Favre with Mönchengladbach in 2011
|Full name||Lucien Favre|
|Date of birth||2 November 1957|
|Place of birth||Saint-Barthélemy, Switzerland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Borussia Mönchengladbach (Manager)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During his playing career, Favre made a total of 24 appearances for Switzerland, scoring his one and only goal on his debut against the Netherlands. At club level, he played for Lausanne-Sports, Neuchâtel Xamax, Toulouse FC and Servette FC, earning a reputation as a skillful and intelligent play-maker. He announced his retirement in 1991.
24 caps (one goal on his debut against Netherlands, in the same game both Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard also made their first appearance for their country). First cap: Switzerland versus Netherland 2–1, on 1 September 1981 in Zürich Last cap: Portugal-Switzerland 3–1, on 26 April 1989 in Lisbon.
Favre's coaching career started in 1991, as U-14 assistant manager with FC Echallens. The following year he took over the U-17's, before being appointed manager of the first team in 1993. Under his leadership, his young squad surprisingly got promoted to the Nationalliga B (second tier of Swiss football, now called Challenge League). This promotion is still the outstanding achievement in the club's history.
Neuchâtel Xamax FC
After four years with FC Echallens, Favre was named Academy Manager of Neuchâtel Xamax FC. This move allowed him to experience the overall operation of a professional club.
Yverdon-Sport and Servette FC
In January 1997, Favre was appointed manager of Yverdon-Sport FC who were struggling at the bottom of the Nationalliga B at that stage. In 1999 he guided his side to the Nationalliga A (top tier of Swiss football, now called Swiss Super League). The following season they unexpectedly achieved fifth placed finish in the table, which is still the Yverdon-Sport FC's best ranking in the top-flight to date.
In the summer of 2000, Favre decided to join Servette FC, a long-established club based in Geneva where he had already won the league as a player. The highlights of his spell in Geneva were a victory in the Swiss Cup final 2001, as well as a superb run in the UEFA Cup. Servette FC eliminated Slavia Prague, Real Zaragoza and Hertha BSC (with a 3–0 away win in the Berlin Olympic Stadium), before going out against Valencia CF (0–3 and 2–2) in the last 16. Three months later Valencia CF won the 2001–02 Spanish La Liga under the leadership of Rafael Benitez.
In 2003, Favre was appointed FC Zürich manager. He won the Swiss Cup in 2005 beating FC Luzern in the final. The following season, FCZ ended their twenty-five-year wait for a league title with a dramatic final day victory against FC Basel to win the Swiss Super League. On 29 May 2007, after securing another Swiss title, he was awarded the title of best Swiss manager for the second year in a row.
During the 2008–09 season, he guided Hertha BSC to an excellent fourth place position, having at his disposal the 13th biggest budget of the Bundesliga. In February 2009, one of the highlights of his spell in Germany was the brilliant tactical display of Hertha BSC against FC Bayern Munich in a packed Olympic Stadium (almost 75,000 spectators). This performance allowed them to beat the erstwhile reigning German champions 2–1 and Hertha BSC went to the top of the Bundesliga. Favre extended his contract for an additional year.
The 2009–10 season did not look as promising because Hertha's increasing financial difficulties prevented them from recruiting efficiently. Furthermore, three of the best players left in the summer: Josip Šimunić, Andriy Voronin and Marko Pantelic. At the end of September 2009, Hertha BSC were struggling in the league and Favre was relieved of his duties by the club.
On 14 February 2011, he was named as the successor of Michael Frontzeck as head coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach. He took over when the team was sitting at the bottom of the league with only 16 points after 22 match days, 7 points adrift of Bundesliga safety. He instigated an immediate improvement in form and although the club still struggled, they eventually managed a narrow win against VfL Bochum in a two-legged relegation play-off to secure their place in the Bundesliga.
The following season the team surpassed all expectations by finishing in fourth place thereby qualifying for the early stages of the Champions League. However, they were beaten in the play-off round by Dinamo Kiev. The team's brand of fluid, counter-attacking football impressed pundits and press alike and was typified by an emphatic double win over Bayern Munich both home and away. Favre's Gladbach were not as successful in the 2012–13 Bundesliga, falling to eighth. Some suggested that the added weight of playing in Europe coupled with the sales of numerous key players, such as Marco Reus, was to blame for this. The next season saw Gladbach rise to sixth, largely due to the astute signings of Max Kruse, Raffael and Christoph Kramer.
The 2014-15 Bundesliga season was Favre's most successful season to date, with Gladbach finishing in third place and qualifying for the 2015-16 UEFA Champion's League. Favre's side were defensively brilliant and their passing style of play saw them record several notable victories, including a 2-0 away win against Bayern Munich and a comprehensive 3-0 victory at home to Bayer Leverkusen which sealed qualification to the Champion's League.
Favre's teams play a dynamic, quick and attacking minded football where ball possession and change of tempo alternate. This attractive style of play has brought results in every club he has managed. Furthermore, Favre is very skillful tactically, leaving his opponents struggling to penetrate his well-organized sides.
Favre is also well known for his ability to develop talented young players and introduce them into the first team. Under his leadership, Blerim Džemaili, Almen Abdi, Steve von Bergen and Gökhan Inler made their debut with the Swiss national team before signing for foreign clubs. In 2007, FC Zürich became Swiss champions with an average age of twenty-one years and a half. He is also credited with raising the game of German starlet Marco Reus whose fine performances procured a call up to the German national team and a high-priced move to league champions Borussia Dortmund.
- As of 23 March 2015
|FC Echallens||1 July 1991||30 June 1995||—|
|Yverdon-Sport||1 January 1997||30 June 2000||—|
|Servette||1 July 2000||30 June 2002||73||29||20||24||39.73|
|Zürich||1 July 2002||1 June 2007||169||94||33||42||55.62|
|Hertha BSC||1 June 2007||28 September 2009||94||40||20||34||42.55|||
|Borussia Mönchengladbach||14 February 2011||Present||176||82||48||46||46.59|||
- 1994: Promotion to Nationalliga B (FC Echallens)
- 1999: Promotion to Nationalliga A (Yverdon-Sport FC)
- 2001: Swiss Cup winner (Servette FC)
- 2005: Swiss Cup winner (FC Zürich)
- 2006 and 2007: Swiss Super League winner (FC Zürich)
- 2006 and 2007: Manager of the year (Switzerland)
- 2009: Manager of the year (Germany)
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