Lucien Favre

Lucien Favre (2011)

Lucien Favre ( born November 2, 1957 in Saint -Barthélemy, Canton of Vaud ) is a former Swiss football player and current coach. Since February 2011 he has held this position at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

  • 2.1 FC Echallens
  • 2.2 Yverdon -Sports and Servette Geneva
  • 2.3 FC Zurich
  • 2.4 Hertha BSC
  • 2.5 Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • 2.6 Philosophy
  • 2.7 successes as a coach

Career as a player


The 24- time Swiss national team played during his career, among other things, at Neuchatel Xamax, FC Toulouse and at Servette Geneva. On September 13, 1985 his career was overshadowed by a serious injury, he is entering the Game Servette Geneva - drew upon Vevey -Sports: 42 minutes in Vevey Libero Pierre -Albert Chapuisat occurred (father of Stéphane Chapuisat ) Favre in the knee, which was not sanctioned by the referee as foul. Favre retired while several broken bones and torn ligaments. The challenge drew a two-year criminal process by itself, was sentenced at the end of Chapuisat fined for negligent injury.

After injury-related break Favre managed a comeback at Servette, and he played from 1987 with, among others, Karl -Heinz Rummenigge, who moved from Inter Milan to Geneva. Lucien Favre, who was considered a very good technician and intelligent playmaker who finished 1991 with Servette Geneva 's active time.


During his time in the Swiss national Favre scored one goal. This was his first international match in a 2-1 win against the Netherlands on September 1, 1981 in Zurich, in which Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard also gave their respective national debut. His last of 24 international matches, he completed on April 26, 1989 in Lisbon in the 1-3 defeat against Portugal.

Successes as a player

  • European Cup competitions: 17 games, 4 goals
  • Swiss champions Servette Geneva 1985

Career as a coach

FC Echallens

Favre's coaching career began in 1991 at FC Echallens as assistant to the C- junior coach with the intention of a football club from the ground up to meet. After years as an assistant, he coached the junior team (14 years), before he took over the first team. Under Favre's management of the club was promoted to the National League B, which was the largest ever success in the club's history.

Following his career at FC Echallens Favre worked for 18 months at Neuchatel Xamax as a junior manager.

Yverdon -Sports and Servette Geneva

In 2000, Favre joined the traditional club Servette Geneva, where he worked as a player before. In 2001, he won with the team the Swiss Cup and came with a 3-0 win at Hertha up in the first knockout round of the UEFA Cup before.

FC Zurich

In spring 2003, Favre moved to FC Zurich. With the FCZ he was once Winners' Cup (2005 ) and 2006 and 2007 champion. On 29 May 2007 Lucien Favre was elected for the second time in a row against the Swiss coach of the year. Under Favre's leadership made ​​it Daniel Gygax, Blerim Džemaili, Xavier Margairaz, Steve von Bergen and Gökhan Inler in the Swiss national team.

Hertha BSC

For the 2007/08 season Favre joined the German Bundesliga club Hertha BSC. In Berlin, he received a contract until 2010, which was extended in January 2009 to 2011. Favre joined together with assistant coach Harald Gämperle and the players Raphael and Steve von Bergen to Berlin. In the 2008 /09 season he led Hertha to fourth place in the table. However, the Hertha could not bind to financial reasons important player for the subsequent season. After a poor start to the season in the season 2009 /10 with six defeats in a row and the bottom of the table after the seventh match Favre was released on 28 September 2009.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

On 14 February 2011 Borussia Mönchengladbach Favre committed as head coach after Michael Frontzeck had been released the day before. Favre took over a team that was 16 points according to Table 22 of 34 match days and a deficit of seven points had the relegation place. With 20 points from the remaining twelve games Favre has kept the Borussia before the descent. On 25 May 2011, the team prevailed in two relegation matches against VfL Bochum.

In the 2011/12 season Favre started with a win at FC Bayern Munich and reached the top spot on Matchday 3. On 8 February 2012, he moved to the Borussia semi-finals of the DFB Cup, but where led the penalty shootout against Bayern Munich for retirement. The 2011/12 season ended Favre - with virtually the same team that had only narrowly avoided relegation in the previous season - on the fourth place, the right to participate in the qualifying matches for the UEFA Champions League 2012/13. After it had long been speculation about a departure of Favre, he extended in July 2012 his expiring in June 2013 contract at Borussia Moenchengladbach by two years.

When choosing coach of the year in 2012 Favre took second place behind Jürgen Klopp.

In March 2014 it was announced that Favre has extended his contract at Borussia until June 2017.


Lucien Favre is one of the proponents of offensive football. He is a lover of fast short passing game after the Spanish model (see Tiki - Taka ). Due to the similarity of the style of play for FC Barcelona, the term ' Borussia Barcelona ' was born at the time Favre's Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Success as a coach