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Ligue 1: Christian Gourcuff is the new FC Nantes coach
Christian Gourcuff, in October 2017. DAMIEN MEYER / AFP

Christian Gourcuff, 64, becomes the new coach of FC Nantes, where he takes over from Vahid Halilhodzic, a new star at the beginning of the month, announced Thursday, August 8, the club in a statement.

"Free since his last experience in Al-Gharafa SC (Qatar), training with which he won the QSL Cup last winter, Christian Gourcuff has decided to engage with FC Nantes, after several missed opportunities between the two sides », says the club.

The Breton coach knows the Ligue 1. Passed by the Stade Rennais (2001-2002 then 2016-2017), he trained for a long time at FC Lorient, from 1991 to 2001, then from 2003 To 2014. Quoted in the report, the president of the Nantes club, Waldemar Kita, estimated that his new coach was "One of the best technicians in France". Â € œThis is a coach I have been wanting for several yearsâ €he says.

Since the departure of Halilhodzic at the end of last week, the team prepares under the responsibility of Patrick Collot and Cyril Moine, the two assistant coaches. Franco-Bosnian neur. Vahid Halilhodzic said goodbye to the Canaries on Friday, after leading his last game on the bench at FC Nantes, a friendly match against Genoa, at the Beaujoire stadium.

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