René Girard (footballer)
|Full name||René Girard|
|Date of birth||4 April 1954|
|Place of birth||Vauvert, France|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Girard won seven caps, scoring one goal for France and was a member of the squad that finished fourth at the 1982 World Cup. Playing for Bordeaux, Girard won three Ligue 1 titles – in 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1986–87, as well as two Coupes de France, over Marseille in the 1986 and 1987 editions.
Girard has managed Nîmes, Strasbourg, Pau FC and multiple France youth teams. He coached the France national under-21 football team from 2004–08. On 3 June 2009, he became the new head coach of Montpellier, replacing Rolland Courbis. In the 2011–12 season, Montpellier shocked the footballing world by winning its first Ligue 1 title, finishing the season with 82 points, three more than runner-up Paris Saint-Germain. He said after his team won it. "I think our triumph is a real shot in the arm for French football. "It just goes to show that everyone can beat everyone and that money isn't the be-all and end-all. We're a club of mates, a club that brings young players through and gives them a chance. "At the end of the day, it's worked out well for us. We played some great football, with a well-balanced team and I'm overwhelmed." He signed for Lille in July 2013, replacing Rudi Garcia who left for Roma.
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