Claude Le Roy

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Claude Le Roy
Personal information
Full name Claude Marie François Le Roy
Date of birth (1948-02-06) 6 February 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Bois-Normand-près-Lyre, France
Playing position Manager
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1970 Rouen
1970–1973 Ajaccio
1973–1977 Avignon Foot 84
1977–1980 Laval
1980–1981 Amiens
Teams managed
1980–1983 Amiens
1983–1985 Grenoble
1985 Al-Shabab
1985–1988 Cameroon
1989–1992 Senegal
1994–1995 Malaysia
1998 Cameroon
1999–2000 Strasbourg
2002–2003 Shanghai Cosco
2004 Cambridge United
2004–2006 DR Congo
2006–2008 Ghana
2008–2011 Oman
2011 Syria
2011–2013 DR Congo
2013–2015 Congo

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

† Appearances (goals)

Claude Marie François Le Roy (born 6 February 1948) is a French football manager and former player, who gained prominence at international level as coach to the Senegal and Ghana national teams.[1] In 2008, he signed a deal with the Omani national football team and in 2009, he signed a second 4-year contract with the team.

Le Roy has had a varied managerial career, starting out at the small French club Amiens SC, after taking over as manager when his playing days ended. His achievements in leading the Cameroon national team to be runners-up in the 1986 African Cup of Nations, and then champions in the 1988 competition, are often cited as his greatest managerial accomplishments.[2] He then took charge of Senegal[3] when they reached the quarterfinals at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and returned to Cameroon to lead them during the 1998 World Cup. In between, he also coached Malaysia national football team from 1994 to 1995.

After undertaking the role of football adviser at AC Milan in 1996, Le Roy had a spell as Director of Football at Paris Saint-Germain in 1997-98. Le Roy became manager of Cambridge United for a short spell in 2004, although he only ever signed a "moral contract",[4] and now claims he was only ever assisting his protégé Herve Renard: "I was just helping out a friend [then-manager Hervé Renard], but we saved that club".[2] Following his departure from Cambridge, Le Roy was appointed as the head coach of the DR Congo. In September 2006, Le Roy was named by the Ghana Football Association as coach of the Ghana national football team.[5]

In February 2008, Le Roy led Ghana to 14th position in the FIFA World Rankings, their highest position ever, but quit the post in May 2008.[6]

He started coaching the Oman national football team in July 2008. Oman desperately needed a solid coach after disappointing Gulf Cup and Asian Cup performances, and Le Roy led them to victory in the 19th Gulf Cup of Nations held in January 2009 Muscat. During the competition Le Roy extended his deal with Oman for a further 4 years.

He became the new coach of the Syria national football team in March 2011, but resigned in May of the same year.[7]

On 5 December 2013, he became the new coach of the Congo national football team.[8] On 17 November 2015, Leroy resigned after leading the Congo football team to the qualifying round of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.[9]


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