Coach No.14: Artur Jorge (1991-94 and 1998-99 - 167 matches)
A prolific goal scorer with Benfica as a player, Artur Jorge (30 caps, four championships and twice top scorer in Portugal with Benfica), established a brilliant coaching record after earning his badge from the Coaching school in Leipzig. He coached Portuguese clubs Belenenses and Vitoria Guimaraes before his crowning glory in 1987 when he took FC Porto to the European Cup. He then spent one season with Matra Racing, returned to Porto before coming back to France to take charge of PSG. Under his direction PSG attained all its objectives: European qualification, the Coupe de France and the league championship in his third and final season. Criticised for PSG’s dour style of play, Jorge left Paris in 1994. He underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour before heading back to Portugal to coach Benfica, as well as the Portugal and Switzerland national teams, as well as Spanish outfit Tenerife. Four years after his departure , he agreed to return to the French capital to replace Alain Giresse, however, he did not enjoy the same success of his first stint. In December 2002 he accepted the coaching position at Club Academica de Coimbra, where he had began his professional playing career back in the 1960s…
Coach No.15: Luis Fernandez (1994-96 and 2000-2003 - 244 matches)
A product of the PSG youth system and former captain, Luis Fernandez won 60 caps for France and won the 1984 European Championships with Les Bleus. He went on to play for Matra Racing and Cannes before hanging up his boots and becoming one of the youngest coaches in Ligue 1 at just 34 years of age. After a successful debut season in which he qualified Cannes for the UEFA Cup, he joined PSG in 1994. In Paris, Luis Fernandez would go on to win both domestic Cups, but his crowning glory was in winning the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1996. In defeating Rapid Vienna in the final, 1-0, he became the first French coach ever to win a continental crown. He left PSG in 1996 for Athletic Bilbao, where he spent the next four years. Six months after returning to France, he replaced Philippe Bergeroo at PSG. He second spell failed to reach the heights of his first stint and Fernandez’s reign ended with a 2-1 defeat to Auxerre in the 2003 Coupe de France final.
Coach No.16: Ricardo, with Joël Bats (1996-98 – 106 matches)
Capped 64 times for Brazil, Ricardo won numerous titles as a player with Fluminense, Benfica and PSG from 1991 to 1995. A tough defender, Ricardo made his mark at Paris as a player and returned at just 32 years of age, alongside Joël Bats, to coach the capital club. Ricardo won the domestic Cup double in 1998 and made the final of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1997 (loss to Barcelona). He continued coaching in Brazil with Sport Recife, Vitoria Guarani, Coritiba, Juventude and the Olympic squad, before returning to France to coach Bordeaux and Monaco.
Coach No.17: Alain Giresse (1998 – 11 matches)
Alain Giresse made his professional playing debut at just 18 years of age with Bordeaux and would play 586 league matches for Les Girondins and Marseille (a Ligue 1 record for an outfield player). He played 47 times for France, winning Euro 84. After spells as sporting director at Bordeaux and Toulouse, it was with the TFC in 1996 that he made his coaching debut. Two years later, PSG president Charles Bietry handed him the coaching role of the capital club – but after just eight league rounds and three cup matches, he was fired and replaced by Artur Jorge. He returned to Toulouse until the start of the 2000-01 campaign and after postulating for the vacant France position in 2002, joined Moroccan club FAR Rabat.
Coach No.18: Philippe Bergeroo (1999-2000 - 75 matches)
A goalkeeper with Bordeaux, Lille and Toulouse between 1973 and 1988, he played three times for France and was a member of the triumphant Euro 84 squad. In 1988 he joined the France national team coaching set-up and was goalkeeping coach alongside Aimé Jacquet as France won the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil, 3-0. He left the France squad following the tournament and became assistant coach, firstly to Alain Giresse and then Artur Jorge, at PSG. Following the Portuguese coach’s firing, Bergeroo inherited the top job and promptly saved the club from relegation and then qualified for the Champions League after the 1999-2000 season. Unfortunately, a difficult start to the following campaign, topped with a heavy 5-1 loss to Sedan, saw Bergeroo replaced by Luis Fernandez. After a brief and unsuccessful spell at Rennes, Bergeroo returned to the FFF, coaching various junior age categories.
Coach No.19: Vahid Halilhodzic (2003-2005 - 96 matches)
Top scorer in the French first division with Nantes (1982-83, 27 goals, and 1984-85, 28 goals), Vahid Halilhodzic earned 32 caps, scoring eight times, for Yugoslavia. After one season at PSG (1986-87), he decided to retire from playing at the age of 34. Halilhodzic returned to Bosnia and after two years as sporting director of Velez Mostar, he began his coaching career in France (Beauvais - 1993-94), before heading to Morocco and Raja Casablanca with whom he won the African Champions League in 1997. He then joined Ligue 2 side Lille which he brought back to the first division and promptly qualified for the Champions League in 2000. Having next saved Rennes from relegation ‘Coach Vahid’ joined PSG in June 2003. At the end of his first season the club finished second in Ligue 1, qualifying for the Champions League, and lifted the Coupe de France (2004). However the following season was a disappointment and after first round elimination from Europe and a six game winless run in the league, Halilhodzic was replaced by reserve team coach Laurent Fournier.
