One of the best managers in the history of French football and the winner of French Manager of the Century. In this article, we will take a look at Aime Jacquet biography.
Aime Jacquet, born 27 November 1941 in Sail-sous-Couzan, is a former French footballer and coach. As a manager, he was World Cup champion with the French national team in 1998. He was born in a village in the vicinity of Saint-Etienne and is the son of a butcher. During his teenage years, he played for US Couzan and was employed in a factory.
He joined AS Saint-Étienne in 1960 and in 1973 he transferred to Olympique Lyonnais, the club where he ended his football career in 1975. He was called up by the French national team in 1968 and played two matches for his country.
He returned to Olympique in 1976, this time as head of the technical department, where he remained until 1980. He coached Girondins de Bordeaux from 1980 to 1989, where he won the league title for four consecutive seasons in 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985/86 and 1986/87, and took part in the 1983 UEFA Europa League final, only to lose to Stuttgart.
After working as a coach for average clubs in France, in the early 1990s, he became part of the technical commission of the French national team and in 1993 he was appointed as the head coach. He led the French national football team to the World Cup title in 1998, playing at home.
He was national technical director until December 2006, a period during which he implemented a policy of scouting promising young talents. After coaching the famous France 98 team, he went on to become a commentator for certain football evenings on the French channel Canal+.
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Aime Jacquet Bio
Full Name: Aime Étienne Jacquet
Profession: Professional Football Coach
Aime Jacquet Physical Stats
Weight: 76 Kg
Height: 1.82 m
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Grey
Aime Jacquet Football Information
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Jersey Number: 6
Professional Debut: 1960
Aime Jacquet Date of Birth and Personal Info
Date of Birth: 27 November 1941
Birth Place: Sail-sous-Couzan, France
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
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Aim Jacquet was born on November 27, 1941, in Sail-sous-Couzan, a small town in the Loire region which located about 50 kilometres fromSaint-Etienne
where, as a butcher's son, he lived in the rhythm of nature and the ancestral values that it has always conveyed: simplicity, generosity and respect for others. If he had not embraced a career as a professional footballer, he could have become a quite honourable farmer.
However, the football virus quickly caught up with him and he signed his first contract at the club in his village, US Couzan where he gradually climbed all the ranks up to the first team. Aime quickly earned a good reputation to the point of integrating the senior team whereas he was outclassed twice since being part of the youth ranks. However, this was not enough to attract the Saint-Etienne scouts who came to watch him play. Pierre Garonnaire, who came to see his matches several times, found him too slow for an attacker, a position he held at that time.
Finally, it was Mr Hernandez, the coach of the reserve team of AS Saint-Etienne who trusted him and asked Aime to join the Greens where he didn’t become a professional at the time. From the 1959-60 season, he was a simple amateur evolving in AS Saint-Etienne and at the same time, he discovered the working-class world by settling in Saint-Chamond.
In addition to finding his future wife there, he had the chance to know a whole universe that will end up marking him forever. Mutual aid, solidarity and complicity were virtues of which he understood all their meaning amid his co-workers who went so far as to cover him up when he had to leave his post earlier to get to his training sessions.
He felt eternal gratitude towards his colleagues who will have done everything so that he can follow his passion. Obviously, and easily understood, his emerging career was inevitably handicapped by such an uncomfortable situation. His progress was furthermore held back by two separate incidents.
He suffered from viral myelitis, a bone marrow disease, which kept him away from the field for several weeks and he had to complete his military service duties. During this troubled period at the end of the Algerian War, he was called upon at the end of his classes, which he began in June 1961, to take charge, much to his surprise, of the football team of his regiment, the 22nd alpine hunter battalion inNice
Unexpectedly, this request, besides the fact that it exempted him from being drafted into a battalion that could have been faced with conflict beyond the Mediterranean, allowed him to discover the pleasure of passing on his knowledge to an entire group with whom he obtained impressive results (champion of the region in Marseille).
