Champion of France with Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon, winner of the UEFA Cup with Liverpool, former French coach and coach Gérard Houllier died at 73, we learned on Monday, December 14. According to the daily The team, the former technician died a few days after an aortic operation undergone in a Parisian hospital.
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A native of Thérouanne, in Pas-de-Calais, Gérard Houllier was never a professional footballer but had a distinguished career as a coach and manager, from Lens in the 1980s to Aston Villa, in England, at the end of of his career in the early 2010s.
He won his greatest success at the head of PSG, winning the club’s first French league title in 1986, but above all by taking the Liverpool Reds to a superb hat-trick in 2001 with the two National Cups and the Coupe de UEFA, before winning the European Supercup.
Less success in the French team
Houllier was less successful on the bench of the France team, whether as an assistant to Michel Platini from 1988, then as number 1 in 1992, for only 12 matches at the head of the selection and a historic non-qualification for the 1994 World Cup after the France-Bulgaria fiasco in 1993.
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Gérard Houllier’s name will also remain attached to the French Federation, where he served as national technical director (DTN), and to that of Olympique Lyonnais, where he was still advisor to President Jean-Michel Aulas, for several years. after winning two French league titles as Lyon coach, in 2006 and 2007.
Rain of tributes
Tributes began to rain after his death, which occurred a few hours after the PSG-Lyon match (0-1), between two of his former clubs. “In shock at this sad news”, wrote on Twitter the middle of Lyon and the Blues Houssem Aouar.
“Today I am very sad. Thanks to you, I was able to play in this wonderful Liverpool club. A big thank you for everything you have done for me ”, for his part wrote the former French international striker Djibril Cissé.
With the death of Gérard Houiller, France loses a great coach and football, a technician recognized all over the world. He was passionate about transmission. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family and loved ones
– Roxana Maracineanu (@RoxaMaracineanu) December 14, 2020
“With the death of Gérard Houiller, France loses a great coach and football, a technician recognized all over the world”, reacted the French Minister for Sports, Roxana Maracineanu.