France national football team manager
The France national football team manager was first established on 25 April 1964 following the appointment of the country's first national team manager Henri Guérin. Before this, the France national team was selected by a selection committee, a process in which the French Football Federation would select coaches and trainers from within the country or abroad to prepare the side for single games and tournaments, but with all decisions ultimately remaining under the control of the committee. From 1904–1913, the USFSA headed the committee, which was referred to as the Commission Centrale d'Association. The committee was controlled by André Espir and André Billy and featured little to no physical preparation for upcoming matches. In 1913, the Comité Français Interfédéral, a precursor to the French Football Federation, took over the committee following the USFSA becoming affiliated with the organization and secretary general Henri Delaunay took control.
Following the creation of the French Football Federation, the committee was converted into a five-man board and lasted from 1919–1964. Gaston Barreau served as the head of the committee in two different stints; from 1920–1945, then, after four years, returned to select the team from 1949 until his death in 1958. From 1945–1949, Gabriel Hanot headed the committee and, following Barreau's death, Paul Nicolas (1958–1959) and Georges Verriest (1959–1964) controlled the committee until it was officially disbanded in 1964.
Fifteen men have occupied the post since its inception; three of those were in short-term caretaker manager roles: José Arribas and Jean Snella managed the team in dual roles and presided over four matches and former French international Just Fontaine managed the team for two matches in 1967. The longest tenure by a French national team manager is Raymond Domenech, who managed the team from 12 July 2004 to 11 July 2010, a period of six years. Three managers have won major tournaments while managing the national team. The first was Michel Hidalgo, who managed the team from 1976–1984, which is the second-longest tenure behind Domenech. Hidalgo won UEFA Euro 1984. In 1998, Aimé Jacquet won the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil and, two years later, Roger Lemerre led the team to glory at UEFA Euro 2000. Lemerre also won the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. On 8 August 1973, the Romanian Ștefan Kovács became the first foreign manager of the team. During the period of the selection committee, the national team was coached by several British managers. Thomas Griffiths (English) coached the team for a portion of 1924, while Peter Farmer (Scottish) coached the team at the 1928 Summer Olympics. From 1934–1936, the team was coached by Sid Kimpton. The current manager of the French national team is former international Didier Deschamps who replaced fellow international Laurent Blanc following the UEFA Euro 2012 on 8 July 2012.
The statistics below detail the managers of the France national football team during their tenure as manager. Though a selection committee was used from 1919–1964, the table details the managerial statistics of the coaches who were under the watch of the selection committee, though the statistics are unofficial as determined by the French Football Federation.
|Manager||France career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %||Competitions|
|Kimpton, SidSid Kimpton1||1934-1936|
|Barreau, GastonGaston Barreau1||1919–1945||124||39||13||72||31.5||1920 Summer Olympics – 4th Place
1924 Summer Olympics – Quarter-finals
1928 Summer Olympics – First Round
1930 World Cup – Group stage
1934 World Cup – First round
1938 World Cup – Quarter-finals
|Hanot, GabrielGabriel Hanot2||1945–1949||21||10||2||9||47.6||1948 Summer Olympics – Quarter-finals|
|Baron, PaulPaul Baron and Pibarot, PierrePierre Pibarot||1949–1953||30||13||7||10||43.3||1952 Summer Olympics – Preliminary round|
|Pibarot, PierrePierre Pibarot||1953–1954||4||1||1||2||25.0|
|Bigot, JulesJules Bigot and Batteux, AlbertAlbert Batteux||1954–1956||11||5||3||3||45.5||1954 World Cup – Group stage|
|Batteux, AlbertAlbert Batteux3||1956–1960||36||18||9||9||50.0||1958 World Cup – 3rd Place
UEFA Euro 1960 – 4th Place
|Batteux, AlbertAlbert Batteux and Guérin, HenriHenri Guérin||1960–1964||22||4||6||12||18.2|
|Manager||France career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %||Competitions|
|Guérin, HenriHenri Guérin||1964–1966||15||5||4||6||33.3||1966 World Cup – Group stage|
|Arribas, JoséJosé Arribas and Snella, JeanJean Snella||1966||4||2||0||2||50.0|
|Fontaine, JustJust Fontaine||1967||2||0||0||2||0.0|
|Dugauguez, LouisLouis Dugauguez||1967–1968||9||2||3||4||22.2|
|Boulogne, GeorgesGeorges Boulogne||1969–1973||31||15||5||11||48.4|
|Kovács, ȘtefanȘtefan Kovács||1973–1975||15||6||4||5||40.0|
|Hidalgo, MichelMichel Hidalgo||1976–1984||75||41||16||18||54.7||1978 World Cup – Group stage
1982 World Cup – 4th Place
UEFA Euro 1984 – Champions
|Michel, HenriHenri Michel||1984–1988||36||16||12||8||44.4||1986 World Cup – Third place|
|Platini, MichelMichel Platini||1988–1992||29||16||8||5||55.2||UEFA Euro 1992 – Group stage|
|Houllier, GérardGérard Houllier||1992–1993||12||7||1||4||58.3|
|Jacquet, AiméAimé Jacquet||1994–1998||53||34||16||3||64.2||UEFA Euro 1996 – Semi-finals
1998 World Cup – Champions
|Lemerre, RogerRoger Lemerre||1998–2002||53||34||11||8||64.2||UEFA Euro 2000 – Champions
2001 Confederations Cup – Champions
2002 World Cup – Group stage
|Santini, JacquesJacques Santini||2002–2004||28||22||4||2||78.6||2003 Confederations Cup – Champions
UEFA Euro 2004 – Quarter-finals
|Domenech, RaymondRaymond Domenech||2004–2010||79||41||24||14||51.9||2006 World Cup – Finalist
UEFA Euro 2008 – Group stage
2010 World Cup – Group stage
|Blanc, LaurentLaurent Blanc||2010–2012||27||16||7||4||59.3||UEFA Euro 2012 – Quarter-finals|
|Deschamps, DidierDidier Deschamps||2012–||53||33||9||11||62.3||2014 World Cup – Quarter-finals
UEFA Euro 2016 – Finalist
- Managers in italics were hired as caretakers
1Managerial career as head of selection committee. Team was sometimes trained by physical trainers and coached by assistants. Thomas Griffiths coached the team in 1924, while Englishman Peter Farmer coached the team at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Fellow Englishman Sid Kimpton coached the team for a portion of 1934 and 1935–36.
2Managerial career as head of selection committee. Team was trained by physical trainers Bacquet, Helenio Herrera, and Paul Baron.
3Batteux coached an unofficial France team composed of young players, referred to in France as Espoirs, to an 8–0 victory over Luxembourg in 1953. The match was a qualification match for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. The victory is listed in his 1956–1960 tenure as manager.
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