Sabri Lamouchi

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Sabri Lamouchi
Personal information
Full name Sabri Lamouchi[1]
Date of birth (1971-11-09) 9 November 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Duhail (manager)
Youth career
1977–1981 AS Lyon-Duchère
1982–1989 Cascol Oullins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Alès 106 (26)
1994–1998 Auxerre 129 (19)
1998–2000 Monaco 56 (4)
2000–2003 Parma 90 (7)
2003–2005 Inter Milan 16 (0)
2004–2005Genoa (loan) 20 (1)
2005–2006 Marseille 36 (5)
2006–2007 Al-Rayyan 7 (6)
2007–2008 Umm-Salal 10 (1)
2009 Al-Kharitiyath
Total 470 (79)
National team
1996–2001 France 12 (1)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Ivory Coast
2014–2017 El Jaish
2017–2018 Rennes
2019–2020 Nottingham Forest
2020– Al-Duhail
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sabri Lamouchi (born 9 November 1971) is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a midfielder. He is the current manager of Qatar Stars League club Al-Duhail.

Early life[edit]

Lamouchi was born in Lyon, France, and is of Tunisian descent.[2]

Club career[edit]

Lamouchi started his professional career with Alès and then moved to Auxerre for four years. He then went on to join Monaco, who he helped to the Ligue 1 title in 2000, before being snapped up by Parma of Italy. He later moved to Inter Milan.[citation needed]

Lamouchi had a spell at Genoa before joining Marseille on loan the following year. In January 2006, the loan deal was made a permanent move. He played for Marseille for six further months, until he announced that he was leaving the club on 18 September 2006, although his contract ran until June 2007.[citation needed]

In 2006, Lamouchi moved to Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Stars League, where he scored a spectacular goal in his first match. The next season, he joined Umm-Salal.[citation needed]

In January 2009, Lamouchi transferred to Al-Kharitiyath.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Lamouchi was capped 12 times and scored one goal for the French national team. He made his debut in 1996 and was a member of the French European Championship squad the same year. He was in France's 28 men-preliminary squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil. However he was one of the six players axed by head coach Aimé Jacquet just before the tournament began. The team went on to win the tournament.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

Ivory Coast[edit]

In May 2012, he became manager of the Ivory Coast national team, his first managerial position. The Elephants qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ranked 23rd at the time – highest ranked in Africa – and started their group play with a 2–1 victory over Japan. That was followed by a 2–1 loss to group favourite Colombia. On his last game as Ivory Coast's manager, he and his team lost 2–1 against Greece and they were eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. The team featured stars such as Yaya Touré, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Didier Drogba. Lamouchi resigned from the position following Les Elephants' exit from the competition.[4]


On 8 November 2017, Lamouchi became the manager of French side Rennes. He led the team to a 5th place synonymous with Europa League qualification. On 3 December 2018 after a string of poor results, he was sacked from the club.[5]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

2019–20 season[edit]

On 28 June 2019, following the departure of Martin O'Neill, it was announced that Lamouchi would become head coach of Nottingham Forest for the 2019–20 season.[6] He enjoyed a strong start to the season and won the league's Manager of the Month award for September 2019.[7] On 19 June 2020, Nottingham Forest announced that Lamouchi had signed an extension to his managerial contract.[8] Forest were in the play-off positions for nearly the whole season, but missed out by finishing 7th on the final day of the season after being beaten at home 1–4 by Stoke City.[9] Lamouchi had guided Forest to their highest league position since the 2010–11 season, and also became the first Forest manager to complete a full season in over nine years.[10]

2020–21 season[edit]

Following Forest's disappointing end to the season, Lamouchi flew to Athens to meet with the Forest board, including Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, where it was decided that Lamouchi would remain as Forest's Head Coach. To improve on the shortcomings of the previous season, four new additions were made to Lamouchi's coaching staff, along with a change in transfer strategy that would place a greater focus on domestic signings.[11]

On 5 September 2020, Nottingham Forest were knocked out of the League Cup in a 1–0 defeat to Barnsley. In a video call to the squad following that game, Marinakis described the result as a 'humilation' to the football club that Forest would lose twice to a club that had barely survived relegation the previous season. It was clear that Marinakis' patience with Lamouchi was running out, and Marinakis angrily told Albert Adomah and João Carvalho that they could leave the club without consulting Lamouchi.[12]

On 6 October 2020, Lamouchi's contract was terminated and he was immediately replaced by Chris Hughton.[13] Forest had lost all five competitive games of the new season, and had failed to win in their last eleven games.[14]


In October 2020, Lamouchi was appointed manager of Qatari side Al-Duhail.[15]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2021[16]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 28 May 2012 25 June 2014 28 14 7 7 050.00
El Jaish Qatar 27 December 2014 1 July 2017 92 50 16 26 054.35
Rennes France 8 November 2017 3 December 2018 50 19 13 18 038.00
Nottingham Forest England 28 June 2019 6 October 2020 55 20 16 19 036.36
Al-Duhail Qatar 14 October 2020 present 31 20 3 8 064.52
Total 255 122 55 78 047.84








El Jaish[16]



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  3. ^ "FRANCE AXE ANELKA; Gunners kid out of this world". 24 May 1998. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi steps down". BBC Sport. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Sabri Lamouchi mis à pied par Rennes". L'Équipe (in French). 3 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Sabri Lamouchi: Nottingham Forest appoint Frenchman 18 minutes after sacking Martin O'Neill". 28 June 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b "September Manager of the Month winners". EFL. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Sabri Lamouchi: Nottingham Forest head coach signs contract extension". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1-4 Stoke: Forest lose play-off place to Swansea". BBC Sport. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  10. ^ Taylor, Paul. "Forest will not sack Lamouchi – but there will be big changes this summer". The Athletic. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  11. ^ Taylor, Paul. "Changes on and off the pitch - Forest hope they have found the right balance". The Athletic. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  12. ^ Taylor, Daniel; Taylor, Paul. "How Sabri Lamouchi's Nottingham Forest reign came crashing down". The Athletic. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Nottingham Forest hire Chris Hughton following sacking of Sabri Lamouchi". The Guardian. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Matches - Nottingham Forest". Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  15. ^ "الدحيل يبدأ عهد لموشي". جريدة الراية (in Arabic). 14 October 2020.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Sabri Lamouchi". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Marseille 5-1 Deportivo (Aggregate: 5 - 3)". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Sky Bet Championship: Manager and Player of the Month January winners". Retrieved 1 August 2020.

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