Jean-Claude Suaudeau

Jean -Claude Suaudeau ( born May 24, 1938 in Cholet / Maine -et -Loire ) is a French former football player and coach.

  • 3.1 as a player
  • 3.2 as coach

The football player

The club career

Having grown up in the region along the lower reaches of the Loire, there was Suaudeau, whose first club of SO Cholet was, in the late 1950s actually just a club, and that was the FC Nantes, whose rise to become one of the dominant clubs in the Division 1 in 60 years of launching the midfielder. From coach José Arribas shaped the game designer, he formed together with " Jacky " Simon, Ramon Muller and Scorer Philippe Gondet the technically playing at a high level core of the team that ever was the first time 1963/64, represented in the "Upper House " and 1965 already French champion. In this game called because of their yellow costume les canaris eleven champions who could defend the title in 1966 and the same, he was regarded as the undisputed game handlebars, which also has the name " conscience of FC" earned him except the nickname " Coco". At the end of the season 1966/67, it was enough despite victory and draw a direct comparison only to second place behind the AS Saint- Étienne.

Alone in these three years, played 91 league matches Suaudeau, became a national player and was in the 1966 team that lost the final of the Coupe de France with the scarcest of all results. In 1969 he ended his playing career, but the club remained in the following decades, with the exception of only brief interruptions, loyal.


  • Stade Olympique Choletais (until 1960 )
  • FC Nantes (1960-1969)

The National Players

Between September 1966 and March 1967 denied Jean -Claude Suaudeau four caps for the Équipe Tricolore - under the interim coach - team Snella / Arribas and again dismissed after two encounters Just Fontaine, in a situation in which the French national team walked through a deep valley.

The football coach

After the end of his time as a player Suaudeau first worked on the coaching staff of the FC Nantes, then headed its youth development center (1973-1982), for its exemplary youth development, he played a key role, and was then (1982-1988) as the successor to Jean Vincent head coach of the Erstligamannschaft. Already in his first year as a professional coach him with the Canaris again succeeded in winning the meantime sixth league title and a new collection in the French Cup final, the Nantes but lost by a single goal. After a three-year interlude of FC Suaudeau brought back in 1991, and in the following years won " Monsieur Nantes " in 1993 once again the national championship - and failed in the same year for the third time in the cup final, so that he personally this title during his 30 years denied at the club remained.

In the 1995/96 season but he led his team to their biggest success to date at European level: after the Canaris had turned off the FC Porto and Spartak Moscow, among other things, they were in the semifinals of the Champions League and were only there by eventual winners Juventus stopped Turin ( 3:2 and 0:2 ). After 12 years, he finished his 1997 work for the club, which he almost four decades in various roles - had served - and the whole time along with Robert Budzynski, only players and then Nantes ' sporting director. In 2001, the AC Milan tried to commit Suaudeau as a coach. 2004, he has expanded on the recommendation of ex- player of Nantes, Christian Karembeu, the promotion of young talent at Olympiakos Piraeus. Three times (1985, 1992 and 1994) he was elected to the French coach of the year.

Meanwhile, retired, followed Jean -Claude Suaudeau the events surrounding his FC Nantes, which was represented from 1963 to 2007 continuously in the highest league, still with great interest.


As a player

  • French Champion: 1965, 1966 ( and runner-up 1967)
  • French Cup Winner: None (but Finalist 1966)
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup: Participation 1965/66 and 1966/67 (5 games, 1 goal )
  • 4 'A' matches

As coach

  • French Champion: 1983, 1995 ( and runner-up 1985, 1986 )
  • French Cup Winner: None (but Finalist 1983, 1993)
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup: Semi-finalist 1996
  • European Cup competitions: 34 games as manager of Nantes
  • Coach of the Year in France: 1985, 1992, 1994
  • Football players (France)
  • Football coach (France)
  • Born in 1938
  • Man