Lionel Charbonnier

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Lionel Charbonnier
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Personal information
Full name Lionel André Michel Charbonnier[1]
Date of birth (1966-10-25) 25 October 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1986–1987 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1998 Auxerre 126 (0)
1998–2001 Rangers 18 (0)
2001–2002 Lausanne Sports 0 (0)
Total 144[2] (0)
National team
1997 France 1[2] (0)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Stade Poitevin
2005–2007 FC Sens
2007–2009 Tahiti U20
2010–2011 Atjeh United F.C.
2012–2013 Indonesia (technical director)
2014–2015 FC Istres
2015 SM Sanga Balende
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Lionel André Michel Charbonnier (born 25 October 1966) is a retired French footballer who played as a goalkeeper. After retiring, he became a football manager and managed Atjeh United of the Liga Primer Indonesia in the season before they folded along with their independent league.

He played for the AJ Auxerre side which won the Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France in the 1995–96 season under the management of Guy Roux. After eleven seasons with Auxerre from 1987 to 1998 he joined Rangers FC in Scotland, where he won the treble of Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup in his first season, 1998–99. They retained the League and Cup in his second season. He retired in 2002 after a season with Lausanne Sports of the Swiss Super League.

Charbonnier was selected 32 times to the French national team but earned his only full cap in 1997. He was a member of the squad which won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, although he did not play a game.

He also managed Tahiti, a French overseas colony, at under-20 level, winning the Oceania Football Confederation's championship in that age bracket. Charbonnier qualified the Under-20 team to the 2009 World Cup in Egypt, the first time that any island has qualified in this level of competition.

In December 2012 he was appointed general manager of Football Association of Indonesia.

Playing career[edit]



Born in Poitiers, Charbonnier trained at AJ Auxerre from the age of 16. He featured in their sides which won the Coupe Gambardella (a nationwide French competition for under-19 sides) twice in a row. In 1985 they beat Montpellier 3–0 and in 1986 Auxerre won on penalties after drawing 0–0 with Nantes. Charbonnier was often a second-choice goalkeeper in his early seasons at Auxerre, kept out by Bruno Martini who had played for the club since 1981. One of Charbonnier's most important matches in the first team was a semi-final in the 1992–93 UEFA Cup against Borussia Dortmund, which he lost on sudden-death penalties after both teams won their home leg 2–0.

Following a serious injury to Martini at the beginning of the 1993–94 season, Charbonnier became the first choice goalkeeper, winning that season's Coupe de France final. His form caused Martini to transfer to Montpellier in 1995 in order to play first-team football. In 1995–96 Auxerre won the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France.


On 16 July 1998, only four days after the World Cup Final, he joined Rangers of the Scottish Premier League, signed by Dutch manager Dick Advocaat for £1.2 million. Charbonnier wore the number 1 shirt. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury soon after but made 19 appearances throughout the season and was replaced by German Stefan Klos in goal.

At the end of the season Rangers won the treble of Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. The following season, Klos retained his place as he had impressed in Charbonnier's absence. Rangers won the league and Cup again, but were beaten in the quarter-final of the League Cup 1–0, away to Aberdeen. In his final season at the club, he was fourth choice and did not play a single game in any competition. Klos played 47, Jesper Christiansen of Denmark played six while Scottish player Mark Brown played in three games. Rangers won no trophies and finished second to Celtic in the league. Charbonnier's contract ended at the end of the season and he left Ibrox.


When his Rangers contract ended, he joined Lausanne Sports of Switzerland's top flight (then called Nationalliga A). They finished 11th out of 12 in the 2001–02 season but were relegated alongside FC Sion (8th) and AC Lugano (3rd) due to licensing regulations.


Charbonnier received one cap for France, against Italy on 11 June 1997 in the 1997 Tournoi de France, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris; the match finished in a 2–2 draw.[2][3] He was one of the three goalkeepers of the French national team that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil. Fabien Barthez was the goalkeeper who kept Charbonnier out of the starting eleven.[4]

Management career[edit]

Poitiers and Sens[edit]

He became General Manager of his home-town team Stade Poitevin in 2002 shortly after retiring. He parted with them in 2004. In 2005, he became the manager of another French lower-league club, FC Sens, until leaving in 2007 for international management.

Tahiti Under-20[edit]

In 2007 became national coach of the Tahiti national football team's under-20 and under-17 sections. Charbonnier led the under-20 team to victory in the Oceania Football Confederation's championship of that age bracket. In 2009, he led the Under-17 team to the final of the same competition, and also the Under-20 team to their first World Cup at any level, in Egypt. At the World Cup Tahiti finished bottom of their group without scoring a goal and being beaten by Spain, Nigeria and Venezuela.

At the end of the year Charbonnier was in conflict with Reynald Temarii, a Tahitian who is President of the Confederation. They agreed that Charbonnier would leave his post.

In 2010, he signed a consulting contract with Eurosport and also got another managerial post, with Atjeh United F.C. of the Liga Primer Indonesia.








Tahiti U-20
  • Winner of the U-20 OFC Nations Championship 2008 [5]



  1. ^ "Décret du 24 juillet 1998 portant nomination à titre exceptionnel". Journal officiel de la République française. 1998 (170): 11376. 25 July 1998. PREX9801916D. Retrieved 3 September 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lionel Charbonnier". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  3. ^ "France v Italy (2-2)". Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Charbonnier fuelling Tahiti ambition". 24 August 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "France honors World Cup winners – Government gives Legion of Honor to players, coaches". CNN/SI. 1 September 1998. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 

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