Henri Michel

Henri Louis Michel (28 October 1947[2][3] – 24 April 2018) was a French football player and coach. He played as a midfielder for Nantes and the France national team, and later went on to coach various clubs and national teams all over the world. He coached France at the 1986 World Cup, where they reached the semi-final, eventually managing a third–place finish; he also helped the Olympic squad win a gold medal in the 1984 edition of the tournament.

Henri Michel
Henri Michel (1976).png
Michel with Nantes in 1976
Personal information
Full name Henri Louis Michel[1]
Date of birth (1947-10-28)28 October 1947
Place of birth Aix-en-Provence, France
Date of death 24 April 2018(2018-04-24) (aged 70)
Place of death Aix-en-Provence, France
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1966 Aix 36 (3)
1966–1982 Nantes 531 (81)
Total 567 (84)
National team
1967–1980 France 58 (4)
Teams managed
1982–1984 France U-21
1984–1988 France
1988–1990 France (DTN)
1990–1991 Paris Saint-Germain
1994 Cameroon
1995 Al Nassr
1995–2000 Morocco
2000–2001 UAE
2001 Aris Thessaloniki
2001–2002 Tunisia
2003–2004 Raja Casablanca
2004–2006 Ivory Coast
2006 Al-Arabi
2006–2007 Zamalek
2007 Morocco
2008–2009 Mamelodi Sundowns
2009 Zamalek
2010 Raja Casablanca
2011 Equatorial Guinea
2012 Kenya
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

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. Michel also played 58 times for the France national football team, and was selected for their 1978 World Cup squad.

Management careerEdit


Michel managed the French national team, guiding the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and a third–place finish at 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 was fired when Tunisia exited the 2002 African Cup of Nations in the first round after failing to score a single goal.

Ivory CoastEdit

In 2006, he managed the Ivory Coast 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.

El ZamalekEdit

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.[4]

El ZamalekEdit

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 was 15 points behind bitter rivals Al Ahly in the Egyptian league.[5]

Raja CasablancaEdit

Henri Michel was named Raja de Casablanca manager on 11 June 2010.[6]

Equatorial GuineaEdit

On 10 December 2010, Michel was hired head coach of the Equatorial Guinea to lead the team for 2012 Africa Cup of Nations they will co-host with Gabon. He suddenly resigned from his post on 19 October 2011, with the Africa Cup of Nations three months away, because he said he could not have the best players in the country, but five days later he was rehired thanks to the dismissal of Sports Minister Ruslan Obiang Nsue. On 21 December 2011, he resigned as coach of Equatorial Guinea again, citing interference from a "third party" as the reason for his departure.[7]


On 28 August 2012, Michel was named by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) as the head coach of the Harambee Stars, taking over from James Nandwa, who was acting as manager on a caretaker basis.[8] Barely four months later, he resigned, stating that he "could not find an amicable agreement within the deadlines regarding my compliance with several provisions of the contract".[9] The FKF has also stated that they were disappointed with his attitude especially in looking down towards local tournaments, even describing the 2012 CECAFA Cup as useless and sent Nandwa to handle the team as interim coach.[10]


Henri Michel died on 24 April 2018, aged 70. The cause of death was not disclosed.[11]




  1. ^ a b "Décret du 31 décembre 1999 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 31 December 1999 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française. 2000 (1): 10. 1 January 2000. PREX9903892D. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.leparisien.fr/sports/football/football-henri-michel-ancien-selectionneur-des-bleus-est-decede-24-04-2018-7681203.php
  3. ^ http://www.lalibre.be/dernieres-depeches/afp/henri-michel-en-bref-5adf0acdcd707e468a0ce5c2
  4. ^ "Michel leaves Sundowns". FIFA. 23 March 2009. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  5. ^ Hassan replaces Zamalek's Michel
  6. ^ http://www.rajacasablanca.com/News/show_news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1276269042&archive=&template=Headlines_2[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Henri Michel quits as Equatorial Guinea coach again". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Frenchman Henri Michel takes over as Kenya Harambee Stars head coach". Goal.com. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Frenchman Henri Michel quits as coach of Kenya". BBC Sport. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  10. ^ "FKF scouting for new Harambee Stars coach". MichezoAfrika.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  11. ^ Phelippeau, David (24 April 2018). "L'ancien sélectionneur des Bleus Henri Michel est décédé à l'âge de 70 ans". www.20minutes.fr (in French). Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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