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List of notable or famous coaches from France, with bios and photos, including the top coaches born in France and even some popular coaches who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French coaches then this list is the perfect resource for you. These coaches are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known coach from France is included when available.

People on this list include Guy Forget and Ophelie David.

This historic coaches from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French coaches of note?" and "Who are the most famous coaches from France?" These prominent coaches of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French coaches.

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Aimé Jacquet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 76 Aimé Étienne Jacquet is a retired French football coach and former player. He was manager of the France national football team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

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Alain Giresse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 65 Alain Giresse is a retired French international footballer who played as a midfielder. He was French footballer of the year in 1982, 1983 and 1987. Nominally an attacking midfielder or central ...more

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Alain Perrin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Alain Perrin age 61 Alain Perrin, is a retired French footballer and current head coach of the China national football team.

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Albert Emon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Albert Emon age 64 Albert Emon is French football manager who was most recently in charge of the Ligue 1 club AC Ajaccio.

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Arsène Wenger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 68 Arsène Wenger, OBE is a French football manager and former player. He has been the manager of Arsenal since 1996, where he has since become the club's longest-serving manager and most ...more

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Bernard Lama is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 54 Bernard Pascal Maurice Lama is a French football coach and former goalkeeper. He was born in the Indre-et-Loire département but grew up in French Guiana. He spent a number of years in ...more

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Bernard Laporte is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Bernard Laporte age 53 Bernard Laporte is a rugby union coach and former French Secretary of State for Sport. He is currently the head coach at Toulon, having taken over in 2011 from Philippe Saint-André, who ...more

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Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 62 Bruce Douglas Bochy is the manager of the San Francisco Giants. Prior to joining the Giants for the 2007 season, Bochy was the manager of the San Diego Padres for twelve seasons. He has led the ...more

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Bruno Metsu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Bruno Metsu Died at 59 (1954-2013) Bruno Metsu was a French footballer and football manager. During his senior playing career from 1973 to 1987, he played for seven different clubs in his native France. From 1988 until his death, ...more

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Christian Gourcuff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 63 Christian Gourcuff is a French football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of the Algeria national football team.

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Christophe Galtier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 51 Christophe Galtier is a French former football defender, who is currently the Head Coach of AS Saint-Étienne.

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Claude Le Roy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 70 Claude Le Roy is a French football manager and former player, who gained prominence at international level as coach to the Senegal and Ghana national teams. In 2008, he signed a deal with the ...more

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Claude Onesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Claude Onesta age 61 Claude Onesta, born February 6, 1957 in Albi, is a handball coach, responsible of France’s Men’s handball team since 2001. With his russian counterpart Vladimir Maksimov, he has one of the most ...more

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Claude Puel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Claude Puel age 56 Claude Puel is a French football manager and former player. He spent 17 years playing for AS Monaco and is the current head coach of OGC Nice in the Ligue 1.

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Corinne Maîtrejean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Corinne Maîtrejean age 38 Corinne Maîtrejean is a French foil fencer who won a bronze medal in the foil team event of the 2005 World Fencing Championships in Leipzig with her teammates Adeline Wuillème, ...more

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David Bordes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Coaches from France
David Bordes age 43 David Bordes is a cricket coach.

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Delphine Ledoux is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 32 Delphine Ledoux is a French rhythmic gymnast.

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Denis Mesples is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 54 Denis Mesples is a French Equestrian athlete participating the 2012 London Olympics.

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Didier Deschamps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 49 Didier Claude Deschamps is a retired French footballer and current manager of France. He played as a defensive midfielder for such clubs as Chelsea, Juventus and Marseille. In this position, he ...more

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Didier Six is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Didier Six age 63 Didier Six is a former French international footballer. He played as a winger and he earned 52 caps and scored 13 goals for the France national football team. He played in the 1978 FIFA World ...more

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Diego Garzitto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Diego Garzitto age 68 Diego Garzitto is a French football coach and former professional player. He became manager of Sudanese club Al-Merrikh in December 2014.

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Djamel Belmadi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Djamel Belmadi age 42 Djamel Belmadi is a retired Algerian footballer and the head coach of Qatar national football team.

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Dominique Bathenay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Dominique Bathenay age 64 Dominique Bathenay is a retired football midfielder from France, who last worked as Head Coach of United Arab Emirates.

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Dominique Bijotat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Dominique Bijotat age 57 Dominique Bijotat is a former professional French football midfielder from France, who obtained eight international caps for the French national team during the 1980s.