His belief seemed already made: he had a future in this field. To stay in shape, he signed a license at the Nice ASPTT, with the permission of the AS Saint-Etienne, allowing him to also play in the field. When he returned from the army, however, he had trouble establishing himself in the first team.
It was because while he made his league debut on 4 December 1960 in Limoges and scored his first goal on 28 May 1961 against Toulouse, he only managed to play, for example, two league matches during the 1963-64 season, although, along with his fellow team members, he won the first of his five French league titles.
After establishing himself as a young and very talented defensive midfielder, he played for Saint-Etienne until 1973, when he joined Olympique Lyonnais. Stay tuned to this section of
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Aime Jacquet moved on to finish his playing career in 1973 with the great rival Lyon, who had recently won the French Cup. In the 1973-74 season, Olympique Lyonnais was playing in three competitions: The Cup Winners' Cup, the league and the French Cup.
However, the club was knocked out in the last 16 of the European Cup by PAOK Salonika. Following a poor first leg (3-3), Lyon suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat in the second leg. In the French Cup, Lyon was knocked out in the quarter-finals byFC Sochaux
, following a penalty shoot-out. Aime Jacquet's teammates excelled in the league.
Their offensive play, driven by the players such as Di Nallo, Lacombe and Chiesa, enabled Lyon to collect many bonus points (an additional point when a team scored at least 3 goals in a match). Lyon stayed at the top of the table for several weeks in a row, before losing out to AS Saint-Étienne and ending up third in the league, the club's best ranking up to that point.
The 1973-1974 season was successful, even if Olympique Lyonnais failed to win anything. Aime Jacquet, for his part, faced strong competition in midfield with Robert Cacchioni, Ildo Maneiro and Michel Maillard. He made 19 appearances and scored 3 goals in total during the season.
The next season was practically identical to the previous one for the Lyon club but was much more disappointing for Aime Jacquet. With the arrival of the young midfielder Jean-Paul Bernad, Jacquet was pushed to the bench and played only eight games and scored no goals during the season. Meanwhile, Lyon had lost several key players, most notably Fleury Di Nallo, Daniel Ravier and Jean Baeza, and had not even replaced them.
The coaching staff, therefore, put their faith in the club's young players and gave them a chance. This strategy proved to be effective in the league, as Lyon finished third once again. However, Aime Jacquet, who was tired and no longer had the quality of his younger days, put an end to his career as a professional player at the end of the season to join the management of the Lyon club.
Jacquet had the honour of being called up to the French national football team in 1968, where he played in two matches in the qualifying round for the 1970 World Cup inMexico
. Throughout his career as a footballer, Jacquet was crowned champion in the French Football Championship on five occasions: 1964, 1967, 1968, 1968, 1969 and 1970. He was also a three-time French Cup winner in 1962, 1968 and 1970.
When he was 35 years old, he became the coach of Olympique Lyonnais. He became one of the first coaches to introduce a modern approach to football medicine, demanding that the club recruit a medical doctor.
The club had serious financial problems from 1977 because of the obligation in French professional football for players to sign contracts on a timely basis, which forced Olympique Lyonnais to sell players such as Raymond Domenech toStrasbourg
and Bernard Lacombe to Saint Étienne.
As a result, the club's performances were affected and it ended up remaining in the middle of the table, almost being relegated at the end of the 1979-1980 season with an 18th place finish. Jacquet left the club in the summer of 1980 after four seasons as coach and no titles.
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After Raymond Goethals' withdrawal, and thanks to Bernard Lacombe's experience in Lyon, Girondins' president Claude Bez hired the young coach Aime Jacquet from Olympique Lyonnais. There were also new players like René Girard, François Bracci, and also Jean Fernandez and Marius Trésor, who leftMarseille
after they relegated to the second division. Everything was in place to conquer Europe.
He introduced a 4-4-2 system, meaning that Gérard Soler and Albert Gemmrich, both internationals, rotated on the bench, as Bernard Lacombe had become a regular starter. In defence, Trésor and Bracci regained their former glory and their desire to play. The Girondins eventually finished third in the league and won their ticket to the UEFA Cup at the end of the 1980-1981 season.
