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Since its creation in 1967, the Festival International Espoirs - Maurice Revello Tournament has seen some of the world's greatest players as well as renowned managers come and go. Around 270 of them have coached national teams during the tournament. Among them, coaches have become friends with the Tournament thanks to their loyalty and their achievements in the competition. Others have known glorious destinies and rich careers before or after their time on the benches of Provence. But they all, without a doubt, keep an imperishable memory of their experience in the South of France.

The likes of Marcelo Bielsa, Gerard Houllier, Cesar Luis Menotti, Jose Pekerman, Carlos Bilardo, Telê Santana, Claude Le Roy and, most recently, Guus Hiddink, have all played in the Maurice Revello Tournament as coaches. All of them have left their mark on the history of the Festival through their playing philosophies and passion for football, whether it was Menotti in 1975, who came to prepare his young Argentinian squad for the 1978 World Cup, won by the Albiceleste side featuring a certain Daniel Passarella, who had been spotted three years earlier on the tournament's turf, or Marcelo Bielsa and his impressive Chile, who had finished, unsurprisingly, as the tournament's best attack. The illustrious Brazilian Santana, Argentina tactician Carlos Bilardo and Claude Le Roy, the doyen of the 'White Wizards', were also on hand... Coaches who have all gone down in history and passed through the Tournament.


Marcelo Bielsa with Chile during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2008


José Perkerman in 1998 during a training session with Argentina during the Maurice Revello Tournament 1998


Guus Hiddink, China's manager at the Maurice Revello Tournament 2019

Some have sworn allegiance to the Tournament. The champions of the participations are Marc Bourrier, who came nine times between 1983 and 1992 at the head of the French team and Dave Sexton, who coached England eight times between 1985 and 1996. Portugal's Jesualdo Ferreira, who appeared at the tournament five times in the 1990s, and his compatriot Rui Caçador, who coached Portugal on six occasions between 2002 and 2009, are also among the tournament's most successful players. Valentin Nikolaev coached the USSR six times in a row between 1979 and 1984. Mexico's Jesus del Muro, for his part, proved his longevity between his first tournament in 1980 and his fifth and final in ... 2000. Ivan Kopecky (Czechoslovakia and then Czech Republic), Henri Guerin (France) and Jacky Braun (France), who have each made four appearances, are also among the most capped coaches.


Marc Bourrier (standing on the left) and the French squad who won the Tournament in 1984


Claude Le Roy and Dave Sexton chatting after an England-Senegal game in 1989


Rui Caçador took part in six tournaments with Portugal between 2002 and 2009

In addition to Gérard Houiller, Claude Le Roy and Marc Bourrier, French football has provided many renowned French coaches to the tournament: Gérard Gili, Roger Lemerre, Jean-Marc Guillou, René Girard, Willy Sagnol and many others.


Roger Lemerre (on the left) besides Richard Tardy during the Maurice Revello Tournament 1987


Patrick Gonfalone (on the left) and René Girard (on the right) when France won the Tournament in 2005


Gérard Gili (on the middle) besides Gianfranco Zola before an Ivory Coast-Italy in 2008


Willy Sagnol on the bench of France during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2013

Former international players such as Ciro Ferrara, Ümit Davala, Andi Herzog or Uli Stielike have also passed through the benches of the Tournament.


Ümit Davala during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2008


Ciro Ferrara, Italy head coach during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2011


Andi Herzog with USA during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2015

More recently, Gareth Southgate, current England coach, Fousseni Diawara, assistant coach of Mali, and Felix Sanchez Bas, currently in charge of Qatar's 2019 Asian Cup-winning side, have come to play for their country's youth teams at the tournament.


Félix Sanchez-Bas during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2014


Gareth Southgate in 2016 with the U21 England squad


Fousseni Diawara with Mali during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2016

This is proof if any were needed of the formative virtues of the Festival, for both players and coaches, but also of the glorious record of the Tournament. And the future looks just as bright...

THE FULL COMPLEMENT OF MANAGERS DURING THE TOURNAMENT, COUNTRY BY COUNTRY :

ALGERIA

Mokrane Oualikene (1983)
Kamel Lemoui (1984)

ANGOLA

Carlos Alhinho (1995)
José Kilamba (1996)
Igor Lazic (2017)

ARGENTINA

César Luis Menotti (1975)
Rogelio Poncini (1979)
Carlos Bilardo (1983)
José Pekerman (19961998)
Hugo Tocalli (19992003)
Francisco Ferraro (2006)
Sergio Batista (2009)

BAHRAIN

Samir Chammam (20172019)

BELARUS

Georgi Kondratyev (2012)

BELGIUM

Guy Thys (19761977)
René Vloeberghs (1986)
Ariel Jacobs (1994)
Philippe Saint-Jean (1996)
Johan Walem (2013)

