Michel Estevan

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Michel Estevan
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-09-28) September 28, 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Algiers, French Algeria
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1972–1978 FC Tarascon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Arles
1980–1982 Nîmes
1982–1984 Arles
1984–1987 Sète
1987–1991 Avignon
1991–1994 Stade Beaucairois
Teams managed
1991–2002 Stade Beaucairois
2002–2003 Martigues
2004 Martigues
2005–2010 Arles-Avignon
2010–2011 Boulogne
2012–2015 Fréjus Saint-Raphaël
2016–2017[1] Châteauroux
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michel Estevan (born September 28, 1961) is a French association football manager and former player.[2].

He led AC Arles-Avignon from the Championnat de France amateur 2, the fifth division of French football, to the first division Ligue 1 before being relieved from his position on 30 June 2010.[3] On 7 July, after meeting with the club's chairmen, Estevan was retained by the club despite being sacked the previous week.[4] Eventually he was sacked by the club on 17 September.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Estevan spent his playing career as a midfielder in the lower ranks of French football, making his professional debut in 1980 with Arles. After several years around France, he joined amateurs Stade Beaucairois in 1991 as a player-manager.

Coaching career[edit]

After three years with amateurs Stade Beaucairois as a player-manager (from 1991 to 1994), Estevan focused solely on his coaching duties, and managed to guide his club to win promotion to the Championnat National (third tier) in 2002. He left thereafter to join Martigues with little success (also because of financial issues), and in 2005 he was appointed head coach of his former club Arles, who were playing amateurs in the Championnat de France amateur 2 at the time of his signing.

With Arles, Estevan achieved an incredible feat of winning four promotions in his five seasons in charge, of which the latest one was probably the most surprising, as he achieved third place in the club's first season in Ligue 2 (with the club now named AC Arles-Avignon), thus winning promotion to the French top flight despite having the lowest budget in the league.[6] Such results awarded him comparisons to French managing legends Guy Roux and Michel Le Milinaire, the only ones who had managed to win four promotions in five seasons before Estevan.[7]


  1. ^ Estevan, a choisi son nouvel entraîneur‚ leberry.fr, 7 June 2017
  2. ^ http://www.leparisien.fr/sports/football/boulogne-sur-mer-michel-estevan-remplace-guyot-au-poste-d-entraineur-30-12-2010-1207626.php
  3. ^ "Estevan viré (officiel)". L'Equipe (in French). L'Equipe. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Estevan viré (officiel)". France Football (in French). France Football. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Michel Estevan limogé par Arles-Avignon". Liberation (in French). Liberation. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "La surprise Arles-Avignon" (in French). L'Équipe. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Arles-Avignon en Ligue 1 !" (in French). L'Équipe. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-05-15.