During the summer of 1981, Jean Tigana joined the Girondins from Olympique Lyonnais. Bordeaux lost the European Cup in the round of 32 to Hamburg. The league campaign went well as the club finished fourth. Many French and foreign internationals were signed and played for Bordeaux alongside the experienced and iconic player that Alain Giresse had become.
In the 1980s, the Girondins went on to become the leading team in French football. They won three titles in 1984, 1985 and 1987, two French Cups in 1986 and 1987 and reached the European Cup every year. The club held a centenary tournament in 1983. Girondins won the semi-final againstFC Barcelona
and were defeated in the final byVfB Stuttgart
The club narrowly failed to win the European title on two occasions. They were beaten in the Champions Cup semi-final in 1985 by Michel Platini's Juventus, losing the first leg 3-0 at the Stadio Comunale and then winning the second leg 2-0 in front of 40,211 spectators, a record attendance at the Parc Lescure that has not been beaten to this day.
The Girondins were knocked out of the Cup semi-finals again in 1987 by Lokomotive Leipzig. After losing the first leg 0-1 in Lescure, the Girondins went on to win in Leipzig by the same score and were eventually eliminated in the penalty shoot-out.
After five lost finals, the Girondins clinched the French Football Cup on 30 April 1986. Facing Olympique de Marseille, who were on the rise at the beginning of the Tapie years, Bordeaux triumphed 2-1 after extra-time thanks to a brilliant goal by Giresse against Marseille's goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.
After this victory, Giresse and Lacombe travelled from Bordeaux to Lourdes by bicycle to keep the promise they had made. In the following year, Bordeaux achieved their first and only double by beating Marseille by four points in the league and beating them 2-0 in the French Cup final.
In those successful years, Bordeaux also supplied the backbone of the French team that won Euro 1984 and made it to the semi-finals of the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. In 1989, Aime Jacquet was fired by President Claude Bez after two seasons in charge of a "league and cup double" with a new generation of players, including José Touré, Alain Roche, Jean-Marc Ferreri and Philippe Vercruysse.
, then known as Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (MHSC), demonstrated its ambitions in 1989 by hiring Aime Jacquet, three-time French champion with Girondins de Bordeaux, as their new coach, and also by signing the best South American player of the year, Carlos Valderrama, the 1988 European U-21 Championship winning duo of Eric Cantona and Stéphane Paille, Wilbert Suvrijn, and Daniel Xuereb and Vincent Guérin.
Nevertheless, the season proved to be disastrous, the club was stuck in the last places of the league and a dressing room incident between Éric Cantona and Jean-Claude Lemoult after a defeat against Lille. With the club at the bottom of the table in the spring, Aime Jacquet was fired by president Louis Nicollin.
For the 1990/91 season, Jacquet moved to AS Nancy-Lorraine, but after poor performances in the league and placing 17th in the FrenchLigue 1
, he was sacked by the club management.
He was appointed to the National Technical Directorate of French football in 1991. By 1992, he had become assistant to coach Gérard Houllier. In the wake of the 1994World Cup
qualifying disaster, whereFrance
lost their last two matches in the autumn of 1993 to Israel and Bulgaria, with just one point needed to qualify, Aime Jacquet became coach of the French national team, but only temporarily.
Jacquet's first series of successful friendlies (including a victory overItaly
in Naples in February 1994 in his first match) allowed him to establish his reputation and to work on a long-term basis. His first goal was to qualify the French team for the 1996 European Football Championship.
During this difficult qualification phase, he gradually dismissed some prestigious players such as Jean-Pierre Papin, Eric Cantona and David Ginola, and started to shape the team in his own style by relying on a few key players such as Didier Deschamps (who was given the captaincy shortly before Euro 1996) and Laurent Blanc, who became his main contacts within the group.
