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Yvon Pouliquen (born 17 October 1962) is a French football manager and former footballer. He played as a defensive midfielder for 14 seasons (all but one in Ligue 1) and made 455 appearances in the French league. He then spent several years as a manager, and won back-to-back Coupes de France, in 2001 with Strasbourg and in 2002 with Lorient, as well as a taking Metz to the quarter finals in 2008.

Yvon Pouliquen
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-10-17) 17 October 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Morlaix, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1977–1982 Brest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1987 Brest 146 (4)
1987–1989 Laval 76 (2)
1989–1991 Saint-Étienne 75 (1)
1991–1996 Strasbourg 158 (3)
National team
1988 Brittany indoor 1
Teams managed
2000–2001 Strasbourg
2002–2004 Lorient
2004–2005 Guingamp
2006–2007 Grenoble
2007–2010 Metz
2010–2011 Grenoble
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Morlaix, Finistère, France, Pouliquen started his playing career aged 15 at Brest. He made his first team debut aged 19, as a half-time substitute against Tours in Ligue 1, and scored within ten minutes of entering the field of play.[1] He spent a further five seasons with Brest, two with Laval, and another two with Saint-Étienne before joining Strasbourg, then in Ligue 2. He helped them to promotion to Ligue 1 via the playoffs in his first season at the club,[2] scored the goal against local rivals Metz which put the club into the 1995 Coupe de France Final,[3] and in his final year as a player helped them qualify via the Intertoto Cup for the UEFA Cup and reach the last 16.[4] He also captained the club.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

At the end of his first team playing career, Pouliquen joined the coaching staff under manager Jacky Duguépéroux at Strasbourg, though he continued to play occasionally for the reserve team. In December 1997 he took over as reserve team coach, a post he held until his appointment as first team manager in November 2000. His tenure lasted only until the end of the 2000–01 season, in which Strasbourg won the Coupe de France but were relegated to Ligue 2.[6]

Pouliquen took over as manager of Lorient in January 2002, leading them to their first final of the Coupe de la Ligue as well as their first major trophy in the 2002 Coupe de France.[7] When he joined, the club were in the relegation positions, and he was unable at any stage to lift them out of the bottom three places,[8] so for the second consecutive season he combined the cup win with relegation from the top flight.[6] The following season Lorient made their first ever appearance in European competition, entering at the first round stage of the 2002–03 UEFA Cup, only to lose on the away goals rule to Denizlispor.[9] At the end of the 2002–03 season Lorient narrowly failed to win promotion back to Ligue 1, and Pouliquen was replaced by Christian Gourcuff.[7]

In June 2004 Pouliquen took over as manager of Guingamp, newly relegated to Ligue 2.[10] Though the club had expected immediate promotion, and were disappointed with seventh place in the 2004–05 season, an excellent home record gave the manager a period of grace, but a poor start to the 2005–06 season provoked his dismissal in September 2005.[11]

He then had a spell as manager of Grenoble in the 2006–07 season before joining FC Metz in December 2007 with the club bottom of Ligue 1.[12] He was replaced by Joël Müller at the end of the 2009–10 season.[13] In September 2010, he came back to Grenoble Foot 38.[14] Against a background of financial difficulty and a transfer embargo,[15] Pouliquen was unable to prevent relegation to the third tier. He left at the end of the season, and Grenoble were administratively relegated a further two divisions because of its insolvency.[16][17]

Pouliquen went on to become a players' agent.[18]


  1. ^ Daniellou, Eric. "Yvon Pouliquen: Dix années brestoises" [Ten years with Brest]. (in French). Archived from the original on 9 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Saison 1991–1992". (an RC Strasbourg fansite) (in French). Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  3. ^ "RCS – Metz 1–0". (in French). Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Saison 1995–1996". (in French). Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Yvon Pouliquen fiche joueur". (in French). Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Yvon Pouliquen fiche dirigeant". (in French). Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Les entraîneurs" [Managers] (in French). FC Lorient. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Lorient 2001–2002: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Histoire: 2001–2002: Premier titre majeur" [History: 2001–2002: First major title] (in French). FC Lorient. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Yvon Pouliquen nommé entraîneur de Guingamp" [Yvon Pouliquen named manager of Guingamp]. (in French). 2 June 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Guingamp – Pouliquen démis" [Guingamp – Pouliquen dismissed]. L'Équipe (in French). 17 September 2005. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Pouliquen takes on Metz challenge". UEFA. 25 December 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Metz: Joël Muller ne veut faire qu'un "intérim de cinq matches"" [Metz: Joël Muller only wants to do "five matches as caretaker"]. Le Parisien (in French). Agence France-Presse. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Grenoble: Pouliquen remplace Bazdarevic au poste d'entraîneur" [Grenoble: Pouliquen replaces Bazdarevic as manager]. Le Parisien (in French). Agence France-Presse. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Sanctions confirmées" [Sanctions confirmed]. L'Équipe (in French). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  16. ^ Versace, Emmanuel (8 July 2011). "La tragique déroute du Grenoble Foot 38" [The tragic ruin of Grenoble Foot 38] (in French). France24. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Grenoble reste en CFA2" [Grenoble stay in CFA2]. L'Équipe (in French). 28 July 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Yvon Pouliquen inquiet pour Rennes" [Yvon Pouliquen concerned for Rennes]. Ouest-France (in French). 6 May 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015.