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Manuel Amoros (born 1 February 1962) is a French former football defender. He was capped 82 times for France,[1] and played in the European Championships finals of 1984 and 1992, and the World Cup finals in 1982 and 1986.

Manuel Amoros
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-02-01) 1 February 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Nîmes, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Monaco B 17 (3)
1980–1989 Monaco 287 (36)
1989–1993 Marseille 108 (2)
1993–1995 Lyon 66 (3)
1995–1996 Marseille 16 (0)
Total 494 (44)
National team
1982–1992 France 82 (1)
Teams managed
2010 Comoros
2012–2014 Benin
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Born in Nîmes, Amoros played most of his career for Monaco in the French first division. He missed his penalty in the 1991 European Cup Final for Marseille and subsequently Red Star Belgrade won the match 5–3 on penalties.

International careerEdit

Amoros was born in France to Spanish parents, escaping from Francisco Franco's regime. He represented the France national football team.[2]

It was his stints with the Tricolor during the 1982 and 1986 World Cups in which he stood out. In the 1982 semi-final against West Germany, he hit the crossbar in the 89th minute, and in the penalty shoot-out he converted his kick before France were eventually eliminated.

In the 1984 European Championships held in France, Amoros showed an egregious side of him when, during the opening game against Denmark, he was sent off for head-butting the Danish midfielder Jesper Olsen. He was banned for three games. However, in the final against Spain, national coach Michel Hidalgo used him as a substitute in a game that Les Bleus won by 2–0 at the Parc des Princes.

At the 1986 World Cup, the 24-year-old Amoros was voted best right-back in the tournament by the international press.[citation needed]

Managerial careerEdit


In June 2010, Amoros was appointed national team manager for the Comoros Islands, [3] which coached to September 2010. In January 2012, he was named new coach of Benin, replacing Edme Codjo, who had been in charge since August 2011. [4]



  1. ^ "Joueur - Manuel AMOROS - FFF".
  2. ^ "Manuel Amoros : " Mes origines espagnoles m'ont donné cette fierté "".
  3. ^ "Manuel Amoros sélectionneur national des Comores". 16 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) -".
  5. ^ "Matches of FIFA XI".
  6. ^ "Skoblar dernier joueur de la dream team des 110 ans". (Olympique de Marseille). 24 April 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2016.

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