Although his choices at the start of Euro 1996 provoked some complaints and the quality of the game played by Les Bleus occasionally left much to be desired, the French team's good record in England (elimination on penalties in the semi-final) meant that Jacquet was able to retain a certain amount of media and public support.
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In the months following Euro 1996, the situation changed for Jacquet. Having automatically qualified for the 1998 World Cup as the host country, the preparatory matches went on and the French team was struggling to put on an attractive show. Jacquet's tactics were very defensive (or even "weak" according to his detractors), and Jacquet's failure to create a real attacking style of play was both annoying and worrying.
The sports press (in particular the daily L'Équipe) and the mainstream press started to criticize the national coach with great force. He was described as a "laborious footballer", a "love-ratcher of the centre circle" and a "crude, sometimes palaeolithic tactician".
In June 1997, France did not win a friendly tournament against the three other participating national teams (Brazil, Italy and England) and thus disappointed.
In May 1998, the media's lack of confidence in Jacquet reached its highest point when, rather than a list of 22 players for the World Cup, Jacquet submitted a pre-selection of 28 players (a method that was to be imitated by a large majority of the qualified national teams). For the newspaper L'Équipe, it was a sign that Jacquet was not the right man for the job, but just a "good guy who sighs". Furthermore, there were personal comments such as mockery of his Forez accent.
In the World Cup group stage, France had the best record of the 8 groups with 9 points, 3 games won, 9 goals scored and only 1 goal conceded. However, Zinedine Zidane was sent off and suspended for 2 matches for having stepped on the Saudi captain Fuad Amin. France's Dugarry scored the first goal of the tournament and ended any debate about his doubtful selection for the World Cup by Jacquet.
In the Round of 16 match against Paraguay, Jacquet's side, for the first time in the World Cup, applied the golden goal rule in extra time. The French hosts took advantage of this by defeating a remarkable and strong Paraguay.
In the quarter-final, Jacquet and his team were about to play against their rivals Italy. Both France and Italy were not able to break away from each other in the match. Despite many chances, the defenders took the upper hand over the attackers, and no goal was scored for 120 minutes.
In the penalty shoot-out, France failed to score a goal (saved by the Italian goalkeeper) as did Italy in the next attempt. In the very last kick of the shoot-out, Italy's di Biagio hit the crossbar of a beaten Fabien Barthez, and France advanced to the semi-finals.
France played against Croatia in the semifinal match. The French team conceded the first goal at the start of the second half and owed their qualification for the final to Lilian Thuram, who scored the equalizer and then the goal to reach the World Cup final with twenty minutes left in the match. They were the only two goals scored by the defender Thuram in 142 matches he played for the French national team.
In the final match of the 1998 World Cup, under the guidance of Jacquet, France started to take the game in hand, from the very start, rushing towards Cláudio Taffarel's goal. Within minutes, Stéphane Guivarc'h was twice brought one-on-one with the Brazilian keeper. The first was a long ball from Didier Deschamps in the air and the second was an opening from Zinédine Zidane after some work from Youri Djorkaeff. However, on both occasions, Guivarc'h was unable to score.
With the game tending to even out and Brazil making a few dangerous attempts on goal in the French camp, Les Bleus began to put the pressure back on their opponents. In the 27th minute, Roberto Carlos conceded an avoidable corner kick just off the corner post. Emmanuel Petit took the corner and Zidane headed it home. 1-0 to France.
With the first half coming to an end, Guivarc'h wasted another one-on-one with Taffarel, who turned the Auxerre striker's shot for a corner. Again Petit shot from the right and the corner was cleared by the Brazilian defence. Again a corner, this time on the left, fired in by Djorkaeff. Zidane headed in the second French goal without even having to jump. 2-0 to France.
As the second half began, the Brazilian coach opted to go on the offensive. In the middle of the field, Leonardo was replaced by Denílson, who was feared for his dribbling skills. With Brazil increasingly on the attack, Ronaldo had another chance when he was set up by Roberto Carlos' cross and could shoot at goal from close range. However, Fabien Barthez blocked the Brazilian striker's shot, who had been looking sluggish since the start of the match.
