Date of birth: 28 July 1951
Playing career: FC Le Locle, Urania Genève Sport
Coaching career: FC Saint-Imier, FC Le Locle, FC La Chaux-de-Fonds, Yverdon-Sport FC, BSC Young Boys, Servette FC, Switzerland Under-21, FC Zürich, FC Sion, Neuchâtel Xamax FC, FC Thun, Armenia
• Bernard Challandes has quietly carved out an impressive coaching CV since his career started in earnest when he took over at Yverdon in 1987. He stayed in the post for seven seasons, winning four lower-league titles, before moving to Young Boys.
• His stay in Berne proved nowhere near as lengthy or successful, however, Challandes departing in 1995 with the club finishing bottom of the 12-team Swiss top flight after collecting just 17 points all season. A subsequent spell at Servette proved short-lived, and there followed a lengthy spell out of the limelight.
• The Le Locle-native took over the Switzerland Under-21 side in 2001. The highlight of his six years in charge came in 2002, when a team including Alexander Frei, Ludovic Magnin and Daniel Gygax reached the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals on home soil.
• The lure of club football proved too strong for Challandes, however, and in 2007 he took charge of Zürich, leading them to the UEFA Cup round of 32 in his first season. A third league title in four years, and a new contract until 2012, followed in 2009, before securing UEFA Champions League group stage football for the first time at the start of 2009/10.
• After leaving FCZ in 2010, Challandes took charge of Sion, Neuchâtel Xamax and Thun, committing to his first job outside Switzerland in the February 2014, at the age of 62, when he was announced as the new coach of Armenia, signing a two-year contract.
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