Christophe Galtier

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Christophe Galtier
Christophe Galtier (03-08-2011).jpg
Galtier in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-08-26) 26 August 1966 (age 55)[1]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Nice (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Marseille 52 (0)
1987–1990 Lille 93 (0)
1990–1993 Toulouse 82 (0)
1993–1994 Angers 33 (1)
1994–1995 Nîmes 21 (0)
1995–1997 Marseille 62 (0)
1997–1998 Monza 24 (0)
1998–1999 Liaoning
Total 367 (1)
Teams managed
2009–2017 Saint-Étienne
2017–2021 Lille
2021– Nice
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christophe Galtier (French pronunciation: [kʁistɔf galtje]; born 26 August 1966) is a French professional football manager and former player who played as a defender. He is the head coach of Ligue 1 club Nice.

Galtier was a journeyman professional who spent many of his 15 years as a player at Marseille with spells at six other clubs, four in France and one each in Italy and China.[2]

Galtier won the Best Manager of the Year award at the Trophées UNFP du football in 2013, which he shared with Carlo Ancelotti, and again in 2019 after Lille finished in second place during the 2018–19 Ligue 1 season. He won the trophy for a third time in 2021 after guiding Lille to their fourth Ligue 1 title in club history.

Playing career[edit]

Galtier spent most of his playing career in France with his hometown club Marseille, for whom he represented in two different spells. In a fifteen-year career, he also played for Lille, Toulouse, Angers, and Nîmes in France, before ending his career with stints in Italy for Monza and with Liaoning in China.

Managerial career[edit]

Assistant coach (1999–2009)[edit]

From 1999 to 2004, Galtier was assistant coach at Marseille, Aris and Bastia. From 2004 to 2009, he worked as Alain Perrin's assistant coach at Al Ain, Portsmouth, Sochaux, Lyon and Saint-Étienne.[3]


In December 2009, Galtier was appointed the head coach of Saint-Étienne, with ASSE in danger of relegation following the departure of Alain Perrin.[4] In his first season, Galtier successfully guided ASSE to safety, finishing in 17th place. ASSE finished in the top 10 of Ligue 1 in the seven consecutive seasons of Galtier's tenure, with 4 of those seasons ending in a European place. In 2013, ASSE defeated Rennes to win the Coupe de la Ligue, their first trophy in 32 years.

On 9 May 2017, Galtier announced he would be leaving Saint-Étienne at the end of the season upon the expiration of his contract.[5] At that moment he was the longest serving Ligue 1 manager still active, having taken the reins for eight years.[6]


On 22 December 2017, Galtier became the new manager of Lille, who were at the 18th place in the league,[7] however, they eventually avoided relegation places by one point in the 2017–18 season. In the 2018–19 season, he led Lille to finish second and qualify for the next Champions League season, after a seven-year absence.[8]

During the 2020–21 season, Galtier guided Lille to their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years and the fourth in club history.[9] Galtier was praised by many pundits over the course of the season for both his tactics and his ability to develop young talent including Jonathan David, Renato Sanches, and Mike Maignan.[10][11] For his efforts, Galtier was named the Ligue 1 Manager of the Year for a third time.[10] On 25 May 2021, two days after winning the league title, he resigned as manager. He stated: "I simply have the deep belief that my time is up here."[12]


On 28 June 2021, he was appointed as the new head coach of fellow Ligue 1 club Nice.[13]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 November 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Saint-Étienne France 15 December 2009 20 May 2017 361 147 109 105 458 369 +89 040.72 [14]
Lille France 29 December 2017 25 May 2021 152 78 32 42 236 164 +72 051.32 [15]
Nice France 28 June 2021 present 14 8 3 3 25 11 +14 057.14
Total 527 233 144 150 719 544 +175 044.21









  1. ^ Gravela, Lorenzo (2011). Soccer World - Summer Edition 2010. ISBN 9781447665595.
  2. ^ Christophe Galtier prend les commandes
  3. ^ Sochaux: Galtier avec Perrin, Sport 365 Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Richard Tardy, le vrai-faux entraîneur des Verts". (in French). 7 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Christophe Galtier quitte l'AS Saint-Etienne".
  6. ^ "Christophe Galtier is Ligue 1's longest serving manager. But it's now time to go".
  7. ^ ""Accord de principe" entre Christophe Galtier et le Losc". (in French). 23 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Christophe Galtier meilleur entraîneur français de l'année 2019". (in French). 6 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Lille win Ligue 1 title as PSG battle goes down to the wire". The Athletic. 23 May 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d "Lille hold their nerve to clinch their first Ligue 1 title for a decade". The Guardian. 23 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Ligue 1 title for Lille would be miracle of Christophe Galtier's coaching". The Guardian. 22 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Christophe Galtier leaves French champions Lille two days after winning title". BBC. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Galtier named as OGC Nice Head Coach". OGC Nice. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  14. ^ "AS Saint-Étienne: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Lille OSC: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Coupe de France (Coupe Charles-Simon) 1986/87". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 May 2021.

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