René Girard (footballer)

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René Girard
René Girard (1975).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-04-04) 4 April 1954 (age 66)
Place of birth Vauvert, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Paris FC (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1980 Nîmes 202 (27)
1980–1988 Bordeaux 241 (17)
1988–1991 Nîmes 92 (5)
Total 535 (49)
National team
1981–1982 France 7 (1)
Teams managed
1991–1994 Nîmes
1996–1997 Pau FC
1998 Strasbourg
2002–2003 France U19
2003–2004 France U16
2004–2008 France U21
2009–2013 Montpellier
2013–2015 Lille
2016 Nantes
2018 Wydad AC
2020– Paris FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

René Girard (born 4 April 1954) is a French football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Ligue 2 side Paris FC.

Playing career[edit]

Girard won seven caps, scoring one goal for France and was a member of the squad that finished fourth at the 1982 World Cup. At club level, while playing for Bordeaux, Girard won three Ligue 1 titles – in 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1986–87, as well as two Coupes de France, over Marseille in the 1986 and 1987 editions.

Coaching career[edit]

Girard managed Nîmes, Strasbourg, Pau FC and multiple France youth teams. He coached the France national under-21 football team from 2004–08.

On 3 June 2009, he became the new head coach of Montpellier HSC, replacing Rolland Courbis. In the 2011–12 season, Montpellier shocked the footballing world by winning its first Ligue 1 title, finishing the season with 82 points, three more than runner-up Paris Saint-Germain. He said after his team won it. "I think our triumph is a real shot in the arm for French football.[1][2][3] "It just goes to show that everyone can beat everyone and that money isn't the be-all and end-all. We're a club of mates, a club that brings young players through and gives them a chance. "At the end of the day, it's worked out well for us. We played some great football, with a well-balanced team and I'm overwhelmed."[4][5][6]

He signed for Lille in July 2013, replacing Rudi Garcia who left for Roma.[7][8][9]

On 30 September 2018, he was appointed as the head coach of Moroccan club Wydad AC.[10]







  1. ^ "Montpellier HSC crowned Champions of France".
  2. ^ "Ireland are the Montpellier of international football – and other club v country statistics".
  3. ^ "Louis Nicollin: Montpellier here to stay".
  4. ^ "Rene Girard: 'We deserved it'".
  5. ^ "Ligue 1: Magnificent Montpellier make history".
  6. ^ "Montpellier Lift Le Championnat With Home Crowd". 22 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Lille hires Rene Girard as coach, replacing Garcia". Boston Herald. 15 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Ligue 1: Lille confirm appointment of Rene Girard as their new coach – TEAMtalk | Football | World | Club News". TEAMtalk. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Lille appoint Rene Girard". Sports Mole. 15 June 2013.
  10. ^ Maroc : René Girard nouvel entraîneur du WAC,, 1 October 2018

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