Christian Gourcuff

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Christian Gourcuff
Stade rennais vs USM Alger, July 16th 2016 - Christian Gourcuff 3.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-04-05) 5 April 1955 (age 61)
Place of birth Hanvec, Brittany, France
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rennes (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
2014–2016 Algeria
2016– Rennes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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

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]

Return to Rennes[edit]

Gourcuff was announced to be returning to Rennes on the 10th of May 2016. He is set to take over from manager Rolland Courbis at the end of the season.

Personal life[edit]

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.