Coach No.20: Laurent Fournier (2005-2006)
From Lyon to Bastia, via Saint-Étienne, Marseille, Paris and Bordeaux, Laurent Fournier graced France’s and Europe’s most hallowed turfs, winning his fair share of medals along the way: two championships (Marseille 1991, PSG 1994), one UEFA Cup Winners Cup (PSG 1996), two Coupe de France (PSG 1993 and 1998) and one Coupe de la Ligue (PSG 1998), before becoming player-coach at SC Bastia during the 1998-99 season. While the former midfielder’s great moments as a player still echoed round the terraces of the Parc des Princes, he took charge of the first team. He drew on his values as a player, to lift the next generation towards their targets.
Coach No.21: Guy Lacombe (Jan 2006-Jan 2007)
During a long and successful playing career (Olympic gold medal in 1984) Guy Lacombe wore the colours of Nantes, Lens, Toulouse and Lille. He ended his playing career at AS Cannes and just 12 months after hanging up his boots, he took charge of the club’s youth centre. He not only had a certain Zinédine Zidane under his orders, but also a Cannes golden generation of players including Johan Micoud, Peter Luccin, Sébastien Frey and Patrick Vieira. He was promoted to the Cannes senior team in 1995 before moving on to Toulouse, Guingamp and Sochaux. After two successful seasons, two fifth placed finishes in the league, two Coupe de la Ligue finals (one win in 2004) he replaced Laurent Fournier during the 2004-05 term. Six months after his arrival, PSG won the Coupe de France against Marseille which saw new PSG president Alain Cayzac extend Lacombe’s deal. However, just six months into the new season and struggling with poor results, Lacombe was replaced by Paul Le Guen during the winter break of the 2006-07 campaign.
Coach No.22: Paul Le Guen (Jan 2007- June 2009)
A youth product of Stade Brestois, Paul Le Guen joined Nantes after six seasons in Finistère. In 1991, the defensive midfielder joined PSG for seven years of joy and silverware. A member of PSG golden era, including Lama, Roche, Rai, Ginola and others, Paul Le Guen notched up one title as champion of France (1994), three Coupe de France (1993, 1995 and 1998), two Coupe de la Ligue (1995 and 1998) and, above all, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1996). At the end of an illustrious playing career the man from Brittany returned home to coach Stade Rennais for three seasons before replacing Jacques Santini at Lyon. There he added three consecutive championship titles and three Trophées des Champions to his coaching record between 2003 and 2005. Le Guen took a year away from the game before joining Glasgow Rangers. After just six months he returned to the club of his heart, PSG, to save the side from relegation and took them to the final of the 2008 Coupe de France (lost 1-0 to Lyon).
Coach No.23: Antoine Kombouaré (June 2009- Dec 2011)
A defender with PSG from November 1990 until 1995 and then reserve team (CFA) coach from 1999 until 2003, Antoine Kombouaré was named the 23rd PSG first team coach in June 2009. Kombouaré began his professional career in France with FC Nantes before signing in the French capital in November 1990. His Parisian career is remembered for a decisive goal in the Champions League against Real Madrid. He left PSG in 1995 to play for FC Zion (1995-96), Aberdeen FC (1996-98) and then RC Paris (1998-99). He began coaching with the PSG reserve team and took them to the 2003 CFA title. Kombouaré got his first Ligue 1 coaching position with Strasbourg but was dismissed after one season in 2004. He then replaced Daniel Leclerc at Ligue 2 side Valenciennes in 2005, promoting and installing them in the top flight. His strong character and his understanding of the science of football see him earn the reputation as one of the most talented young coaches in France and in 2009 he replaces his former Rouge et Bleu teammate Paul Le Guen at the head of the first team. After two and a half seasons at the helm, he was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti in December 2011.
Coach No.24: Carlo Ancelotti (Since December 2011)
Carlo Ancelotti, a native of Reggiolo, began an illustrious professional playing career with Parma in 1976 before spending seven seasons at AS Roma and signing for the great AC Milan in 1987. The Italy international midfielder retired in 1992 after five seasons with Rossoneri after winning consecutive European Cups in 1989 and 1990. An integral member of a Milan side featuring the likes of Paolo Maldini, Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Franco Baresi (to name but four!), the Italian decided to cross to the other side of the bench. Assistant to Arrigo Sacchi at the 1994 World Cup as the Squadra Azzurra lost the final to Brazil on penalties, Carlo Ancelotti got his first club coaching experience a year later with Reggina. His first season was a successful one with Reggina earning promotion to Serie A at the end of the 1995-96 campaign. After steering Parma to their best-ever league position of second and qualification for the Champions League in the 1996-97 season, Ancelotti took over from Marcello Lippi with Juventus in February 1999. A Champions League semi-finalist during his first year, Ancelotti went within a point of offering Lo Scudetto to Le Vecchia Donna the following term. In the summer of 2001, Ancelotti left the most popular club in the country to follow his heart... back to AC Milan. From 2001 to 2009, the former player confirmed his place as an icon at the Stadio San Siro. In eight seasons, his record speaks for itself: one national championship, two Champions League (2003 and 2007), two European Supercups, an Italian Supercup, an Italian Cup and a World Club Cup championship! Carlo Ancelotti was eating at the table of greats, rightly considered one of the best coaches on the planet. His fame led him to the bench at Stamford Bridge in June 2009 and under Ancelotti, Chelsea won a fourth Premier League title and even did the double with the FA Cup. In May 2011, Carlo Ancelotti quit West London and, seven months, headed for another European capital: Paris! Carlo Ancelotti has accepted another new challenge in taking over the Paris Saint-Germain first team and his Rouge et Bleu career began, symbolically, with a friendly match in Dubai against... none other than AC Milan.