Black head coaches: French black soccers who became coaches

Black head coaches: French black soccers who became coaches

Can you tell me five black coaches? This question may seem simple, but it remains paradoxical. Despite the fact that black players are full of talent in the world of football. It is very rare to see black coaches. Fortunately, times are changing. And we are seeing more and more talented football players appear as coaches. proposes below a list of 6 French black footballers who have become coaches of prestigious clubs.

1/Antoine Kombouaré (Dijon)

  • Born on: 16/11/1963
  • Nationality: French
  • Current coach of: Dijon (10/01/19)

Originally from New Caledonia, Nouméa, Antoine Kombouaré was first a professional football player during the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the training centre of FC Nantes, SC Toulon, then rose to the PSG. He is known as the “golden helmet” after his head goals against Anderlecht in the 8th round of the Uefa Cup, also against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals (4-1). After finishing his playing career, he will move on to coaching.
Kombouaré has coached several clubs:

  1. RC Strasbourg (2003-2004)
  2. Valenciennes (01/07/2005 – 31/05/2009)
  3. Paris (02/06/2009 – 22/12/2011)
  4. Du club Saoudien Al Hilal Riyad (27/06/2012 – 31/01/2013)
  5. Lens (25/06/2013 – 30/05/2016)
  6. Guingamp (30/05/2016 – 06/11/2018)
  7. Dijon (10/01/2019)

2/Thierry Henry (AS Monaco)

  • Born on: 17/08/77
  • Nationality: French
  • Current coach of: AS Monaco

Thierry Henry has made his mark on the history of football. He will forever remain one of the greatest scorers for the French team and the English club Arsenal. After ending his playing career in 2014, he became a consultant for English television on Sky Sport. Then, our 1998 world champion decided to move into the coaching profession. He made a name for himself during the World Cup, where he did a magnificent job as Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgian team. A man of challenge, Thierry Henry is now coach of AS Monaco.
Following the poor results and lack of play of some AS Monaco players, Thierry Henry did his best as a coach. There is a rumour that he was either dismissed from the club or left on his own. We are waiting for confirmation from the interested party.
Thierry Henry’s coaching career:

  1. U16 d’Arsenal
  2. Assistant coach of Roberto Martinez, with Belgium for 2 years.
  3. AS Monaco

3/Patrick Vieira (Nice)

  • Born on: 23/06/76
  • Nationality: French
  • Current coach of: OGC Nice

Born in Dakar, Senegal, Patrick Vieira is a French international footballer. He started his career at AS Cannes. Then joined prestigious clubs such as Arsenal, Juventus of Turin, Inter of Milan, Manchester City where he won a last English Cup. World champion in 98, Patrick Vieira decided to end his career on July 14, 2011 and retrain as a coach.
Patrick Vieira’s coaching career:

  1. U21 from Manchester City.
  2. The MLS franchise affiliated with Manchester City, New York City FC.
  3. OGC Nice (beginning June 11, 2018)


4/ Claude Makélélé (KAS Eupen)

  • Born on: 18/02/73
  • Nationality: French
  • Current coach of: KAS Eupen

Born on February 18, 1973 in Kinshasa, Makélélé is a French international player. He has played for many clubs including FC Nantes, Olympique de Marseille, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris SG. On November 24, 2010, he ended his sporting career. He first became an advisor to the sports director Leonardo. Then, he converted to the PSG as assistant coach in the first league of Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc. In 2014, he became the coach of SC Bastia. Later dismissed, he is now the coach of AS Eupen.
Claude Makélélé’s coaching career:

  1. PSG (assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti on 30/12/11) and (Laurent Blanc on 1 July 2013)
  2. SC Bastia ( 24/05/14 -3/11/14)
  3. KAS Eupen (since 6 November 2017). Last in the Belgian league, he managed to save the club from relegation in extremis.

5/Bernard Diomède (France U19)

  • Born on: 23/01/74
  • Nationality: French
  • Current coach of: the U19 of the French team

World champion in 1998, Bernard Diomède, nicknamed “petit bonhomme” by Aimé Jacquet, became coach of the French U19 team after the end of his career. Discreet, he began his reconversion at the CDES in Limoges, then founded an association in 2008, the Bernard Diomède Academy in Issy-les-Moulineaux. A non-profit association, which supports 85 young girls and boys from grades 6 to 12 in a sports, school and educational project. In 2009, he obtained his diploma as a sports manager and at the same time passed his coaching diplomas.
Bernard Diomède’s coaching career:

  • Coach of the French U17 team
  • Coach of the U18s of the French team
  • Coach of the French U19 team with 11 wins, one draw and one defeat.

6/Bernard Lama (ex Kenya)

  • Born on: 7 /04/63
  • Nationality: French
  • Ex-coach.

Nicknamed “the cat”, Bernard Lama is a French international player, born on April 7, 1963. He began his career in football in French Guiana. Then he moved to the city, playing in Lille, FC Metz, PSG and West Ham as a goalkeeper. He will live his glory years with the PSG.
At the end of his career, he moved back to Guyana, where he became an entrepreneur by creating a mineral water and spring production plant, which employs about ten people. Two years later, Dilo, his company, produces one third of the water sold in Guyana. Bernard Lama also founded an association, called Diambars, with other former players.
Bernard Lama’s coaching career:

  • on 21 July 2006, he became coach and coach of the Kenya team. But it’s going to be short-lived.
  • Bernard will also be General Manager of the French Guyana team. But this club is not recognised by FIFA.

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