Henri Michel

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Henri Michel
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-10-29) 29 October 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Aix-en-Provence, France
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1966 Aix 36 (3)
1966–1982 Nantes 531 (81)
National team
1969–1980 France 58 (4)
Teams managed
1982–1984 France U-21
1984–1988 France
1988–1990 France (DTN)
1990–1991 Paris SG
1994 Cameroon
1995 Al Nassr
1995–2000 Morocco
2000–2001 UAE
2001 Aris Thessaloniki
2001–2002 Tunisia
2003–2004 Raja Casablanca
2004–2006 Côte d'Ivoire
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.

† Appearances (goals)

Henri Michel (born 29 October 1947 in Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône) is a former French footballer and current coach. He played as a midfielder and later went on to coach various clubs and national teams all over the world.


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.

International career

Michel played 58 times for the France national football team.

Honours as player

  • Ligue 1 champion 1973, 1977 and 1980 with Nantes.
  • Ligue 1 runner-up 1967, 1974, 1978, 1979 and 1981 with Nantes.
  • Coupe de France winners 1979 with Nantes.
  • Coupe de France finalist 1970 and 1973 with Nantes.
  • 58 caps (4 goals) for French national side from 1967 to 1980.

Management career


Michel managed the French national, guiding the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and the third place 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.

Côte d'Ivoire

In 2006 he managed the Côte d'Ivoire 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 Zamalek

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.[1]

El Zamalek

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.[2]

Raja Casablanca

Henri Michel was named Raja de Casablanca manager on 11 June 2010.[3]

Equatorial Guinea

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.[4]


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.[5] 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".[6] 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.[7]

Honours as manager


  1. "Michel leaves Sundowns". FIFA. 23 March 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 24 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Hassan replaces Zamalek's Michel
  3. http://www.rajacasablanca.com/News/show_news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1276269042&archive=&template=Headlines_2
  4. "Henri Michel quits as Equatorial Guinea coach again". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Frenchman Henri Michel takes over as Kenya Harambee Stars head coach". Goal.com. Retrieved 30 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Frenchman Henri Michel quits as coach of Kenya". BBC Sport. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "FKF scouting for new Harambee Stars coach". MichezoAfrika.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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