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Luis Fernández

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 2.59CET
Israel
Luis Fernández
Israel coach Luis Fernández ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 2.59CET

Luis Fernández

Israel

Date of birth: 2 October 1959
Nationality: French
Playing career: AS Minguettes, AS Saint-Priest, Paris Saint-Germain FC, Racing Club de France, AS Cannes
Coaching career: AS Cannes, Paris Saint-Germain FC (twice), Athletic Club, RCD Espanyol, Al-Rayyan SC, Beitar Jerusalem FC, Real Betis Balompié, Stade de Reims, Israel

• Along with Jean Tigana, Michel Platini and Alain Giresse, the Spanish-born Fernández formed the Carré Magique (Magic Square), that inspired France to glory at the 1984 UEFA European Championship. A committed defensive midfielder, he scored six goals in 60 international appearances between 1982 and 1992.

• Began coaching career at Cannes in 1992 but was soon at the helm of his beloved PSG, where he had won the 1985/86 Ligue 1 title and two French Cups during his playing days.

• In two seasons Fernández led PSG to glory in the French Cup, French League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He also guided them to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, but it was not enough to keep his job and he moved to Spain with Athletic Club.

• Fernández lifted the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup in his second spell with PSG (2000-2003) before gaining a reputation for helping stave off relegation with Espanyol and Real Betis. The Midas touch failed him at Ligue 2's Reims in 2009.

• Having led Beitar Jerusalem to third place in 2005/06, returned to Israel to take charge of the national side in March 2010.

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