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René Girard

Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 18.08CET
Montpellier Hérault SC
René Girard
Montpellier coach René Girard ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 18.08CET

René Girard

Montpellier Hérault SC

Date of birth: 4 April 1954
Nationality: French
Playing career: Nîmes Olympique (twice), FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Coaching career: Nîmes Olympique, Pau FC, RC Strasbourg, France Under-19s, U16, U21, Montpellier Hérault SC

• Girard made his name at Nîmes, making over 200 appearances before moving to Bordeaux in 1980. The defensive midfielder, who won five of his seven international caps as France finished fourth at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, was in the Girondins side that lost to Juventus in the 1984/85 European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals.

• After winning the Ligue 1 title three times (1984, 1985, 1987) and the French Cup in 1986 and 1987, Girard returned for a second spell at Nîmes in 1988, helping the team back into the top flight and becoming head coach immediately on retiring in 1991.

• He endured difficulties early on his coaching career and stepped back to manage a bar for a spell, but even then he was completing his coaching qualifications and took the reins at Pau in 1996/97, quickly moving on to Strasbourg.

• Girard was on the coaching staff for France's UEFA EURO 2000 triumph but also the disappointing 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign that followed.

• He had spells at the helm of the national U19, U16 and U21 teams before returning to club football in June 2009 with newly-promoted Ligue 1 side Montpellier – within three seasons they were French champions.

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