Domenech in 2007
|Full name||Raymond Manuel Albert Domenech|
|Date of birth||24 January 1952|
|Place of birth||Lyon, France|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right, Left Full back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
2006 World Cup
On 12 July 2004, Domenech was a surprise choice to succeed Jacques Santini after the country's disappointing exit from UEFA Euro 2004 by losing in the quarter-final match to the eventual tournament-upset winners Greece. He was given the objective by the FFF to reach "at least" the 2006 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.
France struggled in the qualifiers, even though the team was seeded in a group that included the relatively unheralded teams of Israel and Switzerland. The Republic of Ireland were France's main contenders in the group, and looked like contributing to France's exit until Zinédine Zidane returned to inspire France[neutrality is disputed] to a 1–0 win at Landsdowne Road, ultimately ending the hopes of the Irish. Domenech had to force Claude Makélélé, Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane, members of France's "golden generation," out of international retirement to aid the national team to eventually qualify. The general consensus in France, however, was that France was too dated a side to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup, despite the return of their cherished talisman, Zidane.
Finals in Germany
France had a slow start in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, recording draws against Switzerland and South Korea before finally defeating Togo. However, France turned the corner after the victory against Togo and started to play passing possession football, as it had in its triumphs in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. They shone in the knockout rounds, which included impressive victories over favoured Spain, Brazil, and Portugal. France lost the final to Italy in a penalty shootout following a 1–1 draw after extra time.
Recalled golden generation veterans Zidane and Thuram earned spots on the All-Star Team, with Zidane being awarded the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament despite receiving a red card in the final (the voting was done before Zidane received the red card).
On 27 August 2007, Claude Makélélé's club manager, José Mourinho, stated that Domenech was treating Makélélé "like a slave," since Domenech had called him up for Euro 2008 qualifiers even though Makélélé had announced his retirement after the 2006 World Cup. Domenech responded, "As long as he can walk, he will play. I have the right to pick him." A 3–0 shutout of Georgia and a 3–1 defeat of Italy in the first Euro 2008 qualifiers took France back to the top of the ELO rankings. France ended up last in their UEFA Euro 2008 Group C and failed to advance in the tournament after losing to Italy 0–2.
World Cup 2010
France qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup only after defeating the Republic of Ireland in a play-off. The game was controversial, as an offside Thierry Henry handled the ball before setting up William Gallas to score the winning goal.
In the first game of the finals, France drew with Uruguay 0–0. Following their draw with Uruguay, Zidane described Domenech as having lost control of the team. The draw was then followed by a 2–0 defeat to Mexico, during which striker Nicolas Anelka reportedly directed an expletive-laden tirade at Domenech. Anelka would be dismissed from the team the next day. The day after Anelka's dismissal, team captain Patrice Evra and team trainer Robert Duverne had a heated confrontation that caused Domenech to physically restrain Duverne; the players responded by returning to the team bus and refusing to continue with practice. After the French Football Federation condemned the player boycott, the team returned to practice without further incident. France's World Cup campaign ended with a 2–1 defeat to South Africa, meaning Les Bleus finished at the bottom of Group A. Domenech bowed out by refusing to shake the hand of South Africa's coach in the final game, Carlos Alberto Parreira.
- 1969–1977: played for Lyon. Won Coupe de France in 1973.
- 1977–1981: played for Strasbourg. Won Championnat de France in 1979.
- 1981–1982: played for Paris Saint-Germain
- 1982–1984: played for Bordeaux. Won Coupe de France in 1984.
- 1984: retired at the end of a playing career which saw him earn 8 international caps.
- 1985–1989: a year after retiring, moved into management of Mulhouse
- 1989–1993: manager of Lyon
- 1993–2004: manager of French youth team
- 2004–2010: manager of the French national team
- 2010: manager of the under-11s youth team at Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|1981–82||Paris Saint-Germain||Division 1||19||1||-|
- "Domenech pegs Le Guen, Giresse as contenders for his replacement". CBC News. 3 February 2010.
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- "Domenech rekindles Makelele row". BBC News. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Zinedine Zidane: France are not a team and Raymond Domenech is 'not a coach'". Daily Mail (London). 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.[dead link]
- Agence France-Presse (20 June 2010). "French football in chaos after players' mutiny". Google. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- "World Cup 2010: Nicolas Anelka sent home after bust-up". BBC Sport. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "Communiqué de la Fédération". French Football Federation (fff.fr). 19 June 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- "Communiqué de la FFF" (Press release) (in French). French Football Federation. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- (French) Domenech, Raymond (2010). Sexe, foot, royalties - Entretiens avec Estelle, la fausse interview. Nova éditions. ISBN 978-2-36015-001-4.
- (French) Domenech, Raymond (2012). Tout seul. Flammarion. ISBN 978-2-08-126447-2.
- Raymond Domenech profile at footballdatabase.eu