Christian Gourcuff

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Christian Gourcuff
FC Lorient - June 27th 2013 training - Christian Gourcuff 11.JPG
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-04-05) 5 April 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth Hanvec, Brittany, France
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Algeria (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Rennes
1974–1978 Berné
1978–1980 Guingamp
1980–1981 Rouen
1981–1982 La Chaux-de-Fonds
1982–1986 Lorient
1986–1989 Le Mans
1989 Montreal Supra
National team
1988 Brittany indoor 1
Teams managed
1982–1986 Lorient
1986–1989 Le Mans
1989–1991 Pont-L'Abbé
1991–2001 Lorient
2001–2002 Rennes
2002–2003 Al-Ittihad
2003–2014 Lorient
2014– Algeria

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Christian Gourcuff (born 5 April 1955) is a French football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of the Algeria national football team.

Club career[edit]

During his play career, Gourcuff played for Stade Rennais, US Berné, EA Guingamp, FC Rouen, FC La Chaux-de-Fonds, Lorient, Le Mans and Montreal Supra.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Gourcuff coached Lorient, Le Mans, Pont-L'Abbé, Stade Rennais and Al-Ittihad, and is considered in France as a shrewd tactician with a strong commitment to attacking football and an eye for young talent. Gourcuff is thus widely credited with having overseen the progress of youngsters such as Jérémy Morel, André-Pierre Gignac, Kevin Gameiro, Morgan Amalfitano, Michael Ciani, Christophe Jallet, Laurent Koscielny, Bruno Ecuele Manga and Lamine Koné. On 25 May Gourcuff left Lorient, as manager.[2]


On August 4, 2014, Gourcuff was officially unveiled as the new head coach of the Algeria national football team, taking over the vacant spot left by the departure of Vahid Halilhodžić.[3] On February 3, 2015, Gourcuff was given a new deal despite Algeria's quarter-final exit at the Africa Cup of Nations. [4]


His son, Yoann,[5] is also a professional footballer who is currently playing with Rennes and a French International who competed in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.