Christophe Galtier (born 23 August 1966) is a French professional football manager and former player who is the current manager of Qatar Stars League club Al-Duhail. A defender, Galtier spent many of his 15 years as a player at Marseille with spells at six other clubs, four in France and one each in Italy and China.[4]

Christophe Galtier
Galtier with Al-Duhail in 2023
Personal information
Full name Christophe Galtier
Date of birth (1966-08-23) 23 August 1966 (age 57)
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back[2]
Team information
Current team
Al-Duhail (manager)
Youth career
SO Les Caillols[3]
1982–1985 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Marseille 52 (0)
1987–1990 Lille 93 (0)
1990–1993 Toulouse 82 (0)
1993–1994 Angers 33 (1)
1994–1995 Nîmes 21 (0)
1995–1997 Marseille 62 (0)
1997–1998 Monza 24 (0)
1998–1999 Liaoning 23 (0)
Total 390 (1)
International career
1988 France U21 6 (0)
Managerial career
2009–2017 Saint-Étienne
2017–2021 Lille
2021–2022 Nice
2022–2023 Paris Saint-Germain
2023– Al-Duhail
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

With Saint-Étienne, Galtier won the Manager of the Year award at the 2013 Trophées UNFP du football, which he shared with Carlo Ancelotti; he won again in 2019 after Lille finished in second place during the 2018–19 Ligue 1 season. Galtier won the trophy for a third time in 2021 after guiding Lille to their fourth Ligue 1 title in club history. After a one-year spell at Nice, Galtier joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2022, where he won the Ligue 1 title again.

Early life and playing career edit

Christophe Galtier[5] was born on 23 August 1966[6] in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône.[7] He spent a large part of his playing career in France with his hometown club Marseille, whom he represented in two different spells. In a fifteen-year career, he also played for Lille, Toulouse, Angers, and Nîmes in France, before ending his career with stints in Italy for Monza and with Liaoning in China.[citation needed]

Coaching career edit

Assistant coach (1999–2009) edit

From 1999 to 2004, Galtier was assistant coach at Marseille, Aris and Bastia. From 2004 to 2009, he worked as Alain Perrin's assistant coach at Al Ain, Portsmouth, Sochaux, Lyon and Saint-Étienne (ASSE).[8]

Saint-Étienne edit

 
Galtier with Saint-Étienne in 2014

In December 2009, Galtier was appointed the head coach of Saint-Étienne, with ASSE in danger of relegation following the departure of Alain Perrin.[9] In his first season, Galtier successfully guided ASSE to safety, finishing in 17th place. ASSE finished in the top 10 of Ligue 1 in the seven consecutive seasons of Galtier's tenure, with 4 of those seasons ending in a European place.

In 2013, ASSE defeated Rennes to win the Coupe de la Ligue, their first trophy in 32 years.[10] His European debut as a head coach is a 3–0 home win over Moldovan club Milsami Orhei in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase on 1 August 2013.[11]

On 9 May 2017, Galtier announced he would be leaving Saint-Étienne at the end of the season upon the expiration of his contract.[12] At that moment he was the longest serving Ligue 1 manager still active, having taken the reins for eight years.[13] On 20 May 2017, he left the club after 361 games, including 147 wins, as Saint-Étienne head coach.

Lille edit

 
Galtier with Lille in 2019

On 22 December 2017, Galtier became the new manager of Lille, who were at the 18th place in the league.[14] However, they eventually avoided relegation places by one point in the 2017–18 season. In the 2018–19 season, he led Lille to finish second and qualify for the next Champions League season, after a seven-year absence.[15]

During the 2020–21 season, Galtier guided Lille to their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years and the fourth in club history.[16] Galtier was praised by many pundits over the course of the season for both his tactics and his ability to develop young talent including Jonathan David, Renato Sanches, and Mike Maignan.[17][18] For his efforts, Galtier was named the Ligue 1 Manager of the Year for a third time.[17] On 25 May 2021, two days after winning the league title, he resigned as manager. He stated: "I simply have the deep belief that my time is up here".[19]

Nice edit

On 28 June 2021, Galtier was appointed as the new head coach of fellow Ligue 1 club Nice.[20] In his first season, he led the team to a fifth-place finish and a Coupe de France final, where they lost 1–0 to Nantes.[21][22] Nice qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round as a result.[23] He left Nice on 27 June 2022, being replaced by Lucien Favre.[24]

Paris Saint-Germain edit

On 5 July 2022, Galtier agreed a two-year deal to become the manager of Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, replacing Mauricio Pochettino.[25] In his first transfer window, he oversaw the arrivals of Hugo Ekitike, Nordi Mukiele, Fabián Ruiz, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler, and Vitinha.[26] During his spell at PSG, Galtier won the Ligue 1 and Trophée des Champions.[27][28] He parted ways with the club on 5 July 2023 and was replaced by Luis Enrique.[29]

Al-Duhail edit

On 12 October 2023, Galtier became head coach of Qatar Stars League club Al-Duhail.[30]

Personal Life edit

Galtier is the father of former footballer Jordan Galtier.[31] The family is of Romani descent.[32]

Controversies and arrest edit

In April 2023, Galtier was accused of making racist comments whilst Nice manager, which he denied.[33] On 30 June 2023, together with his son John Valovic-Galtier, Galtier was taken into custody by the French police as part of the investigation into suspicions of racial and religious discrimination, at the time of his experience at Nice.[34][35] It was announced that he would face trial in December.[36] Among other things, Galtier allegedly said "Enough Muslims", "Algerians are the worst" and described black people as "King Kong".[37] At the trial he denied the allegations.[38] Galtier was acquitted of the charges by the court.[39]

Managerial statistics edit

As of match played 5 April 2024
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Saint-Étienne 15 December 2009 20 May 2017 361 147 109 105 040.7 [40]
Lille 29 December 2017 25 May 2021 152 78 32 42 051.3 [41]
Nice 28 June 2021 27 June 2022 43 23 8 12 053.5 [42]
Paris Saint-Germain 5 July 2022 5 July 2023 50 34 6 10 068.0 [43]
Al-Duhail 12 October 2023 present 22 8 3 11 036.4
Total 628 290 158 180 046.2

Honours edit

Player edit

Marseille

Manager edit

Saint-Étienne

Lille

Nice

Paris Saint-Germain

Individual

References edit

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