His football career began in 1961 at the UA Sedan- Torcy, in which the state from center forward to defender retrained Lemerre to 1969 under contract. Then he moved to FC Nantes and played there for two years. 1971-1973 he was wearing the shirt of AS Nancy and from 1973 up to end of his career as a player (1975 ), the RC Lens. He played 444 games in Division 1 in France. However, a championship he never won; his greatest success as a player was reaching the French Cup finals in 1965 and 1970. He was also three times ( 1965/66, 1967/68 and 1968 /69) Winner of the Étoile d'Or as the best player of the season in France's highest league.
Roger Lemerre played between September 1968 and April 1971 six times for the French national football team. Making its debut - a 1-1 draw with Germany in Marseille - was yet another newcomer to the Équipe Tricolore: Aimé Jacquet, whom he would replace almost exactly 30 years later as a coach this same national team.
1975 began his coaching career at Red Star Paris ( 1975-1978 ), then he coached one season RC Lens and two at the Paris FC. 1983 to 1984 he coached the most successful football club in Tunisia, the capital club Espérance Sportive de Tunis. After his return to France he coached Red Star again.
Then from 1986 until December 1997 a member of the coaching staff of the French national team. Here in the French association took over the French military team that had to record a success after almost ten years by winning the World Military Championship in Iran in 1995.
From March to May 1997 trained Roger Lemerre again RC Lens. He took the French Association of unpaid leave and saved his end of the table slipped home club Lens before the Premiership relegation. Subsequently Kotrainer the national team of France in January of the following year.
From July 1998, inherited Roger Lemerre the successful coach of the French national football team, Aime Jacquet, who had just won the World Cup in 1998. He led the team to win the European Football Championship in 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium, won the Confederations Cup in 2001, but failed with his team in the group stage at the FIFA World Cup 2002 in Japan and South Korea. After the fiasco at the World Cup in France as a favorite and defending champion victorious and scoreless retired, he was criticized from all sides. They criticized his military leadership style, his lack of tactical flexibility and its alleged coldness. The French association waited three weeks Lemerre resignation from the post of national coach, but when he did not respond, he was released.
From 24 September 2002 to February 2008 Lemerre was coach of the Tunisian national team. He was the fifth coach of the North Africans in 13 months. He built the team after a streaky World Cup again and won the 2004 African Cup of Nations. His contract was renewed after winning the African Cup of Nations until 2006 and he was appointed by former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to the Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit.
In qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2006 Tunisia managed in the end was to solve the ticket to Germany. There, the North Africans left with just one point from three games out after the group stage. From 1 July 2008 to July 2009 he has been the successor of Henri Michel, the Moroccan national team. Since December 2009 he has headed the Turkish team MKE Ankaragucu.