In the 67th minute, it looked as if the game was going to be decided when Marcel Desailly, the French defensive leader, was dismissed. Having already been cautioned a few minutes earlier, Desailly received a second yellow card for an inappropriate tackle on Cafu.
As a result, Aime Jacquet brought Djorkaeff off and substituted a defensive midfielder (Patrick Vieira), and Emmanuel Petit moved to the unusual position of centre-back in place of Desailly. The French were reduced to ten men, and the Brazilians were forced into action, but they were incapable of troubling the French until Denílson hit the top of Barthez's crossbar with a shot.
As the clock ticked down, Denílson made Lilian Thuram take yet another corner on the left. However, the corner was poorly taken and Christophe Dugarry managed to launch a counter-attack, passing to Vieira, who then passed to Petit, who launched himself towards the Brazilian goal.
Petit's cross-shot avoided the onrushing Taffarel and ended up in the net. 3-0 to Les Bleus. Meanwhile, Petit had just scored the 1000th goal in the history of the French team. France became world champions in football for the first time in its history.
Immediately after the final, Jacquet announced that he was leaving his post as national coach, as his contract was due to expire at the end of the World Cup. His deputy, Roger Lemerre, took over. Following the 1998 World Cup, Aime Jacquet was appointed head of the National Technical Directorate (DTN), replacing Gérard Houllier. His goals were to participate in the training (of players and coaches) and to develop the future of French football.
Although he was criticized during his time as a coach and described as a defensive coach, Aime Jacquet was actually primarily practical. He was aware that the best French players of the time were mostly defensive players such as Marcel Desailly, Laurent Blanc, Lilian Thuram and Didier Deschamps, and he, therefore, knew that good results could only be achieved with a solid team and not an offensive team that did not necessarily have the ability to produce such a game.
Therefore, rather than an offensive but risky game, he chose to rely on the strong qualities of this generation and to build a solid block, which would have to be opportunistic, especially at set-pieces.
Although Aime Jacquet had a rather short coaching career, he was able to establish himself as one of the best football coaches of all time in France.
Jacquet played in a 20-second commercial for the Casino Group's Cafétéria Casino in August 2002. After turning down several requests to play in other commercials, he said that he "accepted because Casino is a company in my region".
He was selected in 1998 for the new edition of the biographical dictionary Who's Who in France together with the 22 world champion players of the French national team.
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Aime Jacquet, a son of Claudius and Bénédicte Jacquet, was born on 27 November 1941 in Sail-sous-Couzan, a small village in the Forez region of the Loire department. In his childhood, he helped his parents who ran the village butcher shop.
According to the French press, Jacquet and his wife divorced each other in 2021 and at the time, the former French coach is in a new relationship, however, we have no details at the time.
We have seen and heard of Aime Jacquet’s charitable activities several times. In addition, he is the coach and participates in the charity matches of the France 98 charity foundation, chaired by Didier Deschamps and made up of the winning players of the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
At the time of writing this article, there are not any reports regarding legal issues or disputes of Aime Jacquet on media.
In this section of Aime Jacquet biography, we will take a look at his career stats both on the club and international level.
In his club career, Aime Jacquet has played a total of 259 matches as a footballer and scored 29 goals for Saint-Étienne and Lyon.
Aime Jacquet was part of the French national team and played two matches for his country in 1968. He has never scored a goal for France.
Having managed his teams in 723 matches, Aime Jacquet has a win ratio of 46.61 percent with 337 wins, 189 draws and 197 defeats.
As a player, Aime Jacquet has won many club level titles and awards with Saint-Étienne, including the Division 1, Trophée des Champions and the Coupe de France.
After retiring from playing football, he managed to win many titles as a coach, which the most notable of them include the 1998 World Cup with France, Division 1, Trophée des Champions and the Coupe de France with Bordeaux.
His notable personal awards include French Manager of the Year, French Manager of the Century, IFFHS World's Best National Coach and some others.