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Name  Roger Lemerre
Position  Defender
Years  Team
1961–1969  Sedan

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Full name  Roger Leon Maurice Lemerre-Desprez
Date of birth  (1941-06-18) 18 June 1941 (age 74)
Role  Association football player
Teams coached  Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Head coach, since 2013)
Similar People  Aime Jacquet, Nabil Maaloul, Sami Trabelsi, Faouzi Benzarti, Ruud Krol

Place of birth  Bricquebec, France
Nominations  CAF Coach of the Year
Playing position  Defender (retired)

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Roger Lemerre ([ʁɔʒe ləˈmɛʁ]; born 18 June 1941 in Bricquebec, Manche) is a French association football manager and former football player. During his managerial career, he was in charge of three national teams: the French, Tunisian and Moroccan national football teams. He also managed numerous clubs in France, Tunisia, Turkey and Algeria. He was most recently in charge of CS Sedan Ardennes.


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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 lost 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.

Manager career

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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 sacked 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 making him first coach in football history to win two different continental tournaments i.e. Euro 2000 and AFCON 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.

Lemerre was named the new head coach of Morocco national football team in May 2008 and took charge on 1 July. He was fired on 9 July 2009, for disappointing results. On 18 December 2009, he accepted a managing job at Ankaragücü on a 6-month deal that could be extended if both parties agreed. Former Turkish international Ümit Özat was appointed as his assistant coach. In May 2010, despite the fact that Lemerre had turned the team around and possibly saved them from relegation, the club decided not to extend Lemerre's contract and he was replaced by his assistant Ümit Özat for season 2009/2010.

In December 2013, Lemerre agreed a six-month deal to take a coaching job at Tunisian team Étoile du Sahel.

In January 2016 he became new manager of CS Sedan Ardennes.

Career Outline

As player

  • 1961–1969: Club Sportif Sedan Ardennes
  • 1969–1971: FC Nantes
  • 1971–1973: AS Nancy-Lorraine
  • 1973–1975: RC Lens
  • 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 1 July 2008 to 8 July 2009)
  • 2009–2010: MKE Ankaragücü (18 December 2009)
  • 2012–2013: CS Constantine
  • 2013–2014: Étoile du Sahel
  • 2016: CS Sedan Ardennes
  • As manager

  • Military World Cup: 1995
  • UEFA European Football Championship: 2000
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2001
  • Tunisia
  • African Nations Cup: 2004
  • 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 Football 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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