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Roger Lemerre
Morocco vs Gabon, Roger Lemerre, March 28 2009.jpg
Personal information
Full name Roger León Maurice Lemerre-Desprez
Date of birth 18 June 1941 (1941-06-18) (age 68)
Place of birth    Bricquebec, France
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1961–1969
1969–1971
1971–1973
1973–1975
Sedan
Nantes
Nancy
Lens
Total
213 (24)
069 0(1)
65 0(0)
057 0(0)
508 (25)   
National team
1968–1971 France 006 0(0)
Teams managed
1975–1978
1978–1979
1979–1981
1981–1983
1983–1984
1985–1986
1986–1996
1997
1998
1998–2002
2002–2008
2008–2009
2009–
Red Star
Lens
Paris FC
Strasbourg
ES Tunis
Red Star
France (Army team)
Lens
France (assistant coach)
France
Tunisia
Morocco
Ankaragücü

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Roger Lemerre (born 18 June, 1941 in Bricquebec, Manche) is a French football manager and former football player. During his managerial career, he has managed the French, Tunisian and Moroccan national football teams and is currently the head coach of Turkish club, Ankaragücü.

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Player career

His professional playing career spanned 15 seasons, from 1961 to 1975: between 1961 and 1969 he played for Sedan and lose the Cup in 1965, before moving to Nantes (1968-1971), Nancy (1971-1973) and Lens (1973-1975). He won 6 caps for France between 1968 and 1971, one of which he gained in a 5-0 drubbing by England.

Manager career

Between 1975 and 1978, he was the coach of Red Star from Saint-Ouen, and then went back to RC Lens for a season as coach, before moving to Paris FC for two seasons. In the 1983-1984 season, he ran Espérance Sportive de Tunis in Tunisia. On his return to France, he again took up his post as Red Star manager.

For 10 seasons, he coached the French national military team, with whom he won the World Championships.

In 1997, he finished the season with Lens and saved it from relegation.

He assisted Aimé Jacquet in the French team's 1998 World Cup victory. This paved the way for him to take over as the national coach, winning Euro 2000 in Netherlands/Belgium. However, after the team suffered a stunning first-round exit in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he was dismissed by the French Football Federation.

Undeterred, Tunisia's national federation soon hired Lemerre to be the manager of their national side. There, he guided them to victory in the African Nations Cup in 2004, and led them to qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was sacked in February 2008 following the team's exit from the 2008 African Cup of Nations in the quarter-finals.[1]

Lemerre was named the new head coach of Morocco national football team in May 2008 and took charge on July 1.[2] He was fired on July 9, 2009, for disappointing results.[3]

On December 18, 2009, it was announced that he accepted a managing job at Ankaragücü on a 6-month deal that could be extended if both parties agree.[4] Former Turkish international Ümit Özat is appointed as his assistant coach.

Career Outline

As player

As manager

  • 1975-1978: Red Star
  • 1978-1979: Lens
  • 1979-1981: Paris FC
  • 1981-1983: RC Strasbourg
  • 1983-1984: Espérance Tunis
  • 1985-1986: Red Star
  • 1986-1996: French military team and French A national side
  • 1997: RC Lens
  • 1998-2002: French A national side: 53 games (34 victories) 11 draws et 8 defeats, 106/43
  • 2002-2008: Tunisian national side
  • 2008-2009: Moroccan national side (from July 1 2008 to 8 July 2009)
  • 2009-2012: Ankaragücü s.k (18 december 2009)

Honours

As player

As manager

Private life

Lemerre married in October 2003, without the press knowing.

Lemerre and press

During his leadership of the Moroccan football team (The Atlas Lions) Lemerre always kept distance with the press. Refusing to give information and prohibiting players to give interviews during the Moroccan critical period of 2010 world cup qualification, led to boycott his after-match interviews by the press. Some Moroccan newspapers described him as the enemy of the press (Almountakhab Arabic article newspaper). Lemerre prohibited some Moroccan fans who come to watch their national team on the Chantier area (near Paris, France) while preparing for next qualifications; the fans addressed a protest letter to the Moroccan Footbal Federation.

“The Moroccan Royal Federation of Football Association (FRMF) has decided to separate amicably from the national team coach, Roger Lemerre,” announced the FRMF without giving further explanation about the exact amount given to Lemerre to quit national team coaching.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Berti Vogts
UEFA European Football Championship Winning Coach
2000
Succeeded by
Otto Rehhagel
Preceded by
Mexico Manuel Lapuente
FIFA Confederations Cup winning manager
2001
Succeeded by
France Jacques Santini

References

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Simple English

Roger Lemerre
File:Morocco vs Gabon, Roger Lemerre, March 28
Personal information
Full name Roger León Maurice Lemerre-Desprez
Date of birth 18 June 1941 (1941-06-18) (age 69)
Place of birth    Bricquebec, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1961-1969
1969-1971
1971-1973
1973-1975
Sedan-Torcy / Paris-Sedan
Nantes
Nancy-Lorraine
Lens
National team
1968-1971 France
Teams managed
1975-1978
1978-1979
1979-1981
1981-1983
1983-1984
1985-1986
1997
1998-2002
2002-2008
2008-2009
2009-
Red Star
Lens
Paris FC
Strasbourg
Espérance Tunis
Red Star
Lens
France
Tunisia
Morocco
Ankaragücü

Roger Lemerre (born 18 June 1941) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
FranceLeague
1961/62Sedan-TorcyDivision 1154
1962/6361
1963/64167
1964/65314
1965/66383
1966/67Paris-SedanDivision 1353
1967/68380
1968/69342
1969/70NantesDivision 1321
1970/71370
1971/72Nancy-LorraineDivision 1370
1972/73380
1973/74LensDivision 1380
1974/75190
CountryFrance 41425
Total 41425

International career statistics

France national team
YearAppsGoals
196820
196920
197010
197110
Total60

References


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