BRAZIL

José Souza Teixeira (1974)
Nelson Rosa Martins (1980)
Telê Santana (1981)
Sebastiao Lapola (1983)
René Simões (1987)
P. Massa (1990)
Carlos Alberto Parreira (1993)
Julio Cesar Leal (1995)
Toninho Barroso (19961998)
Eraldo Torres (1999)
Marcos Castro (2002)
Renê Weber (2004)
Alexandre Gallo (20132014)
Carlos Amadeu (2017)
André Jardine (2019)

BULGARIA

J. Arsov (1976)
Tzvetan Iltchev (1977)
Kiril Lipovanov (1984)
Boris Anguelov (19861987)
Hristo Andonov (19881989)
Pavel Panov (1993)
Antoni Zdravkov (2016)

BURKINA FASO

Maart Nooij (2003)

CAMEROON

H. Weigand (1985)
Jean Ottou Antagana (19861988)

CANADA

John Herdman (2018)

CHILE

Marcelo Bielsa (2008)
Ivo Basay (2009)
Cesar Vaccia (2010)
Hugo Tocalli (2014)
Bernardo Redin (2019)

CHINA

Nian Weisi - Zhang Honggen - Hu Zhigang (1979)
Shao Xiankai (1980)
Yan Dejun (1983)
Zhu Guanghu (1998)
Chen Jingang (2002)
Yin Tiesheng (2004)
Jan Xiuquan (2006)
Ratomir Dujkovic (2007)
Maozhen Su (2011)
Fu Bo (20142015)
Sun Jihai (2018)
Guus Hiddink (2019)

COLOMBIA

Eduardo Retat (1981)
Javier Alvarez (19961997)
Luis Fernando Suarez (1999)
Reinaldo Rueda (200020012003)
José Helmer Silva (2004)
Eduardo Lara (200620102011)
Carlos Restrepo Isaza (20132014)

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Sébastien Migné (2013)

COSTA RICA

Luis Fernando Fallas Arias (2015)

CROATIA

S. Cordas (1997)

CUBA

Raul Gonzalez Triana (2017)

CZECH REPUBLIC

Ivan Kopecky (19931997)
Ladislav Škorpil (2006)
Pavel Hoftych (2016)
Jan Suchoparek (2017)

DENMARK

Keld Bordinggaard (2010)

EAST GERMANY

Bernd Stange (1982)

EGYPT

Gheorghe Staicu (1994)
Miroslav Soukup (2009)
Hany Ramzy (2012)

ENGLAND

Dave Sexton (19851987198819891990199219941996)
Ray Harford (19911995)
Lawrie McMenemy (1993)
Peter Taylor (19982005)
Martin Hunter (2002)
Leslie Reed (2003)
Gareth Southgate (20142016)
Aidy Boothroyd (20152018)
Neil Dewsnip (2017)
Paul Simpson (2019)

FINLAND

M. Keisalo (1976)

FRANCE

Henri Guérin (1975197619771978)
Jack Braun (1979198019811982)
Marc Bourrier (198319841985198619881989199019911992)
Roger Lemerre (198719951996)
Jean-Pierre Morlans (1993)
Raymond Domenech (19941998199920012004)
Gérard Houiller (1997)
René Girard (2005)
Jean Gallice (20062008)
Philippe Bergeroo (20072012)
Erick Mombaerts (2009)
Patrick Gonfalone (20102016)
Pierre Mankowski (2011)
Willy Sagnol (2013)
Ludovic Batelli (2014)
Francis Smerecki (2015)
Jean-Claude Giuntini (2017)
Johan Radet (2018)
Jean-Luc Vannuchi (2019)

GERMANY

Uli Stielike (1998)
Hannes Löhr (2002)
Dieter Eilts (2007)

GHANA

Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie (2000)
Akrofi Smart Abbey - Claude Le Roy (2007)

GUATEMALA

Erick Gonzalez (2019)

GUINEA

Koly Koivogui (2016)

HUNGARY

Ede Moor (1974)
Mihaly Keszthelyi (1975)
Janos Schuman (1977)
Tivadar Monostori (19781979)
B. Gal (1982)
Gyula Rakosi (1986)
Gabor Poloskei (2011)

INDONESIA

Indra Sjafri (2017)

IRAN

Jalal Talebi (1978)

IRELAND

M. Byrne (1978)
Johnny Giles (1979)
Eoin Hand (1983)
Maurice Setters (1989)
Don Givens (20002002)
Stephen Kenny (2019)

ITALY

Italo Acconcia (1975)
M. Brighenti (1976)
Guglielmo Giovannini (1977)
Ermete Patriarca (1981)
V. Vinciguerra (1987)
Claudio Gentile (2000)
Francesco Rocca (200120022003)
Pierluigi Casiraghi (2008)
Ciro Ferrara (2011)

IVORY COAST

Yeo Martial (19841985)
Jean-Marc Guillou (2000)
Michel Troin (2007)
Gérard Gili (2008)
Alain Gouamene (2010)
François Bohe (2011)
Ibrahima Kamara (2015)
Soualiho Haidara (2017)

