Sabri Lamouchi

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Sabri Lamouchi
Personal information
Full name Sabri Lamouchi [1]
Date of birth (1971-11-09) 9 November 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1977–1981 AS Lyon-Duchère
1982–1989 Cascol Oullins
Senior career*
1990–1994 Alès 106 (26)
1994–1998 Auxerre 129 (19)
1998–2000 Monaco 56 (4)
2000–2003 Parma 90 (7)
2003–2005 Inter Milan 16 (0)
2004–2005Genoa (loan) 20 (1)
2005–2006 Marseille 36 (5)
2006–2007 Al-Rayyan 7 (6)
2007–2008 Umm-Salal 10 (1)
2009 Al-Kharitiyath
National team
1996–2001 France 12 (1)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Ivory Coast
2014–2017 El Jaish
2017–2018 Rennes
2019–2020 Nottingham Forest
2020–2021 Al-Duhail
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sabri Lamouchi (born 9 November 1971) is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a midfielder. He was the manager of Qatar Stars League club Al-Duhail.


Early life

Lamouchi was born in Lyon, France, and is of Tunisian descent. [2]

Club career

Lamouchi started his professional career with Alès and then moved to Auxerre for four years. He then went on to join Monaco, who he helped to the Ligue 1 title in 2000, before being snapped up by Parma of Italy. He later moved to Inter Milan.[ citation needed ]

Lamouchi had a spell at Genoa before joining Marseille on loan the following year. In January 2006, the loan deal was made a permanent move. He played for Marseille for six further months, until he announced that he was leaving the club on 18 September 2006, although his contract ran until June 2007.[ citation needed ]

In 2006, Lamouchi moved to Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Stars League, where he scored a spectacular goal in his first match. The next season, he joined Umm-Salal.[ citation needed ]

In January 2009, Lamouchi transferred to Al-Kharitiyath.[ citation needed ]

International career

Lamouchi was capped 12 times and scored one goal for the French national team. He made his debut in 1996 and was a member of the French European Championship squad the same year. He was in France's 28 men-preliminary squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil. However he was one of the six players axed by head coach Aimé Jacquet just before the tournament began. The team went on to win the tournament. [3]

Managerial career

Ivory Coast

In May 2012, he became manager of the Ivory Coast national team, his first managerial position. The Elephants qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ranked 23rd at the time – highest ranked in Africa – and started their group play with a 2–1 victory over Japan. That was followed by a 2–1 loss to group favourite Colombia. On his last game as Ivory Coast's manager, he and his team lost 2–1 against Greece and they were eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. The team featured stars such as Yaya Touré, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Didier Drogba. Lamouchi resigned from the position following Les Elephants' exit from the competition. [4]


On 8 November 2017, Lamouchi became the manager of French side Rennes. He led the team to a 5th place synonymous with Europa League qualification. On 3 December 2018 after a string of poor results, he was sacked from the club. [5]

Nottingham Forest

2019–20 season

On 28 June 2019, following the departure of Martin O'Neill, it was announced that Lamouchi would become head coach of Nottingham Forest for the 2019–20 season. [6] He enjoyed a strong start to the season and won the league's Manager of the Month award for September 2019. [7] On 19 June 2020, Nottingham Forest announced that Lamouchi had signed an extension to his managerial contract. [8] Forest were in the play-off positions for nearly the whole season, but missed out by finishing 7th on the final day of the season after being beaten at home 1–4 by Stoke City. [9] Lamouchi had guided Forest to their highest league position since the 2010–11 season, and also became the first Forest manager to complete a full season in over nine years. [10]

2020–21 season

Following Forest's disappointing end to the season, Lamouchi flew to Athens to meet with the Forest board, including Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, where it was decided that Lamouchi would remain as Forest's Head Coach. To improve on the shortcomings of the previous season, four new additions were made to Lamouchi's coaching staff, along with a change in transfer strategy that would place a greater focus on domestic signings. [11]

On 5 September 2020, Nottingham Forest were knocked out of the League Cup in a 1–0 defeat to Barnsley. In a video call to the squad following that game, Marinakis described the result as a 'humiliation' to the football club that Forest would lose twice to a club that had barely survived relegation the previous season. It was clear that Marinakis' patience with Lamouchi was running out, and Marinakis angrily told Albert Adomah and João Carvalho that they could leave the club without consulting Lamouchi. [12]

On 6 October 2020, Lamouchi's contract was terminated and he was immediately replaced by Chris Hughton. [13] Forest had lost all five competitive games of the new season, and had failed to win in their last eleven games. [14]


In October 2020, Lamouchi was appointed manager of Qatari side Al-Duhail. [15] After 295 days in charge, Lamouchi decided to step down as manager of Al-Duhail.

Managerial statistics

As of match played 21 April 2021 [16]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Ivory Coast Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 28 May 201225 June 2014281477050.00
El Jaish Flag of Qatar.svg 27 December 20141 July 201792501626054.35
Rennes Flag of France.svg 8 November 20173 December 201850191318038.00
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg 28 June 20196 October 202055201619036.36
Al-Duhail Flag of Qatar.svg 14 October 20209 August 2021321859056.25



Auxerre [16]

Monaco [16]

Parma [16]



El Jaish [16]


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