Lamouchi started his professional career with Alès in France. During his time there, he impressed Auxerre and played with them for four years. He then went on to join Monaco before being snapped up by Parma of Italy. Even though he had an average season, he was again on the move this time to Italian giants Internazionale. He also struggled there, and failed to win a place in the team.
Lamouchi had a spell at Genoa before joining Olympique de Marseille on loan the following year. In January 2006, the loan deal was made a permanent move. He played for Olympique de Marseille for six further months, until he announced that he was leaving the club on September 18, 2006, although his contract ran until June 2007.
Lamouchi was capped 12 times and scored one goal for the French national team. He made his debut in 1996 and was a member of the French European Championship squad the same year. He was in France's preliminary squad of 28 players for the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil. However he was one of 6 players axed by head coach Aime Jacquet just before the tournament began. France went on to be victorious in the tournament and become national heroes.
In May 2012, he became manager of Côte d'Ivoire national team, his first managerial position. The Elephants qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ranked 23rd at the time - highest ranked in Africa - and started their group play with a 2:1 victory over Japan. That was followed by a 2:1 loss to group favorite Colombia. On his last game as Côte d'Ivoire's manager, he and his team lost 2-1 against Greece and they eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. The team features stars such as Yaya Touré, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Didier Drogba. Lamouchi resigned from the position following Les Elephants' exit from the competition.
Sabri Lamouchi is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.