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Hervé Renard

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Hervé Renard
Hervé Renard.jpg
Renard as Morocco manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Hervé Jean-Marie Roger Renard[1]
Date of birth (1968-09-30) 30 September 1968 (age 54)
Place of birth Aix-les-Bains, France
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Saudi Arabia (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1990 Cannes 87 (0)
1991–1997 Stade de Vallauris 105 (2)
1997–1998 SC Draguignan 23 (1)
Total 215 (3)
Teams managed
1999–2001 SC Draguignan
2004 Cambridge United
Nam Dinh
2005–2007 AS Cherbourg
2008–2010 Zambia
2010 Angola
2011 USM Alger
2011–2013 Zambia
2013–2014 Sochaux
2014–2015 Ivory Coast
2015 Lille
2016–2019 Morocco
2019– Saudi Arabia
Men's football
Africa Cup of Nations
Representing  Zambia (as manager)
Winner 2012
Representing  Ivory Coast (as manager)
Winner 2015
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Hervé Jean-Marie Roger Renard (born 30 September 1968) is a French professional football coach and former player who is the manager of the Saudi Arabia national team.

Renard has previously been the manager of Zambia national team, with whom he won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations; he also won the competition in 2015 with the Ivory Coast, becoming the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different teams.

Early life

Renard was born on 30 September 1968 in Aix-les-Bains, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.[2]

Playing career

Born in Aix-les-Bains, Renard played as a defender for French sides AS Cannes, Stade de Vallauris and SC Draguignan in a playing career which lasted from 1983 to 1998.[citation needed] After retiring as a professional player he worked as a cleaner, working there in the morning and training with Draguignan in the evening, eventually starting his own cleaning company.[3]

Coaching career

Early years

Renard began his coaching career with

Shanghai Cosco with head coach Claude Le Roy from 2002 to 2003,[3] and managed English side Cambridge United in 2004,[4][5] having first joined the club with Le Roy to serve as a coach.[6]

He became manager of Vietnamese club

Song Da Nam Dinh in 2004, leaving them after several months.[7] He became manager of AS Cherbourg in 2005, leaving them in 2007.[8] He next became Assistant to Claude Le Roy for the Ghana national side.[citation needed

In May 2008, he was appointed manager of the Zambia national team.[9] At the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, he led Zambia to the quarter final stage of the tournament for the first time in 14 years.[citation needed] Renard left his duties as Zambia manager in April 2010 with only two months remaining on his contract.[10] Two days later he agreed to become manager of Angola.[11] He resigned from his position as Angola manager in October 2010, and was replaced by Zeca Amaral.[12]

USM Alger

On 21 January 2011, Renard reached an agreement with Algerian club USM Alger to become the head coach of the club.[13]

Second spell with Zambia

On 22 October 2011, it was announced that Renard had returned for a second stint as coach of Zambia on a one-year contract.[

the 18 players who perished in April 1993, after a plane carrying the squad crashed just miles from the site of the 2012 final in Gabon.[14]

In May 2012, Chishimba Kambwili, the Zambian sports minister, announced he expected Renard to sign a new contract by the end of the month.[15]

After Zambia were eliminated from the group stages of the 2013 African Cup of Nations, Renard said that it was his fault.

2013 Confederations Cup.[17]

Renard was released from his contract by the Football Association of Zambia in October 2013, in preparation for a role with French club FC Sochaux.[18]


On 7 October 2013 it was announced that Renard was appointed as the new manager of French Ligue 1 side Sochaux.[19] In April 2014 he was linked with the Morocco national team job.[20][21]

The club was involved in a relegation fight in May 2014,[22] and after being relegated, he left the club later that month.[23] In July 2014 he was announced to be on the shortlist for the Ivory Coast job.[24]

Ivory Coast

Renard was appointed as manager of the Ivory Coast national team in July 2014.[25] He was manager at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and praised the organization of the tournament.[26] He won the competition, becoming the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different countries.[27]


Renard became manager of French club Lille in May 2015.[28] On 11 November 2015, he was sacked after getting only 13 points in 13 league games.[29]


Renard as Morocco manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

In February 2016, Renard was linked with the vacant Morocco national team job.[30] Later that month he was appointed as the new Morocco manager.[31] In October 2016 he was linked with the vacant Algeria national team job.[32]

In November 2017, he qualified Morocco to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, their first since 1998.[33] Later that month, he signed a new contract, until 2022.[34] In July 2019 the Moroccan team was eliminated from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, with Renard taking responsibility for the "shock exit".[35] He resigned a few days later, on 15 July 2019.[36][37]

Saudi Arabia

Later in July 2019 he became manager of Saudi Arabia, the first Frenchman to do so.[38][39] On 10 September 2019, he managed his first official match against Yemen in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.[40] In March 2022, Renard led Saudi Arabia to qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and in the process became the foreign-born manager with the most wins (18) in the nation's history.[41] In their opening game of the World Cup, he led Saudi Arabia to a 2-1 win over Argentina, one of the pre-tournament favourites, in what was considered one of the biggest shock results in World Cup history.[42]

Personal life

Renard is in a relationship with Viviane Dièye, the widow of coach Bruno Metsu.[43]

His maternal grandparents were from Poland.[44]


As a manager


Ivory Coast


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