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Henri Michel (born 29 October 1947 in Aix-en-Provencemarker, Bouches-du-Rhônemarker) is a former Frenchmarker footballer, who played as a midfielder and later went on to coach various national teams.


Michel played for AS Aix between 1964 and 1966. He then moved to FC Nantes where he played from 1966 until his retirement in 1982.

International career

Michel played 58 times for the France national football team.

Honours as player

  • Ligue 1 champion 1973, 1977 and 1980 with Nantes.
  • Ligue 1 runner-up 1967, 1974, 1978, 1979 and 1981 with Nantes.
  • Coupe de France winners 1979 with Nantes.
  • Coupe de France finalist 1970 and 1973 with Nantes.
  • 58 caps (4 goals) for French national side from 1967 to 1980.

Management career


Michel managed the French national team, guiding it to a third-place finish in the 1986 World Cup.


In 1994 he managed Cameroon.


Michel had two stints with Morocco, the first being between 1995 and 2000.

His second stint, beginning in 2007, was short-lived with a poor showing at the Africa Cup of Nations 2008 where Morocco left in the first round. This resulted in his sacking from the post in February 2008.


From 2001 to 2002, he coached Tunisia. He achieved qualification for the 2002 World Cup, but was fired when Tunisia exited the 2002 African Cup of Nations in the first round after failing to score a single goal.

Côte d'Ivoire

In 2006 he managed the Côte d'Ivoire national football team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where they played well but went down to two defeats by Argentina and the Netherlands, before beating Serbia & Montenegro 3-2 in their final match. In 2005, he helped Côte d'Ivoire qualify for their first-ever appearance in a World Cup at the 2006 World Cup. He resigned from the post after the tournament.

El Zamalek

After the 2006 World Cup he joined the Egyptian club Zamalek. He left the club in 2007 to return to Morocco.


In 2008 he was appointed coach of Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa. He left in March 2009 after being chased by an angry mob demanding his resignation.

El Zamalek

After two years turned back to El Zamalek on 30 August 2009 and on 30 November 2009 El Zamalek officials have fired the French coach due to negative results, the team is currently 15 points behind bitter rivals Al Ahly in the Egyptian league.

Career as manager

Honours as manager


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