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Roger Lemerre

Roger Lemerre
Personal information
Full name Roger León Maurice Lemerre-Desprez
Date of birth (1941-06-18) 18 June 1941
Place of birth Bricquebec, France
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1969 Sedan 213 (24)
1969–1971 Nantes 69 (1)
1971–1973 Nancy 65 (0)
1973–1975 Lens 57 (0)
Total 404 (25)
National team
1968–1971 France 6 (0)
Teams managed
1975–1978 Red Star
1978–1979 Lens
1979–1981 Paris
1981–1983 Strasbourg
1983–1984 Espérance Tunis
1985–1986 Red Star
1986–1996 France (Army team)
1997 Lens
1998 France (assistant coach)
1998–2002 France
2002–2008 Tunisia
2008–2009 Morocco
2009–2010 Ankaragücü
2012–2013 CS Constantine
2013–2014 Étoile du Sahel

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Roger Lemerre (French pronunciation: ​; 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.


  • Player career 1
  • Manager career 2
  • Career Outline 3
  • Honours 4
  • Private life 5
  • Lemerre and press 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

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.

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 sacked by the French Football Federation.[1]

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.[2]

Lemerre was named the new head coach of Morocco national football team in May 2008 and took charge on 1 July.[3] He was fired on 9 July 2009, for disappointing results.[4] On 18 December 2009, he accepted a managing job at Ankaragücü on a 6-month deal that could be extended if both parties agreed.[5] 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.[6]

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 1 July 2008 to 8 July 2009)
  • 2009–2010: MKE Ankaragücü (18 December 2009)
  • 2012–2013: CS Constantine
  • 2013–present: Étoile du Sahel


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 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.


  1. ^ "Lemerre sacked as France coach". BBC Sport (BBC). 5 July 2002. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lemerre sacked as Tunisia coach". 14 February 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Roger Lemerre takes over as Morocco coach". Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ (AFP) – 9 juil. 2009. "AFP: Maroc: Roger Lemerre a été officiellement remercié". Google. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lemerre new Ankaragücü coach". 23 December 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Roger Lemerre appointed coach of Etoile du Sahel". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

External links

  • French Profile and pictures of Roger Lemerre
  • Player profile on French federation site
  • Coach profile on French federation site
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Berti Vogts
UEFA European Championship Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Otto Rehhagel
Preceded by
Manuel Lapuente
FIFA Confederations Cup winning manager
Succeeded by
Jacques Santini
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