Manuel Amoros

Manuel Amoros ( born February 1, 1962 in Nîmes ) is a retired French footballer and current coach of Spanish descent.

The defender Amoros played on the right as on the left side of defense. He began his professional career in 1980 with AS Monaco and earned after the Football World Cup 1982 a regular place in the French national team coach Michel Hidalgo. In the 1982 World Cup, he was the youngest player in the squad of Les Bleus in a subsequent Internet election he was elected as " best young player " of this tournament. The finals had the dramatic semi-final match against Germany, the so-called Night of Seville, missed. Amoros hatt this bad luck because the score at 1-1, he met the German crossbar in the 90th minute of normal time. His first major tournament as a regular player was the European Football Championship 1984 in their own country, but in the opening game against Denmark sad for Amoros began when he was sent off by German referee Volker Roth due to a rude fouls. He was then only as a substitute in the final against Spain back into use and became European Champion.

With the Football World Cup 1986 in Mexico the French national team came up with Amoros back to the semifinals where they again defeated Germany 0-2. Due to the tournament course France was emerged as the favorite in this game. While France had gone four years earlier in the match for third place with only a B-team, they played this time with more commitment and third. Amoros scored the 4:2 against Belgium to the final score. After Amoros Monaco was once become twice French champion and cup winner, he moved in 1989 to the southern French rivals Olympique Marseille, where he formed a strong defensive line with the German Karlheinz Förster and Brazilian Carlos Mozer. With this team he was three consecutive times French champion and won the 1993 UEFA Champions League. With the French national team, he participated in the European Football Championship in 1992 partly in Sweden, however, different in the preliminaries of. The French team began this year to regroup, and Amoros was after 82 games his retirement from international football known. In 1993 he moved to Olympique Lyon. There he played for two years before he returned to Olympique Marseille in 1995. In 1996, he ended his career as a football player.

Manuel Amoros was honored in 1986 as the French Player of the Year. In February 1992, he broke with his 77th deployment in the Équipe Tricolore Maxime Bossis as France 's most capped player from. It was only in March 1999 surpassed Didier Deschamps this brand.

Mid-2010 took over Amoros the coach of the Comorian national football team, and then worked as an assistant coach in Kuwait. In early 2012 he became coach of Benin. On March 15, 2014 he was in Benin and dismissed and replaced by his French compatriot Didier Ollé - Nicolle.


  • Fourth in the World Cup: 1982
  • European Championship: 1984
  • French Champion: 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Coupe de France: 1985
  • UEFA Champions League: 1993