Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
Special Selection: 17th Japan Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2020
- Born in France on 21 March 1955
Named as the coach of the Japan National Team in 1998 and led the team to the round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. During his four year tenure, the Japan National Team finished as runners-up at the FIFA Confederations Cup (2001) and won the AFC Asian Cup (2000). He also served as the coach of the U-23 Japan National Team and U-20 Japan National Team. In 1999 he led the U-20 side to the final of FIFA World Youth Championship (current FIFA U-20 World Cup) which was the first time that any Japan National Team including under-age categories reached the final in the FIFA Competitions, while also leading the U-23 side to the quarterfinals at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
After starting his coaching career in 1983, he has coached for clubs in France, Africa, and China PR, while also assuming national team coaching posts at Nigeria, South Africa, and Qatar. Currently in 2020, he is the coach for the U-19 Vietnam National Team.
In 2000, he was awarded the AFC Coach of the Year.