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Lionel Charbonnier
Personal information
Full name Lionel André Michel Charbonnier
Date of birth October 25, 1966 (1966-10-25) (age 43)
Place of birth Poitiers, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1986–1987 AJ Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1998 AJ Auxerre 126 (0)
1998–2001 Rangers 18 (0)
2001–2002 Lausanne Sports 0 (0)
Total 144[1] (0)
National team
1997–1998 France 1 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Stade Poitevin
2005–2007 FC Sens
2007– Tahiti U-20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lionel André Michel Charbonnier (born 25 October 1966 in Poitiers[2]) is a French retired football goalkeeper.



Charbonnier moved from Auxerre to Rangers in 1998 and endeared himself to the Rangers faithful with a string of outstanding performances before spending over a year out with injury. On his return, could not displace Stefan Klos as first choice goalkeeper. He is recorded as having ended his playing career with Swiss team FC Sion.

International career

Charbonnier was the third choice goalkeeper of the French national team that won the 1998 World Cup. However, he only received one cap (Italy, June 11, 1997, 2-2).


Following the 1998 World Cup, he was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998[3][4]

Coaching career

After his retirement from his professionel career becomes the coaching job of FC Sens in 2005[5] and was later named as technical director of the Fédération Tahitienne de Football.[6]. Charbonnier has been coach of the Tahiti under-20 national side until December 2009[7] and became the first coach to ever qualify a Tahitian national team for a tournament outside of beach soccer and futsal,[8] after guiding the Under-20 Tahitian team to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[9]




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