Claude Anelka

Claude Anelka (born 12 March 1968) is a French football manager, who is currently the Director of Coaching at Little Haiti FC, and former player.

Claude Anelka
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Anelka in 2010 as manager of AC St Louis
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-03-12) 12 March 1968 (age 54)
Place of birth Saint-Pierre, Martinique
Club information
Current team
Little Haiti FC (Director of Coaching)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Versailles
1989–1994 Paris FC
1994–1997 Choisy-le-Roi
Teams managed
2004 Raith Rovers
2009–2010 AC St. Louis
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Early lifeEdit

Anelka was born in Saint-Pierre, Martinique on 12 March 1968.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Anelka played as a defender for Versailles, Paris FC and Choisy-le-Roi.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

In 2004, he invested approximately £300,000 into Scottish side Raith Rovers and became manager.[2][3] However, he resigned as manager in September 2004 after managing just one draw and seven defeats from eight games.[4] After resigning as manager, he became Director of Football, but resigned from that position in October 2004.[5][6]

Anelka, after leaving Raith, worked as a coach at FC Trappes, where both his brother and Patrick Vieira began their careers.[7]

On 8 December 2009, Anelka was announced as the first Head Coach of NASL expansion side AC St. Louis.[8] Anelka was fired from the position on 25 June 2010.[9]

After a spell as Head Coach of Floridians FC he was appointed Director of Coaching at Little Haiti FC, of the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) in February 2015.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the older brother of professional footballer Nicolas Anelka and acted as his agent in 1999.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Claude Anelka - Free - Stats - titles won".
  2. ^ Will Hersey (4 May 2008). "The 10 worst football managers". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  3. ^ "American adventure begins for Claude Anelka, the man who 'over-stretched his limits' at Raith Rovers". The Herald. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Anelka stands down at Raith". BBC. 29 September 2004. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Raith in boardroom turmoil". BBC. 7 October 2004. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  6. ^ Desmond Kane (20 October 2004). "Wrath of Raith fans forces Anelka to quit". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Soccer team here named AC St. Louis". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  8. ^ Brian Quarstad (8 December 2009). "St. Louis Entry into NASL Announces Name, Coach and Director of Player Personal". Inside MN Soccer. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  9. ^ Lange, Dave (25 June 2010). "AC St. Louis fires head coach Claude Anelka, Schilly takes over". St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  10. ^ "Little Haiti FC". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  11. ^ "From Real to Raith how the other Anelka changed his life". Independent. 1 July 2004. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.