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Élie Baup is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Élie Baup age 63 Élie Baup born 17 March 1955 in Saint-Gaudens is a French football manager and a former football player. His last post was the manager of Ligue 1 side Marseille.

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Fabien Galthié is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Fabien Galthié age 49 Fabien Galthié is a French rugby union coach and former player. His usual position was at scrum-half. He played much of his club rugby for Colomiers, and later on in his career, Stade ...more

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Francis Gillot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Francis Gillot age 58 Francis Gillot is a former football defender and is currently the manager of Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua. As a player he was predominantly associated with his time at Valenciennes ...more

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Franck Dumas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Franck Dumas age 50 Franck Dumas is a former French professional football player. Since February 2013, he has been the manager of Arles-Avignon in the Ligue 2.

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Gauthier Grumier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Gauthier Grumier age 33 Gauthier Grumier is a French épée fencer. Grumier won the gold medal in the épée team event at the 2006 World Fencing Championships after beating Spain in the final. ...more

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Gérard Houllier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Gérard Houllier age 70 Gérard Houllier OBE, is a French football manager. His past clubs include Paris Saint-Germain, RC Lens and Liverpool, with whom he won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001. He then ...more

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Gernot Rohr is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 64 Gernot Rohr is a German manager and former footballer.

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Guy Forget is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 53 Guy Forget is a French former professional tennis player. During his career, he helped France win the Davis Cup in both 1991 and 1996. Since retiring as a player, he has served as France's Davis ...more

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Guy Lacombe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 62 Guy Lacombe is a French former professional football player and manager.

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Guy Novès is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Guy Novès age 64 Guy Novès is a former French rugby union footballer and current long-serving coach of Stade Toulousain. Born in Toulouse, Novès, who played on the wing, was capped seven times for ...more

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Guy Roux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Guy Roux age 79 Guy Roux is a former French football player and manager known for being in charge of French side AJ Auxerre for the remarkable period of more than forty years and for leading the once humble ...more

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Helenio Herrera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Died at 87 (1910-1997) Helenio Herrera Gavilán was an Argentine football player and manager. He is best remembered for his tremendous success with the 1960s Inter Milan team known as Grande Inter. Herrera was ...more

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Henri Michel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 70 Henri Michel is a former French footballer and current coach. He played as a midfielder and later went on to coach various clubs and national teams all over the world.

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Henri Stambouli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Henri Stambouli age 56 Henri Stambouli is a French former football player and manager.

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Hervé Renard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Hervé Renard age 49 Hervé Renard is a French football manager and former professional player, who is currently manager of the Ivory Coast national team. He has previously been the manager of the Zambian ...more

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Jacky Duguépéroux is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Jacky Duguépéroux age 70 Jacky Duguépéroux is a French former football player and current manager of RC Strasbourg, his third stint in the role. He previously served as manager of Tunisian side

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Jacques Santini is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Jacques Santini age 65 Jacques Santini is a former football player and manager. He played for Saint-Étienne during the 1970s, and reached the European Cup final with them in 1976. He has coached the French ...more

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Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 62 Jean Amadou Tigana is a former French international footballer, having played in midfield and managed professional football extensively throughout France, including 52 appearances and 1 goal for ...more

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Jean-Guy Wallemme is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 50 Jean-Guy Wallemme is a former French footballer. He was a mainstay of the RC Lens team which won the French championship in 1998. In August 2011 he took over the Republic of Congo national team. ...more

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Jean-Marc Furlan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Jean-Marc Furlan age 60 Jean-Marc Furlan is a football manager. He currently coaches Troyes AC.

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Jean-Pierre Papin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 54 Jean-Pierre Papin is a former French professional football player who was European Footballer of the Year in 1991. Papin achieved his greatest success while playing for Olympique Marseille ...more

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Laurence Brize is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Laurence Brize age 41 Laurence Brize is an athlete.

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Laurent Banide is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Coaches from France
Laurent Banide age 50 Laurent Banide is a French football manager who is currently in charge of Al-Orobah in Saudi Premier League.

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Laurent Blanc is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 52 Laurent Robert Blanc is a French football manager, former player and currently the manager of Paris Saint-Germain. He has the nickname Le Président, which was given to him following his ...more

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Loïc Courteau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 54 Loïc Courteau is a former French tennis player. Courteau has coached the French Fed Cup team in years past, and has been the coach of Amélie Mauresmo, the winner of two Grand Slams, ...more

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Luis Fernández is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Coaches from France
age 58 Luis Miguel Fernández Toledo known as Luis Fernández is a French retired footballer who played as a defender/midfielder. He retired as a player in 1993 to become a manager. ...more