Robert Herbin

Robert Herbin ( born March 30, 1939 in Paris ) is a French football coach and former football player.

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

Playing career

In the club

From 1953 to 1957 Herbin played at Cavigal Nice. Professional, he was eighteen years old (1957 ) at AS Saint- Étienne - it was his signature at OGC Nice really just a formality. But coach Jean Snella and the longtime talent scout Pierre Garonnaire Herbins convinced parents that young players at the Verts ( "The Greens " is the ASSE for their club colors in France ) do not have to automatically take on the substitutes' bench; so Roberts decided mother with the words " Tu seras un Vert, Roby! " ( " You'll be a Green !") that her son should go to Saint -Étienne. The 1.79 meter tall and 74 kg center half was in fact now a regular player. Among Stéphanois and remained for 15 years until 1972. During this time he won five league titles ( 1964-1970 ) and three times the French Cup He could also, taken together, players and coaches function in ASSE, to look back on 47 European Cup games; also 3-0 over Bayern Munich in October 1969 Herbin ran on. In 1966, he was the second best league with 26 goals scorer.

His last game for AS Saint- Étienne in the Division 1 he graduated, however, until 1975, when he was the coach of this club long ago: before the last game of the season - the club had already decided as a master - he was persuaded by his players, nor once aground in the green jersey. The -budgetary Libero Christian Lopez admitted willingly his place for the obviously very popular trainer, and Herbin played by not only the 90 minutes, but he also scored the last goal in the 5-1 in the Stade Geoffroy Guichard against AC Troyes. So he had his five league titles as a player can add a late sixth.

In the National Team

Between July 1960 and October 1968 Robert Herbin brought it to 23 missions for the French national football team, scoring three goals. Five times he led Les Bleus as captain to the stadium. His first international match was the semi-finals of the European Football Championship 1960 in their own country; He also took part in the Football World Cup 1966 in England (2 inserts). Since he was relatively injury-prone, especially repeatedly had problems with his knee, he finished his career in the Équipe Tricolore already in 1968.

Coaching career

At the end of the 1971/72 season the longtime coach Albert Batteux left the club AS Saint- Étienne. The club president Roger Rocher appointed the captain of the team, Robert Herbin, with 33 years as a trainer, and he remained until January 1983, four French champion and also won in this role three Cup titles and stood with his players on May 12, 1976 Hampden Park in the final of the European Cup of Champions, the ASSE but then lost 0-1 against Bayern Munich. 1973 and 1976 he was voted coach of the year.

After more than a quarter of a century at Saint- Étienne followed Herbin - not voluntary: the new president dismissed him - the temptations of other clubs and coached briefly Olympique Lyon, Al -Nasser Riyadh ( Saudi Arabia), Racing Strasbourg and Red Star Paris - only around 1987 return to the Loire and to train the AS further three years. And in 1997/98 he was responsible for les Verts along with Pierre Repellini a third and final time. His mother was right: He was indeed " a green " has become - with the skin and hair.

Legendary were Herbins press conferences. For many years he has to journalists' questions, which he considered marked for professionally inappropriate or of ignorance, stereotype responded with the phrase " If you see it that way " and turned to the next questioner. Today he lives in L' Étrat on the Loire; the football he is so far still actively connected when he has a seat and vote in the Bundesrat, the French association FFF.


Robert Herbin as player and coach, nine of the ten national champion (meaning the club in 2005 still French giants ), and all six trophies ( Coupe de France) mitgewonnen for AS Saint -Étienne; well that's a record.

Successes as a player

  • French Football Champion: 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 (1975 )
  • French Cup Winners: 1962, 1968, 1970
  • Winners of the Étoile d'Or France Football season as the best player in France's Division 1: 1964 /65 and 1971/72

Success as a coach

  • French Football Champion: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
  • French Cup Winners: 1974, 1975, 1977
  • Finalist at the European Champions Cup in 1976 and a semifinalist in 1975
  • French Coach of the Year: 1973, 1976