Dominique Rocheteau (French pronunciation: [dɔminik ʁɔʃəto]; born 14 January 1955) is a French former international football winger. He played in the final tournament of three World Cups, scoring at least a goal in each of them, and was part of the team that won the European Championship in 1984. At club level, he won 4 Division 1 titles, 3 Coupes de France and played in the 1976 European Champion Clubs' Cup final.
|Date of birth||14 January 1955|
|Place of birth||Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2010–2011||Saint-Étienne (president adviser)|
|2011–||Saint-Étienne (sporting director)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Saintes, Charente-Maritime, Rocheteau began his professional career with AS Saint-Étienne, when they were the most successful and popular football team in France. He was a sinuous and incisive outside right who was nicknamed l'Ange Vert ("The Green Angel"). Injured, he played only the last eight minutes of the 1976 European Champion Clubs' Cup final, which Saint-Étienne lost 1–0 to Bayern Munich. He won three Division 1 titles (1974–1976) and one Coupe de France (1977) with Saint-Étienne. He transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in 1980 with whom he won one Division 1 title (1986) and two Coupes de France (1982–1983). In 1987, he was transferred to Toulouse FC, for whom he played two seasons before retiring in 1989.
Asked in 2012 about his most memorable football moment, Rocheteau cited his 107th-minute decisive goal in the second leg of the 1975-76 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final against FC Dynamo Kyiv. Saint-Étienne had lost the first leg 2–0 but won the second leg 3–0 after extra-time. Dynamo Kyiv were the previous year's winners of the 1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup.
With the France national football team, Rocheteau won 49 caps from 1975–1986 and scored 15 goals. He played in final tournament of the 1978 World Cup, 1982 World Cup and 1986 World Cup and was part of the team that won the European Championship in 1984 (though Rocheteau missed the final due to injury). He was injury prone.
Rocheteau played two matches and scored once in Argentina 1978, where France were eliminated in the group stage. Four years later in Spain 1982, he played four matches and scored twice. He started for France in their semi-final defeat against West Germany, and successfully converted his penalty in the shootout. In Mexico 1986, Rocheteau scored only one goal but made four assists; he played four matches, including the quarter-final against Brazil (he was injured and substituted during that match in extra-time and hence did not partake in the penalty shootout), but did not play in the semi-final against West Germany.
Personal and later lifeEdit
After his retirement, Rocheteau shortly became a sports agent, working for David Ginola and Reynald Pedros. In 2002, he became head of the National Ethics Committee of the French Football Federation. He joined the Saint-Étienne staff in 2010, and has since held various management positions in the club.
Away from football, Rocheteau has been noted for his far left views, and has been associated with the Ligue communiste révolutionnaire and Lutte Ouvrière. In 1995, he played a supporting fictional character in Maurice Pialat's film Le Garçu, starring Gérard Depardieu. He has appeared in a few other movies, TV shows and commercials.
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|1972–73||AS Saint-Étienne||Division 1||2||0||-||-||-||-||2||0|
|1980–81||Paris Saint-Germain||Division 1||37||16||3||2||-||-||40||18|
|1987–88||Toulouse FC||Division 1||26||6||4||1||4||2||34||9|
|France national team|
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