JAPAN

Toshiro Takii (2000)
Takeshi Ono (20012002)
Kiyoshi Okuma (20032004)
Tomoyuki Ishii (2005)
Yasushi Yoshida (2007)
Yasuharu Sorimachi (2008)
Akihiro Nishimura (2010)
Takashi Sekizuka (2012)
Makoto Teguramori (2016)
Masanaga Kageyama (2017)
Akinobou Yokouchi (20182019)

MALAYSIA

Claude Le Roy (1995)

MALI

Fousseni Diawara (2016)

MEXICO

Alfonso Portugal (1975197619781991)
Jesus del Muro (19801984198519992000)
Juan Armenta (1988)
Cayetano Rodriguez (1992)
Juan de Dios Castillo (1993)
Ricardo Ferretti (1995)
José Luis Real (1997)
Eduardo Rergis (2003)
René Isidoro García Alvarado (2005)
Juan Antonio Luna (2006)
Chavez Zarate (2011)
Luis Fernando Tena Garduño (2012)
Sergio Almaguer (2013)
Raul Gutierrez (201420152016)
Marco Ruiz (2018)
Jaime Lozano (2019)

MOROCCO

Abdellah El Antaki (19871988)
Rachid Taoussi (1997)
Pim Verbeek (2012)
Hassan Benabicha (2015)

NETHERLANDS

Arie de Vroet (197619771978)
Ger Blok (19791980)
Rob Baan (1982)
Kees Rijvers (1984)
Nol de Ruiter (1989)
I. Rinus (1996)
Hans Westerhof (1997)
Jan Versleyen (1999)
Ruud Krol (2001)
Wim van Zwam (2006)
Hans Schrijver (200720082009)
Adrie Koster (2012)
Remy Reijnierse (2015)

NIGERIA

John Obuh (2013)

PARAGUAY

Carlos Paredes (2016)

POLAND

Ryszard Kulesza (1975)
F. Tadeusz (1978)
Janusz Wojcik (1991)
Edward Keljndinst (20012002)
Władysław Żmuda (2003)

PORTUGAL

João Pereira (1975)
J. Dias (1976)
José Augusto (19771981)
Julio Pereira Juca (19821986)
Rui Seabra (1987)
Antonio Oliveira (1990)
Jesualdo Ferreira (19921997199819992000)
Nelo Vingada (199319941996)
Antonio Violante (2001)
Rui Caçador (200220032004200520062009)
Carlos Dinis (2007)
Ilidio Vale (20112014)
Edgar Borges (20132016)
Hélio Sousa (2018)
Filipe Ramos (2019)

QATAR

Dominique Paternoga (2009)
Jacobus Adriaanse (2010)
Felix Sanchez Bas (2014)
Fahad Abdulla Al-Zarraa (2015)
Bruno Pinheiro (2018)
Albert Caballeria (2019)

ROMANIA

Cornel Dragusin (1980)
Gheorghe Staicu (1985)

RUSSIA

Evgen Kucherevski (1994)
M. Guerchkovitch (1996)
Igor Kolyvanov (2010)

SCOTLAND

Andy Roxburgh (1977)
Craig Brown (19911993)
Tommy Craig (199219941995)
Eric Black (1997)
Scot Gemmill (20172018)

SENEGAL

Lamine Dieng - Claude Le Roy (1989)
Claude Le Roy (1991)

SOUTH AFRICA

Ephraim Mashaba (19982002)
Augusto Palacios (1999)
Serame Letsoaka (2005)

SOUTH KOREA

Anatoli Bychovets (1995)
Park Cha Wha (2005)
Lee Kwan Jong (20132014)
Jung-Yong Chung (2018)

SPAIN

Luis Suarez (1981)
Jesus Maria Pereda (1985)

SWEDEN

Peter Gerhardsson (2004)

SWITZERLAND

Marcel Cornioley (1988)

TCHECOSLOVAKIA

Ladislav Melichar (1975)
Jan Skripko (19801981)
Petr Packert (19821984)
Ivan Kopecky (19901992)

TOGO

Jean-Paul Abalo (2018)

TUNISIA

Khemaïs Laabidi (2005)

TURKEY

Raşit Çetiner (20032004)
Ümit Davala (2008)
Gökhan Keskin (2012)
Muzaffer Bilazer (2018)

UNITED ARABS EMIRATES

Mahdi Ali Redha (2009)

URUGUAY

R. Betancor (1978)

USA

Jimmy Lennox (1989)
Lothar Osiander (199019911992)
Bob Gansler (1994)
Jay Hoffman (1997)
Wolfgang Sünholz (2001)
Peter Nowak (2008)
Tab Ramos (2013)
Andi Herzog (2015)

USSR

Valentin Nikolaev (197919801981198219831984)
Boris Ignatyev (1985)
Vladimir Radionov (198619871988)
Gadji Gadjiev (1990)
Gennadi Kostylev (1991)

WALES

Robert Page (2017)

WEST GERMANY

Berti Vogts (1983)

YOUGOSLAVIA

Stevan Vilotic (19791982)
V. Vujosevic (1990)
V. Nikolic (1992)