Herve Renard, a former international football player, is the current manager of Morocco’s national team, the Atlas Lions. In his career as a defender, he played for French football clubs including AS Cannes, Stade de Vallauris, and SC Draguignan.
Rabat – In his career as a defender, Herve Renard played for French football clubs including AS Cannes, Stade de Vallauris, and SC Draguignan.
Herve Renard was born on 30 September, 196,8 in Aix-les-Bains, France. During his 15 year career as a professional footballer, he played on a number of French international teams. A defender for AS Cannes from the year 1983 to 1990, he moved to Stade de Vallauris in 1997. Renard ended his career as a player in at SC Draguignan, where he played from 1997 to 1998.
Renard began his coaching career in 1999 when he rejoined SC Draguignan. After two years he became assistant coach for Chinese football team Shanghai Cosco, working with head coach Claude Le Roy. Leaving Shanghai Cosco in 2003, he moved to Cambridge, UK to oversee Cambridge United.He then managed Vietnamese club Melody Da Nam Dinh. In 2005 he became the manager of French football club AS Cherbourg. Following two years he made a change and went to help Claude Le Roy as an assistant coach.
In May 2008 Renard became the manager of his first national team, Zambia. He took Zambia towards the quarter-final stage in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Following his impressive international debut with Zambia in the CAN, Renard became the manager of Angola’s national football team. He left the team in early October 2010.
On 21 Jan 2011, Renard signed an agreement with Algerian club USM Alger, becoming their head coach.
Renard returned to the Zambian team from October r 2011 until 2013, responsible for the team’s CAN training..
On 7th Oct 2013, Renard became the manager of Ligue 1 side Sochaux. He left the club following its relegatioN. In July 2014 Renard became the manager of the Ivory Coast’s national team. Later on May 2015, he moved again to manage Lille football club.
In February of 2016 Renard moved back into international football, becoming head manager of Morocco’s national football team, the Atlas Lions. During his tenure as manager for the squad, he lead the Lions into the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Thecoach has a fixed contract with the team which will expire in 2020, unless it is renewed.
Renard and his team are currently in training for the 2019 edition of CAN, and have been tipped to win by a range of football observers, including Renard’s former colleague Claude Le Roy.
The only coach to have won the CAN title twice with different teams, having first won with Zambia in 2012 and then with the Ivory Coast in 2015, Moroccan fans are hoping for a hat-trick from the French veteran.