A figure of French football disappears. Gérard Houllier, who was coach of the France team from 1992 to 1993 and successively coached PSG, Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais, died on the night of Sunday 13 to Monday 14 December at the age of 73.
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According to the daily “L’Equipe “, The trainer had undergone a new operation of the aorta in a hospital in Paris, three weeks ago. This is not the first time that Gérard Houllier underwent such an intervention: already, in October 2001, the former coach of the Blues had come close to death before his first operation. Since then, he has been undergoing major medical treatment.
Despite the prohibitions of doctors, the coach had nevertheless not stopped coaching, before ending his coaching career after a last experience at Aston Villa, in 2010-2011.
An atypical course
Gérard Houllier will have managed to mark football with his paw. With an atypical background, he had been a primary school teacher and then an English teacher, before becoming a trainer at Nœux-les-Mines. He then joined the RC Lens team before being consecrated with PSG, French champion in 1986.
Subsequently, he began a second career with the French Football Federation (FFF), assistant to Henri Michel then to Michel Platini in the French team, before his appointment to the post of coach in the summer of 1992. After the Non-qualification of the France team for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Gérard Houllier had left his duties as coach, replaced by his assistant Aimé Jacquet.
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In 1996, Gérard Houllier led the “Bleuets” to the title of European Under-18 Champions after a victory against Spain. He became the coach of Liverpool, from 1998 to 2004, with an exceptional year 2001 marked by four trophies (Cup, Coupe de la Ligue, UEFA Cup and Supercopa), then Olympique Lyonnais, where he won two titles of champion of France in 2006 and 2007.
A man of influence
Over the past ten years, he had become an influential man in the shadow of French football, especially with Jean-Michel Aulas at OL.
Internationally, he had contributed to the emergence of famous clubs like the Red Bull galaxy, from Leipzig to Salzburg, via New York clubs.