunisia.

On 28 September 2014, Troussier quit CS Sfaxien of Tunisia [3]


Coaching career[edit]

Troussier is known as the "White Witch Doctor" for his success with African club teams such as Asec Abidjan of the Côte d'Ivoire and the national teams of Nigeria, South Africa and Burkina Faso. Troussier is also known as a coach for his time spent with the Japanese national team.

Troussier coached Japanese national team from 1998 to 2002, winning the 2000 Asian Cup, placing second at the 2001 Confederations Cup and made the round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup. He also coached the Japanese team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney to a fifth-place finish and 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship runner-up.

He was the head coach of the Moroccan national team, having taken over after the country's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. However, he was fired after only two months in charge by the Moroccan FA due to a difference in opinion.

In March 2008, he returned to Japan to manage FC Ryūkyū a Japanese third division team before he was replaced by compatriot Jean Paul Rabier.

On 22 February 2010, he arrived in China and contracted with Shenzhen Ruby F.C., a Chinese Super League (CSL) team who won the first CSL champion in 2004, as team manager for a three-year deal.

Troussier is widely believed to be the first-choice replacement as coach of the Malaysia national football team after the Football Association of Malaysia didn't renew former coach K. Rajagopal's contract after it expired in December 2013. He was said to have agreed a MYR5 million annual salary with the FAM.[4] However, the deal was later fall through when he faced some disagreements with the Football Association of Malaysia.[5]

On 30 June 2014, French coach Philippe Troussier became manager of CS Sfaxien of Tunisia [6]

Honors and awards[edit]

ASEC Mimosas
Japan national team


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  2. ^ "Troussier: Africa is the heart of the game". 21 November 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
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  4. ^ Ajitpal Singh (14 January 2014). "Troussier wants Malaysia". New Straits Times. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Zulhilmi Zainal (31 January 2014). "Phillippe Troussier deal falls through". Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
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