Raymond Domenech

Raymond Domenech in 2007

Raymond Albert Manuel Domenech [ ʁɛmɔ dɔmɛnɛk ] ( born January 24, 1952 in Lyon ) is a former French footballer. He was from 2004 to 2010 national coach of the French national team. Domenech is Catalan descent; his father emigrated to the time of the Franco regime from Spain.

  • 3.1 successes as a player
  • 3.2 successes as a coach

Playing career


His first League Game of the iron- hard -back Domenech with 18 years for Olympique Lyon in Nice ( 2-0). With Lyon he was 1973 French Cup winner. From 1977 to 1981, he was under contract with Racing Strasbourg in 1979 and won the French title. He then played one year at Paris St. Germain and 1982-1984 with Bordeaux, where he won the French Cup in 1984 again. Until 1985 he was a player coach and then head coach at FC Mulhouse.

With a total of 432 Erstligaeinsätzen he is not one of the " 500 Club ", but was still about one and a half decades, a seminal figure in the French football and this should also be later as a coach, especially as coach of the senior national team.


Internationally, he ran eight times for the French national team.

Coaching career

At the beginning of his coaching career, he worked as head coach of FC Mulhouse between 1984 and 1988. From 1989 he was coach of Olympique Lyon before 1993 Technique for Direction Nationale ( DTN ), the coaching staff of the French national football team moved. During this time he coached the U-20 and U-21 national team of France, but to pick up without a title in each age class. There he worked ten years in the background.

On 12 July 2004 he joined after the European Championships in the footsteps of coach Jacques Santini. In the following years the team had even bigger problems in qualifying for the World Cup 2006. During the World Cup finals in Germany, the team reached for a small football nations in their own Stade de France after initially poor performance but the final.

Raymond Domenech emphasizes tactical discipline he learned mainly in Alsace with Racing Strasbourg. His record with the national team after 79 games is positive; however the sélectionneur was mainly because of his tactical decisions ( preference for the 4-2 -3- 1 system ) and the public supposedly too long holding on to " veteran " players repeatedly in the crossfire criticism. It has been many debutants in the A- team under his aegis.

In the 2008 European football championships in Austria and Switzerland, the French left under Domenech in the group stage as a group last of. Nevertheless, it was announced on 3 July 2008 that Domenech further remains in office and the Équipe Tricolore will lead to the Football World Cup 2010. He succeeded after a detour through the relegation stage. In the 2010 World Cup the French national team also resigned as a group last in the first round (see also fiasco of Knysna ). His contract expired at the end as sélectionneur June 2010; However, he was also a member of the influential Direction Technique Nationale ( DTN ) in the FFF. These well-paid, permanent position was terminated him early September 2010, due in particular with "his behavior at the World Cup ... as the refused handshake with Carlos Alberto Parreira and how to deal with that matter Anelka ' ".

In November 2010, Domenech said to temporarily exercise the e- Youth of the French Association Amateur Athletic Club de Boulogne -Billancourt. In September 2013 he has been on a proposal from the union coach UNECATEF appointed member of the Board of Directors of the French professional league association LFP.


Successes as a player

  • French Cup with Olympique Lyon: 1973
  • French champion with Racing Strasbourg: 1979
  • French Cup with Girondins Bordeaux: 1984

Success as a coach

  • Vice World Champion with France: 2006


1904-1964, without the right to team's formation ( entraîneur ): Fred Pentland | Thomas Griffiths | Peter Farmer | Raoul Caudron | Sid Kimpton | Maurice Cottenet | Paul Baron | Pierre Pibarot | Jules Bigot | Albert Batteux Since 1964, with power to team's formation ( entraîneur - sélectionneur ): Henri Guérin | Jean Snella / José Arribas | Just Fontaine | Louis Dugauguez | Georges Boulogne | Ştefan Kovács | Michel Hidalgo | Henri Michel | Michel Platini | Gérard Houllier | Aimé Jacquet | Roger Lemerre | Jacques Santini | Raymond Domenech | Laurent Blanc | Didier Deschamps

  • National football team (France)
  • Frenchman
  • Football coach (France)
  • Support of the French National Order of Merit (officer )
  • Member of the Legion d'Honneur ( Officer )
  • Born in 1952
  • Man